Category Archives: kids’ craft

Home Made Playdogh

My Playdogh recipe as promised. It provided hours of fun (read peace;-b) and on Saturday, when we needed a screwdriver for the weird screws on our patio roof, I used a bit of the home-made clay to make an imprint that I took to the shop, in order to get the right screwdriver, how’s that for a versatile material:-)

1 cup (250 ml) plain flour

1/2 cup salt

2 tablespoons cream of tartar

1 cup water with food colouring in

1 teaspoon vanilla (to make it smell nice, can be omitted)

Put all the ingredients into a large saucepan and stir over a medium heat until it comes together and starts to form a ball. Allow to cool, then knead until smooth and PLAY!

I find the best way to get the pans clean, is to soak them in water for half an hour or longer. After that the playdogh can be rinsed right off.

Update: I meant to add that here in Denmark, you CAN get cream of tartar… it’s called Vinsyre. I never thought you could and imported a tub from England now and then. But then the rest of you are probably smarter than me and knew all along…

Efterårsferie – Fall Break

It’s the last day of school before the Danish “Autumn holiday” begins and right on cue the lawn was all sparkly and frosty when we got up this morning and judging by the temperatures as the kids left for school, those snowsuits will be in use before the end of next wekk brrrr. I can’t believe that earlier this week, I was folding up summer dresses and shorts that the kids wore just last week!

But in spite of the low temperatures, the sun is out, making everything look beautiful and the autumn coloured leaves are glowing. My husband has to work next week, so we’ll probably be staying home most of the week. That of course calls for lots of fun crafts and activities and actually I can’t wait. My children are aged 20 months, 6 and 8,  and there is one girl and two boys, so the crafts have to be quite varied. Also they have to be -you guessed it -cheap or free! Some of the activities on my mental list for next week are:

  • Home made play dogh (I have a great recipe, I’ll have to share it on here)
  • Fimo clay (Polymer Clay) Utensils (a favourite of my older kids’)
  • cooked, dyed pasta (a big portion poured into a large tray… great for little fingers to squash and explore and it doesn’t matter if a bit gets eaten… I bet the older ones won’t be able to stay away once the little on gets stuck in!)
  • Dancing in the living room (EVERYBODY loves that!)
  • going on a trip to collect conkers and making things with them
  • buying the largest pumkins we can find and carving them freehand
  • fishing for starfish (there were tons of them down by the harbour the other day, when we walked past)
  • this!

Bring on any kind of weather, we’ve already stocked up on hot chocolate and snow suits.

Farmyard Animals Cake

The cake I made ready for my fondant class this week. It is by no means an original design. If you want to see a gazillion versions of this, just google “farm animals cake”. I thought this would be a fun one to try, after seeing a friend post pictures of one (VERY cute one in two tiers) on facebook. That way the students could have a go at as few or as many elements as they wanted to.

I had the theme tune to Shaun the Sheep stuck in my head the whole day after…

 

Fondant Fun and Early Morning Quilting

Lately I’ve been busy with a few things including a quilt for Teachers’ Day (yesterday) where all the kids in my daughter’s class had written their name on a fabric heart each, which was then stitched onto the quilt. Sadly I only finished it at 3:40 am yesterday morning and thus forgot to take pictures (yawn…)

If you, like me, are an unexperienced quilter, here’s an excellent link my mum sent me to help with the binding -or finishing the edge of the quilt as I thought it was called…

Also, I am teaching a fondant evening class. I was so nervous at first, but it is proving to be lots of fun, and all the ladies in my class are just lovely! This is what we did this week: Roses…

Alphabet Cookies

My son is in year one and has a hard time remembering what the different letters look like. In attampt to help him with this, we made alphabet cookies last weekend. He loved it! I would say a letter, he then had to remember what it looked like and shape it out of cookie dough. While he shaped it, we came up with as many words, as we could, that started with that letter. He was so proud to serve up his very own alphabet:-)

It’s best to do these in a dough that does not rise too much. Something like a shortbread.

(Random info, -in Danish we have three extra letters, they are Æ, Ø and Å -Just in case you were wondering what that weird letter in the photo was.)

Free Fabric Swatch -Designed by You!

It’s Free Swatch Day over at Spoonflower. And that means you can upload your own design and have it printed ón an 8 x 8 inch piece of fabric and then they will send it anywhere in the world. Free. Starting aproximately now and running for the next 24 hrs. That’s what we like, right?
It’s a really cool site at any time. There are a ton og cute indie designer fabrics for sale or you Can always create your own. And they have some really fun and cute contests each month.

Star Wars Themed Boy’s Bedroom

I knew posting would be sparse over the Summer, but happily, I’ve been finishing some projects (and I was beginning to think I only ever started them…). Nothing beats the feeling of finishing something, right?

I finished my son’s wardrobe doors the other day. He needed a wardrobe and we had a really old one we’d pulled out of my daughter’s room when we moved in. We’d stored it in the garage ever since and the door was discoloured and not very nice. He wanted a Star Wars themed bedroom, so I thought I’d paint a Star Wars motif on the doors. This is how they turned out (sorry, iphone pics again…) Once we hang the doors, I’ll post a better picture and also a tutorial in case someone else wants to paint a really big picture in a kids’ bedroom or just some tips on painting furniture.

This is the main door:

-and this is the top box. I over-lapped the image, to tie the two together.  I finished off by giving both a coat of clear varnish as they are in the room of a six yeal old and are likely to take a beating…