Paper Flower Fun For Everyone #BostikBlogger.

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While April showers are supposed to bring May flowers – and we’ve certainly had a wet start to the month in Norfolk – we couldn’t wait that long so we’ve made our own.

It was actually a very happy coincidence that ‘flowers’ was the theme of this month’s Bostik Blogger craft box because Mark’s hay fever has flared already so I’ve had to re-home my beautiful Mother’s Day hyacinth, which was adding to his misery.

A quick Pinterest search revealed lots of different paper flowers to make of varying difficulties so we did some test runs and picked the best three.

Easy Daisies.

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We used:

Card (white, yellow and patterned).

Bostik Blu Stick.

Scissors.

Bostik Glu Dots.

Chopsticks or flower wire.

Step one.

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We cut the card into thin strips.

Step two.

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Freya popped some glue at one end of a strip and then attached the other end to it to make a petal. While the glue is blue to help you see where you’ve pasted, it magically dries white (this blew our minds).

Step three.

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We cut out a circle (and also used a flower shape for another of the daisies) to stick the petals to. We tried this with the glue stick but found glu dots held better.

Step four.

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I attached it to a chopstick with a glu dot (as it was a bit fiddly) while Freya decorated a jam jar to keep them in.

Simple rose bud.

We used:

Card (pink).

Pencil.

Scissors.

Bostik Tape Discs.

Wire.

Step one.

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We cut a small square (about 10cm by 10cm) out of a piece of card.

Step two.

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Freya really enjoyed this bit. I drew a swirly pattern on the card (she had a go too) and then she cut it out. The joy of it is, it doesn’t matter if you don’t stick to the lines because it makes it look more petal-like.

Step three.

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I then rolled the card into a fairly tight ball.

Step four.

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I used a tape disc to hold it together and then attached some wire for the stem (the bud was tight enough that it stayed on the wire without anything to stick it).

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Slightly more complicated roses.

I loved making the daisies and the simple rose buds with Freya but, while she was at school, I had a go at making some slightly more complicated roses – and fell in love.

I used:

Card (pink, patterned and cream).

Bostik Tape Discs.

Bostik Glu Dots.

Clear tape.

Scissors.

Green tape (I had some florists tape so used that).

Bostik Blu Tack.

Chopsticks (painted green)

Step one.

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Using a scrap piece of card, I roughly drew a flower shape like this. This is about 11cms wide.

Step two.

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I stacked four pieces of card and cut around the shape. It doesn’t have to be exact.

Step three.

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I poked a small hole in the middle of each card. I then folded each petal, as above, and bent the odd petal at the top too.

Step four.

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What I should have done here was get the stick and wrap the paper around it. However, I didn’t think of that until afterwards. Instead, I got one card and folded the first petal in half, I stuck it with a disc and then folded the next petal over it. I kept doing this until all five petals were together. I then taped around the bottom half of the bud to hold them in place.

Step five.

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I attached a glu dot to either side of the rose and then stuck the next layer on using the same method as above. I added the next two layers in this way, adding glue dots as needed, until my rose was formed.

Step six.

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As I said, this is better done at the start but at this point I poked the chopstick through the hole in the bottom so about 2cms was inside. I then wraped blu tack around the base to keep it in place and covered it with green tape.

I’m really pleased with the result. I sprayed an old jam jar white and then had a play with ribbon to see which looked best. I’m going to get some different card and have a go at making my favourite yellow roses too.

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With the rosebuds mixed in.
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With the daisies.
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Matching my living room.

Freya was thrilled with them when she came home from school (and insisted on pretending to be a bride, complete with her favourite dress).

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Mark was also happy not to be constantly sneezing and itching his eyes while indoors (I can’t do much to help him outside).

What are your favourite flowers? Have you ever made them from paper?

* Please note: We receive a craft box from Craft Merrily free of charge, as part of our role as Tots 100 Bostik Bloggers, in return for this post. 

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Make Your Own Lolly Stick Bird Feeder #BostikBlogger

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Our latest craft box could not have arrived at a better time; not only were we looking for things to do during several snow days but this month’s theme is “birds” – and they have definitely needed a helping hand over the last week.

There are lots of different bird feeders available to make, depending on how crafty you want to get but we stuck with a simple lolly stick design (you can find loads here).

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We used:

String.

Bostik White Glu.

35 (I think) wooden lolly sticks.

Bird seed.

Step one.

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We started by making the base by lining up all the sticks vertically and then gluing two more sticks horizontally across them. I tried not to worry too much about them being level (see, parenthood has chilled me out no end).

Step two.

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We then started layering the sticks. Freya seemed to really enjoy this bit and I think she would have built a tower-like feeder if I’d let her (and we had enough sticks). Before it gets too high you might want to add two sticks for the perch. We didn’t and doing it at the end was a bit more difficult. I left it all to dry overnight with a heavy book placed on the top.

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Step three.

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We tied string to each corner and then brought them together in the middle to make a knot.

Step four.

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Fill it with seed. If you have a four-year-old helping you, I would recommend doing this on a tray (note, no tray in this photo).

Step five.

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Find a nice tree to hang it from. We have lots of cats in our area so we wanted it up fairly high. Thank you to Mark for venturing out with our ladder in the snow. I would have done it but someone needed to take the photo.

We haven’t seen any birds use it as yet but hopefully they will once word gets out that our garden is the place to eat. As we didn’t spot any, Freya made her own paper plate bird.

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When it carried on snowing, I was a bit worried about how our feeder would hold up against The Beast From The East and so we also made some seed cakes using yoghurt pots as a mould to hang up with them.

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Luckily everything has survived and now the snow has gone – although there’s talk that it might come back later this month.

* Please note: We receive a craft box from Craft Merrily free of charge, as part of our role as Tots 100 Bostik Bloggers, in return for this post. 

A “Tea-rrific” Valentine’s Gift For Teachers #Bostikblogger

IMG_5449Ever since she went back after the Christmas holiday, Freya hasn’t liked school.

When we talk to her about what’s wrong there’s a different problem every day – “she hasn’t got any friends”, “the work is too hard”, “a boy pushed her”, “she can’t do maths’.

We’ve had tears and tantrums (and that’s just me) but once she gets there she’s absolutely fine – I often don’t even get a proper goodbye. Throughout it all her teachers have been brilliant; addressing her concerns as well as reassuring me that they are keeping an eye on her. As a result, I thought it would be nice to show our appreciation with a small thank you.

A quick search of Pinterest gave me a “tea-rrific” idea and, using the contents of our latest craft box, sent to us from Craft Merrily as part of our role as a Tots100 Bostik Blogger, we set to work.

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We used:

Foam hearts.

Corrugated card.

Ribbon.

Glu Dots.

Mini-pegs.

Heart doilies.

Assorted heart decorations.

Teabags (we later switched to individually wrapped for hygiene purposes, which was Mark’s idea.)

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I let Freya decorate the front of the hearts first. While I thought she would just stick on as many hearts as possible, she surprised me by carefully selecting each one (my baby is growing up!).

Step 2.

Using a Glu Dot, we stuck a heart on to the peg (so cute) and then the peg on to the ribbon. We then checked placement in relation to how big the teabag is (I didn’t want it to show from the front) and stuck the ribbon on accordingly.

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Step 3.

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After writing out ‘You’re tea-rrific” on five pieces of card (making sure to explain to Freya that it’s not actually how you spell terrific), I then asked her to sign her name on each before we stuck them on. Freya then decorated the back with stickers.

Step 4.

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We cut the ribbon to size and then stuck another heart at the top (if they want to put them up they can stick Blu Tack on the back).

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I think they look really pretty, I’m tempted to keep them!

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Our love-fest doesn’t end here either. We’ve got some more Valentine’s crafts coming up next week.

Please note: We were sent a box of craft materials for free in return for this post.