Mini Makers: Air Dry Clay Bugs

Air Dry Clay Bugs by Little Button Diaries

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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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

ice painting DIY

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

easy mache snowman christmas centrepiece by Little Button Diaries

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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