Good evening dudes and dudettes! 😉
It’s #BostikBloggers time again and this month the theme is ‘Gardens/Minibeasts’.
I jumped in with both feet this month and I think I’ve come up with a pretty nifty craft for you to go away and try yourselves with your little ones.
So, what Lily and I made this month is a ‘My Garden’ picture which sits in an interchangeable hanging frame which we quickly made from a zippable plastic wallet and a length of cord/string.
The ‘My Garden’ scene we’ve made is to reflect how our garden looks in the spring/summer and when the autumn comes we can make another to show the new season and again, in the winter which (hopefully) will have lots of snow and beautiful bare trees.
When the new season comes and you’ve made another picture, you can simply unzip the ‘frame’ and replace the old picture with the new.
What I’ve set out above is exactly what we used to create our garden.
The chances are you won’t have all of these things to hand or you’ll want to do it your own way so it’s just a guide to set you off in the general direction that we went in to complete this craft.
We had the minibeast stickers in the cupboard and we bought them from Ryman a few weeks ago. Again, you can buy similar bug stickers from Hobbycraft.
(1) Lay your felt background over the zippable plastic wallet to see if you need to trim any excess away to fit the picture inside when you’re finished. We used a ruler to make a horizontal line at the necessary cutting point and removed the additional felt with scissors.
(2) To make the ground for the garden, We glued on two layers of brown spider web netting and on top of that, we added the green moss. If you need to, you can pop the moss in the oven on a very low heat for a few minutes to remove some of the moisture it contains.
(3) We were supplied with some coloured lollipop sticks and some artificial leaves for this craft and we used these to create a tree for our garden. We simply glued the lollipop stick on the felt to make the trunk and then stuck on the leaves as shown.
If these specific items are not available at your local craft shop (or indeed, it may be easier for you anyway) you can paint a lollipop stick yourself (we used red for the tree trunk) and cut out the leaf shapes from any spare green material you may have at home.
(4) We drew around the bottom of a paint bottle to make a circle shape on the back of the gold glitter card and cut this out to be our sunshine. When this was glued to the picture, we added yellow strands of felt to make the sun’s rays.
(5) We stuck on some foam flowers using green pipe cleaner as the stems. We also applied some stick-on butterflies and a bumble bee and finished with our minibeast stickers.
(6) To jazz it up a little, we used glitter pens to decorate the foam flowers and three coloured beads to make the middle of the smaller flowers.
(7) We popped a hole on either side of the plastic wallet and threaded the string through tying a knot on each side to secure it and cutting off the excess to tidy it up.
(8) When all of our glue had dried clear and our picture was ready, we carefully slid it in to the plastic wallet and zipped it up.
That’s it 🙂 Your ‘My Garden’ picture is all finished and ready to hang up somewhere it’ll get lots of attention and praise from your guests and family/friends 🙂
What does your garden look like this season? Why not take your toddlers around the garden and let them point out which features they’d like to include on their picture?
I hope you have fun making your own pictures and frames and, as usual, I’d love to see how you get on so please do share your finished crafts either in the comments below or you can also post to my social media channels.
Have a great week guys!