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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Mini Makers: Paper Plate Animals

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I made some paper plate animals with Amelie at the weekend. Normally, when I have a craft in mind for her, I set her up with all the stuff she needs, show her what to do, then use it as an excuse to go and do something else. This time I thought I’d not do that. I’m a bit of a distracted mum sometimes – I try not to be – but my mind wanders and before I know it I’ve agreed to a trip to the zoo at bedtime dressed as Alex the Lion.

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Mini Makers: Glitter Thank You Cards

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We’re still at the stage with Harper where we have to remind her to say “please” and “thank you” from time to time. So after receiving a lovely bunch of Christmas gifts, we wanted to make sure we got our thank you cards out without delay. Because Harper loves glitter, and because she had enjoyed making some glittery Christmas tree decorations, we decided to have one more go using the sparkly stuff for this really simple craft project.

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Mini Makers: 3 Quick Christmas Makes

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Yes, we do look ridiculous. It’s the one look we can pull off. But it’s nearly Christmas and we’re all getting super excited. If you’re looking for festive ways to entertain the kiddies then we’ve got three really simple makes that will keep them entertained till the Big Day.

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Giant Snowman Fuzzy Felt

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knock knock knock Do you wanna build a snowman?! After “is it dinner time?” this is the most popular question in my household. After seeing this fantastic giant fuzzy felt creation by the talented Crafted by Jen (this lady is my craft crush!) it gave me the idea to create a festive fuzzy felt activity, and scratch Harper’s itch to build a snowman (you have all seen Frozen, right?). This project is simple to make and a good use of odd scraps of felt and trimmings.

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Mini Makers: Stained Glass Christmas Tree Decorations

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This Christmas the streets around where we live are doing an advent calendar-style window display where, each day, the houses in an allocated street put up a festive window display. Lovely, right? When I got the leaflet through our door I had a little wave of panic of how to fill our bay window without myself and my husband doing the mannequin challenge in santa hats til December 25th.

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10 Awesome Halloween Kids Crafts

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OoooOOoooh. With Halloween just around the corner we’ve been searching for spooky things to make and bake with our little pumpkins during half term (like, vaguely spooky. Not your scary clown type of spooky, we’re total wimps). We thought we’d share our favourites with you to try:

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Mini Makers: Shrinkie Keyrings

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We absolutely LOVE shrink plastic, as you may have seen if you have flicked through our crafts. As it’s nearly the end of the summer holidays, we thought we would show you how to make these cute shrink plastic key rings with your kids. They’re a great quick craft if you’re in need of an activity to fill the time before school starts again.

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Mini Makers – Popsicle Fairies

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I just thought I’d share these little popsicle fairies we made last week because they were fun to make and to be honest, they kept the kids entertained for a good hour and that’s worth sharing in the summer holidays – it meant I could mow the lawn! I hid them in the garden (like, really well) for them to go on a little fairy hunt.

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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 ~

Mini Makers: Felt Shapes and Bead Necklace

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We’re at a tricky phase in our house where my Little Buttons have different routines. Harper hasn’t napped in a while (unless of course we’re in the car and my phone has run out of battery so I’m sat there twiddling my thumbs – anyone else have completely wasted nap opportunities like this?! I digress), Grayson on the other hand has a daily lunchtime sleep. So I’ve been trying to think of ‘big girl’ activities that Harper and I can do while the little one sleeps. I find it tricky to squeeze in craft projects when Grayson is awake as he wants to just a) eat everything or b) grab it from the table, run and hide and then try to eat it. So I’ve been coming up with a few ‘little bits’ activities to do with Harper during these nap times. This felt shapes and bead necklace was a good way for her to practise the fine motor skill of threading, and to make a colourful necklace at the same time.

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Quick & Easy Fathers Day Mug

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It’s nearly Father’s Day, which means that hard working mothers everywhere get an extra day of work. Hoorah! So we decided to make a little personalised mug using Sharpie pens. My 4 year old spends every free moment drawing, she loves it. So I was pleased with myself when I had the idea to decorate a mug for her Daddy. He’ll love it, and it only cost £2. Boom!

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Kid’s Craft: Pom Pom Shooters

We had a huge amount of fun filming our latest Channel Mum Vlog! These pom pom shooters take about 5 minutes to make and cost next to nothing. They’re great to keep kids occupied. You may be picking up pom poms for months but it’s worth the fun (honest!). We’d love to hear how your shooters go too if you give them a go.

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DIY Giant Bubbles & Wand

Oh my goodness this could possibly be the most fun project we have ever done! These giant bubbles are AWESOME. Easy to make, quick and endless hours of squealing joy. Even if you don’t have kids (they pop them too quick!). Bear in mind the bubble wand will dribble its goo everywhere so this is one project that is definitely more suited for outdoors. We made a video tutorial for Channel Mum – click to watch above or read on for the full tutorial.

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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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