Monthly Archives: March 2013

Bunny Cup Gift

Easter Bunny Cup
I made these little bunny cups as an alternative to buying easter eggs for my nieces and nephews as they get enough. They are half filled with sweets, mini eggs and chocolate coins and they are pretty cute! They are very simple to make, and you don’t need to go by what I used to create them. They would look just as effective with – card, paper, funky foam, cotton wool balls, buttons, sticker dots….you can use whatever you have to hand and in whatever colours you like – WIN!

 
 
 
 
I used:

  • A silver party cup
  • Grey and pink felt for the ears
  • Pink and white pompoms
  • Stick on eyes
  • Sharpie pen for the whiskers
  • Pink tissue paper for inside

Easter Crafts
 

Take the cup and add a nose, ensure the seam of the cup is at the back to make it neater. I used a hot glue gun here as it’s quick but white gloopy glue would work fine.

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Add two pompoms just under the nose.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Draw whiskers and a mouth.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Add eyes.
 
 
Doesn’t he look cute already!
 
 
 
 
 
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Cut two bunny shaped ears in two different colours with one colour being smaller than the other.

 
 
 
 

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Place the smaller one on top of the other and glue in place. If you are having two sticky up ears do this to both. If you are having one droopy ear then leave off the second smaller inner ear as in this photo.

Glue the ears on the inside of the front of the cup.

 

Easter Crafts

 
 

Add some glue to the tip of the ear with no inner piece and glue down to the side of the eye.

….I love him…..I’d be happy to receive this little dude!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Easter gitf ideas

 

Add some scrunched up tissue paper to the base to fill out some of the room in there.

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Fill with goodies 🙂

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Make as many as you need. My little one decided we had to have some with two sticky up ears, all I need to do now is fill them all up and they are ready to go!

Gem x

Easy Felted Polystyrene Easter Eggs

Polystyrene easter eggsEaster is fast approaching and this year I have decided to decorate the house to give the girls a sense of excitement about Easter Sunday. I know these ‘believing’ years won’t last long so I want to make the most of every moment of wonder, for their sake as well as my own.

These are an adult only craft as the needle is extremely sharp.

Wool roving and polystyrene

 
 

To make these all you need is:

-Wool roving

-Polystyrene or Styrofoam eggs – any size

-A felting needle – I’d buy a couple as they can snap. It has to be a felting needle as it has tiny barbs on the point that helps to felt the wool so a normal needle can’t be used.

Wool Roving

 
 

To cut wool roving, the best way is to hold each end and pull gently…

Wool roving trimming

 
 
 
 
 

…..and the wool will naturally come apart. This gives it a feathery edge rather than a blunt thick edge which is more difficult to disguise and can look a bit lumpy.

making felted eggs

 
 
 
 

I start at the top of the egg so for this I pull out a strand of the wool roving.

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Start to coil the end of the roving up.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Make it a bit loose as the felting process will cover up the gaps.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This is for the top of the egg. If you need to make it bigger then just add another strand at the end of the last one and continue to coil, it will naturally stay together.

needle felting sytrofoam

 
 
 
 

Add it to the top of the egg, take your needle and stab downwards in a straight line. This will anchor the roving in to the egg. Keep stabbing the roving all over until it is stuck down. You can be quite hard and fast here but take care of your fingers and keep them out of the way of the needle.

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Here, I am adding stripes – take a strand of roving in the colour of your choice and lay it across the egg.

 
 
 

Hold it fairly taut and stab in to position all the way around. The left over end bit you can either tease out (if its long) and then stab down or just stab down overlapping the ends as it should be quite thin and won’t show.

 
 
 

To make the lines really straight, go around the edge and gently push in any strands that are wobbly.

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Stripy easter egg

 
 
 
 
 
 

Keep going in the colours you like, bigger stripes take less time.

 

Once you get to the bottom, make another coil and felt it down in the same way.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I like to give it a final stab all over with the needle and then make loads more in all different sizes 🙂

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To make one colour, I take a thicker strand and stab in to place

 
 
 
 
 

Keep going in sections like this as it gives it a neater appearance rather than wrapping the roving in one big piece around the whole egg.

 
 
 
 
 

Make coils for the top and bottom as before. To add spots just make very small coils and felt them on.

Easter decorations

 
 
 
 
 

I’ve added mine to a basket but you could add a ribbon to the top and hang them.

 
 
 
 
 
Gem x

Simple Coloured Rice for Sensory Play

Sensory Play
I’ve been wanting to make this coloured rice for ages, actually, since the girls have been asking for their sand pit which is currently outside, soggy, smelly and not to mention the ridiculous changeability of our weather – Its March yet its snowing outside!

This is a great alternative that can be used indoors…if you don’t mind hoovering up a bit afterwards.

I have been wanting to experiment a bit with it as I had read a recipe for adding rubbing alcohol which I really don’t like the thought of for small children to be handling or the smell!

For me doing anything like this for the kids has to be simple so here’s my recipe!

 
 
You will need:

  • Cheap basic rice – I got mine from a Cash and Carry (5kg and used about half in all)
  • Food colouring
  • Zip loc bags (makes it easier but sandwich bags or a bowl would do it)

Optional Extras:

  • White Vinegar (instead of rubbing alcohol) – personally I wouldn’t bother using either.
  • Water – a few drops to help mix the colour if it seeems a bit thick

    See the bottom of post for why I would choose not to use these things.

Toddler play

 
 
Add the amount of rice you want to colour to the bag

Toddler Play

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Add the food colouring – don’t be shy here…. try a few blobs and add more if necessary. The more you add the more vibrant it will be.

Toddler Activities

 
 
 
 
 
Close the bag up and massage the rice inside so its all covered. This is where the Zip Loc comes in handy as I kept adding dye until it looked really vibrant!

Make whatever colours float your boat, even just one colour looks good to a child.

Sensory Play
 
 
Transfer them to a dish so the rice can dry overnight (baking trays covered in foil would also be good here) I actually couldn’t wait so after a while I put them in the oven on really low for 10 mins giving it a stir half way to help it along. I still left them in their trays overnight though as the rice was hot and it was nearly bedtime anyway.

 
Then when its all dry put it in a container with enough room so the kids can play – I used a Really Useful Box for wrapping paper but any large plastic tub would work.

Toddler play

How AMAZING does that look!

Toddler Games

Coloured Rice
 
 
The Girls LOVED it! They played for ages and made up all different kinds of games. It did make me think it would be great outside when it’s warmer too ……

 

as it didn’t take me long to realise that I should put a mat down ……………………

 

 

 

Toddler play
 
Like so ….. because it made it so much easier to clear up!

One of the games we played was hiding treasure. I found really small objects like a hair clip or a small image I had cut out of a card and hid them in the rice and they had to find them. That then gave me all sorts of ideas like hiding buttons and asking them to find the right coloured one – a bit like button bingo! We played for ages just sprinkling it on our hands because it felt nice, a bit like sand in a way.

I reckon it will last months before dirt and grime will mean I need to replace it! I have a lid for the box so that will make it easy to store away too.
 

Coloured Rice
 
 
By the end it had all mixed up in to this fantastic rainbow coloured rice!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Why I chose not to add anything else to the recipe!

I believe using Rubbing alcohol or the safer alternative- White Vinegar makes the colour less likely to come off. However, I found just using the food colouring, that once the rice was dry it didn’t come off anyway. I added vinegar to the blue one to test it and to be honest it made it smell….very vinegary which wasn’t very nice!

I tested it by putting some blue rice in to a bowl of water and a very faint amount of dye came off as opposed to when I put the red rice in a bowl of water more came off (not majorly but thought i’d point that out). So I would suggest if you think your little one is likely to empty their drink in it then throw the rice at the walls or maybe get really sweaty hands it may be worth using white vinegar. I’ve told my kids they mustn’t get it wet (just in case) and I will supervise them when they are playing with it anyway but it really doesn’t worry me. If you do want to use vinegar add it when you add the colouring about a tablespoon to a large cup of rice.

If you use any drops of water, it will make the rice wetter and will take longer to dry so use sparingly. My orange and green had water in them and I can’t say they were any better than the rice with nothing added (Red, Pink, Purple)

Hope you have fun, its great fun making it as well as playing with it!