Trash 2 Treasure January 17

Posted on January 1st, 2017 - Fiona

Welcome to a new year of Trash 2 Treasure.  I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I can’t quite believe it is 2017 but I’m looking forward to watching the days begin to draw out a little this month and seeing if I can spot the first buds on the trees.  With Chinese New Year this month and Valentine’s Day next month there are plenty of opportunities to get your crafting hats on. Alternatively why not share how you use up your Christmas turkey leftovers or inspire me for the mountain of nut shells I am looking at in our house. Whether you are sewing, crafting, cooking or sawing I love to see all your upcycled ideas.

My photo below is from our New Year’s Eve crafting here on the farm, while my post this month looks forward to Chinese New Year.

Trash 2 Treasure January 2017

Joining in with Trash 2 Treasure

  1. Trash 2 Treasure is all about upcycling. Posts should be about making something foraged from nature, household throw away items or low value items you have added value to.
  2. Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled. Whether you cook, sew, make or create I’d love you to join me.
  3. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month.
  4. There is no post limit as the link up is open all month.
  5. Old posts and new posts welcome.
  6. Please comment on my host post and at least 2 others and use #Trash2Treasure in the sign off so other’s know where you came from and can pop back to see what you have made too.
  7. Do remember to pop back during the month to check on later posts linked up. I will share linked posts during the month as a reminder to pop back and as a thank you for joining in.
  8. Please add my Trash 2 Treasure badge to help others find the link up and to be in with a chance of winning the lovely Duck Tape Colours (see below). 

Most of my Trash 2 Treasure tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour, but sometimes I share bigger upcycling projects from the farm too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas from you.

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 their next project. Do check out the website for plenty of creative ideas. 

My December winner of the duck tape colours is Anna of Tea and a Sewing Machine. Anna made a wonderful Christmas wreath from dried citrus pieces. Why not pop over and see how to make one yourself.

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Thank you to all linking up in 2016 there are some wonderful ideas I have pinned over the year.  

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How to make a Chinese Lantern

Posted on January 1st, 2017 - Fiona

I love how national events are slowly becoming international events. When I was growing up I had never heard of Chinese New Year, for my children it is quite different, even in primary school there were crafts and Chinese food to mark the occasion. While we don’t celebrate Chinese New Year I like my children to be aware of different cultures and events and when they take place. A craft is a good way to do this. I decided it would be a fun to make a chinese lantern with the children at Coombe Mill. We had a little look at the pages about China in my lonely planet Kids cities of the world book, discussed Chinese symbols from my printable below and then set about making some Chinese Lanterns.   

How to make a Chinese Lantern

What you’ll need to make a Chinese Lantern

  • Toilet Roll

  • Scissors

  • Red Paint

  • Yellow or Gold Paint

  • Black or Gold Marker Pen

  • Yellow or Gold Floristry Ribbon
what you'll need for Chinese Lanterns

 

Method for making a Chinese Lantern

paint it redPaint your toilet roll red and put it aside to dry
Squash the toilet roll and cut a long thin strip from each side leaving a good cm untouched at the top and bottom cutting-the-lantern-holes
cutting the rest of the lantern holes Open your toilet roll and flatten again in a new place about 2 cm round from the first squish and cut another two strips along both sides. Repeat once or twice more until you have strips spaced around your toilet roll.
Now bend the toilet roll gently in half across the middle of the strips, open and push the toilet roll end to end to so the lantern shape pops out from the fold line. folding and squashing the lantern
Cutting the lantern handles Cut two thin strips from the end towards the centre (without cutting all the way through) and lift to form handles.
Cut a length of red, orange and yellow floristry ribbon and split them in half Creating the floristry ribbon candles
Cutting the Floristry Ribbon into Candle shapes Cut the ends of a half of each colour into a point matching a Candle flame
Split the remaining three halves in half again, curl with scissors and organise with the flame style floristry ribbon Floristry ribbon flame
Stapling the flame in the lantern Staple onto the lantern for a flame effect inside
Use Yellow / gold paint to accessorise your lantern Painting the decorations
Draw your decorations on Add Chinese symbols with a black or gold marker pen. (There are some simple symbols with happy greetings on the printable below)

 

Printable Chinese Symbols.

Chinese Symbols

A few alternatives you could try

  • Try yellow lanterns with red trim.

  • Add your lanterns onto a length of string or floristry ribbon to form lantern bunting

  • Hang your lanterns over fairy lights to create light up bunting.
  • Place on a saucer over a tea light for a table decoration (don’t add the pretend floristry ribbon flame for this option).

  • Add a little glue and glitter if required (or you could add this to the red paint when it is still wet.
A few extra ideas for the Chinese Lanterns

 

A Vlog tutorial on making a Chinese Lantern

 

 

Making a  Chinese Lantern in Activity Hour on the Farm

 

Making a chinese lantern for Chinese New Year at Coombe Mill Activity Hour

Do you celebrate Chinese New Year or feel it is important for children to be aware of such events?

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Trash 2 Treasure December 2016

Posted on December 4th, 2016 - Fiona

Trash 2 Treasure December

Welcome to a new month of Trash 2 Treasure. The nights are drawing in and Christmas is coming!  There are so many wonderful creative homemade ideas for this season and I’d love you to share yours with me. Whether you are sewing, crafting, cooking or sawing I love to see all your upcycled ideas. I have been marveling over last year’s crafts still thriving here in our fairy Gardens outdoors, while coming up with new decorations to keep the children busy on the farm this Christmas.

Trash 2 Treasure December 2016

Joining in with Trash 2 Treasure

  1. Trash 2 Treasure is all about upcycling. Posts should be about making something foraged from nature, household throw away items or low value items you have added value to.
  2. Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled. Whether you cook, sew, make or create I’d love you to join me.
  3. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month.
  4. There is no post limit as the link up is open all month.
  5. Old posts and new posts welcome.
  6. Please comment on my host post and at least 2 others and use #Trash2Treasure in the sign off so other’s know where you came from and can pop back to see what you have made too.
  7. Do remember to pop back during the month to check on later posts linked up. I will share linked posts during the month as a reminder to pop back and as a thank you for joining in.
  8. Please add my Trash 2 Treasure badge to help others find the link up and to be in with a chance of winning the lovely Duck Tape Colours (see below). 

Most of my Trash 2 Treasure tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour, but sometimes I share bigger upcycling projects from the farm too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas from you.

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 their next project. Do check out the website for plenty of creative ideas. 

My November winner of the duck tape colours is Stephanie of Our Cheery Tree. Stephanie made a wonderful Christmas bauble out of the pages of an old book and button. Do pop over and take a look. 

December winner of Trash 2 Treasure on the Coombe Mill blog

 

Thank you to all linking up in November there were some wonderful ideas. full credit to Jill at Creating my way to success for the sheer number of  upcyling ideas, I did adore the can ring buckle on this reusable Santa card.  

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How to Make a Christmas Gift Tree Decoration

Posted on December 4th, 2016 - Fiona

I do love all the Christmas crafts around, there are so many lovely ideas for using up old packaging, making gift tags, recycling Christmas cards and turning toilet tolls into Christmas figurines. I wasn’t sure which of my ideas I wanted to share the most. In the end I settled on a very simple idea that my children adore: A Christmas gift tree decoration. A bit of a mouthful as it is two things in one, a little like a Christmas cracker but without the bang and so very simple to make.

How to Make a Cristmas Gift Tree Decoration

This will be the first year at Coombe Mill that we will have our games room to host our Christmas activities. I plan to put a Tree up in there and decorate it with a little Christmas gift tree decoration for each of the children staying this Christmas. It will be a little something extra for them to open while the adults are enjoying a glass of bubbly or two at our Christmas Eve Family Celebrations.

 

What You’ll Need

 

  • Toilet rolls 

  • Gift wrap string

  • Christmas wrapping paper (left over scraps are fine)

  • Scissors

  • Gift to fit inside your toilet roll

  • Christmas Message (optional)
What you'll need to make a Christmas Gift Tree Decoration

 

Here are the downloadable messages I used, click on the image below to get a printable version.

Christmas Greetings Printable

Method

  1.  Seal one end of the toilet roll:
a) Press one end of the toilet roll inwards to make a dent.

b) Turn the toilet roll round 180 degrees and do the same
again to form  two peaks at one end

c) Fold the Two Peaks down
How to Make a Christmas Gift Tree Decoration step 1
How to Make a Christmas Gift Tree Decoration step 2 2. Place the Gift(s) inside the toilet roll with a Christmas message.
3. Fold the toilet roll end as above to achieve your sealed parcel. How to Make a Christmas Gift Tree Decoration step 3
How to Make a Christmas Gift Tree Decoration step 4 4. Wrap the gift in Christmas paper large enough to cover the shape. 

5. Take a piece of gift wrap string and create a cross design to hold the present together. 

Finishing  at the top with a double knot and enough string left to tie onto a branch of your tree.

How to Make a Christmas Gift Tree Decoration step 5
How to Make a Christmas Gift Tree Decoration step 6 6. Add your Christmas Gift Tree Decoration to your Christmas tree.

A few Extras you could try.

  • Try filling and wrapping match boxes instead of toilet rolls  

  • Why not look up a few Christmas Jokes to put inside instead of a Christmas Message?

  • Make them rustic style with brown paper and rough string and add a sprig of holly or Ivy.

  • Why not make 25 and use them as advent calendar presents. 
Match box and Rustic Christmas Gift Tree Decorations

 

 

How to Make a Christmas gift Tree Decoration Tutorial Vlog

 

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Trash 2 Treasure November 16

Posted on November 6th, 2016 - Fiona

Trash 2 Treasure November

Welcome to a new month of Trash 2 Treasure. The dark nights are upon us and Remembrance Sunday is approaching followed by the merriment of Christmas. There are so many wonderful craft ideas for the season and I’d love you to share them with me. Whether you are sewing, crafting, cooking or sawing I’d love to see all your upcycled ideas. We have been Making a Poppy Wreath from a cereal box and egg boxes, which can then be reused as a Christmas Holly Wreath. A double upcycle!

Trash 2 Treasure November 16

Joining in with Trash 2 Treasure

  1. Trash 2 Treasure is all about upcycling. Posts should be about making something foraged from nature, household throw away items or low value items you have added value to.
  2. Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled. Whether you cook, sew, make or create I’d love you to join me.
  3. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month.
  4. There is no post limit as the link up is open all month.
  5. Old posts and new posts welcome.
  6. Please comment on my host post and at least 2 others and use #Trash2Treasure in the sign off so other’s know where you came from and can pop back to see what you have made too.
  7. Do remember to pop back during the month to check on later posts linked up. I will share linked posts during the month as a reminder and a thank you for joining in.
  8. Please add my Trash 2 Treasure badge to help others find the link up and to be in with a chance of winning the lovely Duck Tape Colours (see below). 

Most of my Trash 2 Treasure tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour, but sometimes I share bigger upcycling projects from the farm too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas from you.

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 their next project. Do check out the website for plenty of creative ideas. 

  • My October winner of the duck tape colours is Vicky of Vicky Myers Creations. Vicky made a wonderful bathroom makeover with some great thrifty accessories that look so effective. Do pop over and take a look. 
Trash 2 Treasure November Winner Vicky Myers Bathroom Makeover

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Please use the hashtag #Trash2Treasure for your makes, I’ll find you and promote your post or picture on

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