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DIY flamingo drinking straws

DIY flamingo drinking straws

Have you noticed the trend for flamingo decor recently? Along with monstera leaves they seem to be everywhere. So I was pretty happy to discover Sizzix had sent me their latest Funky Flamingo Thinlits die to craft with.

The Funky Flamingo die by Sophie Guilar features 3 dies which means you can use a variety of papers to give it some depth. I found some pretty pink patterned papers in my stash to cut 5 flamingo shapes.

You can find my full tutorial over on the Sizzix blog.

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK – Funky Flamingo (661246)

You may be interested in my other Sizzix makes:

Kid-friendly floral bracelet
Simple dreamcatcher luminary
Easy heart shaped wooden pegs
DIY sandcastle flags
My Little House gift box
Easter treat bag tutorial
Hand painted feather tshirt
Dipped paper feather
Personalised Liberty pouch
Easy heart sun catcher
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Sea glass sun catcher jar

sea glass sun catcher jar

I was totally spoilt growing up by the sea. We could go down to the beach whenever we liked and it remains my favourite place to be. A few weeks ago we enjoyed our annual holiday in Devon by the sea and we collected a *lot* of sea glass. It seems to have become our tradition to go searching for beach treasure.

collecting sea glass

This year we brought a lot home with us to craft with! Which was kind of lucky because today we’re taking part in the fourth craft in the Project: Recycle and Create series. The material this month were jars.

Today I’m going to show you how we recycled a glass jar and our beach treasure to make a sea glass sun catcher.

beach treasure

We used:
sea glass
empty jar, washed with the label removed

Sea glass sun catcher jar

We love crafting with sea glass. It’s been buffeted smooth by the waves so it’s a really child-friendly material. Did you know you can clean it to make it shinier? You can read how over here in a previous post.

cleaning sea glass

Once you have your sea glass ready, fill up your glass jar. We had fun finding different colours and pieces to fill the gaps in our jar.

sea glass sun catcher

Place a lid on your jar, just in case someone knocks it over!, and set on a windowsill so the sun can shine through the glass.

sea glass sun catcher jar

Project: Recycle and Create is a monthly craft challenge celebrating eco-friendly creativity in children!


Don’t forget to see what the other participants have made:

DIY Snow globe by Kidz Activities(not shown)
Recycle Plastic Pendant by Our Whimsicle Days
Calm Down Sensory Bottle by Sugar Aunts
Easy Teacher Appreciation Gift by Crafty Mama in ME
Chalkboard Lid Jars by Play and Learn Everyday
Photo Jar Luminaries by Mum in the Madhouse
Edible Sand Jars by Playdough & Popsicles
Fairy Lights Recycle Jars by Peakle Pie
Washi Tape Photo Jars by Teach me Mommy
Nature Gifts by Nemscok Farms

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Personalised Scrabble wall art

personalised Scrabble wall art

Now this is one of those projects which has been sitting around waiting to be finished for ages. I love crafting with Scrabble tiles. I pick up vintage Scrabble sets whenever I see them, the kids love making words with the letter tiles and I have hundreds of them around. So I thought it was about time I made something with them.

Have you seen the cute vintage travel Scrabble sets? They come with a type of peg board so the letter tiles can be slotted into the board and not move around. Well we’ve had one out for ages. I used it a little like my new-ish light box, to make messages for the kids.

I wanted to make something a little more permanent so blew off the dust and picked some new letter tiles for our names.

Make your own Scrabble wall art

I wanted the names to be connected so played around until I was happy with how they looked. Then I got my hot glue gun out.

Scrabble wall art

I took off the central letter tiles and added a line of hot glue directly to the Scrabble board, pressing the letters down on top. The hot glue dries quickly so I wiped up any spills of glue as I went along.

making scrabble art

I added dots of glue when necessary but it came together really quickly. I left it to dry before placing it in an Ikea box frame. I’m really pleased with our personalised Scrabble wall art and think I will be making a few more of these as gifts.

personalised Scrabble wall art