We’re sharing extracts from our books every month (so you buy them) and this month we’re doing a project from our Big Book of 100 Little Activities – which may just be our favourite one. But don’t tell the others. So we’re sharing a great quick craft for summer holiday boredom-punching-in-the-face fun: our squirty pavement chalk. This is super messy outdoor fun paint that creates wonderfully bright pictures. You can paint onto corrugated card or directly onto paving slabs. It won’t stain the slabs but it does need a little scrub to remove! You can use old sauce bottles or find empty ones online.
Potato print has become my new obsession. It’s easy to do and a lot more versatile than I first thought. After printing this flamingo bag and our festive pets stocking, I decided to add some stamping to some plain white baby grows for my smallest Little Button.
You will need:
- Plain white baby grow
- Fabric paint in green and black
- Sharp knife
- Wooden skewer
- Sheet of newspaper
- Piece of scrap fabric
1. Begin by cutting your potato in half to create the stamp. Draw the image you want for your stamp on a sheet of paper as a template. You can print an image or trace one, just as long as it is a simple silhouette and small enough to fit your potato. Cut the image out.
We’re loving the trend for marbling and watercolour at the moment – gone are the associations of pasty landscapes and washed out flowers – watercolour has taken on a vibrant new lease of life. There are lots of tutorials out there showing you how to create watercolour and marble effect cards, fabric and ceramics.
I have seen a few pins floating by on Pinterest for Story Stones, and I really love the idea of them. A pile of pebbles with pictures, you pick one at a time and invent a little story. And as I live a few minutes walk from a big pebbly beach I decided to make some of my own for Amelie. It wasn’t as straightforward as I thought, I trialled (and error-ed) a few methods, so if you want to make your own you can do it a lot quicker than me! If you don’t have pebbles to hand, you could just as easily make these from card or even bottle tops.
“I’m just sitting on a shelf” is one of my all-time favourite song lyrics from the band She and Him. Their first album, which the song comes from, has so much meaning in our household that I wanted to display the lyrics somehow.
After a search on Pinterest I found an inventive way of displaying the lyrics via a beautiful mess. This is a really simple project and the possibilities are endless.
I really like writing on brown paper, and graph paper and square paper. There… I’ve admitted it! I discovered a brown paper notepad I bought in Paris years ago and it gave me the idea – for our second Nap Time Crafts – to make some of my own.
I began by gathering together craft materials left over from other projects, and got experimenting. My list of materials was: