Make Your Own Easter Wreath

Out of the two of us my wife is the more artist one. I have lots of ideas but lack the skills and confidence to implement them when it comes to practice. 

Keighley just after Christmas said that she wanted to make an Easter Wreath this year. Well this last week she did make it and here we tell you have to make one of your own. 



What You Need

  • Metal Wreath Frame
  • String
  • Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue
  • Various Easter themed Decorations 

What To Do

Keighley started by wrapping string around the wire Wreath frame using hot glue to secure the string to the frame. 

Next using the hot glue Keighley stuck some plastic eggs on to the string to create a pattern. This was followed by some card grass that she laminated and was stuck on the underside of the frame. 

In front of this Keighley stuck to chicks and a ‘Happy Easter’ sign. At the top of the Wreath Keighley stuck a couple of hair bows which she framed with two plastic butterflies. 

Why not have a go at making a Wreath yourself, we would love to see them. 

Make Your Own Easter Cards

We do love Crafts in our house, the kids love everything from colouring in through to painting and everything in between. 

Recently Keighley and the boys sat down and made some Easter cards to give to people. The boys loved using their new Tuff Tray, that Keighley bought at the beginning of the Easter holidays, to make these as  the bits and pieces they used could be spread out in front of them and they could just pick what they wanted to use with ease. 

What you need

To make the cards you will need the following items: 

  • A5 sized card
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Easter themed shapes and pictures
  • Coloured papers


What to do

  • Start by taking the A5 sized card and folding it in half to create a card shape. 
  • Then using the glue stick on whatever you want to. For example you could cut an Easter egg shape out decorate that then stick that on the front of the card. 
  • Finally get your child to write inside the card and then give them out 

Decorating Chocolate Eggs

This is a great idea for children who are bored this Easter Holiday. 
Modelling chocolate or chocolate play doh is a craft Oliver loves doing with his Nanny. 
In this photo Olivers Nanny made simple flowers out of the chocolate play doh which Oliver then Stuck on to a Easter egg (which his Nanny made, however you can also use a ready made egg as well) using melted chocolate before cutting out some shapes himself to stick on..



To make modelling chocolate you need:

  • 20oz of melted chocolate (dont over melt it) 
  • 6oz of corn syrup which you can get from the baking section in most supermarket. 


What to do

  • Mix both together being careful not to over mix once it starts to come together wrap it in clingfilm and leave in the fridge to set over night the next day kneed the chocolate and your ready to go!! 

If you want coloured chocolate use white chocolate and add food dye. 

Enjoy! 

Warning it will melt quickly… 

Make your own Cress Eggheads! 

Our eggs ready for decorating, unfortunately only one made it

The Easter Holidays are officially upon us and as such Keighley and I are trying to find ways to keep the kids entertained. 

An easy one for us is doing crafty stuff as both boys love crafts and also making stuff. 

My mum made cress egg heads with myself and my brothers when we were kids and it was always a firm favourite with us. It always brings fond memories of my childhood and as such I thought the boys would love to make them as well. 

Oliver colouring in his egg
What You Need: 

  • Colouring Pens or Paints
  • Egg Cups
  • As many empty Eggs as you want to make
  • Either Cotton Wool or Kitchen Towel
  • Cress Seeds
  • Any other craft stuff you want to use to decorate your eggs. 
  • Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue.

What To Do

These are really easy to do and can be as cheap or as expensive as you want. We had everything in the house to make ours except the cress seeds which cost 99p in our local Range store, although you can get cress seeds anywhere that sells garden products. 

Firstly start off by making sure your egg shells are completely washed out and clean of any eggy residue, once dry place them in egg cups for support. 

Then using either paint or felt tip pens you can start to decorate your egg to make it as colourful and bright as you want. (If you use paint you will have to wait for it to dry before continuing on with the following bits) 

Once you have made your eggs as colourful as you would like you can then use other items to give your eggs their own unique personality. Oliver decided he wanted to make a spider egg and asked me to stick on lots of eyes. 

Spider Egg!

We then used coloured pipe cleaners to make the legs and used hot glue to stick them one to the shell. 

Unfortunately Leo accidentally broke his egg by pushing to hard with the pen he was using and it exploded in his hand. So we used the next best thing for Leo which was an over sized Kinder Egg inner capsule. 


Leo coloured the capsule in and then asked me to stick the two eyes on and asked for the red bobble nose. We then used pipe cleaners to turn it into a duck. 

Ducky

Once the outside of your egg is liking how you want it to then it is time to turn your attention to the inside. 

Take either your cotton wool or kitchen towel and take a piece small enough to fit inside the egg and then moisten it under the tap with cold water. Once this is wet enough place inside your egg. (Be careful not to break your egg at this stage)

Once you have done this the final part is to add the cress seeds to the top of the cotton wool or kitchen towel and then gently moisten them with cold water. 

Cress seeds

Make sure you water every day but don’t over water otherwise the cotton wool or kitchen towel will eventually start to smell. After a couple of days you should start to see the cress sprouting and within a week you will have your very own cress head. 

Have Yourself a Thrifty Christmas Launch


Welcome to this years ‘Have Yourself A Thrifty Christmas’ over the next few weeks we will be giving you ideas on numerous ways to save money and having a Christmas to remember without breaking the bank. 

Christmas is about family and making sure you spend time with your loved ones, but for some it has also become a time when it is a great idea to out do everyone else with those expensive presents. It also seems to be a time when people get more and more stressed  about what should be a fun time. 

Coming in this years ‘Have Yourself a Thrifty Christmas’ are gift guides including ‘Gifts for Mum for £10 and under’ and ‘Fantastic Gifts for a Loved One All That Cost £1’. We are also going to be giving you great craft ideas to help decorate your house this festive season and much much more. 

We will be using the hashtag #thriftychristmas so make sure you follow us on Twitter @2bottlesofmilk and on Facebook (search for 2 Bottles of Milk) and finally Instgram also @2bottlesofmilk. 

Thrifty Christmas Coming Soon! 

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Starting next Monday here on 2 Bottles of Milk we will be running Have Yourself a Thrifty Christmas for ten second year running. 

This year we will be including craft ideas, money saving tips, gift guides for a tight budget and much much more. 

If anyone is interested in writing a guest blog then please contact us via the link above. 

Make Your Own Halloween Wreath. 

Every year my Mother in Law throws a Halloween Party for the kids and their cousins and friends and this year is no exception. 

With that in mind my Mother in Law set about making decorations for the party. 

In this post she describes how she made an amazing Halloween themed wreath. 

What You Need: 

  • Spider Wreath    £1 


  • 10 Inch Wreath Form £3.80 for 10 


  • 2 Metres Stiff Tutu Fabric £1.78 per metre 


  • Glitter Chenille Sticks £1


  • Ribbon (Left over ribbon from a previous craft activity was used here however you can pick up Halloween Ribbon from eBay or HobbyCraft) 
  • Hanging Halloween Decoration £1
  • Witches Hat £2.50 


What you need to do: 

1: I started by cutting the stiff netting into strips about 3 inches wide then cut each strip into 10inch long pieces. To attach to the wreath I folded the piece in half put the looped end under the wreath wire and pulled the two tails through and pulled so it was tight against the wire I filled the outer ring then the inner ring and used all 2 metres of fabric. Fluff the fabric up to create fullness. 


2: I then added some ribbon and attached to the ring using the same method I dove tailed the ends of the ribbon and sealed the edges by running a lighter quickly along the edge of the cut ribbon.


3: I wrapped the chenille sticks around a pencil to create a spiral and then twisted 3 together and attached to the wreath by just twisting the ends of the chenille sticks around the inner ring.

4: The spider at first was just going to adorned with a bow but I see the little hat whilst I was out shopping and thought it would be nice to use on the wreath. I took the head band off by just snipping the piece of material that was attached to the band it came off easily and neatly. I attached it to the spider by using the wire hanger on the spider I popped it through the back of the hat and then twisted the whole thing ( spider & hat ) around the inner ring securing it firming in place in the centre of the wreath.  


Ensure you tuck the ends of the chenille sticks right under so no wire is sticking out any exposed wire could scratch your door for extra protection stick your blue tac over the points where you have attached the chenille sticks

Total Build Cost is £7.88

Photos and Writing by Joanne Tansley. 

A Spookily Thrifty Halloween!

Tips for Halloween on a budget. 

Welcome to A Spookily Thrifty Halloween! 

With Halloween now less then a week away we thought we would spend the next few days giving you hints, tips and craft ideas to help keep the cost of those Halloween Parties for the kids down. 

We are covering everything from Decs and Food through to Costumes and Music. 

So stay tuned to our spooky blog for money saving tips this week. 

Modelling Chocolate

  
Written by Mummymiles

Modelling chocolate or chocolate play doh is a craft Oliver loves doing with my mum.

In this photo my mum made simple flowers out of the chocolate play doh which Oliver then Stuck on to a Easter egg (which my mum made) using melted chocolate before cutting out some shapes himself to stick on..

To make chocolate play doh you need:

  • 20oz of melted chocolate (dont over melt it) 
  • 6oz of corn syrup which you can get from the baking section in Asda. 

Mix both together being careful not to over mix once it starts to come together wrap it in clingfilm and leave in the fridge to set over night the next day kneed the chocolate and your ready to go!! 

If you want coloured chocolate use white chocolate and add food dye. Enjoy! 

Warning it will melt quickly… 

Fathers Day Frame!

Mumble Jumble Idea:

This is a great Fathers Day idea for babies to give to their Dads.

Richards first Fathers Day was when Oliver was only a few months old so he obviously couldn’t do much “craft”, so we kept it simple and just did a footprint and I got a few pictures to make up this simple, cheap but personal present.

What’s needed:

Images of family

Frame

Baby

 

fathers day frame