How To: Make A Photo Garden

Did you know that on the other side of the world, yesterday was spring day? If the thought of the end of summer and the approach of winter is a bit upsetting, why not create a brand new garden of your own?  This craft activity will bring you the height of summer all year round.

You’ll need:

  • Green paper
  • Cupcake cups
  • Photographs with faces
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A sheet of paper

I cut the ‘stems’ and ‘leaves’ out for Ameli, and dotted them with glue. She stuck them all over the place – a few of the leaves actually made it onto stems, but others were not so lucky. Either way, its important to let her craft without trying to guide her every step, so we’ll just assume those are some autumn leaves in the sky there!

Next, I dotted glue in the cupcakes and she pasted the faces inside, then we glued the cupcakes to the stems.  Here I had to give a little help to make sure that the faces were the right side up.

And that’s the end of that – a garden of smiley, loved faces, and five or six less photographs in a box of never looked at pictures.

For more ideas of crafts to make with old photographs: 

 

365-84 to 365-90 A Week in Pictures

This is definitely the Spring Edition of A Week in Pictures. We have had some mild temperatures, but a lot of rain still. I’ve been trying to get out of the house a bit more, so we’ve been out and about most days this week.

Day 84 – Bonnie girl

We’ve spent a lot of time this week walking, so Ameli has been in her sling a lot. I love this picture of her close to me wearing the bonnet my granny knitted for her.

bonnie girk in sling

Day 85 -Spring is Sprung

In her subdued glory, while the trees are still barren, Spring is making sure we know she’s here.

pink flower closeup

Day 86 -Rainy Day Watercolour

On its own this is a rubbish bin quality photo, all blurry and rather pointless, but I really liked it. I was at a mother’s group and I had this sudden overwhelming urge to get out of there as fast as I could. I thought, for no particular reason, that I was going to start screaming manically if I had to discus one more baby related issue. (I don’t always feel that way, just that particular day). I went to a nearby park and walked in the rain, holding tightly to my warmly wrapped up daughter and letting the rain wash away whatever it was that had made me feel so panic stricken. I think that’s why I love this picture. It’s like that scene in Mary Poppins where the rain washes away Bert’s chalk drawings leaving a clean slate, ready to start again.

Unedited walk in the rain

Day 87 -  Water birds

The three of us went to Brockwell Park late one afternoon when the rain subsided and a clear sky and sunshine emerged. It was still quite nippy, but it was good to be out the house as a family, and just spend the time walking and talking.


Waterbirds

Day 88 – A Tapestry of Colour

Beautiful gardens of flowers are showing up all over my little corner of London

Colour of Spring

Day 89 -  Playground

Not much to say really. Ameli and I escaped the confines of home by going for a walk in Myatt’s field park. I was really surprised by this playground. It’s not a very wealthy area, but the playground was fantastic. Really modern, new and in great condition. I look forward to bringing Ameli here as she gets older.

Playground in Mayatt's field park

Day 90 – Sensory Room

The Sensory Room at Battersea Park 1 o’clock club has these lovely light / bubble things that change colour and give little babies a lot of entertainment! The room is decked out in padded cushions, UV light makes the carpet look sparkly and lights twinkle and reflect off different surfaces all meant to entertain the very young.

Battersea Park 1o'clock club Sensory Room

Thank you for sharing our week with us!