Hessian Flower

You will need:

  • Tulip Fabric Paint
  • Modelling Wire
  • Jumbo Pipecleaners
  • Hessian (scrap)

Instructions:

  1. Use Tulip Fabric Paint to draw 8 large flower shapes on a piece of hessian.  Leave to dry.
  2. Cut out around the flower shapes close to the line.
  3. Cut a piece of wire approx. 60cm long and fold in half.  Fold each flower shape in half and thread onto the wire one by one.
  4. Twist the wire to secure and cover using jumbo pipecleaners.
  5. You could also add colour to your flower using fabric paint or fabric dyes or by adding beads, glitter or sequins!

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Ship in a Bottle

You will need:

  • Glass Bottle
  • Skewers
  • Thread
  • Waxed Paper (scrap)
  • Foam (scrap)

Instructions:

  1. Trim a small piece of foam approx. 3cm x 5cm into a boat shape and hollow out a small hold.
  2. Cut one piece of skewer 4cm long for the mast, and another 3cm long for the boom.
  3. Using waxed paper cut a small triangle for the sail.  Pierce 2 holes in each side of sail to slide the mast and boom into.
  4. Press the free end of the mast into the foam at the front (bow) of the boat and press the mast and sail flat.  Tie a length of thread to top of mast.
  5. Insert the ship backwards (stern first).  Use the thread to pull the sail back up into place.

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Laureen Magill

I have been a practicing artist for over 25 years, facilitating workshops, producing commissioned artworks for community groups, schools, nursery’s, galleries, hospitals, parks, festivals and drama sets.

My skills are broad, I mastered in sculpture followed by an advanced certificate in hand made furniture and design.

As a community artist my main area’s of art are sculpture, murals and illustration, scrap and environmental art.

I work with all age groups and abilities and  I really enjoy engaging groups in the artistic process through a wide range of topics and mediums.  I have been told my enthusiasm is infectious but in fact I really don’t know who enjoys the work more, me or the group.  I have met some amazing individuals along the way who do amazing work for their communities, schools and organisations and I am now proud to call these people my friends.

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Hama-saurus

You will need:

  • Hama beads
  • Hama ironing paper
  • Pegboard
  • Iron

Instructions:
1. The first thing to do is decide what type of dinosaur you would like to make – when you’ve settled on one, print it off and use it as a rough outline for your Hama beads to shape around.
2. Start placing the beads on the Hama board; arrange them whichever way you like.
3. When you’ve finished, cover your dinosaur with the paper sheet and turn on the iron – it’s best to ask an adult to help you with this bit! Slowly iron the sheet for a minute or so until the beads fuse together and leave to cool down.
4. After a few minutes your dinosaur is ready to come off the board – I used a glue spreader to pick away at the edges until it came off, but you can use anything relatively sharp.

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Easter Egg Tree

You will need:

  • Flower Pot
  • Paint
  • Tissue
  • Polyeggs
  • Wooden Sticks
  • Ribbon
  • Sprinkles/glitter

Instructions:

  1. Paint the flower pot and leave to dry.
  2. Skewer the poly egg onto the wooden stick and decorate the egg. You can use paint, tissue, gems or even baking sprinkles.
  3. When the pot has dried scrunch up a good amount of tissue into the bottom of it. Place the wooden stick into the tissue.
  4. You can decorate your wooden stick by sticking ribbon onto it.

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We ❤ Recycling Video

Click here to watch a video of all the fun arts and crafts activities that took place at our We ❤ Recycling event.

 

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Thanks to Northern Visions for filming on the day.

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Hama Bead Egg

You will need:

  • Hama beads
  • Master medium adhesive
  • Polyeggs
  • Skewer
  • Scrap tray

Instructions:

  1. Poke a skewer in the end of a polyegg.
  2. Cover the egg carefully with glue – master medium works best as it is a little stronger.
  3. Pour hama beads into a tray and roll the egg until fully covered.

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Easter Egg Prints

You will need:

  • Poster paint
  • Scrap foam
  • Sugar paper

Instructions:

  1. Draw an egg shape onto scrap foam and cut it out.
  2. Squirt paint in whatever colours and patterns you like onto your foam egg stamp.
  3. Press the foam onto paper and voila!
  4. Make a beautiful Easter picture, or even printed wrapping paper!

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Cute ‘Cheep’ Chicks

You will need:

  • Chick Decorations
  • Felting Wool or Cotton Wool
  • PVA Glue
  • Matchsticks
  • Egg box (scrap)

Instructions:

  1. Place a small dot of glue in the bottom of each egg box compartment.
  2. Add coloured matchsticks and wool to make it look like a nest.
  3. Finally, add your little chicks and decorate the outside of the box if you wish.

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Funky Fossils

You will need:

  • Casting Plaster
  • Clay
  • Poster Paint
  • Pipecleaner
  • Plastic Tray (scrap)
  • Dino Toys (scrap)
  • Leaves/Textures (scrap)

Instructions:
1. Line a plastic tray with roughly 3cm thick of non-hardening clay or modelling dough. Press shells, toys, leaves and other textures into the clay to make impressions in it.
2. Mix up a batch of casting plaster, following the manufacturers instructions, and pour a thick layer of this over the clay/dough.
3. Add a length of pipecleaner into the wet plaster to create a loop to hang. Leave to dry overnight.
4. When dry tip out/peel off the dough and decorate your plaster cast as you wish!

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Felt ‘Rubiks Cube’

You will need:

  • Felt Sheets
  • Felting Needle
  • Polycube 6cm
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Ribbon
  • Polystyrene sheet (scrap)

Instructions:

  1. Cut six 7cm squares from black felt.  Also cut 1.5cm squares of felt from various colours – you will need 54 of these.
  2. Lay black felt square on polystyrene sheet to protect table.  Lay 9 small squares on top of the black square and use felting needle to attach them.
  3. Repeat with the other 5 black squares of felt.
  4. Sew together into a cube and insert polycube for shape.
  5. Sew on a length of ribbon to hang.

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Mini Family Portraits

You will need:

  • Paint or markers
  • Mini canvas set
  • Magnets (optional)
  • Glue (optional)
  • Family photos (to copy if you like)

Instructions:

  1. Use your photos as a reference draw your family members onto the mini canvas, using as many as you like! Why not include pets as well?
  2. Turn your portraits into magnets by gluing magnet parts onto the back, or hang them as they are!

These would make a perfect present for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day!

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