Friday, 20 May 2011

Craft Ideas for Half Term

With half-term looming, we'd like to offer you a number of craft ideas for keeping the children occupied and for encouraging their creativity.

Tapestry Weaving

You will need a tapestry frame or an old picture frame (we sell tapestry frame lengths in pairs, so that you can build the frame to your specification), a selection of yarns (these can include strips of fabric, plastic bags or ribbons, our Mixed Bag of Yarns may be of interest), and a small piece of cardboard to wrap the yarn around to use as a shuttle.

Find out more about Tapestry Weaving...

Polymer Clay Bead Necklace

You will 2/3 packs of polymer clay (FIMO Soft may be better for children as it requires little conditioning), a length of leather thong or a shoe lace, a cocktail stick or similar for making the holes, and a baking sheet which should not be used for cooking once it has been in contact with the clay.

Find out more about this bead making project...

Felt Balls

You will need a small bag of Merino Wool Fibres (we have a 100g bag of mixed colours), a spray bottle with diluted washing up liquid and elbow grease!

Find out how the felt caterpillar was made...

Heliographic Sun Printing

You will need 1/2 colours of Pebeo Setacolor Soleil, a mask which will lay close to the fabric such as a cardboard cut-out, keys or leaves, and an old t-shirt or lenght of cotton fabric.

Find out more about printing with the sun...

We hope you have fun with our recommendations and look forward to seeing what you have made!

These crafts will generally need an adults supervision and sensible precautions should be taken when handling materials and equipment.

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