Forget the parrots and the eyepatches, you know what every sea faring pirate really needs? A telescope! How else will he spot his treasure island from afar?!
This make is super quick and easy and uses our favourite household craft item, the cardboard loo roll tube. We’ve previously shown you how you can use them to make a racetrack game and a cardboard critter, so now prepare for the next item in your repertoire…
You will need:
3 loo roll tubes
brown and gold paint
felt tip pens
white tissue or tracing paper
- Cut a tube all the way down lengthways and roll it back up so that it fits into one of the other tubes.
- Tape the overlapping sides together so it remains it’s new, smaller size.
- Then take the remaining tube and repeat the steps, so that it fits inside the smaller tube you just made.
- Glue each roll in place, one inside the other, so you have your basic telescope model.
- On your tissue/tracing paper, draw a circle by measuring around the biggest end of the telescope.
- Paint the whole telescope brown and leave to dry.
- While this is drying, draw a desert island scene in the circle on your paper. Cut out 1cm around the circle and then cut little darts in the excess paper so that you can tape it to the base of the telescope.
- Put another piece of tape around the smaller end of the telescope and paint both pieces of tape gold.
And you’re done! Arrrrr!! You will see why we used thin paper for the island picture when you hold your telescope up to the light and look through it 😉
Check us out! It’s a week to go until Valentine’s Day and we have our make all ready – we’re getting quite good at this deadline business.
Valentine’s cards are lovely, but you know what’s even lovelier? Chocolate. So, we have combined a heartfelt message with chocolate to bring you our…
The Box ~ You will need:
An empty paracetamol box (or anything around that size)
Heart shaped cookie cutter or template (but you can always draw by hand)
Craft knife or scissors
- Place your heart in the centre of the box and draw around it with a marker pen.
- Using your craft knife or scissors, cut the shape out.
- Tear your newspaper in to strips and, using glue mixed with a little water, coat each strip with the mixture and cover the box. You can cover over the join at the bottom of the box, but make sure you can still open and close it at the top.
- When this is dry (you will need to leave it overnight) give your box a few base coats of white paint – then you may decorate it however you like (paints, pens, stickers, glitter).
Chocolate Bark ~ You will need:
A bar of milk chocolate
A packet of white chocolate buttons
- Shape the foil round your box, so that you have a mold the same size and shape.
- Break up the milk chocolate and carefully melt it in the microwave. Heat it for 30 seconds at a time and keep checking and stirring until its just melted.
- Pour the melted chocolate in to your mold.
- Break up some of the white chocolate buttons and scatter them over your milk chocolate.
- Then pick the Loveheart who’s message you like the most and stick this in the centre of the bark.
- Leave to set in the fridge until completely solid.
- Remove the bark from the foil and pop it inside the box. You’re done! 😀
Just incase you were worrying we’d gone totally girly on you, we have a more boy/tomboy orientated make coming up next…stay tuned!…
One of the many crafts we love looking at on Pinterest, are painted rocks and pebbles. We’re always on the lookout for flat or oddly shaped stones to decorate. You can paint pictures on them as if they were a tiny canvas, make creatures or even paint them as trees, houses, cars and people for a tiny rock town. We also seem to have amassed a collection of Altoid tins, so after a little brainstorming to combine the two we present…
You will need:
1 or 2 pebbles, small enough to fit in the tin with the lid closed
An Altoids (or similar) tin
Paints and brushes
A scrap of fabric
Fimo or air drying clay
- First, paint your rocks. You can add detail with a pen when the paint is dry if you like. We kept our rock pets quite simple, but for some more detailed inspiration, check out these amazing creatures!
(From the book: Painting Stones by Doris Epple and G. Verdant.)
- You can paint or draw the eyes on, but we stuck googly eyes on ours. You can get bags of assorted sizes in most craft shops quite cheaply. You don’t have to stick to two eyes either, maybe your creature has three eyes, eyes in the back of it’s head, it could even be a cyclops!
- Next, decorate your tin. We painted the inside of ours – it helps to line it with paper or a thin fabric like calico first. Then used scrapbooking paper and a sparkly decal and glitter glue to decorate the lid.
- We then cut a little blanket from a scrap of fleecy fabric and made a plate, mug and food from polymer clay. We used white clay and painted the details on after it had been baked.
And you’re done! If you make your own pet rocks, leave us a link in the comments section – we’d love to see your creations!
Our next make, later this week, will be a Valentine’s Day gift, so stay tuned…
We’re so fly here at Ruby Makes, that Ruby has emailed in this week’s make from her half term break with her cousins! So, staying on topic with our Halloween themed month, we present…
Ruby and Amy used a pumpkin carving kit, that came with carving tools and templates for pumpkin faces. If you can’t get hold of one of these, fret not,
You Will Need:
A tealight or small candle
- First cut a lid out of the top part of your pumpkin and put it to one side.
- Scoop out the seeds and flesh with a spoon.
- If you are using a template, secure it firmly to the pumpkin and use a tool or skewer or the tip of a knife to prick along the lines of the template. If you are going free hand, simply draw your design directly on to the pumpkin with a pen.
- Then, again using a tool or a knife, cut out your shapes.
- When you’ve finished carving, put your lit candle or tealight inside and replace the lid. Congratulations, you’re done!
As a rule, we only trick or treat on people who have pumpkins or Halloween decorations on display. Carved pumpkins were originally used for Harvest celebrations before they became a Halloween icon. In England, Scotland and Ireland vegetables like turnips and swedes were used, but immigrants to North America found the pumpkin more suitable and available. The first recorded use of a carved pumpkin lantern for Halloween is 1866.
We’d love to see how your pumpkins turn out!
We’re busy working on this year’s costumes, something we love doing. There are so many cool Halloween items in the shops right now, but it can end up getting very expensive and as you know, we at Ruby Makes love to upcycle whenever we can. Your costume can very likely be made from things you’ll find you already have at home.
Think about what you’d like to be. Do you own any clothes that could be used for your outfit? Are you allowed to alter them (cut them up, paint on them etc)? If you’re not, think of ways you could temporarily customise like taping, sewing or safety pinning bits on, layering up – there’s a way ’round most problems if you stop and have a good brainstorm.
Here are some past outfits from our Halloween collection, all of our “make up” is done with face paints which you can pick up fairly cheaply this time of year.
This outfit did take a long time to put together, but was very simple. We sewed crepe bandages to a long sleeved t shirt and some jogging bottoms using a basic running stitch. After Halloween the bandages were easily removed with a few snips from our scissors.
The Halloween classic! We cut up an old t-shirt and splashed it with fake blood from The Pound Shop (dollar store), wrapped some bloody crepe bandages round the head and went mad with the face paints. This costume is perfect if you have any old, spare clothes – it doesn’t matter if the clothes are too big for you, it just adds to that ravaged zombie look. Alternatively you could pick up some bargains from a charity shop if you have nothing to zombify at home.
If you have a dressing up stash it can come in really handy at Halloween. This was an old Barbie wedding dress, which came with a veil. We teamed it up with lace gloves (which Ruby also already owned) and face paints and blue hair spray provided the rest of the look.
We won’t let you in on our costumes for this year just yet, but we will be using face paints and clothes from our wardrobes…
Today we were looking through an awesome old book, who’s brilliant illustrations inspired this spooky make. The book is called Witches and is written and illustrated by Colin Hawkins. Ruby’s Grandad bought it for me when I was Ruby’s age!
We have been wanting to show you how to make box cards for a while, they are simple to put together, but look very impressive. So when we saw this fantastic witch’s house in our book we instantly thought – aha! Haunted house box cards. You could send them as invites to a Halloween party, or simply as a monstrous message to a friend 😀
You will need:
Card (black or white)
A pencil or a silver pen or coloured pens/paints.
- Firstly take a rectangle of card (fig. 1)
- Fold it in half (so you have a square shape) and cut two slits in to the folded edge (fig. 2)
- Bend the flap up and crease it (fig. 3)
- Then open the card out and push the flap through (you will need to crease it in the opposite direction) so when you stand the card up it has a 3D box in the front (fig. 4 and 5)
- If you would like two or even three tiers, follow the instructions in the diagram below.
- Now you are ready to design your house. On a separate piece of card (we had some left over after we cut our rectangle out) draw a haunted, creepy looking house. If you have more than one tier on your card, do the house in separate bits to add to the pop up, 3D effect. We drew ours in pencil on black card, a silver pen would also look awesome. You may want to decorate the box card background, or use white card or paint the whole card in colour – feel free to put your own spin on it.
- Cut out your house parts, glue to the front of each tier and you’re done!
A haunted house is just one idea, maybe you could try making Dracula’s castle, a graveyard full of dancing skeletons, Frankenstein’s lab…whatever you decide, we’d love to see what you made 🙂
Our creepy make for today is an awesome idea from our lovely cousins, Faith and Maisy. Faith showed us how to make these fantastic biting bookmarks, so we could share the tutorial with you.
You will need:
Coloured or patterned paper or card (either is fine, card will probably last a bit longer)
A piece of white paper
A black pen
- Start with a square of paper, 13cm by 13cm.
- Fold it in half to make a rectangle, then fold in half again so you have a small square. Crease well.
- Open the paper back out and cut out one of the squares.
- Next fold the two end squares in half to make triangles. Crease well.
- Cut the outer half of the triangle off.
- Fold one triangle over so that it covers the top half of your remaining square.
- Put some glue on it and then fold the other triangle over on top of it. Leave to dry.
- Place the bookmark over a corner of your white paper and draw some fangs (on the white paper), then cut them out and stick to your bookmark.
- With your black pen, draw some fierce eyes on the white paper and cut these out and stick to your bookmark.
- Leave it to dry and it’s ready to use! Attach it to the corner of your page to mark your place.
It’s such a simple idea and you could go as crazy and spooky with it as you like. Make your bookmark into a werewolf by using brown paper and attaching ears, or maybe a vampire with white paper, black hair and red inside the mouth. We’d love to see what you make!