Fillable Baubles – 3 Ways

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Fillable baubles are super trendy this year and there are oodles of things you could pop inside them. If you’ve got your tree up and it’s looking a bit sparse, or you’ve still got presents to buy and have run out of ideas (That’s us) then maybe you should stick some stuff into some baubles too!  You can pick up a stash from Hobbycraft or online. In our latest vid for Channel Mum we show you three ways you could fill them to make the perfect last minute gift – with hot chocolate, fuzzy felt and festive slime filled baubles!

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Life in Pictures: Iceland

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I did something really unlike me last week. I saw a deal for flights to Reykjavik that were so cheap… so I booked it. Aaaaand then researched accommodation prices. And food prices. And I found out there would only be 4 hours of daylight. So, ah, I started to panic a bit that I messed up, that it was a stupid idea and it was going to cost us a shed load. Well, turns out, it did cost a shed load (a coffee is about £9!) BUT it was also amazing. Mystical, magical, cool and cold.

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Merry Cactus Cards & Tree Decorations

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What better way to say Merry Christmas than with a cactus? They have gone on my Christmas list as I’ve still not got any in the house! I’m so behind the times. I wanted to make a card a few Christmas cards for my nearest and dearest that had a detachable tree decoration and cactus and pom poms popped into my mind so I gave it a whirl.

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Make your own Ben & Holly Wand

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Ben & Holly is one of the very few kids TV shows I can actually sit and watch without feeling like my head is in a vice. In fact I was watching it with the kids the other day when I realised they had left the room and I was still watching it. That’s my life now. So I made a little Holly wand for my neice a little while ago, because she loves Ben & Holly too. Maybe even more than me. There aren’t many pics for this tutorial I’m afraid, for some reason I totally forgot to snap!

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Kids Craft: Spin Art Christmas Baubles

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2016 was the year of the glue gun for Little Button Diaries as we both got one and it changed our crafting lives completely! This year for me it’s been the year of the salad spinner. My goodness, a salad spinner is so much fun to craft with. If you don’t have one, put it on your list to Santa… pronto!

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Craftmas: 14 Kid-Friendly Christmas Crafts

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We kicked off the Christmas festivities last week with Craftmas! We brought together a bunch of great Mama crafters to give you the one-stop shop for Christmas crafts for kids. It was a mission to organise but totally worth it to get to know a really great bunch of crafters and bring you a stellar bunch of Christmas crafts for kids. We wanted to kick this week off with a round-up of the crafts:

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12 Oh Creative Days of Christmas

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Through Instagram we’ve met some absolute gems of crafters. They’re the kind of people you know you’d be life long friends with, and sit drinking coffee, listening to Taylor Swift and making pom poms with if there wasn’t an ocean or two in the way. Shannon from @ohcreativeday is one of those people who is a part of our Insta Craft Gang. She’s the most creative, supportive and hilarious friend any girl could have. She’s also the co-host of our Get Creative With craft challenge. Anyhoo, we are so chuffed that she has launched her first eBook. We’ve no idea how she did it whilst juggling three little ones, but she has, and it’s a festive treat. The 12 On Creative Days of Christmas has 12 projects, 13 pages of templates, 6 play dough mats and so many tips and tricks it’s like all your Christmases have come at once! You can buy the book here. To celebrate the launch of Shannon’s book we’ve got two copies to giveaway over on Instagram. All you need to do is follow us (@littlebuttondiaries) and Shannon (@ohcreativeday) and like the picture on Instagram. Competition will close at 7pm (UK time) on Monday 4th December. Winners will be contacted directly. ~ Laura xx ~

Craftmas: 3 No-Sew Holiday Garlands by Art Camp

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We’re absolutely thrilled that it’s the 1st of December and we can finally unwrap Craftmas!! We’ve been working over the last few months with an amazing bunch of crafters to bring you 15 kids craft projects for Christmas. You can find all the projects via our Instagram!

Now here’s the fun bit, instead of putting up our own project, we’ve all swapped DIYs. These 3 no-sew holiday garlands are by the very talented Arielle from Art Camp. We are Arielle’s biggest fan, as her craft projects and Instagram feed are without a doubt the best we’ve seen. Without further ado, over to you, Arielle!

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Jolly Holly Craftmas

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For the last few weeks we’ve been working behind the scenes on a secret project for Christmas! We’re so excited to be able to share it with you. We’ve teamed up with a super bunch of Instagram crafters to bring you our ultimate guide to Christmas crafting with kids. Over the Christmas period we’ll be sharing 15 awesome kids crafts with our buddies over on Instagram.

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10 Alternative Advent Ideas

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We kind of miss the days when an Advent calendar was just a piece of card with pictures of holly and candles in it. Our kids have never had an advent calendar like that – they probably never will. With some advent calendars costing up to £100 for ‘proper’ toys in them… have we gone a bit advent mental? Well, maybe. But you don’t need to spend big bucks to have yourself an alternative advent.

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Life In Pictures: Royal Pavilion Ice Skating

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A couple of years ago, when Harper was two, I thought I’d start a little Christmas tradition of going ice skating. Who seriously tries to take a two-year-old skating?! As you might guess, it was a disaster. As was last year when we tried to go again. But when the Royal Pavilion opened its doors to their ice rink last week, I thought I’d try for third time lucky. The Christmas countdown has begun. Oh I do love this time of year!

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DIY Christmas Eve Box

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Sound the jingle bells, it’s a month to go until Christmas. But it’s not just Santa who gets treats the night before the big day anymore, Christmas Eve boxes are a big trend this year – and it’s really easy to make your own.

Hobbycraft asked us to come up with a DIY version. Ours includes a personalised plate to leave goodies out for the big man, reindeer food, a hot chocolate kit and a few handmade clay decorations to brighten up the tree.

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Mini Makers: Bubble Wrap Pictures

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I have bubble wrap stacking up fast with all the online Christmas crap I’m buying at the moment.  It has no home, stuffed in a bag and shoved in my porch. Irritating. So I pulled it all out for Lilah to play with – she tells me bubble wrap is her favourite toy, poor child. Then we thought it might be ‘fun’ to chop it up and turn it into pictures!

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Christmas Decorations with Sew Now Magazine

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We were beyond excited when this little beauty popped through our door the other day – Sew Now Magazine, with us on the front! There was some bouncing up and down when we saw it. We did a little interview with them and made these Christmas decorations, which are super easy peasy for little hands to make.

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Life in Pictures: Rave-A-Roo

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We did something slightly outside the box at the weekend. We went to a Rave. For children. At Ministry of Sound. Am I cool enough? No, actually. Not really. But it was flipping ace anyway.

So you’ve probably heard of baby discos, which are a great way to spend a rainy afternoon pretending you still have a life. But this – a baby RAVE – is a whole new ball game. This was Rave-A-Roo. And it was SO MUCH FUN.

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