Saturday, 25 July 2015

Boredom Buster Mission File

Well, I've been away for such a long time again due to illness and the trails of being mum to an autistic child who has just finished primary school!! It's summer holidays now and as usual the kids wander round looking like lost little puppies being bored (either that or they're glued to either their phone or ipad!!).
So I came up with a new idea to give them stuff to do. This mission file is aimed at older kids. I would recommend 9 and up but it depends on your kids really.

There are 20 missions included in the file and they vary in style and length of time it should keep them busy for. For some of the missions they may need some adult help but again, this will depend on the age and ability of your children.

I have to say that this might not be for everyone! I made them up for my kids and Theo (12 and autistic) moaned about it for about 2 hours and then put it in the bin!! I guess you can't please everyone! I offered a reward at the bottom for them once they had completed the mission. My first reward was a movie night at home with their favourite snacks.
Anyway, I hope this mission file might be of some use to you and your kids. And it doesn't have to just be for the summer holidays, they can do them at weekends and during other holidays!
You can download here.

That's all for now and I hope it won't be too long before I'm back again with more exciting ideas!

Take Care
Suz and the Padawans

Friday, 3 April 2015

The Crafter's Bucket List ~ Part 3

Here we are at part 3 of our bucket list. Have you tried any of the projects yet?
Lets get cracking with another projects for you to try out, shall we?

#21 Chalk Board Paint
This DIY chalk board paint looks so much fun and could be used for kinds of projects - my mind is brimming with ideas to try out if I get the time. Check out the easy tutorial here.
Need to find supplies for this project? 

#22 Hand/Finger Knitting
This is a really good tutorial for finger knitting. It's also a really good one to get the kids involved in.

#23 Glitter Glasses
I absolutely love glitter! I have it in all different colours! Last year I helped the kids make glitter glasses for their teachers at the end of term so I can tell you that's it's great fun and not too difficult to get simple results. You basically just need some Mod Podge, glitter and a paint brush. We used the Mod Podge to seal our glasses but in this tutorial they use a sealant instead.

Need supplies?

#24 Royal Icing & Icing Biscuits
Have you seen those amazing iced biscuits that are all the rage at the moment? Here is a great beginners tutorial to show you how you can make your own. 

#25 Photography Basics

I would to learn more about photography and this series looks pretty good. 

#26 Zentangle

I love the idea of Zentangle art as you don't need to be good at drawing to do it. Stick on a relaxing CD, get doodling and explore your creativity. Here are some tips and inspiration to get you started.

#27 Mini Dresser From Match Boxes

Making little chests of drawers from match boxes was probably something many of us did as kids but this takes it to a whole new level! Here you will find a two part video tutorial to make beautiful mini dressers. 

#28 T-Shirt Scarf
This scarf looks pretty awesome and there's absolutely no sewing involved! Looks like a great way to re-use an old T-shirt and liven up your wardrobe! 

#29 Orange Candles

Keep the bugs away during the summer months with these cheap and easy to make citronella candles.
You could use other things as a container too but the orange rinds do look kinda cute don't they?

#30 Glitter Clothes Pin Magnets

These are really easy to make and will quickly spice up your memo boards or fridge door. Get the know how here.

So that's it for another installment! Check out previous installments with the links below and if you're sharing your photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram use the hashtag #craftersbucketlist.
Until next time, take care and happy crafting.
Suz xx

Thursday, 26 March 2015

The Crafter's Bucket List ~ Part 2

Welcome back to the crafter's bucket list. In part 2 we'll start on some actual projects you can get stuck into. 

#11 Crochet Flowers
So #2 on our bucket list was crochet basics, and now you can put that knowledge into action and make these cute crochet flowers. Scroll down the page for the instructions in English. 
Or you could try these triple layer flowers if you're feeling confident! Click here for the instructions.

#12 Mod Podge Decoupage
You can decorate almost anything with mod podge and pretty papers. Firstly, check out this guide to mod podge. And then, why not have a go at this simple coaster project to get you started and trying out the techniques.

#13 Bracelet Weaving
Click here for a step by step tutorial on weaving a bracelet. The process made me think of french knitting. Make sure to read the instructions which are further down the page as the photos are a bit confusing on their own. 

#14 Recycled Cereal Box Magazine Holder
Here's a simple upcycling project you could probably do right now! All you need is a cereal box (a nice large one is best - the one I used is a bit too small to hold A4 sheets), some patterned paper - you can use scrapbooking paper if you have some or wrapping paper (brown parcel paper would be great for the kraft look), scissors, glue (a glue stick is probably best), double sided tape is helpful but not necessary a pen and a ruler. 
1. First, select a suitable cereal box. If you want to store paper or magazines then choose a large box.
2. Use a ruler and pen to mark out a wedge shape to cut away. Make a mark about 1cm from the top of the box, then another at the other side between 15 and 20cm from the top (it's up to you what measurements you use). Turn the box and mark the front part 15-20cm down and then repeat the first part on the back of the box. 
3. Cut away the wedge at the top of the box. Your box should now look like this.
4. If you are using a thick paper like a scrapbooking paper, then it's a good idea to crease the paper before glueing down. Carefully lay the paper on the box nice and straight and gently crease the paper along the edges of the box. Take the paper off and fold again. 
5. Now you can apply glue to the box, making sure you cover all the edges. Only cover 2 sides at a time to keep it neat. Apply one piece of scrapbooking paper at a time.
6. Trim the excess paper off, leaving about 1 inch overhang. Fold the overhanging pieces over and glue down inside the box. If you ever covered your school books with paper when you were young you'll remember having to cut away triangles to make the corners neat. Use the same principle on your box. 
7. Repeat steps 4-6 for the second piece of paper if using.
8. Line the inside of your box. I never got round to this on mine but I'll get it done soon! Lay the box onto some paper and trace around it. Do this for all 4 sides and the bottom so you should have 2 wedge shapes and 3 rectangles. Cut these shapes out just inside the line you have drawn. Check that the pieces fit before glueing in place. You can also add decorations to the holder.

#15 Origami Butterflies
These beautiful butterflies would be perfect for decorating your magazine holders or other projects. You could use any kind of paper, including newspaper or old book pages so they are pretty cheap and easy to make. Find the tutorial here.

#16 Quick Fabric Bookmark
This tutorial for a bookmark looks pretty simple and you could easily sew it by hand if you don't have a machine. I love that it should stay in place well (not counting my kids getting hold of it and just pulling it out to have a look!!). I think this one is going on my list of things to do very soon and I think the padawans could give it a try too, so watch out for a post on our attempts! 

#17 Cross Stitch Picture
The Crafty Guild has some lovely free cross stitch patterns so if Olaf isn't your thing, there might be something else here you'd like. They also have crochet patterns. You will need to register with them to download the patterns but it's simply a username and an email address.
Here are other sites where you can get hold of free charts - some require registration.
There are loads out there but these should keep you busy for quite some time!

#18 Paper Cutting
Paper cuts look fabulous when they are done and with some simple tools, a steady hand and a whole lot of patience you can have a go too! This site has a good guide to the history of paper cutting, some tutorials and some ideas of where you can go with this amazing craft.

#19 Frosting Cupcakes
I love cupcakes and they are so popular just now for all kinds of occasions from birthdays to weddings and just as a nice treat with your afternoon cup of tea! This link has some tips for getting beautifully decorated cupcakes and some links to cake recipes so you can craft your own scrummy cupcakes and treat yourself, your family and friends! Enjoy, and let me know when you're making these so I can pop round and have a taste! 

#20 Altered & Mixed Media Art
Whilst researching ideas for this blog series I have fallen a little bit in love with altered art and mixed media art. I'm not a skilled artist by any stretch of the imagination but with this kind of art it really doesn't matter! There doesn't seem to be any rules to what you can use or the techniques you can employ for this art genre - just let your imagination run wild. Use Pinterest to find inspiration if you need it and then hunt around the house and the craft cupboard for things you can utilise. 
Click here to see the post on how to create something similar to the picture above. And I also found this page with some history on altered art and an attempt at a definition.
Below are some photos of mine and my 12 year old daughter's altered mixed media art. We used old coasters as our base and raided my supply of buttons, ribbon, peel off stickers, papers and gems and combined them tin foil, kitchen paper, sizzix cut letters and paints.

I hope you have fun trying out some of these ideas. If you share any photos of your creations on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook use the hashtag #craftersbucketlist so we can check them out! 

Take care and happy crafting
Hugs Suz x