Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Spring Tea Party Craft Ideas

Craft, craft, lovely craft. I'm not sure how, but I've managed to fit in some making recently, and for a change they all ended up as a themed collection. I was lucky enough to be gifted some Spring craft products from Baker Ross to blog about, and here's my first play around with them.

I used -

Spring themed activity pack - £6.99 - this had paper, card, ribbon and brads, an outline sticker sheet, pop-out baskets, and an activity sheet with project ideas. Loved the vibrancy of the colours on some of the paper and card selections, although I would've liked more variety with the patterned card. Overall though I thought it was a good to have a kit of basics and with some ideas to help get me started. I think there's lots of possibilities with a pack like this, and you do get some good quality card and paper for the money. I would've liked a few more little things, but I'd be more likely to buy a pack like this than one from a themed collection that might contain a lot of the same papers I'd get bored of.

Porcelain Paints -£10.99 for 6 - I received a box of six, and I love, love, love the colours. I had a white, a dark pastel blue and green shade, a bright green, and bright orange. With what I have used them for, a little goes a long way with these paints, so I think working out the cost per pot they present good value, especially if you're going to be painting small things. I was a bit wary of using a paint brush instead of a pen, but found it easier than expected, and with the trusty black fine liner, there's a good combination for some Spring painting. My only comment would be I'm not sure I'd use the white, I'd just leave those areas blank, so it might have been good to have another colour instead.

Tea Bag Holders - £3.99 for 5 - When I saw these on the list my first thought was - what is their purpose, does anyone need a teabag holder?! But I think they are really cute, and glazed which is always a bonus as I can wipe off my bad painting attempts, even after they've dried (before heat setting). I think they'd make a nice alternative to a hanging decoration - it might be possible to display them on mini plate stands/hooks. I enjoy the challenge of what to paint in different size spaces so painting these was good fun, I just found the dipped inside edge a bit of a challenge when trying to be neat. There's room to personalise so this could be a good option to sell on, perhaps with a matching card.

Apart from a few little things I've touched on, I was happy using all these products, and while the activity pack could be a bit better value for money - there's so many things adults can enjoy doing with all these items - and as basics, nothing will go to waste.

Find out more about the Baker Ross craft range at - www.bakerross.co.uk - all products were sent for he purposes of this review, but ideas and opinions are all my own.

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