Mini Makers: Bubble Wrap Pictures

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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!

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Wrapping Paper Christmas Wreath

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Pinch punch first of the month! We’re very excited that it’s December – we’re a little (though not a lot) more organised this year for Christmas and we are dying to get the decorations up. Starting with this pretty little paper  Christmas Wreath we created for www.dotcomgiftshop.com. It’s made from their wrapping paper, bells and ribbon and even has fairy lights tucked inside so it’s all lovely and twinkly at night. Yey! Hop over to Dot Com’s blog to see how to make it (P.S it’s peasy!).

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Giant Pom Pom Letters

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I can’t seem to get pom poms out of my head at the moment. Every time I have an idea for a project, my brain goes “OOH that would look good with pom poms on it!” Hence the pom pom earrings (and Laura’s amazing clutch bag) we posted recently. I have pom pom curtains and a hat (that looks better in my head than it sounds written down!) in the pipeline too, but I’m holding back so as not to bore you to death with my obsession with woolly balls.

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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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Clay Panda Plates

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I’m loving pandas right now. I’d quite like to make a panda cushion actually… but perhaps I’m too old to have pandas on my sofa (am I? probably). I’m definitely too old to be wearing anything with pandas on it. So for now I thought I’d stick to a nice pair of clay panda plates to hold trinkets and jewels. These are made from air-dry clay which is so easy to work with and when done right looks just like normal clay. Bear (panda bear) in mind that the clay will take a couple of days to set. It is also not as hardy as real clay and certainly won’t survive any contact with water. I mean, its air-dry… so… that’s obvious, right?!

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How to Print With Children

We’ve been going to a local art class, Story Carousel, for a few months now, and have really been enjoying the different bundle of art we come home with every week – from puppets and masks to musical instruments and story props. The very talented Lorna, who runs Story Carousel, is brilliant at coming up with creative projects week-in, week-out, and is always on hand to grab Grayson when he’s crawling into the giant sensory bin, which is handy when Harper and I are covered in glue, glitter and paint. We asked her to come up with an easy project to do with kids, which would make a brilliant Christmas gift idea. Over to Lorna with how to make a printed picture with your little ones.

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Applique Elephant Nursery Art

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Just after Christmas my brother and his wife had a beautiful little girl called Inara. She wasn’t due till February, so she was the picture of teeny tiny pocket sized perfection. I wanted to make her a little picture with her name on it, so I thought I would applique something as I enjoyed making the photo-applique so much. Here’s what I made…

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Nap Time Crafts: Nursery Glitter Artwork

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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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Turn a Photo into an Appliqué

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Ages ago, before our little buttons were on the planet (and what a different planet it was…), I did a bit of experimenting with turning photographs into appliques. Iwould chop out pictures, often magazine images, place them onto scraps of fabric, and sew to create an applique like this one:

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Paper Cut Photograph

I’m not very good at paper cutting. I’ve tried a few times but it’s always looked a bit… well, basic. I think I don’t have the patience or the steady hand for the intricacies that really make a good paper cut. But I really like the style and for ages I’ve had this little thought in the back of my head of creating some sort of 3D photograph with cut layers of the same image.

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Nap Time Crafts: Baby Fabric Cube

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This Nap Time Craft is to make a feely cube as a baby toy. The cube is soft for babies to hold and contains bells to rattle.

For this project you will need:

  • Six squares of fabric
  • Scraps of felt for numbers
  • Sewing machine
  • Embroidery pins
  • Toy stuffing
  • Bells
  • Needle and thread

Begin by cutting out the numbers 1 to 6 in different coloured felt. Pin them onto the squares of fabric. Sew them onto the squares using a sewing machine.

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Nailed it!

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Not many craft projects get me in a shed of an afternoon, but this one did*.

I’ve been wanting to make a piece of art for my Little Button’s nursery to add a dash of colour. I took inspiration from Pinterest to create this typographic nail and thread art.

If you want to create your own, all you need is:

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Nap Time Crafts: Notebook Making

I really like writing on brown paper, and graph paper and square paper. There… I’ve admitted it! I discovered a brown paper notepad I bought in Paris years ago and it gave me the idea – for our second Nap Time Crafts – to make some of my own.

I began by gathering together craft materials left over from other projects, and got experimenting. My list of materials was:

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The Stars Shine All Day Too

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A while ago, I bought some small (and very cheap) ikea frames without really knowing what I was going to do with them. But I’ve always liked the idea of using the glass by itself to display stuff and letting light be part of the picture.

So I tore the backing and mount card off one of the frames and decided to fill it with some simple text. A photo would work really well too I think, maybe I’ll try that next. I printed out some words and went about snipping the text out. This was a bit laborious (a good scalpel would have made things quicker. Must buy…) but I did it whilst half watching some rubbish on TV to take my mind off. I then marked out the positioning for the text with a highlighter and prit-sticked the words in place on the back of the glass. You could sandwich the words between two bits of glass which probably would be better, but I didn’t want to waste two frames. That’s it! The whole thing tool me about 15 minutes* and I’m really happy with how it looks. *oh, excluding the boring cutting time. That took me hours. Tia xx