Friday, 18 March 2016

Dragon Bunting #Bostikbloggers

Recently I have been crafting with my niece Little M. Last week she came to visit and we made a dragon mask for her Bookday. She really enjoys our crafting sessions, although secretly I think I enjoy them more!! This week she came over again and we enjoyed our smoothie making session, this has become a ritual on her visits as she loves choosing what fruits we can add to our smoothie. Little M wanted to make dragon smoothie, now I am not sure what this would have in it so we made a kale, kiwi and orange smoothie and she drank every last drop of it although the colour did look vibrant!!!!



She couldn't stop talking all about her bookday dragon costume and how exciting it was. Little M also had some more exciting news to tell me, she is going to be a big sister soon and she has been helping her mummy to get things ready for the the baby. Over smoothies and cookies we chatted about more dragons and then Little M and I went for walk to the shops.





There is a lovely little book shop in our local High St and in the window we saw a book all about dragons so we went in and I bought it for Little M. The book is called The Dragon who could not breathe fire.



We also went to the gift shop and it was there that we saw these cute animal buntings and Little M really liked them but they were made from fabric and extortionately expensive. Trying not to dissapoint Little M, I suggested an idea that came to mind about making dragon buntings so yet again another crafting session materialised.

We walked home and after lunch, Little M and I made dragon bunting for her room. I had just had the Bostik craft box sent and there were some craft items like buttons and glue that came in handy and I also had some A4 card sitting around at home. Taking inspiration from her new book we drew a dragon template and set about making the buntings.There was a lot of cutting involved which in hind sight was too difficult for Little M  who is only 5 but she really enjoyed spreading the glue, sticking the pieces together and then sticking the buttons on. Finally Little M threaded the dragons onto a long piece of  ribbon ready for hanging on her bedroom wall. It was really amusing watching her thread the dragons on to the ribbon as  every time she added a dragon on one fell off the other end of the ribbon but finally all eight dragons were on the ribbon,the finished bunting did look cute.

To make the buntings you will need:

Glue
Scissors
Pencil
1.5 metres of thin ribbon any colour.
A4 card 2 sheets each colour pink, blue
A4 card 3 sheets each colour yellow and green
A4 Stiff white card
Mini Buttons


You can watch the video here to see how to make the buntings.





1. Draw a simple dragon shape on the stiff white card with scalloped bumps on the dragon. Cut out 2 shapes, this is your template. Cut off the scalloped edge off one is the templates so you have one dragon with scallops and one without. The non scalloped dragon should fit on top of the scalloped dragon exactly except the scallops will be missing.
2. Using your two templates cut out 4 scalloped dragons from yellow card and 4 from green card.
3. Using the non scalloped dragon as template cut out 4 dragons on pink card and 4 from blue card.



4. Cut out 4 strips 3cm X 1cm wide from yellow card and also 4 from green card. Hold these in half to make tabs and keep aside.
5. Match up dragons so that you have a yellow scalloped dragon and a dark blue non scalloped and green scalloped and pink non scalloped . You will have eight pairs.
6. Position the tabs at 12 o'clock extending by 1 cm and stick them down on each scalloped dragon.
7. Stick the non scalloped dragons on each scalloped dragon. You will have 8 completed dragons.
8. Draw an eye on each dragon and stick buttons on the dragon to make spots.



9. Thread the dragons onto the ribbons through the taps alternating the colours.
10. Hand your dragon bunting on the wall.



Some of the crafting things used in this post were supplied by Bostik as part of the Bostick bloggers challenge.

43 comments:

  1. Your dragon bunting is adorable! How lovely to spend such quality creative time like that with your niece.

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  2. These look great! Something I might try with my nieces when I go to visit them! Even the smoothies... they colour certainly looked great. You said your niece liked it, but did you like it? I'm always looking for different ideas for smoothies in general.

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  3. aw what an amazing idea I am going to give these a try at the weekend with the kids

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    1. Do let me know how you get on, maybe little cars for boys or magic stars?

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  4. That drink looks delicious and the Dinosaurs are so cute!

    Casey - ATopsyTurvyBlog

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  5. This is brilliant, I am going to share with a friend who's little daughter loves dinosaurs, she is decorating for spring so these would be perfect!

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  6. Wow this is such a cute bunting idea - I don't feel like I should say that about dragons but it is! x

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  7. How cute! Kids always love dinosaurs and this looks so easy to make! x

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  8. We love dragons and had the Bostik box of goodies too. I love your bunting it is so cute! Kaz x

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    1. Yes the Bostick boxes are a god send and little M really enjoys rummaging through them. Sometimes you have to add your own craft stuff to finish a project as usually there is only one of each colour but we tend to mix and match from old boxes too .

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  9. oohhh how cute, I love dragons. My kids would love making these

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  10. that dragon bunting is gorgeous! so cute. my girls would love to do one

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    1. Apart from the cutting everything else was easy. The trick is to keep the shape simple for little hands.

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  11. Your niece must have been so pleased with her bunting. It must look lovely hanging in her room.

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    1. I spoke to her on the phone and she has stuck it on the wall in her room.

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  12. Oh those ended up so cute. I love them! They would look adorable in the living room.

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  13. I love the dragon bunting, so cute. My son does love dragons.

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  14. Oh these are so cute, you could change these to be anything really. Might make some butterfly ones with my daughter.

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    1. Butterfly ones sound great, next time maybe we too can make butterfly ones.

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  15. Love the bunting. Very creative indeed! I loved crafty things like this when I was younger.

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  16. The bunting looks amazing and I bet its even better than the one in the shops as it's unique and personal x

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    1. The fabric one in the shop was sewn and it was nice but it was like eighteen pounds!!!!

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  17. This is so cute and would be perfect for a themed event and just decorating a child's bedroom.

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  18. the dragon bunting is just so cute!! I am actually making a list of dragon crafts to do over the Easter holiday, so this is another added to my list

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  19. The bunting is great I bet your niece loved making this.

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  20. How lovely that you get to spend time with your niece. Thanks for sharing your latest makes x

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  21. That bunting is so gorgeous, I don't think I'd wait for a party to use it, would be amazing just for decor!

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  22. That's really cool, love making bunting, it's all to easy just to buy cheap ready made versions on ebay though haha

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  23. I love your bunting it is adorable and even better is that drink! I want to try it as I want to be healthier!

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  24. Oh I love your bunting, that is so adorable :)

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  25. What a brilliant idea, this bunting is so cute!

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  26. This is so cute - I adore the video. Perfect for any dragon fanatics or St Georges Day

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  27. Really cute craft ;-)

    That kale, kiwi and orange juice smoothie sounds delicious - I might have a go at making my own x

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  28. Aww they are very sweet, would make a nice decoration for a kids bedroom too

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  29. What a cute idea, they look like they're easy to make too :) xxx

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  30. This is so cute! I bet my niece and nephew would just love making these.

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  31. Absolutely loving the dragon bunting!

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  32. This is so cute, I know Eliza would love to make this

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  33. Oh, how very cute, love the sound of that book as well!xx

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  34. Oh that is so cute! I would have enjoyed making that too :)

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  35. The dragon bunting is adorable! My two would love that, look fun to make x

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  36. What a brilliant idea, I should give this a go with my little boy as he is dinosaur and dragon mad!

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