Cupcake decorating at the Wallasey Village Royal Summer Fete

 

The Hours of Fun stall headed to Wallasey Village Library for the village Royal Summer Fete.  The village had bouncy castles, a fun fair, lots of stalls and street entertainment and then we were located up at the library.  We were a little out the way of the main activities which was a shame really as the main street was really busy.  We had a steady trickle of people coming in, to wander around the stalls and the kids completed the treasure hunt around the library.

The Hours of Fun cupcake stall was visited by lots of families and some fantastic cupcakes were made.  We had red (or slightly pink!), blue and white buttercream, with lots of different sprinkles and as a finishing touch there were crowns and Union Jack flags.  The children had lots of fun and the adults took photos and treated themselves to an already decorated cupcake – choosing between Chocolate Orange and Salted Caramel.

The cupcake stall was only open from 1-3pm as I had to head off to another workshop starting at 4pm.  Wish I could have stayed longer – hope the rest of the day went well for the other stall holders.

 

If you want the Hours of Fun cupcake stall to head to your event or party – get in touch.  We can theme it to anything from a Superhero children’s party to a Vintage style Hen party.

 

 

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Plant pot painting – crafting fun and a flower growing project

One of the most popular workshops Hours of Fun run when out and about is paint a pot.  Anyone visiting the workshop gets to paint a pot in any colour, design and style.  Once painted it get filled up with compost, some seeds are sprinkled on the top and it’s then taken home and looked after to help the seeds grow into beautiful wild flowers.

Hours of Fun were inspired by the National Wildflower Centre and Grow Wild with their mission to transform spaces by sowing, growing and enjoying UK native wild flowers.  We did it on a smaller, more portable scale by using the wild flower seeds in plant pots.

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Preparing the pots with a coat of PVA glue and water mix before the workshop

The project allows children and adults to get creative with designing their plant pot, then taking on the responsibility of nurturing and watering it to help the flowers grow.

We had some fantastic painted pots and we hope everyone has enjoyed watching their seeds turn into beautiful flowers.

Have a go at this at home.  If you have any terracotta pots lying around, give them a clean-up and paint them, it’s a fantastic way to get kids interested in gardening.

First step is to coat the inside of the pot with a mixture of PVA glue and water – half and half.  This gives the plant pot a coating which will reduce the chance of moisture causing your paint to bubble and flake off.

Any paint will work, however acrylic paints work the best.  Whatever you use, once it has dried give it a coat of PVA glue and water mix to help ensure the paint lasts as long as possible.  Fill it with soil and plant some seeds or flowers inside it.

 

 

Hoylake Community Centre Easter Party

Hours of Fun stall headed to the Easter party taking place at the Hoylake Community Centre the other Saturday to set up a table making lanterns from milk bottles.

The party was a first for the centre as they normally do a Halloween party and after receiving lots of enquiries they decided to run an Easter one too and it was a fantastic success with a great turn out.  There was a disco, face painting, tattoos, tuck shop and lots more.  For the adults there was wine, tea, coffee and cake and of course available to the children was the Hours of Fun make and take stall.

As part of the Easter Party the Festival of Firsts was putting on a lantern parade.  Over the last few weeks people have been busy making lanterns at Whizz Kids out of school club, Williamson Art Gallery and St Johns Church Meols.  For those people coming to the party without a lantern they could sit down at the Hours of Fun table and get crafting.

The lanterns are made from empty plastic milk bottles, covered in tissue paper.  We then popped a glow stick inside and hey presto – a lantern was created!

The table did not stop all night and was busy as bees making lots of fantastic lanterns.  Sadly as I was so busy at the table I didn’t managed to get many photos of the lanterns so I have included in the gallery below some photos from the lantern making session at the Whizz Kids out of school club and included some of the photos from the Williamson Art Gallery of the amazing willow lanterns made.  I have also included some photos I took of the view from the centre during the day as it is a beautiful location.

 

Easter fun crafting session at West Kirby Library

As part of the Festival of Firsts the Hours of Fun workshop headed down to West Kirby Library to run an Easter hat making make and take stall.

The hats were made from paper plates and bowls, with recycled cardboard pieces available to use to add to the design and create masterpieces!

The children got busy making the hats, coming up with lots of different designs and decorating them in a variety of ways.  They used shredded tissue paper to create birds nests which they then stuck little fluffy chickens in.  They used tissue paper to cover the plates and bowls creating bright and colourful hats.  They used beads, feathers and gems to add bling, more colour and style, finishing them off with a piece of ribbon they could tie under the chin to keep the hats on their heads.

It was a fantastic venue for the craft session and I really enjoyed being in the library.  The staff were very friendly and even brought me cups of tea which was very much appreciated.  I was lucky to have two volunteers work with me for some of the session too.  Adam and Wayne are both completing their Duke of Edinburg Award and have been spending some time at the library helping out.  They were both fantastic, assisting children with their hats, making sure the table was kept stocked with supplies and chatting with the parents too.

I had a lovely day and look forward to future opportunities to craft there.

 

Easter egg fun making egg characters

Hours of Fun headed down to the Wirral Arts Centre in West Kirby last weekend to do an Easter craft workshop as part of their fantastic Easter egg hunt day.  Their theme was Easter and Alice in Wonderland.

The day started out with an Easter egg hunt which was enthusiastically embraced even through the rain.  The hunt finished up at the Arts Centre where there was face painting, food, tea and coffee, some fantastic stalls and the Hours of Fun craft table.

Alongside all of this was a performance of Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party which was brilliant, with lots of thought to the props and script and the costumes were perfect.

The craft table was busy throughout the afternoon making Easter egg characters.  The children painted their polystyrene eggs then decorated them with pipe cleaners, feathers, pom poms, googly eyes and foam shapes to create fabulous characters they could then take home with them.

We had so much fun and everyone loved the eggs they made.  It was the first time Hours of Fun had run a drop in workshop using paint – this could have got very messy!  The mess was kept under control though, lots of wet wipes were used and everyone popped on an apron and rolled up their sleeves before they got crafting.

Thanks to everyone who came to the workshop and a big thank you to the Wirral Arts Centre for inviting me along.  The venue is beautiful and quirky and they run all sorts of events there.  Check out their website for more information.

 

Cupcake decorating – the Hours of Fun workshop in Croxteth

Hours of Fun have been out and about with the craft table visiting the community centres in the Croxteth area.

We headed to the Rhys Jones centre and got the children to make 2 cupcakes, one decorated with rolled out fondant cut to shapes using cutters, the other decorated with frosting as they learnt how to do an ice cream swirl.  Along with sprinkles, edible silver and gold balls and coloured icing they created some master pieces and all really enjoyed themselves.

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We also took the cupcake decorating kit to the GEMS centre in Croxteth.  We had a smaller group for this session and they were slightly older so they were given the challenge of making a flower, a teddy bear and using a piping bag.  We had a mixture of results!  They made 4 cupcakes in total, so for the last one I let them decorate the cupcake using anything from the table and combining any of the techniques they have learnt.

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Our final stop was at the Stonedale bus.  The kids got busy (along with some keen adults) decorating the cupcakes on the top deck of the bus.  They used lots of sprinkles and frosting and created some amazing cupcakes, with lots of taste testing along the way!

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Festival of Firsts fair at the Community Centre

I am a little behind on my blogging, so time to catch up this week, starting with the second day of the Festival of Firsts last month.  After our fun on the milk float the Hours of Fun stall headed to Hoylake community centre to set up the badge making stall in the garden, next to the bouncy castle provided by Wirral Bouncy Castles Hire

It started out quiet which gave us the opportunity to have a go on the bouncy castle which is always a lot of fun!  There was lots going on around Hoylake throughout the day which I believe may have spread out the visitors and locals who were out and about, however we had a steady flow of people and some fantastic badges were made by all ages, from 2 years of age up to adults.  I also got to use my new banners again which looked fab on the railing and hung up behind the stall.

 

Hours of Fun craft table at Brockholes Nature Reserve – Sea Creature fun

Reposting this blog as for some reason it had dropped into the drafts folder – this craft fair took place last year!

Brockholes Nature Reserve is fast becoming my favourite place to craft fair.  It is a stunning location, unique in its design and set up, with lots to offer for a fun day out.

I did my second craft fair at Brockholes last weekend and it was a lot of fun.  The fair was run by crafty vintage who are fantastic at organising, promoting and delivering these events.  We were lucky enough to have the sun trying to shine through the clouds and plenty of people headed down to wander round the fair, watch and listen to the entertainment, have something to eat and drink and then head out for a walk round the nature reserve before heading home after a fun for all the family day.

The Hours of Fun craft stall was set up with the theme of the weekend being – Sea Creatures.  Those crafting could choose from a Seahorse, Crab, Fish, Dolphin, Whale, Crocodile or a paper plate which they could then make into any sea creature they wished.

Lots of fun was had and so many amazing creations were made.  We had some fantastic team work going on where the adults couldn’t help but get involved, rolling their sleeves up and being on glue duty!  They used sequins, pipe cleaners, pompoms, stickers, googly eyes, felt tips and crayons, scissors, paper, ribbon, feathers and anything else available  to make some spectacular Sea Creatures which they got to take home, with many planning on hanging them up in their bedroom.

The gallery below shows some of the finished pieces made at the craft table.  We had a couple of children who were on their way to creating master pieces but ran out of time, so we went through their ideas, bagged up any crafty bits and bobs and packed them off with what they needed to finish their master piece at home.

The Hours of Fun stall was busy too with lots of people taking advantage of the 4 items for £5 sale we had on.  Lots of face painting kits, fabric markers and paint by numbers were purchased, along with lots of learn to do tapestry kits, ribbons and material squares.

 

Our next fair is at Brockholes in October – Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October where we will have a Halloween themed craft table.