4-Day-Blogging-Bonanza How to make your own Halloween lanterns

Hello! Welcome back to my 4-Day-Blogging-Bonanza! Today i am going to show you how to create some Halloween lanterns with my step by step picture guide. These are really cute but simple and easy to make lanterns, perfect for dotting around the house, or lining the path up to your house, they are so simple and easy and you can make them from things most people have lying around the house. No time for me nattering on, lets get started.

  1. Firstly lets gather some stuff to make it with, yes that’s a wise idea. So you are going to need:

-some string -a pair of scissors -a glue-stick -some sellotape -a pen -x2 jars (preferably washed with labels off – unlike mine) -some red paint -a roll of foil -a sandwich bag (optional) Here’s a picture of everything you need.

2. Roll out y’all foil, and then roll it up and around the smallest jar. When it completely covers the jar, make a small mark with a pen where it ends, then cut along this line.

3. You should now have a piece of foil similar to this, now repeat step no.2 on the top length of the foil to make it rectangular

4. Now you have your piece of foil, choose a Halloweeny something to put on it, i have chosen a bat, you could choose a pumpkin or a moon? Once you have chosen something, using the pen, draw your shape onto the foil, when you draw make sure that you draw on the less shiney side. Beware, foil will rip really easily so be super careful. When you are drawing, push the pen down hard enough so that it pushes through the foil. TIP: when drawing it may be a good idea to put a piece of paper underneath t
he foil, this makes sure that if you are drawing on a wooden surface, you won’t scratch it.

5. When you have drawn your shape, hopefully it should just pop out of the foil like this:

6. Now i’m going to draw some eyes on my bat.

7.  Keep both the shape you cut out and the piece of foil around it. Now cut out some more shapes! As many as you like!

Don’t forget the eyes!

8.  On the piece of foil which you cut the bats out of, using the glue stick, glue all over the slightly less shiny side. Then place on the jar and smooth over getting rid of any creases, be careful not to rip it! Please excuse my grubby blue nails, i was making a blue cake for Leah’s Birthday yesterday and can’t get rid of the food colouring

8. Now do the same for the bats you cut out. Make sure that you stick then on the other jar. Nearly done!

9. Now it’s time to make the handle, this part is optional. Firstly cut your sandwich bag along one of the sides and the bottom so that is is laid out flat. Then squirt some red paint all over it, not too much, a few streaks of it will do. Then drag 2 strips of string through the paint, don’t smoother it, just make sure there are patches of red. Then leave the string to dry.

10. Now wrap the string round the neck of the jar, secure the start of the string with some sellotape. Then, when you have just over the length of the diameter of the jar left, make a handle with the string over the top of the jar and sellotape down. You may want to wrap the sellotape around the neck several times to make it secure.

11. Add a candle (i have used fake candles) and TA-DA! This picture is a bit blurry, but this is what you could do with them! Have fun making these, and finally, have a good Halloween! Be sure to come back tomorrow morning for some holiday pictures from a certain city in wales! 

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50 must do things this summer.

It’s hot, very hot indeed. But don’t complain, or put on a hose pipe ban – the last time you did that it didn’t stop raining till cars were under water. It’s about time i give y’all must a do list of things to in the summer holidays, if you like make a check list – just enjoy summer! All of the below is recommended to be done with friends & family.

  1. Have a BBQ on the beach
  2. Swim in the sea no matter how cold x5
  3. Spend at least 3 hours soaking up the sun whilst reading a book
  4. Go rock pooling. Try and catch a crab with your bear hands, i managed it so you can too, and i caught 2 shrimps!
  5. Go for a cliff top walk over looking the never ending sea
  6. Dance till your out of breath on the beach, however weird you look, stuck for songs? check out my “How to make your own ultimate playlist” post – https://thecharlottemumfordblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/how-to-make-your-own-ultimate-playlist/
  7. Sleep under the stars x7
  8. Cook food on the BBQ – doesn’t have to be the traditional burger, just cook normal food x15
  9. Sleep under a tree
  10. Go on a trek, anywhere at all, drive off, don’t think about going too far (bring a sat- nav or GPS) x5
  11. Sleep in your car in the middle of a field x3
  12. Have a picnic x10
  13. Eat a Greek salad with couscous
  14. Drink the finest cider
  15. Visit and ancient estate , like this http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead/
  16. Make your own raft and try and make it float with you on it, TIP: test it in a river/lake/reservoir
  17. Go sailing or rowing
  18. Dance in the rain, there’s bound to be a few rainy days
  19. Eat x30 ice creams, seems like a lot, but it’s really not!
  20. Go to a Orchard
  21. Go on holiday, in England, abroad, or camp in your garden – wherever!
  22. Go to a Festival x5
  23. Build a sandcastle x3
  24. Toast a marshmallow over a campfire x5
  25. Make a hot chocolate over a campfire x3
  26. Sing a song with your best friends by a campfire
  27. Go for a walk in a woods x5
  28. Go swimming x5 (swimming in the sea counts too!)
  29. Make a shelter and sleep in it
  30. See a bird of pray x15
  31. Have a water fight x3
  32. Stroke a horse, or ride it in my case x5
  33. Paddle in a stream whilst holding up your trousers x5
  34. Climb a hill/mountain x3
  35. Run and scream in a field of green x3
  36. Watch live music x7
  37. See a frog x3
  38. See a newt x3
  39. Watch the sun go down x17
  40. See a wild deer x10
  41. Cross a stream on stepping stones x3
  42. Make a smiley face with pebbles
  43. Eat fish and chips by the sea x3
  44. Walk up and down a Habour x3
  45. Follow a river from it’s source to the sea, do it in parts if it’s easier
  46. Feel sand between your toes
  47. x30 kisses under the sun (if you have someone to kiss!)
  48. Go to a barn dance
  49. Attempt to surf
  50. Go snorkeling and see fish and corals

Need inspiration? Here’s some summery pic’s

Young family at Stourhead, Wiltshire © Nick Daly

Get outdoors in the beautiful landscape garden at Stourhead this summer © Stourhead/Tom Dyke

How to make your own ultimate playlist

This playlist is my life. I words cannot justify how these 72 songs change my life, how i act, behave and think about things in general. Before i go into any more depth, let me explain to what it is. My playlist is on iTunes and contains some of my best picks of music, this playlist means so much to me i think i should share some of my love for my own playlist with you by showing you how to create your own! My playlist was last edited around a month ago when i added the most songs i have ever added, they were a collection of songs from Mumford and sons that they have recorded and then put on YouTube (these songs were not on iTunes) and 10 songs from artists signed to Ben’s record label (http://www.communionmusic.co.uk/). My playlist is at it’s biggest ever and currently takes 4.9 hours to get through, and sadly there are not enough hours in the day for me to get through it all. Throughout the day i normally listen in the morning before school (7:30-7:50) and occasionally in the day if i have a lesson where we are allowed headphones, finally i listen at the end of the day in my room. The time at the end of the day is the most superior of them all, my parents are nice enough to let me have it loud and i witter around doing anything in my room for hours just so i can listen to this prodigious collection of songs. It astonishes me every time i listen to a song, the pure and untouched buzz it gives you – it overcomes any feeling you have ever felt before, like nothing can touch you. For example in the song roll away your stone, it reaches a climax, slowly, like progressing and progressing, letting the feeling build and build, until just at the right moment, before you start to loose it, it hits you, you feel no pain, but the sheer happiness it brings you makes you feel free (cheesy i know but its true). Music is the best antidepressant you will ever try, you just have to find the song, the artist/s that bring it to you best. When trying to find a song/artist/s that does this is a tough task, i can only imagine as my dad got me into Mumford and sons, it then grew from there and i slowly added more artists over time but here’s a way you can find your unique taste in music. Most people just listen to music that is in the charts or music that is most common, but doing this could do the exact opposite to what you want to feel. Try firstly going through genres of music, list as many as you can and make a start my shuffling them and choosing one (like a pack of cards). Once you have chosen this genre go onto iTunes and go into genres and choosing a few artists, albums or songs at random. Listen to anything that takes you fancy, WARNING: when you listen to a song it is vital that you close your eyes, if you don’t you could be subconsciously be judging the song on the album cover or video (stupid i know, but it happens all the time). Don’t go into too many artists which are displayed on the home screen of a genre, these are normally most popular which tend to be of a similar style. Instead try to go into depth rather than quantity, if you get my jist. *A helpful hint* after you have finished listening to a song or album, scroll to the bottom where it will say “other people brought” click on that to see other artists which won`t be on homepage (most of the time). Then repeat this process a number of times in a number of other genres. I must admit, this process is time exhausting and is very strenuous “take me back to when the night was young and another song was sung”. Don’t be too selective, choose a song from each genre and put it onto a playlist and listen to it regularly, after a while you may find yourself liking some songs more than others, which is good! Delete the songs you don’t find yourself too attached to and add more of the songs from the genres you have found yourself liking more. Over time your playlist will grow even more bigger and more and more refined.  Once you have a final playlist, you can listen to it as little or often as you like – it’s yours! If you find yourself struggling to tell which genres you like and which you don’t – that is fine – nobody made a law about liking classical music and punk? Enjoy!

Bye for now!