Make Your own fossils!

Well, it’s half term and we are already pooped. So we had a flick through some of our boredom busting ideas and decided to make some little dinosaur fossils. We did think we would hide them in the garden and have our very own archaeological dig… but it has been peeing down every single day (Every. Single. Day.) so we just hid them under the duvet instead. Not quite as dramatic perhaps, but still fun (ish).

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Kid’s Craft: Valentine’s Day Goody Bag

What better way to say ‘I love you’ then with a pink chip cone, right? For our latest video, we had the ‘great’ idea of using paper plates to make a Valentine’s Day goody bag. It didn’t exactly go to plan (as you’ll see!). We’re filing this one under ‘Not Pinterastable!’. If you fancy a giggle, or to have a go at making a goody bag yourself, hit play on our vid!!

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World Book Day: Charlotte’s Web Costume

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My kids got an audio book of Charlottes Web for Christmas and they love it way more than I thought they would, listening along in the car. And I’ve found I’m totally hooked too (I’ve been demanding silence or it goes off!). So we made a very easy Charlotte’s Web head piece for World Book Day, using mainly Duck Tape.

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World Book Day: Paddington Bear Suitcase

Duck Tape Paddington Bear Costume

It’s World Book Day soon. Hands up who’s already had requests for a Paddington Bear outfit? If so, we’ve got it covered with this simple version of his iconic suitcase. Just team it with a blue duffel coat, a red hat and a marmalade sandwich (or two) and your little bear will be ready for an adventure. Thanks to Duck Tape for sponsoring this post.

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World Book Day: Queen of Hearts Costume

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It’s nearly that time of year again! The day most parents just love – World Book Day. We’re here to help with 3 very simple no-sew costumes your children will love. They take very little time to make with the help of a few rolls of Duck Tape (you know how much we love this stuff by now right? Pretty much everything we make for our kids features it somewhere!). We’re starting with this one – The Queen of Hearts – and there will be two more easy ideas this week as well. Hoorah!

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Nap Time Craft: Heart Keyring

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Before Harper started school I had no idea of the level of blinging kids go to with their book bags. They pimp them up with stickers and SO many keyrings. I keep meaning to get Harper a keyring (or four) to up her book-bag game, but it’s one of those things I only remember about after I’ve got back from town.

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Hot Stuff Heart Oven Mitts

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We made these little Hot Stuff oven mitts as a super easy valentines project for Brother Sewing UK. We do love an excuse to stay at home and cook something yummy, and Valentines Day is the perfect reason to eat goodies. Removal of clothing optional, but recommended for the full experience.

To make a pair of Hot Stuff mitts you will need:

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fabric storage baskets

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My kids are messy. I can spend a day tidying, then within 5 minutes of them being in the house they’ve brought half their toys down and spread them across the floor then abandoned them 5 minutes after that. Because they hate me. So I stack them all up in little piles on the stairs to go back to their rooms whenever anyone is going upstairs (you’ll regularly hear my shout “TAKE your pile!!!!!” as they pound up for more crap).  I thought I’d make some cute little baskets for them, so instead of taking a pile they can take their baskets back. And they look much nicer than piles of toys. It was a great concept. Except for one flaw. They now use these baskets to bring down even more toys than they could carry before. FFS.

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DIY Terrazzo Coasters

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Word on the street (ok, Pinterest really!) is that Terrazzo is back, baby! The 70s tile print is set to be everywhere and not just under your feet this year. There are a few ways to make your own Terrazzo pattern which we’ve given a go. This first way, using polymer clay is SO easy. If I can do it, a kid could definitely do it too. I turned mine into coasters using cooking cutters. They add a fleck of brightness to a table and the colour possibilities are endless.

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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!)

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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

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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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