Kids Crafts

Making A Waste Wizard – Kids Craft

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of crafty time with the kids. Here’s one of our latest projects, which Little Miss wanted to make for a local competition…

Making A Waste Wizard Kids Craft at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was a fun project using recyclable items and crafty stuff we already had, so I’m sharing it as it can be something to turn to when the kids are bored!

Here’s the leaflet we received about the competition:

Making A Waste Wizard Kids Craft at Jennifer Grace Creates

Basically you had to use recyclable items as the base for your project, and then you could add crafty stuff like paint and glitter on top.

We gathered together lots of bits that would normally go in our recycling bin:

Making A Waste Wizard Kids Craft at Jennifer Grace Creates

And Little Miss rifled through for inspiration. I am always determined to let my kids steer their projects rather than suggesting / guiding them too much – they always come up with things I would never think of!

Once she’d chosen a few bits she started building the body together using sticky tape (I sat beside her and kept passing her bits of tape):

Making A Waste Wizard Kids Craft at Jennifer Grace Creates

We had to make sure the wizard stayed under 40cm tall per the competition rules.

He has an empty salsa pot and a soap bottle as the body, egg box arms (with a bit of newspaper padding) and a toilet inner cylinder as the head:

Making A Waste Wizard Kids Craft at Jennifer Grace Creates

Now Little Miss came out with one of those unexpected gems… she wanted the wizard to rattle. You have to pick the wizard up and say ‘abracadabra’, give him a shake, then you can hear the magic happening!

She found these milk bottle tops to make the rattling noise and taped them inside the salsa pot:

Making A Waste Wizard Kids Craft at Jennifer Grace Creates

She also chose a plastic cup for a hat. Then she started coating the hat and body (inc all the sticky tape) with newspaper and glue:

Making A Waste Wizard Kids Craft at Jennifer Grace Creates

I helped out a bit with the paper-mache as it takes a while!

We left the wizard to dry overnight at this point. Then the next morning it was time to paint it all. Cheeky boy wanted to join in at this point so I gave him some paper and let him go crazy experimenting with the paint:

Making A Waste Wizard Kids Craft at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s what the parts looked like when painted:

Making A Waste Wizard Kids Craft at Jennifer Grace Creates

Finally the wizard needed some finishing touches. The facial features were drawn with permanent markers. He had to have recycling symbols on somewhere so Little Miss stuck one on his hat and one on each armpit! I don’t think she was aiming for armpits but that’s what it looked like to me – I smiled and didn’t comment. She also made hair and eyebrows from newspaper, a wand out of cardboard, a beard out of an envelope (the printed inside), and a tie out of a ring-pull:

Making A Waste Wizard Kids Craft at Jennifer Grace Creates

She added some glitter to the base of his cloak and to the top of his hat, then he was all finished (Cheeky Boy photo-bombed this picture, but they looked so cute I had to use it):

Making A Waste Wizard Kids Craft at Jennifer Grace Creates

The added fun with the glitter is that when you shake the wizard to hear him rattle you also shower magical glitter everywhere! Didn’t think about that but it seems appropriate.

There are so many ways to adapt the wizard / witch, I’ve seen a wizard with an owl perched on his head, a witch wearing recycled jewellery, and another wizard with a see-through body!

With this project, my birthday card using recycled items, and an activity making junk creatures at Rainbows, I’m all recycled out right now! Which is okay, because I just received some new-to-me scrappy items I bought in a sale, so I’m itching to use them. Time to break open the box.

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

Cardmaking

A Transparent Birthday Card (using some recycled items!)

My hubby’s birthday is coming up on Monday, and I found a couple of challenges to help me with inspiration for his card!

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

The first challenge I’m linking up to is the Make The Day Special Stamp Store January challenge to Recycle. You have to use at least one item that they have in the store, and use something you would be throwing away / recycling as part of your project (or as part of the technique when making it).

Make The Day Special Stamp Store January Challenge

The second challenge is the Mixed Media Card Challenge #7 to use the word ‘New’ either as a word on your card or by using a new technique, etc, with the optional extra to use tissue.

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Here’s how to make this card…

Step 1: Find some plastic / a transparency for the clear parts of the card. I found the plastic front off a box headed for the recycling. It was packaging from a doll my daughter received at Christmas:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

I cut a clear rectangle out of it, but then I realised I wanted the back of the card to be transparent too, so I found another box, this time from a car seat cover:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

You should end up with two pieces of transparent plastic, each measuring 5 x 5.5″:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 2: Take a 6×6″ kraft card blank and use a pencil to mark a large rectangle on the inside of each side, measuring 4⅝ x 3⅝”- you are leaving enough space around the edges to stick the plastic to:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 3: Cut these two large rectangles out with a craft knife, and erase the pencil marks inside your card:

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Step 4: Use StazOn Black Ink to stamp your sentiment onto the top right corner of one of the clear plastic pieces. I used a sentiment from the Avery Elle Cake & Candles set:

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Stick this inside your card, on the rectangle which will be the front of your card, using double-sided sticky tape. Stick the other plain piece of plastic to the back rectangle of the card.

Step 5: Find some stubby bits of candle that are too short to use on a cake. Mine are just under 1″ tall:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 6: Stick these to the front of your card, using hot glue underneath the candles, and some double-sided sticky tape over the front of the candles. Also find a piece of silver card, mine’s from a packet of Christmas-crackers:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 7: Cut the silver piece down to a rectangle measuring 2⅛ x 1⅜”, round the top corners, and stick some glitter tape across the middle. Stick a piece of patterned paper (measuring 1⅛ x 6″) at the bottom of the front of your card. Adhere the silver rectangle on top of the candles on the front of your card, using the double-sided tape that’s already on the candles, plus some 3D foam pop-dots at the bottom of the cake – you’ll need to layer up the pop-dots a few deep depending on how thick your candles are:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 8: The back of the candles might look a little messy from the hot glue:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 9: So you could use some glossy accents and glitter on the other side of the plastic to cover it up:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 10: Use washi tape to hide the double-sided tape at the edges of the transparencies:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 11: Stick a plain piece of card at the bottom of the inner-back of your card, so you have a place to write on. You could also stamp a few swirls at the top of the plastic, and some little stars on the piece of plain card (my stars are from the Joy To The World Stamp Set):

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 12: Find a piece of yellow tissue paper, or colour a white piece of tissue paper with yellow ink:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 13: Scrunch up little bits of the tissue paper as flames, and use a tiny dab of hot glue at the top of each candle wick to stick them on:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Step 14: Finish off the card with a few more stamped stars on the front corners, and add a few star stickers and gems:

A Transparent Birthday Card (with some recycled items) at www.jennifergracecreates.com

Give it to someone to make their birthday special! This card is pretty thick because of the candles, so it’s best for hand deliveries or cards going into a parcel!

How I met the Make The Day Special Stamp Store ‘Recycling’ Challenge: Using plastic packaging, silver card packaging, stubby candles, and a scrap of tissue paper.

How I met the Mixed Media Card ‘New’ Challenge: I’ve never made a transparent card before, and I’ve never used candles on a card! I also used the optional extra – tissue.

Make sure you check out the challenges to see more inspiration!

Have you ever made a transparent card before? Do you ever use recycled items on your projects?

Bye for now, Jennifer x