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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Trash 2 Treasure – October

Posted on October 4th, 2015 - Fiona

How to make a Halloween Ghost or Dementor

Autumn is truly with us now, the trees are turning a beautiful shade and catching a falling leaf here on the farm couldn’t be easier. With autumn my attention turns to the fun and games we have here in the half term week for Halloween.  With so many children to entertain all day I try to make our crafts as fun yet as thrifty as possible and something that all ages can enjoy as we have from toddlers up to secondary school age all keen to participate in the days events.  Every year we have our favourite crafts to which I add new games and activities so that those returning year after year have something familiar and something new to look forward to. Throughout the month I hope to share some of my Halloween crafts in tutorial format, they are all easy and made from throw away items, do join me and see how easy a Halloween makeover could be for your Garden this year. For my lead Trash 2 Treasure post this week I’m sharing some easy-peasy Ghosts and Dementors.   

Ghosts and Dementors Halloween Tutorial

What you’ll need

  • Black Bin bags, White Bin bags
  • Sticks a little longer than the bin bags
  • Felt Pen or Googly Eyes
  • A real of Duck Tape colours 
  • String or wool
  • Floristry ribbon or material Ribbon – optional


What You'll Need Ghosts & Dementors

Method

Dementors Tutorial
  1. Scrunch up a small throwaway bag. We used the ones our laundry is returned in but a supermarket lightweight bag or another bin bag would be just as good.
  2. Place your scrunched up bag in the corner of a bin bag to form the head
  3. Secure the head with a piece of colourful duck tape to separate the head from the body, be careful not to wrap too tight as you need enough space to fit a stick through.
  4. Push a stick up through the cloak into the head to give structure and a way to stand in the ground when finished
  5. Use felt tip or googly eyes to make your ghostly eyes
  6. Add a felt tip mouth or milk bottle cap.
  7. Add string round the neck to hang from the trees or push the stick into the ground and admire your finished ghost or dementor. 
Ghosts step by step Tutorial

 

 

 

A few additions you could try

  1. Place glow sticks inside them and crack them when it’s dark to make them light up

  2. Make them from different sized bags to create a ghostly family

  3. Use different coloured ribbons with big floaty bows and smiley faces to make them less scary for little ones

  4. Place them in a circle guarding a ‘potion’ for witches and wizards

 

Making Ghosts at Halloween

 

Make up a game

Last year we made up a game whilst waiting for darkness to fall and the ghost train to run. We stuck lots of our ghosts and dementors in the cottage lawn as an obstacle course between two ropes and asked the children to line up at one end. They then had to try to cross the ghostly field without being caught by my triplets or knocking the obstacles down when I shouted “Go”. This was great fun and, along with apple bobbing and pin the arm on the skeleton, the hour of dusk soon passed.

Ghost & Dementor Game

 

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. 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 Kippers and Curtains who have won the Duck Tape Colours with this delightful Fairy garden door from lolly sticks.  

Fairy door from lolly sticks by Kippers & curtains

I also really enjoyed

Spooky pencil toppers from Crafty Journal

Bark plant pots from Craft Invaders

Salt & Pepper shakers by Champagne DIY

 

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.

   

 

Please grab my badge and join me on my crafting journey.    

 

 

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.

 

   

   


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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Trash 2 Treasure – September

Posted on September 6th, 2015 - Fiona

 

Back to School Stationery Pot Tutorial

With most parents of children aged four and over this will be the first week of the new school term.  We are back in two a school run, new uniforms, the excitement of a new class or even a new school and of course with all of this will follow the homework.  In an attempt to provide structure to homework and incentivise children I have come up with decorative stationery pot which is simple for children to make into their own chosen design.

 

Back to School Stationary Pot Stationary Pot

What you’ll need

  • A reel of duck tape colours tape
  • Forestry ribbon
  • Notepad
  • Pens and pencils
  • An empty tin can

What You'll need stationary pots

Method

To make your Stationary Pot

  1. Thoroughly wash a used tin can, we used an old evaporated milk can which had an attractive gold inside.


  2. Cut a strip of duck tape colour the diameter of the tin can and wrap it around the tin with a centimetre overlapping the top


  3. Carefully fold the overlapping centimetre of tape in to the tin and stick down.


  4. Do the same at the bottom folding the centimetre spare underneath the tin.


  5. Now wrap a strip around the middle to fully cover your tin.
Stationary pots method

To make your colourful pens and pencils

  1. Take long thin strips of coloured floristry ribbon to coordinate with your pot.


  2. Attach the ribbon to a small rectangle of Duck Tape Colours.


  3. Starting at the tip of the pen attach the Duck Tape Colours.

  4. Wrap the ribbon around the pen towards the top.


  5. Secure the ribbon with another strip of Duck Tape Colours.


  6. Leave a few strands of floristry ribbon at the top for fun and curling these with the edge of a pair of scissors.
Decorated Pencils


Note: Keeping the duck tape to a good hand length at the base gives a secure grip on the pencil for little hands.

 

 

 

A few additions you could try

  1. We added a sheet of coloured paper to our pots with a homework timetable on it.  This could be as simple as a reading list to tick off or spellings to learn for the week.  Some little duck tape stickers are a great way to mark off progress.

  2. Instead of doing three wraps of Duck Tape Colours on your pot you could use floristry ribbon as the central colour to create a different texture or colour to your design.

  3. In activity Hour we cut strips of paper for the children to colour in with their own designs and writing for another way to fill in the centre section of the pots.

  4. Many of the children had been studying the Victorians last term in class.  They wrote in the younger years with slate and chalk progressing to a pen with a metal nib with ink when they were older, so we tried whittling some sticks and decorating them, then dipping them in paint to write to replicate writing back then.  You could also try this with a long feather.


Other ideas

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. 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. 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.

Congratulations to Sarah at Craft Invaders who is August’s winner with upcycled Coombe Mill style sheep from corks and cocktail sticks. 

Other inspired posts this month were:

Shell crafts from A Patchwork Life and and a decoupage bookshelf from Farmer’s Wife and Mummy

 

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.

   

 

Please grab my badge and join me on my crafting journey.    

 

   

   


Outdoor Minibeast Tic Tac Toe Tutorial

Posted on August 16th, 2015 - Fiona

Trash 2 Treasure – August

For my lead “Trash 2 Treasure” August post I detailed how of Farmer Nick made some amazing Woodland Mushroom Stools.  He also used the base of the tree to make a table to place the mushrooms around.  These have become the central focus of the fairy gardens in the largest clearing.  It felt like an ideal opportunity to create a fairy themed tick tack toe board.  On the lower levels of the fairy garden we have our bug hotel, so to continue the bug theme we made our counters into ladybirds and bees using pebbles from the beach.

 

Minibeast Tic Tac Toe

 

It took the tractor and trailer together with the children to manoeuvre the huge slice of tree trunk into the fairy gardens and another into the end play area.

 

Moving the Tree Stumps

 

Once in place we made a wooden stencil template to create the criss cross boards then sprayed black wood paint on to the stencil. You could do it Free Hand but the stencil helped to keep the lines straight.

 

Painting the Tree Stumps

For the ladybirds and bees I painted beach pebbles with stone masonry white paint.  When this was dry I went over the white with red or yellow then painting the black detailing on top to form the bugs.  For the coloured paint I used outdoor gloss. I had painted extra pebbles up to add to the bug hotel.  For here I also used some long thin pebbles to make centipedes and some round ones for spiders.

 

Making Stone Insects

It took a couple of days for the gloss to dry before moving the pebbles to the tick tack toe table. I have reused the idea with the children staying for activity hour by handing out the pebbles with just white masonry paint on them allowing the children to make their own minibeasts with ordinary poster paint and adding googly eyes; great fun with no damage to clothes or skin.

 

Painting our bug rocks

 

In reality I’m not sure how much tic tack toe has been played, but the children holidaying here have loved seeing the lady birds and bees and making their own games up in the fairy garden.  Our large painted pebbles,  butterflies and other homemade trinkets have been endlessly moved collected and rearranged between the bug hotel mushroom stools and  tic tac toe table in many an hour of imaginative play .

 

fairy garden

If you fancy having a go at your own tick tack toe table and pebbles and don’t have access to a large tree trunk as we did you could always make a criss cross board out of twigs as Karen from Let Kids be Kids  shared on #Trash2Treasure in August.

A Vlog Tutorial : Minibeast Tic Tac Toe

 

For more creative ideas on upcycling from things you would throw away or nature please join in with my Trash2Treasure linky which opens on the first Monday of each month and stays open till the end of the month. We also have three roles of colourful duck tape to be won each month from our partners at Duck Tape Colours

 

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