As I mentioned in my Christmas is coming post, Christmas is well and truly on it’s way and it’s time to start getting prepared if you haven’t already. Today’s guest post is from Maggy of RedTedArt and she has a great idea which you can use for lots of your Christmas and crafting projectsHi,I am Maggy from over at Red Ted Art, where I regularly craft with my toddler and bring you weekly How To’s. I am very excited to do a little Guest Post for A Thrifty Mrs. I adore this blog and all the wonderful ideas, especially since I believe that crafting shouldn’t cost you a fortune!
My post today, will be short and sweet and very, very thrifty:On my regular jaunts to the local playgroup this summer, I have been walking up and down past some lovely poppy flowers. I adore poppies, they are so pretty and delicate. As the summer passed and the first poppies faded, whilst others blossomed, I noticed the husks they formed. And as the husked formed an idea grew in my head.Could these make pretty little stamps? Look how perfectly snowflake/ star shaped they are! What if, what if, what if… When I finally had a go, they were more delicate and snowflake like than I had imagined! Lovely!When I finally got round to picking some, they had harden.. so, in order to use these as stamps you need to Collect some poppy flower husks and shake out all the seeds (you don’t want them to mixing with your paint Soak the husks for a few hours to soften them you will notice that the star shaped part is concave, by soaking them,
you will be able to print flatly Squeeze out all the water, but take care not damage the star. Dab with some kitchen towel, especially if you decide to use an ink pad. I used acrylics for the paper and the fabric prints. a Do a couple of test stamps and once you get the hang of it (they can smudge a bit at first), decorate your paper Enjoy!I found that if I carefully wash the husk to remove all the paint and let it dry, I can use them again. Though they do have a tendency to get mouldy. Easier to just collect more (and of different sizes).I think this is something you could easily do with children, though myold decided NOT to comply, but to watch and later made me cut out all the snowflakes in “bauble” shapes which he then stuck on to cards for Granny and Opapa.I hope you liked this thrifty little craft and that you do come by and visit me at Red Ted Art sometime for some more recycled or virtually free crafts!