Saturday, 17 December 2016

New Quiz - Our world... the Highest, the Longest, the Smallest etc ....See how many you know!

Take a break and try our quiz with your group, with a cup of tea of course - and a mince pie, being that time of the year!

Here it is - with all the answers in case you get stuck...! 

Highest Longest Quiz

 If you would like more quizzes, do have a look at my ebook...

 41 Easy Quizzes

Friday, 7 October 2016

Harry Potter Pop-Ups - Tutorials

 After a visit to London's "Harry Potter's World" our Craft Group at Mencap were keen to colour-in some Harry Potter characters - loads to find online and printable.

So we decided to use them to create some more Pop-Up pages...

See our previous Pop-Ups - Frozen & Monsters

For an excellent tutorial on how to make Pop-Ups have a look here...

Extreme Paper Making - Pop-up Basics

Here are some more we made...

 So easy to do and who doesn't love Po-Ups! 

Have a go - instead of just sticking pictures into your scrapbooks - make them POP-UP....

Monday, 3 October 2016

Memory Wire and Bead Bracelets

We found these Memory Wire and Bead Bracelet Kits on eBay (they come in a range of colours) - what a great afternoon we had making them up in our Craft Group at Mencap. 

We placed the beads on white poly plates to make them easy to see and to pick up and then threaded them onto the memory wire coil. The best thing is, they fit any size wrist and are just so pretty...  

You do need "jewellery tools" however to make a loop at each end of the wire as it is not possible to bend by hand (this loop stops the beads from falling off, so is essential!)

Here are a couple the girls made...


Saturday, 17 September 2016

An Autumn Wall Mural at Mencap

 We put together an Autumn Wall Mural at Mencap this week - with temperatures in Essex topping 30C it still felt like Summer, but now a few days later and after some very welcome, steady rainfall, we are back to normal weather - Autumn - "a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness"
 Our centre piece (Autumn Wreath) was made using an excellent tutorial from this website In the New House 

We added the wording in the centre wreath.
 Stacy insisted on the Pink Tail - as was a girl squirrel...! And why not?? Even squirrels can have fashion tints!

Thursday, 1 September 2016

A Simple Little Felt Purse - Tutorial

 Here is a very simple little felt purse - we will be making these at Mencap when we start the new term in September - so more photos to follow when we see what they come up with - always delights me to see their ideas and creations!

What you will need...

Embroidery thread
Charm (optional) Can use buttons or anything else as an embellishment
Magnetic clasps (we got ours on eBay)

How to make...

Cut out  your two pattern pieces and your heart (or any other shape such as a flower or something geometrical)

Felt Purse Pattern

Attach you magnetic clasps positioned as below (instructions will be with clasps)

 Stitch your charm or button to your heart shape.

Sew your heart over the back of the magnetic clasp, on the outside of the flap as below, using blanket stitch.

Join the two purse pattern pieces - again, I used blanket stitch.
 Easy to make and useful for coins, lipstick or a spare tissue!
Here is Jenna with her felt heart purse - and wearing such a pretty floral dress - Jenna is such a pleasure to sit and do craft with - always has a big smile for everyone and tackles everything with such enthusiasm...!

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Quiz - Numbers! Printable with Answers

Time for a quiz...! 

All the answers are is the link - printable and with answers!

Quiz - Numbers! 

If you would like more quizzes then do have a look at my eBook...

41 x 10 Easy Quizzes with Answers 

All types of subjects, printable and with answers - hours of fun with your groups - trivia specifically put together for our senior citizens...

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Toby - proudly wearing his British Bandana!

Toby already has many fans, but here you see him in his latest role - wearing his Union Jack Bandana - Proud to be British...!


Sunday, 19 June 2016

Felt Bunnies Wall Hanging - Tutorial and Templates

 A simple little felt wall hanging - here is how to make it...

You will need...

A4 sheet of felt for background
Scraps of felt for bunnies and flowers
Pom pom or cotton wool balls for tails 
Double-sided sticky pads to attach tails 
Embroidery thread
Wooden dowel and ribbon to hang

 How to make...

Print out the Bunnies and Flower templates (my flowers were cut from a die on my Big Shot, but if you want to cut by hand here is a flower template to use)

Bunnies Template

Flower Template

Take your A4 sheet of felt and turn over a hem of 2cm (width of hem depends on the thickness of your wooden dowel - we used green garden stakes trimmed to size)
Stitch across leaving ends open - either on machine or by hand
Cut out your bunnies and flowers
Stitch the bunnies onto the background, using a running stitch
Using double-sided sticky pads, stick on the bunny tails
First stitch both layers of flowers, together with the button and then stitch onto the  background felt
Stitch stems with embroidery thread
Slip the wooden dowel through the hem and tie on a ribbon for hanging

 Here are some we made at Mencap - enjoy making yours!

Friday, 17 June 2016

Mencap Wins Best Float in Braintree Carnival...!

We did it .... we won First Prize in our catergory and then Best Float in the Braintree Carnival overall...!! A great team effort - well done Mencap!


Friday, 27 May 2016

We Made Tissue Paper Flowers at Mencap for Braintree Carnival

Mencap is putting together a float, to join in with the annual Braintree Carnival, which will be held on Saturday 11 June.

Our Thursday Art and Craft group was asked to make lots of bright colourful Tissue Paper Flowers to put on the float and so we had a lovely afternoon making them.

We followed this excellent tutorial...

Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial

Our tissue paper came in A4 sheets, so using 5 sheets for each flower, we made them up as per the tutorial. Because we used a slightly bigger sheet of tissue paper, our flowers were larger, but it worked just as well.

Tea and Tissue Paper Flowers
Jenna with her flowers

Andy painting Union Jacks

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Queen Elizabeth's 90th Birthday Wall Mural

Using the Daily Mail photos in the various magazines they published for the Queen's 90th Birthday, commemorating Her Majesty's life, we made a Wall Mural.

And then on the same theme, we completed three Pop-Up pages in Our Project Book.
If you want to make your own Pop-Ups here is the link Pop-Up Tutorial

Three Thursdays of great craft, celebrating a great occasion, by the Mencap, Braintree Art and Craft Group...

Friday, 13 May 2016

6 New Bookmarks to Print and Colour-In...!

We enjoyed making these simple Bookmarks at Mencap this week...

If you would like to make some with your group or with your children here is...

what you will need...

Thin card in light colours
Colouring in pens or crayons
Laminator and Laminator pouches (optional)
Ribbon (optional)
Single punch (optional)

How to make up the bookmarks..

Print the templates onto thin card. (If you are laminating them, then you can print onto paper)
Here is the link  Bookmarks
Colour in the pictures.
Cut out each bookmark.

They will last a long time if you laminate them (seal in a plastic sleeve) but not essential.

Punch a single hole centre top and tie in your ribbon.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Quiz - 12 Anagrams - In the Garden - Printable!

As the season changes and our thoughts turn to Spring, I thought it was a good time to have a Quiz - 12 Anagrams - In the Garden...

Here is the link...with Answers in case you get stuck!

12 Anagrams - In the Garden

Hope you enjoy this quiz - if you want more, do have a look at my eBook - 

41 Easy Quizzes and Answers - Printable

Great fun with your senior groups, over a cup of tea and a biscuit...!

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Simple Version of a Beetle Drive - for All Ages and Abilities!

It is five years since I posted "My Simple Version of a Beetle Drive" and so I thought it was time to Bump It Forward, for those of you who haven't spotted it - can be played by all ages and abilities, as players have only to be in a team and take turns to shake the dice .... do have a look - great fun for everyone...

Here is the link ...  "My Simple Version of a Beetle Drive"  Have fun with this old favourite game...

Friday, 4 March 2016

Felt Hand Puppets - Free Printable Patterns...!

What a lot of fun these were to make - Felt Hand Puppets!

What you will need...

Felt in A4 sheets for the main body pieces
Scraps of felt for belly patches etc
Self-adhesive felt for small patches (optional - can be sewn on instead)
Embroidery thread and needle
Ribbon for bows for bears
How to make....

Print out your patterns - here they are...

Hand Puppets Patterns

Before you start cutting out your felt, check hand size against the pattern - adjust the pattern width if necessary. Rather a little big, than too small!

Cut out two main body pieces

Cut out the appropriate patches.

Work on one of your main body pieces - We sewed the belly / snout patches on, using a running stitch, and then using self-adhesive felt, we stuck on the smaller patches. All can be either sewn or stuck on - up to you!

Buttons were stitched on for the eyes / noses and the bears each got a ribbon bow!

The monsters can be created as you will - every one is different!

When you are happy with your Hand Puppet, then stitch the two main body pieces together, close to the edges - easy to do on a sewing machine, but can be hand stitched if you like.

Use your imagination - be creative and then have hours of fun with your hand puppets....!