12 crafts of Christmas – Santa cardboard Tube

12 Craft of Christmas download number 2 went out on Friday, this time you can download,for free, a quick and easy children’s craft to make a santa from a cardboard tube – super easy and cheap craft using a cardboard tube and some basic craft supplies.

Again I wanted to share some more ideas around this craft for those of you who may want to get creative and make some other cardboard characters.

Visit the Pinterst Board I create with more ideas for those of you wanting to try something else or challange yourself a little more!

Pinterest board – Cardboard tube Christmas crafts

Santa Cardboard Tube free download

Cardboard tube Christmas crafts santa, snowman and penguin


For the penguin I wrapped the tube in black crepe paper, stuck lots of cotton wool on the front for the Penguin’s belly, then cut out 2 wings and a base shaped like feet from black card.  Once these are stuck on you can again full it with some Christmas delights.

Penguin cardboard tube christmas craft download

For the snowman I wrapped the tube in white printer paper and stuck pompoms on the front for the snowman’s buttons.

I then wrapped a piece of ribbon around for the snowman’s scarf and glued it in place.  Using a pipe cleaner which I cut in half, I bent the ends to look like hands and stuck the pipe cleaners through the sides of the tube (once through the tube, give them a little bend inside to help them stay in position).

Finally I cut out a piece of black card for the base and glued the snowman in position, I then covered the black card with cotton wool to create a snow effect around the snowman’s feet.

Snowman cardboard tube christmas craft download

Happy crafting and don’t forget to share your creations by sending in photos.

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.


Hoylake Lifeboat open day – Bank Holiday Monday crafting in a tent yeay!

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Hours of Fun are heading down to Hoylake promenade this Bank Holiday Monday for the Royal Lifeboat Open Day taking place 10am – 6pm.

We will be setting up our craft tent next to the lifeboat station and having a craft activity where you can make and take something home, along with facepainting and will have on sale some fantastic children’s craft supplies.

The theme for the craft tent is sea creatures, and we will have plenty of glitter, pens, stickers and paper for the budding artists to get creative decorating pre-cut creatures or design their own using paper plates.

We did this craft for the event at the Winter Gardens and it was a great success and some amazing creations were produced, click here to check out the pictures from this fair

Hoylake Lifeboat Station
North Parade, Hoylake
Wirral CH47 3AL


Info from their website about the event –

Raising funds for the RNLI, Open Day is a free event for all the family with fairground rides, sideshows, stalls and a chance to tour the RNLI’s state of the art station and Hoylake and West Kirby lifeboats.
This year will also see RAF displays from a Spitfire and Douglas Dakota.
Head down for some Bank Holiday Fun.