Toilet Roll Wreath
The following design is very simple, but effective. It can be adapted
for any occasion. We have made these wreaths for Easter, Yule,
Valentines and Halloween. The materials are easy to find around the
house, and the ones that aren't are cheap enough to buy.
printable PDF of the instructions can be viewed here.
Toilet Roll Inners
Double Sided Tape & Crepe Paper Roll, or paint
Coloured card, paper, pens and scissors
Decorations & Ribbon
What To Do
Bend the coat hanger into a circle shape. If you want, wrap crepe
paper around the hanger to cover it and change the colour.
Arrange your toilet roll inners around your loop so you know how many
you need. If you want to make a pattern like the one shown you will
need to cut some toilet rolls in half.
If you want to paint the toilet rolls do so now and when they are dry
jump to step 6. If not, put a strip of double sided sticky tape along
the length of each toilet roll.
Wrap the crepe paper around the toilet roll (it will need to be at a
slight angle), all the way so it overlaps the ends of the roll.
Tuck in the loose ends of the crepe paper. Use a bit of tape to hold
the ends in the tube.
Continue doing the same to all of the toilet rolls until they are all
Cut half way across the toilet roll. It will probably squash a bit but
don't worry about that!
Squeeze your toilet roll back to a tube shape and then push it onto
the wire coat hanger.
Continue to do the same to all the toilet rolls until they are all
arranged around the wire coat hanger.
Add strips of card to the back of all the cardboard tubes. This
prevents the tubes from rotating when you add the decorations.
Turn over the wreath. This is the front and the side you will be
adding the decorations to.
Cut out your shapes. We used eggs as we were making an Easter
decoration. Decorate them with pens and/or stickers.
Start adding decorations to the wreath. You can add cardboard shapes,
flowers, stickers, anything!
Keep going until all of the wreath is covered with decorations.
Make a shape with your seasonal greeting written on it and punch a
hole in the top. Thread a length of ribbon through the hole and knot
Put the greeting in the centre of the wreath and tie the ribbon around
the coat hanger hook.
Add a ribbon bow as a finishing touch and hang up your decorative
Paper Plate Birdy Bird Craft
Another simple but effective craft that allows toddlers freedom with
paints. If your two year old, like mine, just wants to cover everything
with paint, and doesn't really care what, then this is the craft for
them. You will need one and a half plates to make one birdy bird.
Mix up one colour pastel paint (white with either a little red, blue
or green in it).
Give your child a paintbrush and several paper plates on plenty of
newspaper and let them get on with it
Leave the paper plates to dry whilst bathing your toddler.
During the next three days whilst you are still waiting for the paint
to dry (well maybe not but my little girl goes rather overboard!)
start to prepare the cut out shapes -
You will need to cut out the
following from coloured card, craft foam or construction paper.
circles with a black dot in the middle for the eyes, orange triangles
for the beaks and black sticks for the legs
When the plates eventually dry, you will need to select a whole plate
for the body and another plate to use for the tail and the wing.
Take the second plate and cut it in half, cut it in half again and
reserve a quarter segment for the tail. Cut the other quarter segment
in half again and reserve one piece for the wing. You should have
similar shaped pieces to the ones shown below -
We used double sided sticky tape (it's less messy than glue and dries
quicker) to stick the tail, wing, eye, legs and beak onto the birdy
Wow Wow Wubbzy - Eggs Over Easy
I don't know how many of you have caught the Eggs Over Easy episode of
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy, it tends to be shown over Easter. Wubbzy is happily
getting ready for the big Easter Egg hunt but Widget makes the
EggsCellento 3000 and it takes all the fun out of decorating and hiding
This activity is great for little ones if you want to keep them sat down
for a while. It's not as messy as decorating actual eggs and you can
still hunt the eggs afterwards if you want to.
This was an emergency activity that I came up with in a hurry after my
little one fell down the stairs. o_O Thankfully apart from a little
bruising she was okay.
Cut out 6 egg shapes from thick coloured card and sit child down with
cardboard eggs and sheets of stickers! Ta Da! Eggs Very Easy!