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DIY glitter figure decorations

18 December, 2013

Quick! It’s Christmas! COVER EVERYTHING IN GLITTER.Glitter Figures Tutorial

I am always picking up small plastic figures from charity shops and car boots sales- sometimes whole plastic bags of them for 50p. I rummage through it saying to Ramona “One for you, one for me” until they are all dished out. She plays quite imaginatively with them and I craft them up. (These Cowboy and Indian pots were probably my favourite. Until now.)

I also like putting glitter on stuff. Really, who doesn’t? Anything goes. (See: shoes)

Glitter on tiny plastic toys is a WINNER!

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Grab some glue- a nice toxic shoe glue is a goody, something that dries quickly but is really strong.

Grab some glitter.

Apply glue to your figure in centimetre patches, dabbing it in the glitter before you do the next centimetre.

Don’t get your fingers involved. (I was Goldfinger for about 3 days.)

Apply a string to hang on the tree or a name tag for a placeholder.

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Merry glittery Christmas everybody.

(HARHAHAHAHA *evil laugh* Your guests will have glitter in all their nooks and crannies for MONTHS.)

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Recycled Bottletop Magnets – Valentines Day special!

14 January, 2013

I may be slightly addicted to making Bottletop Magnets. There is something so satisfying about such a tiny little canvas, using up something that would ordinarily go in the bin, and experimenting with what works with resin. These may be my favourites so far….

Bottle top magents scrabble maps

I am not an especially big fan of Valentines Day, y’know, commercialism, guilts, singles feeling rubbish etc etc. But I DO love an excuse for crafting.

Tim and I had begun a long distance relationship about a month before Valentines Day 7 years ago. It was a little opportunity to show each other just how head over heels we already were. I was on a bit of a candle making buzz around that time, I used to experiment with all sorts- old keys, flowers, flax. I poured my heart and soul into a big candle for Tim, using a few different kinds of New Zealand foliage. I sent it up to him, hundreds of miles away, in perfect time and he told me just how much he loved it.

It was only a few months later that he revealed how he lit it at the dining table (he LIT it?? Who LIGHTS candles??!) whilst sitting down for dinner with his whole family…. and it, um, caught fire. Foliage + candles = hazard.  His family must have thought me a bit daft.

Anyway, I know you are wondering how he could have competed with such a WONDERFUL pressie from me… Well! He blew my amazing, slightly perilous, candle out of the water. I returned home from university that Valentines Day to a box of chickens on my doorstep. Live chickens. A pair of chooks called Miranda and Gertrude he had adopted on my behalf.

We got engaged the very next month….

So here is another batch of bottletop magnets from me and seeing as there is only 1 month to go let’s make it a loved up Valentines Day special….
Valentines Day Bottle Top Magnets

HOW TO:

  • Buy your resin (this is an environmentally friendly resin, quite dear but a good amount will last FOREVER)
  • Collect your bottletops – the ones I am using here were picked up from a bar so have their edges pressed out from the auto-bottletop popper which is quite a nice effect, but it looks fine without too.
  • Choose your paper/ random objects
  • Play around- thin paper tends to go see through so choose card/ fabric
  • Mix up a small amount of resin- mix REALLY DAMN WELL, get right in there, until it is utterly clear and not misty
  • Pour it to the brim of your bottletops
  • Leave for 24 hours
  • Stick magnets on the back- I buy ugly magnets from secondhand shops and re-use those!Bottle Top Magents for Valentines Day
    I used these Loveheart sweets and am stoked with how they look- I did try other colours but only the white ones managed to hold their colours, so be warned.

I also cut up a map and placed small (from a travel Scrabble set) letters inside. I like the idea of using segments of maps from places that mean something to you both- where you met, first kiss and all that gushy stuff! And, Gosh, I LOVE Scrabble letters, these mini ones work a dream.Bottletop Magnets with scrabbleAre you already thinking about Valentines Day? Have anything planned?

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Easy Toddler Wings Craft

8 November, 2012

When I was a wee tike I was selected as part of the Royal Ballet Help the Poor South London Kiddies Scheme. It meant being bustled off each week to a cold, scary big hall and leaping from corner to corner and getting told off for not leaping gracefully enough by older ballerinas. I didn’t really like it much (what an ungrateful Beneficiary of Good Will!) and didn’t last very long. But before I had my last tussle with Mum about whether I could give up this opportunity I did get to perform in the Royal Opera House dressed as a giant chicken.

Despite being a rubbish, ungrateful ballerina I can remember being so proud on that stage, and feeling so full of fancy, so unlike my clumsy self, I felt that even my leaping met the grade, as a flapped my way from stage left to stage right.  I think I was probably the last child out of my suit.

There is something about wings, even those wings of the inelegant chicken, that makes a child’s imagination soar.

After seeing some images of a child in wings on the internet a few times, I decided I had to give this craft a crack and discovered just how irresistibly easy it is and what delight they provoke in children!


It was such a simple craft, anyone could manage it with just some scraps of fabric and a sewing machine. It did take a while cutting out all those reams of looping feathers, and it is fairly monotonous sewing the lines – but I am sure you all have a much higher boredom threshold than me!   I used up some upholstery samples, so I had fantastic, bold colours but really just too heavy for tiny arms to happily flap for hours.

How to:

  • You need a base that reflect the arm length of the child. I did 30 cm x 30 cm (for a 1-2 year old, would fit up to 3)  and cut a loose curve between them.
  • I then cut lots of loopy strands, beginning at 36 cm and getting smaller as you sew up into the corner.
  • My strands were  around 5 cm wide, but these could be any width- wider if you are lazier than me and want less strands or much less wide if you would like lots and lots of feathery layers.
  • Best to leave a loop hanging off each end and then cut the loop smaller once you are all done.
  • I just sewed straight along the top of each strand from corner to corner, wriggling and doing tiny tucks as I went to accommodate the curve for the first one or two longer strands. For the short strands you can zip straight along.
  • I then laid them out to make a half circle and so I could easily imagine where the ribbon needed to go.
  • I then attached a long piece ribbon to the pointy corner of each wing, with a few centimetres between them, so that could go around the neck with a nice bow.
  • I left the bottom corner to just hang, and tied a smaller bit of ribbon on the far end corners to tie around the ribbon.
  • Hope that all makes sense!

As you can see, I didn’t use the ideal fabric and my cuts are wonky but it still turned out okay! Such a forgiving craft, my absolute favourite kind.

I made two pairs to send to my two toddler nephews in New Zealand. It is hard finding crafty  present ideas for toddlers and children so I was REALLY happy when my sister-in-law sent a video of her darling boy having a major giggle, flapping about and dancing to Adele. These are now my present of choice for every child!!