Happy Monday! I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead of you.
This week I decided to make a worry doll, I had one when I was a child and I loved it. I told it all my worries and popped it under my pillow. You can buy generic ones from places like amazon or ebay but you can also make your own unique ones quite easily.
The great thing about these dolls is that they don’t have to be perfect, you can make them as messy as you like, it gives them more character. I chose not to give mine a face, but you can give yours one if you like.
A pipe cleaner
Wool (3 different colours)
Super glue (Optional, but I find it helpful
Start by cutting about a third of the pipe cleaner off (See picture below) and make the long bit into a circle (Look down for picture), twist a few times to make the head and arms.
Then for the legs you fold the remaining piece in half and thread through the head, twist below the arms to create legs (again, there are pictures down there). You may want to fold the ends of the pipe cleaners over to make little hands and feet, it also stops it from being sharp.
Once you have the outline of your doll you can start to wrap the wool around it, as shown in the picture above I started with the head. I wrapped it as you would a ball of wool and then moved on to the yellow jumper and eventually the blue trousers. When you’ve finished use a little bit of super glue to secure the end of the wool, you can tuck it in but it has a tendency to pop out.
This is a great activity to do with children, especially if they are worried in the current climate.
So today should be about journal prompts but I’ve decided to go with the 30 Day Challenge by Kent Wildlife Trust. It’s something I do every year and get a lot out of it so I thought you might like to join me?
It’s as simple as it sounds, you do something to benefit or increase your knowledge/enjoyment of your local wildlife every day for 30 days.
This could be something like feeding the birds, which is how I’ve kicked my challenge off, or learning to spot 5 new species of wildlife (including insects, let’s be all inclusive people!), going for a walk in the woods, feeding the ducks or planting some new flowers. As long as it’s about nature and wildlife you can do anything!
I would love to see your progress so stay in touch!
I thought Mondays could be a mix of different posts, some craft things and some book/stationary reviews, among other cool posts. Sound good? Ok!
This week I have tried to make moving mice, which is a great craft for children, especially at the moment, and requires very little materials.
You will need:
Paper (sturdy paper works best)
Pens (Your choice in colour, I went for pink and black)
Now we’ve gathered all the necessary bits and bobs together, we can start! Cut a thick strip of paper and fold it in half length ways (Pic 1) and then in half width ways (pic 2). Fold the piece of paper like you would a paper aeroplane (Pic 3).
Do the same with the other side, then open it back up (Top picture). Open it all the way back up and you will see this pattern (Bottom picture). This bit is complicated to explain so bare with me folks! You need to fold along the middle along with the sides of the diamond picture you can see in the bottom one, to create the large picture below. Then do the same the other side (Sorry, I know it’s complicated, I’ve explained it the best I can).
Once you’ve done that and it looks like the first picture below cut the top of it off, then make it into a little mouse face. You can make it look as cute as you like. I also added a little tail because it just felt right!
Now its the fun part, slot it into the piece of paper you folded and move your hands up and down and the mouse will move up the tracks and pop out the end! So cute!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little craft and understood my dodgy instructions?! If you have a go at this little mouse I would love to see your results.