At Coombe Mill we run a fun based activity hour at 4 pm on a Friday afternoon as a fun way to round off a holiday here on the farm. We usually do something crafty with the kids, often with an educational bias to help with fine or gross motor skills or encourage imaginative play. As believers in time away from screens and sofas as promoted through the Country Kids linky, our activities involve outdoor space and nature wherever possible. The results are used to decorate areas of the farm or for the children to take home with them as keepsakes.
Coombe Mill ‘How to’ Series
I have been asked how to make the crafts seen on my Country Kids posts that have shadowed the fun from activity hour, so I have created a Farm Crafts category on the blog with a series of “How to Make” tutorials for some of the crafts that we have covered so far.
This post covers really simple bunting that children of any age can help make and design. My sewing is woeful and so this simple quick fix alternative works just fine for me, gives instant results for our farm craft sessions and lasts surprisingly well.
Make your own designer bunting
What you will need:-
And old sheet or piece of material
Felt tip pens
Trace the triangle pattern out on your material until you have however many you want to work with.
Carefully, cut around the triangles on your material (we tried both double sided triangles and single triangles and found that the singular ones worked best as the double sided ones didn’t line up so well).
Decorate your bunting, each child at here at activity hour has the chance to decorate at least one of their own and usually the parents can’t resist joining in with one too.
Fold the top of the triangle over a long piece of baler twine and staple it so that it doesn’t fall off (we found that it worked best with one staple each side of the triangle to hold it over the baler twine and one in the middle that went through the baler twine to stop it from sliding up and down).
Find somewhere that you want to hang it up.
A few fun additions that you might want to try:-
You could use fabric pens rather than felt tips and the drawings might hold better.
Would be a great idea for a birthday or christening to have a commemoration from everyone there.
Try different shaped bunting such as squares and bubbles.
Try using wax crayons and making leaf print rubbings on the bunting
We have been hanging ours up in the fairy garden. As the weather does its thing and the rain falls it leaves a lovely tie dye effect. The photo below is after a week of hanging through all weathers last summer. I love the way the colours have run. Eventually the colour from felt tip pens will fade completely. After about 6 weeks you can take them down and redecorate them in a whole new design, ours have on average 3 uses before they are thrown away, that’s a whole lot of value and fun from an old sheet!
If you’ve enjoyed this post, why not follow our How to Make Pinterest board with all the Coombe Mill craft tutorials.
Did you know the Coombe Mill website also has a full program of educational resources aimed at children from early years through to key stage 2? These resources are perfect for supporting the natural learning on holiday here.
“Tales from the farmers wife” shares life on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. Step into our beautiful 30 acres and experience nature close up with farming and educational crafts in stunning North Cornwall. Family, fun and adventure start here.