I’m bored…

Is lockdown getting to you?  Need to keep the children (or yourself) occupied?  Get some free activities for you!

Just before Christmas, I made this video for Erewash Borough Council showing you how to make a lantern from a jam jar and a few bits around the home (okay, I am the weird one who thinks having lots cable ties and twist ties is quite normal?)

I hope to bring you some more ‘how-to’ or easy make ideas that I’ve done with schools and community groups, when I can work out ones that will work as a video or step-by-step images, but for now, try this out – mine always go outside to light up the garden in summer, the stickers and glass/permanent marker pens are actually quite long lasting.

Here the link to where they’ll be posted, if you want to bookmark it and come back later: CLICK HERE FOR FREE ACTIVITIES IDEAS

And to make it easy, here’s the information

You will need a cleaned jar, a 30cm cable tie, 40cm garden/twist tie, peel off stickers, permanent marker pens.


    1. The twist tie handle – fold each end under cable tie, and wrap ends around the twist tie
    2. Attach cable tie to neck of jar, pull it tight – tug hard on handle before cutting spare cable tie off
    3. Use peel off stickers to decorate jar
    4. Colour jar brightly with marker pens
    5. Pop a battery tea-light or fairy lights inside to make your lantern shine bright!