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
2 pipe cleaners
Beads, buttons and pom poms
Hot glue gun (for adult use)
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.
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. 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. 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. 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.)
Thread beads onto the jewellery wire. Cut some extra tissue paper to layer over the lion’s body.
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.
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!
(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.
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.
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.
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
Back in my childhood, if somebody asked “Who ya gonna call?” there was only one response.
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
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.
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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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. (more…)