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Rainy Day Craft Ideas For The Whole Family

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As autumn draws in, the days get shorter – and, let’s face it, rainier – which means keeping the kids occupied isn’t always as easy as going for a quick walk in the park. At least, not unless you want a gaggle of whining, wet-through youngsters on your hands. Rainy days are often the days you find yourself frantically googling for things to do, so we thought we’d put together a list of rainy day crafts to keep (you and!) the kids busy – even when the weather’s inclement.

Scroll down for our favourite rainy day craft ideas!

Crayon Candles

Tutorial at Evermine.

These candles are so much fun to make, and kids are sure to love the bright crayon-based colours! Melt wax crayons in the microwave (adult supervision highly recommended!), pour them into glass votives of your choice, and leave to harden. You can layer up a variety of different crayons for colourful contrast, or keep it simple with a single colour.

You will need:

  • Glass votives
  • Wax crayons
  • Wax wicks
  • Paper cups
  • Lolly sticks (for stirring)

BFG Dream Jar

Tutorial at Hobbycraft.

What child doesn’t love Roald Dahl? This craft is an homage to the BFG and his dream jars. It’s super easy to make – all you’ll need is a mason or large jam jar, paints, glitter and cotton wool. Once you’ve made the jars, be prepared for the kids to request some serious story time.

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DIY Playdough

Tutorial at Everything Etsy.

Playdough is a rainy day rite of passage for every child in the country. But it can be expensive to buy pot after pot (especially when the colours get mushed into that unappealing grey-brown shade). With this simple recipe, you can make your own playdough in a whole rainbow of colours! All the ingredients are store cupboard friendly, so you might have most of them already (and the ones you don’t will keep until the next time you need them)! Keep your playdough in an airtight jar to make it last longer.

You will need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Boiling water
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • Cream of tartar
  • Essential oils
  • Food colouring

Moss Terrarium

Tutorial at Parent Pretty.

This might be one for a drizzly day, rather than a full-on deluge, as you’ll need to head out and collect stones and miniature plants to build your terrarium. Kids will love building this tiny microcosm of nature, and getting their hands dirty in the soil and stones. Plus, terrariums look fantastic, are easy to assemble, and they’re a very cute way to bring a little microcosm of your garden inside.

You will need:

  • Large glass jar
  • Small pebbles
  • Activated charcoal
  • Potting soil
  • Moss or other small plants
  • Bamboo skewer

Raincloud In A Jar

Tutorial at Home School Pre School.

This one’s great for education and for fun. First, discuss with your kids how rain is made, and why clouds are important. Then you can demonstrate! Using shaving foam, water and food colouring, you can make your very own raincloud in a jar. It’s a perfectly topical rainy day craft!

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Mason Jar Ghosts

Tutorial at Number 2 Pencil.

Here’s a spooky Halloween themed craft, perfect for an October rainy day. Make these adorable ghosts using just a few simple materials! All you need is a variety of glass jars, white spray paint and googly eyes. The white paint is also really effective for placing LED tealights in to create an eerie orange glow.

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We hope you love these rainy day crafts as much as we do! If you give any of them a go, please tag us in your social media photos – we love to see them!

Don’t forget you can buy jars for all your crafts with no minimum order at Ampulla.

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BRAND NEW Colourful Lids For Our Plastic Jars!

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Want to make your products stand out from the crowd and make an impact in-store and online? Step forward our brand new, vibrant, colourful lids made for our 10ml and 20ml screw-top plastic jars! They come in 5 different eye-popping colours: sherbet yellow, soft lilac, flame red, bubblegum pink and baby blue, alongside the standard white and black options, all designed to make your products pop with style! As well as providing style, these lids are also functional, with the screw-top locking in your product’s freshness and stopping it from leaking.

We think that these lids are perfect for locking in paint, glitter and cosmetics such as eye shadows, as you can colour co-ordinate the lids to the shade of your product within. The pastel colours of these lids are appealing to young kids and adults alike, meaning that the ideas for what to put in these jars are endless! Their small sizes also make these jars a fantastic option for sending out samples of your products to potential customers through the post, or for placing on a tester stall in-store.

Prices for our 10ml plastic jars with one of our brand new colourful lids start at just 20p each, with the price per unit going down when you buy in bulk quantities! So whether you’re a small indepandent retailer or a huge multi-national business, we’ve got the perfect packaging pricing for you.

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The 20ml jars are slightly taller than their 10ml counterparts, but are just as lightweight and sturdy. The curved surface of the jars give you the ideal surface for placing your branded labels and stickers to make the jars your own! Prices for our 20ml plastic jars with screw top lids start at 36p each, again with further discounts per unit when bought in bulk quantities.

So what are you waiting for? Bag a bargain and a splash of colour today! Click here to browse the whole collection!

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Gift-Wrapping Tips

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Wrapping your presents is probably the most boring part of the lead up to Christmas and we often leave it all until the last minute to do! Why not take wrapping seriously this year and add a stylish aesthetic to your presents? Your friends and family will love the extra effort that you’ve gone to and they’ll look fantastic under the Christmas tree! Here are a few gift-wrapping tips to help you make your presents look the very best they can possibly be.

Choose Complimenting Colours

The classic Christmas colours are gold, red and green, but you can also get creative and mix things up a bit! If you’re using ribbon in your wrapping, you simply can’t go wrong with red paper paired with gold ribbon. If you’re using patterned paper, it might be best to steer clear of using ribbon at all, as it can clash and look jarring. If you want to save a bit of money, why not wrap your gifts in newspaper? It actually looks pretty stylish (just make sure to check that there are no weird or depressing headlines on them first)! Finish by tying it up with string for a true rustic effect.

Use Double Sided Tape

Sticky tape is essential to gift wrapping, but it can make your efforts look messy, which is not ideal. To get around this problem, simply find yourself some double sided sticky tape and use that to stick the undersides of your wrapping paper together. You won’t believe how much neater your gifts will look!

Use Wired Ribbon

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If you are using ribbon, we recommend using wired ribbon as it is very easy to form into standalone bows. Just be careful not to leave any wire sticking out of the ribbon after you cut a piece off, as it can really hurt if it catches your fingers! You can find this type of ribbon online and in any good crafts store. If you’re feeling extra creative, why not take a look at this great tutorial from wikiHow which talks you through how to create different types of bow using wired ribbon?

Stick To Clean, Sharp Edges

One of our top gift-wrapping tips to get your presents looking and feeling professional is to make sure that the edge of your paper aligns with the edge of the packaging. This creates a seamless look! A great trick is also to fold over the edge of your wrapping paper to hide any frayed paper on the exposed cut edges. This also makes it easier for you to line up the edges of the paper to the edges of your packaging. And if all else fails, ribbon can hide a multitude of sins!

Like our gift-wrapping tips? Then you’ll love our homemade gift ideas!