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Embroidered Snowflake Card #24XmasCrafts Advent

Snowflake card

Not only is it day 10 of my #24XmasCrafts Advent, it’s also our last monthly Bostik Bloggers Craft Challenge. The theme is snow so I’ve made an embroidered snowflake card 🙂

You will need:

A blank card
An embroidery needle
Something sharp and thin to make the holes (you can just use the needle but I found this small screwdriver easier to hold)
Embroidery thread
Sequins
Beads
A gem
Glue

embroidered snowflake card

Start by printing out a snowflake template and tracing it onto baking paper if you don’t have tracing paper. There are some templates here.

embroidered snowflake card

Using Blu Tak, attach the baking/tracing snowflake in position on the blank card. Using the needle or other pointy object, like my screwdriver, poke holes at all the points of the snowflake.

embroidered snowflake card

Thread your needle with your selected colour thread (I used 2 strands) and knot the end. Start embroidering your card.

embroidered snowflake card

 

embroidered snowflake card

 

embroidered snowflake card

 

embroidered snowflake card

When you’ve finished embroidering the snowflake, add your first sequin. Bring the needle up from the back of the card and thread the sequin on. Now thread on the bead and put the needle back down through the same hole.

embroidered snowflake card

Continue adding sequins and beads to each point of the snowflake.

embroidered snowflake card

Glue your gem to the middle of the snowflake and send it to someone special 🙂

embroidered snowflake card

 

 

Day 11 already tomorrow and we’ll be making tealight Christmas trees 🙂

To see all of the 24 tutorials, check out my Pinterest board

Thanks to Bostik and Tots100 for a year of fun; the girls looked forward to the boxes arriving every month 🙂

Christmas card tutorial #BostikBloggers

Christmas card tutorial

Here’s Ella’s Christmas card craft for this months Bostik Bloggers challenge. She’s taken her own photos and written the instructions herself (the only help she’s had from me was with the photos. I had to resize and crop them for her as we ran out of time for me to show her how to do it).

She’s been very excited at the thought of being able to write the post herself 🙂

Over to Ella!

You will need:

  • assorted buttons
  • black felt pen
  • white glue
  • bumpy-edged card
  • stickers that say ho ho ho and happy Christmas
  • Christmas spirit!

Bostik bloggers Christmas card

 

Method

  • first, you’ve got to pick four nice buttons and glue them on at different heights (like in the photo)
  • now draw the strings and a bow
  • then add five stars and five love hearts to the corners
  • finally, add the ho ho ho and happy Christmas stickers

Bostik bloggers Christmas card craft

 

Christmas card tutorial in association with Bostik, Tots 100 and Craft Merrily

Bonfire Night Shoebox Diorama #BostikBloggers

Shoebox diorama

Kaycee loves making a shoebox diorama. She made one for a school project once that depicted Cinderella’s bedroom and she won a prize for it 🙂

shoebox diorama bonfire night

You will need

A shoebox
Paint
Paintbrushes
Glitter glue
PVA glue
Dry grass
Card
Felt
Lolly sticks
Pipe cleaners
Sticky tape
Buttons

shoebox diorama bonfire night

Mix some black paint into some blue paint to make it darker and paint the inside of the shoebox.

shoebox diorama bonfire night

Glue the dry grass to the bottom of the box.

shoebox diorama bonfire night

Using felt pieces, cut tree shapes. The trunks were made from glitter card but you can use regular card and add glitter.

shoebox diorama bonfire night

shoebox diorama bonfire night

On a piece of card, draw a bonfire shape and cut it out.

shoebox diorama bonfire night

Using PVA glue, add glitter to the bonfire.

shoebox diorama bonfire night

Using another piece of card, make a stand for the back of the fire and glue it on.

shoebox diorama bonfire night

Place the bonfire in position in the shoebox garden.

shoebox diorama bonfire night

Tape the outside of the box flaps up to make the box bigger. With red, yellow and orange paints and paintbrushes, splatter the paint onto the box to make fireworks.
Kaycee also used glitter glue further down to make catherine wheel fireworks.

shoebox diorama bonfire night

Take five lolly sticks and put them together to make a table. Break another stick in half and glue onto the table top to hold the sticks together.

shoebox diorama bonfire night

Cut and bend pipe cleaners into table legs and attach to the table top using glue or tape.

shoebox diorama bonfire night

Add the table to the garden. Glue some buttons together to make a seat.

shoebox diorama bonfire night

Add more garden items. Kaycee ran out of time but she’s planning to add a pond and a shed. She also wants to make some rocket fireworks to stick into the grass 🙂

Shoebox diorama tutorial in association with Bostik, Tots 100 and Craft Merrily

Blow paint firework cityscape #BostikBloggers

Blow paint fireworks

Ella helped with this months Bostik craft. She loves doing activities with paint and she really enjoyed using the straw on this blow paint craft.

Bostik blow paint firework cityscape

It took us a while to get the paint to the right consistency. We used quite a lot of paper trying to get the fireworks to look right!
You don’t have to just drip the paint and blow, if your child isn’t too young, you can suck a tiny bit of paint into the end of the straw and blow it on the paper. Kaycee used that technique on the shoebox diorama she’s making and it’s very effective.
We’ll be posting the shoebox diorama tutorial in the next couple of days 🙂

blow paint fireworks cityscape

Christmas wreath tutorial in association with Bostik, Tots 100 and Craft Merrily

 

Here are some of our other Bostik crafts

Halloween garland

Desk tidy

Bunny tails

Halloween garland #BostikBloggers

Halloween garland

Halloween garland

Ella took the reigns when it came to this month’s Bostik blogger’s craft challenge. Halloween is her favourite holiday. She loves it as much as I love Christmas and she starts planning her Halloween costume at the start of September!

She decided to make a Halloween garland with hanging ghosts.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Halloween paper chains
White paper or card
Halloween ribbons
Sticky dots
Glitter
Glue stick

Halloween garland
The girls decided not to use the spiders!

Method

Make the paper chains (if yours aren’t pre-glued, use sticky dots) and set aside

Draw some ghosts on the white paper or card and decorate with the glitter

Cut out the ghosts and make a hole at the top of each one. Thread a ribbon through each ghost and tie them onto the paper chain garland, or use sticky dots to stick the two sides of each ribbon together when its been put through a chain link.

 

Halloween garland

Halloween garland

Halloween garland

Halloween garland

Halloween garland

Halloween garland

Halloween garland tutorial in association with Bostik, Tots 100 and Craft Merrily

Desk tidy – Back to school craft with Bostik

Desk Tidy

Kaycee did the desk tidy craft this month because Ella was away with family. Ella was a bit upset so we’ve said she can do the craft and tutorial photos next month 🙂

This month we’re getting Kaycee ready to start her first year at secondary school. We’ve got plans to change her bedroom around. We’re going to swap the high sleeper with desk bed from Aiden’s room, into Kaycee’s and Ella’s room.
Aiden already has a desk in his room that he can use to do his college work so it makes sense to give Kaycee the bed with the desk underneath. Hopefully, she’s going to get into a good routine of going upstairs when she gets in to complete her homework!

Kaycee decided to make a desk tidy for this month’s theme of Back To School.

Desk tidy tutorial

You will need:

Toilet roll or other cardboard tubes
Coloured paper or material
Glue
Sticky tape
Decorative stickers (optional)
Coloured cord (optional, you can use tape to stick the tubes together instead of tying them together)

Desk tidy with Bostik

Begin by cutting the tubes to your desired sizes.

Desk tidy with Bostik

Draw round your tubes on some stiff card to make a base for the tubes.

Desk tidy with Bostik

Using sticky tape, stick the bases to each tube.

Desk tidy with Bostik

Cover each tube with a different piece of coloured card or different material designs.

Desk tidy with Bostik

Cut slits in the top of the material/card so you can fold each piece over and glue to the tube.

Desk tidy with Bostik

Arrange the tubes (Kaycee stuck two tubes together to make the taller one at the back so it was tall enough to fit a ruler in).

Desk tidy with Bostik

Either stick the tubes together using glue or sticky tape or use the coloured cords to tie them together.

Desk tidy with Bostik

Fill with your scissors, pens, pencils etc

Desk tidy with Bostik

 

Desk tidy tutorial in association with Bostik, Tots 100 and Craft Merrily

Bostik Bloggers Challenge – Sport

Tabletop basketball tutorial

I’m a bit late with my Bostik craft post this month. It’s been a bit manic what with all the end of year activities and the start of the summer holidays.

I finally managed to get it done today so here’s our tabletop basketball net 🙂

You will need:

Different coloured card
Glue dots
Lolly sticks
A Sharpie or other permanent marker
A plastic drinks cup
A small pom pom
Sticky tape
Pipe cleaners
Scissors

Bostik tabletop basketball tutorial

Cut the bottom off the plastic cup. Using the sharpie, draw lines on it to make it look like a net.

Bostik tabletop basketball tutorial

Draw a back board shape on one of the pieces of coloured card and cut it out.

Bostik tabletop basketball tutoria

Using a glue dot, stick the 2 lolly sticks together.

Bostik tabletop basketball tutorial

Wrap the pipe cleaners around the lolly sticks and attach to the cup/net using glue dots or sticky tape.

Bostik tabletop basketball tutorial

Cut 2 rectangles out of the 2 different coloured pieces of card, making one smaller than the other. Using a glue dot, stick the smaller piece to the larger piece then stick this onto the backboard.
Attach the cup and sticks onto the backboard using glue dots or sticky tape.

Bostik tabletop basketball tutorial

We now need to make the base. Using the other piece of coloured card, cut a rectangle. You can measure it properly if you like to make sure it all folds evenly but to be honest, we just winged it!
Cut a line down each corner and fold the card to make a box shape.

Bostik tabletop basketball tutorial

Fold all the end pieces and apply glue dots to the coloured side of the four triangles on the short side.

Bostik tabletop basketball tutorial

Stick the triangles to the inside of the box then apply more glue dots to the rest of the triangles.

Bostik tabletop basketball tutorial

Bostik tabletop basketball tutorial

Stick the triangles down and you’ll have the box stand.

Bostik tabletop basketball tutorial

Make a cut in the middle of the stand and push the lolly stick through. Use sticky tape to secure the stick to the box stand.

Bostik tabletop basketball tutorial

Your tabletop basketball net is now ready to use. Here’s where you need the pom pom!

Bostik tabletop basketball tutorial

Jungle Craft – Bostik Bloggers Challenge

Jungle craft

In our Bostik bloggers craft box this month, we received, among other things, lots of jungle animal shapes.

Kaycee made a jungle scene using a blank canvas. There was also some green glittery and plain green card in the box. It worked great for the backing, jungle floor and tree tops. Kaycee loves creating things when the box arrives every month and she’s now the one that does the photographing for the blog 🙂

After she’d finished the picture, she saw a packet of Bostik sticky dots that she’d not noticed when she started it. She loves sticky dots, they’re her favourite form of glue and she couldn’t believe she’d missed them and used regular white glue instead!

Bostik bloggers challenge

Bostik bloggers challenge

She used the plain green card, cut it to the same size as the canvas and glued it on. The glittery card was used to make the jungle floor. More glittery card was used at the top of the canvas for the treetops.

Bostik bloggers challenge

She twisted some pipe cleaners together to make tree trunks and glued them to the canvas.

Bostik bloggers challenge

Bostik bloggers challenge

She used the felt to make water then decorated with different animal shapes.

Bostik bloggers challenge

Finally, she scrunched up some netting to use for the treetops 🙂

 

Thanks to Bostik and Tots100 for the box of craft items.

Weather Craft – Bostik Bloggers Craft

Weather Craft

Kaycee took charge of our monthly craft for Bostik again! She’s been really poorly all week but today she felt much better, just in time to get crafting 🙂

She’s made a weather chart and here’s how she did it.

Craft items for weather craft

You will need:

A paper plate
A cloud, lightning and snowflake foam shape
A gold pompom for the sun
Gems for the rain
Snowflake gems
A piece of card to make the arrow
Some glue
A split pin

Method

Paper plate split into quarters using a sharpie

Using a marker pen, draw a cross on the plate to split it into quarters

Snowflake foam shape

Stick the snowflake gems onto the snowflake foam shape

Weather chart

Stick the pompom onto the plate in the middle of one of the sections. So the same for each foam shape. You can label the sections if you like.

Card arrow

Using the card, cut out an arrow shape. I suggest you make it a bit bigger than we have!

Weather chart craft

Push the split pin through the arrow and then through the plate. Open up the ends of the pin at the back of the plate to keep it in place.

It was nice and sunny today so we moved our arrow to the sun 🙂

 

Thanks to Tots100 and Bostick for the monthly craft challenge.

Dragon craft – Bostik Bloggers Monthly Craft Challenge

Dragon Craft

Kaycee's Dragon - dragon craft
Kaycee’s dragon

Our Bostik Bloggers craft box arrived last week but the girls have been busy with Guides/Cubs/Football clubs etc that we’ve only just managed to make our dragons!

For this craft, you’ll need:

3 toilet roll middles
Glue
Coloured/Patterned paper or card
Gems/Decorations
Pipe Cleaners
Stapler
Threaded sequins or wool/elastic
Felt

 

bostik-craft-bloggers-dragons-01 - dragon craft

Decorate the three toilet roll middles, one for the head and two for the body

Decorated toilet roll middles - dragon craft

Using felt or coloured card, make the eyes. We cut ours so they had big eyebrows!
Using glue, attach to the toilet roll middle that you’re using for the head, then using a stapler, staple pipe cleaners in the mouth for the fire.
Draw on the teeth down each side of the toilet roll middle and dots on the top for the nostrils.

Dragon head - dragon craft

Using sequin string or wool/elastic, cut a piece about 10cm long and staple inside the head, behind the eyes.
Staple the other end inside the first roll that you’re using for the first body part.

Attaching the toilet rolls - dragon craft

 

Attaching the toilet rolls - dragon craft

Attach the last body roll in the same way and if you like, add some more pipe cleaners for the tail

Toilet paper dragon craft
Ella’s dragon

We were sent a box of craft items from Bostik and Tots100 as part of the Bostik bloggers crafters.

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