STOP! Hama (bead) Time! We didn’t realise how much we heart Hama/Picture beads until Hobbycraft asked us to come up with a kids project using them. As our kids love dressing up in regal attire, we came up with an everyday mini crown that Queens (and Kings) can pop down the shops in! As with everything we do, it’s fun and simple to make. Be warned… you’ll be making loads of them to match on their royal outfits! Visit the Hobbycraft blog for our tutorial on how to make them.
You may have seen a few weeks ago my post about turning an old maxi dress into a top. There was so much fabric left behind that I thought I’d see if I could turn it into a dress for Amelie, my 5 year old. I figured all I had to lose was my time. And I waste SO much time making crappy projects that don’t work, I’m used to that. One of these days I’ll write a post about all the crap I make that turns out to be so far removed from the vision in my head. That’ll be a fun read for you. But back to the dress. If you have a maxi-dress you no longer need, maybe you should shrink it too! Here’s how I did it.
We had a lovely day meeting up in Stanmer Park this week – it’s such a great place to just flop around on the grass whilst your kids fight over who has the frisbee (luckily we have learned to completely tune them out). If you’re local to Brighton and have kids we’d really recommend Stanmer Park as a place to take kids over the holidays – they have loads of events happening every day. We went to a hip hop class!
We’re totally going to jinx it when we say this next sentence but it is starting to feel like summer for more than five minutes every couple of days! To keep us and the kids cool in the heat, we made our own ice pops. If you fancy seeing how we made them, in the most chaotic video we’ve done then hit play!
As the summer holidays creep on without a huge amount of sun, we’ve been looking for as many ways as possible to entertain our kids. We always head to the craft cupboard, so we thought we’d ask guest blogger Annabelle Short from Wunderlabel to tell us her top 10 ideas for summer crafting with kids. Below are some fab ideas for crafty and not-so-crafty mums!
We’ve not done one of these in a while, primarily because our kids don’t nap anymore. We’re smack in the middle of holidays, with huge book commitments and limited child-free time, hence the reintroduction of short craft projects that can be fitted into nap times (or at least under an hour!). You can swap the artwork inside these Polaroid-style fridge magnets to keep your kitchen looking fresh.
A few weeks ago we thought it would be an excellent idea to drive hundreds and hundreds of miles from one side of the country to the other for a little break. We’re trying to fit in as many breaks with Harper as we can before she starts on her school adventure in September.
So we packed up pretty much all our belongings and drove six hours to Pembrokeshire for a week in a cottage with my brother Darren and his girlfriend Katie. We went to Cornwall with them last summer and thought we’d scared them off holidaying with us because of the lack of sleep. Luckily they were up for more fun this year. I’ve not been to Wales since I went to university in Cardiff and met some of the best people in my life there.
Panda purses and clay biscuits…. not a sentence we’ve ever written before! We did a little crafting for our fave magazine Mollie Makes a little while ago and we’ve just received a copy in the post. It always makes us so happy when we’re featured, we’ve been reading the magazine for years now and it’s a good feeling to be a contributor, albeit a baby one! We made some little clay biscuits for them (click here for the full tutorial).
We’re sharing extracts from our books every month (so you buy them) and this month we’re doing a project from our Big Book of 100 Little Activities – which may just be our favourite one. But don’t tell the others. So we’re sharing a great quick craft for summer holiday boredom-punching-in-the-face fun: our squirty pavement chalk. This is super messy outdoor fun paint that creates wonderfully bright pictures. You can paint onto corrugated card or directly onto paving slabs. It won’t stain the slabs but it does need a little scrub to remove! You can use old sauce bottles or find empty ones online.
Trying hard to think of a way to start this post without sounding like a big dull dudd moaning about the weather. Ummmm. Nope, the weather has been crap and we are moody about it. These pictures aren’t the best, but I am putting them up anyway because they were meant to be sunny lovely! We went to a hot air balloon festival and I had visions of artisicly styled colourful photos and happy picnicky kids. But there were no balloons. Just rain, and wet people, looking for balloons. The face says it all.
We’re five days into the holidays so hands up who’s watched Trolls more than three times already (or is that just us?!). As we’re all a bit gaga about Trolls we made a really simple Poppy troll hair so you can whip it back and forth and be happy!
All you need is pink netting, felt, a plastic hairband, glue and about ten minutes!
As you may know, Laura and I have the teeeeeniest of obsessions with tassels. And pom poms. We put them onto most things we make, knowing that our kids will in all likelihood look back at us and laugh at our dodgy lampshade attire. But still, we aint finished with them yet. And so – all hail MINI tassels! On a necklace! In ten minutes!
Before Harper starts school in September, I wanted to make sure we went abroad with her before we got stuck in the vortex of school holiday prices… and to spend a bit of quality time together! So last year, after hearing two mums chatting outside of ballet class about their Disney holiday plans, I thought this would be the perfect little trip to go on before the summer holidays started. My husband, however, did not.
I saw these absolutely adorable little cork board bear mirrors on Hellobee.com a few weeks ago and I thought they were so cute, and I wanted them. So I thought I’d have a go at making my own, with hardboard instead of cork for a little colour. Which meant me + a jigsaw + total disregard for safety = probable disaster, and I had a few visions of it going horribly wrong and either sawing off a finger or part of my kitchen worktops (yep, I did it on my kitchen worktop. M-O-R-O-N). But thankfully they turned out pretty okay! I don’t think they’re quite as nice as the cork ones, but Amelie seems to think they’re the best thing ever.
So I’ll be honest, I made this felt medical bag, name badge and hat way back in 2015 for Harper as a Christmas present. When I stayed up late lovingly stitching it, I thought she’d treasure it, as she loved playing doctors at this point. On Christmas Day, she ripped open the wrapping paper, took a millisecond of a look, and tossed it aside for something plastic that made a tune and lit up.