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AN EASY WAY TO MAKE YOUR OWN BEAUTIFUL BLING

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project –  an easy way to make your own beautiful bling.

They say there’s no such thing as too much bling and this easy project will have the little ones, and you, making a treasure trove of jaunty jewels in no time.

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HOW TO SMARTEN UP YOUR SMARTPHONE

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – how to smarten up your smartphone.

I recently wrote about the secret to using your Smartphone Smartly.

If you just can’t get enough of your phone, these clever crafts, to smarten up your smartphone, will be just what you need.

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HOW TO MAKE A TURTLE PLANTER

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – how to make a turtle planter.

World Turtle Day is celebrated on May 23 each year to raise awareness about the plight and importance of those wonderful creatures.

Did you read my post, A Tantalising Turtle Tale to Add Magic to Your Day?

To celebrate and to honour turtles I’m going to show you how to make a really sweet turtle planter.

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HOW TO TURN OLD FENCE PALINGS AND CLAY INTO BEAUTIFUL POPPY ART

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – turning fence palings and clay into poppy art.

With ANZAC day just around the corner, I’ve decided to share with you the instructions for a lovely piece of artwork featuring poppies.

The poppy has important significance when it comes to war.

The corn poppy, also known as the Flanders poppy, grew profusely in the WWI trenches and also flowers in Turkey in early spring.

According to war historians, a valley south of ANZAC Beach, Gallipoli, got its name Poppy Valley from the field of bright red poppies near its mouth.

A group of war widows of French ex-servicemen went to the British Legion Headquarters in 1921, armed with some poppies they had made and suggested they be sold as a means of raising money to help those who were incapacitated as a result of the war.

In Australia, single red poppies are not usually worn on ANZAC Day (these are worn on Remembrance Day, November 11). However, wreaths of poppies are traditionally placed at memorials and honour boards on ANZAC Day.

BEAUTIFUL POPPY ART

 

MATERIALS

  • Old fence palings – those with worn and jagged edges look great
  • Air dry clay
  • Red nail polish or paint
  • Black paint
  • Background paints in assorted colours of choice
  • Rolling pin
  • Fishing line
  • Craft Glue
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Small piece of wood

 

METHOD

  • Cut the fence palings to the desired length and hold them together vertically, jagged edges up, by nailing a thin piece of wood to the back of both palings. Use this to attach eye hooks and string for hanging.

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  • Paint the palings in the desired colours. I used a combination of green, blue, copper and orange.
  • Meanwhile, use some fishing line to cut a small slab from the air dry clay.
  • Roll out the slab and cut it into a circle.
  • Pinch the edges of the circle to make them thinner and slightly wavy.

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  • Repeat for each poppy you wish to make.
  • Use some more clay to roll small balls and gently press these into the centre of your poppies.

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  • Place your clay poppies over a small dish so that they will dry with an indent in the centre.

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  • Allow the poppies to dry. This could take up to three days.
  • When they are completely dry, paint them with red paint or nail polish. (I happened to like the sheen created by the nail polish).
  • Outline the clay poppies with a black marker or paint and paint the centre part – where the little clay balls were placed.
  • When this is dry, glue the poppies into position on your fence palings.
  • Finish by painting long black stems from the poppies.

I hope you enjoyed this craft. Be sure to share if you did.

Did you read my post  Celebrating ANZACS – What Makes a Hero?

Happy crafting and have a gleeful week, Tamuria.

 

 

MAKE VALENTINE’S DAY BLING, BOOK, AND ART WITH THESE EASY STEPS

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project, Valentine’s Day crafts.

These projects include the cutest bracelet, a kiss flip book, and some wonderful string art.

 

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SUPER EASY AUSTRALIA DAY PAINT PROJECTS TO MAKE

Australia Day picture

 

Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – three easy Australia Day paintings.

These projects are so easy anyone can do them, and they look fantastic. Read my post, Why I Love a Sunburnt Country to find out about all the wonderful things this country has to offer.

 

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MAKING A MANDRAKE – WARNING, THIS PROJECT WILL CREEP YOU OUT.

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – making a Mandrake.

Mandrakes are Mediterranean plants of the nightshade family.

They were made famous in the Harry Potter movies because their forked, fleshy roots resemble the human form.

Formerly used in medicine and magic, these remarkable plants are said to shriek when lifted from the ground.

In the Harry Potter movies the Herbology students studied Mandrakes and how to make their Restorative Draught, which was a cure for those who had been petrified.

I’m going to show you how to make your own but be warned, this project is a bit creepy.

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HOW TO MAKE A FLOWERING SEAT

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project- making a flowering seat.

Spring had sprung in Australia and we’ve been doing the annual spring clean for a few weeks now.

Part of the process is getting rid of things or transforming them, that are no longer useful.

If you read my post Trash to Treasure, It’s Easy, you’ll get some great tips for transforming things you cannot bear to part with.

For me this year it was a silly, broken chair.

The thing about that chair that had been sitting in storage for a few years was that my sons had sat on it while studying for important school exams, such as the School Certificate and High School Certificate.

It has history and memories of the days when this house was bursting with the loud voices and music of teenage boys.

How could I possibly part with it?

A year ago I put it outside in readiness to put on the footpath for a council collection. I just kept finding reasons not to leave it out.

Now, a broken chair just looks like rubbish, no matter how many memories it holds.

So I decided to make it pretty by turning it into a flowering seat and transform it into something useful and worthy of keeping.

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HOW TO MAKE WONDERFUL WIRE BIRDS

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project –  wonderful wire birds.

I love using wire to create pretty ornaments as it’s versatile and easy to use, particularly if it’s not too thick.

These little wire birds are so sweet, only use a few materials and can be made in 20 minutes.

They look great hanging in a window or on a mirror and would be a lovely decoration on a gift.

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HOW TO MAKE A NO SEW HEART PILLOW

Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – a no-sew heart pillow.

 

HEART PILLOW PICTURE

 

 

Funny how decorative pillow prices can range from a few dollars to $20 or $30. You can sometimes find the little square ones in the cheap shops for $5 and I’ve even snapped up some bargain pillows for $2 each.

Yet, when I looked for a heart-shaped pillow recently, I couldn’t find anything less than $20.

As I already had a specific material I wanted to cover it in, I wasn’t prepared to spend this so decided to convert one of the square pillows I already had.

I’m not a fan of sewing so try to avoid it whenever possible, which is why I came up with the no-sew heart pillow.

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