Mini Makers: Two Quick Jungle Crafts

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The kids’ nursery were asking for help with their jungle-themed summer fete. I jumped at the chance to get stuck into helping with the craft tent. Only problem was I’m not the greatest at super quick, super cheap craft projects with a jungle theme. I was a little stumped to be honest. I came up with a paper plate parrot and this cute wooden spoon lion puppet.

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Life In Pictures: Out of This World

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So a few weeks ago we had a day long photoshoot for our upcoming book, The Space Craft Book. We’ve done six of these all days shoots so the kids are seasoned professionals now. Well, that is everyone but Grayson who was on a one-man mission to destroy everything in his path. No craft project was safe!

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Easy Kings Crown

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If you’ve been hanging out here for a while, you will know that we spend most of our time writing craft books for kids. We thought we’d share a few projects from each of our books on our little blog, so we’re kicking things off with The Knight Craft Book and this sparkly Kings Crown, which is super easy to make!

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4 Years of Blogging

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Holy Crap. No, really??? Four years? Well, apparently! Weird, when you’ve been doing something so long that you can’t imagine what you’d be doing with your life if you weren’t doing it (and don’t want to) and yet it feels like only a tiny time ago we were walking along the street bouncing around (crap) ideas for our blog, with just two little babies in tow. Four kids now. Four kids, four years.

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Three Fimo makes

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We love making things with Fimo, we’ve been using the stuff since we were 6 – making clay foods for our dolls house. In fact Amelie still has the burger and chips (which is SO bad) that I made when I was little in her dolls house now. That stuff never breaks! So when Creativity Magazine asked us to come up with 3 fimo jewellery makes – a unicorn brooch, a leaf pendant and a jewellery holder, well obviously we were going to say yay!

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Mini Makers: Easy Fairy Wings

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These fairy wings are so easy! We LOVE a bit of sticky back plastic (AKA contact paper. Whatever TF that means). We use it a lot with our kids, along with double sided tape, because it allows kids to create a messy make without any glue or sticky yukky bits going all over everywhere. Mess-free-mess is our favourite kind of mess. You can make all sorts – suncatchers (and here) are a favourite of ours but as an alternative we made some fairy wings that you can actually wear. Mine wore hers all day, then had a massive meltdown in the evening because I wouldn’t let her wear them to bed. SO angelic.

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Finalists! WHOOP!

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We just wanted to say thank you so much if you voted for us in the Bib Awards, because we’re finalists!! Hoorah!!!! Your support means the entire world to us and we can’t say how much we appreciate the support of the people who read our blog. We always assume our posts only get read by our mums (and, to be honest, judging by recent conversation they don’t always seem to be following us either…). It makes it easy to write when you imagine no one is there at the other end to read, and we know we don’t have a humungous following. We’re a teeny tiny speck of a blog really, compared to all those giants out there. But for those of you who are out there, reading about all our little crafty makes, you should know we appreciate you, and we’re so happy to have you here with us.

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Mini Makers: Rainbow Painting

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Whenever we craft, Harper’s favourite thing to make/paint/draw is rainbows. Now whilst I love rainbows, making them the focus of every craft project can get a tad dull, and it involves getting all the paint out, doing a rainbow in a minute flat, and then leaving me to clear up.

So when we had a long day of waiting in for a courier last week and whilst Grayson napped, Harper suggested we make a rainbow Father’s Day card. I fibbed and said the paintbrushes were in the wash and let’s see what else we can find to paint with. So we found a clean sponge, a random balloon lying around, and her hands and feet. And do you know what…? We had a lot of fun, and made a lot of mess!

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Mini Makers: Superhero Badge Father’s Day Card

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All dads are superheroes. To our kids, their Daddys can do anything, fix anything, make anything and we love watching their little eyes twinkle with a love and wonder you only get when you’re 5. So with Father’s Day on Sunday we thought we’d get our littles together to make a quick superhero card complete with a BADGE.  As everyone loves a badge, right? We used shrink plastic, which is so much fun to do with kids as it doesn’t take long for the magic to work and they love watching it wriggle and curl.

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Personalised Father’s Day Tablet case

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Hooray for Father’s Day on Sunday! (note slight level of forced enthusiasm) My other half consistently tells me he doesn’t want any effort at all for Father’s day, but then MILKS it on the actual day. It’s like living with Caesar. But he works hard, so I don’t mind. Not much. I only mind a little bit.

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Kids Activities: Water & Oil Experiment

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Here’s a really simple but fascinating kids activity which will keep your kids entertained longer than an episode of Peppa Pig! Dropping coloured water into oil makes a cool lava lamp style effect, without the lava… or the lamp. We show you how to do it in our latest video!

Laura & Tia xx

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DIY Fidget Spinners

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If you’re a parent in the UK with a kid at school, you’ll probably already know this but school kids in this country have gone totally crazy for fidget spinners. We’re slightly behind the curve with this DIY but it took us a few attempts to perfect it and we’re very happy with the result. This is a super easy craft requiring only a few supplies – unlike a lot of the other fidget spinners tutorials we found!

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Bubble Art Projects with Trunkaroo

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If you’re regulars to our blog you’ll know that we do a lot of crafting with our kids. And we mean A LOT.  It’s basically the only way we know how to entertain our kids. So when the lovely people at Trunkaroo contacted us to ask if we and the Buttons wanted to try out one of their kids craft kits we jumped at the chance. You see, whilst we do do a lot of crafting with them, our craft cupboards are chaotic due to overuse and the kids can get stuck in a craft rut – Harper constantly wants to make/paint/draw rainbows and Amelie is a little obsessed with drawing princesses. So the idea of neatly packaged activities through the letterbox sounded good to us.

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Palm Leaf Printed Tee

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Over on our other Instagram account Get Creative With everyone has been going gaga for this week’s challenge to #getcreativewith printing. There have been SO many amazing ways to print, that they’ve got me itching to try printing a tee.

You Will Need:

  • A4 sheet craft foam
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Duct tape
  • Double-sided tape
  • Green fabric paint
  • Small paintbrush
  • Plain white t-shirt
  • Newspaper
  • White and green pom pom trim
  • White sewing thread
  1. Use the template to cut out the four leaf shapes onto craft foam. Cut squares of cardboard slightly larger than the leaves and use double-sided tape to stick them onto the cardboard.

2. To make the handles for the stamps, cut a length of duct tape and pinch it in the middle, then stick onto the back of the cardboard.

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Lined Drawstring Ballet Bag

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My two have recently started ballet classes. Super cute they are too, running around flat footed thinking they look like the sugar plum fairy. I’d been hauling all their stuff to ballet lessons in a plastic bag, so I decided I should make a bit more effort and make them each a little bag. I tried quite hard with these ones. They better like ballet! This lined drawstring bag is super easy and quick to make. And the applique comes with a free template! All seams are sewn with a 1cm seam allowance unless stated. You will need:
  • 20in x 15in outer fabric
  • 20in x 15in lining fabric
  • 20cm square matching fabric for applique
  • 20cm square bondaweb
  • 2.6m yellow cotton tape or ribbon
  • yellow embroidery thread
  • Applique ballet shoes template
  • safety pin
1. Attach bondaweb to the back of the appliqué fabric. Trace the template onto the paper backing of the bondaweb and cut out. Line the appliqué onto the front of one of the outer pieces, in the centre and iron to adhere.   2. Blanket stitch the appliqué onto the fabric using coordinating embroidery thread. I cheat and use my machine for speed but I do think a hand stitched finish looks nicer. Laziness won for me (mainly because I was making 2)! I realised at this point, with my spotty fabric, that this looks a little bit like a ninja! I quite like it, ballet bags in disguise…   3. If you want to personalise the bag by stitching a name onto the front, now is the time to do that. As I was making one for each of my girls I wrote their names under the ballet shoes in pencil then backstitched using yellow embroidery thread. 4. Pin the two outer pieces right sides together. Sew along the bottom of the bag. For the 2 sides, leave 2 (3cm wide) gaps – one 3cm from the top and one 3cm up from the bottom of the bag (as shown in the illustration below) and sew. These are for the drawstring. Pin and sew the lining fabric right sides together as well, leaving an 8cm gap in the centre of the bottom of the bag to allow you to turn the fabric (as shown). Trim the corners and any excess fabric and press the seams open.  5. With the seams flat – you can pin if you want to be sure – sew a neat box 5mm around the top drawstring openings of the bag. 6. Turn the lining fabric the right way out and insert it into the outer fabric so that the right sides are facing. Make sure the seams are lined up, then pin and sew around the top of the bag. 7. Turn the bag out through the hole in the lining fabric. Stitch the hole closed and insert the lining into the outer fabric. Press, then neatly top stitch around the opening. 8. To make the channel for the drawstring, sew another line all the way around the bag, just underneath the drawstring opening. 9. Cut the length of strap in half to create 2 x 1.3m lengths. Attach a satefty pin the the end of one and feed it into one of the openings. Bring it all the way round and back through the original hole. Repeat with the other piece in the other hole. 10. Take one of the pairs of straps, make sure it isn’t twisted, and pin the end inside the corresponding bottom hole on the bag, with about 2.5cm of the strap in the hole. Hand stitch in place.   Hooray! Un petit sac de ballet! Tia x P.S. If you also have a little ballerina, you might like this ballet duffel bag from Laura – super cute.