How to Make a Glow-worm Lantern

Glow-worms and fireflies have to be among the most magical creatures around. Living creatures that glow; is there anything stranger or more wonderful?

When we discovered there is a native British (or rather, European) glow-worm, we were inspired to make a lantern version, that shines just like the real thing.

Quick and easy to do, they are a great way to inspire children to learn about real glow-worms and the magic of phosphorescence. Read on to find out how to make them!

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The Fascinating World of the Great British Glow-worm

(or Lampyris noctiluca to their friends)

Finding out there is a British glow-worm inspired the kids and me to make fabulous lantern versions of our own. But we also wanted to find out more about these fascinating insects. What we found out was so interesting, we had to share.

Read on to discover all about the glow-worm, or head over to our glow-worm lantern instructions to find out how we made them.

British glow-worm lit up among grass stems
Lampyris noctiluca (or Common Glow-worm)
(Image source)
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How to make pumpkin animals

Last Halloween I had the challenge of putting together a pumpkin trail for small children. This meant carving pumpkins that were friendly rather than frightening, and more gorgeous than gruesome. And so what could be more perfect for little ones than a Pumpkin Animals trail?

wool/yarn wrapped DIY twig letters for an animal pumpkin walk
We strung our wool/yarn-wrapped twig letters together to make a sign for our local pumpkin walk at Halloween.

Want some inspiration and ideas for your own unscary pumpkins? Read on to see what I made!

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How to make hedgehog pumpkins!

These hedgehog pumpkins are are perfect non-scary halloween decorations for little children. What’s more, even tiny tots can get involved in making them.

Want to see how? Read on to find out!

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How to make a pumpkin bird feeder

One of our favourite autumn and Halloween activities for kids is making this adorable pumpkin bird feeder. They are really easy to make, look amazing hanging from the trees, and, as they are made from all natural materials, are great for the wildlife in more ways than one.

Want to make some with your kids? Read on to find out how.

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Conker Creatures

One of our favourite autumn activities is making conker creatures. Like most families, we absolutely love collecting conkers (or horse chestnuts) in the autumn. There’s something so tactile about those smooth, shiny shells that’s just irresistible. A conker hunt means the thrill of finding a shiny conker hiding under crinkly leaves, or revealing hidden treasure by winkling them out from a spiky green casing. Just irresistible!

It takes the kids no time at all to amass a great big pile of them and, as they last for ages, they make a great material for some lovely autumn crafts. We’ve come up with lots of ideas on how to use them, and one activity we often do, is creating these cute Conker Creatures. 

A conker creature made with twigs and feathers.
A friendly conker creature!
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DIY Twig Letters

Whether you want them for ornaments or to use in a party banner, making DIY twig letters is a wonderfully easy craft to do. Here at Rhubarb and Wren, we’ve been making them for forest school parties, seasonal events, and even as individual letter ornaments to hang on the Christmas tree and decorate presents!

Want to make some too? Read on to find out how!

How to make twig letters by Rhubarb and Wren
Making these wool wrapped twig letters is easy, and you can use them for a whole host of things.
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DIY Conker Eyeballs!

Quick and easy autumn craft that’s perfect for Halloween.

These DIY conker eyeballs are a great way to use up those slowly-wrinkling conkers that the kids collect in the autumn.

A simple and fun autumn craft, it’s easy enough for preschoolers to do and gruesomely creative enough for big kids to enjoy too, which makes it a marvellous Halloween activity for siblings.

So whether they want to make zombie eyeballs or monster eyes, read on to get our top tips and tricks for this Halloween!

DIY conker eyeballs - perfect for an easy Halloween craft!
Use up their old conkers to make these spooky Halloween eyeballs with your kids!
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How to Make a Giant Bubble Wand

A DIY ‘Tri-String’ Giant Bubble Wand

Making a giant bubble wand is the easiest thing in the world, and all you really need are a few sticks and some string!

These kid-made tri-string wands make the biggest bubbles I’ve ever seen – the kids won’t be able to resist playing with these all day long…

Read on to find out how they can make their very own giant bubble wands, with our totally home-made and plastic-free tutorial!

child making giant bubbles with tri-string giant bubble wand
Making giant bubbles is child’s play with our diy giant bubble wands!
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How to make a magical twig ball lantern

DIY twig Ball Lantern

Whether you love fairytale multicolour twinkles or a soft, golden firefly glow, a twig ball lantern can add a really enchanting touch to a party, wedding, or festival.

No party to decorate for? Hang them in a corner of your garden to add a touch of magic to long, summer evenings.

You don’t need specialist equipment, a willow tree wood or vineyard full of grapevine to make them either. The kids and I made ours with trimmings from the common garden climbers that regularly take over our back yard.

Want to make some too? Of course you do – everyone needs a twig ball lantern in their life! So read on for the full tutorial…

A colourful twig ball lantern hanging in the garden
This beautiful twig ball lantern was made just with cuttings from the garden and a string of cheap LED lights.
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