[AD] Ravel Tales is all about being creative and crafting ideas, so in celebration of Ravel Tales taking over the UKMums.TV website for the next two weeks, we’ve taken a look at some more fabulous crafts that you can complete at home!

Mini Lid Banjo’s courtesy of The Craft Train

Make some mini banjos from old jar lids and loom bands with a craft stick handle. This is a fun stem or steam craft for kids and the finished miniature banjo is so adorable! Once finished, your mini banjo’s loom band strings make a very soft strumming sound.

You will need:

  • Jumbo craft sticks – one per banjo
  • Loom Bands – four per banjo
  • Tape
  • Duct tape
  • Sequins
  • Craft glue


How to:

Place four loom bands over the lid and secure in place with a piece of duct tape as shown.

Next cut the end from your jumbo craft stick and decorate it with a washi tape pattern.

Now attach the lid with loom bands in place to the craft stick with a second piece of duct tape.

Finally use small dabs of craft glue to stick on your sequins, or alternatively use plastic gems or a marker to draw the little tuning knobs on the end of your banjo handle.

Tissue Box Monsters courtesy of TheBestIdeasForKids.com

In need of a rainy day activity? Look no further than these super cute and easy to make Tissue Box Monsters that we found! Not only are they a great way to recycle an old tissue paper box, but children will love designing their own monster and no two designs will be the same!

You will need:

  • Tissue Box
  • White Paint
  • Coloured Paints
  • Googly Eyes
  • White Card
  • Pom Poms
  • Black Sharpie or marker
  • Popsicle Sticks (optional)
  • Glue
  • Craft Knife (adults only)


How to:

Pull out any plastic inner lining inside the tissue box before you start.

Paint the outside of the tissue box with white to prime the box. Adding white will make sure the design of the tissue box doesn’t show through the paint.

Once dry, paint the outside of the tissue box a colour of your choice, and paint the inside a different colour.

Outline around the “mouth” of the monster (the opening of the tissue box) with a black marker. This will make the mouth pop more.

For the purple box, cut 1 popsicle stick in half. Paint the pieces purple and let them dry. Glue 2 small googly eyes to the sticks. Make a small slit mark at the top of the box with the craft knife (adults should help with this part) to push the sticks in.

Glue large googly eyes to the top of the tissue box. You can add one, two, three or more eyes!

Cut out large teeth from paper or white cardstock. Glue the teeth to the inside of the tissue box mouth.

Give your monsters a little more character by gluing some large pom-poms to the top of the tissue boxes.

What’s the best thing you and your children have made together? Let us know by commenting down below and be sure to share your pictures with us on social media, tagging @UKMumstv!

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