How to Make an Easter Bunny

Posted on April 2nd, 2017 - Fiona

The rabbits on the farm here are one of the most popular animals with the children. Feeding them, cuddling them and looking after them is something that can while away an hours on holiday. Children are endlessly drawn to their soft fur and cute looks, though catching them can be quite a challenge. Watch out in spring and you may spot the Easter Bunny.

Bunny Cuddles

With Easter looming I thought sharing one of my most popular bunny rabbit crafts was in order for April’s #Trash2Treasure. What I love about this bunny rabbit tutorial is that it requires no glue, no stick on extras and no artistic talent;  you can have a whole herd of rabbits in minutes with a few empty toilet rolls; something we have plenty of with a large family and a holiday business!  

How to Make Toilet Roll Easter Bunnies

What you’ll need

  • Toilet roll

  • Scissors

  • Paints

  • Paintbrush

  • Black pen
What You'll Need Toilet Roll Rabbits

 

Method

Cut out the Bunny Ears
  1. First cut the ears out of the body of the toilet roll being careful not to cut right through the top
  1. Bend the ears up and fold the edges over
Fold out the bunny ears
Cut and fold the Bunny's legs
  1. Cut feet and the front and back
  1. Cut a V in the back of the toilet roll and pull forward for the tail.
Cut out the tail
Painting the bunny rabbit
  1. Paint your bunny rabbit
  1. Use a black pen or paint to mark out your rabbits face.
Draw your bunnies features
Paint the Tail
  1. Paint the Tail
  1. Enjoy your Easter Bunny
Finished Bunny

 

Easter Bunny Craft Suitability:

Preschool and primary school age children will love this craft. Younger children will need some help with the scissors but older children who have mastered basic scissor control should cope with every stage.

A Few Alternatives you could try

  • Add a branch to sit on and a chick for company out of more toilet rolls.

  • Thread string through the top to create bunting.

  • Hide a crème egg inside and place around the garden as an Easter Egg Hunt.

  • Make an Easter Basket for your bunny.

  • Add your bunny rabbit to an Easter Bonnet.

  • Thread them onto Fairy Lights to create an fun Easter Decoration.

A Few Extras to try with the Easter Bunny

Vlog tutorial on how to make an Easter Bunny

 

 

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Trash 2 Treasure March 17

Posted on March 5th, 2017 - Fiona

Welcome to a new month of Trash 2 Treasure.  With Mother’s Day approaching we have been looking at a fun craft to try with children for keeping potted herbs looking tidy in the kitchen but could also be used for craft flowers. Whether you are sewing, crafting, cooking or sawing I love to see all your upcycled ideas.

 

Trash 2 Treasure March 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. 

Congratulations to Lucy from Kids of the Wild who has won the Duck Tape Colours for February with her lovely welly herb planters. Lucy please email me your address to get these posted out to you.

 
Trash 2 Treasure February winner herb welly planters

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How to Make a Potted Herb Holder for your Window

Posted on March 5th, 2017 - Fiona

If you are a cook who likes to use fresh herbs, you may well be like me and have a window ledge full of little pots ready to take a cutting to add to recipes.  Mine were beginning to look rather messy scattered amongst a couple of neglected pot plants and during a kitchen clear up I suddenly had the urge to tidy this area. With some new glittery Duck Tape Colours that matched my kitchen perfectly and a pub drinks holder from a box of goodies kindly been given for our farm crafts a plan for a potted herb holder was formed. It would also make a great activity for kids to give on Mother’s Day. 

How to Make a Potted Herb Holder

What You’ll Need

Pub Drinks Holder

Duck Tape Colours

Scissors

Supermarket growing herbs or herbs with a little root from the garden in good compost.

What You'll need Potted Plant Holder

 

Method

Potted Herbs Collect 4 herbs in matching pots.
Cut strips of your chosen duck tape colours to cover the outside of the pub tray.. Wrap the pint holder in Duck Tape to make your potted herb holder
Cut into the edges of the circle to make a potted herb holder Take care to cut and tuck around the drink holder spaces to give a smooth finish on top.

Pop your growing herbs into the drink spaces and arrange on a light surface or window ledge

Fold over the tape making your potted herb holder
Finished Potted Plant holder made from a covered pub cup holder

After care

Snip leaves as needed

Water regularly according to instructions:  Basil I find needs a daily top up but coriander and Rosemary need very little.  

Replace as required.

 

 

A few alternatives you could try.

Instead of throwing the pots away when the herbs are used, try planting some spring seeds in them or succulents

Look for other containers that will fit the holes. I found Robinson’s squash bottles a perfect fit and cut these to size, added a little duck tape colours to the raw edge at the top and filled them with gravel before adding tin can flowers and tissue paper flowers. This makes a crafty alternative to the potted herb holder for spring that is great to do with children.

If you don’t have access to a pub drinks holder, you could cut holes in the top of a cereal box.

A Few alternative ideas to make from the potted herb holder

 

Vlog tutorial on making a potted herb holder

 

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Trash 2 Treasure February 17

Posted on February 5th, 2017 - Fiona

Welcome to a new month of Trash 2 Treasure.  With Valentine’s Day approaching we have been looking at a fun craft to try with the children staying here on holiday. Whether you are sewing, crafting, cooking or sawing I love to see all your upcycled ideas.

 

Trash 2 Treasure February

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. 

As January only had a couple of people joining in I have added the posts into this months link up. Hopefully now the year is running there will be more of you popping over to join in this month.

Trash 2 Treasure Communities

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

  • Twitter
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  • Google Plus

If you link up below to Trash 2 Treasure February I’ll also send you an invite to pin on the Trash 2 Treasure Pinterest board 

 

 

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How to Make a Valentine’s Charm for the Garden

Posted on February 5th, 2017 - Fiona

With Valentine’s Day clashing with the half term holidays I like to do something fun to mark the occasion with the children staying here at Coombe Mill. While they may be too young for the romantic side of Valentine’s Day, they have no difficulty with the concept of love, especially family love and hearts as a symbol of this. Last year we made some fun heart charms for the children to remember their holiday and hang in their gardens at home. I hung my Coombe Mill valentine’s charm up in the Fairy Gardens and would you believe a year later it is still twirling in the breeze. On the basis of how well they lasted I decided to make a country trail for the children with them this year and share with you here how to make one yourself.   

How to Make Garden Heart Charms

What you’ll need to make a Valentine’s Charm

  • Cardboard, a cereal box is ideal
  • Duck tape colours of your choice
  • Floristry ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Pen
What you'll need heart charms

 

Method

  1. Draw a heart shape on a piece of card to the size you want your charm to be and a smaller heart inside.
Draw your heart shape
Cut out your heart shapes
  1. Cut out the outer and inner heart.
  1. Cut strips of duck tape colours and cover the card ensuring all exposed edges are covered to keep your charm waterproof.
Tape the Heart to create waterproof layer
Split the Floristry Ribbon in two or three
  1. Cut a long length of floristry ribbons and tear into 2 or three pieces.
  1. Wrap the ribbons round the heart from the centre leaving two long ends for hanging
Wrap the Floristry Ribbon around your Heart
Hang your Heart Charm in the Garden
  1. Hang your valentine’s charm the garden.


A few alternatives to try

Ideas for early year’s children:

Try cutting different shapes for young children and using them to learn and match shapes and colours.

Make different sizes and see if children can order them from smallest to biggest. 

Make your valentines charm into a necklace or medal for all the family to wear on Valentine’s Day.

Ideas with older children

Turn them into pretty bunting in the garden or living room.

Make a Valentines Nature Trail or Treasure hunt as we are doing with clues or nature facts tucked into the floristry ribbon.

Making Heart Charms in Activity Hour


I hope you will find a use for these cute valentines charms, they are so simple to make and very long lasting even outdoors.

 


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