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.
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Colour Mixing ‘Mocktails’
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
Australia Day Jelly Cups
*Did you click here expecting to find a 4th of July recipe? Okay, I cheated a little. I’m in Australia and we celebrate ‘Australia Day’ in January. But we have the same colours on our flag as the US – we even have some white stars and red stripes! So I think this crafty recipe can travel abroad. Now, when is Bastille Day?….*
These are very simple to make, but you need to start preparing them 2 days in advance so that the jelly layers have time to set. I found the star sprinkles in IGA. The plastic shot cups can be found at party supplies or discount stores such as Red Dot.
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Myself, My Place, My Family
My Family Felt Board
The ‘felt’ used in this project is actually a type of kitchen sponge I found at the supermarket. It looks and feels much like felt and provides a perfect surface to attach Velcro to. Of course, you could use real felt – available by the piece or off the roll at haberdashery and craft stores.
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* Younger children could simply draw themselves, their family, house etc onto card and cut out. Then stick small pieces of Velcro to the back of the drawings.
* Holiday Storyboard – Make a storyboard of your family holiday out of a felt backing, photos/drawings and velcro.
An easy way to assemble a miniature house for small figurines and toys.
Variations: try making an office block, hospital or animal farm.
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