We Made A Leaf Bowl (And It Wasn’t Just A Gloopy Mess).

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It’s taken a year for me to work up the enthusiasm to give making a leaf bowl another try  – and I’m so pleased I did.

Our last attempt (at a leaf crown because we didn’t have enough leaves) turned into a soggy, smushed up mess. I wasn’t entirely hopeful that this one would be any different but I thought Freya would have fun with the gloopy glue (plus we had a balloon left over from her birthday) so I thought ‘why not?’

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We gathered some lovely leaves, brought them home and set to work.

I used Bostik White Glu (of course) this time, watered down ever so slightly. I cut the stalks off and then got Freya to paste pretty much at will.

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She then handed them to me (the joy!) and I wrapped them around the biggest bit of the balloon. We then liberally applied another coat of glue.

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Before leaving it to dry.

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Ideally, I would have left it for longer than 24 hours but Freya was excited so, even though it was still a bit wet inside, we did the best bit (if you’re four).

As I have a deep hatred of balloons, especially when they pop, Mark did the honours (and I videoed it, holding one hand over my ear which, surprisingly, didn’t help).

Here you go.

Once we removed the balloon it all bounced back into shape and this is how it turned out .

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Would I keep my fruit in it? Probably not. Is it a beautiful addition to our windowsill bringing a touch of the outdoors inside? Absolutely.

Have you ever made a leaf bowl? What did you keep in it? 

 

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Easy Crafts For Children: Toilet Roll Bracelets.

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In all my years of parenting (yes, all three and a half) I have never come across anything as versatile as the cardboard thingie from the middle of the toilet roll (do they have a name? Innard? Tube? Core? You know what I mean) when it comes to crafts.

We have made binoculars, aliens, planes and used them as painting tools…

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…and now, in celebration of Norwich Fashion Week, dazzling bracelets.

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Freya is very much into anything pink, glittery or bejewelled (as well as mud, mess and the black felt-tip pen, just to balance things out) and already dictates what she will and won’t wear (trousers are out of favour at the moment).

If that carries on I can see her being interested in fashion and, even though I am not, I would happily take her to one of the fashion shows when she’s older, if she wanted to go. I was lucky enough to attend one of the events in previous years, as part of my job, and I loved the buzz just as much as seeing the clothes.

Anyway, as we had some toilet rolls in the recycling I thought we’d have a go at making some bracelets (which, like everything else, I first saw on Pinterest). They are the perfect fit for tiny wrists (and not so tiny ones if you cut a slit in them).

Another great thing about them is, once she’s finished playing with them, the “jewels” peel off to be reused again and the tubes can be recycled.

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What’s the best thing you have you made from the cardboard thingies? We are always on the look out for new things to try.

 

Easy Valentine Crafts For Children (And Adults).

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“What is love?” I ask Freya every so often. When she was a lot younger she would say “hugs” and then “kisses” but this week she said: “It’s when two hearts kiss.”

Awww.

“Who do those hearts belong to?” I questioned further.

She listed herself and grandad, daddy, nan, grandad Arnie, Grandma, Uncle John, half her nursery class and then, finally, me (I was grateful to be included, eventually).

To Freya, love is all around (that should be a song).

As I’ve mentioned in past years, Valentine’s Day is NOT a favourite of mine but, as it’s impossible to avoid, I’m starting as I mean to go on by trying to make it a positive for her. To me that means celebrating every kind of love rather than just romantic love. Wouldn’t it be great if it could stay like that?

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A forest of love for her grandparents and great grandma.

This year, we’ve made things for her grandparents and great grandma as well as other people of her choosing (we didn’t do her nursery class because it’s half term but also because I am lazy and I figured they might do something themselves).

As always, Pinterest is my saviour. I’ve pinned a few more easy crafts, if you are in need of some inspiration. Long live Pinterest!

Both the tree hands and the sun catchers were fun and easy to do. As an added extra I got her to paint a sheet of white paper red for the stick on hearts for the trees (with brushes, hands and feet) which was probably the best part for her.

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How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? Do you celebrate it?