Kids Craft: How To Make Salt Dough

kids craft: how to make salt dough

We’re going back to basics with our latest craft vlog. We’ve made tons of projects using salt dough and realised we’ve never shared how to make it with you.

We LOVE making salt dough with our littles ones as it uses 3 ingredients that you can find in your kitchen. This video is inneudo galore. Who knew craft could be so cheeky!

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DIY Scratch Cards (with a craft twist!)

diy scratch cards

Ok, so I’m not promising these DIY scratch cards will make you squillionaires but they do make a fun gift and an easy project for kids to do. I made these scratch cards as part of a reward chart for my Buttons. We’ve had a lot of sticker charts recently for  everything and anything so I wanted to think of a way to spice them up! These scratch cards would also make a cute Valentine’s Day card or Date Night surprise.

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Life in Pictures: Walking with kids

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Back in the day before children (BC), I used to love a good walk on a Sunday, especially if it ended up with a big roast dinner and a glass of something alcoholic. Bliss. Now, life is different. We still go on walks, we just don’t get very far. The vision is always far removed from the reality. Our walks are perpetuated with desperate attempts to find things on the way that might make the little lovelies use their feet a bit more, with me acting way over-enthusiastic about things like rabbit poo and twigs. And there is a lot of bribery. But it’s slowly getting a bit easier.

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Strawberry charm bracelet

strawberry charm bracelet

We made this dinky strawberry charm bracelet for Hobbycraft a few months back (actually it was July, if you must know!) and completely forgot that we had made them. So we’re sharing them now instead, partly because we liked them a lot and, erm… also because our brains aren’t quite in gear this year yet and we haven’t got that many things made. Hopefully we will get some inspiration from somewhere soon. Any requests??!

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Kids Craft: Sparkly ‘Thank You’ Cards

kids craft - sparkly thank you cards

Every year it gets to this point after Christmas and I wish I’d started making and writing thank you cards in October. Harper had strong ideas over what she wanted to do this year. Normally I get to steer it, but oh no, not this year. This year Harper wanted to write the cards herself and make a ring for everyone. So this is what we came up with.

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Mini Gold Animal Magnets

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A few weeks ago, I was in Anthropologie (hands down, favourite shop on the planet) and I spotted some cute little gold dog magnets. Here they are. Cute. I showed them to George, he thought they were hideous and refused to let me own them (not that I need his permission, but, you know). Then I saw a mug with my initial on it, he refused that too. So we had a bit of a row. Anyway, where am I going with this… oh yes, I thought I’d have a go at making my own version of these animal magnets. And they worked! AND he likes them. And they are the easiest thing to make, my three year old could do it (assuming she could operate a glue gun and spray paint. Details).

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Quilted Christmas Cushion

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This little festive cushion will brighten up any bedroom and bring a cheery little smile to those excited kiddies! We wanted to make a cushion with a pocket so that we could pop little surprises in for our children to wake up to. Kids also love filling the pockets with treats for the elves, and lists (and more lists!) for father Christmas.

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Mini Pom Pom Wreaths

mini pom pom Christmas wreath DIY

For most of November, I went around like a lovesick teenager over this pom pom wreath in Mollie Makes by Christine Leech. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and really wanted to hang it on my door. Here’s the thing, Tia and I have been doing this craft blog thing for 4 years now and so many great projects created by other crafters come up that we can’t go near as they’re not ‘original’ LBD stuff. But with this project I feel like everyone needs to see its beauty.

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Fillable Baubles – 3 Ways

fillable baubles DIY

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

spin art baubles - kids craft

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

christmas craft for kids

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

12 Oh Creative Days of Christmas
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 ~