Happy Tuesday!

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Let’s get creative!

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We had such a great response a couple of years ago to this creative fun, that we thought we’d share it again.

The wall art above looks fabulous, right? Would you believe it, it’s made out of cardboard toilet rolls. I think we can all agree it’s brilliant!

The How-To Gal‘s creative work is something that you can get the whole family involved in making too.

Here’s what you’ll need:

• Toilet Paper Rolls – the number depends on how large your creation will be
• Tacky Glue
• Scissors
• Spray Paint
• 3M Wall Mount Squares
• Patience 🙂

Let’s get creating!

1 .Gather toilet paper rolls. Approximately 28 rolls were used for this project. Paper towel rolls count for roughly three regular sized rolls.

2. Squish your rolls.

3. Cut slices of the roll to desired thickness. If you cut the rolls into varying 1/2-inch slices you should be able to get 12 slices from each roll.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have enough pieces.

5. Begin gluing pieces together. Try to put most of my glue on the tip of the piece.

6. Attach slices together in the form of a four-petal flower.

7. Repeat step 6 until you have five completed flowers. Let dry.

8. Begin attaching flowers together. The toilet paper rolls are pretty pliable at this point, so attempt to line the petals up exactly to form perfect circles.

9. Attach five flowers together to form a row, and then repeat steps 6-9 until you have as many rows as you want. Then glue those rows together. Glue four rows together at a time to create a 5 x 4 flower grid which should make five grids. Finally spray paint them.

Stand back and admire your art.

For more fun ideas, check out the How-To Girl’s website

For more inspirational toilet roll projects take a peek at Pintrest.

If you have any photos of your wall art creations send them to rosehyslop@layhead.co.uk and I’ll share them on my blog.

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A cup of positivi-tea

Midsummer is a great time to make memories with family and friends, which will be talked about for years to come. One special way is to create a glorious afternoon tea.

Whilst the sun is shining, get baking, dust off your china and cake stands and invite some friends and neighbours around to enjoy a tea party.

If you have youngsters, get the children involved in the preparations.

Here are some fabulous ideas to spark up the party.

Homemade bunting: Cut some large triangles of the same size out of stiff paper or old wallpaper and get the children to colour in each triangle. Tie the triangles together with a length of string, and tie around the garden or room where you will be having tea.

Make hats: Why not have a theme and ask everyone you invite to make a hat to wear to the tea party. You could have a small prize for the best hat.

Homemade cakes: Get the children involved in making and icing some cakes for the tea party. Add some sprinkles to make them extra special.

Homemade doyleys: Cut out some doyleys to display your cakes. Here’s how

Cake plates: If you haven’t got any large plates or a tea set, check out charity shops for serving plates and cheap tea sets. You can mix and match teacups and saucers to give your tea party a quirky look.

Bake homemade bread: This is a fabulous way to make your tea party special. Get your children involved in making the bread. You don’t need a fancy bread maker. It can be great fun kneading the dough! Here’s an easy recipe.

Invitations to the party: Design and make some tea party invitations. This is great handwriting practice for your little ones, and they won’t even know it! Remember to put the day, date and time of the tea party, and it’s always nice to put the name of the person you are inviting on the invitation too.

Arrange some outdoor games: Here are some super-fun ideas you can adapt for your tea party.

Lastly, have fun and enjoy yourselves!

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Getting a slice of the great outdoors

July is officially National Picnic month in the UK. Picnics are not everyone’s idea of fun, but if you plan it right, there’s no better way to spend quality time in summer with family and friends.

You don’t have to go far from Layhead to find somewhere to enjoy a picnic with beautiful views. There is so much countryside to choose from. Grab a map or pop down to the Tourist Information Centre in Settle to find some local walks.

The beauty about picnics is you can take something for everyone. And if you really want to push out the boat and get creative, you could get baking and make something different as a special treat.

Stuck for culinary ideas? No worries. Here are some easy recipes to try out.

Not sure where to go if you’re staying at Layhead? Honestly, you’re really spoilt for choice.

Fancy a picnic with a view? Try Malham Cove

Fancy a day by the river? Try Bolton Abbey

Want to get lost on the hills? Try one of the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks

There is truly something for everyone.

Whatever you choose to do and wherever you choose to go on your picnic, enjoy! Live in the moment making wonderful memories that will last you a lifetime.

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