How to Make Tin Can Butterflies

Posted on July 3rd, 2016 - Fiona

How to Make Tin Can Butterflies

Trash 2 Treasure July

I have been playing around with different things to make from the many beer cans as we send away plenty in recycling from here at Coombe Mill. I take it as a sign of happy holiday makers!  So far I’ve looked at tin can flowers and pretty tea light holders and made some sparkly eyes with the children here to scare away the crows and protect our chicken eggs. This time I experimented with opening the cans out and have turned them into pretty tin can butterflies perfect for use in the garden bringing a splash of summer fun at any time of year.

Butterflies on the Fence at Coombe Mill

What you’ll need

  • Beer can
  • Small knife with a pointed tip
  • Kitchen scissors
  • Marker pen
  • Hammer
  • Nail

What you'll need Tin Can Butterflies

Method

Make an entry point into the top of the can with the knife Pierce the Can with a Knife carefully.
Cut off the Top of the Can. Cut from the entry point round with scissors and remove the lid
Repeat for the base. Repeat to the Bottom of the Can
Cut up through the can Cut up the can to make a flat sheet
Fold lightly inside out and mark half a butterfly outline freehand Fold open the Can
Cut out Your ButterflyCut along the drawn line and watch your butterfly spring into shape.
Use a nail and hammer to attach to a fence panel or tree.Nail your Butterfly to the Fence

A few Extras you could try

Try cutting some different shapes, a longer tail and closer wings makes a good dragonfly

Pin to a stick and pop into the ground to decorate a flower bed or Fairy Garden

Tin Can Butterflies and Dragonflies in the fairy gardens at Coombe Mill

A vlog tutorial on making tin can butterflies 

 

 

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If you have post about something you have made with something from nature or something you would have otherwise have thrown away please come and share on Trash 2 Treasure. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month. Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled from something of little value or found in nature. Leaves and loo rolls, sticks and staples, there are so many throw away items which, with a little imagination, can be turned into something of value. Most of my something from nothing craft tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour but sometimes I will share bigger upcycling projects from Farmer Nick too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas and I welcome all posts old and new.  

A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours

Trash 2 Treasure sponsored by Duck Tape UK with Coombe Mill Holidays for creative fun.

 

Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. My favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire your next project. Do check out their website for plenty of creative ideas. 

My June winner of the duck tape colours is Sarah from TheRealLaraShoe with a creative Junk Modelling session with her children. June Winner of Trash 2 Treasure. Junk Modelling by The Real Lara Shoe


As always there were some wonderful upcycled ideas last month, Please keep them coming.

My other favourites during the month were nesting storage boxes from Anna Wilson who blogs at Tea and a Sewing Machine and the Outdoor solar light chandelier from Fionnuala who blogs at Three Sons Later

 

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How to Make Simple Pirate Crafts

Posted on June 5th, 2016 - Fiona

Trash 2 Treasure

At Coombe Mill we have a weekly activity session on a Friday afternoon as a fun way to round off a holiday here. We usually do something crafty with the kids, often with an educational bias to aid imaginative play and to help with fine or gross motor skills whilst also having fun. The results are used to decorate areas of the farm or for the children to take home with them as keepsakes. We have had a few fun sessions with pirate themed afternoons which both boys and girls age 2 to 7 have adored. I thought I’d share some of the more popular simple pirate crafts for this. It would make a great birthday party theme for a cheap at home celebration with all the fun of a more elaborate event.  

Simple Pirate Crafts from Coombe Mill Family Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.

Pirate Eye Patches  

What you’ll need:-

  • Black Paper/Card
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Pencil

What you'll need Eye Patch from Coombe Mill Family Farm Self catering holiday

Method:-

  1. Download our printable eye patch design below and cut the shape out.
  2. Lay the cut out on black thick paper or card and draw round. Cut out the shape on your black card.
Eye Patch Steps 1 and 2 at Coombe Mil Family Self Catering holiday Cornwall.
Eye Patch Steps 3 & 4 from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holiday, Cornwall.
  1. Measure the string around the child’s head with it so that it lays just over the eyebrows and allow an extra 10 cm for tying.
  2. Fold over the top tab of eye patch, tuck the string into the fold and staple so that it won’t fall off.
  1. Place the eye patch around the child’s head and tie it, making sure it’s not too tight.
Kid in eye patch at Coombe Mill Family Farm Self Catering Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.

 

Pirate Cutlasses.  

What you’ll need:-

  • Cardboard (we used a cereal box at double thickness)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Tin Foil

What you'll need Cutlass from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.

Method:-

  1. Draw a cutlass shape on the cardboard, or use our printable template below, then cut it out and place it to one side. 

  2. Draw an oblong with a thin long rectangle inside of it, or use our printable template below then cut out being careful of fingers when cutting the inside rectangle

Cutlass Steps 1 & 2 at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.
Cutlass Steps 3 & 4 at Coombe Mill Family Farm Self Catering Accommodation, Cornwall, England, UK.
  1. Cover the hilt and body of the cutlass in tinfoil.

  2. Cut the tin foil along the hole you made in the hilt earlier.

  1. Slide the hilt up over the main part of the cutlass until it stops.

Cutlass Stage 5 and Finished

 

Click on the picture below to open up the printable template

 

Cutlass and Eye Patch

Do pop back next week where I’ll be expanding on the theme of simple pirate crafts with how to make a Treasure Chest, Treasure Map and a Pirate Ship. Add all these together and it makes a great afternoon of fun and games for little ones with plenty of opportunity to let their imagination develop. 

A Vlog of How to Make Simple Pirate Crafts of a Eye Patch and Cutlass 

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If you have post about something you have made with something from nature or something you would have otherwise have thrown away please come and share on Trash 2 Treasure. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month. Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled from something of little value or found in nature. Leaves and loo rolls, sticks and staples, there are so many throw away items which, with a little imagination, can be turned into something of value. Most of my something from nothing craft tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour but sometimes I will share bigger upcycling projects from Farmer Nick too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas and I welcome all posts old and new.  

A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours

Trash 2 Treasure sponsored by Duck Tape UK with Coombe Mill Holidays for creative fun.

 

Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. My favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire your next project. Do check out their website for plenty of creative ideas. 

My May winner of the duck tape colours is @PouchVintage from You, Me & Magoo with a great outdoor table from an old wooden cable real. Pouch Vintage winner of Trash2Treasure May 16


As always there were some wonderful upcycled ideas again last month, Please keep them coming.

My other favourites this month were a cup and ball game from Iddle Peeps and Dinosaur small world play in a tyre from Play at Home Teacher

 

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How to Make a Sailboat

Posted on May 1st, 2016 - Fiona

Trash 2 Treasure: Milk bottle Sailboat

I do like to mix up the crafts we make here for activity hour on the farm.  Each week I try to find something age appropriate and fun for the children staying.  I have learned through time that anything involving water is always appreciated.  I know how popular our mini raft race is each year but wanted to find something a little different for the following week.  Seeing how well milk bottles floated as rafts I worked on a design of sailboat using them too. It had to be simple enough for the children to follow but challenging enough to keep them busy.  Instead of racing our boats down the river we let them gently sail across the lake. The finished result was so successful I’m sharing how to make one here on Trash 2 Treasure.

How to Make a Sailboat. Upcycling fun from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornrwall

What you’ll need

  • Crepe paper
  • 2 x 4litre milk bottles or one 6 litre bottle
  • Scissors
  • Duck tape colours
  • String
  • Stapler
  • Hole punch
  • 2 sticks, one fatter and one thinner
  • Your choice of things from nature like leaves and flowers.

 

What You'll Need to make a Sailboats at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall

Method

  1. Pierce the milk bottle with the scissor tip and cut into two. Discard the handle end for the 4 litre bottles, or use both halves for the 6 litre bottle. Make sure both halves are an even height.
Cut the Milk Carton in Half: Step 1 to making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
Cut Duck Tape Colours and Staple the boat together Step 2 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
  1. Cut a piece of Duck tape colours or masking tape and stick the longer stick to the centre of one half of the milk bottle to form the mast. Staple the two halves together with the stick in the middle.
  1. You are now ready to add some rigging. Use a hole punch to make 4 holes at each corner of the boat.
Punch 4 Holes: Step 3 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
Cut and Tie one end of the string. Step 4 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
  1. Cut 4 pieces of string to equal lengths that reach from the newly punched holes to the tip of the mast. Tie one end of the string through the holes. 
  1. Thread your chosen nature bunting through the rigging. (we found using a scissor end or a fingernail did the trick). 
Threading the Leaves on the String. Step 5 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
Tie the Rigging to the Top of the Mast. Step 6 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
  1. Tie all 4 pieces of rigging to the top of the mast and secure with tape if needed.
  1. Cut a square of crepe paper for your sail. Lay the smaller stick across one edge and staple over to make the boom.
Creating the Sail. Step 7 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
Fold the Sail. Step 8 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
  1. Fold your sail to make a triangle
  1. Feed it through the string rigging securing to the top of the mast with tape.
Attaching the sail. Step 9 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
Decorating and weighting the sail boat. Step 10 of making a sailboat at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall
  1. Decorate your boat with leaves and petals and add a stone weight to each side and find a pond or lake to test your sailboat.

A few Extras you could try

Try swapping crepe paper for thin fabric like muslin for the sail

Make a peg man or animal to ride in your boat

Attach a piece of string to the back of your boat in case it gets caught and you need to pull it in

Create an egg man challenge.  We drew faces on eggs and challenged the children to successfully sail their egg person across the lake. We added a stone to counterbalance the weight on the other side of the boat.

Let the children use their imaginations and create their own games and stories with their sailboat

 

Building the Rafts and Designing Egg Men at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall

How to make a milk bottle Sailboat : Tutorial Vlog

 

Joining in with Trash 2 Treasure

If you have post about something you have made with something from nature or something you would have otherwise have thrown away please come and share on Trash 2 Treasure. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month. Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled from something of little value or found in nature. Leaves and loo rolls, sticks and staples, there are so many throw away items which, with a little imagination, can be turned into something of value. Most of my something from nothing craft tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour but sometimes I will share bigger upcycling projects from Farmer Nick too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas and I welcome all posts old and new.  

A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours

Trash 2 Treasure sponsored by Duck Tape UK with Coombe Mill Holidays for creative fun.

 

Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. My favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire your next project. Do check out their website for plenty of creative ideas. 

My April winner of the duck tape colours is Cheryl from Time to Craft with an amazing paper mache Lighthouse Upcycled Lighthouse from time to craft  joining Trash2Treasure with Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays


As always there were some wonderful upcycled ideas again last month, Please keep them coming.

 

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How to Make a Chalk Board

Posted on April 3rd, 2016 - Fiona

Trash 2 Treasure – April 

I’ve seen small chalk boards on other people’s blogs and grand scale ones at larger attractions like The Eden Project and fancied having one for Coombe Mill. They are perfect for leaving messages, drawing and inspiring creativity in children. The question has always been where it would go. My ideal was to have it somewhere I could make use of it for our weekly activity hour. However the tent really didn’t lend itself. Now that we have set up the games room and moved activity hour in there I was back onto my quest to make a chalk board. Farmer Nick was happy to oblige this time having just the right bits and bobs in his shed.

How to make a chalk board as in the games room at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall. UK

What you’ll need 

Backing board

Primer paint

Blackboard paint

Something for the frame, we used some left over bathroom tile edging

Chalks and a rubber. Ours came from The Range at £1.25 a pack.

Mushroom container

Duck Tape Colours

Screws and a washer

Strong glue

We had everything bar the blackboard paint and chalk already to hand so it was a bargain for us.

Method

  1. Select a suitable size of board, Farmer Nick has quite a stash in his shed.
Picking a Board to make a chalk board at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall. UK
Priming the board to make a chalkboard at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall. UK
  1. Clean up and sand down if it’s an old piece like ours, then place a coat of primer paint onto the wood and leave to dry.
  1. Paint over the Primer with blackboard paint and leave to dry.
Paint with Blackboard Paint. Making a chalk board at  Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall. UK
Screwing in the blackboard. Making a chalk board at  Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall. UK
  1. Screw your board into a wall making sure you are going through onto something solid. We made sure the screws went into the supporting beams of the lodge. 
  1. Give your board a second coat of paint. Make sure you cover the screws with the paint too and leave to dry. 
Repainting the blackboard. Making a chalk board at  Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall. UK
Framing the blackboard. Making a chalk board at  Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall. UK
  1. We used spare bathroom tile edging for our frame. Cut the edging to size and glue into place, then leave to dry.
  1. Take a large mushroom container and coat with Duck tape of your choice. We chose black and white checked to match the board and walls in the lodge. The tape not only makes the pot look good but adds strength too.
Decorating the Mushroom Pot . Making a chalk board at  Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall. UK
Attaching the Mushroom Pot. Making a chalk board at  Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall. UK
  1. Use a screw and washer to attach to the wall.
  1. Fill your container with your chalks and rubber.
Pot with Chalks and Eraser.  Making a chalk board at  Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall. UK
Games Room Chalk Board complete at  Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall. UK
  1. Enjoy creating on your board.

A few extra ideas you could try:

  • Add a few containers to stop chalk colours mixing
  • Use an old scrap of fabric for a chalk rubber

Kids using the Blackboard in the games room at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall. UK

Step by step instructions to make a chalk board

Joining in with Trash to Treasure

 

If you have post about something you have made with something from nature or something you would have otherwise have thrown away please come and share on Trash 2 Treasure. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month. Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled from something of little value or found in nature. Leaves and loo rolls, sticks and staples, there are so many throw away items which, with a little imagination, can be turned into something of value. Most of my something from nothing craft tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour but sometimes I will share bigger upcycling projects from Farmer Nick too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas and I welcome all posts old and new.  

A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours

Trash 2 Treasure sponsored by Duck Tape UK with Coombe Mill Holidays for creative fun.

 

Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. Our favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire your next project. Do check out their website for plenty of creative ideas. 

 

My March winner of the duck tape colours is Karen from Let kids be Kids with this adorable Fairy House folded from a book Book-folding-fairy-house-Let kids be kids with Trash 2 Treasure at Coombe Mill

 

As always there were some wonderful upcycled ideas again this month, here are 3 more that really caught my eye:

A gift bag from a cereal box by Keeping it Real

Homemade bath bombs by Craft Invaders

A rather tired charity shop chest turned into a beautiful dining room cabinet by Our Cherry Tree

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How to Make Tin Can Flowers

Posted on March 6th, 2016 - Fiona

Trash 2 Treasure – March

Last summer whilst on holiday in France, I found a street seller in Montpellier selling 1 euro flower ashtrays. On closer inspection it was clear they were made out of tin cans and I was intrigued as to how he made them. Parting with my euro and choosing a colourful Fanta tin can flower I asked in my best limited French for a demonstration on how to make them. He showed me and made it look so easy I couldn’t wait to get back and give it a go.

Tin Can Flowers in France inspiration for Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.

I have to confess it actually took me a few goes to get the hang of it, but with an ample supply of beer cans from Farmer Nick I didn’t need to worry about using up all my resources! We have no use for ashtrays in our house, or at least not that my teens are owning up to, so decided to use them just as fun flowers for the garden or tea light holders indoors.

Tin Can Flowers Tutorial from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.

What you’ll need

  • Tin drinks can

  • Scissors

  • ruler and pen 

  • Tea light candle for a candle holder or string to hang in the garden

What you'll need for Tin Can Flowers from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.

Method

  1. Measure 8 cm into your can from the base from a garden flower and from the top for a tea light holder. Mark with a line all the way round. If you have a tall beer can this will be half the can and will make both flowers using either end.

  2. Pierce the tin can along your line with the tip of a pair of scissors for a garden flower or from the can pull end for a tea light (the base is rounded and will not hold the tea light)

  3. Cut around the tin to separate into 2 halves

  4. Trim any rough edges

  5. Draw a line 1 cm from the base of you half can

  6. Use your pen to mark 1.5 cm even spaces around the can judging by eye to end up back at the start.

  7. Cut down from your pen marks to the line.

  8. Bend down the cut sections to make the leaves

  9. Now begin folding on an angle so the right hand top edge of a leaf tucks behind the bottom left corner of the leaf in front.

  10. Keep working round till you come back to the start.

Step by Step Can Flowers from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.


Tip

  • I was worried that cutting the metal cans would risk cuts to my fingers and was very reluctant to let the children try, however it is surprisingly hard to cut yourself so I would say safe for children to have a go supervised and ordinary kitchen scissors work well.

  • The tin is very pliable so you can refold any leaves you are not quite happy with, though too much tinkering and they will snap!

A Few Additions you could try   

  • We nailed a few of ours to stakes and placed them in welly planters to have a little flower display before the spring daffodils came through

  • Why not thread small flowers like daisies through as a cute upcycled mother’s day present

  • Hang a few close together from a coat hanger and hang from a branch or post in the garden to make a wind chime.

Other Ideas for Tin Can Flowers from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays


A vlog tutorial on how to make tin can flowers

Joining in with Trash 2 Treasure

If you have post about something you have made with something from nature or something you would have otherwise have thrown away please come and share on Trash 2 Treasure. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month. Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled from something of little value or found in nature. Leaves and loo rolls, sticks and staples, there are so many throw away items which, with a little imagination, can be turned into something of value. Most of my something from nothing craft tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour but sometimes I will share bigger upcycling projects from Farmer Nick too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas and I welcome all posts old and new.  

A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours

Trash 2 Treasure sponsored by Duck Tape UK with Coombe Mill Holidays for creative fun.

 

Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. Our favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire your next project. Do check out their website for plenty of creative ideas. 

 

My February Duck Tape Colours winner is Patchwork Parent with a easy to follow tutorial on how to make an egg box bluebird in a tree; a great craft to use for Easter. Easter Tree Patchwork Parent Feb 16 at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.

 

As always there were some wonderful upcycled ideas again this month, here are 3 more that really caught my eye:

The Gingerbread House made peg characters inspired by The Gingerbread Man book.

Tea and a Sewing Machine personalised their diary with a homemade fabric cover.

The Real Lara Shoe was inspired by her son’s love of weather to create some weather bangles.

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Trash 2 Treasure – February

Posted on January 31st, 2016 - Fiona

How to Make Scented Shaped Multicoloured Crayons

At the end of the Christmas holidays I had a big sort out in our craft cupboard, I was hanging onto far too many bits and bobs on a ‘just incase I find a use for them’ and was trying to be ruthless to make a path into my overflowing cupboards. the trouble is I hate to throw anything away if I can think of an upcycling idea. I had sorted all the crayons out and had a bag of scrap stub ends, but instead of throwing them out an idea began to form. As I child I remember to this day finding myself in all manner of trouble when I began experimenting melting my crayons on my parents radiators. It made a lovely pattern much to my parents horror. Images flooded back to me and I thought I build on the idea in a more constructive way. If I could find a way to melt the crayons into new, more fun shaped crayons, and even add a fragrance to them it would make a great experiment and a wonderful sensory experience for little ones. It took me a few goes where the kitchen looked like something out of a chemistry lesson before I found something that worked, but the end result is worth sharing. 

 

Scented and Shaped Multicoloured Crayons

What you’ll Need

 

  • Old broken crayons, paper coating removed

  • Silicon cake pop tray

  • Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger or curry spices

  • Jug suitable for heating in the oven

What You'll Need Scented Crayons

 

 

Method

  1. Place the crayon stubs into the silicone molds, you can use one or more colours per mold 


  2. Add quarter of a teaspoon of your chosen spice per mold, you may find it easier to only put the spice into the single colour molds.


  3. Place the mold on a baking tray & bake for 2 minutes in a moderate oven, about 150 degrees.


  4. Remove from oven, turn the tray and stir the spice into the melting crayon, this is why it is best not to add spice to the multicoloured crayons or the colours will mix too. Return to the oven for a further 2 minutes.


  5. Check and remove when melted, do not leave them too long or the crayons will bubble and spoil. Leave to cool for a good half an hour.


  6. Place a selection of the same colour of crayon in a jug


  7. Place the jug in the oven, checking and stirring every couple of minutes. Remove when melted


  8. Pour over the base layer of crayons in the molds


  9. Leave to set for a further half an hour. Chilling in the fridge is a good idea once they have begun to set.


  10. Turn out your multicoloured shaped sensory crayons.


  11. Have fun smelling and colouring with your rainbow coloured finished crayons. 
How to make Sensory Crayons

 

A Few Additions you could Try

  • Place them in a jar with a pretty label as a gift.

  • Why not try one a large crayon instead of little ones 

  • See if you can find other substances to hold the fragrance, we tried garden herbs crushed and fine oils but the oils sometimes separated from the crayons and the garden herbs were too subtle.

  • You could use a heart shaped cookie cutter to create a large heart shaped Valentines cookie.

 

Finished Crayons

 

A Vlog tutorial to make scented shaped multicoloured crayons

 

Joining in with Trash2Treasure

If you have post about something you have made with something from nature or something you would have otherwise have thrown away please come and share on Trash 2 Treasure. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month. Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled from something of little value or found in nature. Leaves and loo rolls, sticks and staples, there are so many throw away items which, with a little imagination, can be turned into something of value. Most of my something from nothing craft tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour but sometimes I will share bigger upcycling projects from Farmer Nick too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas and I welcome all posts old and new. 

 

A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours

  

Trash 2 Treasure sponsored by Duck Tape UK with Coombe Mill Holidays for creative fun.

 

Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. Our favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire your next project. Do check out their website for plenty of creative ideas. 

 

January my not have had the most link ups ever but wow there were some great upcycling ideas making it so hard to pick a winner. In the end for a beautiful finished job I chose Emmy’s Mummy with her pirate bedside chest of draws completing Harry’s new bedroom. Congratulations Clare, 3 fun Duck Tape Colours on their way to you for more upcycling projects. Pirate themed upcycled bedside chest of draws from Emmy's Mummy winning #Trash2Treasure with Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

 

I said this month was hard and if you take a look at these wonderful ideas you’ll see why:

A sock and a syrup tin made a wonderfully simple stationary holder for Time to Craft

Some spare fabric made a great school bag for Boo from A Journey of Footsteps 

A wooden spoon and a plastic bottle makes a clever rain gauge with help from Nature Mum Blog 

turn an old supermarket food tray and a coke bottle into a pet feeder for nights away with this clever trick from Saw it, Pinned, it Did it  

 

When joining in please use the hashtag #Trash2Treasure on twitter, instagram or Google Plus and I’ll find you

If you link up I’ll send you an invite to pin on my Trash 2 Treasure Pinterest board

   

         Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Trash 2 Treasure. on Pinterest.

   

 

Please grab my badge and join my crafting journey and do pop back to check out other people's posts during the month.    

 

   

   


Trash 2 Treasure January 2016

Posted on January 3rd, 2016 - Fiona

 

Happy New Year and welcome to #Trash2Treasure. Thank you to all who joined me last year, the linky has now been running for 6 months and I’m thrilled with all the fun upcycling ideas that have come through proving that a creative mind can turn a throwaway item into something special. I’m kicking off the first link up with a real something from nothing idea.  

How to make Eco Logs

Recycled Paper Eco Logs Tutorial

Here on the farm we love to enjoy a camp fire, light a BBQ or cosy up by the wood burning stove. We do pretty well for our own supplies of wood thanks to the autumn storms each year bringing a few big windfall branches down but I thought it might be fun to try and make some eco logs to burn from some of the Christmas leftover wrapping paper and other bits paper and card in our recycling bin. They turned out really well and captured my kids imaginations too so I’m sharing them here.

What You’ll Need

Old scrap paper – cheap low grade paper is best like Christmas wrapping paper, newspaper, cereal boxes, avoid anything with a wax or foil coating.

Mop and bucket set

A few kettle loads of hot water

 

Eco Logs for a BBQ, camp fire or wood burner. A Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays craft tutorial

 

Method

  1. Tear the paper into small pieces.

  2. Place the paper pieces in the bucket until it is full.

  3. Carefully pour the boiling water over the torn up paper.

  4. Stir with the mop handle (remove the mop head first).

  5. Repeat steps 2 – 4 until the bucket is full or your paper used up.

  6. Leave the paper to absorb the water for about 24 hours adding more hot water if needed during this time and stirring as often as you can. We found stirring by hand became easier than using the mop once the mix had cooled down and the paper fibres began to break up.


  7. Take a handful of the paper sludge and squeeze it into the mop squeeze section to remove the worst of the water without it squirting out everywhere.

  8. Once you’ve removed a lot of the water in the mop squeezer, pull the mixture out and give it a few more squeezes with your hands to remove as much water as you can, shaping it as you go.

  9. Put them somewhere warm, dry and out of the way and leave them to dry out completely, we placed ours on top of the boiler for approximately 24-48 hours, they’ll be virtually weightless when they’re ready.

Step by Step Eco Logs

 

A few ideas to try with your log

We used firelighter in a garden BBQ with our logs loaded in a pyramid on top to toast marshmallows. As we had made our logs small they dried easily and caught without the need for kindling. If you fancy upcyling the whole process Craft Invaders have a lovely tutorial for making your own firelighters too. Ours worked so well Guy and Jed repeated it with the guests in our Christmas activity hour

 

Eco Logs burning

With the holiday business we generate more recycling than most and have a huge trailer in the car park for all the left over wrapping paper at Christmas. Farmer Nick turns this into large brick like logs with a special moulding and squeezing device and the cement mixer in place of my mop and bucket.

Nicks Eco Bricks

A Video Tutorial to make Eco Logs

Joining in with Trash2Treasure

If you have post about something you have made with something from nature or something you would have otherwise have thrown away please come and share on Trash 2 Treasure. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month. Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled from something of little value or found in nature. Leaves and loo rolls, sticks and staples, there are so many throw away items which, with a little imagination, can be turned into something of value. Most of my something from nothing craft tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour but sometimes I will share bigger upcycling projects from Farmer Nick too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas and I welcome all posts old and new. 

 

A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours

  

Trash 2 Treasure sponsored by Duck Tape UK with Coombe Mill Holidays for creative fun.

 

Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. Our favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire your next project. Do check out their website for plenty of creative ideas.

 

Thank you for all the wonderful posts again last month and congratulations to Maestro Mummy who has won the Duck Tape Colours with this fab toilet roll reindeer tutorial Toilet Roll Reindeer

 

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I also really enjoyed the marbled tealight holder tutorial by Let Kids Be Kids and this recipe for Boxing Day Parcels from Nature Mum Blog

 

 

When joining in please use the hashtag #Trash2Treasure on twitter, instagram or Google Plus and I’ll find you

If you link up I’ll send you an invite to pin on my Trash 2 Treasure Pinterest board

           Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Trash 2 Treasure. on Pinterest.

   

 

Please grab my badge and join my crafting journey and do pop back to check out other people's posts during the month.    

 

   

   


Trash to Treasure – December

Posted on December 6th, 2015 - Fiona

How to Make an Outdoor Stick Christmas Tree Decoration

December is here and for me that means time to indulge in creating some Christmas decorations made simply from bits and bobs around the house and garden.  I love to gain inspiration from winter fairs, on line or shop windows, however if I can make something similar myself then it gives me so much more satisfaction than buying decorations and I know the children staying will love making Christmas crafts in our Activity Hour.  I have already shared my Christmas centrepieces this season and festive post boxes, this week I’m sharing an idea to decorate the garden, front door or any outdoor space with these hardy and colourful decorative Christmas Trees.   

 

Christmas Tree Twig Tutorial

 

We made these stick Christmas Trees last year on the farm at Christmas and I hung a few in the fairy gardens. They have actually survived a whole year and are still hanging there a year on so no problem leaving these outside in all weather.

 

Year old Christmas Tree

What you’ll need

Straight stick

Floristry ribbon colours of your choice

Scissors

String or wool

What You'll Need Xmas Tree Sticks

Method

  1. Cut strips of ribbon 50 – 60 cm long

  2. Rip them length ways to make 2 ribbons from each

  3. Begin to tie the ribbon strips around the stick with equal lengths left either side and secure with a granny knot

  4. Keep the knots tight together as you work up the length of the stick

  5. Starting on one side at what will be your top, cut diagonally away from the stick to give it an angled edge.

  6. Cut down the other side to create a similar edge to give it an even Christmas Tree look.

  7. Tie one last ribbon around the top and loop the long ends round to create a bow to finish it off.

  8. Tie some string or wool to the top and hang your finished tree in the garden.

Step by Step Stick Xmas Trees

A few additions you could try

Try hanging them off branches on a Tree and call it a Christmas wishing tree

Place them round the garden and turn it into a treasure hunt to find them. I am planning to do this along our Welly Walk to keep the children looking out for them and counting them after the success of our witch’s walk at Halloween.

Try varying the colours with some rainbow, some two tone and some single colour.  

 

How to make a Stick Christmas Tree vlog tutorial

 

Joining in with Trash 2 Treasure

If you have post about something you have made with something from nature or something you would have otherwise have thrown away please come and share on Trash 2 Treasure. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month. Post can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled from something of little value or found in nature. Leaves and loo rolls, sticks and staples, there are so many throw away items which, with a little imagination can be turned into something of value. Most of my something from nothing craft tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour but sometimes I will share bigger upcycling projects from Farmer Nick too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas and I welcome all posts old and new. 

 

A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours

  

Trash 2 Treasure sponsored by Duck Tape UK with Coombe Mill Holidays for creative fun.

 

Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. Our favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire your next project. Do check out their website for plenty of creative ideas.

 

Thank you for all the wonderful posts again last month and congratulations to the Creative Pair who has won the Duck Tape Colours with this beautiful match box advent calendar Match Box Advent Calendar

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I also really enjoyed Christmas crackers by Saw it, pinned it, did it  and homemade firelighters by Craft Invaders

 

 

When joining in please use the hashtag #Trash2Treasure on twitter, instagram or Google Plus and I’ll find you

If you link up I’ll send you an invite to pin on my Trash 2 Treasure Pinterest board

           Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Trash 2 Treasure. on Pinterest.

   

 

Please grab my badge and join my crafting journey and do pop back to check out other people's posts during the month.    

 

   

   


How to Make a Fairy or Elf Christmas Post Box

Posted on November 22nd, 2015 - Fiona

 

Imagination and Christmas go together, with elves, Father Christmas, reindeer and fairies all featuring dancing in our children’s mind creating a festive build up of excitement alongside the traditional Christmas story.  Have you ever stopped to think who writes a Christmas list for the fairies? Here at Coombe Mill we have a Christmas Post box in our reception for any worried little ones concerned that Santa may not know where they are staying, however our Fairy Garden is full of fairies also wanting to post their messages.  Now they can with our easy to make toilet roll post boxes at perfect fairy size! A fun craft for fairies living inside or outside your home.

Fairy & Elf Post Box

What you will need

  • A toilet roll
  • Red, black and White Paint
  • Black ink pen
  • Scissors
  • Cereal box or other card
  • Stapler
  • PVA Glue

What You'll Need Postboxes

Method

  1. Cut into the top of the toilet roll about 1 cm deep

  2. Fold out each tab at the top of the toilet roll

  3. Draw a circle on a piece of cardboard the size of the splayed top and cut it out.

  4. Staple the circle of cardboard to the splayed top.

  5. Draw a long thin rectangle about 1 cm from the top to make a letter box.

  6. Cut the rectangle out, trying to keep it as neat as possible.

  7. Paint your toilet roll red all over, making sure you paint the underside of the top where it folds out and leave to dry.

  8. Paint a black line around the base of the toilet roll.

  9. Paint a white square under the rectangular cut out and leave to dry.

  10. Write your special Christmas message in the white box.

  11. Paint over the entire post box with P.V.A glue, being careful over the writing so that it doesn’t run. this will help make it water resistant for outdoors. 

 

Post Box Step by Step

  1. Cut out rectangles of cardboard making sure they’re the right size to fit through the post box hole.

  2. Write your special Christmas messages. 

  3. Post it through the letter box for the fairies and elves to read. 

 

Fairy Post Step by Step

 

A few additions you could try

  1. Pop cotton wool on top to look like snow 

  2. Add some festive paint or sticker decorations

  3. Make some Pipe cleaner Fairy Folk to go with your post box.

  4. Put it next to a dolls house, fairies like to gather in here!

  5. Pop a battery tea light inside and use as a Christmas ornament

  6. Hide a few in the garden or house and make a Christmas Trail

 

On my first day of Christmas shopping in Plymouth and I spotted this one in the shopping centre, complete with snow effect and extra decoration ideas. 

 

Christmas Post Box in the snow

 

How to make a Christmas Post Box Vlog Tutorial

 

 

 

 

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Trash to Treasure – November

Posted on November 1st, 2015 - Fiona

How to Make a Festive Table Centrepiece

No one can miss as the clocks go back and the evenings draw near that Christmas is on the way. The children are starting to build their excitement and it is the perfect excuse to start making a few Christmas crafts.  I hope to share a few of our favourites with you over the coming weeks; things we have made from nature or everyday bits and bobs. I hope in turn you can help my Christmas crafting by adding your upcycling ideas big or small to the link up below. I am kicking things off with our nature table decorations. Christmas is a family time and meal times are a great way to embrace this. Laying an inviting table and adding your own centrepiece that the kids can easily make is a great way to turn a simple dinner into a fun family occasion throughout the festive season. 

 

Festive Table Centrepiece Tutorial

 

What you will need

A potato or marrow 

Knife

Skewer

tea light or tall candle

festive foraged foliage ( holly and berries are ideal giving colour and structure)

Silver foil for the potato, not needed for a marrow 

Silver or Gold or snow spray paint or glitter – optional

 

What You'll Need for Christmas Centrepeices

Method

  1. Cut your potato or marrow in half, for the potato the cut side is the base, for the marrow the skin side forms the base.

  2. Use the metal rim of your candle to mark the placement on the potato.

  3. Carve a small area in the potato just deep enough for the candle to sit in. Scoop out the marrow and place the candle in the burrow.

  4. Wrap your potato in tin foil ensuring you tuck it into the candle hole tightly.

  5. Take your skewer and make a few holes around the potato about 2 – 3 cm deep, the marrow is soft enough not to need this step.

  6. Snip the ends of your foliage to an appropriate length and stick them in the prepared skewered holes so they feel secure.

Festive Centrepeice Method

 

Finished potato and marrow table centrepieces for a festive occasion

 

A few additions you could try

Spray paint a few leaf tips

Stick a skewer in with a flag style menu on the top

Make the children in charge of collecting new foliage to keep your centrepiece fresh for more festive meals

Add some mini floristry ribbon bows or tassels on cocktail sticks

Try doing the same for Easter using mini chicks on cocktail sticks and daffodils

For a simple alternative which is great for the children to do on their own, just wrap foil around the ends of a few sprigs and lay them on the table. I did this last week for a dinner party and it was really effective.

 

 Making our Centrepieces at Christmas on the farm last year for Activity Hour 

Making the centrepeices at Activity Hour

 

Joining in with Trash2Treasure

If you have post about something you have made with something from nature or something you would have otherwise have thrown away please come and share on Trash 2 Treasure. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month. Post can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled from something of little value or found in nature. Leaves and loo rolls, sticks and staples, there are so many throw away items which, with a little imagination can be turned into something of value. Most of my something from nothing craft tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour but sometimes I will share bigger upcycling projects from Farmer Nick too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas and I welcome all posts old and new. 

 

A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours

  

Trash 2 Treasure sponsored by Duck Tape UK with Coombe Mill Holidays for creative fun.

 

Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. Our favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire your next project. Do check out their website for plenty of creative ideas.

Thank you for all the wonderful posts again last month and congratulations to Claire Justine who has won the Duck Tape Colours with this clever soap dispenser from a Jack Daniels Bottle.  

Jack Daniels Soap Dispenser. A great upcycled idea from Claire Justine for Trash2Treasure.

I also really enjoyed

Roaring Dragons from The Real Lara Shoe

Edible food scabs for Halloween from Craft Invaders

Upcycled Christmas cards from Jill in a Million  Jill in a Million

 

When joining in please use the hashtag #Trash2Treasure on twitter, instagram or Google Plus and I’ll find you

If you link up I’ll send you an invite to pin on my Trash 2 Treasure Pinterest board

           Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Trash 2 Treasure. on Pinterest.

   

 

Please grab my badge and join me on my crafting journey.    

 

   

   


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