Arts And Crafts

  • 6 Easy DIY hacks for spooktacular Halloween decorations!

    Looking for an affordable way to turn your home into a devilishly sinister haunted house this Halloween? Look no further because we’ve put together 6 easy Halloween hacks for spooky decorations below! Scroll down if you dare to discover some amazing DIY decorations, from petrifying painted pumpkins to creepy candles!

    Creepy Candles

    These creepy candles are super easy and a great decoration to place anywhere around the home this Halloween! Simply take a permanent marker and draw on two eyes and a mouth to create ghastly faces! No matter how simple or complex your designs, these candles are bound to creep out your guests!

    via www.growingspaces.net

    Painted Pumpkins

    Want to create some petrifying pumpkins without the mess? Grab a paintbrush and get creative with some painted pumpkin designs! Take inspiration from these amazing creations and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. So easy but SO effective!

    via www.thismama.co.uk

    Mason Jar Mummies

    These mason jar mummies are a great way to create a spooktacular atmosphere this Halloween. Simply wrap bandages around your jar and secure with glue (or even tie in a knot!), then glue on some googly eyes and pop in a tea light! You can even place in our colour changing LED tea lights for a twist on the classic lantern! Browse our selection of mason jars here!

    via www.alittleclaireification.com

    Wall of Bats

    A simple yet fangtastically effective Halloween project is to create a terrifying wall of bats! Print out this bat stencil, then take some black card and fold in half. Place the edge of the stencil marked ‘FOLD’ along the fold in the black card and cut out your bat shape. Unfold and stick to the wall with blu tack! Create as many bats as you like in as many sizes as you want…the more the better!

    via www.madeeveryday.com

    Tangerine Pumpkins

    A cute and quirky alternative to the classic pumpkin, these tangerine pumpkins are perfect for Halloween! Simply take a black marker and draw on your scariest pumpkin design!

    via www.pinterest.com

    Lollypop Ghosts

    We love these cute lollypop ghost creations and they’re super easy to make! Take a lollypop, like one of these Swizzels fruity pop lickables, and wrap a tissue around. Secure with ribbon or an elastic band and draw on your spookiest face! The perfect Halloween treats for your party guests!

    via www.onelittleproject.com

     

     

  • 6 free Halloween pumpkin carving templates

    Carve a petrifying pumpkin with ease using our free downloadable pumpkin templates, just print off, stick to your pumpkin, and cut out the black shapes!

    Easy pumpkin templates

    Take the hassle out of carving with these easy but fun Halloween templates!

    Download the template here

    Download the template here

    Medium pumpkin templates

    For those pumpkin carvers ready to take it to the next level this Halloween, these designs are perfect for carving a terrifying creation!

    Download the template here

    Download the template here

    Difficult pumpkin templates

    Wow your guests with these intricate pumpkin designs this Halloween! These spooky templates are sure to be a fun challenge for the carving pros.

    Download the template here

    Download the template here

    Don't forget the tea lights! Available here

    Adult supervision required at all times

  • The Savvy Parent's Guide To Half Term

    The Savvy Parent's Guide To Half Term

    So the kids are off, they’re full of energy, and they’re expecting their much anticipated half term to be filled with all manner of cool stuff to brag about when they get back to school. No problem, right? You’ll just whisk them away to some tropical island that’s always hot, is made of sweets, and is populated by all 802 Pokémon – easy.

    For those of us who don’t live in a fantasy world, coming up with ideas for half term that’re both fun and within our budget is slightly more difficult. While you’ll always have old faithful’s like a trip to the cinema or a wander around town, you can’t exactly fill an entire week with them - and even if you could, you want your kids to have a bit more fun than that anyway, don't you?

    Well luckily for you, Poundstretcher has just what you need to keep your kids entertained this week!

    loomz

    Arts and Crafts

    Let’s be real – while we’re all praying it won’t, it’s probably going to rain/ be cold/ be windy for the entire half term. But don’t worry ‘cause with our great range of arts and crafts kits, we’ve definitely got something to keep the kids occupied if you end up being stuck indoors this week.

    Why not see this as a chance to get the creative juices flowing and even learn a brand new skill? With the help of our incredibly fun craft kits, you can hold your child’s attention, and (if you’re lucky) get them into a brand new hobby!

    Give each other a stylish make over with the help of our Super Loomz Deluxe kit! Packed full of bands, beads, charms, and clips, along with a helpful loom board, this is the perfect kit for any budding fashionista!

    But if glam isn’t your kids jam and they’re more into traditional crafts, you could always introduce them to the wonderful world of knitting! Our super cool knit kit comes with 4 colourful yarns, a hoop needle, and some handy instructions on how to knit their very own hat! But don’t worry if they fall in love with the craft so fast that they run out of wool, as we also stock loads of yarn –meaning they’re free to try out loads more patterns and colours!

    And if you’ve got a budding scientist in your sights, you can blow their mind with this amazing solar robot kit! Educational and exciting, this cool character can be transformed into 14 equally exhilarating robot modes, including a crawling crab and a flashy speedster! Plus, with the added bonus of it taking on both land and water, we’re pretty sure you’ll be just as excited about it as your child!

    dinsey-set

    And if your kid’s more arts than crafts, you can always pick up one of our great Disney themed art sets, and sit back and watch as they nurture their natural artistic talent!

    Outdoor Activities

    If by some miracle it’s actually warm enough to venture outside this half term, then you’re going to want to take a look at our great range of sporting equipment!

    outdoor-toys

    Combine the thrill of friendly competitive fun, with the kick of staying fit and active! With loads of great sporting sets to choose from including our cracking cricket kit, the glorious golf set, and our terrific tennis gear – you’ll have to start thinking of ways to get them back inside!

    camping

    Camping

    If you’ve got itchy feet and are dying to get away, but you’ve just not got the funds to go abroad, then why not dig the tent out and take the family camping! With our extensive range of camping gear including our very useful picnic mat and travel rug, tent ground sheet, plastic cups and the all-important disposable BBQ set – you could give the kids the exciting trip away you’ve all been craving!

    disposable-BBQ

    So if you’re stuck for ideas for on how to make this half term a humdinger, then get yourself down to your local Poundstretcher and pick up some supplies today!

  • Fang-tastic Halloween Games!

    Fang-tastic Halloween Games!

    A haunted house party isn’t complete without a few house party games!

    Keep the skeletons, monsters, zombies and everybody else entertained with our list of spook-tacular games!

    Our favourite game that we will defiantly be playing this Halloween is Apple Bobbing! This classic game can easily be turned into a garish game fit for Halloween!

    Just add a few drops of red food colouring to your water (it might stain!) and throw some apples in and sink your fangs into the pool of blood. Fang-tastic!

    bowl of water filled with apples and covered with spider web design

    The next game we think would go down a treat is Mummy Wrap! To play this, divide your guests into pairs and give each pair a roll of toilet paper (we suggest you stock on some of ours)! The first team to use up all the roll wins!

    mummy wrapped in rolls

    To really get into the creepy spirit, we suggest playing What’s in the Bowl? This simple game will give everyone the jeepers creepers!

    Grab one of our Pumpkin Sweet Buckets – they’re not just for collecting treats so they’ll be perfect for this game!

    Fill separate bowls with the slimiest food you can think of like cold spaghetti, jelly, mushy grapes, and more that will make your guests squirm! Cover each bowl or blind fold your brave guest and let them guess what they’re touching!

    pumpkin buckets in purple and orange

    And our final spook-tacular Halloween game is PUMPKIN BOWLING! This is a classic indoor game that can also create a spookier atmosphere when played outside. For this simple fun game, grab some rolls of toilet paper and stack them to look like a ghostly figure and use your pumpkin for a bowling ball!

    halloween bowling with a pumpkin

    Got any other frighteningly fun suggestions? Then go over to our Facebook and Twitter and share your ideas with us! Keep up to date with our latest posts on Instagram and visit our website to view our full range of Halloween goodies!

  • Five Ways To Use White Chocolate

    Five Ways To Use White Chocolate

    To celebrate White Chocolate Day that happened this week, we thought we’d compile a list of all the ways you can use the chocolatey treat  and share our favourite recipes with you! All products mentioned are Poundstretcher worthy and you won’t need to break the bank to buy our stuff!

    BE WARNED YOU WILL CRAVE CHOCOLATE THROUGHOUT THIS POST!

    1. The obvious way is too of course is EAT it! If you fancy a pick me, we have plenty of chocolate waiting to be eaten in our stores at great prices!

    broken up bits of white chocolate

    2) Drink it- We suggest making White Hot chocolate for that creamier finish for those cold nights! You don’t need to stop just there. You can also use it to make the most delish milkshake!

    All you need to make the perfect white chocolate milkshake is:

    85ml of semi skimmed milk

    170ml of vanilla ice cream

    50g of white chocolate chips

    A bar of white chocolate for garnish

    1. Blend milk with the chocolate chips and keep blending until it is smooth
    2. Slowly add scoops of ice cream and blend until it resembles a slightly melted appearance
    3. Grate the block of white chocolate and use to garnish on top of the milkshake and serve!

     

    vanilla milkshake with whipped cream at the top

    3) Make ice cubes- If you want to add a bit of flavour to your drink, these flavoured ice cubes will do just the trick! They are perfect to accompany with milkshakes.

    You will need:

    200ml milk

    50ml water

    1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa

    1 teaspoon of sugar

    70g of white chocolate

    Ice Cube Tray

    1. Cut the chocolate into fine pieces and set aside in a heat proof bowl
    2. Add all the ingredients together into a large saucepan and allow everything to come to a boil over medium heat
    3. Pour the mixture over the chocolate and then allow the chocolate to melt for five minutes.
    4. Pour the mixture in one of our ice cube trays and distribute evenly to get enough chocolatey goodness in each hole
    5. Freeze the ice cubes

     

    assorted range of ice cube trays in purple, yellow and red

    4) Dip it- Create a white chocolate sauce by melting the chocolate that can be used as a dip or even as a sauce that can be drizzled on to other treats such as cakes, brownies or other goodies that tickle your fancy!

    image of splashing white milk

    5) Mould it- Why not get creative and use it to create some fancy shapes or use our Silicone Heart Baking Pan and share some chocolate loving!

    1. Melt some white chocolate.
    2. Grab your mould of choice and slowly pour the melted chocolate into the mould
    3. Once filled, tap your mould on to your surface to release any trapped air bubbles
    4. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes and voila your chocolate mould is ready!

    red heart mould

    With our tips on how to use white chocolate, we hope this gives you an inspiration on what to do with your white chocolate this week!

    Tweet us with how you used your white chocolate today or tag us in your Instagram pictures! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook 

  • Half Term Boredom Hacks

    Half Term Boredom Hacks

    Are you ready for half term?

    Well now you will be with these handy arts and crafts ideas! Getting creative is something anyone can do, even on a shoe string budget.

    And if anyone can do that, it’s your mini humans. Kids are the most creative people in the world with their imagination, curiosity and unique point of view.

    So grab plenty of glitter, your baking kits and potatoes because this half term we’re getting stuck in with these arty activities:

    Mason Jar Madness!
    Mason jars with watermelon smoothies and cucumbers

    I know what you’re thinking: no not another Mason jar blog. These little glass beauties can be used for anything from making snow globes, smoothies, vases, and more! We love making our own mocktails ready for the warm weather – if the sun does appear this half term, we all know what English weather is like! Our favourite recipe is the English Garden which is apple juice, lemonade, ginger, elderflower, cucumber, and water. It’s delicious and refreshing for cooling off on a hot day. If you have a juicer or food processor it can be a fantastic way to get kids to eat their greens with a smoothie. You can make them more appealing by creating your own superhero or princess inspired smoothies like the Cinderella (strawberries, raspberries, bananas,  blueberries and yoghurt) and the Hulk (kale, kiwi, apple, pears, broccoli and bananas)!

    The Great Half Term Bake Off!
    Parents baking with their daughter
    We all deserve a treat now and then so why not bake fairy cakes with the little ones during half term? Replacing egg with banana can make carrot cupcake not only delicious but healthy. That’s right, healthy cakes… apart from the icing, of course. Let this be your cheat day on the diet, we won’t tell!

    You need:

    For the cake:
    1 ripe banana mashed
    1tbsp of margarine
    1 grated carrot
    1 tsp of ground cinnamon
    1 tbsp of baking powder
    4oz of self-raising flour
    A handful of raisins

    Icing:
    Half a tsp of vanilla extract
    1 tbsp of margarine
    3 tbsp icing sugar
    A handful of pecans

    Measure your ingredients with your baking kit, sift the flower then mix all of the dry ingredients together to create a well. Add the wet ingredients and stir until you have a lush smooth batter. Place in your cupcake cases and bake at 180 degrees until your cakes have risen to a nice spongy texture. Let them cool off for the afternoon (try not to eat them… okay we ate 2), then mix together your icing ingredients (apart from the pecans) with a fork. Gently whisk it up in to a sugary thick icing and dab on top of your cakes. Finish them off by placing 1 pecan on top of each iced cupcake. Mmm scrumptious.

    Little Green Fingers
    A little blonde girl watering the garden
    Giving the kids their own little patch of the garden is wonderful for helping them learn about caring for nature and the environment as well as busting that half term boredom. You can teach them about growing food by planting some vegetable and fruit seeds in a corner of the garden or some herbs in a little planter. Get the tots involved by giving them a small watering can and get them to help encourage our bumble bee friends by watering the flowers for them to pollinate.

    Potato Art
    Potato stamps
    Potato stamps are a childhood classic and are a brilliant way to get the kids to make their own art during their half term holidays. Lay newspaper across the table to prevent any spillages then grab some paper and felt tip pens and let your mini start drawing! It’ll be a lovely contrast of pen and paint on their creation! Cut your potato in half then simply get the template – cookie cutters are surprisingly good for this – to cut round. Dab the moist parts of the potato with some kitchen roll then dip the stamp in paint and assist the little ones with gently pressing down the potato stamp. You can also use celery to make some pretty flower petal shapes too and carrots are brilliant for a more textured print!

    What are you up to this half term? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter!

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