Fun with Jane: Design your own stage set

By Jane Aubrey

Let your imagination run riot on this project. We used lots of different things,but you could make this with the first four items in the list.

What you'll need

  • Cardboard boxes

  • Toilet rolls

  • Coloured cardboard

  • Sticky tape

  • Blu-tack

  • Craft knife

  • PVA

  • Permanent markers

  • Paint

  • Plasticine

  • Felt

  • Straws

  • Wooden pegs

How to make it

We found a great sturdy cardboard box and cut off two sides. This gave us the base for the diorama. Then we painted the inside of our box thecolour of the sky and left it to dry for a day.

We made trees from colouredcardboard and stood them  on cut-downtoilet roll tubes, which made really good bases. With coloured cardboard andglitter cardboard we made  purple trees,pink trees and trees with giant apples on them.

We have a round paper punch  that is great for crafting. These cost about $20but are very sturdy and will last foryears. We put some of our circles on straws with PVA _ cut out felt sheets to make cloud and pond shapes, and used popsicle sticks and beads. The options are endless.

Once all your glued bits are dry you can set up your forest. We used Blu-tack and everything stood up really well for us. We're having fun making different combinations.

About Jane

For me, nothing beats crafting for an easy, relaxing, calm and sociable meansof entertaining my kids.

For more clever ideas, see Jane's website:

- Hamilton News

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