Bird Feeder Orange Half and Peanut Butter

DIY Bird feeder from half an orange

We have always been big ‘bird’ fans (no, not BIGBird, as in the Sesame Street character, although that has always quite amused…) – As a child we fed the birds in the garden at home, with various bird houses, structures and fat and seed balls, watching to see if the naughty squirrels had somehow managed to nab the grub before the bluetits could get to it! Bird Feeder Orange and Peanut Butter

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So we wanted to share this easy birdfeeder with you –

you will need:

half an orange

some peanut butter

some bird seed…

string – (we love the baker’s twine!)

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Scoop out the content of the orange (we have a smoothie every day, so we added the orange to that).

Spread some peanut butter into the orange skin, and add the seeds.

Pierce holes in the side of the orange skin ‘cup’ – actually do this BEFORE you add the peanut butter and seeds!

Thread string, and hang on tree..

We’ve also done this with a toilet roll – can you believe! Click here to read more

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Cookie Cutter crafts – cookie on the side of a mug

Cookie Cutter crafts – cookie on the side of a mug

We’ve made these before and never photographed them, eaten too quickly!
Super simple with the Holiday Season coming, and the kids (and grown-ups) love them!

Basically use a star shaped cookie cutter, and I used another piece of a letter ‘l’ from a alphabet cookie cutter set to cut the slot that fits over the edge of the mug, but you could use a knife to fashion the same effect…

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Ingredients for the cookies and the royal icing here and if you enjoyed playing with cookie cutters, check out our snowman sandwich after-school snack here!

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Homemade Thursday

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Melted Hama Beads and Perler Bead Craft

Melted Hama Beads and Perler Bead Craft

A quick one to share with you today – we made some cute Melted Hama Beads (or Perler Bead) Fish! I’ll let you guess which one I did… which one was Maggy redtedart’s and which one my 11yo son created! Hama Bead Perler Bead Craft

You can use cookie cutters with your salt dough for this fun craft, however salt dough is so malleable that you could also simply shape the dough by hand.

Push your hama beads gently into the dough in your desired pattern, place the dough shape onto some grease proof paper, and onto a baking tray and pop into the oven on a very low temperature, and just keep an eye on it! As the perler beads start to melt, bring the tray out of the oven and allow to cool. fun eh?!

For salt dough recipes, check out http://www.redtedart.com/2013/12/02/easy-salt-dough-recipe-stars/

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Snowman crafts sandwich – get your craft on

Every month we run a craft challenge on a theme – November is #Snowman #Crafts.

snowman crafts Our first contribution is our snowman sandwich – a quick post-school pick-me-up!
Using two circular cookie cutters, (one for the head, one for the body) we cut a snowman shape out of one slice of bread… Buttering the other slice with peanut butter (or jam, if you have a peanut allergy!)
Sprinkle over some icing sugar, and place the second slice of bread over the top, adding silver baubles for buttons, and raisins for the eyes – you’re away!

Share your Snowman Crafts photos on Instagram, or over on Twitter, using the hashtag #GetYourCraftOn, add your link to the linky below, and we’ll pick the best ones to feature here on the host blog the following month. (and on our Pinterest board too)

The photos you share do not have to be of the finished article – let’s see your work in progress as well as your completed masterpieces! Anything related to the #SnowMan crafts or #Olaf (! if you’re Frozen fans) topic. Just tag them with #GetYourCraftOn and follow and tag us too so we know you’re taking part) Our team’s four Instagram accounts are: @incredibusy (that’s me!), @redtedart @bluebearwood &@missielizzie.

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So what’s #GetYourCraftOn?

It’s a monthly craft challenge organised by four bloggers – zingzingtree, Red Ted ArtMe And My ShadowKids Chaos (me!)

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Pom Pom garland diy

Pom Pom garland diy

Using our trusty pom-pom maker again! We selected five wool colours and got creative – and these are so easy to make – and look really effective!  Our pom pom garland diy… pom-pom garland

Once we’d made the pom-poms and trimmed them up nice and neat with shart scissors, we set about creating the pom pom garland diy for the bedroom… And using rough jute string which EVERY household should have, we simply tied each of the pom-poms onto the string, and moved them into position along the length of the string, so that they are equidistant.

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We’re sure you agree that these look rather stunning!
Check out Red Ted Art for more Pom Pom making ideas, and a link to our wonderful video where I show you how to make this on YouTube!

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Newspaper Crafts Spirals – Penguin on a sledge

 Newspaper Crafts Spirals – Penguin on a sledge

Well, how about these? Little Penguin (or is it Olaf the Snowman?!) Greetings Cards, using newspaper crafts spirals – which were created by making LONG newspaper straws and rolling them to create a FREE craft material! click here for a ‘how to’ How super cute is the penguin on the sledge?! Newspaper Crafts Spirals – how to make craft straws from newspapers, and create this fab Penguin Greetings Card!

Newspaper Spirals Penguin

Newspaper Spirals Penguin on a sledge

Newspaper SpiralsThese have been spotted by my son’s school teacher, so we are going to have a class Christmas Card making session together – what fun!

To find out HOW to make these, click this link and don’t forget to check out our video too, as Maggy and I chat and show you how to make these over on YouTube.
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T Shirt Yarn Pom Pom

T Shirt Yarn Pom Pom

T Shirt Yarn Pom-Pom

We’ve all of us got an old T-shirt lying about don’t we? I had a very favourite, Breton Stripe T which had sadly come to the end of its life, and was just to scruffy to go to the charity shop, so we decided to DO something with it, and as we’ve gone a little pom-pom crazy this month, thought we’d have a go at the old classic – a T Shirt Yarn Pom Pom!

So, you could use a big pom-pom maker, or, like us, grab a couple of ‘donuts’ of cardboard, and have a go…

Step 1 – using a mug as a template, we cut two circular donuts, and lay them on top of each other.

Step 2 – cut your T-shirt into long strips to make ‘yarn’ and lay one piece of this yarn between the two donuts.

Step 3 – Wrap the T-shirt yarn around and around the donuts, and tie off the centre strip of yarn in a knot.

Step 4 – Push your scissors between the two donuts and snip around the circle as you would a regular pom-pom!

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We love how this one turned out and will be collecting our old T-shirts to have a go and MORE T Shirt Yarn Pom-Poms soon!

If you liked this post you might like to click here for FULL HOW TO instructions on making paper pom-poms

If you have a thing for giant paper pompoms, click here to see our crepe paper version, with raindrops!

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FREE printable witches hat pattern

FREE printable Witches hat pattern witch's hat template
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1) Cut two ‘doughnut’ shaped rings (we draw around a tea plate) alternatively, you can print this page out twice! this will be your brim. 

2) and 3) Fold the circles in half gently andcut out the centre of the circles (we used a coffee mug as a template)

4) Using a dinner plate as a template,cut out about 3/8ths of the circle to create a ‘curved triangle’ which will be the cone shape of the Witch’s hat) (see page 2 of the attached PDF for template) Cut slits about 1,5cm up into the curved edge of your ‘triangle’

witches hat instructions 5) and 6) Pop cone into the 1st doughnut, and turn back the slits and glue to the underside of the brim.

7) Glue the second doughnut shape to the first brim to make it look like a nice tidy witch’s hat!

You can add elastic to the hat to make a little under the chin strap to hold the hat on to your head, or if you are using on the paper pom-pom we’ve made here, push the string through the top of the hat, the cone will have left a small natural hole in the very point of the witches’ hat.

Halloween-witches-hat-template-page-1-and-2-Kids-Chaos-1 Click here >> to download your FREE printable Halloween witches hat template page 1 and 2 © KidsChaos.com it’s a fab witches hat pattern! and here for the Witch Pom pom face

If you have a thing for giant paper pompoms, click here to see our crepe paper version, with raindrops!

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Halloween Pumpkin Paper Pom-Pom FREE printable

Halloween Pumpkin Paper Pom-Pom FREE printable

Pumpkin-Halloween-Pompom-Kids-Chaos Halloween-pumpkin-face-template-Kids-Chaos Inspired by a *how to* video RedTedArt and myself made this week, we got a little bit seasonal and decided to turn our giant orange paper pom-pom into a PUMPKIN!
So here’s a halloween pumpkin FREE printable for you to download, print off and stick with a Pritt stick onto to the paper pom-pom – how cool is this! If you like this, you’ll like 11yo’s spin on it – with his FREE downloadable Witch’s face here. Witch and Pumpkin Halloween Pompoms

Really easy Pumpkin face – halloween pumpkin free printable, have a go by clicking here for our FREE downloadable template just print off, and cut out the shapes, in fact, print two, and use one as a template for your pumpkin this year too!!

step-1-4-make-a-paper-pom-pom click here for FULL HOW TO instructions on making the paper pom-poms

12 simple steps – really easy to follow, our kids have been making them in ALL sorts of colours – we’ve even mixed up different shades of green here…
If you fancy having a go yourself click here.

Free printable Pumpkin face, just attach to giant paper pom-pom or use as a template to carve your pumpkin!

If you have a thing for giant paper pompoms, click here to see our crepe paper version, with raindrops!

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FREE printable Halloween Witch pom-pom

Halloween Witch Paper Pom-Pom FREE printable Witch-Halloween-Pompom-Kids-Chaos

We got a bit carried away with Halloween preparations this year, and 11yo wanted to have a go at making some scary spooky Witches – So he drew these scary eyes, crooked nose, and toothy grin for the witch’s face and we stuck the on to the paper pom-pom – how cool is this! The Witch’s hat is pretty easy to make to, follow our simple instructions here….
halloween witch face template Really easy witch’s face – have a go by clicking here for our FREE downloadable template just print off, and cut out the shapes, in fact, print two, and use one as a template for your pumpkin this year too!!

step-1-4-make-a-paper-pom-pom click here for FULL HOW TO instructions on making the paper pom-poms

12 simple steps – really easy to follow, our kids have been making them in ALL sorts of colours – we’ve even mixed up different shades of green here…
If you fancy having a go yourself click here, note – save the trimmings from step 4, we used them for the Witch’s hair!!
Alternatively you can purchase them here at Delights in packs of three!

Free printable halloween witch’s face, just attach to giant paper pom-pom or use as a template to carve your pumpkin!

If you have a thing for giant paper pompoms, click here to see our crepe paper version, with raindrops! and here for a Pumpkin Free printable template.

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