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How to make paper dresses

It’s fun and simple to make your own paper dresses.

Instructions

Start with a square of patterned paper.

Fold in half with the pattern on the outside.

Open the paper out again, and fold the edges in to meet at the centre.

Turn the paper over, and fold the creased edges into the centre.

Turn the paper over, and fold back approx 1/3 of the way from the top.

Fold back to create a Z shape. This forms the waist line of the dress.

To open up the skirt section, ease the side out and flatten.

Repeat for the other side.

To form the neckline, fold down the top of the bodice section on both sides.

Turn the dress over, and fold the neckline back on the crease lines you made in the previous step.

Flatten the folded sections to the back.

Fold the sides of the bodice only (not the skirt at this stage) back along the edge of the square sections.

Hold the last fold down, and fold the skirt section in a diagonal line from the waist line to a point at the hem.

Repeat for the other side.

Turn over, fold out the sleeves – and your paper dress is done and ready to decorate!

Add ribbon along the waist-band, or add embellishments to decorate. If you would like to add a patterned hem, use decorative scissors or punches along the bottom of the paper square before starting the paper dress folding.

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How To Make Homemade Playdough

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An easy to make and soft playdough that will keep for months.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • Food colouring

Method

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a medium sized saucepan.
  2. Stir over a low heat until ingredients are pliable.
  3. Cool and store in an air tight container.

This recipe will make a good sized batch for two children to play with. When stored in an airtight container in the fridge will last at least six months.

Gluten-free playdough

Kids love putting things in their mouth so this gluten free recipe for play dough is perfect for children with an issue with gluten.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 cup corn flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 tspn cream of tartar
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 tspn vegetable oil
  • Food colouring

Method

  1. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over a low heat until all is combined well and a dough consistency is reached.
  2. Let it cool completely before giving it to your child to play with.
  3. Store in an airtight container or resealable bag.
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Back To School Muesli Bars

Now that the kids are back at school, the seemingly endless routine of school lunch making is on again. These homemade muesli bars are a fresh idea to add to your repertoire.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups muesli
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/3 cup sultanas
  • 1/3 cup chopped dates
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 125 g melted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup dark choc chips

Instructions

Preheat oven to 160 degrees. In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients. Add the egg, mix. Add the melted butter and honey, allow to cool slightly before adding the choc chips. Line a 18 x 28 cm tin with baking paper and press mixture FIRMLY into the tin with the back of a spoon. Bake for 20mins or until golden. Allow to cool completely before slicing into bars.

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Scrumptious Banana Pancakes

When my little family goes out for a cafe breakfast, there is always a race to call shotgun on pancakes if they are on the menu! (due to hubby’s strange rule about people not ordering the same thing). No one misses out and everyone is supremely happy, though, when these are on the breakfast menu at home.

Banana Pancakes (makes 20)

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) milk
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1 cup self-raising flour (I use wholemeal or spelt for a little extra hidden goodness!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons melted butter (or vegetable oil)

Method:

  1. Beat together the eggs, honey and milk.
  2. Add the mashed bananas and mix well.
  3. Sift the flour and salt into the banana mixture (to be honest, I usually forget this step and they still work.) Blend thoroughly.
  4. Stir in the melted butter (or vegetable oil).
  5. Set aside and allow to stand for at least an hour. (Or, if you’re impatient like me, ignore this step.)
  6. Pour two tablespoons of the batter onto a hot, lightly oiled frypan or griddle. Cook until bubbles appear and begin to break.
  7. Turn over and cook on the other side.

Enjoy with hazelnut spread or jam or loaded with natural yoghurt, nuts and seeds and fresh berries, with a drizzle of maple syrup. Thinking I’ll surprise my kindy-kid with some smaller ones in her lunchbox!!!

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Valentine Paper Crane

The traditional Japanese paper crane is a symbol of peace and love. Legend says that whoever folds 1000 cranes will be granted a wish. A very good reason to start folding these for your Valentine!

Step 1
Fold paper on reverse side diagonally, corner to corner, to form an X crease. Then turn paper over and fold paper on main side in half and repeat to form a + crease.

Step 2
Open the paper up with the main side facing down; fold the corners in to form a diamond shape.

Step 3
Fold the sides in, meeting on the centre line. Then fold the top pointed flap over the folded-in sides to make a crease. Repeat on the other side.

Step 4
Open up the folds back to diamond shape. Lift up the bottom corner and pull all the way over to form an elongated diamond shape. Fold down to form crease. Repeat on the other side.

Step 5
Next, fold in the sides to meet in the centre line. Repeat on other side. You will now get a skinny kite shape.

Step 6
Now reverse fold the bottom points upwards on both sides.

Step 7
You will get a shape like a crown. These will form the head and tail of the crane. Fold the tip on one side to form the head.

Step 8
Finally, fold both wings down and voila – your crane is born!

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