supplied by Melanie Bosman, mother of 2 under 10 year olds, a chartered accountant who has ventured into the world of publishing. Wrote and published Mom’s Big Book of things to do and a series of semi-educational children’s stories


Quilling is a technique by which you use tiny rolled up pieces of paper to create a picture or design.

What you need:

  • Coloured sheets of paper
  • Craft glue
  • Flat container for glue
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

What you do:

Cut a rectangle, about the size of a postcard, from the paper. Lay the pencil along one edge and roll the paper around it. Use a few drops of craft glue to hold the paper in place at the end. Pull the pencil out of the paper. Cut the rolled paper into slices of about 5-10 mm each. The paper will get slightly flattened by the scissors, so gently squash it back into circles.

Use another piece of paper to cut out a shape that you want to decorate. This can be, for example, a heart, a flower or a tree. Squirt a bit of glue into a flat container. Dip the bottom of each quill into the glue and press it onto the shape. Repeat until your design is complete.


Create a lovely effect by using paint and a marble.

What you need:

  • Large flat container with an edge, such as a serving tray or baking tray (it’s ideal to use an old tray but if you don’t have one, first cover the tray with cling wrap)
  • Sheet of white paper or cardboard
  • Adhesive tape
  • Marble
  • Two (or more) colours craft paint
  • Containers to hold paint

What you do:

Place the sheet of paper in the middle of the tray. Secure it with small pieces of adhesive tape on each corner.

Pour paint into a container. Drop the marble in the paint and swirl it around until it is totally covered with paint. Drop the marble from the container into the corner of the tray. Lift the tray up with both hands and start tilting it in every direction so that the marble runs over the paper. You will see that the first lines are dark and then fade as the paint comes off the marble. Repeat this until you have the desired effect.

Clean the marble and repeat with another colour. When the paint is dry, carefully remove the adhesive tape and the paper from the tray

Both crafts above were published courtesy of Mom’s Big Book of Things to Do by Melanie Bosman, R110 including postage. Contact Melanie on to place your orders.

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