Pop Stick Love Bugs

For this project you will require the following items:

  • Craft Workshop Jumbo Pop Sticks
  • Craft Workshop Felt Sheets
  • Craft Workshop Googly Eyes
  • Craft Workshop Glitter Chenille Stems (pipe cleaners)
  • Craft Workshop Hot Glue Gun (and glue)
  • Craft Workshop Rhinestones
  • Craft Workshop Black Felt Pen

 

Step 1.
Paint your pop stick the colour of your choice (we went for Valentine’s Day themed colours). Let the paint dry.
Step 2.
Cut out a heart shape from the felt sheet to fit as wings (approx. 8 – 10 cm in length to fit).
Step 2.
Use the hot glue gun to attach it upside down to the back of the pop stick to form the wings, be careful not to burn yourself!
Step 3.
Cute the chenille stems (pipe cleaners) around 3 – 5 cm in length for the antennae. Using the hot glue gun, glue the small pom poms on to the end of the chenille stems for the antennae. Set aside to dry.
Step 4.
Glue one the moving eyes at the top of the pop stick and a small pom pom below for the nose.
Step 5.
Using the marker, draw on a smiley face.
Step 6.
Glue the chenille antennae on the the back top of the pop stick, leaving space to move them around and shape them
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Finally, using the hot glue gun, and adhesive rhinestones, decorate the love bugs with gems and
jewels – dress them up how you fancy, and have fun with your designs!These fun Love Bugs can be used for puppet shows, or some quiet play. You could also add a magnet at the end for fridge decoration.

Fairy Ballerina

For this project you will require the following items:

  • Craft Workshop Pom Poms
  • Craft Workshop Dolly Peg (long)
  • Craft Workshop Hot Glue Gun (with glue)
  • Craft Workshop Chenille Stems (pipe cleaners)
  • Fine-tip Black Pen
  • Colouring Pens

Step 1.
Use the fine tipped black pen to draw on the ballerinas face and create small eyes, a happy mouth and finish it off with a pink pen on the cheeks for blush.
Step 2.
Now choose your ballerina’s style! Draw and colour in a hairline on her head, and then the ballet slipper straps on her legs (using the fine tipped black pen again).
Step 3.
Colour in the the top half of the ballerina’s dress, leaving a ‘V’ shaped opening at the front (as ballerina’s typically have dramatic plunging necklines).  Don’t forget her pointe (dancing) shoes!
Step 4.
Our ballerina’s tutu will be made from pom poms! Use the hot glue gun and glue to carefully attach the pom poms around the middle of the peg.
Step 5.
Twist the chenille stem (pipe cleaner) to create wings; make them whichever shape you would wish and then safely glue them onto the fairy ballerina’s back to fit. Be careful not to burn your fingers with the hot glue! Once the wings have dried, your Fairy Ballerina is ready to dance!

Sparkly Dragonfly

For this project you will require the following items:

  • Craft Workshop Chenille Stems (pipe cleaners)
  • Craft Workshop Pegs
  • Craft Workshop Moving Eyes
  • Craft Workshop Hot Glue Gun (with glue)

Step 1.
Take a pipe cleaner (chenille stem) and bend both edges to the middle and twist.
Step 2.
Once you have two pipe cleaners in a figure 8, criss-cross them and put them inside the clothespin. You can use hot glue to secure it, otherwise they are fine.
Step 3.
Carefully use the hot glue gun to stick the moving eyes on to the end of the clothespin to create dragonfly eyes.
Sparkly Dragonfly — complete!
Voilà, you now have a new little friend, or friends! Never let your imagination be limited.

Make Your Own Xmas Cards

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Step 1.
Create fun, customised Christmas cards using any decoration of your choice. The first thing you need to do is choose what you want to make your card out of. The Craft Workshop range offers multiple options: stickers, lettering, soft stickers and card. For this project, we used these items.
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Step 2.
We used the Santa hat and worked around that for our example, but there’s heaps of items you can use to embellish your card and personalise them.
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Step 3.
There are multiple different types of lettering available, as well as card and types of pens and soft stickers you could use. So choose carefully, and find a combination that best expresses your personal flair.
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Plane Peg Photoframe Magnets

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Step 1:
Cut an angled part to go on tail of plane. You may need an adult to help with this part.
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Step 2:
Glue a shorter section on back of peg. Glue the angled part on top.
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Step 3:
Glue the wings on the plane.
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Step 4:
Attach magnet on back.
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20160914_153506 Use these to hang up your artwork on the fridge. You can also paint or decorate your planes as well.

Reindeer & Xmas Tree Popstick Decos

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Step 1:
Paint the popsicle sticks in your colour choice to match your project. For example, if you are doing the Reindeer project, then paint it brown, if the Tinsel Tree, then red, and blue for the Pom Pom Tree.
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Step 2:
Using a hot glue gun (being careful not to burn yourself), glue the popsicle sticks together in a triangle shape, starting with joining 2 in a V shape.Skip to Step 3.1 for Reindeer continuation. 
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Step 3.1:
Reindeer — Then glue the 3rd stick across the first 2, an inch or so down, leaving some space at the end of the triangle to form a shape of reindeer head.
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Step 3.2:
Tinsel Tree & Pom Pom Tree — For these Christmas tree designs, cut the 3rd popsicle stick a bit shorter, and glue across the end of the V to give the triangle a taller shape like a tree. Glue the piece of popsicle stick you cut off at the bottom of the triangle tree shape to look as the tree trunk.
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Step 4.1:
Reindeer — For the reindeer, use the hot glue gun to glue the eyes on to the popsicle sticks, halfway between the top and nose.
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Step 4.2:
Tinsel Tree — Wrap the tinsel pipe cleaners around the tree, alternating in colours and direction to fully cover the tree.
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Step 4.3:
Pom Pom Tree — Glue the pom poms in colourful pattern all over the front side of the popsicle sticks.
Step 5.1:
Reindeer — Add the red glitter nose using the glitter pen, or the glitter hot glue stick in the glue gun. You could also glue a red button on, or add a red pom pom for nose.
Step 5.2:
Cut a tinsel pipe cleaner in half, and twist around the top of reindeers head to make pretty antlers.
Step 6:
Tinsel Tree & Pom Pom Tree — Get creative to decorate your tree! For example, we cut a tinsel pipe cleaner into pieces, and twist them around each other to form a small star, leaving one star length longer than the rest. Glue this longer length to the back of the tree so the star sits on top.
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Simply tie some nylon string around the top of reindeer and the trees to be able to hang for decoration

Popsicle Spider Web

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For this project you will need:

  • Craft Workshop Jumbo sticks (x4)
  • Craft Workshop Jute/String
  • Craft Workshop Glue Gun
  • Black/White Paint
  • Craft Workshop Paintbrush
  • Craft Workshop Scissors
  • Fake Spiders

Step 1:
Using the hot glue gun (don’t burn your fingers), Glue the sticks across each other in a cross pattern as shown, to create the base of the web frame.
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Step 2:
Paint the web frame in black or white paint on both sides—don’t forget the edges!
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Step 3:
Using the Jute String, wrap the string around the sticks, working from the centre (tie the start knot under the middle of the web sticks). Cross over the middle a few times, then twist over and round the sticks going round the web frame in a circular pattern.
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Step 4:
Once you’ve worked your way to the outer end of the sticks, tie the string leaving enough length to hang up.
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Step 5:
Add your fake Spider to his happy new home and hang on display.
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Halloween Hanging Bats

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For this project you will need: 

  • Craft Workshop Wooden Dolls
  • Craft Workshop Moving Eyes
  • Craft Workshop Chenille Stem
  • Craft Workshop Black Felt
  • Craft Workshop Glue Gun (and glue)
  • Craft Workshop Black Paint
  • Craft Workshop Paintbrush
  • Craft Workshop Felt Pens
  • Click here to download the ‘Bat Wing Template Shape
Step 2:
Paint the wooden dolls black (or colour of your choice). Put aside to dry.
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Step 3:
Whilst the bat bodies are drying, cut out bat wings (download Bat Wing Template) in felt, tracing around your paper bat outline.
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Step 4.1:
Cut the Black pipe cleaner into short lengths for legs, about 3 to 4 cms, and then additional smaller piece for feet.
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Step 4.2:
Wrap the smaller piece around the larger length to create small feet at the end of pipe piece.
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Step 5.
Plug in and heat up glue gun, and stick glue down the centre line of the felt bat, placing the wooden doll on top to fit — careful not to burn your fingers whilst using the gun!
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Step 6:
Pull out a pair of small moving eyes, stick on to the bat head to fit, using glue gun.
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Step 7:
Draw a smile with fangs on the bat face — we used a silver pen on black paint.
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Step 8:
Bend the end of the pipe cleaner legs and glue them to the base of the wooden bat.
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hanging-bats-h Once all dry and glue has set, the bats are ready to hang upside down! Use them to help decorate as a table centre on tree branches for a Halloween feast, or hang up around the house to surprise guests.