67 • 3 MARCH 2009
DIY glitter wash paint
4. Glitter roll
5. February photo round-up
6. Featured subscriber blog
Hello and welcome to Kids Craft Weekly! Today I'm very excited to be
able to reveal to you one of the projects that I've been working on
behind the scenes.
This 'glittery' issue of Kids Craft Weekly has a companion craft-along pack
that you can purchase to extend your glitter craft experience.
The glitter craft-along
pack is a printable PDF that features all the crafts in
the newsletter plus one additional (secret!) craft idea and two
activity sheets that you can print out for the kids to work on.
The craft-along pack has been designed so that you can print it out and
store it in a folder or plastic sleeve for future reference. As the
Kids Craft Weekly craft-along collection grows – so too will
your arsenal of great crafty ideas and activity sheets for all
Kids will love the craft-along pack. Earlier today I emailed a
copy of the PDF to a friend to see what she thought and she called to
tell me that she had barely finished printing the pages before her five
year-old had pounced on the pages and wanted to do glitter craft!
The 9-page craft-along pack
costs only USD $4 and the transaction is automated. This means that as
soon as your
payment goes through you are emailed a link from which you can
download the pack and get started.
If you enjoy the newsletter
please check out the
craft-along pack and let me know what you think
– I love your feedback!
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The following ten people have won a Kids Craft Weekly PDF: Jessica
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Sparkling glitter shapes
glitter shapes are one of the most popular crafts I've ever published
on Kids Craft Weekly – and with good reason! There is
something truly magical about shaking glitter off a piece of paper to
reveal a gorgeous shimmering shape. For best results use plastic cookie
cutters and fine glitter.
You will need
• white glue
• plastic containers
• cookie cutters
• fine glitter
• black paper or cardboard
1. Pour glue into a small container or tray until the glue is about
three millimetres deep. before you start pouring, make sure that your
container is large enough to accommodate the cookie cutters.
2. Dip a cookie cutter in glue and then use it to make a glue print on
the paper. For best results, leave the cutter in place on the paper for
about three seconds to allow for the glue to drip down around the
outline of the shape.
3. Sprinkle different colours of glitter on top of the glue prints,
making sure to cover all of the glue marks.
4. Finally, shake the glitter off into a tray and allow the shimmery
shapes to dry.
glitter wash paint
Don't waste your money on buying glitter glue or glitter paint
– have fun experimenting with making your own! It's much
cheaper and the results are way more impressive. This is our tried and
true recipe for glitter wash paint. It's great for colouring pictures
or using as a background that you can draw over when it's dry.
You will need
• white glue
• plastic container
• food colouring
• different colours of fine glitter
1. Take a plastic container and mix together one teaspoon of white glue
with one teaspoon of water, about 4 or 5 drops of food colouring and a
teaspoon of fine glitter. For best results use matching coloured
glitter and food colouring.
2. Mix the ingredients together with a paintbrush. (Try not
to look at my son's filthy thumbnail in the pic below!)
3. Encourage your little one to draw a simple picture – or
draw one for
them – and have them paint it using glitter paint wash.
4. The beauty of this DIY paint is that it's gluey too! Stick various
bits and bobs on your picture before the paint dries. We used cotton
balls for clouds.
5. When it's dry your picture will have a beautiful shimmery film.
6. We went over the dark lines with white glue and sprinkled on some
coarse glitter for extra bling. I know someone who is very proud of his
This issue's glitter
craft-along pack includes two great projects that use this
DIY glitter paint. Print out the activity pages and follow the
instructions to make a glimmery glitter wash landscape and a school of
colourful shimmery fish to hang from a mobile or in a doorway.
Having fun with glitter
doesn't have to involve glue. Use a good quality double-sided tape to
produce beautiful crisp lines – just perfect for
glitterfying! We've used a cardboard roll for this activity but it also
works well on sticks, wooden dowel and anything else that you can wind
You will need
• double-sided tape
• a cardboard roll
• coloured glitter
1. Wind a length of double-sided tape around the cardboard roll.
2. Peel off the backing and start to sprinkle on the glitter.
3. At some point there will be enough glitter on your workspace to
start rolling the cardboard tube into the glitter. Have fun!
4. Once all the tape is covered in glitter, brush the roll down to
remove stray glitter pieces and repeat with a second piece of tape and
a different colour.
February photo round-up
Here are some of my favourite pictures that were submitted to the Kids Craft Weekly Flickr pool in
February. You can check them out by clicking on the links below
– there are some truly amazing crafts in there!
de teler, 5. Image1,
robot tasarim, 7. drawing,
Valentine Card Swap, 9. Stripy
Bugs, 10. HPIM2347,
painting, 12. February09
007, 13. hearts
garland, 14. IMG_7479,
Nou xinès, 18. IMG_1055
Remember to add your photos to the pool for
the chance to win a copy of the book of your choice from my Amazon
favourites list. I give away a book every month –
the February winner will be announced next issue because I need more
time to agonise over the decision :)
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