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.
I love secret codes and little meaningful things, so these bracelets really appeal to me. I initially bought one for my bestie, Alpha, but it irritated my skin and I had to take it off. She’s cleverer than me and only wears it occasionally so it doesn’t have the same effect. I like not taking bracelets off in-case I loose them!
So, I decided to make my own one, that wont irritate my skin. I started off by finding the letters I wanted in morse code and made a note of them.
I chose BFF as that’s what my previous bracelet said and it would still match Alpha’s one. Then I gathered my supplies, seed beads, scissors and thread.
I used 2 beads to represent the dashes and 1 bead to represent the dots. The dashes were yellow beads in this case and the dots were pink. I cut the thread to length and then tied a small knot about a third of the way along the string to keep the beads where I wanted them. Then I threaded the beads on and tied another knot at the other end so there was a knot each side to keep it in place. Then tied it to my wrist.
I was super pleased with the finished product, it’s really cute, and goes with my other morse code bracelet from Ambear too.
It’s really easy, fine for most ages (as long as they don’t eat the beads!) and doesn’t take too long.
What would you spell out on a morse code bracelet? You never know, I might send you one!
For today’s post I enlisted the help of 2 of my dearest friends from Judacia in the Spotlight, Sarah and 13, who were only too happy to assist. This is a quick 20 minute craft you can do with both adults and kids alike.
Now, none of us are professional fondant sculptor’s but we wanted to show that anyone, no matter what their skill level can have a go at making them. We decided to make a bee as it seemed appropriate to go with the blog, but you can make any animal you desire.
You will need:
Fondant (in desired colours, or with food colouring, or icing pens)
Sculpting tools (this is optional, you may get away with just using your fingers, or a cutlery knife you have at home)
Sugar paper (You can use normal paper if you like)
Obviously if you are planning on eating your bee then you will need to either remove the non edible bits first or make them out of fondant.
Using the pictures above to guide you, follow the step by step instructions below.
Gather all ingredients and wash your hands! You will start off with a small lump of fondant which will easily mould into an oval shape, this is when you will add the food colouring if you are using it. Be careful, a little bit of food colouring goes a long way (speaking from experience here!).
If you have icing pens you can use them to draw the bee’s stripes across the body, for a more snazzy bee you can make the lines more jagged to give the bee fluff effect. Alternatively you can make them out of fondant and gently place across the body.
Next come the legs, stinger and antennae, 13 decided to make these out of cocktail sticks to help with the structural integrity of the bee but you can make them out of fondant if you wish. Remember that bees have 6 legs, 1 stinger and 2 antennae. 13 coloured the ends of cocktail sticks in and cut them to size.
The face. You can make this as expressive as you want, we went for a simple cute bee smile using icing pens, but you can make them out of fondant too.
The final step is the wings, ours were made from paper to ensure they stood up but you can use sugar paper or fondant if you are eating the bees. Remember to draw on or make the veins in the bees wings!
And there you have it! A fondant bee!
I would like to thank 13 and Sarah for their time and efforts, if you are interested in Jewish Art and Culture them why not pay them a visit? They write wonderful articles on the artist’s behind the work.
I would love to see your bee’s if you decide to try it, feel free to ask any questions, I’m always happy to answer them.
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.