How to Make a Poppy Wreath for Remembrance Sunday

Posted on November 6th, 2016 - Fiona

A no glue, easy assemble, stylish upcycled Poppy Wreath

With Remembrance Sunday fast approaching I wanted a craft I could share with the children staying on the farm which also gave me a chance to explain what Remembrance Sunday is all about. My own children still give me a sigh when I insist they attend the Remembrance Service with their scouting movement, but I feel it is an important date to mark. As kids they have enjoyed the fun of Halloween and Bonfire night, this one is a chance to step back, to reflect and to remember how we came to enjoy the freedom of our country.  A little crafting fun makes listening and comprehending easier for children. The result is a beautiful poppy wreath to show your support as well as a reminder to give generously to the poppy appeal.  

How to Make a Poppy Wreath

What You’ll Need

  • 2 x 6 egg plastic egg box
  • Red, green and black poster paint
  • Scissors
  • Black wool
  • A large cereal box
  • Pencil
  • Paint brush
  • Floristry ribbon (optional)
  • Green leaves (optional)
things you need to make a poppy wreath

How to Make your Poppy Wreath

To make the wreath base

  1. Draw a circle on a cereal box (use a plate or something to draw around) and cut out. Use both long side of the box.
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  1. Make a hole in the centre of both pieces with scissors and cut out a smaller circle within the first.
  1. Paint your remaining rings with green paint and set aside to dry.
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  1. Take the black wool and tie a knot around both pieces of card to hold them together then wind the wool round the card leaving a length of wool free at the end. Set aside

To make the poppies

  1. Cut the egg shapes from the egg box.
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  1. Use the lid of the egg box as a paint tray, and then dip the outside of each cut out egg holder in the red paint and leave to dry. (This will take several hours)
  1. Take the dried red egg holders and paint the inside circle black to form your poppy; then leave to dry.
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  1. Make scissor cuts down opposite sides of your poppies from the tip of the petals to the start of the black middle.
  1. Returning to your wreath weave another layer of wool adding a poppy via the scissor cuts as you go round.
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  1. When you have finished leave a length of wool for a handle to hang your wreath.

 

A few extra’s you could try

  • Add a little floristry ribbon to the base of your wreath curled with scissors
  • Thread green leaves into the wool behind the poppies.
  • Try PVA glue coating your finished poppy wreath to help it withstand the outdoors.
  • Try using holly and mistletoe for a Christmas Wreath

Variations on how to make a poppy wreath

Vlog tutorial on how to make a Poppy Wreath

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Trash 2 Treasure October 16

Posted on October 2nd, 2016 - Fiona

Trash 2 Treasure October

Welcome to a new month of Trash 2 Treasure. Autumn is truly with us now and with the season comes a whole host of lovely nature craft ideas. Those autumn leaves, ripe fruits and fallen sticks are great for upcycling. Added to this is the upcoming excitement of Halloween and Bonfire night. We have been busy on the farm making nature frames and blackberry prints this past month month and are now looking forward to decorating the farm for Halloween.  

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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. 

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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 September winner of the duck tape colours is Jill from Creating my way to success. Jill upcycles some amazing things from fabric scraps. I particularly liked this bear from an old school sports kit. He would make a great mascot.  winner of Treash 2 Treasure with Coombe Mill September

 

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How to Make Chattering Ghost Bunting

Posted on October 2nd, 2016 - Fiona

With Halloween approaching I am looking at ways to decorate the farm and transform our train tunnel into a Halloween ghost ride. There are all kinds of wonderful things in the shops but they do come at a price, so where I can I like to upcycle and create my own ideas to mix in with the shop bought items.  My chattering ghost bunting idea comes from a recent discovery of how versatile tin cans are.  I have already used them to make tea light candle holders, scarecrows and garden butterfly decorations, and I was sure there would be a Halloween interpretation I could create. My Halloween farm days are becoming so popular over half term and I always like to have something new for returning guests.  

How to Make Chattering Ghost Bunting

 What you’ll need for chattering ghost bunting

  • String
  • Tin cans, larger or fizzy drinks ones are best.
  • Kitchen scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Black marker pen
  • A little tissue or kitchen roll

Things you need to make chattering ghost bunting for Halloween

Method

  1. Wash out your tin can and drain well, make an incision into the can at both ends and cut of the top and bottom saving the can pull.
Cut the ends of the can
Cut open and Dry the Can
  1. Cut up the middle of your remaining tube, flatten and dry the inside with tissue.
  1. Use a marker pen to draw the outline of two ghosts
Draw your Ghost Shapes
Cut out your Ghost Shapes
  1. Cut out your Ghosts
  1. Hole punch in two Eyes and use marker pen to draw around the eyes to give them clarity and a spooky look. 
Punch and draw the Ghost Eyes
Hang the Ghosts on the line
  1. When you have a collection of ghosts thread them onto the string separated by a ring pull between each ghost.
  1. Hang them up in a tree and listen to them chatter in the wind!
Ghosts Chattering in the Wind

A Vlog tutorial on how to Make chattering ghost Bunting

 

 

A few additions you could try

  • Try cutting bat shapes or pumpkins from an Orange Tango tin instead.
  • Instead of bunting you could just use a nail to tack them onto a tree or fence as I did with my butterflies.

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I think my Chattering Ghost bunting will form part of a Treasure Hunt of things to spot on the farm at Halloween.

Do you have any thrifty makes for Halloween? Please come and share them on my upcycling monthly link up Trash 2 Treasure.

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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

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 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

If you link up I’ll send you an invite to pin on my Trash 2 Treasure Pinterest board   

Please grab my badge and join my crafting journey and do pop back to check out other people’s posts during the month.




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