No Sew Mini Wooly Hats

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I’m not a knitter or crocheter but would secretly love to be. My repertoire so far consists of a scarf for Tia and a granny square blanket for Harper, and that’s it. So these little hats are a no-sew version, which can be strung together to make a garland or popped on a tree as a decoration.

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Kids Craft: Beaded Wands

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Threading beads onto pipe cleaners is the craft du jour in our houses. It’s so satisfying to watch those fine motor skills getting a workout and it keep Grayson sat still for longer than 3 minutes (which is a record!).

The girls make a lot of bracelets using beads and pipe cleaners and now they stepped it up a notch with beaded wands.

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DIY Printed Pencil Case

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I had an idea for a simple way to print onto fabric and I’ve been wanting to try it out and see if it works for ages (It did it did!) It’s just taken me so long trying to think of a word to print onto a pencil case that didn’t make me look like a bit of a kn*b. I’m not a fan of text on stuff as a rule. “Love” and “dream big” isn’t really my bag. But I haven’t managed it, I picked something equally kn*bby. “Imagine”. As in, “imagine all the things you could do if you stopped watching Made in Chelsea re-runs…”

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Kids Craft: Monster Game

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Over on our Get Creative With Instagram account we’re honoured to have craft guru The Imagination Tree as our new judge.

If you’ve not heard of Imagination Tree (where have you been?!), Anna is a mum of 4 and early years teacher so she knows what she’s talking about. Her site is absolutely crammed full of brilliant ideas and resources for crafting and learning for kids.

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Life in Pictures

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Apologies in advance for this random bunch of (slightly rubbish!) photos from our half term…. nothing much appears to be happening in my life right now! So I’m starting with Lilah, dressed as Alex the Lion from Madagascar, which is what she wants to be when she grows up. Amelie wants to work in a shop that makes plates. Bit odd.

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Super Quick Firework Craft

Ah we love Fireworks night we do! Following on from Laura’s (amazeballs) salad spinner art, we thought we would share another (slightly less amazeballs) firework craft to do with your kiddies: Glow-in-the-dark-firework-straw-type-paintings. With glitter. Catchy, eh? The kids loved it though, and that’s the main thing right. See our little vlog above – the first time we’ve ever done videos without each other. Terrifying.

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Kids Crafts: Fireworks Spinner

We’ve binned the pumpkins and eaten the remains of the trick of treats sweets so it’s time to  switch our brains to fireworks night.

We recently got a salad spinner so instead of spinning kale and cabbage we put it to excellent use by filling it with paint and glitter to create these Catherine Wheel Spinners.

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3 Simple Face Paint Ideas for Halloween

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If you hadn’t noticed, It’s Halloween next week! We’re continuing the Little Button bombardment of fright night ideas by sharing our video tutorial for  simple Halloween face paint ideas for kids. We’ve only had face paints for a few weeks (since our awesome Snazaroo day out!) so we are by no means experts at this. We wanted ideas that would be easy, quick and look spooky cute. I think we did okay!

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Spooky Halloween Wreath

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Round where we live, it seems everyone goes to town for Halloween. There’s always a steady stream of witches, ghosts, monsters and vampires knocking at our door, trick or treating. Last year I was a meanie and hid away and pretended we weren’t in as we only had a small amount of sweets to give (that I quite fancied eating!). But Harper convinced me to share them out so the two of us had a riot answering the door way past bedtime. A year later, she still talks about the time we gave out sweets.

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3 Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids

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So we had a grand idea last week that it would be great to make a video of three really quick pumpkin ideas for kids, that don’t involve having to dig all it’s guts out. We’d not made any of these before pressing record so some were treats and some were definitely trick(y) and left us a little hot and bothered. And a bit sweaty. See our little video below for the ideas we tried and tested!

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3 Quick Halloween Kids Crafts

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We’ve teamed up with Hobbycraft to come up with three quick Halloween crafts to keep you busy around Fright Night using their Giant Box of Halloween Crafts. This box is a bit like magic as there are SO many bits and bobs to get crafting with. We made Frankenstein Pom Pom Shooter, a Spider Toss Game and spooky puppets. If you fancy making them yourself, the tutorials are over on the Hobbycraft Blog now!

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10 Halloween Crafts for kids

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With Halloween and half term around the corner, we thought we would share with you our favourite spooky crafts for children from the internet. Pinterest is drowning in Halloween crafts, so we’ve trawled right through and found the best ones out there. Er, as well as a few favourites from our site, of course. Here’s our round up of the top ten Halloween crafts for kids:

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Halloween Kids Craft: Easy Spider Pumpkins 2 Ways

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Ok, so my pumpkin carving skills are r-u-b-b-i-s-h! I can just about manage eyes and a wonky mouth but that’s my lot. So instead of slaving over digging out a pumpkin with Harper I decided to try a very easy carve and a no carve version. Harper has been doing Incy Wincy Spider at school so we went with a (not so scary) spider theme.

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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