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Kate Hodges

By Kate Hodges

25th September 2020

Make acorn flour and magical ink, recycle like a champ, rustic mobiles for happier babies. Plus a modern twist on well dressing, and Grayson returns!

Kate Hodges

By Kate Hodges

25th September 2020

Kate Hodges

By Kate Hodges

25th September 2020

DO and RECIPE Cups of Coffee

We’ve already used acorns for crafts this year, but they have myriad other uses. They’re toxic when raw and tough nuts to use in recipes, but you can make flour, coffee, or roast the kernels to make acorn brittle. You might even use them to make magical ink; find the druidic method here

EVENT Going Mobile

Mobiles look charming in any child’s bedroom, but are especially charming in a nursery. Why not try making your own? Use twigs and crayons to make this love-filled, rustic heart mobile, pretty paper, string and sticks to create jaunty boats floating from the ceiling or try making this adorable woodland animal design.

DO Come Again?

It’s National Recycling Week. This year the focus is on the key workers and members of the public who continued to recycle despite the challenges of 2020. Hurrah for everyone who washed their tins, put out their bins and scraped their dins into the compost. Why not use the week as an opportunity to learn about the recycling process, to try out these rubbish-rocking crafts (we love the bug hotel, moss balls and quilts) or to try a spot of up-cycling.

EVENT and DO Well, Well, Well

Derby Feste has made a resolution to get on and make ART! Their Derby Well Re-Dressed event gently appropriates the traditional Derby well dressing format to create community artworks across the city in any format; dance, performance, painting, sculpture, video or song, that celebrate community, the NHS, BLM, or loves lost; whatever you’d like to commemorate or capture. Find out more here or discover the ancient celtic roots of the tradition here

DO Ship Ahoy

Did you enjoy Grayson Perry’s Art Club that aired on C4 this summer? It was a highlight of our year, and sparked so much creativity and joy – catch up with it if you missed out. We are overjoyed to hear that it’s returning next April. If you’re craving more Grayson this autumn, head to the British Museum to take in his Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, an iron ship sailing into the afterlife bedecked with replicas of objects showcased in the museum. The museum is operating a booking system for free tickets right now; find out more about their family-friendly trails and activities here

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