HOME-MADE: Mother’s day gift flower


Here is the promised mother’s day gift. All you need is:

  • Small pot or bucket, I bought mine from Hobby Craft for only 59p, any craft shop should have something similar. If you don’t have either then you could use a yogurt pot or ice cream tub and cut it to size. Wrap some gift wrap around it
  • Gravel, sand, or something which will anchor the flower in place
  • Lollypop sticks (good excuse for eating an ice lolly) and some green paint, or a straw or pipecleaner
  • Patterned paper and card, or patterned card
    • Bottle top or button
  • Pritt stick or PVA glue
  • Glue gun or super glue
  • Small piece of card to write message on and sticky tape (optional)

Begin by painting the lollypop stick green on both sides. While it is drying, draw a flower shape on some card and cut it out. Using Pritt stick, stuck the patterned paper on to both sides of the card flower. Then, heat up and load the glue gun as instructed by manufacturer and stick the bottle top/button into the centre of the flower on one side.

When both the lollypop stick and flower are dry, glue the stick onto the back of the flower. If you want to, write a message on a small piece of card and stick it onto the flowerpot/bucket. And, to finish, fill the pot with gravel and push in the flower, ensuring that it will stay up. Quick and easy, and I am sure your mum will love having the flower at her desk in work. Alternatively, you could make the flower and stick it onto a card, or go to town and make several flowers of different sizes to make a flower box or bunch.

Happy mother’s day!

Let me know if your mummy liked it.

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Home-made: BUNTING


This is a really simple and quick project. All you need is:

1. a paper punch or a lot of patience to cut shapes out by hand

2. some string or ribbon

3. a glue gun or super or pva glue

4. different coloured papers- I wanted to recycle so I used newspaper and flyers

Method:

1. Cut out lots of your chosen shape in different coloured and/or patterned paper or card. If you want to keep a pattern going then it’s best to sort out shapes in to piles. You can also use different shapes, but I’ve just used bows in the example.

2. Unwind a good length of string and glue on one shape. Place a blob of glue onto your shape and stick it onto the string. Turn the string over and glue another shape onto the other side. Keep repeating this until you reach the length of bunting you want.

I told you it was easy. This is a great party decoration or holiday decoration, but you can just make them to pretty up a room. I hung the bow bunting above my desk to add a bit of colour and pattern among my many sticky notes and flash cards.