Winter DIY makes

Here are some ideas to try with your Crafty Kids at home, while you are waiting for our next event.

Winter lantern

1. Get a glass jar – be VERY CAREFUL at all times, get your grown up to carry it. 

 

2. Cover the jar in PVA glue.

3. Stick tissue paper on, think about different colours and patterns to make it interesting.

 

4.You can also stick on decorations like card, glitter or sequins.

 

5. Once it is dry, put a tea light inside and watch it twinkle.

(Don't forget to be safe and take all the usual precautions if you do light the candle).

Salt dough decorations

Salt dough is very easy to make – all you need to do is mix together a cup of flour, half a cup of salt and half a cup of water, then knead it to make a dough. It’s fun to manipulate, you can roll it into a ball or a sausage, squash it flat, use cutlery or cookie cutters to make shapes and patterns.

  1. To make a dough decoration, get a blob of dough.

  2. Roll it out flat and then use cutters or a blunt knife to make shapes. Use a straw to make a hole at the top so you can add ribbon later.

  3. You can just leave it to air dry in a warm place, but it will take about a week to go hard. Cooking it speeds up the process, but it can also sometimes make it go a bit darker.

  4. If you want to cook it put it in the oven on 100 degrees for about 3 hours (less if it’s quite thin), turn it over about half way through the cooking time.

  5. When it is hard and cool you can decorate it, you can use paint, crayons or felt tips (it might be a good idea to test an area for suitability first). You could also glue on sequins or sprinkle on some glitter.

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