The Big Book of 100 Little Activities

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Happy Friday! We thought we’d share a bit more about our latest craft book, The Big Book of 100 Little Activities.

The book is aimed to occupy and entertain little ones. There are 100 projects ranging from spur of the moments crafts and mini projects to do over a few days.

To celebrate the release of the book, we’re hoping to get littles ones (and bigger ones) crafting. We’ve running a little competition over on our Instagram alongside the lovely Oh Creative Day. She’s our Australian craft buddy! To win a copy of the book, all your need to do is share a post showing how you use random bits and pieces around the house to create craft projects. Be sure to tag us @littlebuttondiaries and @ohcreativeday using the hashtag #lbdmakes #thiscreativeday. (Full T&Cs at the bottom of this post)

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Mini Makers: Cardboard House

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I was having a craft sort out the other day – I do this lots, with the aim of dramatically reducing all my craft crap. It doesn’t really work. I was chucking out some mount board (Why do I have mount board? I don’t need to mount anything! So to speak…) when I had an idea for a kids craft. A decorate-your-own-reusable-house-with-windows! Type thing. Not the catchiest of titles. But this is a super simple craft and one that kids can remake over and over again. You could also make it into an advent calendar for older children.

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Pumpkin Decorating With Cath Kidston

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We’ve teamed up with Cath Kidston to create some alternative ideas for Pumpkins for you for Halloween, inspired by their lovely prints. Our first one is this London skyline carved pumpkin, with a scene carved into the skin and stars made with a drill. Fun!

For the little ones, we’ve put away the tools and turned mini pumpkins into woodland animals without any carving in sight. For the full tutorials you can visit their blog!

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Halloween Hand Puppets: #brotherchallenge

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  We were asked  by Brother to come up with a fun sewing project for kids over Halloween, so we thought we’d make some spooky hand puppets for your little ones to put on a seasonal show. This friendly witch and ghoulish fellow are simple enough for kids to stitch on a sewing machine with a little help.

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10 Awesome Halloween Kids Crafts

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OoooOOoooh. With Halloween just around the corner we’ve been searching for spooky things to make and bake with our little pumpkins during half term (like, vaguely spooky. Not your scary clown type of spooky, we’re total wimps). We thought we’d share our favourites with you to try:

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The Big Book of 100 Little Activities

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Hoorah! Our 4th book is out to buy today. We’re so happy it’s out, we’ve been really excited about it for months. The Big Book of 100 Little Activities is jam packed with tons of little things for you to do and make with your kids. Rainy days, bored days, crafty days, sunny days… just lots of projects to keep fidgety fingers entertained. All of them simple and quick and most using things you’ll have round your house.

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Mini Makers Sneak Peek: Picture Clock Tutorial

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We thought we’d give you a sneak peek into our favourite book so far (shh don’t tell the others!), Mini Makers. It’s a really special book to us. It took a long time to put together and all of the projects were tested out on our little guinea pigs. We’re really proud of how it turned out.

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DIY Duffel Bag

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When I was little I used to go to dance classes. I was always the slightly dumpy kid who was doing their ‘naughty toes’ when everyone was pointing their ‘good toes’, or was on the shuffle when everyone else was on the hop step part. Let’s just say I sucked at dance. Anyway, my mum dug out my old ballet bag recently which was this cool 80s duffel bag, so I wanted to use the style of it to create a bag for Harper’s ballet things. She’s been doing ballet for a year and thankfully it doesn’t look like she’s taken after me in the grace stakes.

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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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Prima Makes & Sew Magazine

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Recently we’ve been asked by a few craft magazines to be interviewed about our craft books and how this whole crafting journey started for us. We’re in the latest issue of Prima Makes and Sew Magazine.   If you fancy a read of the full interviews the magazines are out now!

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Back to School Craft Trends

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So that’s it, the summer holidays are over. Didn’t they go quick? Or not, if you were trying to entertain a hoard of grouchy kids in the rain for 70% of it. We thought we’d share our favourite back-to-school themed makes from some awesome blogs we love to read, as well as one or two or our own (because we are just that vain).

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Biscuit Tic Tac Toe

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I’ve got a little obsession with biscuits. I count them as one of the major food groups after cheese and bread. I try not to keep them in the house, but since The Great British Bake Off returned they’ve crept back into our cupboard. Instead of just eating biscuits I thought I’d make a version of tic tac toe (noughts and crosses) using my favourite biscuits (Bourbons) and what Harper says are hers (she’s never actually had a Party Ring, but she likes the fact that they’re pink).

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Nap Time Craft: Pom Pom Clutch Bag (made out of a placemat)

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Pom pom bags are everywhere at the moment, as are pom pom shoes, earrings, keyrings… basically if you can put a pom pom on it, then the craft world already has. I’ve long had the idea of upcycling a placemat into a clutch bag, so I thought why not add pom poms to it too! This was a really quick make and an easy nap time craft, which was the perfect antidote to months of long projects due to book writing.

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Mini Makers: Shrinkie Keyrings

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We absolutely LOVE shrink plastic, as you may have seen if you have flicked through our crafts. As it’s nearly the end of the summer holidays, we thought we would show you how to make these cute shrink plastic key rings with your kids. They’re a great quick craft if you’re in need of an activity to fill the time before school starts again.

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Mini Makers – Popsicle Fairies

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I just thought I’d share these little popsicle fairies we made last week because they were fun to make and to be honest, they kept the kids entertained for a good hour and that’s worth sharing in the summer holidays – it meant I could mow the lawn! I hid them in the garden (like, really well) for them to go on a little fairy hunt.

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