All posts tagged: craft

Simple Tie Dye Scarf

What to do when it is cloudy and cold outside and everywhere you might want to hike is a swamp?  Stay in a get bored? No!  Make a scarf of course! I had two yards of cheesecloth fabric (yes, the very same fabric all cool blouses and skirts in the 1970’s were made from) in my cupboard and some dye I had bought ages ago and never used.  The colours I had to choose from were navy, black or brown (obviously I wanted a dark green…), so I picked black. To dye my future accessory a solid black or add a spot of tie dye? I decided to try some very simple tie dyeing using three elastic bands. Sorry about the lack of ‘process’ photos, but when I was doing it, I honestly didn’t think it would come to much, just an exercise to keep me entertained.  Funny how when you do something with no pressure on yourself, it turns out to be rather ace! I secured an elastic band about 3inches from each end …

How to make a Pom Pom Carrot

Pom pom carrot!  I know, a pom pom carrot sounds bonkers and of course it is.  So what else to do, but to make one. Here’s how. Make three pom poms in graduating sizes, I used a cereal packet to cut my pom pom bases out and increased the size of each circle by 2cm each time, ending up with  4cm, 6cm and 8cm discs.  I used orange fluffy wool but any orange wool will be great. For the leafy top, I loosely wrapped some green wool around my hand a few times in an uneven manner and tied it like a pom pom and trimmed open the ends.  Almost like a very loose freeform pom pom. Sew them together using the wool already on the pom, include the ‘leaves’ as you sew the three together. Fresh from the pom pom garden!  Now where is the pea green wool…… Have fun making pom pom veg and don’t forget to tell me what you made in the comments!

Let’s spray stuff gold!

Remember the frame I got at the yard sale a couple of weeks ago?  Well, I got some spray paint today and made it all fancy. I also painted a sheet of cardboard with chalkboard paint so that I could use the frame as a snazzy chalkboard too. Once I got that paint though, I wanted to spray everything, I managed to stop at the cow, but I can’t promise I won’t start spraying again soon. Here is the frame spraying in pictures. Of course I couldn’t stop at a golden frame, so the cow got golden too!  I think he likes it. Ta Da! Do you have the urge to spray paint stuff?  Bet you do now!!

Let’s make a Zzzzzzooooommmbie!

As the kids were off school today and it has been freezing cold outside, we decided to concentrate on indoor activities! ‘Ice Age, Continental Drift’ seemed an appropriate movie and we have just borrowed it from the library. Fake fur stuffies were the plan, so I dragged all the furry fabric out. Bodhi started to draw the stuffie he wanted to make and it turned out to be a zombie.  A zombie with a saggy head no less.  So the Zombie was sketched, and a ‘pattern’ was cut.  Very Project Runway, but we don’t need L’Oreal hair and make up for a zombie! Paper zombie Flat zombie He has a heart of course. Bodhi stuffing Zombo the zombie. Zombo is made from fabric from the Upcycle Exchange and recycled clothes from our charity pile! We never did use the fake fur!  Next time.

Pom poms into foxy tails

Pom poms, I made them endlessly at my Grandma’s house. Whenever we visited, I would be digging around in her knitting box to see what wool she had.  I liked the remnants of part used balls of wool, some was the crinkly wool which comes from pulled down woollies. Another job I loved to help her with, I would wind the the wool around my hands off the woolly item, then Grandma would wind it from me into a nest ball of wool.  Then I would make pom pom after pom pom!  Now I have made a few pom poms, I want to pay the Upcycle Exchange a visit to explore the fabulous yarn range within! So, when I found an article in the new Mollie Makes by Hannah Golding with instructions on making a fox tail, or any fluffy animal tail, from pom poms, I was in. First I had to find an old cardboard box, a cereal box is about right.  Draw two circles with holes at the centre and cut them out. …

Eat curry, hunt treasure.

This weekend was my birthday weekend as we wouldn’t all be here on my actual birthday to have cake and gasp at present opening! We went to House of India for a curry buffet extravaganza lunch. Bodhi ate his body weight in chicken Tikka Masala and I just wanted to eat the rice pudding, but tried to be an adult and had some actual food first. Onto Barnes and Noble to pick up a woefully old, Mollie Makes magazine,  out of date because it is a UK publication and I assume it takes ages for it to flap those magaziney pages over here. Not to worry though, there are no horoscopes to go out of date, no celeb gossip to age, just lovely crafty stuff for me to look at and plan to make. When I can knit and crochet effectively…..I can use a sewing machine and a needle and thread, so all is not lost!  I like the look of the itsy hedgehog on the cover, I can make him! After Indian lunch, we went off …

Spooky Haunted House craft for Halloween

Second Grade Halloween party is coming up and I am going to have them make  haunted houses as the craft section of the party.  I still haven’t decided on the snack section, but I am sure there will be plenty of sugar and scary food colours! Want to make a spooky haunted house?  Here’s how. Spooky Haunted House ingredients tall juice or milk carton                                                                                                         construction paper or any paper you like                                                                                                         …