Butterfly pile up! Butterfly Convention Next we added some embellishments to the wings - we had glitter and diamante stickers.
 Then we carefully scrunched up the middle of the tissue paper and wrapped some pipe cleaners around the middle which gave us the butterfly antennae and the peg makes the butterflies body

Check out our glitter peg butterflies! We had such fun making these beautiful little butterflies - using simply some tissue paper, glue, glitter and pegs! We painted some PVA on our pegs and sprinkled glitter for their bodies! Have fun making these - we think they’ll look great on the wall as butterfly decals! Have fun and happy crafting! FWJ x

Meet our elephants made out of toilet rolls! They are simple to make, fun to paint and fun to play with! we had some great conversations about these wonderful animals too - learning through play, it just makes my heart swell. :-) Happy crafting! xo

There’s nothing we won’t try to craft here at crafting HQ - and we can’t get enough of these gorgeous little chocolate treats! Simple to make and delicious to eat! Simply melt some chocolate, pour a little bit into a spoon and add your favourite little lollies and treats and you will have some delectable treats to share :-) PS. if your little treats are chocolate too, it might pay to wait a few minutes so they don’t melt into the hot chocolate. Share with crafting abandon! x FWJ High-res

There’s nothing we won’t try to craft here at crafting HQ - and we can’t get enough of these gorgeous little chocolate treats! Simple to make and delicious to eat! Simply melt some chocolate, pour a little bit into a spoon and add your favourite little lollies and treats and you will have some delectable treats to share :-) PS. if your little treats are chocolate too, it might pay to wait a few minutes so they don’t melt into the hot chocolate. Share with crafting abandon! x FWJ

Cookie Mixes in Jars!

Cookie mixes in jars

Pretty and tasty! These are a great craft to make, and eat! Kids love to bake - and these make a great thank you gifts. We had some jars at home, and filled them with the dry ingredients to make cookies which we plan to share with our teachers and friends these school holidays! 

What you’ll need:

Big jars with lids to hold your ingredients. Pasta  sauce jars would work.

Cookie ingredients

Decorations for the jars. We used ribbons - but you could also use fabric.

Here are the ingredients we used:

1 1/3 cup of plain flour

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1/4 teaspoon of salt

3/4 cup of m & m’s

3/4 cup of chocolate chips

1 cup of rolled oats

1/2 cup of white sugar

1/2 cup of brown sugar

When it’s time to bake your cookies here’s what  to do

Stir the dry ingredients together and add a teaspoon of vanilla, an egg and half a cup of  melted butter. Roll into balls and bake for 10 minutes at 180 degrees.

Eat, share and enjoy!

 

Rainbow fantasy toilet roll castle! Have you ever dreamt about having your own castle?

Have you ever dreamt about having your own castle? We’ll show you how to make your very own fantasy castle using toilet rolls, paper and glue - it’s easy! And fun!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Toilet rolls

Toilet paper

PVA (or you can mix your own glue using flour and water) 

Sticky tape 

Scissors

Paint

Here’s how to go about it:

1. Tape your rolls together. Mix it up so you have different heights to craft with and glue to a big piece of cardboard. This is your base. Use sticky tape to connect your rolls together - no rules here! As you can see from our photo we had a base of three towers, and used sticky tape to connect our toilet rolls (or should we say, turrets!) at different heights.

2. For our windows we rolled up pieces of paper for our window frames - which we stuck on different towers at different heights.

3. For our steeples we began by rolling up a piece of paper in one corner, and as we rolled we turned the paper to the right to form a cone. With a couple of hands we taped along the edge of the paper and we made five roofs, but you can make as many as you like.

4. Once we were happy with the shape of our castle, we taped the roofs to our towers and turrets and began putting pieces of toilet paper, covered in a little bit of glue to our castle. This smoothed out the sticky tape and chose our colours. We decided rainbow!

5. We painted our towers, and our steeples - and sprinkled glitter on the steeples as they were drying.

6. Voila! Our fantasy, rainbow toilet paper castle is ready to go - we are making a moat and will be having some royal fun over these holidays with our castle. We hope you have fun making yours! Just make sure you leave some toilet paper so that there is some to do the job it needs to do!

 

We're bonkers about buttons!

We were lucky enough to inherit a jar of buttons from our friend’s nana - and we had lots of ideas how to craft with them! We could’ve filled Schools Out with our button ideas but for these holidays we are making bouquets and bookmarks.

Making button bookmarks

These are great to keep your page in a book - and make a lovely little gift to say thank you - or hello too!  It’s easy - so let’s get crafting!

What you’ll need: 

Shank style buttons

Paper clips 

Your glue gun.


How to go about it:

1. Slide your button around the paper clip up to the end with only one loop.

2. Add a little hot glue to the back of the button, enough to hold to the back of the paper clip. We call that our finished book mark! 

PS. If you have any felt you can apply  it to the back of the hot glue and cover the button. We didn’t have any felt so  we just left the back of the buttons bare.

Easy!


A bouquet of buttons 

What you’ll need: 

Flat buttons of different sizes and colours

Wire (we got ours from the hardware store)

Pliers 

1. We put our buttons in piles of different sizes and colours.These will be our flowers.

2. Take a piece of wire, double the length you would like your stalk to be, and thread through the holes in the buttons.

3. Using the pliers, twist the wire round and round until you have your desired length. Cut carefully and you have your button flower!  So cute and colourful!

4. Go find a vase! 

To be fair I’m not known for my sporting prowess - but I am for my crafting! So when we saw all the colours of the teams playing in the World Cup we thought we would make a string of fans showing all the colours - and we are stoked how these turned out! Soccer and crafting, who would’ve thought! Check out how we made it!

We’re fan’s of the World Cup - crafting styles!  

This is what you’ll need:
 
Tissue paper
Scissors 
Stapler 
String 
 
This is how to make it:
 
Lay out the tissue paper so that it is nice and flat and carefully cut down the seam - making strips of each colour (about 25cm’s wide)
 
Layer the colours you want to use - when we were crafting with two colours we used two sheets of tissue per colour and when we were crafting with three we used one - this made it more manageable when we were folding them up.
 
Cut the top layer so that it’s a smaller width than the outside colour. The outside colour will be the widest, and the inside colour needs to be trimmed so there is a border on each side.
 
Start folding the tissue in an accordion fold, like a fan. Once it’s done, fold the fan in half and staple the centre.
 
Carefully staple the two sides together down the middle of the fan, and then take the sides and staple each outside side to the string to hold them - they fold down together easily which is good to store them so they can be used again.
 
Repeat!
 
Ideas to try:
 
Cut the edge of the fan for a pattern on your fan
 
We think these would make a great accessory for a party, a baby shower, or a childs bedroom.
 
Tissue is very delicate to work with - so adult hands will be required to temper the enthusiasm of our little crafters :-) 

Check out our royal projects making crowns and corgis - we had so much fun! And from the awesome crafting supplies we picked up from the Warehouse Stationery Big Blue Sale had heaps of sparkly diamantes to stick on to our crowns! We just stapled them together and began decorating! Then we took our ballon corgis for a walk! Have a royally good Queens B’day weekend my fellow crafters! x FWJ