Crafty Kids! It’s Time For Summer Fun With DC

Crafty Kids! It’s Time For Summer Fun With DC!

Crafty Kids! It's Time For Summer Fun With DC

The school summer holidays are here and whilst it’s a super-exciting time for the kids, we know it can be a tough time for parents struggling to keep them entertained over the summer.  Don’t worry though, because here at Designer Childrenswear HQ we’ve come up with the perfect solution to your problems, as we introduce to you our latest project #SummerfunwithDC!

#SummerfunwithDC, what’s it all about?

#SummerfunwithDC will run across the whole of the school summer holidays (22nd July-30th August) and is YOUR invitation to get crafty with the kids! Each week, we’ll be posting a new crafty task for you to complete and share on social media with the hashtag #SummerfunwithDC.  We’ll pick our favourite weekly entry, and the crafty creator of it will win an AMAZING prize!  From vouchers to days out, what’s not to love about #SummerfunwithDC?!

What’s the first #SummerfunwithDC task?

Task 1: Crafty Pizza!

Our first task is to make a Crafty Pizza and we want you to really use your imagination!  It’s completely open to interpretation; if you want to make an actual pizza with all of your favourite toppings that’s okay, but if that’s not for you and the kids, then how about making an arty pizza instead? How about pulling out the paints and painting up a pizza storm?  Or having fun with fuzzy felts to layer up those imaginative pizza toppings?  Whether you want to use paper and pencils or parmesan and pepperoni, the choice is completely up to you!  Be creative with your toppings and whip up your dream pizza; we can’t wait to see what you create!  Once your pizza is completed, take a photograph of your wonderful creation and post in on social media using our #SummerfunwithDC hashtag.  We’ll repost our favourites across the summer, and one lucky winner will bag a fabulous prize!

So, in short:

  • CREATE an amazing pizza
  • USE whatever you like! Whether it’s a real pizza, or a crafty one, that’s entirely up to you!
  • SHARE your finished result on social media with the hashtag #SummerfunwithDC
  • CHECK our blog and social pages where we’ll announce the winner (and the next task!)

Here are some Pinterest ideas to give you some inspiration!

Crafty Kids! It's Time For Summer Fun With DC

Crafty pizza ideas from Pinterest to get you started!

 

Task 2: Rock Painting

Task two is rock painting!  Cute little ornaments and perfect presents can be made easily with these little beauties!  Again, we want you to let your imagination run wild with ideas!  From cute cartoon characters to gorgeous designs, there are no limitations with this one! And again…don’t forgot to share your creations online with our  #SummerfunwithDC hashtag.  Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Whether finding rocks at the beach, or near where you live-you’re looking for something super smooth as a good painting surface.  Buying some from a local garden centre or local landscaping centre might be a safer bet as you can choose them; they’ll be clean and relatively inexpensive.
  • Whether you choose a base coat or not is entirely your choice!  Sometimes washing the rocks in soap and water and allowing them to dry is enough, but if you want to choose a base coat, black or white is a good base colour to use.
  • Acrylic paints are a good paint to use to paint the rocks.  They are plastic based, so will have longer staying power.  Please be careful though, as acrylics stain, so be sure to wear something old when painting!  If you want to do more detailed designs, paint pens may be a better choice.
  • A few tips for sealing the paint on your rocks (a spray on sealer from a local art store may be your best bet):
    • Look for a sealer that is weather resistant.
    • Make sure to spray from at least 10 inches back
    • Start with a light coat. You can add a second and even third coat after.
    • Always make a tester rock by adding a bit of whatever medium you decorate your rocks with and giving them a quick spray.
  • Have fun! That’s what it’s all about! We can’t wait to see your creations at #SummerfunwithDC

Here are some fun examples to get you started:

Crafty Kids! It's Time For Summer Fun With DC

Rock painting ideas!

Task 3: Handmade Fruit Bird Feeder

These quick and easy bird feeders are a perfect indoor and outdoor summer task!  Who doesn’t like to see birds in their garden?

What you’ll need:

2 cups birdseed, 2/3 cup Water, 2 sachets of unflavoured gelatine, 4 Apples, 8 small screws, string or twine for hanging.

How to make your bird feeders:

1. Bring some water to the boil, add the gelatine and stir until completely dissolved.

2. Add the birdseed into this mixture.

3. Cut the apples in half (lengthways) and hollow out the insides with a spoon.

4. Fill each apple with birdseed mixture, set on some greaseproof paper and put in the fridge for 1-2 hours or until firm.

5. Poke a screw into the top of each apple and tie a piece of twine to it.

6. Hang up the feeders outside and wait for the birds to come and play!

Remember to share your photos with us at #SummerfunwithDC for a chance to win a prize! We can’t wait to see your happy garden birds!

As always, here are some examples to get you started from Pinterest:

Crafty Kids! It's Time For Summer Fun With DC

Apple Bird Feeders

Task 4: Coloured Sand in a Bottle

A great gift or a perfect ornament for a parent or grandparent, your kids will really enjoy making these sand bottles!  By colouring their own sand and then deciding how to layer it, this task will allow their creativity to run wild and they’ll love how hands on it is too!

What you’ll need:

  • Some sand!  You can buy this from craft or most hardware stores.  The lightest coloured sand works more effectively as the colour you add will show better against the lighter colours.
  • Food colouring or chalk to colour your sand.
  • Glass or plastic bottles to put your sand into.  You can chose the size of the bottle or the amount of bottles you want to fill, it all depends on the effect you’re trying to create.

Colouring your sand:

  • Whichever method you choose for colouring, you need a separate bag or container for each colour you want to use (zip-up plastic bags are a great choice for this).  Leave enough room to shake (or stir) the sand.  Add a few drops of food colouring to each plastic/bag container and shake or stir (you can build the colour by adding more if necessary).  Dampening the sand first with a few drops of water will help absorb the colour more easily.
  • If you are wanting to colour the sand with chalk, all you need is a large chalk stick and a grater to grate the colour into the sand.  Build the colour and mix until the sand starts to take on the colour.  Please take care when using the grater!  Dampening the sand again will help absorb the colour.  Pour the sand onto baking sheets or a tray to dry out before use.

Adding the sand to the bottles:

  • For layering the sand, use funnels to pour and layer colour by colour (it makes pouring the sand into the neck of the bottles much easier).  Add glitter for an extra sparkle!
  • Fill the sand up to the brim and leave very little air at the top before sealing with a lid to stop the sand from mixing over time.
  • Add the lid and there you have it, sand in a bottle!

As always, here are some examples from Pinterest for inspiration:

Crafty Kids! It's Time For Summer Fun With DC

Coloured Sand Bottles

Task 5: Creative Crispy Cakes

Here at Designer Childrenswear, we really love cakes! This is the easiest way to make a cake masterpiece (and use up any leftover chocolate that you might have lying around!).  We want you to be super creative with your crispy cakes, and take your designs to the next level!

A simple crispy cake recipe:

Preparation time 15 – 20 minutes

What you’ll need

  • 60g/ 2 oz unsalted butter
  • 3 table spoons golden syrup
  • 1 x 100g bar milk or dark chocolate
  • 90g/ 3 oz Rice Krispies

How to make them

  1. Melt the chocolate in small bursts in the microwave or over a bain marie (in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water)
  2. Add the butter, cut in to small pieces, stir in till melted
  3. Add the syrup, stir
  4. Add the Rice Krispies and stir in to the chocolate mix, gently
  5. Spoon in to 12 bun cases
  6. Leave to cool
  • It might be that you want to make one giant crispy cake rather than lots of little ones, so you could spoon your mix into a giant cake case or tin and allow it to cool (remember to leave room to remove it after it’s set though!).
  • You might want to add some smarties or marshmallows for extra colour or decoration; just remember to add these when the mixture is still wet, otherwise they won’t set correctly.
  • We’d really love to see your imagination take over here! Be as ambitious as you’d like and remember to share your creations with the hashtag #SummerfunwithDC.

Here are some of our favourite crispy cake inspired ideas:

Crafty Kids! It's Time For Summer Fun With DC

 

Task 6: Pretty Paper Lanterns

Paper Lanterns are one of the easiest indoor house tasks so we thought they’d be the perfect way to wrap up our six weeks of tasks!  You can make the task as easy or as difficult as you need it to be.  Let your imagination take you on a journey with this one and make your lanterns super colourful!

How to make a basic paper lantern:

You will need:

  • A sheet of A4 paper
  • Sellotape
  • Paints, felt-tips and embellishments (whatever you’d like to decorate the lantern)

Method:

  1. With your paper facing you portrait way up, measure a 2cm strip from left to right at the top of your sheet of paper and cut it off (this will end up being the handle for your lantern).
  2. Still with your paper portrait way up, fold the piece in half.
  3. Where the fold is and with your paper still folded, cut small strips half way up your sheet.
  4. Join your sheet landscape ways and attach with sellotape.
  5. Attach your handle across the top and there you have it, the perfectly constructed lantern.  If you want to check the steps as you go, there’s a really good link to follow here.

You may want to decorate your lantern after step 3, as this might make the process easier after your lantern is constructed.

Here are some fun examples once again:

Don’t forget to share your craft photos with our hashtag #SummerfunwithDC!  We love to see your creations and we’ll pick and share our favourites!

 

Happy Crafting!

Team DC x

 

 

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