Our house has one little girl who has recently discovered the magical world of fairies. We don’t get to do much crafting thanks to her older, louder brother, so I thought it would be fun to make something together.
We had some cardboard clothes cartons leftover from our house move so flattened one to use the cardboard. Little Sis lay down and we drew a rough shape round her for wings. We cut them out and painted them with red paint.
Whilst the paint was drying we made a very special fairy wand. We raided the craft cupboard for corrugated cardboard and found a stick in the garden. I cut a star shape from the cardboard in two sizes and stuck them together with lots of Scotch tape from my handy desk grip dispenser.
When the paint had dried on the wings Little Sis got to work with the Scotch double sided sticky tape, sticking lots of star shapes to the back of her wings (these I had pre-prepared so she didn’t get bored waiting).
The final step was to add some ribbon to attach it to the real life fairy before she fluttered off to play. This is where the story ends because the fairy didn’t want her wings. Instead her older brother wore them and loved them!
We had a good old chat about fairies, magic wands and how to fly. His first wish was popcorn for everyone! I think he made us all happy with that one.
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A couple of weeks ago we were left with a wooden pallet after the children’s playhouse was delivered. I knew I wanted to keep it and upcycle it and, after a quick search on Pinterest, I decided on upcycling the pallet into a planter for the garden. We have a lovely garden but there are no flower beds. I’m not particularly green-fingered but I thought it would be fun to have something for the children to try growing some flowers or vegetables.
Wooden pallets can be made into lots of things. There are some issues with what the wood may have been treated with, but on the whole, they are a great source for upcycling. We obviously already had the pallet so we just headed to Asda to purchase a couple of bags of soil and some seeds. Take a look at my Google+ album to see how much fun we had shopping!
The first step was to cut the pallet into three sections. Each end became the body of the planter, whilst the middle planks were cut in half to form the sides or laid inside to support the weight of the soil.
It was a little difficult to photograph as it actually came together really quickly.
The pallet had been painted blue and we’ve decided to keep it like that for now, perhaps stencilling our surname along one side at some point.
We finished it off with a large piece of weed barrier, not to keep the weeds out, but to keep the soil in! We filled it with a couple of bags of multi purpose compost from Asda and planted some lettuce and carrots which the children have been enjoying
From start to finish it took about 4 hours to make the planter from the old pallet and we love the finished result.