Tag

crafting

Children, Families

Cork Crafts for Kids

cork crafts for kids
cork crafts for kids

Is it half term where you are?  Looking for ways to entertain the kids?  To help I’ve put together a round-up of some great cork crafts for kids.

I’ve written all about why you should try and pick natural cork stoppered wine over screw-topped or plastic cork bottles so it’s a good way of putting your cork to good use.  Otherwise you can buy cork stoppers online (eBay is a good source) or you can always ask friends, family and at local restaurants and bars to save any cork for you, rather than drinking litres and litres of wine to gather your cork!

Top Cork Crafts for Kids

Here are my favourite cork crafts.  As with any kids crafts, adult supervision and help will be required:

Cork Keyrings

cork crafts

These painted cork keyrings from El Hada de Papel are very cute. Simply paint a cork and add a little eye hook (available from any DIY store) and hey presto – a unique keyring!

Cork Boats

eco friendly crafts for kids
Cork boats, such as these ones from Handmade Charlotte are really easy to make and great fun.  You could make a few and have a boat race!

Cork Mice

natural crafts for kids

These cork mice, made from champagne corks by the Russian blog Altogether, are incredibly cute.  Make a whole family for added “aww” factor! The post is no longer available but here’s a similar DIY.

Cork Knights

cork activities
These cork knights from Red Ted Art are the ultimate in reusing and recycling – not only do they use the cork but also the wire cage and the metal lid too!  And they look pretty amazing to boot!

Cork Stamps

diy stamps

If you’re looking for an incredibly simple and easy craft then these cork stamps from Knobz fit the bill.  Simply glue wooden embellishments (available from craft shops) onto your corks, and you have an instant stamp set!  If you can’t find any embellishments then buttons or even bits of foam cut out in different shapes and glued on will also do the trick.

If you don’t have kids and are wondering what to do with your cork then you can compost it.  Cork doesn’t break down easily so don’t put the whole cork in. First chop it up into small pieces (or put it in your blender) and add it to your compost bin.  You can also add the small fragments of cork to the soil when you’re potting plants to aid with water retention.  Alternatively, use the whole corks at the bottom of plant pots, when potting your plants, in place of styrofoam or rocks, to aid drainage.

Main image from here.

Arts & Crafts, Life & Style

Five No-Sew Clothing DIYs

sewing and upcycling

Looking for some easy no-sew ways to upcycling your old clothes? Good news – I’ve got five clever ideas for you today!

clothes

I like crafting as much as the next person. However, I’m the first to admit that my sewing machine skills and needlework leave a lot to be desired!  I shared some of my top DIYs for repurposing old clothes a little while ago. Some of these involved sewing, so since then I’ve been on the hunt for some relatively straightforward no-sew clothing diys to upcycle my old clothes.

Five No-Sew Clothing DIYs

In my search, I’ve found quite a few great no-sew ideas. I thought I’d therefore share my five favourites with you in case there are any other crafting novices reading along:

No-Sew DIY Elbow Patches 

no sew elbow patch clothing diy

These no-sew elbow patches from the ladies at Honestly WTF are brilliant. Such a great way for a crafting novice to add an individual touch to their clothing, don’t you think? I also think it would be a clever way to mend an elbow hole.

They cleverly use cookie cutters to get the perfect shape:

no sew ladies clothing diy

As well as hearts, you could use any cookie cutter shape – from classic ovals to stars and anything else that catches your fancy.

It would be a great way to cover up any holes on your favourite cardigan or jumper and to personalise baby tops and vests for a special gift.  I’m thinking dinosaur cookie cutters for this!  

A DIY T-shirt Pocket

no sew pocket tshirt diy

This cute no-sew pocket DIY from Oh The Lovely Things is a great way to bring new life into an old or plain top or to cover up a stain or hole.  I plan on doing this very soon on a stained top that I couldn’t get the stain out of (not even with my best natural stain remover techniques), so that I can save it from landfill.

Scalloped Shorts

diy no sew scalloped shorts

This DIY for no-sew scalloped shorts from Making Nice In The Midwest is a great and easy way to upcycle some trousers or shorts or upcycle trousers that have irreparable tears in the knees.  Although it looks complicated to me, to get the perfect scallops it turns out that all you need is a lid from a jar!

best no-sew clothing diys

Genius!

Paint With Bleach

bleach painting easy clothing no-sew diy

I love this no-sew dea of painting a top with bleach from the crafty lot at A Beautiful Mess.  So striking, yet so simple!  This is such a great way to upcycle a plain top or to disguise a bleach stain on a dark item of clothing.

DIY No Sew Stud Buttons

no-sew diy shirt button tutorial

Finally, this is one of the easiest DIYs ever, from Collective Gen.  All you need is a shirt and some studs and you’re good to go.  It’s a great way to liven up a plain shirt, and also when you’ve annoyingly lost a button and can’t find one to match the others. Just cover them up with studs!

Will you be trying any of these out?  Or found any other good clothing DIYs?  Do share in the comments below!

ps: if you enjoyed this post I’ve put together five more no-sew clothing DIYs for you!