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Make a Medieval Tapestry

Make a Medieval Tapestry




So, I’ve been racking my brain to think of ideas for our Middle Ages unit that are NOT run of the mill and I think I may have hit on one!

Yesterday we made our own tapestries!! Well,  sort of…. We did break out a loom or anything like that. We did it OUR way. 😉

I dug out a couple of scraps of fabric that were sitting on top of one of my fabric boxes and decided they would work just fine.

Then I hunted down the dowel rods that I knew were here SOMEWHERE!

After that I hunted high and low for yarn or twine… ANYTHING to hang them with!! I got lucky and found some string.

When we got to our Middle Ages study I showed Cailey and Colin different pictures of medieval tapestries and explained how they were used.

Then I sat them in front of the fabric scraps with their paints and brushes and let them go.


This is what they came up with.


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Colin went with a shield and knights.

The lighting for this pic was terrible and using the flash only made it worse! LOL


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Cailey went with a unicorn and rose vines.


After the paint dried, I put a ton of glue at the tops and wrapped them around the dowels. Then I added the strings to end.

Viola! Medieval tapestries!!!

You could always have your child try their hand at a bit of embroidery.






Make Your Own Shield and Sword

We are a week into studying the middle ages and having a TON of fun with it!!!!

We drew motte and bailey castles, read books, watched videos and now we’ve made our own shields and swords!

I started out by cutting the shield shapes from thin cardboard, like the long, flat boxes that 24 packs of soda come in.

Then I stapled the handles to the back, once again using the same thin cardboard, but from the sides of the boxes.

Next I made the paste! I sort of eyeball the paste when I make it but I use a little flour, Elmer’s Glue (almost 2 bottles) and water. For one child or smaller projects I would make about 1/2.


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Then they started layering!



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Once the shields were dry (the next day), we glued aluminum foil to the front and back, making sure to cover the handle as well.


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After that, they painted them.



For the swords I used cardboard from one of our moving boxes and just cut out the shape.

Then we used paper mache on them as well.


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Next came aluminum foil and construction paper.

Finally, they decorated the hilts with glitter glue.


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Here is Colin’s finished sword!


They had so much fun making them and have been battling it out ever since! LOL






DIY Burlap and Cardboard Initial

Burlap and Cardboard Initial



Here it is, my burlap and cardboard initial for our front door. It was very easy to make (other than the blisters on my fingers from the hot glue gun) and the decorations on the letter can be changed with the season.



What I Did –


I cut 3 letter Bs out of cardboard and hot glued them together to make them thicker and sturdier.

Next, I cut out 2 pieces of burlap using the letter B as a guide.  I made them large enough to overlap on the edges.

Then I cut out pieces from a Halloween print and hot glued velcro to the backs.

I made bow and glued velcro to it as well.

Then I hot glued the burlap to the letter, overlapping it.

Lastly, I used some black, shiny rickrack to tie to our front door!


It was very quick and easy! 😀


I wanted something that I could change with the seasons/holidays without having to keep recreating it. 😉



Let me know if the directions are clear or not.







No Sew Notebook Cover

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More crafting for the new school year!

We had a couple of old composition books around that the kids didn’t use last year. I had an idea to pretty them up a little bit.



What I used :

Scrap fabric


Glue gun



I made a few mistakes here and there but I will tell you alllll about them in the steps! LOL


STEP 1 –


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Put your notebook on top of the fabric with the bottom of the notebook hanging over about 1/2″. Leaving 2″ on both sides of the notebook, cut around.



STEP 2 – 


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Cut 2 pieces of ribbon 2″ past the edges of the notebook.



STEP 3 –

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Cut a piece of ribbon about 4″ longer than the notebook (this will be the place mark).



STEP 4 –

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While your notebook is closed*, put some hot glue on the binding and attach the place mark.

*I had it open.



STEP 5 – 

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With your notebook closed*, add hot glue to the spin, center your fabric and attach it.



STEP 6 –

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Add hot glue around the edges of one side and wrap the fabric around. Do that to both sides.

(You should have some room at the top and bottom where the cover is longer than the fabric.)



STEP 7 –

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Open the notebook, hot glue the edges of the fabric and stick it to the inside.



STEP 8 –

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Close the notebook, add hot glue to the top edges and place your ribbon on top. *Do NOT mash the ribbon down. I think that’s why mine looks wrinkly.

Do the same to the bottom edges.

Open the notebook back up and glue the edges of the ribbon to the inside.






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I made this one for Cailey because she LOOOOVES SpongeBob!!!



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And I made this one for me! 😉


I am going to try my hand at adding the fabric to spiral bound notebooks. I’ll let you know how that goes. 😉






Cute and Easy Can Craft

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I had this old tin can sitting around with all our pens and pencils in it. It was so ugly!! I decided to pretty it up a little bit so it could sit on our table for the upcoming school year.



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I had a bit of scrap owl fabric left over from my cousin’s pjs and I thought it would be perfect for this!

I used a fabric marker to mark the measurements. I left an inch at the top and bottom.

Next I took my trusty hot glue gun and glued the fabric around the side. I folded over the fabric at the end and glued it in place.

Then I folded the remaining inch at the top into the can and glued it. After that I folded over the remaining inch at the bottom and hot glued it.

I decided that it needed a little something else and added the ribbon (hot gluing it in place, too).

Now I have a cute pencil can for our table!  Simple, easy and cute! 😉





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