The four-day bank holiday weekend is officially upon us, as we mark the Queen’s 70th year as the Monarch of the UK and Commonwealth. This historic occasion will see many celebrations throughout the weekend, up and down the country and across the world.
There are many celebrations and events taking place across the weekend, but there are also, plenty of ways you can get involved with the celebrations from the comfort of your home.
Getting crafty for the Jubilee
Why not kickstart the bank holiday celebrations, with good old arts and crafts. The best thing about arts and crafts is that it costs little to nothing at all to do and you can often use things that you already have at home to make some cool creations.
Try out these 3 crafty designs to mark the Queen’s 70-year reign:
1. Create and wear your very own Jubilee crown
- Download and print out a copy of the Jubilee crown template. Not to worry if you don’t have a printer as you can just enlarge the template, grab your paper and trace over it.
- Once you have a copy of the crown template, it’s time to get your art on.
- To finish, with scissors to hand you can cut around the outside of the template and get into the celebratory spirit by wearing the crown throughout the weekend of celebrations.
2. Design your own Jubilee bunting
- All you’ll need is some plain paper, scissors, string, glue or Sellotape and colourful pens/pencils/crayons
- With the paper and scissors in tow, you’ll need to first cut the paper into triangle shapes.
- Using your colourful pens, pencils, or crayons you can start drawing your own Jubilee-themed designs whether it’s the Union Jack flag, a crown, or even some balloons.
- Once those designs are finished, depending on how many triangles you have will depend on how much string you’ll need.
- Grab your glue or Sellotape and stick your designs along the string. Make sure to leave a two or three-finger space gap between each triangle on the string so that they don’t stick together. And there you have your very own bunting you can hang up around the house. (Make sure you ask for your parent or guardians' permission).
3. A jubilee wreath
Let the neighbours know your celebrations for the Jubilee are in full swing with a colourful Jubilee wreath.
For this one, you’ll need some colourful cards, glue, and string too. Or why not push the creativity out a little further by creating a wreath using colourful pegs instead of cards. Red, white, and blue are all you need too for the Union Jack flag.
If you happen to have some ribbon, make sure to pop a little loop on the back of your wreath so you can hang it up with pride on your front door.
Afternoon tea, Jubilee edition
Not only will the beginning of June mark the Platinum Jubilee but it also marks the start of summer and it looks as though we'll be in for a little bit of sunshine, so grab your sunscreen and head outside to the garden or perhaps the local park and enjoy an afternoon tea.
The best thing about having your own afternoon tea is that you don't have to stick to the usual food goodies either. Instead, you can put your own spin on it and it can totally stay within budget too. Often, you'll find that you have just what you need already in the fridge and cupboards.
But if you want to add any little extras, there are plenty of royal-themed goodies you can grab and add to your afternoon tea. Why not add these cupcakes to the weekly shop.
If you do decide to stick to tradition, then finger sandwiches, scones, and miniature cakes or biscuits are the way to go and don't forget the clotted cream and jam for those scones.
Bake a fruity flag traybake
We don't know about you, but is there anything better than the smell of a cake baking away in the oven?
Why not mark the end of the bank holiday with this super simple yet delicious treat to make with the kids and finish off by popping your feet up to enjoy a slice along with a cuppa.
Here's what you'll need to make this yummy treat:
- Unsalted butter
- Caster sugar
- Self-raising flour
- Vanilla extract
- Your choice of raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries for the filling
To top it off you'll also, need the following:
- Icing sugar
- And the rest of those raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries in the shape of the Union Jack flag.
Check out this recipe for a step-by-step guide on baking a flavoursome fluffy traybake.
We hope you have fun trying out these 3 ideas to commemorate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. We would love to see your creations over on our social channels, whether it's Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.