How to Make a Hobby Horse

Posted on September 4th, 2016 - Fiona

Trash 2 Treasure September

Well come to a new month of Trash 2 Treasure. The new school term is upon us and weather you have little ones heading back to school, nursery or playgroup; I hope it is a positive start. From my experience the first weeks back can take a little adjusting to and leave you looking for a quite craft at the weekend or with younger siblings still at home. I have one to share today that might fill that time perfectly. A cute hobby horse made from not much more than an odd sock from Farmer Nick and a stick found on the farm. Being quick and easy to make but with endless possibilities for imaginative play, this hobby horse is a perfect after school or afternoon fill in craft.   

How to Make a Hobby Horse

What you’ll need to make an upcycled hobby horse

  • Old Sock
  • Long straight stick
  • Wool
  • Soft Stuffing – we used old laundry bags, but old material scraps or other odd socks would work
  • Googly Eyes

What You'll Need Hobby Horse

Method

  1. Stuff your sock with your chosen stuffing.
Step 1 Stuff the Sock
Step 2 Put Stick into Heel of Sock
  1. Push the stick through the stuffing and into the heal of the sock.
  1. Take a long piece of wool and wrap it round the toe of the sock and up the sides to form a bridal and reigns. You can do this in sections if you find it easier
Step 3 Use wool to make Bridle
Step 4 Tie wool around the top of the horse to create ears
  1. Tease some stuffing into two sections at the heal of the sock and separate with wool to make ears.
  1. Stick on some googly eyes.
Step 5 sticking on the eye

 

A Vlog Tutorial on How to Make a Hobby Horse

 

A few Extras you could try

  • Why not add a colourful rosette to your horse’s bridal.
  • Finger knit your wool first to make the bridal and reins more substantial.
  • Use a shorter stick as a cross section secured with wool as handles.
  • We made these hobby horses as part of our Knights and Dragons activity hour with swards, crowns and shields too.

Knights and Dragons with their Horses

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 August winner of the duck tape colours is Liz from Me and My Shadow with an upcycled mosaic tea tray from collected china fragments.  Me and my shaddow August winner tray


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

My other favourites during the month were a DIY phone holder from Emma at the Mini Mes and Me and an odd sock toy dog from Jill at Creating my Way to Success

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How to make your own Pirate Ship and Treasure Map

Posted on July 31st, 2016 - Fiona

Trash 2 Treasure August

“Arrrr me lovelies” and welcome to my third post on ‘How to Make’ pirate crafts. I began with simple pirate crafts with a cutlass and eye patch, moved onto a Treasure box and treasure and now am looking at the all important Pirate Ship and Treasure Map in this post. These pirate activities have been used at Coombe Mill with huge success in our weekly Activity hour session. Every time we run a pirate afternoon I add something new to keep things fresh and interesting. The pirate ship started life as a rowing boat, then was combined with a Maypole from our May Day dancing to finally form a Pirate Boat. Treasure Maps are an old favourite the children always enjoy. Both activities are great for inspiring creativity and imagination in children. 

How to make a Pirate Ship and a Treasure Map

Pirate Ship

What you’ll need:-

  • Large cardboard box, we used one our new running machine had arrived in for the Coombe Mill Gym
  • Strong pole or stick, we used a pole from an old ripped windbrake
  • Duct Tape colours
  • Floristry ribbon in your choice of colours. Red, white and back would be best though ours was multi-coloured reused from Maypole dancing the previous week!  
  • Sticks 
  • Scissors

What you'll need for the Pirate ship

Method:-

  1. Push your pole or stick into the ground (you may need to use a mallet or stone to help) and measure your lengths of floristry ribbon to make your mast and rigging.
  2. Attach the Floristry Ribbon to the top of the pole with Duck Tape Colours.
Pirate Ship Steps 1 and 2
Pirate Ship Step 3 Putting together the Mast and the Ship
  1. Cut a hole in the base of your cardboard box and slide it over your mast and rigging.
  1. Tie your ‘rigging’ to the box, if your box doesn’t have pre-cut handles like ours did you may need to cut holes to use. 
Pirate Ship Step 4 attaching the Rigging to the Ship
Pirate Ship step 5, Creating the oars.
  1. Cut small holes along each side of your box and push sticks through to create oars. 

Your ship is ready for your pirates to climb aboard and sing some shanty songs. We invented a take on the classic Row row row your boat as follows:

Row row row your ship

gently over the sea,

If you see a pirate coming

don’t forget to scream,

“Arrrr”

Kids singing in the Pirate Ship

Treasure Map

What you’ll need:-

  • Paper or wall paper roll
  • Pens or paint
  • Tea bag

What You'll Need for the Treasure Map

Method:-

  1. Fold your piece of A4 paper in half 
Treasure Map Step 1 Fold your piece of paper in half
Treasure Map Step 2 Tear around the edges of the paper
  1. Keeping it folded, tear around the edge to make it look old and tattered.
  1. Unfold and design and colour your map
Treasure Map Step 3 Design the Map
Treasure Map Step 4, age it with an old teabag
  1. Dab the map with a used tea bag to age it.

A few fun additions you could try:-

  • Try Adding a Pirate Flag with a stick and paper or fabric to the mast of your ship
  • Why not make a group treasure map. We used a section of Wallpaper taped to the ground to do this with each child adding their own unique map attributes.

Painting the giant Treasure Map

Vlog tutorial for How to Make a Pirate Ship and Treasure Map

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 July winner of the duck tape colours is Kerry from A Journey of Footsteps with a Pokamon Storage Box. Pokamon storage box July Trash 2 Treasure winner


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

My other favourites during the month were a knights jousting pole by Leandra at Lara Bee UK and a bespoke t shirt quilt by Jill at Creating my Way to Success

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

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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 

 

 

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 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

 

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

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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 

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 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

 

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

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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.

 

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.

 

 

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