STAMP YOUR MARK
GET THEM PRINTING TO MAKE THESE SUPER-COOL PARTY BAGS
* Orange, lemon, lime and potato (visit essentials.co.za for how to stamp with fruit and veg) * Knife * Kitchen towel
* Red, yellow, orange, and green paint
* Saucer or small plate * Small brown paper bags
Throw A Bright Birthday Bash For Kids With These Colour-Crazy Crafts Photo Gallery
I Ask an adult helper to carefully cut the fruit and the potato in half with a sharp knife. Cut one of the orange halves in half once again to make a semi-circular wedge. Blot each piece with kitchen towel.
2 Pour a little of each colour of paint onto a saucer or small plate and then dip the fruit halves in.
3 Stamp the fruit on brown paper bags, then leave them to dry completely.
Use the orange wedge to create a ‘melon’ design, adding a green semi-circular stripe ‘rind’ with a paint brush.
HOOPLA! UPCYCLE DRINK BOTTLES FOR A FUN PARTY GAME
* Empty plastic bottles * Bright paint
* Small wooden embroidery hoops
* Bright wool * Scissors * Small fruit crate or some sand
1 Make sure the bottles are clean and dry. Pour a little paint into each bottle and swirl it around until the inside surfaces are completely covered. Leave to dry.
2 Remove the outer sections from the embroidery hoops and discard. Bind some brightly coloured wool around the edges of the hoops and knot the ends to hold in place.
3 Stand the bottles in a small fruit crate to hold them in place – or weigh them down with sand.
MAKE PARTY CROWNS FOR ALL THE PRINCES AND PRINCESSES COMING TO THE PARTY
* Cardboard tubes * Pencil * Scissors
* Brightly coloured paint * Paintbrush
* Straws * Mini pom-poms * Glue
* Needle * Elastic
1 Draw a zig-zag pattern around one end of a cardboard tube. Carefully cut out with scissors.
2 Paint the inside of the tube with a bright colour and leave to dry completely.
3 Dip the end of a straw into the p aint, and print little circles on the outside of the crown.
4 Glue a mini pom-pom to each t i p of the crown and leave until completely dry and secure.
5 Ask an adult helper to make p small hole either side of the bottom of the crown with a needle Thread some elastic through the hole and knot to hold in place.
THE DOMINO EFFECT
TURN SOME GARDEN STONES INTO A CLASSIC FAMILY GAME
* Small pebbles * Black acrylic paint
* Paint brush * White paint pen * Varnish
1 Clean and dry the pebbles. Paint each with black acrylic paint; leave to dry.
2 Draw a line across each pebble with a white paint pen. Then draw the spots on each side of the line, in domino formations of 1-6.
3 Coat the dominoes with varnish and leave to dry. Pop them inside a small lined biscuit tin or drawstring bag.
BRING A TASTE OF THE TROPICS INTO THE GARDEN WITH A PINEAPPLE PIÑATA
* Newspaper * Flour * Water * Large bowl
* Whisk * Large balloon * Small bowl
* String * White paint * Yellow tissue paper
* Green crepe paper * Glue * Bamboo skewer
1 Cover the work surface with newspaper. Put 1 part flour and 2 parts water in a bowl and whisk to make a paste. Tear newspaper pages into 2.5-cm wide strips. Next, blow up the balloon and tie it securely.
2 Dip the paper strips into the paste, remove any excess by running each strip through your fingers, then apply to the balloon – sit the balloon in a small bowl to hold it in place while you work. Cover the balloon, leaving a small hole where it’s tied. Hang the balloon up with string to dry.
3 Add two more layers of papier mâché, allowing each one to dry before putting on the next. Once dry, pop the balloon and remove it.
4 Paint the ‘pineapple’ with white paint and leave to dry. Cut yellow tissue paper into 6cm-wide strips. Make 4cm-long cuts along one edge to create fringing. Starting at the base, glue each length of fringed tissue paper around the ‘pineapple’, building up layers until completely covered.
5 Cut green crepe paper leaves and stick them at the top. Fill the piñata with sweets, then cover the hole with crepe paper. Hang it up, make two holes in the top with a skewer and thread string through each hole.