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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…

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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)

Pen

Craft knife or scissors

PVA glue

Newspaper

Brushes

Paints

Step one

  • 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.

Step two

  • 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

Loveheart sweets

Foil

Mmm!

  • 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.

The finished product!

  • 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…

Pet Rocks

Pet Rocks

You will need:

1 or 2 pebbles, small enough to fit in the tin with the lid closed

An Altoids (or similar) tin

Googly eyes

Glue

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!

Our rock pets

  • 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.

Outside     Inside

  • 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.

Picnic time!

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…


Well! That was a rather unexpected hiatus. First of all we were without internet for nearly two months, then snow arrived and all indoor activities were suspended until the snow had gone 😀

So, meanwhile, Max and Ruby both had birthdays, there was of course Christmas, our new dog sitting arrangements, guitar lessons and snow days. Ruby has been learning guitar at school and is in to her second term now. Here’s a little clip of her playing the Wallace and Gromit theme in her first term:

Our cat, George, sadly passed away last year and has since caused much debate in our household over whether we were ready for another cat. Then, by chance, we started dog sitting and have been totally converted! Having a dog is a HUGE responsibility, so we think we’ve got the best of both worlds being dog sitters. We take them for walks and get to play whenever we like, we have sleepovers when their owners are away, it’s great fun.

The dogs we look after are both cocker spaniels.

callie

Callie is a working cocker spaniel. She is a little slimmer and taller than a normal cocker and has more energy than you would believe!! She is very loving and wants to go on walks all day long. Callie loves exploring in hedgerows and splashing about in any water she can find.

paddy

Paddy is a cocker spaniel. He is much more relaxed and sensible than Callie, although he loves to go on walks with her (and roll his eyes at her antics from a distance!) Paddy loves being made a fuss of, his comfy basket and treats.

The first day the snow fell, none of the teachers at Ruby’s school could drive through the narrow country lanes to get to work, so it was declared a snow day. We all dressed up warm and hiked to the sledging hills. There were sledgers, snowboarders – some people even went down the hill in a canoe!

snow day

Afterwards we went home for hot chocolate and marshmallows, which has got to be one of the best things about snowy weather 😀

Did you guys all have a good Christmas? Normal service will resume later in the week with our first make of 2013. Happy New Year everyone!


Soooo, maybe we mentioned something about a step-by-step costume post, maybe. But at the start of the week, good intentions firing on all cylinders,  we got asked to look after a friend’s dog and had a school trip and suddenly realised…we just didn’t have enough time to fit it all in. So here’s the deal. We took some photos and you can see them, and we won’t tell anyone about the whole tutorial thing…right?

Ruby wanted to be a Catrina this year, a Dia Des Los Muertos lady replete with sugar skull make up, a veil, flowers and beautiful dress. We started with the make up which was way easier to do with face paints:

For her costume she wore an old prom dress of mine which was black and quite gothic, and we made a veil from an old net curtain. We had made red paper flowers to use as a headband, but it was pouring down with rain outside, so we made some waterproof black roses from bin bags – really easy – just twisted and scrunched into rose shapes then taped in place.

Max wanted to be a zombie biker. He wore a t shirt, jeans and a leather jacket (which he already owned, because he’s a dude!) We borrowed a skate boarder’s helmet off a neighbour, found a pair of old sunglasses in a drawer and used big bro’s scarf. Add a bit of facepaint (he was still slightly green this morning and tried to fake a day off school saying “But I look really sick!”) and we were done:

Then some of our cousins arrived and we were off!

We were cold and soaked through when we got back, but the main thing was – the candy buckets were full! Hope you all enjoyed your Halloween. Next up on the Ruby Makes calendar is Bonfire Night, with a firework themed fashion makeover…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 pumpkin

A pen

A knife

A spoon

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.

                                                                       The Mummy

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.

                                                                                 Zombie

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.

                                                                             Corpse Bride

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…

…stay tuned!


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

Glue

Scissors

  • 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!