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

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How to Make a Witch or Wizard Costume

Posted on October 18th, 2015 - Fiona

With Halloween fast approaching I have been working on a cheap and easy Halloween costume for boys and girls. Every year on the farm Halloween turns into a full day of spooky fun from a Halloween dressed tractor and trailer feed fun to a ghost train and trick or treating at the end of the day. Many of our regular guests know the format and come prepared with their costumes, however I never want anyone to feel left out or forced to pay for expensive shop bought outfits, so our first craft session this year will be outfit making. Those without out outfits will then feel part of the fun and those who have costumes already can help us decorate scarecrows with their DIY costumes.

 

Witches and Wizards Halloween Costume

What you’ll need

  • 2 black bin bags
  • Red or purple floristry ribbon
  • Staples
  • Scissors
  • 2 cereal boxes
  • Paint
  • A stick 

What You'll Need Halloween Costumes

 

Method

To make the cape

  1. Cut off the closed end of a bin bag.

  2. Open up the bin bag so that it forms a tube.

  3. Lay it flat on a table and cut along an edge to make it a single layered rectangle.

  4. Lay a strip of floristry ribbon the length of the rectangle approximately 10cm from the top.

  5. Gather the bin bag beneath the floristry ribbon and staple the gathered rectangle to the straight ribbon leaving equal lengths of ribbon free at both sides to form cape ties. The gathered cape should measure approximately 30 – 40 cm depending on the size of your child.

  6. Wrap your finished cape around your child’s shoulders and fix by tying in a bow or adding a staple.

How to Make Cape

To Make the Hat

  1. Open up a large cereal packet and lay it flat.

 

  1. Hold the cereal box on diagonal corners and twist into a cone shape.

 

  1. Staple the cone top and bottom to hold.

 

  1. Cut around the base of the hat to make it a flat edge

 

  1. Cut up from the base approx 6 cm deep and fold out to form a brim.

 

  1. Place the point of your hat in the corner of a bin bag and wrap it around the outside.

 

  1. Stuff the remainder of your bin bag inside shaping it around the brim.

 

  1. Add a stripe of floristry ribbon to match your cape above the brim.
How To Make Witch's Hat

To make the fork.

How to Make Forks
  1. Print out the Fork printable here or draw your own fork shape onto a cereal box.

 

  1. Cut out your fork design.

 

  1. Paint both sides of your fork in a colour of your choice.

 

  1. Make 2 holes in your fork.

 

  1. Find a long stick and poke your fork through the end of the stick.

A few additions you could try

  1. You could staple some stars cut from floristry ribbon to your cloak or hat.
  2. Instead of a fork you could paint the end of a stick white or wrap white string around the end to make a wand or tie small twigs to the end of your long stick to make a witches broom.
  3. You could make a stick scarecrow with 2 sticks and have the scarecrow stand in the garden wearing your spooky outfit.

 

Having fun with our costumes on farm for Activity Hour

 

Capes, Hats and Forks at Activity Hour

 

 

A step by step vlog to making Halloween costumes 

 

For some spooky ghosts or dementors made equally easily and cheaply to decorate your house or garden please see my October #Trash2Treasure post and do add any upcycling tutorials of your own there too.

Finally until 29th October you can still enter to win a family Christmas to remember  here at the farm including a Christmas crafty session for the children. 

Safety Notice

Further to the warnings on the news recently about flammable Halloween costumes, please be aware that bin bags melt when burnt. Keep away from fire and in the unlikely event a fire situation does occur rip off, the staple will just give, then drop and roll. On a more cheery note, rain is more likely than fire for Halloween and a bin bag will be more shower proof than a bought nylon costume!   

 

 

 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on October 9th, 2015 - Fiona

Snail Races,  Minibeasts  and Butterfly Kites

In late summer Coombe Mill comes alive with creepy crawlies and flying insects both on the farm and around the lakes.  I like to ensure this is something that children are not afraid of.  After the success of the last minibeast craft sessions I decided to follow up with a variation on the same theme.

 

Snail Races Minibeasts & Butterfly Kites

 

My greenhouse has been crawling with snails where they are most unwelcome but I thought they could be great fun for a snail race.  We began outside on the grass by lining up the snails up on Jed’s old skateboard ramp which made a fantastic race track.  We added lettuce and apple two coax the snails along the track and painted a blob of coloured paint on each snail so the children knew which their racing partner was.  There was much cheering from for children and plenty of giggles when the snails failed to adhere to the rules and began falling backwards or over each other,  we even had a few tumble to the finish line claiming victory but receiving forfeits and being sent back to the start.  

 

Snail Races

 

Finally with a winner agreed we left them too munch on the treats while we set about making minibeasts from toilet rolls.  With scissors paint and googly eyes we created a whole range of minibeasts including spiders, centipedes, ladybirds, bees and even colourful made up bugs.  Do keep an eye on my trash to treasure linky for detailed instructions on how to recreate these.

 

Making Minibeasts

 

Then we began making peg butterflies taking inspiration from a post on let kids be kids from Karen we used paper instead of tissue paper and added string to the pegs to turn our butterflies into kites.  The children loved running around flying their kites behind them.

 

Butterfly Peg Kites

 

Worn out we handed off with magnifying glasses for a bug hunt in the fairy gardens and around the flowerbeds. It took the children a few attempts to understand how the magnifying glasses worked as they kept holding them to their eye instead of near the minibeasts.  Eventually they grasped the concept and enjoyed studying all that they found under logs and stones.

 

hunting for bugs

 

With all this fun we overran our hour but no one was time watching with the Coombe Mill train now running at a later time of 6.00 PM.

If you fancy a family Christmas away being Country Kids on our farm here in Cornwall checkout our competition to win your Christmas to remember

 

   

Joining in with Country Kids

I’d love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky.  All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out.  All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air.  I’d be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these communities, I’d love you to join me: 

Pin on the Pinterest Board Just ask for an invite to pin and include Country Kids on your pins for me to stop by on your boards too (no need for a hash tag in Pinterest)

 

Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Country Kids  from Coombe Mill on Pinterest. 

 

 

Join the Google Plus community page  for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me 

Share your posts on  Instagram and Twitter with #CountryKids for a like or a re-tweet

 

A few of my favourites from last week:

Making Boys Men explored their local forest and learnt how to do slacklining

Rock climbing and river splashing was on the cards for Mum Turned Mom at Jackson Falls.

Wild About Here had a tree climbing adventure at Wakehurst Place

An adrenaline inducing ride on the wild side was had by Catching the Magic on the Waikato River.

Win a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies with Country Kids

Muddy Puddles October Giveaway 

 

I am delighted to announce that Muddy Puddles have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. My favourites each week will be considered for a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way.  If you are not already familiar with this wonderful outdoor children's range please do take a look at their website where they have everything needed for year round country kids. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. For more more information on the Muddy Puddles wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here   

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

   

   



Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on October 2nd, 2015 - Fiona

Ahoy Captain there are pirates about!

The imagination of children never ceases to amaze me.  This has been brought home to me these past few weeks when we have been covering pirates as our theme at Activity Hour.  Empower little ones with a homemade cardboard cutlass and eye patch and a whole pirate role play story unfolds in front of your eyes! I have to say if you are looking for inspiration for a home birthday party for 4 – 7 year olds our activities here will keep them fully occupied for  a good 2 hours with a pirate tea, as it was we struggled to finish in an hour and a half.

Ahoy Captain

I began by setting the scene as I have found it helps the children to have an overview of how the afternoon will run. They had a variety of pirate crafts to make from simple templates before going on a treasure hunt to find the hoard of treasure I showed them in my big treasure box.  On one of the weeks there were so many girls we gave the option of pirate crafts or fairy crafts with everyone joining in the treasure hunt.    

We have been unlucky with the weather on our Friday afternoons but thankfully the big tent means we can create in the dry. The children take so much time over their work, I hate to rush them but sometimes it is a job to fit everything in.

 

Making Eye-Patches & Cutlasses

Those who finished first, usually the boys, drifted off out of the tent and enjoyed a little play ignoring the drizzle and calls from their parents to wear a coat. It was lovely to see the role play games emerge from such a simple craft and gave others time to catch up.

 

Pirate Role Play

 

With cutlasses and eye patches  or fairy crowns and wands  all made we set about creating old style treasure maps with a red X to mark where their treasure would be hidden, we even used tea to make them authentic.

 

Making the Pirate Maps

The buzz from the tent and outdoor play on periscope 

 

 

By this time everyone was ready to have a good look at the treasure I briefly showed them earlier…. but the box was empty! We had secretly hidden the treasure while the children were making their maps and now they all had to study my treasure map to work out where it was hidden! Despite my poor drawing skills they soon spotted the big red X inside the pirate boat and Den building zone and rushed off to see if they could find it.

 

Hunting for Treasure

Treasure hunt on Periscope

 

The drizzle had eased and the children relished the run around time finding the treasure and stopping for a little play on the pirate boat too. Everyone received a sweet in return for finding my treasure and kept their crafts to carry on playing together. 

 

 

For downloadable templates on making these crafts keep an eye out on my Trash2Treasure linky where I will follow up with a tutorial on pirate crafts. The Map was taken from a vlog tutorial on Trash2Treasure from LaraBee UK

 

If you fancy a family Christmas away being Country Kids on our farm here in Cornwall checkout our competition to win your Christmas to remember

 

   

Joining in with Country Kids

I’d love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky.  All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out.  All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air.  I’d be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these communities, I’d love you to join me: 

Pin on the Pinterest Board Just ask for an invite to pin and include Country Kids on your pins for me to stop by on your boards too (no need for a hash tag in Pinterest)

 

Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Country Kids  from Coombe Mill on Pinterest. 

 

 

Join the Google Plus community page  for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me 

Share your posts on  Instagram and Twitter with #CountryKids for a like or a re-tweet

 

A few of my favourites from last week:

Autumn days outside for precious Mama and Monkey time by My Two Mums reminds me why time alone with our children is so important

If you are struggling for some autumn leaf play and crafts inspiration check out these ideas over at Right from the Start 

Imagination and nature come together on a country walk for The Joy of Five

Lots of pit stops make a road tip an adventure for Catching the Magic 

Dairy of the Evans Crittens shares a family birthday at a dinosaur park bring a smile to everyone's face.  

 

Win a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies with Country Kids

Muddy Puddles October Giveaway 

 

I am delighted to announce that Muddy Puddles have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. My favourites each week will be considered for a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way.  If you are not already familiar with this wonderful outdoor children's range please do take a look at their website where they have everything needed for year round country kids. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. For more more information on the Muddy Puddles wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here   

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

   

   



How to make A toilet Roll Pig

Posted on September 20th, 2015 - Fiona

How to make a Toilet Roll Pig

Autumn is the time of year we eagerly await the arrival of our piglets. This year Sally delighted us with 14 healthy piglets. They are quite delightful and really become the focus of our morning tractor and trailer feed run with the holiday guests here on the farm.  To tie in with their popularity we have been majoring on Piglet crafts in our weekly activity hour. From Piglet face snouts and farm collecting pots to Pig writing and pencil control with our Twinkl education worksheets for early years we have whiled away an hour of crafts each week. However my most creative and popular has to be these adorable toilet roll pigs which are perfect from toddlers upwards with a little help on scissor and stapler tasks. They form part of a whole series of farm animal crafts so do come back again if you like this one.

 

Trash2Treasure September Toilet Roll Pig

What you’ll need

Toilet roll

Pink or pink and black wool

Old cereal box or light card

Stapler or paper glue

Felt tip pen

Googly eyes – optional

 

What you'll need Toilet Roll Pig

Method

  1. Lightly squeeze the top end of your toilet roll enough to get a pair of scissors around it

 

 

  1. Cut diagonally from part way down the toilet roll towards the top but making sure not to cut off the triangle shape you are creating on both sides of the toilet roll.

 

 

  1. Tease out the triangle flaps to form piggy ears.

 

 

  1. Cut 8 nicks evenly into the other end of the toilet roll 

 

 

  1. Cut away or fold up every other cut to form the legs.
 Method 1-5 Toilet Roll Pigs
  1. Now take a piece of pink wool and, leaving an inch hanging off, wind it round the body from the bottom up and back down again to give a good covering.

 

 

 

  1. Leave another inch or so at the end and tie to the start piece to form the tail.

 

 

 

  1. Cut a large and small circle from a cereal box and place these over one and other stapling or gluing into place.

 

 

 

  1. Use felt tip or googly eyes to make your piglet eyes.
 Method 6-9 Toilet Roll Pigs

A few additions you could try

Fill a cereal box or egg box with grass cuttings or shredded paper to give your pig a home.   

Make a family of pigs with a Mummy Pig from a kitchen roll and piglets from toilet rolls.

Talk about food pigs eat and a little about breads and lifestyle.

Try our Pig learning to write and colouring sheet from our education pages.

 

Toilet Roll Pigs activity Hour

 

 

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 runs 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 been upcycled from something of little value or found in nature. I’d love you to join me and there is a winner each month thanks to the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours. The September link up now running is all about back to school while October will lead with Halloween crafts.

 

Finally just in case you haven’t already spotted it I have a great opportunity running until 29th of October to WIN your family Christmas holiday here with us at Coombe Mill. Just click on the badge below to see how.

 

 

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