Festival of Firsts amazing children’s display


This year Hours of Fun headed into the third year of working with the Festival of Firsts and we were determined to make it bigger and better than previous years.

Partnering up with Regan Shaw from Kaleidoscope Magazine and Pam Sullivan from The Williamson Art Gallery, we worked with the festival to plan how to spend a grant the Festival was successful in securing from the Liverpool One Foundation.

The aim of the project was to get children involved in crafting and raise awareness of the Festival as we travelled around the Wirral working with different groups and running drop in creative sessions.

We worked with some fabulous groups including Hoylake Sea Cadets, Hoylake 1st Guides, Priory Parish Primary, Woodchurch after school club Whizzkids, Wirral Methodist Housing and lots more.  Each group designed and created their own sun catcher windows using craft supplies and sharpie pens.  They decorated a clear transparency sheet which was then fixed into a frame ready for hanging.

We encouraged them to do some creative writing, telling us funny stories or about their favourite day or thing to do.  We had some amazing creations and the children all really enjoyed making them.  We even got them to make two so they could take one home and we could keep one for the display.


We had over 150 frames made which we hung from hula hoops, which were then hung them from the rafters at St John The Baptist Church, Great Meols, from a feature beam at Hoylake Parade Community Centre, in the windows at West Kirby Library and it is currently on display at The Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead.  The display creates a visual spectacle, reflecting light and colours as it dances around in the sunshine.




Fun at the Post Office

Lorraine and I offered to do her dad’s window at his Post Office in Hoghton.  We are building up to creating a fantastic village scene which can be left there all year round, however this scene requires some planning, resources and time so in the meantime we are creating some seasonal scenes to avoid the window being empty whilst we plan the big creation!

Valentines was the first date in the diary.  We had a lot of fun learning how to make roses out of crepe paper.  They took some practice and I only mastered it once I came up with my own method after watching some videos online and tweaking them slightly.

We both have Sizzix big shot machines so we cut out some hearts and added glitter, sequins and words to them and hung them from the top using wire and string.  We used some green satin material for the base and added a super cute teddy, a bottle and some glasses.  We kept it simple and had a lot of fun making it.

Due to holidays and birthday fun coming up it seems we will not have chance to work on the main design for a few weeks, so we have decided to do an Easter scene in the interim.  Need to get my thinking cap on now for some fantastic ideas.


Love is in the air!
Love is in the air!
Lorraine's sister helped out by drinking the bottle!
Lorraine’s sister helped out by drinking the bottle!
Super cute teddy from Lorraine's house
Super cute teddy from Lorraine’s house
Valentines display
Valentines display
Crepe paper roses
Crepe paper roses