Since having children I realised just how much I love doing arts and crafts. Me and Keira pull out the craft box at every birthday or holiday season, as well as any other opportunity we get. I love making gifts for family members as I feel they mean more than simply going out and buying a gift. I was slowly running out of child-friendly ideas and I think family members have started running out of fridge and wall space for our paper crafts. Homebase came to our rescue!
|My little friend was clearly in a fab mood! NOT!
We were invited to a Mother’s Day craft workshop at Homebase, hosted by the lovely Jane from Tea and Crafting
, and what a day we had! Jane showed us how to make two really easy gifts using only Homebase products. I was amazed at what she could do! Homebase offers some great, low priced, products that offer amazing value for money so I was really impressed with what Jane had come up with.
Like many mum’s, I love a cup of coffee and I am forever searching the house for coasters. I just can’t seem to have enough, let alone find them when I need them, so these are the perfect gift!
We were supplied with 2 plain white tiles, nothing fancy, some paint, paint brushes, paper, pencils, PVA glue, tissue paper and little felt pads for the bottom (just like the ones you put on your furniture to stop it scratching the floor). They’re really easy to make too and the designs you can make would be endless. We opted for hand prints as Keira loves painting her hands. So with the first tile we painted Keira’s hand with a gorgeous pink Homebase paint and placed it on the tile, allowed it ample time to dry then sealed with PVA glue. We painted the second tile with the same pink paint and while it was drying, we drew around Keira’s hand, cut it out and stuck a load of different coloured tissue paper to it. Once the tile was dry we stuck on the handprint and sealed with PVA.
I met two amazing bloggers whilst we were at this event and I just had to show you their gorgeous coasters, maybe to give you even more ideas of how to design your own coasters.
Zoe, from Mama Geek
, and her lovely daughter Georgie made these fab coasters. How cool are they? They look so artistic and were so easy to make! Certainly giving me some ideas for the grandparents.
The lovely Holly, from Little Pickle’s Mom
made these two. They’re amazing! They look a bit professional, or maybe something you would find in one of those little shabby chic shops!
Got some ideas yet?
Now, I have to admit, when Jane told us we were going to make this gorgeous macrame plant hanger, I instantly told myself that it wasn’t going to happen. It looked difficult and complicated but actually it was surprisingly easy to make, and just look at how pretty it is.
All you need is a sash rope, a curtain ring and a clamp – we were using a Quick-Grip clamp and it was super handy. My little helper had decided she was hungry and no longer wanted to help so I had no one to help hold the rope. The grip certainly came in handy.
We were taught how to make a gathering knot. I know, you’re all wondering what on earth is a gathering knot but it’s actually really cool and so easy to do! It’s a knot that’s quite easy on the eyes too. I think this type of knot certainly helps with the appearance of the macrame plant holder.
I would say that this probably isn’t an easy task for younger children, I know Keira (3 years) would have struggled to do this but it is easily achievable for older children.
Jane was telling us that you could even dye the rope to create different colours, I had gorgeous ombre patterns and rainbow designs running through my mind while she was telling me this.
The Homebase website has a fantastic kids activities section
, full of various different crafts for your children to do. Makes you realise that DIY can be for anyone – not just the dad’s. Homebase is a great place for families to go where they can be inspired to do crafts, create gorgeous handmade gifts and do DIY together.