Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Wall Hanging to Celebrate Mencap 60th Anniversary


As Mencap is celebrating its 60th Anniversary, we decided to make a crafty Wall Hanging at our Art and Craft group.

First we made the woven "squares" using the cardboard loom method.

Then next we made some felt flowers like this 

Easy Button Felt Flowers

The "60" I found on eBay

The straps we made from strips cut from an old T Shirt, plaited with lengths of coloured wool, to brighten the grey.

The material was in the 20p box at the local charity shop

After stitching on the squares and the 60 (on my sewing machine) we attached the flowers with little gold safety pins. Folded the material up to make a "Cushion" which we filled with toy stuffing. Attached the straps and there it is - bright and bold and made with such pleasure...!

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Birthday and Other Greeting Cards with Tags!

 We started the new term at Mencap, making some Greeting Cards with Tags!

 Very easy to do and they loved the idea of putting a message or greeting on the Tag - a surprise for the lucky recipient when the tag is pulled out...!

 For tags we used a variety of purchased coloured tags, as well common brown luggage labels.

As you can see the "Tag Pockets" were cut out of printed paper and attached to the cards with glue on only three sides.

Ribbons and stickers completed these pretty, fun cards!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Easter, Spring and More Fabric Bag Painting!



  We had great fun at Mencap, the girls decorating "Easter Bonnets" and the guys finishing the fabric painting on their Calico Bags.

Here are some photos, as they proudly display their craft...

Use the search box (top right) to find other Easter crafts for your groups.

Thanks for visiting my Blog!


Saturday, 14 March 2015

Printable Quiz - "Richard and John" Famous men - Fill in the Surnames



 An easy quiz, all about Famous Men called Richard or John!

Twenty printable Questions and Answers to ponder over...






A cup of tea and biscuit will always help to make this an enjoyable activity - a quiz that will stimulate the memory and encourage reminiscing, while having fun...


Quiz - Richard and John

If you want more quizzes have a look at my eBook...

41 x10 Easy Printable Quizzes with Answers

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Easter Basket to Make - A4 Printable Template




This Easter Basket is made of thin card and can easily be printed, as the Template is A4 in size. This is how we made it up...

You will need...
A4 Sheet of thin card
Paints or felt tip pens
2 Split Pins
"Nest filling" - we used toy filling, but you can use cotton wool or shredded tissue paper just as well.
Stickers for the handle (or draw your own pictures)
Mini Easter Eggs
Chicks - we bought ours at our local craft shop.

How to Make it...

Print the Easter Basket Template directly onto your thin sheet of card.

Colour-in the Bunny and Easter lettering.

Cut out the basket and round off the corners.

Cut along the four lines as in the picture.

Cut out the handle.


Fold up the two ends and fold the pieces with the rounded corners over them. Slip the end of the handle against the inside, so you now have four layers. Make a small hole through these four layers (we used a large darning needle) and hold them together with a split pin (also called a Brad)




Decorate the handle with stickers.

Place your Nest Filling into your basket and arrange your eggs and chicks.

Have fun making your Easter Baskets! And eating all that yummy chocolate...!


Wednesday, 18 February 2015

We Painted "Frozen" Calico Tote Bags!


 At Mencap this week we painted on Calico Tote Bags...

The choice of picture was FROZEN characters (of course!) But you can do any picture you like - endless choice!

So using the print-outs of Princess Anna, Princess Elsa and Olaf (Google search for "Frozen Colouring In" gave us many to chose from) we got started...

 You will need...

Calico Tote Bags-we bought ours on eBay
Fabric Paints
Brushes
A sheet of card slightly smaller than bag size.
Printed picture
 
We found the easiest way to trace the image onto the bag, was to slip the print of the picture into the bag. It can easily be seen through the calico and so the image is traced onto the bag with a soft pencil - we used a B pencil.

Slip a sheet of card into the bag before you start painting - this will prevent paint seeping through to the back of the bag. Remove it before the paint dries too much (within half an hour we found) otherwise the card will become stuck to the inside of the bag.


Using Fabric Paints we then painted the pictures as you can see... 



Notice Olaf has Red Soles (as seen in those famous Christian Louboutin shoes!!) 

Allow 24 hours of drying time and then iron on the wrong side to fix the colours. 

Easy to do and great fun...

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Quiz - "Songs ... Fill in the Colours!" Printable with Answers


Time for a Quiz I think - the weather is typically February, so we need to keep busy indoors...!

So here it is with "Answers" for you to print out - Enjoy!

Quiz ... Fill in the Colours!

If you want more quizzes - have a look at my eBook 

41 Easy Quizzes with Answers 



Friday, 23 January 2015

Valentine Padded Felt Hearts - Tutorial and Printable Templates




 Sewing Valentine Padded Felt hearts on a cold Winter's afternoon, with a cup of tea and donuts to follow - our Mencap group really enjoyed this project!

Have done this before - a few years ago - but have made the hearts a smaller size, so only one A4 piece of felt is required for the large heart shapes.

What you will need...

One A4 size piece of felt - for the 2 large heart shapes
Smaller pieces of felt in contrasting colours for small hearts
Buttons
Embroidery thread and needle
Ribbon (30cms or longer if you wish)
Polyester fibre filling (toy stuffing)
Pinking shears (optional)

How to make it...

Print out your patterns  

3 x Heart Template Shapes

Cut out two large hearts 
Cut out one each of the smaller size hearts (per side **)

Place the button on top of the two smaller heart shapes and sew them together, leaving your thread hanging down underneath.

Place this in the centre of one of the large hearts and sew together, through the three hearts and the button.

If you want - do the same with the other large heart (you will then have small hearts and buttons on both sides of your finished padded heart **) 

Place the two large heart shapes together and starting at the bottom point, stitch them together - either using blanket stitch or a simple running stitch.

When you reach centre top of your heart, slip the ends of your folded ribbon in between the two large hearts and sew through them to attach the ribbon to the heart.

Continue sewing down the other side, stopping when you have about 4cms still open. Don't end off - leave your thread hanging.

Stuff your heart at this point and then continue sewing until you reach the bottom point again.

If you have used a running stitch (as in the purple sample), you can trim off the edges of your heart with pinking shears (optional) 

Here are some our group made...




Hope you all enjoy this project...

Monday, 29 December 2014

New Year A4 Posters - Printable Colouring In



Ease into 2015 with some A4 Posters, ready for you to print and colour-in with your family or groups. 

2015 Dog

2015 Flowers

2015 Crinoline

Thanks to Raising Our Kids for sharing their free pictures, two of which I have used in the posters.


May the New Year bring Peace to our world
 - after all, it is the only one we have...

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

20 Anagrams Printable Quiz - In the Kitchen - With Answers!

 I have put together 20 Anagrams of things you would find in the kitchen - have fun re-arranging the letters. Here is the link to this printable quiz...
 
Quiz Anagrams - In the Kitchen

If you want more quizzes have a look at my Quiz eBook...

41 Easy Quizzes with Answers 
Fun, easy but stimulating....!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Halloween Paper Plate Pumpkin - Printable Tutorial



Halloween Paper Plate Pumpkin

We made these Halloween decorations at Mencap Braintree - if you want to have a go with your group, they are easy and fun for any age and make a bright display on a grey Autumn day...

You will need

Paper plate - approx 9inch (23cms)
Orange paint
Green paint
Thin black card
Glue stick
Silver metallic pen for drawing eyes etc (optional)

How to make

Print out the templates - Halloween Paper Plate Pumpkin

Cut the paper plate into the pumpkin shape, using the template as a guide
On the back of the plate (so you have a rounded shape)...
Paint the pumpkin orange, with a green stem
Cut out the black shapes (owl, ghost etc) from the black card
Stick the silhouette onto the pumpkin
Draw the eyes etc with the silver metallic pen (optional)

Hang them up and have fun at Halloween...

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Paper Lanterns we made for Diwali - The Festival of Lights - a Hindu festival


I'm sure most of you have made these Paper Lanterns at some time in your life - either as a child or with your own children - but in case you need a brush-up here is a good tutorial

As Diwali - an ancient Hindu festival known as "The Festival of Lights" is celebrated next week on Thursday 23rd October, we decided to make a string of Paper Lanterns to hang up in our hall at Mencap, Braintree.

We used thin card for the Lanterns and decorated them with glitter, stickers, ribbon, lace and shiny confetti, but you can use anything you have, that will enhance these colourful Lanterns.
 
Shubh Diwali!


The Innocent Big Knit - Supporting Age UK this Winter



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 Get out your knitting needles and wool and start knitting... 

The idea is to knit mini hats to fit onto Innocent drinks bottles to raise money for Age UK.

 For all the details, plus patterns - CLICK HERE

Have fun creating your little hats and help the elderly stay warm this winter...

Friday, 10 October 2014

Tutorial - Lollipop Halloween Spiders and Ghosts!

  

Lollipop Halloween Spiders and Ghosts were great fun to make!

Here is how we did it...























Lollipop Halloween Spider

You will need...

A lollipop on a stick
4 pipe cleaners (chenille craft stems)
2 Googly eyes (we used 7mm) 
Double sided sticky pads

 How to make... 
 
Fold each pipe cleaner in half and twist the centre once around the stick of the lollipop, making a leg on either side - eight legs in all. Push the legs up towards the round lolly "body" and attach a small double sided sticky pad to keep them in place and on this pad attach the googly eyes.

Lollipop Halloween Ghost

You will need... 

A lollipop on a stick
A piece of old sheeting (or you can use tissue paper) about 25 to 30cms square
Ribbon - we used black, purple orange and yellow - 3mm width
A Loom Band or small elastic band
Black felt tip pen
A plastic straw (optional)

How to make...

Place the round lollipop in the centre of the white sheeting and fix around the head with a small elastic band. Tie ribbons around the neck and draw a face with your black pen. 
As the lollipop sticks are short in length, we used the plastic straw as an extension! 

Our groups at Mencap loved this easy, fun craft...



Have a Fun Halloween...
 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Printable - Something for the Kids - 4 Activities!



 I have put together four activities - Word Search, Colouring-in and the old favourite  - "The School Bus"

Although aimed at the youngsters - I think the Mosaic and the Word Search will appeal to all ages...

So click on the link and have a look - print off all or just what you fancy... Enjoy!

Something for the Kids - 4 Activities

Leave me a comment if you need answers!