Fun, simple and sustainable ideas to inspire even the most reluctant mini maker. Sydney, Australia. Susie@handywithscissors.com
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(2/2) A weatherproof house for the most royal of fairy queens. We have made a LOT of fairy houses at our place but this version is our favourite. It uses a plastic bottle cut in half and any bits and bobs you have lying around. Being plastic, it fairs pretty well in the elements. Finn said we need to put some flooring in so the fairy doesn't get her feet wet which isn't a bad idea. Link in profile to the tutorial on the site.
Tomorrow is the last day for @getcreativewith's #container challenge. I have been loving seeing what everyone has made so far!
Probably our favourite way to reuse containers is to make fantasy emergency vehicles. Any containers can be used as there are really no rules or instructions. Finn has made so many of these that we have to allocate a whole wall in the attic and at Christmas he made and sold 20 of them and gave the money to charity. .
Are you playing along with @get.creative.with's container challenge? So many possibilities! #getcreativewith
Have you met Jerome? He is 50% milk bottle, 50% plastic bag and 100% legend. Search 'Jerome' on the site to find the fun trick we used to make him really BOUNCE! Don't forget to tag your container creations this week with #getcreativewith I'll be choosing my faves over at @get.creative.with next week!
I have a deep love of containers and am completely indiscriminatory. Be it juice, milk, laundry liquid or pasta sauce I'll be damned if I can't find a use for it once it's empty. This week my crafty sista from another mista @ohcreativeday and her @get.creative.with co-hosts @littlebuttondiaries are prompting the people of insta to get creative with containers! I'll be picking some of my faves next Wednesday.
What are you waiting for? Get drinking! (Or washing, or eating pasta sauce) and then get making!
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A tour of our city! (See previous post for details)
We built this city with.....Junk! Lots and lots of lovely junk. About 200 people contributed to today's city building project @warriewoodsquare . Our mini architects and dreamers added lighthouses, see saws, rockets, fairy showers and even a hot air balloon! That's my kind of city. This awesome collaboration with @curiosityworksau is on for two more days so if you are on the northside come on down. It runs 10am-1pm and is FREE!
Kids have very little sense of time. This is excellent when you want to pretend that Easter is in fact a day later as both you and your partner have to work and no one got around to doing the Easter treasure map. When we do have our hunt tomorrow though we will be using our carrot hunting bag. Tutorial on the site in case you want to do some midnight or morning sewing. A big happy Easter to all those celebrating today... (and tomorrow).
Ok so it may be a little late in the game for this one but if you still have time head over to the site to find out how to make this ridiculous carrot hunting bag. This is my second ever sewing tutorial and I have VERY limited sewing skills so it's perfect for beginners. .
How are all your Easter weekend so far? Making/doing anything fun? #eastercraft#carrot
Fun times at @mca_australia today hanging out at the school holiday program, Contemporary Kids. Despite coming here three times a week to work I rarely get the chance to sit in and participate in the programs I coordinate. This is a really fun one where kids helps build a different dimension over the course of a whole week. It runs till Sunday for sydney families looking for something creative to drop in to over the easter weekend. #mca_australia #mcanow
The family that poses for silly portraits together, stays together. Hazel flat out refused to wear her hat but I think it suits my amazing mum better anyway. The cork hat was perfect for dad who I've never known to knock back the offer or a glass of vino and I like how Adam really got into character as a carrot Statue of Liberty. The parade itself is in my insta stories and was just so damn cute!
It's been a big, mean old day today...
Sometimes the only thing that makes sense is to put on the silliest hat you can find. That in mind, I'm taking the morning off work tomorrow and heading to the Easter parade with the family. My mum and dad broke the news tonight that they are pretty sure Easter parades are only for kids but I'm going to pretend I didn't hear that and bring them both bonnets too. I'll try and snap a family portrait.
Easter bonnet central here today as we get ready for the preschool Easter parade. This is the first year we have had a parade so needless to say I am disproportionately excited. .
We knocked out three bonnets today which was made all the more impressive by the fact that I worked on them with only one functioning eye ball thanks to a poke in the eye from baby H which resulted in me having to wear an eye patch for most of the day! .
Unfortunately I can't actually go to the parade so my options are either A: wear a bonnet to work anyway or B: Pass on bonnet duties to nan. I'm leaning towards A.
Bunny masks all round at Handy HQ this week. This is a fun and easy project for little ones once the basic shapes have been prepared. The tutorial on the site (#linkinbio) includes a cool trick for getting the face shape just right. Thanks @adam_mada_magician for modeling the dad sized version.
Have you ever been curious what people mean when they speak about process art with kids? Or wanted to know more about how to link art making activities with your favourite books? Look no further!! .
The very wonderful Julia and Megan behind @kidartlit will be hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, April 12 at 11am (PST). If like me, you live in Australia and don't want to get up at 4am, you can access an instant replay. Just make sure you sign up! Just visit @firstname.lastname@example.org or @kidartlit and click the link in the profile to register. @julialinsteadt
Bottle number 3: Bunny Basket Crayon Holder. I was pretty sure I invented this until I saw about a billion of them on Pinterest! This is a really fun project though and maybe a good alternative if you are worried about a choc overload this Easter.
Bottle number 2: Cheep Cheep Chicken Basket. This is is totally sitting on the fence of being kitschy cool or totally naff. The little people seemed to like it though. .
Instructions for this are similar to the "bunny bottle baskets" on the website except instead of keeping just one long side on the bottle, you keep a long strip on both sides and then hole punch them both to attach at the top. Little kids could do a version of this with googly eyes and a cut triangle beak from cardboard, or draw the details on with marker instead of painting.
First bottle off the ranks is this super simple carrot planter. I'll do a run down of these on the blog soon but this one goes like this: Step 1: slice the top off the bottle. Step 2: spray white.
Step 3: paint a carrot.
Step 4: plant a spiked plant!
Step 6: ENJOY
Letters to the Easter bunny on the creative table today. Sinking to a new low though by telling a 4 year old that the Easter bunny only delivers eggs if it receives a painting. On the upside, never has he jumped so fast to paint a picture!
Big plans for these bad boys. (where is the carrot emoji??)
Nothing says Easter like a bunch of Carrots! Especially when it doubles as bunting. I have been looking forward to posting the DIY for this one since I first made these last year. The sewing is very basic so suitable for absolute beginners. It's up now #ontheblog link in bio
Painting in our house generally goes something like:
- set up 10 mins
- manic painting of paper: 3 mins
- painting surrounding area: 5 mins
- painting self: 10 mins
- clean up: 20 mins
Despite this, I do it anyway and often have loads of artworks lying about waiting to be loved a little bit more.
ON THE BLOG are 7 creative ways to reuse artworks that make the glorious manic 3 minutes a little more worthwhile. #linkinbio
So you might have sent an artwork in the mail before, but how about the artwork AS the mail. We made a stack of these from a big draw full of forgotten masterpieces and have them ready for the next time we want to post something. Search "ART MAIL" on the site. #linkinbio
What can we make with a forgotten artwork, some washi tape, a few simple snips and a bit of cardboard? See the next post for details.
I actually had to look online today to find out when Easter was this year. End of April if anyone still hasn't googled! Plenty of time to make these super cute recycled bunny baskets. Search 'bunny basket' on the website to find out what 3 simple materials we used to make them. EDIT: Easter is the middle of April! Oh my...
Back at work today at @mca_australia and dreaming of these beautiful baby sensory toys by artist @liam_benson and collaborators. There are small bells in this beauty too that make it a delight to hold.
Liam was invited to create a blanket to be used as part of our Art Baby Gallery tours and what he produced along with a small team of artists and volunteers is truly spectacular. Swipe to see the full blanket.
So Finn has decided to go into production again with his emergency vehicles, except instead of giving the money to charity this time he is going to keep it and buy a batman Lego boat. Fair call.
Every second day he asks when the market is, only for me to have to remind him that he hasn't actually finished anything yet. He seems to think this is a small hurdle and suggested selling some of my things instead along with the special inventions we keep upstairs. I seriously couldn't face seeing his first few go though so I bought them all. This wasn't so bad at first as he only charged $6 for the lot but it got a bit rich when he upped it to $13 five mins later.
Moral of the story: be wary of doing business with a 4 year old.
So after seeing lots of glorious tissue paper bleed art on IG lately, miss 1.5 and I have it a go. Did we miss a trick somehow? We didn't get much colour bleeding through. Tips and tricks welcome!
A few weeks ago, the totally delightful @tee_click came to my house to take my portrait. It was very fun and just the right amount of silly. If you are interested in seeing lots of pictures of my noggin while I attempt to make rubbish look glamorous then head on over to the website. #linkinbio
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Meet Freddy! The finger fox. Wanna see him move those fingers (ahm, legs)? Check out my previous post. And yes, that's an egg carton, and yes, I may have lost it.
So I may have taken @get.creative.with's egg carton challenge a bit far this time. Introducing...Freddy! The egg carton finger fox. Probably not really a kids craft, more like a "what the hell was she thinking" kind of crazy lady craft. I'm mostly ok with that though because he is so damn cute.
Ok people, what can we make with an egg carton, some paint and a hand??? Check in a bit later to find out. #getcreativewith
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