It has been entirely too long between entries. Life gets like that though I guess. I actually made this wind chime back in May, but have not had a chance to blog about it. Pretty sad when you can’t find a spare half hour in 7 months… but hopefully I will make up for that over the next 3 weeks while my schedule is not so hectic.
I am really happy with the way this project turned out, but it may not be something everyone can make at home, as you will need access to a kiln for the baking of the clay. I am lucky enough to have that access 🙂 The discs were made from potters clay, available from any good craft shop, about $30 for 10kg (it’s really heavy when wet!). I rolled some clay out to around 5mm thick, then cut the circles out using a metal egg ring. I then used a variety of leaves and flowers from around the garden, laid them over the clay and rolled over gently with a rolling pin, just enough to create the patterns as you can see.
Clay circles with leaf and flower prints.
Once baked and cooled, it was time for assembly. Mr 5 and Miss 6 were happy to help decorate the pieces of fishing line with some chunky transparent glass beads I had in my bead stash.
Threading the beads on fishing line before assembly
We then went on a hunt for the perfect stick, attached it to a chair and began assembly. I wanted the discs to taper down, so this was not something the kids could help with.
Once I was happy with the positioning of each string, I tied them in a few more knots and decorated the top hanging twine. Cut off any loose ends and it’s done. As simple as that.
Each disc touches the next ever so slightly, making a lovely sound in the breeze, without being too noisy.
Beads in the sun – sun catcher wind chime
Clay and glass bead sun catcher
These are so easy to make and turned out super cute. Inspiration actually came form some fish scales I saw some students at school making.
All you need is some cup cake papers, cardboard (we used an old cereal box) glue stick (or paper glue) and scissors. We just used cup cake papers we had in the cupboard, the striped green is my favourite.
Draw and cut out a tree shape. For the first few, I drew lines as a guide for the rows so that Ms 5 didn’t just stick the papers all over the place. This created the layers or ‘tiers’. By the time she got to do her own at the end, she didn’t need lines anymore as she understood the process.
Just press down the flat part (the bottom) of the cup cake paper, not the corrugated part. Once the bottom line is covered, move up to the next row and repeat until you get to the top.
Ms5 decided to finish them off with a yellow paper sticking out the top like a star. Great idea!
What you need
Draw tree shape
Cut out tree
Cut papers in half then half again
Ready to stick
Mr4 has a turn.
Ms5s white tree.
Now she has the hang of it.
Easy Christmas decorations.
I’ll be honest, I rarely walk past a discount shop without picking up a little something for my craft stash. The only problem with this, is finding somewhere to keep it all. The side board I keep everything in was at breaking point, it had been for weeks actually. So it was time to dive in and sort everything out. It was a painful 3 hour job, but worth it!
4 small bins worth of rubbish and a few hours later…
All tucked away neatly – what lies inside…
All the little things
Hoops, styrofoam shapes, foam frames
The evil glitter box. Have learnt the hard way to keep things in small bags.
Paint, sequins and all the little scrap booking type stuff.
Cutters, stensils and oven bake clay.
Card, tissue paper, crepe paper, left over easter things, paper lanterns.
Stamps, pompom makers and the hot glue gun.
That all fits nicely now, but it did mean my supplies have to start taking over another room.
Sewing kit, ribbon box, wool and twine box, tule, felt and glue stash.
Ohhh, looky, there is even some extra space! What ever will I fill it with? Mwahahaha!
Much to my children’s disappointment, I am not much of a sweet tooth. So I struggle to be inspired to make sweet treats. But I figured we should do some ‘cooking’ for Easter, and this seemed simple enough for my likings. 🙂
They kids had lots of fun making mess with the icing and creating patterns on the Arrowroot biscuits. I just bought ready made icing – because yes, I am that lazy. 🙂 Mini M&Ms and snakes for the stripes.
Inspiration for this project came from Alpha Moms blog. I thought I’d adjust it into an Easter themed project, given it is already that time of year.
All you need is some of the whitish milk or juice cartons. We actually used a cordial bottle for the grass. The stickers on the milk bottle where quite hard to remove and left a sticky residue. I managed to remove this with some mineral turpentine.
Once you have your clean pieces of plastic, draw or as we did, trace your shapes using a black permanent marker (Sharpie etc). Then let the kids colour as desired. Once coloured, cut away the extra plastic and you’re done! They turned out even better than expected.
We attached ours to the windows using double sided tape rather than suction cups.
The girls at All Tizzies Up do love a pom pom or 700! Here is a simple easter wreath they put together using basic craft materials and a pile of pom poms!
Card and hand made pom poms
The pom pom maker.
Trace out wreath to desired size
Attach pom poms using hot glue, as close to gather as possible.
Continue until wreath is completely covered.
Attach some ribbon to the back for decoration and to hang wreath
Create a bunny face from pipe cleaners and felt.
Attach to the wreath again with hot glue.