78 • 20 OCTOBER 2009
Teeny tiny bunch of flowers
4. Garden in a jar
5. Simple scarecrow
Hello and welcome to another
issue of Kids Craft Weekly!
We've just come to the end of two weeks of school holidays and this
issue of Kids Craft Weekly features some of the fun garden-related
activities that we got up to. Technically not all these ideas are
crafts but they have all been undertaken with a crafty spirit which I
figure is the main thing :)
We had such a fantastic time these holidays – it's going to
hard to adjust back to early mornings and rushed school drop-offs. The
next few weeks are going to be particularly busy around here as I'll be
finishing off the two new Kids Craft Weekly Christmas PDFs for 2009.
One of the PDFs is all about child-made Christmas cards and features 20
pages (yes!) of ideas and inspiration including heaps of amazing and
innovative cards that I have received from subscribers over the past
The other PDF, a thorough revision of last year's popular Christmas Craft,
will have even more advent ideas, more decorations, more gift tags and
a whole new section on crafty gift ideas for Christmas. I'm very
excited about both of these books and hope that you will be too!
Both books will go on sale in the first week of November –
announce the happy news via newsletter. Excitingly, the next newsletter
will also contain details on how to participate in the Kids Craft Weekly annual handmade
card swap, now in it's fourth year.
Through the swap, families send handmade cards to ten specific
addresses, and in return, they receive cards from ten other families.
It's free to join in of course, and I'm sure previous participants will
vouch for the fact that it's a tremendous amount of fun and an
incredibly rewarding experience.
But that's enough about the *next* issue – it's time to enjoy
this one! I hope that you find some inspiration and creative energy
from these new garden ideas.
Happy crafting and I'll see you next time!
tiny bunch of flowers
I came across this wonderful idea in a book but I can't for the life of
me remember which one. The idea is to go out into the garden and
encourage kids to get down low and find the tiniest flowers that their
little eyes can spy. Ella and Arky had an absolute ball with this
activity and it has proved to be a great incentive to get them to come
with me to take the dogs for a walk.
You will need
• some keen little eyes
• access to nature
• a pair of scissors
• a thimble, bottle cap or
other tiny object to use as a vase
• some flower-arranging music
1. Go for a long and relaxed walk in your neighbourhood and get the
kids to gather a selection of teeny tiny flowers along the way.
2. When you get home, use scissors to cut the stems to appropriate
lengths and give each child a vessel to use as a vase.
3. Pop some happy music on and let them get into the process of flower
arranging. Here is Arky's fabulous flower arrangement:
And here is Ella's teeny tiny bouquet:
On one of daily walks we discovered a number of old banksias lying
underneath a tree and the kids immediately decided that we should take
them home and create a family of hedgehog-like pets! I'm very glad that
I agreed to this idea. Our little hedgehog family have now become a
permanent addition to our mantelpiece.
You will need
• some old banksias or
similar, such as pine cones
• colourful wool and/or string
• white felt
• small pom poms
1. Cut some colourful lengths of wool and string and start to wrap them
around the banksias or pine cones.
2. Keep winding and wrapping until it feels right.
3. Cut out some eyes from white felt and add some pupils with a black
4. Pop the eyes on – you can glue them if you wish but we
found they stayed in place very well on their own.
5. If you have any on hand you can also add a small pom pom nose.
6. And here's our little family of banksia hedgehogs. Aren't they
Garden in a jar
I have vivid
memories of my mother
making amazing terrariums when I was a child. I also remember that we
were never allowed to touch them! These little gardens in a jar are
like terrariums for children. Kept moist with spray from a water bottle
they may survive for a while – but more likely than not they will be
mucked around with far too extensively to flourish. But that's the idea.
You will need
toy animals or other tiny objects to decorate
1. Wash and dry your glass jar. Soak to remove any labels.
2. First of all add some large rocks.
3. And then some small pebbles.
4. Use a spade to dig out a small amount of moss from your garden or
nearest mossy location – you won't need very much. Then press
down into the jar.
5. Add some water and decorate with small animals, other plants, or
various bits and bobs. I think it would be cute to add a little sign or
flag made from card, toothpicks, coloured markers and tape.
Arky later decorated his with tiny colourful flowers from the garden
– they looked gorgeous pressed into the thick moss.
over a year I've been working on transforming our large, boring, barren
backyard into a productive garden with personality. Our lovely new
scarecrow which we made from Ella's old, well-worn and very much loved
Dorothy the Dinosaur pajamas has made a big difference to feel of the
While standing back to admire the finished scarecrow I said to my
neighbour "Gosh I hope we don't get reported for crimes against
Wiggles' merchandise." She quickly replied "Oh don't worry. If you hear
the big red car toot-toot chugga-chugging down the street you can
always rush out and pull it down."
You will need
• two large sticks, one larger
than the other
• old pantyhose cut up into
• an old pillowcase
• some old gloves
• some old clothes
• a permanent marker
1. First things first, tie the two sticks together using the old
2. Dress the sticks with the scarecrow's clothes.
3. Have fun filling the clothes up with straw. You can tie off sleeves
and trouser legs using more pantyhose strips.
4. For the head, half fill an old pillowcase with straw. Then put it
aside for later.
5. Next step is to bang the headless scarecrow into place in the garden.
6. Once it's firmly in the ground tie on the head (using the pantihose
strips again) use the marker to draw a face. You can really see in
these pictures how much Ella is enjoying herself.
7. Add your finishing touches. We popped on some old mismatched gloves
along with a hat, You could also add a scarf, wool for hair, a vest or
any thing that takes your fancy.
I should add, you don't need to have a vegetable garden to justify
building a scarecrow. It's a really fun project for the whole family to
get involved in and they look great in any sort of garden. Even a patio
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