Incredibly Easy Teddy Bear Cake

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I wanted to make a teddy bear cake for Lilah’s 2nd birthday. When she was born she had to wear leg braces for 6 months, which pushed her legs out so that she looked like a little teddy. We’ve called her Lilah bear ever since, silly as it may sound – it’s just stuck. So it had to be a bear cake. She likes dinosaurs more but I wasn’t about to attempt that!

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Easter Egg Cosies #Brotherchallenge

easter egg cosies #brotherchallenge

These Easter egg cosies make the perfect seasonal addition to your breakfast table. We were asked by Brother Sewing Machines to take part in their Brother Crafts Challenge to create an Easter project that children can sew. These little egg cosies are easy for kids to make from felt and are a great first sewing machine project (though you could sew them by hand too).

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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

Cardboard Camera DIY

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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Kids Activities: Salt Dough Decorations & Gift Tags

DIY salt dough decorations

  At nearly 3, Harper is at the age where the build-up to Christmas is very exciting. She seems to talk about Father Christmas non-stop and has been checking the chimney to see if he can get down it. As such, we’ve had a few crafternoons lately that have had a festive theme. Recently, we made a batch of salt dough decorations and had a lovely time decorating them.

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Kids Activities: Ice Painting

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Now the weather has turned cold and drizzly we’ve been doing a lot more indoor craft activities with our Little Buttons as, let’s face it, the park is just too freezing to be hanging around in. We thought we’d start sharing the art activities we get up to as the Buttons seem to really be enjoying them. All of them only need a little bit of prep and use materials you should be able to find around the house. The first one we tried was ice painting.

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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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How to Print With Children

We’ve been going to a local art class, Story Carousel, for a few months now, and have really been enjoying the different bundle of art we come home with every week – from puppets and masks to musical instruments and story props. The very talented Lorna, who runs Story Carousel, is brilliant at coming up with creative projects week-in, week-out, and is always on hand to grab Grayson when he’s crawling into the giant sensory bin, which is handy when Harper and I are covered in glue, glitter and paint. We asked her to come up with an easy project to do with kids, which would make a brilliant Christmas gift idea. Over to Lorna with how to make a printed picture with your little ones.

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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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Nap Time Crafts: Easy Elsa Hair

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As the entire population of 2-5 year old girls continue to completely idolize Princess Elsa (If you don’t know who that is… You can just stop reading now, the rest of this post will mean zip to you!), my own little girl is well and truly on the Frozen bandwagon. She has the dress, the crown, and some shoes that we made (have a look at them here). So I thought I would complete the look by making some white locks.

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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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