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Category: Fun For the Big Kids

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

 

Valentine's Day picture

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday 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 Wednesday 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 Wednesday 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

flowering seat pciture

 

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday 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

wire birds picture

 

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday 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 Wednesday 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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How to Make a Garden Goddess

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – making a garden goddess.

I have always been a sucker for those wonderful tree men wood carvings – they seem so magical and make me feel safe.

This is the feminine (and easy) version – a garden goddess.

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1 ASTONISHING INGREDIENT MAKES BEAUTIFUL TURQUOISE JEWELLERY

Hi, and welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – making turquoise jewellery.

turquoise jewellery picture

You won’t believe the secret ingredient we are using to make it.

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TRASH TO TREASURE – IT’S EASY!

TRASH TO TREASURE – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO RE-PURPOSING JUNK

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project.

trash to treasure picture

Your old shirt can look so beautiful and hold so many new and artistic memories

I know, you just can’t possibly get rid of that stained shirt. It’s the shirt you wore the first time you took a bus to the city and talked to that stranger who knew your crazy cousin Ed.

Oh, and that lonely earring. You lost the other one four years ago but it could still show up, right? It’s your lucky earring. The last time you wore it you found a shiny five cent coin on the ground.

We all have things we can’t manage to let go of when trying to de-clutter our spaces. Often they are silly, useless things that are loaded with some sentimental meaning just for us.

The only way to deal with these things is to transform them into something useful. That way you can still enjoy the wonderful memories they bring instead of having them take up space in your wardrobe or jewellery box.

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GIFTS TO MAKE MAMA CRY

85TH BIRTHDAYS

mama cry picture

 

It was a huge year for birthdays in our family this year. All remaining great-grandparents are celebrating their 85th year.

85,  what a milestone!  Party time!

My in-laws live interstate but Mum is nearby so it made sense to plan a party.

I chose the theme of flowers as it has special meaning for my Mum and me. (Be sure to check out Wacky Workshops for a wonderful flower related craft). I made flower-shaped food and flower party bags and decorations.

The only thing left to do was buy the gift. Easy right?

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