Dotcomgiftshop Blog Awards: Whoop Whoop!

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Amongst all the Halloween mayhem and our book deadlines emails popping into our inbox we got an exciting email last week from Dot Com Gift Shop saying that we had been nominated for an award!

We’re up for Best Family Craft Blog and would love your support to win! All you need to do is click on the link and vote for us. The nice thing if you do vote you’ll be entered into a drawer to win £100 worth of dotcomgiftshop gifts which will come in handy for Christmas pressies!

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No-Sew Halloween Spider Web Costume

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Look at that cute little face! We thought we’d share a really easy Halloween costume for your on our YouTube channel. This easy peasy Spider web costume is made from just a few snips of a bin bag. Classy eh? And super quick – perfect for last minute mums, like us

Tia & Laura x

How to Make Slime!

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How have been crafting/blogging for four years and never made slime! It is the best kids craft we’ve ever made, full STOP. It’s really easy to make with food colouring, PVA and contact lens solution. Which sounds odd, doesn’t it. Here’s our little how-to video, or read on for the step by step tutorial.

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Baby Annabell Learns to Swim

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Our kids were so lucky to have been given a Baby Annabell Learns to Swim doll after their swimming lesson with Rebecca Adlington a couple of weeks ago – all four of them felt like Christmas had come early and they couldn’t be more in love with their new babies. So we thought we would do a little review of the dolls in addition to our post about the swimming.

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Our New Book – The Space Craft Book

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5…4…3…2…1… BLAST OFF! Today marks the start of World Space Week so there was no better time to announce the launch of our latest craft book, which is out today. Containing 15 space-themed projects to make, The Space Craft book is crammed full of ideas for creating the ultimate out-of-this-world look, including space boots, a rocket pencil case, astronaut helmet and complete alien costume. As well as the crafts, we also give details on how to throw the ultimate space party, with food ideas, decorations, games and even a super simple moon cake.

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Flamingo Nail Art

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Oh we do love a flamingo here at Little Button Diaries. We did a whole flamingo craft round up last year, and Laura made an ace flamingo print bag. Aaaand now I’ve said flamingo so many times the word looks foreign. Lilah calls them falingos, and I’m unashamedly not correcting her so that she stays little longer. In fact now call them that too, which is a bit embarrassing. 

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Back to School Journals

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With Harper’s first full week of school, and Amelies second week in year one coming to an end, we’re all feeling a little bit on edge about school at the moment. If you’re feeling the same, we have a lovely little guest post from Seisha at Education.com with a nice idea to help kids get a handle of their new routine.

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Woodland Walks With Kids

A few weeks ago on a very soggy Friday we took the kids for a nature walk at Wilderness Woods. We  made a little video of our tips for exploring nature with little ones.

What are your kids favourite things to do on walks?

~ Laura & Tia xx ~

Mini Makers: Dream Jars

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“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams” – Roald Dahl

It’s Roald Dahl day today! So we thought we’d share the dreamy dream jars we made over the summer for Hobbycraft. Like everything we do, they’re easy to make with glitter and PVA glue and given a gentle glow with a battery-operated tea light.

If you fancy making your own glittery jar then our tutorial is over on the Hobbycraft website.

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DIY Desk Organiser

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Since beginning the blog back in 2013, I’ve been crafting out of our dining room and using the dining table as a desk/storage space/dumping ground. The kids have had to eat dinner around wet papier-mache helmets, giant dinosaur pinatas and more felt than you can shake your tail feather at!

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Life in Pictures – LA to Santa Barbara

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Just back from my holiday in California and I’m sulking in my being-home-is-turd bubble. The bubble that just pisses everyone else off and makes you look bloody ungrateful for your holiday. Which I’m not – my trip was awesome and I’ll probably never get one like it again (waaaaaaaail). Because this holiday was one I took WITHOUT my kids. They went to my (amazing, kind and wonderful) parents, whilst me and George guiltily (guiltily until my second gin at the airport. Then WAHOOO kicked in) flew off to LA for a road trip to San Fransisco.

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Easy Neon Lights

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I saw a few ideas for cheap alternatives to fancy expensive neon lights over on Pinterest, so I thought I would have a go at making my own version. And I thought I’d share some of the other ace ideas I saw, that probably make my own makes look totally rubbish!

All you need to buy is some EL Wire – which you can get pretty cheaply from Amazon. It’s a thin neon cable attached to a battery pack and, whilst the effect isn’t as dramatic as neon tube lighting, it makes a pretty effective night light. I attempted two versions – a neon cloud and a star.

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Back to School Craft Round up

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The summer holidays are nearly over and another school year will soon be starting. For one half of us this means starting school for the very first time. For the other, it’s into year one with a child who suddenly seems very grown up, after a summer that suddenly seems to have vanished. So we thought we’d do a little round up of our favourite back to school makes from the web (like we did last year!):

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Hidden Toy Soaps

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For the last few months I’ve had a situation on my hands that I wasn’t sure how to solve. Harper has had a case of the fibs over washing her hands after using the toilet. It’s been the classic case of fibbing where she swears she washed her hands when I know she hasn’t. So, like all good parents, I needed to think of a way to bribe her – but I’d exhausted the use of stickers and reward charts. Then, like an evil genius, I had a cunning plan to put her toys into soap because she’d want to wash her hands to get them out!

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Mini Makers: Picture Bead Crown Hairclip

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STOP! Hama (bead) Time! We didn’t realise how much we heart Hama/Picture beads until Hobbycraft asked us to come up with a kids project using them. As our kids love dressing up in regal attire, we came up with an everyday mini crown that Queens (and Kings) can pop down the shops in! As with everything we do, it’s fun and simple to make. Be warned… you’ll be making loads of them to match on their royal outfits! Visit the Hobbycraft blog for our tutorial on how to make them.

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