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Make keepsakes for Covid-19 patients and their families who can't be together.

This is an idea that came from Kat Lamb, an ICU Nurse at the QEQM hospital. The idea being that the twin hearts will give Covid patients and their families something physical to hold onto when they can’t be together with their loved ones. One heart stays with the patient, the other goes home with their family. 

She says that the hearts can be made out of anything. They can be knitted, crocheted, made of clay, salt dough, paper mache… We made ours are made with felt, gems and other bits to decorate. 

Please see your completed hearts to the Palliative Care Team, either at QEQM, K&C or the William Harvey. Or drop them through the letter box at AiR and we will send them in for you. All the hearts are quarantined before being given to patients and their families. 

We would be delighted if you could post photos of your hearts on our Instagram or Facebook page.

And do share the idea with your friends!  

Updated: Jun 23, 2020

Learn how to make a brightly coloured musical shaker.

Time required 1- 2 hours.

Difficulty level A bit fiddly. Suitable for all ages – but kids will need some grown up help with the craft knife.

You will need:

• Craft knife

• Ten small pieces of tissue paper or newspaper

• Three small pieces of wet & dry tissue paper or greaseproof paper

• Seeds or rice (for inside)

• Elastic band

• Plastic bottle

• Masking tape

• Stick (to hold)

• Acrylic paint

• Paint brush

• PVA glue

• Ribbon or nice material, felt, stickers to decorate


1. Grab a grown up. Get the grown up to use the craft knife to cut the bottle in half. (Put the other half to one side for a future project)

2. Cut a length of masking tape. Tape your stick to the neck end of the bottle to create a handle. Use enough tape to make the handle secure.

3. Put your seeds or rice in the bottle. Keep upright.

4. Take a small square of greaseproof paper, paint one side with PVA glue. Wrap the piece around the open end of the bottle.

5. Repeat the process with another two layers of greaseproof paper. Secure the paper with an elastic band if you need to.

6. Stick the newspaper pieces to the body of the shaker using lots of PVA glue. Cover the body down to the handle, don’t cover the top though. Leave to dry.

7. Paint the body of the shaker, leaving the top clear. Leave to dry. You may wish add another coat.

8. Cut pieces of ribbon to desired length. Tie around the base of the shaker, at the top of the stick.

9. Decorate the body of the shaker using material, felt, ribbons, whatever you fancy.

The finished product:

Further options:

  • Experiment with different types of seeds and rice for different sounds.

  • Try using different shapes and sizes of bottles.

  • Try making a family of sizes.

Show us your finished work on our Instagram or Facebook page!

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