Monster Head Wall Art with Bostik

bostikmon9Rarrrrrr! Did I scare you all? Probably not but pretending to be a scary monster is one of those essential parts of childhood. Why not combine all the thrill and amusement of shocking the family with a craft activity. Try out my Monster Head Wall Art tutorial and your little ones are bound to have a roaring good time! This blog was made from supplies given to me by Bostik as part of their Craft Ambassador program, search Bostik on the side bar to see some of my previous Bostik crafts.

bostikmon1What You’ll Need

Bostik Glu Dots

Blu Tack White Glu

Cardboard cone (buy a blank one from a craft store or make one)

Piece of felt

2 Polystyrene balls

Pompoms, feathers, foam shapes or anything you fancy to decorate your monster pal

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Every self respecting monster needs terrifying skin, cut some shapes from the felt and glue onto the cone using the Blu Tack White Glu, then leave to dry completely. My daughter cut out triangle shapes and glued them from the tip of the cardboard cone to the back to create scales.


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Draw some pupils onto the two polystyrene balls, these will become your eyes. Stick the eyes together using a Bostik Glu Dot. Then attach two glu dots to the bottom of each eye and stick onto the end of the cone.


Step 3

Time to decorate and let your imagination run wild!! We stuck foam hand shapes to the back of our monster’s head. Then we used wired feathers which were bent at a right angle and threaded between the eyes, these were stuck inside the cone using tape to give a really secure anchor. Small pom poms were stuck at random around the head using glu dots, and then we stuck a larger fluffy pom pom onto the tip of the cone/head to give the monster a bright blue nose.bostikmon8

Of course you could decorate your monster in whatever way you fancy.


Step 4

To hang the head on the wall simply position over a nail or picture hook (that may be a job best left to the parents if hammers are involved!!) then stand back and admire your monstrously good craft skills.bostikmon9

Pulled Pork Burger with Leerdammer Recipe

LeerdammerpulledporkIt’s finally starting to feel like summer and with lazy weekends on the horizon that means it’s time to dust off the BBQ and get cooking! That’s no excuse to be boring though, try out this yummy Pulled Pork Burger with Leerdammer Recipe created by those clever chaps as Leerdammer and you’re sure to delight your friends and family.


What You’ll Need

1.6-2kg rolled joint of pork shoulder

2 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp mustard powder

1 tbsp wholegrain mustard

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 tbsp HP BBQ sauce, 4 tbsp tomato puree

2 tbsp muscovado sugar

1 tbsp cider or wine vinegar

6 brioche rolls

Coleslaw, to serve

6 slices Leerdammer Toastie & Burger slices


Serves: 6 Prep: 20 mins | Cooking: 5 hrs Method: Preheat the oven to 150°C, fan oven 130°C, Gas Mark 2.

Mix together the paprika, mustard powder and wholegrain mustard with 2 tbsp water and 1 tsp of salt and black pepper. Rub over the pork, then place it into a roasting tin, adding 400ml water. Cover with foil and slow-roast for 4½-5 hours. Prepare ahead up to this point 1-2 days before needed. Keep covered and refrigerated.

Preheat the barbecue. Mix together the HP BBQ sauce with tomato puree, sugar and vinegar. Brush over the meat. Barbecue the pork for two minutes on all sides until nicely browned. Alternatively, roast for 20-30 minutes at 200°C, fan oven 180°C, Gas Mark 6.

To serve, use two forks to pull the tender meat into nice chunky pieces.

Lightly barbecue or toast the rolls, pop in coleslaw and fill with the pork. op each one with a slice of Leerdammer Toastie & Burger.

On the side: or the coleslaw, finely slice g white cabbage and mi in  grated carrot and two finely chopped spring onions. Toss everything together in a 3-4 tbsp natural yogurt or mayonnaise. Just before serving, grate in an eating apple and add a squeeze of lemon juice.


The Woollen Woods in Derbyshire

A month or so ago I wrote about the upcoming Woollen Woods project that I was taking part in. Knitters from near and far created woodland creatures to be hung in Belper Park Woods as part of the Here and There Art Trail taking place in the town. The event was a huge success and seemed to delight everyone who was able to visit.

For those who were too far away or otherwise couldn’t make it I thought I’d post up a few snapshots plus a wonderful video created by the chaps at Ablewild.owlswool

I forgot to take my camera so these were only taken on my phone but the animals were so fabulous that even a dodgy phone picture can’t spoil them! I think the pic above should be named ‘Owls in Love’.


Red squirrels eating acorns, ‘real’ red squirrels are such a rare sight that it was lovely to see our native breed even if only in knitted form. This must be Mummy, Daddy and baby squirrel.


These three snails look distinctly like they might be up to no good, perhaps they were gossiping about the other animals in the woods that day.


This guy has obviously eaten all of the acorns and is now having a rest by some beautiful flowers.


There were even tree climbing bunnies, a sight you’ll only see in Derbyshire!! No doubt he was trying to get a better look at all the other chaps hiding in the trees.

I didn’t get a decent photo of everything (there was loads there!) and I was rather caught up hunting with my kids to find it all. The following video shows off a lot more but even this misses out some of the pieces, it just gives a wonderful feel of the whole event. My kids feature a lot in the video, my youngest took far more photos with his Grannie’s camera than I did. Hopefully the event will take place again next year and it is definitely worth a visit if you can.