Moon cycle bunting

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Here I am, writing my first non-recipe post, and it feels so nice to be sharing some of the other things we do to nurture ourselves as a family and get creative outside of the kitchen! I first had the idea to make some moon-cycle bunting after seeing some transfers on a friends Instagram, and on the eve of a full moon, I had the urge to get out our crafts box and have a go at making something similar ourselves. Fern helped with the sticking and had great fun matching the black and white pieces together, while I cut many a moon-shape before carving them out into different degrees of fullness

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The process is really simple, you could use a black or a white background for creating the bunting and I have arranged them in a row and also circular pattern. I used sheets of black and white card, but you could also simply paint the moon shapes on to the contrasting colour of card. DSC_0060I have a natural drawing towards doing crafts around new and full moons. Sometimes I don’t even realise one is coming up and I’ll find myself collecting feathers for dream catchers, making mandals out of nature treasures or playing with fabrics and I’mlike, ‘aha!’ Powerful moon phases are ignighting the creative force in me. Not only do I love the decorative aspect of these moons, but they act as an educational tool for teaching little ones about the moon phases. Fern is always pointing out the moon and I even though she is a bit young to fully understand it’s cycle, I’m aware to keep explaining it to her because they understand so much more than we are aware of.

Here is what you need:

Moon-Cycle Bunting

1 A4 sheet of white card

1 A4 sheet of black card (or black paint)

petractor or a round object to draw around (like a jar)

1 length of cotton, embroidery thread or thin string

Glue

Selotape

Using a petractor or round object, draw your first circle onto the white card and cut it out. Use this as a template to cut out 10 white full ‘moons’ in total.

Cut out 5 black moons slightly smaller in diameter than the white ones. Glue one ‘full’ moon onto a white background, so that you have a thin white rim around it. Next cut one black circle in half. These will be your ‘1st and 3rd quarters’, and stick them onto two white backgrounds. Now create your ‘waxing and waning gibbons’ by cutting out half way between a full and half-moon. The smaller half of these shapes then become the ‘waxing and waning crescents’ so keep them and stick all four pieces onto four white circles. If you want to arrange your moons in a circle, I would finish by keeping one full white moon (see pic above) or if you are stringing them in a row, you can finish at the thin crescent moons. Alternatively, you can paint the moons onto black or white card using the contrasting colour of paint.

When you have all of your moon phases complete, you can attacch them to a length of thread or thin string using selotape, or simply arrange them onto your wall in a circle with tack. It’s that simple!

DSC_0066And if that’s too much effort for you, even I went ahead and bought the original inspiration for my bunting for Ferns room. These beautiful transfers can be found on Clara Ivy’s shop. Happy New moon and happy crafting! I look forward to sharing more of our crafting activities with you!

Jo Xx

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