At The Car Wash!

I run lots of birthday parties in The Craft Cabin but I get many more birthday girls then birthday boys popping in. So it’s always fun to try new ‘boy’ crafts.

We thought this Car Wash craft was the perfect craft for a tractor and car obsessed birthday boy. Here’s how we put it together..

Cardboard box for car washI tore the flaps off three sides of a cardboard box. Using a Stanley knife I cut three sides out of the front so that the bottom that touches the table is intact and looks like a ramp for the cars when folded down.

I then painted the box. I used one plain colour but if time isn’t an issue you could have lots of fun painting designs.

20170621_120909-optI cut two tubes to the height of the box. We’ve lots of tubes from oilcloth fabric but you could use kitchen roll tubes. Speed was an issue for us so I didn’t paint them, but you could.

 

20170621_120015-optI then cut out felt in blue and yellow like you see at the real car wash. I cut it so the each length of felt encircled the tub and three of those lengths covered the height. I also cut a small piece of felt for each of the ramp doors. With all of the pieces of, I fringed them.

Tip: when getting kids to fringe felt or fabric, I draw a line at the top where they can cut to. It gives them a visual cue to stop with the scissors!

20170621_122848-optI stuck the fringe around each of the cardboard tubes and fluffed them up a bit. I then stuck the larger fringe pieces on the inside of the box, behind the ramps.

 

20170621_122226-optWhen the box was dry I drew arrows on the each of the ramps, to direct vehicles! Inside I drew dashed lines to keep the vehicles on the right path. On the outside of the, I drew in lots of buttons and a display screen. I made a big ‘Car Wash’ poster to stick to the flap I didn’t cut off the box. I also, did a smaller sign to stick to the front of the box.

 

20170707_134243I then popped in the circular washers and found me some dirty cars to wash!

 

 

As with all our birthday crafts, we’re conscious of time and the number and ability of the children. With older kids we prep less or with younger kids we make things simpler. With this craft,

With this craft, there are lots of glueing and colouring that wee ones can do on their own. And for older kids you can add in some extra features: using lolly pop sticks and cut up sponges to make long handled sponges for a manual wash• make a drying element by cutting some holes along the side of the box and sticking some

  • using lolly pop sticks and cut up sponges to make long handled sponges for a manual wash
  • make a drying element by cutting some holes along the side of the box and sticking some strips of bubble wrap or cling film around the hole. If you blow into the hole the bubble wrap strips or cling film will lift.

Have fun putting all your tractors, trucks and cars through the Car Wash!

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National Yarn Shop Day: Octopuses for Preemies

Save the Date – Saturday, May 6th!

We love our yarn every day, May 6th is extra special because it’s Yarn Shop Day. We are delighted to be taking part in this annual event which celebrates local yarn shops around the country.Join us for coffee, cake & crochet! And lots more!

We’ve got so much planned for the day and throughout May…

Look at what we are getting up to:

Octopuses For Preemies

Can you knit or crochet?

We’re looking for volunteers to knit or crochet Octopuses for Preemies! These wonderful little creatures are given to premature babies to give them something to hold onto, rather than pull on their tubes. They also feel like the umbilical cord to the baby.

If octopuses aren’t your thing, make a blanket instead!

We’re giving away FREE yarn and patterns to every volunteer to show our appreciation! Pop in from the 6th of May to get your pack and bring them back at the end of the month. We’ll be donating them to ???

Why not come along to our Knit-A-Long/Crochet-A-Long on the 6th May from 11 am – 2 pm and get started on your octopus or blanket!

Free patterns

We have three wonderful free patterns to giveaway to every shopper on the 5th and 6th May! Get your hands on Coral The Mermaid, Rainbow The Unicorn, a pretty blanket or knitted bunting when you buy any yarn on May 5th and 6th!

Loyalty Card Launch

We will officially launch our Loyalty Card on the 6th of May! Get a stamp with every €15 you spend and once you collect 10 stamps you’ll get €10/£11.50 off your next €20 purchase.

To celebrate our new scheme, we’re giving away double stamps on Friday 5th and Sat 6th!

Promotions

On Friday 5th and Saturday 6th, we’ll have lots of promotions on our yarns too. We’ll have 2 for 1’s, project pack discounts and lots more – Yahoo!

To find out more about the day why not pop in-store for more information, follow us on Facebook and/or sign up to our newsletter