Join in with Tracy

Tracy sits in her wheelchair at the table making crafts.Tracy Surgeoner demonstrates inclusive and accessible craft activities. Click on the photographs for larger versions. These activities were first shown on Together! 2012 CIC’s YouTube shows Together Unlocked! and Something for the Weekend.

Make a flower from old wrapping or coloured paper.

You need: Recycled wrapping paper or coloured paper, ruler, pencil, scissors, glue, and a paper straw or a skewer.

These are the different flowers that Tracy has made this month.

Make a flower from old sweet wrappers. 

Make a foxglove from wrapping paper.

Make a decoration for your door using an old calendar.

Make a tree decoration from an old magazine. 

Make a hanging bauble.

Make a paper bag.

Depending on the thickness of your paper you may want to glue two sheets together for strength. Use a ruler or hard edge to make you folds as flat as possible. Please also allow glue-drying time, depending on the glue you use. You can also view a YouTube tutorial here.

Paper Coil art. (See Join in with Tracy below to see how to make the paper rolls.)

Make a figure from recycled paper. (See Join in with Tracy below to see how to make the paper straws.)

Make a basket from paper or card. 

Make a bird bath and feeder.

To make the bird bath you need:

  • A clean empty plastic butter/spread tub/ice cream tub
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Paints and paintbrush (optional).

To make the bird feeder you need:

  • A clean empty plastic milk or drink bottle
  • Skewer / Pencil
  • Pen
  • Bird food

Now fill your feeder up to the hole with bird food before hanging it.

Make 3D letters.

You will need:

  • Cereal box or similar
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Toilet Roll Tube
  • Stuff to decorate with
  • Paper, ribbon, colour card, felt tips paint etc… for decoration

How to Make:

  • Cut box open to make a flat area
  • Cut 1 side in half
  • Draw your letter as a capital on the coloured side of your box
  • With the remaining strips make some boxes to build you 3D letter shape with by sticking them to the cut-out letter you have already created

To Decorate:

  • Once you have created your 3D letter decorate in any way you choose for yourself or in a way the person you are making it for will like.

Make an underwater diorama.

Modelling with salt dough Part 2 (see below for Part 1).

Modelling with salt dough Part 1. Mix one cup of plain flour with half a cup of water and half a cup of salt to make the dough. Once you have made your model, you can leave the dough to dry (this takes about two days), or cook it in the oven or microwave (check every ten seconds if you use a microwave). Then it is ready to paint.

Make a collage picture from junk mail.

Make a greetings card from paper and recycled card.

Make Pom-poms from recycled card and wool (you can also use string, ribbon, or strips of plastic or fabric). Pom-pom making is a favourite activity of ours and is enjoyed by people of all ages.

Pouring paint to make a picture

Make a picture frame out of recycled card

Find some card from your recycling – old cereal packets, boxes or junk mail – and select a picture to frame. You will also need scissors and a glue stick.

Cut some strips of card.

Cut out a piece of card slightly bigger than your picture for the backing – and then cut out a groove in the top so you have space to put your picture in.

Create the front of the frame by placing pieces of card around the picture – experiment until you are happy.

Now glue them together.

Glue the backing card to the frame with the groove at the the top open ready to put your picture in.

Go back to your recycling and find a stiff piece of card that you can bend over and glue to the back, so your frame can stand up.

Just add your picture to finish.

Make a mini Top Hat from card (you can make a full-size hat using a bigger piece of card).

To make this you need a piece of A4+ card (recycled works well); scissors; a glue stick; a pencil; and something to help you draw a straight line.

Turn the card sideways and rule a line across the card about a third of the way up.

Take the larger piece of card and cut into it along the long edges at about 1cm intervals. Then start at one edge and alternately cut off the card or bend it up at the edges.

Glue one end of the straight edges and join it together with the other straight edge.

Fold the flaps in at one end and out at the other end.

Draw around the end of the hat (use the end with the flaps folded underneath) on the card that’s left. Cut out the circle and glue it round the edges, then stick it over the end of the hat that has the flaps folded underneath.

To make the brim, find a saucer, mug or plate to draw round – it needs to be bigger than the circle you have just cut out.

Cut the circle out, then cut out the centre – it’s easiest to do this by folding it over and cutting a half-moon shape. Start by cutting out a small circle, then test it (see the next picture) and if it’s too small to fit over the hat, make the circle bigger.

Slide the circle over the hat and glue it to the flaps that are sticking out.

You can decorate the hat with ribbon, stickers, fabric or anything else you have available, or paint it.

You can sellotape the hat to a hairband, or use hair clips to keep it in place.

Make a set of 3 ‘Russian dolls’ that fit inside each other from folding paper.(Dolls like this can also be used by directors to ‘block out’ stage moves, in which case make the dolls all the same size and store them flat. Add photos of the performers’ faces if they have already been cast instead of drawing identical faces.)

You need three square pieces of paper in different sizes, a pair of scissors and a glue stick, plus something to draw or decorate them with.

You can create a square piece of paper from a rectangular piece by folding over one corner to meet the other side and trimming off what is left over.

Begin each doll by folding the paper so that the opposite corners join to make a triangle

Take the right side point and fold it over toward toward the opposite side.

Take the left side point and fold it over to meet the fold on the right.

Take the 2 open triangles at the top and fold down flat.

Use a glue stick and stick 1 triangle onto the folds.

Then tuck the final triangle into the opening. This will give the shape stability and also a space to slide the smaller dolls in.

Your first doll is now ready to decorate.

Be creative and have fun decorating your dolls using pens, paint, pencils, stickers or anything else you have available. You can also use photos for the faces.

Paint without a paint brush. 

You need a box lid, a fork, and whatever paints you have available – the thicker the paint the better.

Squeeze some different colours of paint into the centre of the box as thickly as possible. Experiment by putting some colours straight on top of others.

Now take the fork and mix it up.

Tracy’s final picture

Tracy made her second picture using a tea spoon, a meat tenderiser and a pastry brush.

Can you see a whale rising out of the sea while birds fly past in the cloudy sky?

Make an artist’s paint palette from bottle tops and an old CD/DVD.

You will need: An old cd/dvd, some bottle lids and waterproof glue – a glue gun is ideal if you have one available.

Arrange the lids on the disc in a pattern you like.

Apply glue to the tops of your lids then stick them to the disk.

Add a different colour paint to each lid. Use the hole in the middle of the disk to hold the palette on your thumb.

Make a drinks coaster from recycled bottle tops.

You need 7-10 plastic bottle tops, greaseproof paper and an iron and ironing board.

Spread the greaseproof paper on the ironing board first. Then place the largest bottle top (if the sizes are different) in the centre and put more bottle tops round it to create a circular/flower shape.

Place another piece of greaseproof paper over the bottle tops. Heat the iron and then push down firmly on the bottle tops.

Turn the greaseproof paper ‘sandwich’ over and iron on the other side.

Remove the greaseproof paper to reveal your new coaster.

Create a framed flower picture using recycled materials.

You need: a toilet roll inner, scissors, the lid off an empty box of chocolates, and some paint.

Trim the edges of one end of the toilet roll, then dip it into the paint and use it to print on the inside of the box.

Finish off the picture with pens, pencils or whatever you have available. Now think about print projects that you could create using other household objects to print with.

Make paper flowers using things you already have at home.

All you need to make these paper flowers is some kitchen towel (or other paper), scissors, pencil or stick, and Pritt or a similar light glue.

Begin by folding the paper like a concertina (pleating it).

Cut into the folded edge at regular intervals.

Unfold the paper and glue along one of the edges.

Glue the two sides together.

Now start to wrap the paper around the stick or pencil you are using for the stalk.

You can use a variety of different coloured papers to get different effects.

Make a Suffragette rosette or paper flower from recycled junk mail or magazines.

You need 5 sheets of paper from an old magazine or junk mail, plus scissors, and a rubber band or piece of string.

Stack the 5 sheets of paper on top of each other with the colour you want to be dominant at the front. Then fold them like a concertina or series of pleats.

Secure the centre tightly with the rubber band or string. Use the scissors to round off the edges of the paper at each end and then start opening it up.

As you open up the paper, pull up the top 4 layers to create a rosette or flower. You can add a pin or a stick at the back.

Create a box frame picture from bits and pieces.

Tracy wrote a poem and found an outline of a butterfly online which she put around it. She chose a fancy font and colour for the poem, printed this on white paper, and then glued buttons, sequins and stickers around the butterfly outline – but you can also use recycled sweet wrappers, bottle tops and kitchen foil. Tracy then put her butterfly into a box frame, but you can use an empty box to mount it, or even the back of a cereal packet.

This is another variation, where Tracy used a box frame – but you can use an empty box – to create an 18th birthday tribute using different shapes, colours and sizes. Again, if you don’t have any craft or art materials at home, try the recycling bag and your imagination: you can even make your own glue.

Image of mobile made from paper plate, cereal packet and silver foilCreate your own star mobile. Click here for the instructions as a PDF, click here for the spiral template and click here for the star template.Create your own star mobile. Click here for the instructions as a PDF, click here for the spiral template and click here for the star template.

You will need a flat working space and:

  • Scissors
  • Silver Foil
  • Star Template
  • Paper Plate
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Some Cotton
  1. Draw a spiral on your plate and then cut it out very carefully.
  2. Attach cotton to the middle to hang by.
  3. Stick the silver foil to the back of the star template. When the glue is dry, cut out the star shapes.
  4. Cut the cotton into different lengths. Sandwich them between two same-sized stars and glue these together.
  5. Attach your stars (like the circles in the picture) by their cotton threads to the spiral. You choose where and what length to hang the stars.
  6. Hang somewhere that will catch the light.

Make a 3-D picture or card of a vase of flowers. You can download the instructions here, and either print templates to cut out and colour (Vase Outline and Heart Shaped Petal templates, or use the instructions to make your own templates from old magazines or junk mail. (You can even make your own glue from flour and water – here is a simple recipe.)