Mini Makers: Colour Sort Button Art

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I was looking at my mountains of craft crap (#craftcrap) the other day – I really do have gigantic stacks of pointless stuff. It pains my inner zen. But I can’t get rid of it, not without finding a use. I have this huge jar of buttons – there are so many buttons they no longer fit in the jar. So it’s actually a huge jar of buttons with a pile of precariously placed buttons on the top. Ridiculous. So I came up with an idea to use my buttons. This craft is so easy and kids LOVE it. Perfect for preschool kids as it has two parts to it – colour sorting and picture building.

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Mothers Day Matching Aprons

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We love a bit of twinning and these mummy and child aprons we made for Brother Sewing are the perfect way to be all cute and matching this Mothers Day. The adult version is a super simple pinny style and the child’s is a slightly more protective apron, both with handy little pockets for all your stuff.

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Life in Pictures: Camber Sands

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Camber Sands is one of the most beautiful beaches I know. The last time I was there, I was on a mini-break with George. I was heavily pregnant with Lilah, and we were trying to get in just one little trip away before we lost all our evenings and sanity once more. Then I went into labour. I thought I’d just eaten too much. But no, out she popped. Fun trip!

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DIY Kids Art Scrapbooks

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Harper regularly comes home from nursery with handfuls of artwork. It’s great that she loves it so much while she’s there (as she is quite reluctant to do any painting with me at home!), but I’m never quite sure what to do with it all. Now, don’t get me wrong here, I’m not saying that I keep everything she does like some crazy hoarder – don’t tell her this, but the random ‘sculptures’ she makes by sticking together stuff from the recycling bin always end up getting re-recycled.

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A Little Turtle Rattle

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This cute little turtle rattle is a simple sewing project for beginners and makes a perfect gift for a teeny tiny new baby. He makes a happy little jingle because he’s stuffed with craft bells.

You Will Need:

  • Free Template
  • 1/4m Pale blue cotton canvas
  • 1/4m Pale pink cotton canvas
  • Grey and pink embroidery thread and needle
  • Toy stuffing
  • 4 craft bells
  • Fabric pen or Taylors chalk
  • Blunt pencil or crochet hook

1. Use the template to cut 2 body pieces from blue fabric. From the pink, cut 2 heads, 4 arms, 4 legs and 2 tails.

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Life In Pictures – A Bit of Life Lately

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So lately I’ve been pretty rubbish at plate spinning. I seem to have picked too many up and have been crazily spinning hands, feet, head… well, you get the idea. As a result we have a messy house, a lot of unfinished craft projects and haven’t been spending a lot of family time out and about. Even when we have ventured out, my big camera hasn’t really come with us. So Life In Pictures is a bit of a mish mash this week.

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Mini Makers: Lollipop Pairs

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This week’s Instagram challenge on our @get.creative.with account is using Paint Charts/Paint Chips within a craft project. As Harper’s really into playing the game pairs at the moment, we made up our own lollipop version using paint charts. Sorry to Homebase in Brighton for clearing you out of samples!

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9 Ways to Get Creative With Cardboard

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A few weeks ago, along with the super Oh Creative Day, we launched a new Instagram account @get.creative.with as a way to encourage families to get crafting together. Each week has a new theme and guest judge and this week it was our turn. We chose CARDBOARD as our theme, and oh my, we were not disappointed with the super ways people got creative with it.

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Mini Makers: Clay Plant Pots

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We ❤ air dry clay. But it’s only recently that our kids are starting to enjoy the stuff too (previous attempts haven’t always ended well with our kids either eating the clay or mushing it into their hair). Once you’re out of the toddler zone air dry clay is a fantastic medium for them to play around with – easy to mould, inexpensive, paintable and felt tip pen-able! Hobbycraft asked us to come up with an easy craft for kids using clay, so we decided to make these teeny plant pots, which are ridiculously easy to make with the help of a loo roll tube!

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Life In Pictures: Twinning is Winning

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You know you’ve been friends for a long time when all your likes and dislikes merge into being the same. Over the course of our 16 year friendship (gulp) we have developed a mutual like of weak coffee, crunch cream biscuits, prisons dramas and the colour yellow. We always want what the other has, and we regularly end up with the same stuff. Hence our troublesome twosome here in their little matchy yellow outfits. Too CUUUUTE.

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Super Speedy Play Dough

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Happy Friday! Our latest kids craft video is up on our YouTube channel and it’s super speedy no-cook play dough. It only takes about ten minutes to make! You can use this recipe as a base to make dough in different colours and scents.

If there are any crafts you’d like to see as a video tutorial we’d love to know!

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Mini Makers: Clay Heart BFF Necklaces

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Show your Bestie some love with these clay necklaces. They’re easy to make with kids and can be decorated with paint like ours – or you can also use felt tip pens or even stickers on the clay.

For our full tutorial on how to make them, head over to the Hobbycraft website.

~ Laura & Tia xx ~

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Life in Pictures: Cinderella & Acey

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Hello hello! Hope you’ve had a nice week? For us, it was half term and it’s been very lovely. I think I’m in a minority in the parent world, but I really love half term. Not in a slushy way, more that we like not being ruled by the routine! School is still new to us, and we (I) have struggled a bit with getting up and getting out in the mornings. In fact, I’m crap at it.  Despite my best intentions for calm TV-free mornings of getting ready without any tantrums and laughing into our cheerios, we always end up late,  missing socks, forgetting book bags and running to school with a sweat on. So this week has been about lie-ins. Not lie-ins like they used to be mind, more “you can take the ipad to your bedroom as a special treat!” kind of lie-ins. Which are almost as good. Almost.

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DIY Popcorn Purse

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We’re a little bit obsessed with popcorn in our house. Since Christmas, Grayson has used the word “popcorn” as his default word for things he doesn’t know the word for. So Christmas baubles were called popcorn, fairy lights were popcorn, crackers were popcorn. Well, you get the idea. Oh, and it’s Harper’s all-time favourite snack of. all. time. So maybe it was only a matter of time that popcorn popped into my crafting repertoire.

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Get Creative With…

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Today we’re really excited as we’re launching something new over on Instagram called Get Creative With… We’ve teamed up with our craft sister from another mister, Shannon from Oh Creative Day, to start a weekly creative challenge which we’re hoping will be a bit of fun, will help us and you with creative ideas for kids, and will be a way to meet lots of lovely Instagram crafters.

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