Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Recycling Cd's

This is the first time I have posted using an iPad so we will see how it goes :)

The kids and I had some great fun on the weekend decorating some cd's for a school art project.  They turned out really great and really the photos don't do them justice.  It's been a while since I shared so I thought this was a good one to break the drought........

So how were they done?......


Cd's different colours
Sandwich toaster or oven
Aluminium foil
Tea towel
Sharpie permanent markers
Hot glue gun
PVA glue
Scatters, glitters, buttons etc
Optional: mod podge


1.  Colour on the shiny side of the cd with sharpies in any pattern.  (For the flower we just used the cd's as they were, no colour added)

2.   Turn on sandwich toaster and put cd on wire rack (use aluminium foil underneath cd to prevent it melting over rungs...unless you want that look).  Mine doesn't have a temperature control, just a bake option so if using an oven I guess you would turn it up quite high).  Keep an eye on it.  It only takes a few minutes until they start warping and this is when you can mould them into shapes if you want to but be careful they are HOT.  Use tongs and a tea towel.  On the flatter cd's we used some glitter during the melting process.  If you do this watch CLOSELY.  The glitter can burn quickly.  You just want the colour of the texta to be absorbed slightly and the glitter to melt a little.

3.  You can use a bottle, bowl or jar to place underneath the cd to use as a mould and create the shape you want but work fast.  They re harden quickly!

4.  Once cooked and shaped you can decorate.  We just used PVA and stuck on the scatters etc.  You can finish it by adding a layer of clear drying PVA over the complete surface or a layer of mod podge.

5.  Hot glue on wire for stem if making the flower.  I coloured the wire in with a Sharpie.  I used another Cd to cut out the leaf shape.  Keep in mind a Cd is easier to cut when it's still pliable from the oven.

I hope you enjoyed this one.  I know we did! :)

Check out this fantastic youtube clip by Steve Ramsey about making CD flowers..... Amazing huh...!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pop Up Cards

The kids have really loved doing these.  It's just a matter of adding a few slits into some card and adding anything you want to the pop up mechanism.  Have a look at this website for more instructions and photo's of the mechanism.  I think we are going to do all of our Christmas cards this way.  x


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Miniature Gardens

It's been a long time since I last blogged.  You might think that it's because we haven't done any craft.............. gosh that would be terrible!!!............Thank goodness it's not so. You will be happy to know that my kids have not missed out.  I just haven't had the time to photograph and blog about it.  So I'm very sorry about that.  These little craft gardens were so special I made some time to add them.  They aren't step by step but I think you will get the idea.  Enjoy xxx

To start them off we gathered paper plates, air drying modelling clay and green tissue paper. 

  • Roll up some modelling clay and flatten it out a little and add it to a section of the paper plate.  How much you need will be dependant on what needs to "stand up".
  • Add some PVA below and over the modelling clay and include the rest of the paper plate.  Use the sheet of tissue paper All over the top of the plate and modelling clay.  This we be the grass and the base of the garden.
From there it's really up to you what you want to add.  Here are some ideas:

  •  Pipecleaners through buttons make great flowers.
  •  Stickers can make a great path
  •  Cut out shapes for trees and pond out of coloured paper.  Stick a twig or icypole type stick onto the back of the tree shapes
  •  Add some stickers/split peas/rolled up crepe paper to the trees for colour
  •  Modelling clay can make some great little ducks and small buttons can be beaks.
  •  Button furniture
  •  Icypole sticks or matchsticks for fences

The sky is the limit!!  My kids are 3 and 5 and they loved making them.  You will too!!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Polystyrene / Styrofoam ball Ducks

I think these little ducks are a "quack up"......so so cute!!!

  • Foam sheet (whatever colour)
  • Marker texta
  • Googly eyes x2
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Large (eg: 10cm) polystyrene ball
  • Medium size polystyrene ball
  • Small polystrene ball
  • Feathers

1.  Cut the small ball in half
2.  Use hot glue gun to stick them to the bottom of the large polystyrene ball. Flat part of      ball should be used for stability (don't want no falling duck) so glue rounded edge to large ball.
3.  Using sheet of foam cut out 2 duck feet. I laid one piece on top of each other and cut the scalloped edge. Round out the back of foot as appropriate. Glue to bottom of each small 1/2 ball.


4.  Cut a large oval out of the foam sheet that can be folded in the middle to create a beak. 
5.  Add a line of hot glue, off centre, fold together and create a bit of a ridge.
6.  Add 2 dots with marker texta for nostrils.

7.  Use a pair of scissors to score a line in the middle size ball (this is optional as you could glue it directly without scoring).  My line was pretty rough but you get the idea.  Now use hot glue to stick your beak into the groove.
8.  Glue on the head to the larger ball.  Attach the googly eyes to the head using hot glue or PVA.
9.  Now go nuts with the feathers.  You can see that my kids have had fun with the those!

The only thing left to do now is give them a name...... in this case maybe Huey, Duey and Louie?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Food colour painted flowers

I had to share these as they looked so beautifu!
Food Colour painted flowers. The only instruction was to
extend the flower as close to the edge of the page as possible and this was what they came up with.
Sharpie marker texta's were used for the outline.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Foam sheet or paper Dinosaur with movable parts and button toes.

Materials required:


1.  Cut out all the pieces as per pattern and punch holes as per pattern.

2.  Match up all the holes and work out where you will put the spikes on the back

3.  Glue down the spikes.  Glue down the extra button where the eye will go and then glue on the googly eye.

4.  Glue on the buttons for toenails.

5.  Where the holes line up put in the split pins.  (mine were a little long but worked ok).

6.  My kids were happy for them to be plain but you could easily use sequins for scales etc to add another dimension. 

The boys loved doing the dinosaur roar!!!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Cardstock Robots with button parts


Materials required
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Various Cardstock (the shinier the better)
  • Assorted Buttons
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Sticky dots
  • Scatter stars (or sticker stars)
  • Black heavy paper for background

1.  Firstly cut out a oval head shape. 
2  Just below the centre cut the oval in half
3  Assemble it so that it looks like the robot has an open mouth.  When happy glue it onto the paper....see below:

4.  Then cut out some feet, hands and a rectangle body. Place them slightly apart on the page and glue down
5.  Between the body and hands/feet glue down pieces of pipecleaner.  You can twirl them if you wish.
6.  Stick on the 2 stickers for eyes and add some button eyes. 
7.  Cut a smaller rectangle and place it onto the body of the robot and then glue it down.  Add some buttons for the robot components and also glue in place.
8.  Finally add some scatter starts to the page so it looks like the robot is standing against a twinkling sky.  You can also add other items such as rockets etc :)

The Girl Robot

The Boy Robot