Hello! Welcome to my blog. I have wanted to start a blog for such a long time but always came up with many excuses not to, some being – not enough time, nothing interesting to write about, rusty grammar skills, I prefer reading other people's blogs, everyone's doing it and most of all because I am probably one of the most guarded and private people that ever existed, sharing so much about myself absolutely terrifies me. But I'm 34 years old for goodness sake, it's about time I came out of my shell a bit. To be honest my first post began as an Instagram caption that went on for far too long so I decided to continue writing it as my first blog entry. My name is Christine. I'll probably write mostly about life as a mother to three young children. Maybe a bit about married life. Lots about print designs, handmade goods, children's crafts, chocolate and cake. We'll see! I hope you enjoy my posts.
A few mornings ago my daughter came rushing upstairs with two icecream sticks and a piece of paper saying that she wanted to make a windmill.
We sat together coming up with ideas and different designs and this is the result. Really simple and quick to make. It has now become the centre point to build further constructions around with building brick toys and has been named “The Windy Willow Windmill”
You will need –
1 small paper fastener (width – 2mm)
100 craft lolly sticks (11cm x 1cm)
2 icecream sticks (length – 9.5cm)
Glue gun and glue sticks
Drill (with 3mm wood bit)
1. Start with 4 lolly sticks and build a square base using the glue gun to secure the corners
2. Build up to 11cm high, occasionally glueing a row upright instead of flat. Leave to set.
3. Take 10 lolly sticks and glue them side by side as shown above. Make 4 sets of these panels.
4. Once glue is set, take 2 panels and glue onto the tower to form two sides of the triangular roof.
5. With the remaining two panels, use the glued roof sides as a guide and mark where to cut to make the panels for the front and back of the roof.
6. Cut x2 triangles with scissors and glue one panel to the back side of the roof.
7. Take the two icecream sticks and position them as windmill blades, mark the centre point and drill through. Glue together making sure to avoid the drilled hole.
8. Cut two 2cm pieces of lolly stick and take the remaining roof side and glue them in place; central and halfway down (as shown above).
9. Take the blades and attach between the 2cm pieces with the paper fastener leaving it loose enough to spin. Secure the fastener at the back with the glue gun.