We kicked off the Christmas festivities last week with Craftmas! We brought together a bunch of great Mama crafters to give you the one-stop shop for Christmas crafts for kids. It was a mission to organise but totally worth it to get to know a really great bunch of crafters and bring you a stellar bunch of Christmas crafts for kids. We wanted to kick this week off with a round-up of the crafts:
We’re absolutely thrilled that it’s the 1st of December and we can finally unwrap Craftmas!! We’ve been working over the last few months with an amazing bunch of crafters to bring you 15 kids craft projects for Christmas. You can find all the projects via our Instagram!
Now here’s the fun bit, instead of putting up our own project, we’ve all swapped DIYs. These 3 no-sew holiday garlands are by the very talented Arielle from Art Camp. We are Arielle’s biggest fan, as her craft projects and Instagram feed are without a doubt the best we’ve seen. Without further ado, over to you, Arielle!
For the last few weeks we’ve been working behind the scenes on a secret project for Christmas! We’re so excited to be able to share it with you. We’ve teamed up with a super bunch of Instagram crafters to bring you our ultimate guide to Christmas crafting with kids. Over the Christmas period we’ll be sharing 15 awesome kids crafts with our buddies over on Instagram.
We kind of miss the days when an Advent calendar was just a piece of card with pictures of holly and candles in it. Our kids have never had an advent calendar like that – they probably never will. With some advent calendars costing up to £100 for ‘proper’ toys in them… have we gone a bit advent mental? Well, maybe. But you don’t need to spend big bucks to have yourself an alternative advent.
A couple of years ago, when Harper was two, I thought I’d start a little Christmas tradition of going ice skating. Who seriously tries to take a two-year-old skating?! As you might guess, it was a disaster. As was last year when we tried to go again. But when the Royal Pavilion opened its doors to their ice rink last week, I thought I’d try for third time lucky. The Christmas countdown has begun. Oh I do love this time of year!
Sound the jingle bells, it’s a month to go until Christmas. But it’s not just Santa who gets treats the night before the big day anymore, Christmas Eve boxes are a big trend this year – and it’s really easy to make your own.
Hobbycraft asked us to come up with a DIY version. Ours includes a personalised plate to leave goodies out for the big man, reindeer food, a hot chocolate kit and a few handmade clay decorations to brighten up the tree.
I have bubble wrap stacking up fast with all the online Christmas crap I’m buying at the moment. It has no home, stuffed in a bag and shoved in my porch. Irritating. So I pulled it all out for Lilah to play with – she tells me bubble wrap is her favourite toy, poor child. Then we thought it might be ‘fun’ to chop it up and turn it into pictures!
We were beyond excited when this little beauty popped through our door the other day – Sew Now Magazine, with us on the front! There was some bouncing up and down when we saw it. We did a little interview with them and made these Christmas decorations, which are super easy peasy for little hands to make.
We did something slightly outside the box at the weekend. We went to a Rave. For children. At Ministry of Sound. Am I cool enough? No, actually. Not really. But it was flipping ace anyway.
So you’ve probably heard of baby discos, which are a great way to spend a rainy afternoon pretending you still have a life. But this – a baby RAVE – is a whole new ball game. This was Rave-A-Roo. And it was SO MUCH FUN.
Threading beads onto pipe cleaners is the craft du jour in our houses. It’s so satisfying to watch those fine motor skills getting a workout and it keep Grayson sat still for longer than 3 minutes (which is a record!).
The girls make a lot of bracelets using beads and pipe cleaners and now they stepped it up a notch with beaded wands.
Now the weather has taken a turn and is freezing cold, we’ve not been out too much, so getting photos just hasn’t happened recently. I rarely get the camera out at home so the kids are going to have vague memories of our house and think all we did was go out!
Last weekend we didn’t have any plans and wanted to give the kids a good runaround/good nap in the car, so we drove to Dungeness. Dungeness is a funny blend of bleakness, a beach, a power station and a load of fishermans cottages all within one hamlet. The first stop was the pub, which we were both dreading. Grayson has a tendency to not sit down at meal times so taking him out for food is always a little tricky. But this was pretty much the first meal we’ve had where the kids sat, ate and didn’t wriggle around too badly. I didn’t dare take photos as I didn’t want to break the spell.
I had an idea for a simple way to print onto fabric and I’ve been wanting to try it out and see if it works for ages (It did it did!) It’s just taken me so long trying to think of a word to print onto a pencil case that didn’t make me look like a bit of a kn*b. I’m not a fan of text on stuff as a rule. “Love” and “dream big” isn’t really my bag. But I haven’t managed it, I picked something equally kn*bby. “Imagine”. As in, “imagine all the things you could do if you stopped watching Made in Chelsea re-runs…”
If you’ve not heard of Imagination Tree (where have you been?!), Anna is a mum of 4 and early years teacher so she knows what she’s talking about. Her site is absolutely crammed full of brilliant ideas and resources for crafting and learning for kids.