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  • Helena Loving these cauldrons. We've got some tissue paper so we may have a go too. #mmbc 20 Oct
  • Catherine Jones This post gave me quite a chuckle with the "universe" trying to tell you something. I have those days (weeks, years!). I have to say... 20 Oct
  • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... I love this idea! So sweet to make a crafted garland. I like the idea of decorating the house like you would for Christmas #MMBC 19 Oct
  • Eileen I love the idea of a village church. Sounds like a community where everyone knows each other. Sorry to hear that these school starts are... 18 Oct
  • Eileen These are so cute! Thank you for sharing the "how to" with us. 18 Oct
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"God has an inordinate fondness for stars and beetles."

- J B S Haldane

Debs Random Writings

craft activity for 6-10 year olds

How to make a witch’s cauldron

Our Halloween garland above the fireplace is taking shape. Little handmade extras appear as the days go by. This weekend, cauldrons were added. A quick and easy craft activity for all ages.

The best part was that everything we used to make them, came from my collection of pre-used junk that’s too good to throw away. Squirreled away for just the right moment. Guarded fiercely. Waiting for its day to be in the limelight once more.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who finds themselves justifying why they have a collection of little boxes and bottle tops? Jam jars and little bits of felt?

Anyway, back to the cauldrons. Want to see how we made them?

To start, we used the ball washing liquid dispensers from the wool wash bottles. They were calling out to be cauldrons. I’ve seen the bottom of fizzy drink bottles used before, which work well and are easy to find. The cauldron feet are already there too, but I like the laundry balls more as they curve in at the top. Like a cauldron straight out of a child’s story book…well, almost.

(Scholastic Book Services “The Witch Next Door” – which I adored)

The legs are three pony beads. Any colour as they will be covered up. Black tissue paper that came out of a pair of new shoes and colourful tissue paper that has been in my collection so long, I have no idea when it arrived. Same could be said for the pipecleaners we used too.

Using my glue gun, I stuck the ponybeads to the bottom of the washing balls.

While it cooled, we cut out a square of black tissue paper, before our fingers got too sticky. It was large enough to wrap round the ball.

Next covered the balls in PVA glue, sat it in the centre of the tissue paper square and wrapped the paper around, tucking the ends into the open top. We stuck a smaller square of tissue over the legs to reinforce and cover the legs.

The pipecleaner was cut to a length that fitted in with the size of the cauldron. Using PVA glue, we wrapped a long rectangle of black tissue paper around the pipecleaner. Bent the pipecleaner into a handle shape and stuck it into the inside of the cauldron. Very sticky operation. I used clothes pegs to temporarily hold them in place, but not long enough to become stuck.

A scrap of coloured tissue was popped into each cauldron. We were going to add glow in the dark paint to add stripes, but it had dried up in the bottle. The ghost lights make up for it. Hopefully.

(Ghost lights found this weekend in Poundland …… for £1)

Finally, tied or hooked  the cauldrons to the Halloween garland.

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25 toadstools sitting on a tray

What better way to spend a quiet Saturday afternoon, after the hustle and bustle of the last few weeks? Making toadstool biscuits, of course. We had so much fun making these seasonal biscuits. The biscuits are just your everyday, run-of-the-mill sugar cookie recipe. Covered in white icing made from icing sugar. Continue reading

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Felted snails

felted snails on chalk drawing

(wet felted snails)

There are some tasks that seem destined to constant interruption. Forever work in progresses. As soon as all the tools are assembled, and work on the verge to commence, a voice pipes up and my priorities are changed in a moment. A different task beckons. Sigh. I know I’m not alone.

All week, I’ve been trying to clear a weed flower bed to plant a few new plants. All week. Finally Sunday, I woke early, before the rest of the household, and dug.

felted snails on plants kids craft activityAmong the plants are a pair of delphiniums that the slugs and snails had munched through while they waited in their pots to be planted. I brought them inside and they have recovered. Bunches of new leaves, although I’m not sure they will produce flowers.

kids craft felted snail on poached egg plant

(poached egg plant)

Poor plants. They are going to need extra defences in their new location. I’ve liberally sprinkled egg shells around, to deter the slugs and snails. Without wishing to tempt fate, this method usually works well in our garden.

felted snails on armenia mixed ballerina plantSo far, so good. I’ve not spotted any snails or the tell-tale signs of their sneaky visits. Admittedly, I did relocate a fair few snails to one of our wild areas in the garden, as I cleared the area of weeds. Continue reading

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