Are all Toddlers Vain? How to Make a Photo Puzzle

personalised photo puzzle DIY

This is a question I ask myself daily. My Little Button simply loves photos of herself and making funny faces in the mirror. Are other toddlers like this? One of the other things she’s into at the moment is a good puzzle, so I made her a personalised photo puzzle to enjoy. This puzzle is fairly simple to make, only needs a few materials but does need good cutting skills, so it’s a project to do when you’ve got good powers of concentration. My first attempt gave Grayson one eye as I did it when I was particularly tired!

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Plaster of Paris Pen Pots

docraftpots

We’re going through a bit of a Plaster of Paris obsession recently (take a look at the Mini PoP Magnets and tea light holders Laura made recently). So when Docrafts Creativity Magazine asked us to make them some pen pots we obviously jumped at the chance! You can read about how to make them in their latest issue, which is out now. We’ve got a few more projects coming up in future issues and are looking forward to sharing them with you soon.

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Nap Time Crafts: Easy Peasy Party Hats

party hats diy

It was my Little Button’s 2nd birthday recently so I made a batch of party hats for them all to wear. These hats are really simple to make and fun to decorate. One hat can be finished in the space of a short nap.

For this project you will need:

  • Pretty scrapbooking paper
  • Strong glue
  • An assortment of pom poms, ric-rac, ribbons, felt scraps and colourful card
  • Thin elastic (for a toddler I used 45cm per hat)


 1. Begin by printing and cutting out the template to fit A4 paper. Draw round the template onto the scrapbook paper and cut out.

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Nap Time Crafts: Vegetable Printing Wrapping Paper

vegetable printing DIY

This is a quick and easy craft to which can add a personalised touch to wrapping and use up vegetables. We steered away from the potato to try different garden vegetables so we could experiment with design and texture. You can also get your little ones involved in the printing too.

For this project you will need:

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Make a Little Girl’s Dress From A Man’s Shirt

dress from shirt tutorial

Whilst going through a bag of clothes ready for the charity shop, we found a couple of mens shirts that were too nice to get rid of.  We decided that we would snip them up and turn them into dresses for our little girls, using the buttons down the front as the buttons on the dress. We’re big fans of upcycling and this seemed like a pretty straightforward project.  It took us a while – toddlers are not the most willing of models – but we were so happy with the outcome.

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Our Latest Post for Hobbycraft: A floral centrepiece

fabric flower centerpiece

Our latest post for Hobbycraft is now live. We decided to use some different products from their store which we hadn’t tried before. We used this floral number centrepiece we made at our little blog birthday party. It was simple to make and looks great as the table decoration. For the full tutorial click here.

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Make Your Own Toy Robot

toy robot tutorial

We’re both big fans of Lamaze toys, and one of Little Button’s very favourite friends from day one has been Rusty the Robot.

He’s been with her on countless adventures – and she likes Rusty so much that I decided to make a robo-replacement so he could have the odd day off. Rather than replicate Rusty’s boyish charm, I decided to make a girl robot.

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Nap Time Crafts: A Shrinkie Camera Brooch

shrinkie camera 7

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks back (on making a shrinkie card), I have become a bit obsessed with shrink plastic. Its one of the easiest ways to create unusual jewellery and it takes no time at all. Watching your creation shrink down in the oven is really satisfying. I decided to make a little holga camera brooch for my Little Button counterpart Laura as she’s a big fan of vintage cameras.

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How to Turn Your Photos into Soap

turn photos into soap

As you might have guessed I love taking photos. I’ve taken a lot in the bath and wanted to find a way of displaying them, so my brain started ticking over thinking ‘bath’ then ‘bubbles’ then ‘soap’! Of course! Put the photos in a bar of soap! So that’s exactly what I did.

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Christmas Stocking

monogrammed christmas stocking tutorial

Nothing says Christmas like a bit of last-minute cramming… so we thought, amongst all the things we still need to buy/cook/sort, we may as well also cram in a little last-minute Christmas craft too. Well, why not. So we decided to make each of our little ones a little personalised Christmas stocking. They may be a little young for it, but one day they’ll appreciate it (or what’s inside!). So yesterday we settled down with some Christmas music and made two little stockings, complete with a little monogrammed pocket, and felt letter to Santa.

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Nap Time Crafts: Baby Fabric Cube

baby fabric cubes tutorial

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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