GET CRAFTY…magnetic photo frames & puppet butterflies

MAGNETIC PHOTO FRAMES

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Jar lids (plastic or metal)
  • Air dry clay or Salt dough
  • Small/medium-sized magnets
  • Paper
  • Small decorative materials (Optional)

METHOD:

  • Collect plastic or metal jar lids. Wash them and dry them off.
  • Roll a small chunk of white air dry clay or salt dough into a long sausage shape and wrap it around the edges of the jar lid.
  • Continue until you have covered the entire edge of the lid with clay.  Pat the clay with your fingers to smoothen it out and even out the thickness of the clay around the lid.
  • Add details with more clay or dough. If the clay around the lid has started to set and you have difficulty fusing the new clay parts with the base clay, you may moisten the joint areas a little bit.
  • Allow the clay to set completely (will take 1 to 2 days). If your clay frame has somewhat thin parts, it's best to position the frame with the bottom side up so that the thin parts don't sag or break.
  • Once the clay has set, apply hot glue gun adhesive at the back of the jar lid. Put a magnet on top of the adhesive and press to fix it in place. Remember to use a larger magnet for a big jar lid. Test if your jar lid magnet frame can support itself. If it slides down your fridge door, then you will need a larger magnet or use a pair of small magnets instead of one.
  • If you started out with uncoloured clay or dough, paint your clay magnet frame with your chosen colours of poster paint or acrylic paint.
  • Cut out your photo to fit snugly at the centre of the magnet frame and glue it in place. The best way to get a perfect fit is to test the right size on paper. Once your paper circle fits well inside the frame, use it as a pattern to mark the right size on your photo.

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PUPPET BUTTERFLIES

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Coloured card
  • Glue
  • Modelling clay
  • Coloured pipe cleaners
  • Craft embellishments

METHOD:

  • Fold a sheet of card in half and draw one butterfly wing shape. Cut out the shape, it will make two identical wings. With the wings still  folded, draw two lines roughly in the middle of the fold. Cut along these two lines. This will form the finger slot to operate the butterfly.
  • Place a piece of modelling clay underneath the butterfly and then use a sharp pencil to make a hole. Thread a short pipe  cleaner  through the hole and twist it round to  make the butterflies  antennae.
  • Decorate your butterfly with paint, stickers, gems.