Have a plethora of toilet rolls in your house? We seem to go through lots so are always on the look out for some crafts to help use them up. Our latest one is very seasonal – toilet roll angels!
The great thing about toilet roll crafts is that they come together really easily. The first step was to paint them silver and when they were dry we added a face. We drew around both children’s hands on to white paper, then cut them out and sellotaped them to the back of the toilet roll. We added a small halo from a pipe cleaner too.
The small hands of Little Sis
The larger hands of Big Brother
What do you think? I’m quite proud of them!
You all know how much I love making things for the children or our home but it’s not often I make any thing for myself. I was contacted by Amanda who owns Joe’s Toes, selling felt slipper kits, slippers and felt accessories, and asked if I would like to try a kit out. I chose a gorgeous slipper kit in seasonal red.
I’d love to say I slaved over the slippers but I really didn’t. The kit contained everything I needed to make a pair of slippers – outsole, midsole, insole, upper, wool and needle.
Last night I sat down after a really busy day, got out my kit and set to work whilst watching the XFactor (don’t judge me!). Within an hour I had finished and had a lovely new pair of slippers. I must admit I made a little mistake in matching up the holes on one of the slippers but it was easy to unpick a couple of stitches and start again.
What do you think? I absolutely love them. The felt is lovely and soft and cosy, and the colour is very Christmassy. My children were intrigued that I was making something to wear and I’m going to have to capitalise on that and get them stitching. Amanda kindly included a couple of stitching squares and colourful thread so they can have a go too.
Joe’s Toes stock felt slipper kits -in adult sizes 3 -10 as well as some ready made. They also sell iPad sleeve kits and a selection of pretty buttons and felt shapes for your own creations. Why not take a look and treat yourself!
Filed under crafts, handmade
I’ve had a small pack of oven baked clay for ages and really wanted to use it to make something for Christmas. As I’d never experimented with it before I just decided to play around with it, so set out some greaseproof paper, a small rolling pin and some cookie cutters and stamps. I divided the clay in two and warmed it up by rolling it in my hands for a couple of minutes. Then I rolled it out between two sheets of greaseproof paper until it was 2-3mm thick and cut out some shapes.
I thought a little garland might be fun so used small cookie cutters of a gingerbread man and star and cut out a few shapes. Then I made a small hole in the top of each one with a toothpick (so I could thread them), laid them on more greaseproof paper on a baking tray and baked them in the oven. When they were done I left them to cool completely.
The clay was white with glitter so I decided to leave them unpainted. I threaded them onto some bakers twine to make a little garland. I love my little garland which will look great with our Christmas decorations. Not long til they go up now!