How to make a Golden Goblet

After choosing this book by Judy Balchin at our local library M looked through it and choose to make a golden goblet.

We started by constructing the shape of the goblet. We cut a plastic bottle in half, discarding the bottom half. We used masking tape to attach a cardboard circle to the top of the bottle. We then turned it upside down, this gave us the shape.

We ripped up a lot of newspaper into tiny pieces and added mixture of PVA glue and water. We let it soak for about 30 minutes and then squeezed out the excess water. We then used this paper mâché to cover the goblet.

When the paper mâché had dried M used an acrylic gold paint to cover the inside and outside of the goblet.

When this had dried it was time to stick on the glass beads. We initially tried sticking these on with glue dots, but they kept falling off. We then used a combination of Evo Stik and super glue which seemed to work well.

Having written down the process it seems very straight forward and I’m not really sure why it took months to complete this project. Waiting between each stage meant that the process couldn’t be completed all in one day and many weeks lapsed between each stage!

M was very pleased with the final outcome. Now it’s time to get finishing some of those other projects we have lying around the house!

What projects have you undertaken with or without children that lasted way too long? I’d love to hear about them.

Thanks for reading

Sarah 🙂

Making Dragon Eggs

Munashe recently celebrated his fifth birthday. Where did all that time go? He now is making lots of his own choices and when it came to decide what theme he would like for his birthday party he chose DRAGONS!!

Making these dragon eggs took me back to my primary school days. Not that I ever made dragon eggs but because of paper mâché and balloons!  Don’t you just love paper mâché?

First things first..ripping up the newspaper. Next, mixing up the wallpaper paste and start sticking.

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Zori absolutely loves this glue…lots of fun, sensory play and gooey fingers.

We could have kept going and covered these balloons more times to make them extra strong but it was really tricky to know how many layers we had done. So lots of guess work involved. The more layers, the stronger the dragon egg.

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We did a final layer in white printer paper, this was to make the painting stage more straight forward. I’m sure poster paints used to be more opaque than they are today. I remember the big boxes of coloured powder that we mixed ourselves. Now we just have semi opaque paint in bottles. Some things were just better back in the day!

The white layer worked really well and painting was a joy.

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The dragon eggs made up part of our ‘Hunt the Dragon Eggs’ game. For extra excitement I’d made some Origami Dragons and put them inside the paper mâché eggs. Munashe was very pleased to find a dragon 🙂

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For other dragon party ideas check out Feeding the Dragon andRoaring Dragon Activity

What theme did your child choose for their last birthday? Please comment below 🙂

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