Archive | Craft RSS feed for this section

Kid’s Batik

25 Jul

We are still in Indonesia.  And the one thing they love, is to make colourful material with Batik.  And while I was reading this, I remembered one of my favorite blogs did a posting about Batik. So I thought this is a very nice and fun activity for the kids.  And it was.  I’m now considering them making the Christmas gifts this year – already thinking of aprons for the grannies, etc. 

I decided to let them make a scatter cushion for their bedrooms.  I’ve pre-washed the material and cut it the right size.  Then we draw a picture on the material.  Xander did his own – drawing a dinosaur and I did a flower for Mia.

July 2010 375

Then we made a thick paste of flour and water – about 3 parts flour and 1 part water.  And pour it into syringe bottles. 

July 2010 376

The bottles were really easy to use.  just follow the lines on the material

July 2010 377

And here is our flour pictures.  Leave it a few hours to dry. 

July 2010 378 July 2010 379

Then we paint with material paint…  all colours.  all over the material.  (I helped Mia with the red paint)

July 2010 415 July 2010 417

July 2010 418 July 2010 420

And let it dry.  Scrape the flour mixture off.  and Voila,  a beautiful art piece from your child.

July 2010 436 July 2010 437


Children Art on Canvas

24 Jun

I just love CANVAS.  I love to give my children the wooden canvas to draw on.

They are really cheap and a nice way to display their art (or your own art). 

This was a gift for my mother for her birthday from my 2 kids.  I always let them make the gifts themselves. 

my big boy (age 6), did these two.  (okey, this is one of the two he painted)

Junie 2010 063

He just draw on it with a black marker.  We decided it was for Granny’s lounge, so me and him painted it mainly red and orange (to go with the decor).

And of course, it was the little one’s turn.  She is still too small to paint a picture.  So, I gave her the canvas (outside on the grass) and some paint and a paintbrush.  and this is what she did……

Firstly she painted:

Junie 2010 011

then it’s was time for the hands:

Junie 2010 017

I took a lot of photos while she was painting.  I’ve chosen the 2 cutest photos.  Printed them. 

Junie 2010 158

paste them on her "painting" with double sided tape.  And for decoration, I glued scrapbooking corners on the photos. 

Junie 2010 163

and this was the end result:

Junie 2010 165

It cost us about R50 to make these 3.  but granny’s face (and tears) was priceless.

Junie 2010 167

Send me photos of your children’s art on canvasses and I will post it for more inspiration for other mommies

                           handtekening copy

Puffy Paint

19 Jun

When I saw this post, (this is really a crafty mom – I just love her blog) I thought:  I really have to try this.  It looks easy.  It looks inexpensive.  I think my children will like it.  and….  it was easy, inexpensive and they just loved it.

All you need is the following:

PUffy paint 1


  •              salt
  •              self raising flour
  •              food colouring
  •              water
  •              cardboard
  •              an eager child


puffy paint 2


        Mix 1 part flour and one part salt (I’ve mixed one tablespoon of flour and salt in each bowl).  Add a few drops of       food colouring.  (I only had yellow and blue).  Add some water to make a smooth paste.  How thicker the paste, the more puff your picture will be.


Puffy Paint 3



  Give the paint and cardboard to the eager child and watch.  My son painted and painted and painted




Puffy paint 4



  And now for the magic.  Microwave your picture for about 30 seconds on high. 




Puffy Paint 5



  And WOW….  it’s puffy paint.  Isn’t this just great?



Let me know if you tried this! 


             handtekening copy