Mini Makers: Paper Cup Mermaid

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We love a good craft challenge. So when Hobbycraft sent us this giant box of craft goodies for kids and asked us to come up with something we emptied the contents onto the table, made a cup of tea and stared at it for a while waiting for inspiration to hit.

We’ve been crafting together for many years now so our tastes seem to have a merged into one! Once we began pulling out bits of craft materials they all seemed to fit together into this rather glam mermaid.

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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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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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Mini Makers: Air Dry Clay Bugs

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Our latest kids craft project is up over on the Hobbycraft Blog. These cute bugs are made using air dry clay and are easy enough for little ones to make with a bit of help. For the full tutorial on making these creatures crawl your way over to the Hobbycraft Blog.

~ Tia & Laura xx ~

Fun Easter Crafts for Kids

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We’ve done a lot of Easter making recently! We’ll be posting lots of bunny related crafts so keep your eyes and carrots peeled over the next week for some Easter inspiration. First up, we worked with Hobbycraft to create 2 easter themed bonnets for kids and an egg carton wreath – all are easy and fun for kids to make with a little paper and double sided tape. For our full tutorials visit our page on the Hobbycraft site.

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Half Term Makes: Cardboard Camera

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Smile it’s the weekend!! The final project of our week of half term makes is this cardboard camera. It only uses a few household materials and is a nice way to recycle bottle tops. For our full tutorial make your way over to the Hobbycraft Blog!

~ Laura & Tia xx ~

Half Term Makes: Cardboard Watch

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Part 3 of our Half Term Super Quick Projects is this simple cardboard watch. This is a great introduction to telling the time, it’s easy for kids to make and all you need are a few simple supplies. Hop over to the Hobbycraft Blog to see how to make one yourself.

~ Laura & Tia xx ~

Half-Term Makes: Paper Weaving Wall Hangings

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Today’s half-term makes are these wall hangings, made using paper weaving. They are really easy to make and even pre-schoolers can give it a try. All you need is an assortment of paper, card and stickers to get you started. For our full tutorial head over to Hobbycraft blog.

~ Laura & Tia xx ~

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Half Term Makes: Paper Photo Frame

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Entertaining kids over half term can be challenging (read: horrendous). But have no fear, or… have less fear! Because we’re here to offer you some super quick makes to entertain the littles. We’ll be giving you one a day for half term and all you need is some paper, card and a few other basic craft bits.

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Decorating a Mache Snowman

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Fancy making a little snowman centerpiece? This is a really simple little Christmas project to do with kids – the mache snowman is already built (shhh) so all you need to do is decorate him. And you don’t even need to get your hands cold!

Head over to Hobbycraft for this easy tutorial.

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Potato Print Christmas Stocking

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Hobbycraft asked us to create a Christmas Stocking for a pet, so we used our trusty potato printing skills to make this stamped stocking with an appliquéd name and Christmas tree tag. Stamping is super easy and a lovely project to do with kids. If you don’t have a pet, you can change the design to make a handmade gift for another family member. Simply cut basic shapes into potatoes (such as baubles, stars or triangles to make into Christmas trees) and stamp on your design using fabric or acrylic paints. For see our full tutorial visit the Hobbycraft site. They’ve got so many lovely Christmas craft DIYs to try!

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Kids Project: Wiggly Caterpillar Wall Art

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If you’re looking for a boredom squashing activity to fill a rainy afternoon then this wiggly giant caterpillar will hit the spot. Children can get messy painting and printing the caterpillar. Then just piece him together and get wiggling. For our full tutorial munch your way over to the Hobbycraft Blog.

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Hobbycraft’s School Projects

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Back to school already? We don’t even have school-age children but even for us that felt quick! We’ve been busy working with Hobbycraft as part of their school projects. They’ve got your kid’s art homework sorted! There is loads of inspiration and ideas on the hobbycraft blog for different topics, all aimed at different ages. Here’s our contribution:

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Hobbycraft’s Summer Mini Maker Competition

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We’re really excited to be working with Hobbycraft this month and judging their Summer Mini Maker Competition. If you’re between 3-8 years old and love making and creating then get crafting.

Once you’ve finished your masterpiece,  upload a photo to Hobbycraft’s website (with the help of a grown up). You could win £100 Hobbycraft vouchers and a craft hamper full of fabulous craft goodies (we REALLY want it!).

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Paper Mache Hot Air Balloon

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Morning folks! Our latest project for Hobbycraft is live on their blog. It’s this rather cute paper mache hot air balloon.  Kids love getting their hands messy with paper mache and paint and this easy peasy project will allow them to do just that! Fly over to Hobbycraft now to see just how to make it.

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