Lion Dance Craft for Chinese New Year

Lion Dance Craft for Chinese New Year

A colourful craft of a Chinese lion.The idea of making a lion dance craft for Chinese New Year has been sitting in the dark recesses of my brain for ages.
I just couldn’t quite figure out what form it was going to take.
And so the concept just hung around as I waited for an idea to land upon me.
Yep. My creative process is very formal. Not.

I attempted to do some firework printing using paper tubes with my kids.
It was a bit of a failure. Thanks, Pinterest.
However, looking at the discarded paper tube paintbrushes, it struck me.
Perfect for a dancing lion’s mouth.
And so the project took form.

What you will need:

Printable template for lion’s head
2 paper tubes
Tissue paper
2 pipe cleaners
Beads, buttons and pom poms
Jewellery wire
Craft glue
Hole punch
Hot glue gun (for adult use)

A template of a dancing lion's head, coloured in. A toilet tube.Print out your template and colour it in.
Make small cuts into a paper tube at regular intervals. Press down gently to fan these sections out. Dip into paint and set aside to dry.

Craft activity involving a toilet tube and dancing lion printable.Once dried, you can cut this toilet roll to about one-third of its size.
Cut out the inner circle of your template. Slide the lion’s head over the paper tube- the “teeth” will prevent the head from sliding off.
At the opposite end of the tube, make 4 evenly-spaced cuts into the tube. This will slide over the tube that forms the lion’s body.
A paper tube that has tissue paper decorating it.Layer squares of tissue paper together. Cut the centre out and place over the paper tube.
This tissue paper will sit behind the lion’s head, forming the mane. Trim the paper as desired.
A Chinese Lion craft. Toilet tube and pipe cleaners shown.Paint your second paper tube. Once dried, use a hole punch to cut 2 holes for front legs and 2 holes for back legs.
Thread a pipe cleaner between each hole.
Paper tubes used to make a Chinese lion craft.Poke the jewellery wire through the middle of the tube. Secure with a bead on the underbelly. This wire will help your lion to jiggle and dance.
Thread beads and buttons onto the pipe cleaner legs. LOTS of fine motor fun at this stage.
I used a hot glue gun to affix pom poms. (An adult obviously should complete that step.)
Jewellery wire threaded with beads

Thread beads onto the jewellery wire.
Side view of dancing lion craft involving tissue paper and paper tubesCut some extra tissue paper to layer over the lion’s body.

Now let the lion dance!

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Free Printable Pin the Nose on Rudolph

Free Printable Pin the Nose on Rudolph

2017 will go down as the year that my kids discovered the joys of “Pin the something on the something” games.
For his birthday, Grandad received a kiddy-drawn version of Pin the Glasses on the Grandad.
For her 4th birthday, my daughter insisted on a customised version of Pin the Hair Bow on the Birthday Girl.
So for the festive season, I present you with a free printable Pin the Nose on Rudolph.

Grab your free printable and play Pin the Nose on Rudolph this festive season.

I actually designed this reindeer as a play dough mat for my 12 Oh Creative Days of Christmas eBook.
But one design, many uses, right?
(And perhaps I’ve been bitten by the “Pin the something on the something” bug too.)

The play dough mat is originally A4 in size.
I printed the reindeer out, visited my local copy store and enlarged it to A3.
We traced around some lids to create the noses. We then wielded the hot glue gun and stuck on some pom poms.
Find a blindfold and game on!

Grab your free printable and play Pin the Nose on Rudolph this festive season.

(She said she “couldn’t” see through the blindfold, but I’m dubious….)

Here’s the (original) intended purpose for Rudolph. My eBook comes with 6 play dough mats that you can print off.
I designed them with the intent of hopefully buying you the 5 minutes needed to enjoy a cup of tea.
I mean, fine motor skils. I designed them to help you help your littles develop their fine motor skills.

Grab your free printable and play Pin the Nose on Rudolph this festive season.

CLICK HERE AND DOWNLOAD your Rudolph printable

If you do use this printable for a few jolly rounds of Pin the Nose on Rudolph, tag me on social media. I’d love to see! @ohcreativeday and #ohcreativechristmas

Grab a copy of my "12 Oh Creative Days of Christmas" eBook. Creatively connect with your children through art, craft and play this festive season. 70+ pages featuring… 12 projects with detailed tutorials | Loads of tips, tricks and inspiration | 13 pages of templates, play dough mats and printable prompts.

CLICK HERE TO BUY MY BOOK AND GET ALL 6 PLAY DOUGH MATS

Grab your free printable and play Pin the Nose on Rudolph this festive season. #Christmasgames #Christmascraftsforkids #Christmascrafts

FREE PRINTABLES Halloween Candy Favours

FREE PRINTABLES Halloween Candy Favours

Print the free ghost template and Ghostbusters gift tag for a ghostly Halloween candy favour.As a child growing up in Australia, I didn’t celebrate Halloween.
(Not true. We went Trick or Treating once. I’ve since learned that my mum pre-loaded all the neighbours with lollies for when we came knocking. What a lady!)
Halloween was something that happened in American movies.
Over the last few years though, the winds be a-changing.
Yesterday at the supermarket I spied some carving pumpkins.
(I’d totally have to Youtube that biz, because I’d have no clue what to do on the Jack o’Lantern front.)
Apparently now in Australia we do celebrate Halloween.

Print the free ghost template and Ghostbusters gift tag for a ghostly Halloween candy favour.This week I’ve been celebrating the 80s with the rad ladies of Barley and Birch, Art Camp LA, Raising Kinley and Mom Collaborative.
(Because why should October just be about the pumpkins and ghouls?)
I may (a little bit alot) have gone overboard with free printable posters inspired by the 80s.

One of which was inspired by the Ghostbusters.
Which in turn inspired this Halloween Candy Favours idea.
Complete with bubblegum that reminds me of my 80s childhood.
And now it appears that I do celebrate Halloween.

Print the free ghost template and Ghostbusters gift tag for a ghostly Halloween candy favour.

What you will need:

Coloured paper
Ghost template – click to print
Ghostbusters gift tag with Orange background Pastel background  White background Black background
Marker
Pencil
Washi tape
Scissors Eraser
Candy

How to:

Print the free ghost template and Ghostbusters gift tag for a ghostly Halloween candy favour.Fold your coloured paper in half to create a card. Cut out your ghost template.

On the inside of your folded paper, lay your template and trace your ghost. Be sure that the head is touching the fold- this is how your ghost will stay together.

Cut out your ghost, making sure you don’t cut along the fold. Otherwise you will have a detached ghost.

Print the free ghost template and Ghostbusters gift tag for a ghostly Halloween candy favour.If you want to, use an eraser to rub out your pencil lines.
(I’m lazy though and don’t bother.)

Use your black marker to draw an expression on the ghost’s faces.

Print the free ghost template and Ghostbusters gift tag for a ghostly Halloween candy favour.

Use washi tape to stick your candy in place.

Cut out the Ghostbuster gift tag and tape to the front of your ghost. (They come with 4 different coloured backgrounds. Take your pick!)

We painted our paper to get the colours we desired. You could always print the template straight onto coloured paper. Then you just fold it in half and cut out your ghosts.

Halloween candy favours- done! Who ya gonna call?

Print the free ghost template and Ghostbusters gift tag for a ghostly Halloween candy favour.

 

 

 

 

More free 80s-themed printables

More free 80s-themed printables

Throwing an 80s-themed party? Or just a lover of this rad decade? These free 80s themed printables are for YOU!I found making the last batch of free 80s-themed printables so ridiculously satisfying, that I thought I’d share a second round with you all.
AKA “I got so nostalgic over how many awesome films were made in the 80s that I wanted to include them all.”

Can we also take this opportunity to acknowledge how awesome the colour schemes of the 80s were?
It was either all brash, bold and geometric or soft pastels.

Seeing as we went big on the bold and bright colours with the last printables, I thought these quotes should pay homage to the pastel colour schemes of the 80s.
Ain’t nobody did pastels like the 80s.

All printables are A4 in size. Just click the links.

ANYBODY WANT A PEANUT?

Who watched The Princess Bride on VHS on repeat as a kid?
Who remembers reciting this quote over and over as a kid?
Then this poster is for you

I AIN’T AFRAID OF NO GHOST

Throwing an 80s-themed party? Or just a lover of this rad decade? These free 80s themed printables are for YOU!Back in my childhood, if somebody asked “Who ya gonna call?” there was only one response.
GHOSTBUSTERS.
Now go forth and spend the rest of you day humming the Ghostbusters theme song.
You’re welcome.
Click here to get your Ghostbuster poster

MAD MAX

Throwing an 80s-themed party? Or just a lover of this rad decade? These free 80s themed printables are for YOU!I wasn’t actually allowed to watch Mad Max as a kid because you know, adult themes and all.
But man, do I remember Tina Turner and that hair. And this song!
Click here for your Mad Max-inspired poster

THE NEVER-ENDING STORY

Throwing an 80s-themed party? Or just a lover of this rad decade? These free 80s themed printables are for YOU!This was the first film I ever saw in a cinema.
Legend has it (i.e my mum tells me) that when Falkor appeared on screen, I stood on my chair and yelled “I want one of those as a pet!”
This movie holds a very special place in my heart.
I’m pretty sure Atreyu was my first crush.
Get your Never Ending Story poster here

The 80s party is still kicking on over on Facebook. We’ll be sharing rad 80s-inspired crafts, recipes, DIYs and playlists for a few more days yet.
Wear your best high tops and make sure the hair is BIG.
Check out all the retro- inspired crafting happening at #MakeIt80s on Instagram.

Throwing an 80s-themed party? Or just a lover of this rad decade? These free 80s themed printables are for YOU!

 

Free 80s-themed printables

Free 80s-themed printables

 

Throwing an 80s-themed party? Or just a lover of this rad decade. These 80s themed printables are for YOU!

When the exceptionally rad Amanda from Barley and Birch asked if I’d like to co-host a week-long online celebration of all things 80s, I immediately ran to dig out my Punky Brewster sweater.
Then I heard that the totally fresh Arielle from Art Camp LA was also on board, and I was all Judd-Nelson-fist-raising-in-the-final-scene-of-The-Breakfast-Club and shouting “DON’T YOU…. FORGET ABOUT ME…. DON’T DON’T DON’T. DON’T!”
Then Raising Kinley and Mom Collaborative  came on board, and I was certain this was a party I did not want to miss.
If you, like us, are children of the 80s, then these free 80s-themed printables are for your trip down Memory Lane.

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Free Printable: You’re A Dude! Card

Free Printable: You’re A Dude! Card

Celebrate the dude in your life with this free printable Father's Day card that the kids can colour in and create themselves.

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Earlier in the year, I was slightly alarmed when I started seeing Father’s Day mentioned on social media.
Then I remembered that we don’t celebrate Father’s Day here until September.
The international multi-date celebrating be confusing.
And really, the cool dude in your life should be celebrated every day.
Here’s a free printable Father’s Day card to celebrate the cool dude(s) in your life.
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