This pot is made by layering sheets of tissue paper and paper mache glue. The type of glue used here is called ‘Mix-a-Paste’, sometimes known as ‘Methyl Cellulose’. It comes in a powdered form from craft stores (eg Jacksons), but I think it is very similar to wallpaper paste. If neither of those options are available, try ordinary paper glue such as Clag or watered down PVA. Methyl Cellulose is a very ecomomical adhesive. A very small amount of powder makes alot of glue when mixed with water. Although it isn’t a strong adhesive, it is perfect for paper projects such as this one.
You will need: red & green tissue, glue, brush, scissors, green pipecleaner and 2 bowls. The bowls I have used are about 11cm in diameter and 7cm in height – but anything close to that size will be fine. Allow 2 days to make this one as the pots need to dry overnight before you can remove them from the bowls.
Click here for instructions (Pdf)
This is an easy activity for a children’s party. Provide jugs of primary coloured drinks and the children can mix new colours and flavours to make fun ‘mocktails’ For the ingredients, explore the drinks aisle of your local supermarket. If you cannot find the right colours, try adding a little food colouring to lemonade. In these examples I have used a combination of raspberry cordial, lemonade, pineapple juice and colouring. The cups are decorated with ‘Crepe Flower Ties‘ from the previous post.
*Tips* Make a weak solution of blue and a medium/weak solution of red, otherwise the drinks will turn out too dark. If you are using food colouring, try using ‘Rose Pink’ instead of plain red as it will produce a better range of colours.
‘Colour Mixing Mocktails’ instructions here
Why is every toy we buy secured with thousands of little twisty-plastic-wire thingos? Who decided that all toys must now be fastened in a manner appropriate for a suspension bridge or deep sea oil rig? As if removing them isn’t hard enough, it is always accompanied by an hysterically excited child, incredulous that you could take this long to extricate a piece of plastic from it’s packaging. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking and you’re running out of valuable time to prepare all the party food for the battalion of savages -sorry – children who will shortly arrive to raze your house to the ground…
My despair turned to delight when I finally found a use for these annoying wire fasteners: as stems for crepe flowers to wind around objects. In this case the object is plastic cups for a children’s party. You can use either crepe or tissue paper for this project.
Cut thin strips
Dot of PVA
Kink the wire & attach
Roll the crepe around
More PVA for the end
Secure the base
Click the link below for more detailed instructions on how to make these flower ties. The next post will be “Colour Mixing Mocktails” in which we will make fun drinks to fill the cups with.
Click here for ‘Crepe Flower’ instructions
These are made using Milk Arrowroot Biscuits. Chosen, obviously, because they are oval/egg shaped. If you’ve never seen, nor heard of, a Milk Arrowroot, you are clearly not reading this in Australia! But hopefully oval shaped, plain biscuits or cookies are available in your area.
The decorations featured are ‘Sour Straps’ and ‘Mini M&Ms’. However, most supermarkets will have a dazzling array of confectionary to chose from.
Click here for “Easter Egg Cookies” recipe.