{DIY} Free Easter Printable Colouring Sheet

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Easter weekend is here and if you’re going to be entertaining some little ones over the next few days then today’s post might help you out.

I’ve created this free Easter printable which children and colour in while they munch their way through chocolate eggs or for when they need a break searching for the Easter bunny.

It’s A4 size and prints out in black and white so it’s ready to go. Just click here to download the PDF file.

I hope you like it and have a happy Easter!

Lots of long weekend love,

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{DIY} Handpainted Easter Egg Bags

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Spring is my favourite time of year. All the bright colours, flowers and of course, Easter. I thought it would be fun to think up a bit of Easter decor that’s so simple you can make with your children and use to wrap either real or chocolate eggs.

These handpainted Easter egg bags are made using plain white cotton and DYLON Fabric paints. Tie a bit of twine around the top and you’re done!

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What you need:
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How to Make it:

  1. Cut your cotton into 15cm x 15cm squares for normal egg-sized eggs, or bigger for monster chocolate Easter eggs!
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  2. Using the fabric paint (on a surface covered by newspaper) paint your design onto the fabric. I tried out three different types as I couldn’t decide on one.
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  3. Put aside to dry.
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  4. Once the paint has dried (this will take about 2-3 hours) take your egg and put it in the centre of your square. Gather up the sides and tie the twine on the top.
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And that’s it! I think this DIY would be cute for little bags of mini chocolate eggs to give out at Easter parties or just for a pretty bit of decor.

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Are you going to be celebrating Easter this year?

Lots of egg-cellent love,

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Disclosure : I was gifted the DYLON Fabric Paints for this post.

 

 

Weekly Planner of Craft/Creative Twitter Chats for 2015

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If you’re on Twitter then chances are you might see the same old hashtags cropping up now and then for various Twitter chats. (If you’re not on Twitter, why not?! It’s a great way to chat to other creative people, share ideas and inspiration and also promote your products/blog!)

Twitter chats fill the same time slot each week and focus on a certain topic. I’m a big fan of these to stay in touch with what’s going on in the craft world while ‘meeting’ new people, seeing new products and just having a chat. I hate it when people just use social media to push their products or blog posts. Of course there’s a place for that but interacting and chatting is what it’s all about!

As it’s the start of a new year I decided to pull together a calendar of the best creative or crafty Twitter chats for a reference (as I ALWAYS forget when they are and tend to come in with about two minutes left!).

All timings for UK unless otherwise stated. Just right click on the photo to save the image or pin it to your Pinterest board!

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  • #crafterminds – For craft bloggers (with a focus on the US) – Mondays 16:00 EST.
  • #fblchat – Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle bloggers – Tuesday 20:00-21:00
  • #handmadehour – For crafters, makers and lovers of handmade – Wednesdays 19:30-21:30
  • #blogtacular – General blogging chat – Wednesdays 21:00-22:00
  • #cbloggers – Creative bloggers – Thursdays 20:30-21:30
  • #socialbloggers – General blogging chat – Saturday 18:00-19:00
  • #CraftHour – A chat for anyone who loves crafts – Sundays 19:00-20:00
  • #lbloggers – Lifestyle bloggers chat – Sundays 19:00-20:00

I hope you find this useful, and if you take part in any of the chats then please tag me in so I can say hello! I’m @beakupcrafts. Also if you know of any others that could be added to the weekly planner please let me know.

Lots of hashtag love,

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{DIY – Free Printable} Glittery Christmas Garlands

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Ho ho ho! It’s less than a month to go until Father Christmas squeezes down your chimney so it’s time for another decorative DIY.

I’m a big fan of glitter and the festive season is a perfect excuse to add a bit of sparkle to your décor. I wanted to make a garland which catches the light and with this in mind I’ve created these easy to make glittery letter decorations. There are two options with a downloadable template for each in case you want to deck the halls or just spread a bit of festive cheer.

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What You Need:

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How to Make it:

  1. Cut out the letters from the templates and trace round them onto the back of your glitter paper.
  2. Cut out the lettering
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  3. Roll out a length of twine. It’s up to you how long you want your garland to be, but I recommend you aim to space out your letters so you leave a 5cm/2inch gap in between each one.
  4. Lay the twine over each letter an using your glue gun, glue over the twine to fix the letters in place.
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  5. Tie a loop in each end of your twine for hanging purposes, or alternatively you can hand it up by sticking it to your wall or mantlepiece using some washi tape.

And that’s it!

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Hang your glittery garland on your mantle or wall to inject a bit of sparkle into your festive season.

I hope you enjoyed this DIY!

Lots of glittery love,

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{DIY – Free Printable} Reindeer and Christmas tree Decorations

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Christmas is coming and it’s time to start making decorations and ornaments in earnest. This week I’m running a felt decoration class to make these cute reindeer and tree decorations. They are really easy to put together and don’t really need too much instruction, but if you would like to have a go then I’ve created two downloadable templates which you can get here: Reindeer and Christmas tree templates

What You Need:

For the Reindeer –

  • Dark brown felt
  • Mid brown felt
  • Red felt
  • Fabric glue
  • Brown embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Googly eyes
  • A small amount of fibrefill stuffing
  • Twine

For the Christmas tree –

  • Green felt
  • Fabric glue
  • Sparkly decorations
  • Green embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • A small amount of fibrefill stuffing
  • Twine

How to Make it:

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  1. Cut out the pieces of felt needed from the template above. TOP TIP: To make sure the front and back match perfectly, I fold over the felt and cut both out at the same time. Make sure your scissors are nice and sharp!
  2. Put the two pieces of felt for the reindeer’s head together, and starting at the bottom, sew together using a blanket stitch. (Click here to find out how to do one).
  3. When you get to the end of the first ear, take an antler and place it in between the two pieces of felt. Switch to a running stitch to sew it in place.
  4. Knot the twine in a loop and sew in place with a running stitch.
  5. Add the second antler and repeat step three.
  6. Continue to blanket stitch until there is a 2 inch gap at the bottom of the reindeer. Stuff with fibrefill stuffing.
  7. Sew the gap shut then fasten off.
  8. Glue the eyes and nose into place.

Christmas tree

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  1. As step one for the reindeer decoration.
  2. Put the two pieces of felt for the tree together, and starting at the bottom, sew together using a blanket stitch. (Click here to find out how to do one).
  3. When you get to just before the top of the tree, knot the twine in a loop and put it in between the two pieces of felt. Sew in place using a running stitch.
  4. Continue to blanket stitch until there is a 2 inch gap at the bottom of the tree. Stuff with fibrefill stuffing.
  5. Sew the gap shut then fasten off.
  6. Glue the sparkly decorations into place.

And that’s it! You’ve just made two pretty Christmas decorations.

I hope you like this DIY. If you make either the reindeer or tree ornaments I would love to see some photos!

This post is also my entry for the Able Skills competition on Victoria’s Vintage blog – fingers crossed!

Lots of festive love,

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Yellow Bike Spotting in York and a Free Tour de France Bunting Printable

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Hello! So are you getting excited about the Tour de France? I know it’s not for everyone but I can’t wait to see the brightly-coloured peloton wind its way through the streets and countryside of the UK in just over a week’s time. Even if you’re not a huge sport/cycling fan I think the atmosphere and colour of a huge event like this would make it well worth a trip to see.

The city of York, where the second stage starts on Sunday July 6, is already getting ready for the arrival of hundreds of cyclists and hundreds of thousands of spectators. If you visit the city before the race you will probably spot a number of bright yellow bikes dotted around. I’ve got to say I think this is really cool. Sunshine yellow is by far and away my favourite colour at the moment (maybe it’s all subliminal as I’m seeing it everywhere – I’m such an advertisers’ dream) at it kind of makes me want to go home and spray paint my bike all over. Wayne and I stumbled across a number of these one evening last week during a lovely sunny walk around the city after taking his Mum out for a birthday meal.

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After bit of research I found out that the Bike Rescue Project has donated 100 bikes to be painted yellow and dotted around York’s historic streets, with a prize on offer for the person who takes the best photo of one. You can find out some details about that here. How cool is that? I can think of a worse way to spend an afternoon than trying to spot all 100 on a visit to York!

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Anyway, with the start of the race quickly approaching I would like to share with you some cute free printables to make your own Tour de France shirt bunting.

Featuring the yellow jersey given to the winner, the green top points-scorer jersey and my favourite, the red polka dot King of the Mountains shirt, you can either print out the downloads in full colour or in black and white for you to colour yourself. All you have to do then is get some string/twine and stick the shirts onto it. Easy peasy.

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If you would like to read a bit more about the Tour de France (and check out some amazing handmade replica kilometre markers from Summit Finish) then have a look at this post.

So are you going to be watching the Tour de France?

I’m off to get on my bike,

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Free Cristiano Ronaldo Mask

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Cristiano Ronaldo will once again have the eyes on the world on him when Portugal play the United States tonight in their World Cup Group G match.

The Real Madrid superstar almost single-handedly got Portugal to the World Cup finals in Brazil and will be one of the favourites to score against the Americans.

Now you can show your support to the super slick perma-tanned striker by printing off and making this free mask. Simply download the PDF document below, stick it to some card, cut out the face, eye holes and nose holes, make a small hole in each ear, fasten some elastic round and you’re ready to channel Cristiano! Now go and line up that free-kick…

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Lots of CR7 love,

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Free Printable – World Cup Football/Soccer Player Paper Finger Puppets

Hello everyone,

So World Cup fever is almost upon us! This means three weeks of carnival, samba and soccer in Brazil as the best footballing nations come together to do battle for the famous World Cup trophy.

I thought it was only right that I do a bit of World Cup crafting on the blog (seeing as my day job is working as a sports journalist!) and to kick things off I’ve illustrated a free printable football player colouring sheet to help get children excited by the tournament. Simply click the clink below, download the PDF and print it out then colour in the players and the flag! You can then cut out the holes and put your fingers through (you might have to photocopy the printable slightly bigger to do this) or you can add pipe cleaners for legs!

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I used to love colouring and making these when I was little and I think it’s a nice way to get children involved and excited in the tournament, while maybe teaching them a bit about flags and countries too.

Here’s the link to click for the PDF download:

World Cup Printable

I would love to know what you think and also see your finished teams in action! Also, who do you think is going to win the World Cup? It’s hardly controversial but my money is on Brazil. They are at home, know the conditions well and look pretty sharp, although I wouldn’t rule out Argentina either. I drew Argentina in the sweepstake at work, so fingers crossed…

Lots of footballing love,

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Free Printable: Make Folded Paper Animals

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Hello everyone, I hope you’re have a great weekend in store!

I came across a cute free printable in today’s copy of The Guardian – a Fold your own garden creatures cutout. I thought this was a nice and simple Saturday craft activity that would be great for kids so I thought it would be nice to share it with you.

Rabbit Cut Out

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Included in the printable is a fox, ladybird, frog, snail and a rabbit – of course the latter is perfect for Easter!

I made the paper cutouts myself and it really is easy. To do them all it took me about 10 minutes.

Snail cutout

Fox cutout

So what do you think? I hope you like them and maybe have a go at making some of the animals yourselves!

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