Archive for February, 2011

Sam’s Aquarium

Thank you to Granny who suggested this project after a trip to the London Aquarium with Sam last week.

She actually suggested a tissue box, but we didn’t have one, so we improvised with a regular box:

We taped it up using masking tape (better than ordinary sellotape in this case as it’s easy to paint over later).

Sam drew a ‘window’ shape…

…then I cut it out with a craft knife.

We painted the outside, just using regular children’s paints,

Next we cut a flap in the top as shown above.

Painted the inside blue.

Drew and cut out some little sea creatures…

Found some green wool and some thread for the tiny ones, stuck a piece of thread or wool onto the back of each creature, then Sam taped them to the inside of the flap. It’s worth paying attention to which way round the creature faces before you stick it down, so you can get them all facing more or less forward.

We also taped some extra bits of wool to be water weed.

And there it is!

Sam’s mini Aquarium. We were both pretty chuffed with that. Thanks Granny!


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Recycled Glove Puppies

This little chap is called ‘Pink’. We made him from a pair of gloves using this book, kindly found and donated by my Mum.

This is a great book, with loads of other animals you can recycle from gloves and socks, and they’re very cute! The author’s website is here. It’s in Japanese but even if you can’t read it you can see photos of more of her animals in the gallery section.

We had to turn one glove inside out…

…cut two fingers off, sew up the hole, then turn back the right way…

…then stuff!

Arms are made from the leftover fingers.

It’s starting to look recognisable now!

The other glove makes the head, with two very gorgeous, floppy ears!

Nearly there…

And now for faces…

By evening, Pink was securely ensconced in our family, best friends with Kitty Cat.

This is a beautiful book which I would definitely recommend. I think you could have hours of fun and a lot of new friends on your hands (instead of gloves – get it?!)

Here is Amazon’s description:

‘Sock and Glove’ presents thirteen delightful softy projects that are quick to make – and certain to amuse and delight. Full of individuality and mischief, these stuffed creations are all pieced together from ordinary socks, gloves and mittens. Step-by-step illustrations and instructions make it easy to craft and dress a whole menagerie, including monkeys, elephants, piglets, bunnies, and even an insouciant fish. Endearing to adults and children alike, these whimsical creatures make perfect gifts and inspiring companions.

If you can’t get hold of the book, you could just play around cutting up and stuffing your old socks and gloves and see what happens. This could be very inventive and fun for children to do – I’m sure they will come up with some interesting new breeds!…

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