Fillable Baubles – 3 Ways

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Fillable baubles are super trendy this year and there are oodles of things you could pop inside them. If you’ve got your tree up and it’s looking a bit sparse, or you’ve still got presents to buy and have run out of ideas (That’s us) then maybe you should stick some stuff into some baubles too!  You can pick up a stash from Hobbycraft or online. In our latest vid for Channel Mum we show you three ways you could fill them to make the perfect last minute gift – with hot chocolate, fuzzy felt and festive slime filled baubles!

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Make your own Ben & Holly Wand

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Ben & Holly is one of the very few kids TV shows I can actually sit and watch without feeling like my head is in a vice. In fact I was watching it with the kids the other day when I realised they had left the room and I was still watching it. That’s my life now. So I made a little Holly wand for my neice a little while ago, because she loves Ben & Holly too. Maybe even more than me. There aren’t many pics for this tutorial I’m afraid, for some reason I totally forgot to snap!

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10 Alternative Advent Ideas

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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.

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Life In Pictures: Royal Pavilion Ice Skating

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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!

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DIY Christmas Eve Box

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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.

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Christmas Decorations with Sew Now Magazine

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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.

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No Sew Mini Wooly Hats

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I’m not a knitter or crocheter but would secretly love to be. My repertoire so far consists of a scarf for Tia and a granny square blanket for Harper, and that’s it. So these little hats are a no-sew version, which can be strung together to make a garland or popped on a tree as a decoration.

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Merry Christmas!

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We just wanted to wish you all a very, very happy Christmas! Wherever you are, whoever you’re with, we hope its a good one. We’re so excited about it all this year, it feels very magical. Just a little bit of snow is all we need now! We’ll be back in the new year with lots more crafty tutorials so please don’t forget us!

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Festive Pom Pom Packaging

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Last week over on our Instagram, I was gleefully kicking my heels together and saying I’d finished my Christmas shopping. I also vowed that I was not going back into town even if I’d forgotten something vital. Well, guess what… after batteries I’d forgotten probably the most vital past to Christmas presents – the gift tags, trimmings and wrapping paper.

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Life in Pictures: Winter Wonderland Fun*

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*Like, fun-ish.

On Saturday we decided to head up to Hyde Park and go to Winter Wonderland with the kids for a Christmas treat (using the word treat quite loosely here). Back in the day, before I had my little rotters, I used to go every year with my good friend Rach. We would drink copious amounts of mulled wine, giggle and stuff our faces with crepes. It was bliss. Now… it’s different. We did have a lovely time, and the kids enjoyed it. But MY GOD was it rammed. Winter Wonderland is now one huge crowd of people shuffling round trying to get to the nearest ride. I mean, it was clearly the busiest day to go and maybe we were slightly idiotic to choose the last Saturday before Christmas. But it was a bit chaotic. It’s also basically just a gigantuous fun fair, and not a lot more. So if you’re planning on going, erm, well maybe think about whether you love crowds a little before. That’s my advice!

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Giant Snowman Fuzzy Felt

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knock knock knock Do you wanna build a snowman?! After “is it dinner time?” this is the most popular question in my household. After seeing this fantastic giant fuzzy felt creation by the talented Crafted by Jen (this lady is my craft crush!) it gave me the idea to create a festive fuzzy felt activity, and scratch Harper’s itch to build a snowman (you have all seen Frozen, right?). This project is simple to make and a good use of odd scraps of felt and trimmings.

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Christmas Hand Puppets

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Nine sleeps people. NINE SLEEPS!!! If you’re anything like us, this knowledge will fill you with a mixture of dread and delight. All rolled up into one happy bauble. So you probably don’t have a lot of time for crafting right now, but we thought we’d slot in one more because these little festive puppets don’t take long and will make little hands very happy. The lovely folks over at Brother Sewing asked us to make something that kids would love at Christmas, so we thought this little Rudolph and Santa would be the perfect thing.

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Our Favourite Christmas Makes

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We love crafting at Christmas! We love anything at Christmas actually. We’ve made and baked loads of things for the festive season in our 3 years blogging at Little Button Diaries, so we thought we’d share with you our favourites.

1. These super cute Chocolate & Cinnamon Pudding Cupcakes. Nyom.

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Easy Peasy Christmas Truffles

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If, like us, you’re looking for a quick edible gift idea to give to a hard-to-buy-for family member then these truffles are exactly what you need. They’re easy enough to make with kids and are utterly mouthwateringly delicious. They’d also be a great teacher’s present and would go down well in any staff room!

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Life In Pictures: A Whole Lot of Santas

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As you can probably tell by the large amount of red suits, large fluffy white beards, and festive jumpers in this Life in Pictures, we are well and truly ready for Christmas. And by that, I don’t mean “I’ve actually finished the shopping and written cards” sort of ready, more that we’re enjoying the festivities with the little ones. Harper is definitely at the age where Christmas is magical for her. She’s taken to wearing tinsel like a chic scarf and is really trying her hardest to be good at all times.

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