Mini Makers: Lollipop Pairs

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This week’s Instagram challenge on our @get.creative.with account is using Paint Charts/Paint Chips within a craft project. As Harper’s really into playing the game pairs at the moment, we made up our own lollipop version using paint charts. Sorry to Homebase in Brighton for clearing you out of samples!

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9 Ways to Get Creative With Cardboard

9 ways to get creative with cardboard

A few weeks ago, along with the super Oh Creative Day, we launched a new Instagram account @get.creative.with as a way to encourage families to get crafting together. Each week has a new theme and guest judge and this week it was our turn. We chose CARDBOARD as our theme, and oh my, we were not disappointed with the super ways people got creative with it.

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Mini Makers: Clay Plant Pots

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We ❤ air dry clay. But it’s only recently that our kids are starting to enjoy the stuff too (previous attempts haven’t always ended well with our kids either eating the clay or mushing it into their hair). Once you’re out of the toddler zone air dry clay is a fantastic medium for them to play around with – easy to mould, inexpensive, paintable and felt tip pen-able! Hobbycraft asked us to come up with an easy craft for kids using clay, so we decided to make these teeny plant pots, which are ridiculously easy to make with the help of a loo roll tube!

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Super Speedy Play Dough

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Happy Friday! Our latest kids craft video is up on our YouTube channel and it’s super speedy no-cook play dough. It only takes about ten minutes to make! You can use this recipe as a base to make dough in different colours and scents.

If there are any crafts you’d like to see as a video tutorial we’d love to know!

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Mini Makers: Clay Heart BFF Necklaces

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Show your Bestie some love with these clay necklaces. They’re easy to make with kids and can be decorated with paint like ours – or you can also use felt tip pens or even stickers on the clay.

For our full tutorial on how to make them, head over to the Hobbycraft website.

~ Laura & Tia xx ~

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Life in Pictures: Cinderella & Acey

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Hello hello! Hope you’ve had a nice week? For us, it was half term and it’s been very lovely. I think I’m in a minority in the parent world, but I really love half term. Not in a slushy way, more that we like not being ruled by the routine! School is still new to us, and we (I) have struggled a bit with getting up and getting out in the mornings. In fact, I’m crap at it.  Despite my best intentions for calm TV-free mornings of getting ready without any tantrums and laughing into our cheerios, we always end up late,  missing socks, forgetting book bags and running to school with a sweat on. So this week has been about lie-ins. Not lie-ins like they used to be mind, more “you can take the ipad to your bedroom as a special treat!” kind of lie-ins. Which are almost as good. Almost.

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DIY Popcorn Purse

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We’re a little bit obsessed with popcorn in our house. Since Christmas, Grayson has used the word “popcorn” as his default word for things he doesn’t know the word for. So Christmas baubles were called popcorn, fairy lights were popcorn, crackers were popcorn. Well, you get the idea. Oh, and it’s Harper’s all-time favourite snack of. all. time. So maybe it was only a matter of time that popcorn popped into my crafting repertoire.

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Get Creative With…

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Today we’re really excited as we’re launching something new over on Instagram called Get Creative With… We’ve teamed up with our craft sister from another mister, Shannon from Oh Creative Day, to start a weekly creative challenge which we’re hoping will be a bit of fun, will help us and you with creative ideas for kids, and will be a way to meet lots of lovely Instagram crafters.

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World Book Day: Cat In The Hat Costume

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“you find magic wherever you look. sit back and relax. all you need is a book” – Dr. Seuss

World Book Day is just round the corner. To get ready and not have a last minute costume panic (!) we made this Cat in the Hat outfit. It’s no-sew and can be made in half an hour with basic materials, which makes it a win in our books! Print out the handy template for the cat’s bow and follow the simple steps shown in our video tutorial.

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Heart Shoulder Bag for Brother Sewing

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Our friends over at Brother Sewing asked us to sew something for Valentines, so we thought we’d whip up this little heart shoulder bag. We’ve made it from canvas cotton but it can be made from any fabric as long as it is relatively thick. We sewed the bag and purse together using a 1cm (3/8in) seam allowance.

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Mini Clay Pins

mini clay collar pins tutorial by little button diaries

I was sitting at my desk this week making a little polymer clay monster – usual Tuesday. I finished my monster and decided to make a few more things – I used to love polymer clay when I was a kid and I would make tons of miniature items for my dolls house. I could spend a whole day making crap out of fimo without a care in the world! So that’s what I did on Tuesday. I used up all my valuable child-free hours making crap out of fimo. And now you can too!

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DIY Art Smock

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Ok, so I made this vinyl art smock for Harper about a year ago, as she’d been given an easel for previous birthday… then I lost it somewhere in one of the many piles of fabric I have. Approximately nine months later, it turns up, only for Harper to have outgrown it. So we decided the perfect recipient for this apron was the next youngest Little Button, who also happens to love painting.

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Mini Makers: Pipe Cleaner Necklaces

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We went to a birthday party recently that had a bouncy castle and a craft table – so it was basically the kids’ party of dreams! I headed straight over to the craft table whilst the kids went for a bounce, and there was a four-year-old girl busily making a creation out of pipe cleaners and feathers. Turns out she was making a necklace, which I thought was the cleverest idea I’d ever heard! When we got home later, Harper and I had a go at making them ourselves. We even added a velcro fastening to our necklaces so they can easily be removed… so I didn’t totally steal a small girl’s idea, honest!

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Hedgehog Pillow

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My lovely friend Jess had a baby a little while back, so I thought I’d make him a little something. Seen as her little lovely’s middle name is spike… a hedgehog seemed the obvious answer! Look how totally adorable he is, makes my heart go a bit wobbly.

You will need:

  • 1/4m teal cotton canvas
  • 1/4m orange cotton canvas
  • brown embroidery thread
  • toy stuffing
  • template

1. Cut the templates out from the pdf attached. Cut 2 body pieces from the teal canvas. From the orange cut  2 head pieces and 4 ear pieces.

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Embroidered Crown

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For Grayson’s birthday I made him a felt crown and he absolutely hated it! He wore it for a matter of minutes whilst opening presents before he realised it was on his head, then whipped it off and said ‘yuck!’. He’s a tough critic!

On the bright side, Harper thought it was super and has requested one for her birthday in March. As I mainly stitched the crown by hand, I managed to get it done in front of the TV over Christmas. I do love a craft I can do in front of the Netflix on the laptop.

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