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Kids Crafts: Castle Desk Tidy

| August 20, 2012 | 39 Comments

back to school craftWelcome back to this week’s Kids Crafty (a couple of days early)! If you know our house, you will know that we have pots of pencils and pens and crayons and scissors and all sorts floating around all the time. Tidy it is not. And if we need to clear a surface we need move LOTS of things. So we decided it was about time of a desk tidy! And not any desk tidy – but a toilet roll desk tidy (why of course! Our favourite craft material)!!! A perfect Back to School craft too. Get your kid’s tables sorted. There is also a fabulous competition by eBay, that I will help judge! Find our more below.

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We started off relatively simple and then got a bit carried away – the little boat is for some Peanut People we made, but you could also use it hold erasers and pencil sharpeners. The trees are there, so that you can add sheets or paper/ letters of postcards between the castle and the trees. Perfect.

Materials: 7 Toilet rolls (3 cut in half), acrylic paint, extra bits of card for trees, boat and door, paint, a shoe box lid (a piece of card would be ok too, but the lid has the added bonus of having a rim, which means things will not roll out of it).

We intended to paint the castle red. But I had run out of red. So this shiny pinky/red it was!

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1) Cut your loo rolls to shape. And decide on the basic lay out for your castle.

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2) Paint your loo rolls. Wear old clothes, acrylics do stain.

3) Cut out any extras such as trees and paint. Again, I cut, the kids painted..

4) Let dry.

5) Glue in place. Now we used a hot glue gun, as I have many a child hood memory of things like this falling apart and being VERY annoying. So either use VERY GOOD PVA glue, supported by a bit of masking tape (that you can paint over) or a hot glue gun! The trees are glued to the rim of the shoe-box lid.

6) I then cut out little extras like the boat and the draw bridge and we stuck it all in place.

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And here full of pens!

(PS the Knights are a little preview our my Kids Craft Book coming out in March 2013!)

Are you feeling inspired yet???? Well… if you are… you can take part in a fantastic competition by eBay (UK). eBay is helping parents to get ready for the back to school rush, while making those final weeks of the summer holidays fun. They are challenging families to show their creative flair to be in with a chance of winning up to £200 PayPal credit. From August 16th to August 30th, they’re sharing fun, creative and crafty activity ideas for parents to do with their kids. To bag one of their ten £60 PayPal credit prizes or one of four £200 Paypal credit grand prizes, parents simply need to upload a picture of their kids’ crafty creation into their Facebook competition app

I am honoured to be one of the judges would will help pick the winners at the end of this period! How exciting!

 In the meantime, you are still welcome to link up your REGULAR kids crafts (these are NOT part of the competition here):

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  1. Liz Burton says:

    You’re castle is so cool, and the knights look cute – I can’t wait for your book!

    I’ve linked up and thanks for the heads up on the competition, I’m off to enter now!

  2. Red Ted Art says:

    Thanks Liz! I can’t wait for the book either… Good luck with the Competition!

  3. This is the cutest art supplies storage solution I’ve seen! LOVE!!!

  4. I am constantly amazed by your creative ideas. This craft/art supply station has to be one of my favorite posts I’ve seen thus far!

  5. Jen Fischer says:

    I absolutely love that! How great. I’ve been wanting to use toilet paper rolls to make toothbrush caddies for the bathroom – you’ve inspired me to get that done!

  6. Jennifer says:

    That is wonderful! I love how it is all contained in the shoebox lid.

  7. Red Ted Art says:

    Awe, I was out for the day and I come back to all your lovely comments. Funny, as I am so used to seeing our desk tidy now, I didn’t feel it was so special anymore, so really nice to read your kind comments!!!

  8. Fantastic Maggy, I especially love the little boat! and your photo of Pip Squeak is adorable!

  9. That is the cutest desk tidy ever. I was in Hobbycraft earlier and they were selling a plain desk tidy to decorate and i did wonder why people didn’t just make them out of toilet rolls.

  10. I need to start saving rolls!

  11. artsy_momma says:

    Love the idea of turning it into a castle :)

  12. Pinkoddy says:

    Oh wow what a great competition and to be picked as a judge :)
    Thanks for sharing. Will be buying the book :)

  13. Red Ted Art says:

    I know, I am very excited to see what people come up with! And Ooooh fabulous re buying the book :-)

  14. sunnymama says:

    What a wonderful castle. Definitely want to have a go at making one of these with Sunnyboy. :)

  15. Red Ted Art says:

    That is what I like to here!! Have fun making one.

  16. great idea for a desk tidy

  17. Johanna GGG says:

    this is brilliant – toilet rolls are so simple to play with and so available – will keep it in mind for a little craft session

  18. Red Ted Art says:

    Perfect! Toilet rolls really are great for crafting!!!

  19. oooh fab Maggy, and great photo of Pip Squeak!

  20. This is too fantastic! I love the little boat too. You are such a tease with the knights! I kept scrolling through your post “but what are the knights made from?” and then I see they are in the book. I cannot wait for that book! Thanks for linking up to Tueday Tots.s

  21. Oh this is so fantastic. My son (and my husband) will love this! Definitely going on our to-do list. Thanks so much for posting.

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