For Young Carers Action Day on March 16th we decided to give our Young Carers the opportunity to be drawn as any action hero or character they chose. It’s been fascinating seeing them as their alter-egos. Huge thanks to Sassy Steve for the amazing artwork.
Two of our Young Carers talked to BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester about being a Young Carer and how Children in Need funding has helped.
This week Carole has been working on her scrapbook. You could use some of these techniques for making cards or journals too. If you want to try scrapbooking or stamping/embossing let us know and we’ll sort you out some kit
Valentine’s Day is drawing near so Carole has been making some heart-themed crafts this week. This is a craft called dry needle felting and she’s using a felting kit. If you’d like to have a go at this but don’t have a felting kit just let us know and we’ll sort one out for you!
More felt craft from Carole. – this time using soap! If you fancy a go and would like the materials to try this craft, just let us know.
Carole had a couple of Christmas Cookies kits leftover so decided to adapt them to be more seasonal, ready for Valentine’s Day next month. If you fancy a go at cookie baking let us know and we’ll send you a recipe and any extras you need if you don’t already have the ingredients.
Carole’s been experimenting with making bird feeders for our feathered friends now that the cold weather is here. You can hang these up in your garden or outside your window and the local birds will really appreciate it.
Carole makes some festive crafts for you to try at home.
Carole makes some spooky decorations, perfect for Halloween!
We’ve been working with air dry clay this week and I know some of our Young Carers have asked if they can give it a try and they’ll be getting some clay delivered to them very soon.
If you’re looking for ideas of things to make with it, plus top tips on how to stop it drying out and how to get the best results, Carole has some how-to videos below!
You Will Need:
- Pebbles/stones with a flattish surface to paint on
- Paint pens – I found oil based ones work best – or you could use acrylic paint, permanent markers or nail varnish.
I painted the pebbles with white wall paint to make the colours from the pens more vibrant. The idea for drawing the cats came from a design on some wrapping paper.
I drew round the pebbles onto some paper and then sketched the design on with a pencil so I could perfect my design before drawing it onto my pebble (you could use tracing paper to do this if you wanted to.)
Go over the pencil lines with your paint. I used oil based paint pens, but you can use whatever you have – paints, permanent markers or even nail varnish.
Here are some other designs I made:
For Pac Man I drew around the pebble on plain paper and copied the design my friend had sent me.
I painted the stone in black acrylic paint and left to dry. I then added Pac Man in the middle and worked from there.
With the tortoise stone I again drew the design first in pencil then painted with acrylic paint, letting this dry before adding the pen details. I have a desktop fan which helped the pebbles to dry quicker but a hair dryer on a cool setting will do the same if you can’t wait for the layers of paint to dry naturally.
For this pebble I sketched the design, starting with a dot in the middle and made some segments ready to have dots of nail varnish put on.
Painted Jars or Vase
You Will Need:
- Permanent markers/paint pens/paints/nail varnish
- Clean glass jar or vase
The design was inspired by painted pebbles on Pinterest.
I roughly measured the height and width of my jar and cut a piece of paper to fit. Then I sketched the houses onto this.
Next I put blue tac on the front of the paper and stuck it to the inside of the vase to give me a guide.
I tested the pens on my glass coffee jar and used the same colour pen for all the windows etc and then moved on to the next coloured pens, rather than keep swapping pens. Be careful not to smudge as you work around the vase.
The finished item! I did a small variation adding a castle and a lighthouse.