We love the simplicity of our stencils, and how they give all children the confidence and ability to create a fabulous piece of art on their t-shirt. However, sometimes children need a little guidance or inspiration, and we hope our Crafting and more series of blog posts will provide some fun and simple craft projects and tutorials to help you get the most out of your stencil kit. Our products are designed to use again and again, and with a few basic materials you can make all kinds of things!
We used felt pens on card to create a snow globe-shaped greetings card that stands up by itself. Use it to write a message, draw a picture, stick on a photograph or even add a baby’s hand print for an extra special ‘first Christmas’ keepsake. We made the stands from painted toilet rolls or small strips of card – just cut a couple of slits and push the card into it to stand it up.
Stained glass-effect decorations
We made some bright and colourful decorations using cellophane and scratch card to hang on the window or from a shelf. The snow globe frame is drawn and cut out from black or coloured card, and we added the year or stars from the stencil. The top one uses a piece of tracing paper that we drew the penguin onto, and glued small squares of coloured cellophane on the back (we used sweet wrappers!). For the other decorations, we used scratch card to make colourful designs, cut them out and hung them onto globe cardboard frames so they move around gently.
Embroidery hoop decorations
We had a go at using embroidery hoops to frame the characters from the stencil – these would look lovely hung on the wall. We thought about adding a cardboard snow globe frame to the front, or sticking tiny pompoms to the fabric. These are most definitely work in progress!
We took the snow globe frame with tracing paper background from an earlier craft project and explored the idea of projecting the stencil characters like a puppet theatre, using a torch at the back to shine the light through. Alternatively, how about making a magical Christmas Eve bedtime by using a torch to project the characters onto the bedroom wall and making up stories to send your children to sleep (we can’t guarantee that though!).
We hope you have fun with your stencils, and we’d love to see what you make. Don’t forget to tag us on social media #fabdabdo_ and if you need any help or advice with these projects, contact our craft expert at firstname.lastname@example.org