Saturday, 11 January 2014

Our Wedding - Wedding Bubble Wand Project

With the countdown to our nuptials getting closer and closer we are trying to complete as many projects ahead of time as possible. This time it's our bubble wands.
Many venues are very particular about the type of confetti that can be used after the ceremony, however, due to the gravel in the churchyard we aren't allowed any form of confetti. With that in mind we've opted to do the 'confetti shot' a little later on when we take the official photographs and are going to use bubble wands straight after the ceremony as they will make for some great pictures.

As I am the kind of person who loves making even more work for myself, I decided I wanted to jazz up the plain wands a little so they go from this...
to this ...

To stay in keeping with the rest of our wedding stationary we opted for cream card, backed on gold and finished with sage ribbon.

1. Cut strips of card 6cm wide(you can get 3 strips from an A4 sheet)

2. Set up the paper size and margins in Microsoft word and type out the poem repeating it down the length of the page "Their love will grow,
                   With each bubble you blow
                   So blow warm wishes.
                   To the new Mr & Mrs" and print onto your strips.

3. Cut the strips into small cards so that you have 1 poem per card.

4. Mount the poem onto the card that you are using as backing and then cut them into individual cards(I used double sided tape)

5. Punch a small hole in the the top of the card and using the ribbon attach to the bubble wand.

It really is that simple and it makes a huge difference to the original shop bought wands.

I'd love to see some of your wedding diy projects.

M xx

Friday, 10 January 2014

Rainy day activities

We're fortunate enough to live in an area that is densely populated with parks, soft plays, museums and other family friendly attractions, however, on days when the weather is like it has been of late and you really don't want to go out I realise just how quickly cabin fever can set in!
So with the weather forecast not looking too great for a little while here are some of our favourite rainy day activities.

Masking Tape Games
Something as simple as a role of masking tape can provide hours of fun. Mark out a hopscotch on the floor using the tape. Using the masking tape stick a large circle to the floor followed by 2 smaller circles inside the largest one and an 'x' in the centre. Roll a ball and try and get as close to the 'x' as possible.

Play Dough
Despite what many think, making your own play dough couldn't be any simpler. There are loads of recipes out there that require just a few ingredients which you will probably have lying around in the cupboards at home. The beauty of homemade play dough is that its non-toxic, cheap and can be made in minutes.

Puddle jumping
This has to be the ultimate(and my personal favourite) rainy day activity. Get all the kids and adults to pull on a pair of wellies, grab a brolly if it's not too windy and head out in search of some puddles to do some good old fashioned puddle jumping in!

Rain gauge
Let the kids play scientists by measuring how much rain falls. Find any measuring implement(jugs, old baby bottles or pick up a rain gauge) and leave it out in the garden, on the windowsill or on a balcony. After every period of rain get the children to record how much rain fell in a chart of some kind
*this could also be used as part of your child's school homework*

Get baking! Fairy cakes, biscuits, fudge, desserts, flapjacks. You'll be surprised by how many ingredients you'll already have laying around in your cupboards so there's no excuse!

Indoor picnic 
Ok, so the weather outside may be rubbish but why not have an indoor picnic? Complete with blanket, sandwiches and  finger foods treat yourselves to a bug free picnic!

Decorate a candle
If like me you have hundreds of candles around the house then why not get out some plain candles and your craft box and let everyone decorate a candle. The possibilities are only as limited as your imagination.

Play a board game
Monopoly, Kerplunk, Frustration and Dominoes these were just some of the games I used to play as I child and I find they are still as popular today. Get everyone around the table and enjoy an afternoon and fun (and in our house lots of cheating!)

Do a puzzle
For me, there's always been something quite therapeutic about sitting with the kids so why not get everyone to get out their favourite puzzle and all complete them together.