Kitchen Paper Roll Castle


Posted by Merryn | Posted in Corrugated Paper, Craft from Recycled Materials, Crafts by Materials, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 23-08-2011 | 32,045 views

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We saw some old cardboard boxes and kitchen paper rolls today and decided to make a castle out of it πŸ˜€

Kitchen paper roll castle

We use some old box and kitchen paper rolls

Cut one end of the kitchen paper rolls to look like the top of a castle tower.

Draw a door and cut until you are able to ‘open’ it

Cut the kitchen paper roll so that you can slide the cardboard in

Slide the cardboards into the kitchen paper rolls.

Personalized it as you wish. My boy insisted of pasting ‘bricks’ on the castleΒ  πŸ˜€

One of his favourite craft work at the moment, his very own castle πŸ˜€

Look, he is THAT happy! Seeing him happy makes ME happy πŸ˜€


Lala Butterfly


Posted by Merryn | Posted in Butterfly, Fingerprint Art, Insect crafts | Posted on 19-08-2011 | 13,885 views

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We ate some lala (a type of shellfish) the other day and instead of disposing the shells, we made butterflies out of them πŸ˜€

Click here for the full entry of our Lala Butterfly artwork πŸ™‚

Abstract Art – Bubble Wrap


Posted by Merryn | Posted in Art Crafts | Posted on 17-08-2011 | 18,071 views


We did a very interesting abstract art using bubble wrap today πŸ™‚

Bubble wrap abstract art

Paint a bubble wrap with the colours you like

The painted bubble wrap

Stamp the painted bubble wrap onto a piece of drawing block

Lift the bubble wrap and repeat.

Jelly Fish craft


Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Paper Crafts | Posted on 13-08-2011 | 18,517 views


He came home from his Mandarin class the other day with this jellyfish craft. It was a very cute craft indeed but when I asked him, he said most of the work was done by the teachers. He got to paste the tentacles though…

Jellyfish craft

Since he did not get to do it entirely by himself in school, I let him do it in the Studio today.

Paint a jellyfish and let it dry

Cut. He can cut perfectly now πŸ˜€

Paste the eyes

Paste the tentacles

Tah-dah! Equally cute and 100% his own effort! *thanx to his teachers for the idea though* πŸ˜€

Hungry Ghost


Posted by Merryn | Posted in Halloween, Paper Plate Crafts | Posted on 11-08-2011 | 8,136 views


The Ghost Festival, also known as the Hungry Ghost Festival is a traditional Chinese festival celebrated by Chinese in many countries. According to the Chinese Calendar, the Hungry Ghost Festival falls on the 15th night of the seventh lunar month. It is believed, ghosts and spirits, including those of the deceased ancestors, come out from the lower realm on this day.

Are you afraid of GHOST? Taken from my Horror in Singapore Night Safari post

Keeping up with the ghostly season, we did a Hungry Ghost craft today.

I cut the edges of a paper plate so that it has sharp teeth all over

Cut a construction paper and paste the paper plate teeth on it.

Add eyes and the ghost is ready! I wanted to add splashes of red paint to make the ghost a very gory one but decided against it as I don’t wanna cause nightmares to the kids!

Stamping with cut straws


Posted by Merryn | Posted in Crafty Crafted Friends | Posted on 09-08-2011 | 10,219 views


Roopa of Putti Prapancha shared with us this beautiful art work by stamping with cut straws.

Roopa says, “Cut one end of drinking straws to make star shape and dip it into paint and then stamp on paper to create stars, flowers, fire works and anything else”

Easy peasy and very lovely indeed. Thank you Roopa for sharing with us this beautiful artwork. Click here for the full instruction on stamping with cut straws.

You too can share your art and craft work with us. Just click here to submit. Thank you πŸ˜€

How to draw with charcoal


Posted by Merryn | Posted in Art Crafts, Charcoal drawing | Posted on 04-08-2011 | 8,067 views


I sent Ethan to his Mandarin class today and went to work right after. For the very first time I have peace and quiet at my work place. I saw this sitting at the corner..

Charcoal sticks

I have never sketched using charcoal before but since I have all the time in the world today, I decided to try and came out with this..

Charcoal Zebra

Though I thought that the zebra is cute, but it did not seem ‘alive’. Of course the flaw here is though I was using charcoal, I sketched exactly like how I draw using a pencil hence the failure to get the desired effect.

I then googled for more info on drawing with charcoal and learnt something new:

* Take a piece of eraser and erase out the outline. That’s right, I will be drawing with an eraser which I did not do with the zebra earlier.

Now, I’m very keen to learn more on charcoal drawing as it is really fun! (not to mention MUCH easier if compared to a pencil!)

Pencil vs Charcoal

Of course the charcoal art looks better. It will be better once I’ve mastered the art of drawing with charcoal. Wish me luck! πŸ˜€