Pom Pom Trainers

pom pom trainers diy

After seeing these beautiful trainers in Zara our eyes did a cartoon-style jump out of our heads as we love pom poms and needed pom pom trainers in our lives (without the £45.99 price tag). So we popped to Primark to get a cheap pair of trainers and pom-pomed them up!

You Will Need:

  • Mohair wool in 2 colours
  • Pom pom maker
  • Pair of trainers
  • Sewing thread and needle
  1. Begin by making your pom poms. I used a pom pom maker for neatness, but you could easily use a fork or your hand to wrap the wool around (see our tutorial for details).

2. Trim the pom pom so you have a nice fluffy ball. Make two in each colour.

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Nap Time Craft: Pom Pom Gloves

pom-pom-gloves

As you already know, we’ve got a little thing for pom poms, and as pom pom gloves seem to be in all the shops at the moment, I thought I’d make a version for Harper on the cheap. I picked up a bargain packet of three pairs of gloves from H&M (£2.99).

You will need:

  • Cheap pair of gloves
  • Wool in three colours
  • Matching thread to wool and a needle

1. To make your pom poms – wrap wool around a fork about twenty times.

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Peter Rabbit Ears for Ladybird Books (and a great giveaway!)

easy sew peter rabbit ears tutorial

Today this little rabbit turns three and to celebrate she really wanted a Peter Rabbit party and, more importantly, Peter Rabbit cake. So we’ve been knee deep in rabbits and carrots for a few weeks now. To complete her outfit we teamed up with Ladybird Books and made these easy sew felt rabbit ears. They’re simple enough to make in half an hour, making them a great last minute make for keen bunnies.

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Nap Time Craft – Silver-Dipped Felt Bows

silver dipped bows little button diaries

I seem to have fallen into a slightly chaotic time at the moment, with moving house, the blog and lots of other projects we’re getting involved with. Everything feels like a big ball of tangled up wool and both me and Laura have been feeling a bit stressed! I haven’t really had a lot of time for craft, and definitely not enough time for long and complicated things. I’m all about things that take under half an hour!

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Nap Time Crafts: Elsa Frozen Shoes

frozen shoes

Our Little Buttons are still all about Frozen at the moment. Will it ever end? We made them a pair of ice princess slippers. This project was super easy and really put a smile on their little faces.

 You will need:

  •  A pair of canvas ballet shoes or pumps
  • Glue on gems
  • Strong glue
  • Tweezers
  • Pencil

1. Begin by marking out your design lightly in pencil on the front of the shoes.


 2. Apply a small amount of glue onto the back of a gem and use tweezers to place it onto the front of the shoe. Repeat all around your pencil markings – cover up the pencil as you go. Add a line of gems all along the rim of the shoes.

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Naptime Crafts: A Quick Watch Strap

watch strap tutorial from Little Button Diaries

I bought my diddy little niece a watch for her birthday, which she loved, but then she put it on and it was gigantic, even on the smallest setting. You should have seen her little sad face, poor button. So I said I’d make her another strap that would fit her perfectly. This is super easy -and will take you less than an hour to make with time for lots of biscuits in between. Read on for full instructions!

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Nap Time Crafts: Fabric Kite for Kids

DIY Fabric Kite

Spring has sprung and it’s finally time to get outdoors! I’ve had this project on my to-do list since winter so I was very excited to get started.

For this project you will need:

  • 0.5cm thick dowel
  • Fat quarter of lightweight fabric
  • Ribbon (3mm thick)
  • Super glue
  • String
  •  Kite reel (available from Amazon)
  •  Scraps of felt to match the fabric

1. Begin by cutting your dowel to size. The vertical piece of dowel measured 21 inches and the horizontal piece is 15 inches long.

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Nap Time Crafts: Easy Peasy Party Hats

party hats diy

It was my Little Button’s 2nd birthday recently so I made a batch of party hats for them all to wear. These hats are really simple to make and fun to decorate. One hat can be finished in the space of a short nap.

For this project you will need:

  • Pretty scrapbooking paper
  • Strong glue
  • An assortment of pom poms, ric-rac, ribbons, felt scraps and colourful card
  • Thin elastic (for a toddler I used 45cm per hat)


 1. Begin by printing and cutting out the template to fit A4 paper. Draw round the template onto the scrapbook paper and cut out.

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Nap Time Crafts – Mini Market Shopping Bag

felt shopper

My Little Button is really into shopping at the moment. When she’s at home she likes to fill up little paper bags with objects and then show me what she ‘bought’ at the shops. So I decided to make her a personalised felt shopping bag in which to store all her ‘purchases’. I’m not sure it really counts as a ‘bag for life’ but it’s a step in the right direction, and it will definitely do her until she gets a new obsession!

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Nap Time Crafts: Nursery Glitter Artwork

glitter

Today’s Nap Time Craft is a really quick and simple one. Add a bit of sparkle to a nursery wall in under half an hour!

For this project you will need:

  • Glitter paper
  • Moveable vinyl letters and numbers
  • Spray paint
  • Frame
  1. Begin by arranging your letters and numbers to fit your glitter paper. I decided to go with the initials and date of birth of a friend of mine’s new baby.

2. In a well-ventilated room, or outside, spray over your whole sheet of paper. You want all the glitter to be covered. Leave it to dry.

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Nap Time Crafts: Shrinkie Buttons

little button diaries shrink buttons tutorial 13

If you’re making something that requires buttons, but you don’t have anything in your button stash that matches (NB that will never happen to me, I seem to have a huge mason jar full of them. I’m such a hoarder…), maybe you could make a set from shrink plastic. You can match them to whatever you’re making. Here’s how to do it:

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Nap Time Crafts: Vegetable Printing Wrapping Paper

vegetable printing DIY

This is a quick and easy craft to which can add a personalised touch to wrapping and use up vegetables. We steered away from the potato to try different garden vegetables so we could experiment with design and texture. You can also get your little ones involved in the printing too.

For this project you will need:

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Nap Time Crafts: Sun Print Notebook

sunprint card tutorial

Before the summer is out I wanted to try making something with sunography paper. This is paper that is bleached in the sun and leaves a print of what you placed on top. I decided to rope my Little Button and her Grandpa in for this craft project and turn the results into a ‘back to school’-style notebook that would remind me of summer.

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Nap Time Crafts: Pinwheel hairclip

pinwheel hairclip tutorial a]

There’s a big pinwheel obsession going on in our household right now. Whilst playing around making paper wheels in the garden, I realised it would be just as easy to make a felt version that would make an awesome hairclip (/brooch/hairband/hatpin/keyring..?). This is a great one if you only have a short space of time and requires very little equipment. I didn’t have a hairclip base so I ripped an ugly one apart. Very satisfying!

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Nap Time Crafts: Simple glitter card

bestie card 4

Want a simple and super (super) quick card? This one takes about 10 minutes to make (plus drying time). When Harper turned 1 we decided to make her a little card from her best buddy Amelie. Kids love to get involved with a bit of glittler and glue.

You will need:
Card stock
Pencil
Glue
glitter

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