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
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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

Up, up, and away! Crafting our way to Mother’s Day.

Here are some projects that we thought might make our mums smile - from our magical pompom balloons to our paper angel cards, we’ve even crafted a quick picnic to share  that can be prepared by kids! We wish all the mums out there a lovely day on Sunday! Happy crafting and Happy Mothers Day!

To put the pompoms on the balloon we used our hot glue gun. We put a little bit of glue on a pompom and blew on it for a few seconds to cool the glue down and then gently applied it to the balloon. It’s hard to believe it works but it did!

We made some origami angels for our Mother’s Day cards - probably the easiest way to explain how to make our cards is to suggest you look up some YouTube video tutorials, it’s easiest to learn through video, I think! For the picnic we crafted our sandwiches using cookie cutters with shapes that reminded us of our mums - angels, stars and crowns :-)

We hope that you have a lovely time crafting some of these project - from FWJ x

Learning about Endangered Species - with bananas!

At Freeman’s Bay Primary School, Charlie and Ella have been learning about endangered species and (always one to look for a craft angle) I thought we could learn about the Bottle Nosed Dolphin and Yellow Eyed Penguin by crafting them, with bananas - frozen and fresh! I know that if it weren’t the pictures supporting this project you might think I am bananas myself! But I have done this project many times - and it’s always a hit. Great to do if you have a heap of kids over. I bet you all the bananas in Auckland everyone will love this craft. We made our project with fair-trade, organic bananas from All Good Bananas. Nice one!

For the bottle nosed dolphins you need

1.    Bananas                       

2.    Grapes

Now for something with the fresh bananas - something that is quick to put together! We started to open it like we were going to peel it but just opened the banana a little bit - which made for the mouth and made a little dot for their eye. The bananas sit well at the bottom of a plastic container surrounded by grapes (pseudo ocean).

Extra grapes for the crafter who can remember most facts about our friends in the sea.

About the Bottle Nosed Dolphin…

Their curved mouths give the appearance of a friendly, permanent smile. Bottle Nosed Dolphins travel in social groups and communicate with each other by a  system of squeaks and whistles - sometimes they can make up to 1,000 clicking noises when looking for their prey!

What you need for the Yellow Eyed penguins

1. Bananas

2. The chocolate sauce you get in a bottle which freezes on ice cream

3. Coloured lollies - we used Smarties for their fabulous colours 

4. Edible eyeballs - we have a great cupcake store nearby where we buy these - but you can use yellow smarties.

Here’s how to go about it:

1. Peel and cut your bananas in half crossways and pop them into the freezer - a few hours should do. Each banana makes two penguins – with their pointy heads on top and flat bottoms down below.

2. Pour some of the chocolate sauce into a small container - this makes for the dark dorsal (upper body) surface while the white lower body will be the natural banana. This black and white colouring has been adopted by many marine animals.

3. Very quickly after putting the chocolate on the upper banana put some eyes in. Then pop a dot of chocolate sauce underneath the eyes to secure them and a blob at the bottom for the feet. Offer extra bananas to the crafter who can tell you the most facts about our yellow eyed friends.

This was a four handed project - I was actively involved in helping putting these together with my younger crafting friends.

About the Yellow Eyed Penguin…

This species of Penguin is endangered, with an estimated population of 4,000. It is considered one of the world’s rarest penguin species and may be the most ancient of all living penguins. The Maori name is Hoiho.