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September 30, 2017

Upcycled Jewellery and Flowers

Filed under: Uncategorized — sarah @ 5:48 am

paper flowers

Tomorrow I am running two of my Sustainability Series of workshops as Salaric Craft at Gloucester Cathedral as part of their Sustainability and Harvest Festival – it marks the 1st yr anniversary of the solar panels going live and is part of an on going development process to make the Cathedral green and sustainable.

Upcycled Flowers

One of the workshops is making paper flowers from old magazines and books and turning them into table centres and displays, this includes making the “vases”, basket making, and weaving paper and is adaptable to all skill levels.

Jean weaving paper

The other workshop is creating jewellery from reclaimed materials, this is another upcycling workshop – some of the materials are “rubbish” like old paper, card, bottle tops and some things that were surplus to requirements and were saved from becoming needless landfill like half used bottle of nail vanish and metal washers.

Paper beads

The Sustainability Series of workshops and talks that I have designed as part of Salaric is very important to me as I believe it a) helps people learn skills that maybe life changers or even life savers and b) it helps people become more aware of the waste and issues surrounding the environment and hopefully will help curb things like global warming c) it gives people ideas of cheap ways to fix, repair and make things which in these times of austerity is something that many people need (p.s. these workshops are free tomorrow :) )

Upcycled Tag Bracelet

July 21, 2017

Cuddly Science’s Histories

Filed under: Events,My Drawings/Paintings — sarah @ 8:14 am

Cuddly Science Histories

So I’ve been working on a new series of colouring in sheets – this is one of the raw picture before digital clean up and is for when Cuddly Science (my thing with the puppets) is more Cuddly History!

It is based on Roman Mosaics including being purposefully wonky! I want to do some actual mosaic colouring sheets based on real mosaics but need to sort out the source photography images first – I know I have a lot of the Orpheus Pavement somewhere!

The cleaned up “activity sheet” version is going out at The Festival of Archaeology event at Gloucester Cathedral and when I get a moment it will go up in the Cuddly Science category on The WigglyPets Press.

July 14, 2017


Filed under: My Drawings/Paintings — sarah @ 8:23 am


I am working on colouring in sheets for my Cuddly Science workshops again – this one is based on sketches of ammonite specimens I did as an undergraduate. It needs cleaning up and then I’ll pop it up as a free down load :)

June 25, 2017

Mary Leakey – The Puppet

Filed under: Science and Art — sarah @ 7:01 am

Cuddly Science has a new puppet :) Mary Leakey – an paleoanthropologist who along with various other members of her family and team found alot of the early homonid fossils and moved our understanding of our own evolution on in leaps and bounds.

Mary Leakey the puppet reading one of her favourite books

Mary Leakey was one of my science heroes when I was a teen – during my GCSEs and A’levels I read all the books the library had or could get on her discoveries. And she was in the original list of ten puppets to make for Cuddly Science. My Mum and Dad worked on her mainly in secret for me, knowing I was uber busy with things.

Mary Leakey the puppet with one of her creators Angie Pym

She also doubles as a general geologist, archeologist and explorer! Which is just what I needed with various archeology festivals and geology based workshops coming up this summer!

Sarah Snell-Pym Cuddly Science Cheltenham Science Festival

The puppet was in fact barely finished before it was being whizzed off to the Cheltenham Science Festival to help explain the Cheltenham Hackspace’s magic sand box!

Geology Puppet showing off the sand projector

This 3D projector that maps the sand contours in real time and projects and ever updating graded colour system on top was amazing! I do have video but haven’t worked out how to extract it from my phone etc…

Geologist puppet is at the sand

We had over 10, 000 kids through the Makers Shack at the festival which was amazing and also exhausting! Mary Leakey and Ada Lovelace both enjoyed their outings and I have a hell of a lot more photos and vids to put up from the festival including trying to launch a robot into near Earth orbit! But for now I shall end with this pic of Mary Leakey chilling and relaxing behind the scenes.

Mary Leakey the puppet chilling behind the scense at the Cheltenham Science Festival

April 6, 2017

Family Easter Activity Day – Cheltenham Hackspace

Filed under: Events,Kids Projects,Upcycling — sarah @ 8:59 am

Cheltenham Hackpace is having an Easter Crafts day on Good Friday Apr 14th 2017 from 10 am, there are lots of activities and we are taking our upcycled basket making :)

Hackspaces are a community workshop, skill share and create space and is a grass roots movement that is spreading globally.

February 28, 2017

Paper Pals – Workshop

Filed under: Kids Projects,Origami,Paper Craft,Workshops — sarah @ 7:23 am

Paper Pals and Theatre

Colour, fold, cut and stick a range of little paper friends complete with story boxes and mini theatre with changeable backgrounds using a combination of origami, puppet design and paper craft construction. Create shows and character play to take home with you – suitable for all ages and skill levels.

February 20, 2017

Upcycled Fantasy Accessories – Worshop

Filed under: Kids Projects,Knitting and Crochet,Sewing,Upcycling,Workshops — sarah @ 8:23 am

Upcycled corn Headdress

Repurpose fabric, egg boxes, broken jewellery and more to create fantastical headwear and other accessories such as unicorns, dragons, fairies, lions, festival fashions or anything else your imagination can think of! Part of the Upcycling and Junk Art workshop series. Suitable for all ages and skill levels

January 29, 2017

Muse Monster Book Corners

Filed under: Origami,Paper Craft — sarah @ 2:29 pm

Origami Monster Multitude Page Corners

I made these cute little page corners or book marks, I do do some cutting to make the teeth but you can also just make them with patterned paper with no eyes and cutting.

Muse Monster Book Corners or origami bookmarks


1) Square paper – the size of the square affects the size of the page corner you produce and some papers fold better than others, I used small origami paper.

2) Eye stickers – I just bought a roll of these and origami paper often comes with face stickers of various sorts but you could also draw eyes onto the paler coloured papers or draw them on white card/paper and cut and stick them on. With pens be a bit careful as not all will stay nicely on the slightly shiny surface alot of the origami papers have.

3) Scissors

4) Colour pens/pencils – optional for drawing your own monster skin textures or messages on the inside.

folding paper


1) Fold the the square piece of paper along the diagonal so that two corners meet and it forms a triangle.

2) On edge of the triangle is where the fold is and the tip of the triangle is like two pieces of paper, fold the two tips along the folded “closed” edge so that the meet at the “open” tip, so that it is now a square or diamond shape depending on which way round you have it.

3) Allow the two little arms/folds you’ve just made to pop up as they wont want to lay flat, underneath is a diamond shaped area, fold the tip of this diamond up so that it meets the original folded edge i.e. the tip/triangle shape between the two “arms”. Make sure you on fold the top piece of paper from the “open” tip. Now the diamond shape should be made out of two triangles one being a flap you’ve just folded. This flap can be either on the outside in between the two arms or you can tuck it inside. Left on the outside it can leave a visible stripe if your paper is different colours or textures on each side.

4) Now fold the two arms in half tucking them up inside the little top triangle of the diamond so they wrap over the fold you’ve just made pinning it in place. You now have a little pouch with a triangle at the front and a diamond at the back. Stop here if you don’t want monsters!

5) Add eyes or other decoration.

6) Using scissor or crimping shears cut most of the single sheet of that sticks out from the triangle with a zigzag edge for the teeth.

7) If you want to hide a message in it then make sure you don’t stick the eyes over the gap in the arm folds and unfold it, write your message and refold.

8) Give as gift or pop onto the corner of the page you need to keep tabs on :)

Making Muse Monster page corners

These can also be used as mounts for photos in albums or to create home made frames.

January 8, 2017

Junk Music – workshop

Filed under: Upcycling,Workshops — sarah @ 7:50 am

Junk Music tin drum with rag bound drum sticks, bottle top rattle, spoon clackers and tub shakers

Junk Music – is an upcycling and repurposing workshop, with a selection of pre-made instruments for experimentation and play created from rubbish and thrown away items. They can also make and decorate their own instruments to take home including but not limited to: tin can drums, rag bound drum sticks, tub shakers, bottle top rattles and spoon clackers. Suitable for all skill levels.

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