We have had a miserable summer so far. The politics of the country and the mood of the people both have been distinctly gloomy. The weather just seems to reflect the general goings-on in the land.
Andy Murray's recent victory at Wimbledon was the silver lining on an otherwise dark cloud hovering over Britain. The English cricket team too has been playing its part with aplomb in the recently concluded test and one day series against Sri Lanka. As is the Welsh football team. We will not talk about the English football team as it will only add to the feelings of gloom and doom.
All in all, sports seems to be doing its part in keeping the mood of the British people in a somewhat ebullient state. Next up, the summer Olympics in Rio. I am hoping that Team GB will continue with the stupendous form exhibited in the London Games four years ago.
If you are planning an Olympics-themed party and are looking for inspiration, here is something for you. I have drawn inspiration from the five Olympics rings and the coveted gold, silver and bronze Olympic medals that are the highlight of any athlete's career, to design a table centrepiece decoration.
The idea popped into my head as I sat mulling over the contents of this month's Bostik craft box. The glistening gold, the silken silver and the bright bronze drew me in. I had to incorporate them in my craft.
To re-create my Olympics inspired table decoration you will need:
- A cone made of cardboard or thick card paper
- Strips of tissue paper in black, blue, yellow, green and red
- Gold and silver lace
- Pipe cleaners - one each in black, blue, yellow, green and red. These are the colours of the Olympic rings and I wanted to incorporate these in my creation.
- Bostik White Glu
- Bostik Glu Dots
- Strips of gold, silver and copper/bronze coloured card paper cut into circular shapes
- A pair of scissors
Start by layering the strips of tissue paper around the cardboard cone. This step is similar to the layering we did for the dragon mask. Stick down the ends to secure the strips.
Embellish the cone with pieces of gold and silver lace. I glued on bits in the transition zone between two different colours of paper.
Next, snip off the pointed end of the cone. Twist one end of the pipe cleaners together, feed them into the top of the cone and secure with glue. Now bend the pipe cleaners any which way you like.
Assemble the gold, silver and bronze 'medals' aka the circles cut out of card. Use Bostik Glu Dots to stick these to the pipe cleaners and down the cone.
There you have it. Our Olympics inspired table decoration is ready to occupy pride of place at your theme party. More than anything, it gives you one more thing to do with the kids over the summer holidays!
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Disclosure: We were sent a box of craft material to complete this challenge as part of the Bostik Blogger campaign.