Crafty ambitions

About a month ago I decided that it would be nice if Ava made a present in honour of her brother’s 1st birthday. Ava is never one for passing up the opportunity to get crafty or should that be messy. Anyway, she chose to make a car.  Materials for such projects are no longer in short supply in this household. I’d like to say that recycling has moved up my priority list and I chose to be greener off my own back but my honest streak won’t let me take credit for this. New restrictions on waste collection from the council have fed my hoarding tendencies (it’s a family trait) and much to my husband’s chagrin, I now have quite a collection of cardboard boxes from cereal packets, paper towel rolls, lids etc so no project is too big or too small for this family.

Materials required for this little project included; Easter egg box (car body), soap box (car bonnet), chocolate box plastic insert and paper towel rolls (wheels), plastic sleeves (windows), straws (chassis) and blue and orange paint, newspaper, glue, stickers, and address labels (purely cosmetic!).

From the picture below, you can see that the project  morphed into a monster truck, more by accident than by design.

Now that it is Day 2 of the Summer holidays the little lady & I will be on the look out for new ways to get crafty. Any suggestions?

‘I Did It Mummy’ fundraising for BIBS –


Posted on July 24, 2012, in All about me, Craft, Little Lady and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Did you try baking the home made play dough yet, Abigail loves making this!

  2. Ooo not yet! Please can you post the recipe for it on here (other folks maybe interested in having a go too) and I’ll post about it when we’ve had a go!

  3. Have just made a second batch yesterday that she loves playing with and I think I have now perfected the recipe!

    You need-
    2 cups of plain flour
    1 cup of salt
    2 tbsp of cooking oil
    2 tbsp of cream of tartar
    2 cups of water
    Food colouring

    Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and then place in the microwave for 1 minute and then take out and stir. Repeat cooking for 1 minute at a time and then stir. The recipe I follow says it will take 8-10 minutes but I have found 4 minutes is enough. My microwave is a 800 watt so whether it depends on the power! It will look lumpy and feel sticky but once it has cooled and you lift it out in handfuls and manipulate it, it forms a perfect soft ball!

    Tip to keep it fresh
    Once it has been played with it will start to dry on the outside, I have found if you poke a small well into it and pour in a little oil and then kneed it till it becomes soft again and keep it in an airtight container it will last a couple of weeks.

    This is the recipe we use at work as I am a Nursery Teacher and my 1 year old daughter ( cousin to Ava!) thoroughly enjoys making and playing with this play dough.


  4. Thanks for the recipe! When we return from our little adventure I will put this to the test for our last week of the summer holidays!

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