A week ago I and I Freja got hang to with Slöjdklubben (a craft club for kids) at a family party in Hågelbyparken in Botkyrka. During the day you could ride on ponies, meet firefighters, listen to Sean Banan and Panetoz, dance, do graffiti and much, much more.
In our tent the table was set for a crafting feast and all the children got to do things that rattle and flutter, which is useful when listening to Sean Banan and Panetoz. One of the things we did was a maracas out of paper plates. It’s so easy to make and so fun to use that Freja and her friends decided to do a few more when we got home. Check it out!
You need paper plates, acrylic paint and a brush or other things to decorate with, a stapler and something to fill you with maracas. We have used pumpkin seeds, but rice or dried beans works as well. We have also used a hole punch and scraps of yarn.
1. Start by decorating your maracas. Each maracas need two plates and the girls paint theirs using acrylic paint.
2. Let the paint dry.
3. Once the paint has dried staple the plates together using the stapler. Do not forget to fill your maracas before closing it completely. You can also make holes around the plates with a punch. Then tie on scraps of yarn for extra flutter!
And now – turn on the music and the dancing! Have fun!
Those of you who follow us on Instagram may have seen Freja’s redecorated calendar last week. She punched out circles of pretty papers and glued them to the front and back of her book. Leftover after the project was a whole bunch of colorful paper circles and I, as you might know, find it hard to throw stuff. Today, we turn the leftover colorful paper circles into birds on a wire, and let them decorate a branch from the garden.
We have used colorful paper, a circle punch (you can of course cut circles with a scissor too), scissors, glue, yarn and a dry branch.
1. We begin by wrapped yarn around parts of the branch. Add glue to the part you want to decorate, and then wrap the yarn around it. Secure the end with a little extra glue.
2. Now it’s time to do something with the circles. We had some that were already punched out, but we needed to do some more. The circles gets folded in half and some of them we turn into birds. Wings and beak are cut from a circle in a different color and then glued on.
3. Finally, we glue the circles around a piece of yarn, with the birds placed at evenly between the regular circles.
The yarn wire is then hung on the branch and the project is completed! A boring branch and some colorful circles is now a nice decoration to Freja’s room.
After an amazing summer autumn is now slowly creeping upon us. It’s a bit chilly in the morning, it’s a bit darker in the evening and the flowers in the garden begins to slowly wither. We decided to pick some of ours and made a mandala. By taking pictures of them our mandalas became beautiful cards to send to loved ones.
You need flowers, leaves and a white paper. If you like turn them into cards you also need access to a camera and a color printer.
1. Begin by carefully picking the petals from the flowers.
2. Then place the petals in patterns on a white sheet of paper. Move the leaves around until you are happy. Beautiful, don’t you think!
You can of course enjoy your mandala as they are until the leaves wilted. Or do as we – take a picture of your mandalas and print them out as cards. Fun to make, fun at give away!