Mini Pom Poms

Pom poms are a really great way to decorate any number of things. Add them to the corners of cushions, or the end of throws to “funk-up” your home decor. Or, why not use them to decorate gift-wrapped presents,  key-rings or fun crafts such as bookmarks?

Mini Pom Pom Image

These mini pom poms are especially easy to make….

WHAT YOU NEED

To make one

  • 3 meters of wool (yarn)
  • Scissors

HOW TO

  1. Cut 30 cm of wool from the 3 meter piece
  2. Place the short piece between your index finger and the middle finger and let in hang there, half to the back of your hand and half to the front
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    Step 2

     

  3. Leaving a small gap between these fingers, start wrapping the long piece of wool around the tops of your fingers, use your thumb to hold the end of the wool secure against your index finger.
  4. Make it about 3cm wide (basically don’t wind it below your knuckles), overlapping many times, and making sure to keep the wool as straight as possible to avoid knots
  5. Now carefully pull the short piece of wool around the center area of the wrapped wool, and tie a knot

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    Step 5
  6. Gently slide the wrapped wool off your fingers, keeping the short, knotted piece in place
  7.  Now that it is off your fingers, pull the knot really tight, and then make a second knot, making sure it is secure
  8. Take your scissors and carefully cut all the loops that have been formed, following the curved edge of your little ball, be careful not to cut the short piece of wool that is knotted around the middle

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    Step 8
  9. Finally, fluff-up the ball, and give it a trim to make it as round a possible
  10. The tail that is hanging off can be used to attach the pom pom to your project, or if it is unnecessary, trim it so that it is the same length as the other pieces of wool

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Cool Frog Game & Craft

This is one of my favorite kid’s crafts so far this year, and as for the children…they LOVED it!  Not alone is this project great fun to make, and super cute to look at, but the kids just love the fun toy they are left with. The only drawback? They’ll be so obsessed with trying to get the fly into the frog’s mouth that you won’t be able to get them to tidy up ….  Have fun!

 

Cute Kids frog craft. This DIY is not just a great art and craft activity but a cool game too!Cute Kids frog craft. This DIY is not just a great art and craft activity but a cool game too!Cute Kids frog craft. This DIY is not just a great art and craft activity but a cool game too!

What you need

  • Toilet-roll insert
  • Green & red water-based paints
  • Paint brush
  • Large bead
  • String (80 cm approx)
  • Tape
  • Stapler
  • Pencil
  • Sissors
  • Green card
  • Glue
  • White paper
  • Markers

Method

  1. Paint the toilet-roll insert green on the outside & red on the inside, & leave to dry.
  2. One end of the toilet-roll insert will be the mouth of the frog, and the other will be his bottom!
  3. Now, tie the bead to one end of the string
  4. Drop the the other end of the string into the toilet-roll insert
  5. Using tape, stick the string to the inside of the toilet-roll insert, near  his “bottom”
  6. Staple the end for his bottom closed
  7. Draw, and cut out 4 legs from green card
  8. Staple or glue the legs to the frog’s body
  9. Draw a fly, & glue it to the bead
  10. Finally, using markers add some details such as eyes and spots. Remember, kids may need you to explain that his mouth is the red, inside of the toilet-roll insert, and when adding detail we are looking down on him from an elevated, or bird’s eye view

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Easter Crafts For The Kids

 

 

1. Easter Suncatchers

With Easter and Spring comes sun. So, let’s bring a little sunshine into our lives with these wonderful suncatchers from Every Day Dishes , who generously provide printable templates. You’ll see that kids love “stained glass” projects, there is something in the magic of seeing their work illuminated in the window for all to see.

2. Bunny Masks

Kids just love dressing up, and making masks is always a popular activity, no matter what age. Theses adorable bunny masks by Babyccino Kids are a great activity to try at home this Easter – you could even make some cute bunny tails to match!

3. Easter Egg Printing

Potato prints are always a fantastic parent/child activity. Little hands will need help with cutting the designs, but they will have endless fun printing the colourful shapes.  There are some excellent example here on the Crafty Morning blog – a great resource.

4. Daffodil Pinwheel

Some of my favorite things at this time of the year are the daffodils. They have a way of making everyone smile – just like this clever daffodil pinwheel project will too. Such a great idea from this blog, with an amazing name Mom In The Mad House.

5. Hatching Chicks

Obviously there are lots of Easter chick projects out there, but this has to be one of my favorites. Although it is a step by step, the egg shell element will allow your little ones time to explore colour and line, and add some originality – always important! Thanks to the lovely people at ABC Creative Learning

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10 On-Trend Egg Decorating Projects

Decorating eggs and displaying them around your home is a beautiful way to bring a little creativity into your life at Easter. Here are my favorites. Let me know what you think.

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Marbling  – Trend Of The Moment

Love, love, loving the hottest design trend right now – marbling.  So many great ways to introduce this technique into your DIY projects, but, for the season that’s in it, why not take some inspiration from this beautiful Easter project from  Camille Styles and learn how to marble with nail polish!

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Sprinkled With Fun!

Now this is original, and oh so much fun! Brighten up your Easter with this amazing egg decorating project, using sprinkles. It’s from the clever people at Studio DIY who have amazing ideas that will always bring a smile to your face.

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Love Gold Leaf

Who can resist a bit of gold leaf? Not me, this is one of my favorite ways to decorate eggs. When combined with delicate, spring, pastel  shades, like Angie at Little Inspiration has done here, the results are simply beautiful.

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Make A Note – Calligraphy

Calligraphy and handwriting  are everywhere. So, take inspiration from the wonderful world of design, and use the free printable from the generous people at Oh Happy Day to introduce some delicate lettering into this year’s Easter project.

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On-Trend – Geometric Patterns

Geometric shapes and repeat patterns are in, in, in, and when combined with gold or bronze you couldn’t be more on-trend.  Get some inspiration from this great blog post on Miss Renaissance to make some striking patterned Easter eggs.

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Get Creative With Abstract Marks

Keep it simple, get out your favorite colour paints, and get creative. Simple brush strokes, and layers of abstract paint marks can give some of the most beautiful results, as demoed here by  Allison at Dream A Little Bigger.

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Oh So Simple – White Marker Eggs

Sometimes less is more. I love the simplicity of this project from Joy Ever After.  It couldn’t be easier to do, and the results are simply beautiful. Anyone can give this a try!

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Pantone Perfection

For all you design nerds out there – you won’t be able to resist this fantastic Pantone egg project by How About Orange. I simply love it, and it’s a great way to try out transferring text onto different surfaces. Clever clogs!

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Ombre Eggs

The ombre trend has hit everything from hairdos to handbags, and bakes to bikes, so why not give this super simple technique from the Sugar Plum Sisters a try and bring a little ombre into your life this Easter.

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Emojis  – Create A Reaction

More outstanding work from Kelly and the gang at Studio DIY.  What a fun and “of the moment” egg decor project to make your friends smile!

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Irish Dancer Finger Puppets

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It’s simple:

  1. Download and print your free design that I have created for you HERE
  2. Using paper glue stick the page onto some card to reinforce
  3. Colour the dancers with paint, colouring pencils or markers, whichever you prefer
  4. Cut out the shapes, taking care to cut the holes for your fingers (little hands will need some help)
  5. And now have fun learning how to do an Irish jig or a reel!

 

Irish Dancers In Action

Nature’s Own Mood Boards

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Images of some of the rock formations in Museo Geminero Madrid, & how they might inspire your home decor projects.

Nature is full of inspiration when it comes to colour and texture combination for decorating your home. For us city dwellers it’s important to think outside the box when it comes to finding mother nature’s stimulus.  Yes, visit your local parks and green areas, but what about the museums?

Just this week I had the pleasure of visiting the Museo Geominero Madrid, a treasure trove for any design lover. The museum houses an incredible collection of rocks, minerals and fossils, which demonstrate nature’s ability to outdo us every time when it comes to creating stunning texture and color combinations.

Whether you are interested in designing jewellery, embellishing material or furniture, or painting a room in your house, these marvels are instant mood boards that won’t leave you lacking ideas!

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Vintage Directional Signs

DIY event signs, are so much fun to make, and can have a BIG impact with little to no cost……Lets get making!

Here’s how to recreate these stunning vintage inspired pointing hand signs…..

Vintage sign DIY. Hand pointing. Wedding Sign

WHAT YOU NEED

  • This free vintage pointing hand printable
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • MDF approximately 30cm x 22cm (or A4 size)
  • Small Saw or jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • White or cream water-based paint
  • Wide paint brush
  • Marker or acrylic paint in your colour of choice – I like black
  • Wood approximately  15 x 50cm
  • Wood glue

HOW TO

  • Download this free vintage pointing hand printable
  • Print it onto normal A4 printing paper
  • Cut out the hand shape and using a pencil trace around it onto thin MDF
  • Use a jigsaw, or a small saw to cut out the shape, and sand the edges to make them smooth
  • Paint the wood with 2 or 3 layers of cream or white water-based paint
  • Using your hand print-off as inspiration, add the lines and details using a black marker, or black acrylic paint and a thin brush.  Tip:  If you are not confident draw the lines lightly in pencil first.
  • Use strong wood glue to stick the hand shape to a simple piece of wood that has been painted or prepared as you like
  • Use the text “This Way Folks”, also provided in the free printable , or print your own desired message using Word or a similar word-processing program- In my signs I choose to use:
    • Font: Kunstler Script
    • Size: 225
    • Bold
  • Now for the trick……… scribbling with a pencil on the reverse side of the paper, focusing on the area being the letters
  • Next, lay it on the wooden surface with the pencil-scribbled side down
  • Using a pencil carefully trace over the printed letters heavily -the pencil on the other side will transfer onto the wood leaving a faint outline of your desired text in a beautiful font!
  • Finally go over the faint letters on the wood with acrylic paint or a marker

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Bubble Flowers

As spring is in the air, we decided to take a little nature into the studio this week, and create these beautiful bubble flowers.  The children had a lots of fun blowing bubbles, and creating these eye-catching art works, which were nice gifts for the Mummys and Daddys too!

This work was created with my 5 to 7 year old students, at my weekly “English Through Art” classes in Taller Imagina, Madrid.

Contact me about teaching classes to your children, or at your workshop or centre.

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DIY Wedding: Stunning Moon & Stars Photo Booth

You may be interested in contacting me about one of the most special items that I designed for our wedding in September 2015 – our moon photo booth.

Stunning moon photo booth for wedding. Edwardian paper moon theme event, featuring original backdrop. Southeast Ireland Hire. Classy and elegant wedding decor. www.janehayescreative.com

As the wedding started to take on an Edwardian feel I began to research the era more and more.  And one of the most stunning things I came across was the use of “paper moons” in wedding photography.

I came up with the design, and my friend and neighbor Paul, a gifted carpenter cut and made the structure for me.  My uncle and I spent some very fun days together painting it, such great memories!

Stunning moon photo booth for wedding. Edwardian paper moon theme event, featuring original backdrop. Southeast Ireland Hire. Classy and elegant wedding decor. www.janehayescreative.com

Photographers in the early 1900’s used the constructions as backdrops or props for portrait photography, and especially for those of newly married couples. You can see some examples here on my Pinterest board.

Stunning moon photo booth for wedding. Edwardian paper moon theme event, featuring original backdrop. Southeast Ireland Hire. Classy and elegant wedding decor. www.janehayescreative.com

It looked stunning in the background of the venue, and made the most wonderful prop for lots of great shots of us and our guests, complete with fancy dress!  Everyone really enjoyed it, and there was a line all night for group shots!

Stunning moon photo booth for wedding. Edwardian paper moon theme event, featuring original backdrop. Southeast Ireland Hire. Classy and elegant wedding decor. www.janehayescreative.com

If you are considering having a stunning moon backdrop or photo-booth at your wedding or event Contact me for further details. It certainly is something unique.

Stunning moon photo booth for wedding. Edwardian paper moon theme event, featuring original backdrop. Southeast Ireland Hire. Classy and elegant wedding decor. www.janehayescreative.com

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