Make Your own fossils!

Well, it’s half term and we are already pooped. So we had a flick through some of our boredom busting ideas and decided to make some little dinosaur fossils. We did think we would hide them in the garden and have our very own archaeological dig… but it has been peeing down every single day (Every. Single. Day.) so we just hid them under the duvet instead. Not quite as dramatic perhaps, but still fun (ish).

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World Book Day: Queen of Hearts Costume

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It’s nearly that time of year again! The day most parents just love – World Book Day. We’re here to help with 3 very simple no-sew costumes your children will love. They take very little time to make with the help of a few rolls of Duck Tape (you know how much we love this stuff by now right? Pretty much everything we make for our kids features it somewhere!). We’re starting with this one – The Queen of Hearts – and there will be two more easy ideas this week as well. Hoorah!

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Hot Stuff Heart Oven Mitts

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We made these little Hot Stuff oven mitts as a super easy valentines project for Brother Sewing UK. We do love an excuse to stay at home and cook something yummy, and Valentines Day is the perfect reason to eat goodies. Removal of clothing optional, but recommended for the full experience.

To make a pair of Hot Stuff mitts you will need:

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fabric storage baskets

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My kids are messy. I can spend a day tidying, then within 5 minutes of them being in the house they’ve brought half their toys down and spread them across the floor then abandoned them 5 minutes after that. Because they hate me. So I stack them all up in little piles on the stairs to go back to their rooms whenever anyone is going upstairs (you’ll regularly hear my shout “TAKE your pile!!!!!” as they pound up for more crap).  I thought I’d make some cute little baskets for them, so instead of taking a pile they can take their baskets back. And they look much nicer than piles of toys. It was a great concept. Except for one flaw. They now use these baskets to bring down even more toys than they could carry before. FFS.

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Mini Makers: Cardboard Telescopes

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These easy cardboard telescopes are extendable don’t you know! We made them for Hobbycraft and thought we would share them with you as our children totally loved making and playing with them. Okay, so they didn’t make these exact ones, they made much less pretty versions whilst us mummies sat happily next to them and made our own. Sorry kids, yours didn’t make the cut. Maybe next time.

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Mini Gold Animal Magnets

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A few weeks ago, I was in Anthropologie (hands down, favourite shop on the planet) and I spotted some cute little gold dog magnets. Here they are. Cute. I showed them to George, he thought they were hideous and refused to let me own them (not that I need his permission, but, you know). Then I saw a mug with my initial on it, he refused that too. So we had a bit of a row. Anyway, where am I going with this… oh yes, I thought I’d have a go at making my own version of these animal magnets. And they worked! AND he likes them. And they are the easiest thing to make, my three year old could do it (assuming she could operate a glue gun and spray paint. Details).

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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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3 Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids

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So we had a grand idea last week that it would be great to make a video of three really quick pumpkin ideas for kids, that don’t involve having to dig all it’s guts out. We’d not made any of these before pressing record so some were treats and some were definitely trick(y) and left us a little hot and bothered. And a bit sweaty. See our little video below for the ideas we tried and tested!

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10 Halloween Crafts for kids

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With Halloween and half term around the corner, we thought we would share with you our favourite spooky crafts for children from the internet. Pinterest is drowning in Halloween crafts, so we’ve trawled right through and found the best ones out there. Er, as well as a few favourites from our site, of course. Here’s our round up of the top ten Halloween crafts for kids:

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No-Sew Halloween Spider Web Costume

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Look at that cute little face! We thought we’d share a really easy Halloween costume for your on our YouTube channel. This easy peasy Spider web costume is made from just a few snips of a bin bag. Classy eh? And super quick – perfect for last minute mums, like us

Tia & Laura x

How to Make Slime!

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How have been crafting/blogging for four years and never made slime! It is the best kids craft we’ve ever made, full STOP. It’s really easy to make with food colouring, PVA and contact lens solution. Which sounds odd, doesn’t it. Here’s our little how-to video, or read on for the step by step tutorial.

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Our New Book – The Space Craft Book

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5…4…3…2…1… BLAST OFF! Today marks the start of World Space Week so there was no better time to announce the launch of our latest craft book, which is out today. Containing 15 space-themed projects to make, The Space Craft book is crammed full of ideas for creating the ultimate out-of-this-world look, including space boots, a rocket pencil case, astronaut helmet and complete alien costume. As well as the crafts, we also give details on how to throw the ultimate space party, with food ideas, decorations, games and even a super simple moon cake.

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DIY Desk Organiser

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Since beginning the blog back in 2013, I’ve been crafting out of our dining room and using the dining table as a desk/storage space/dumping ground. The kids have had to eat dinner around wet papier-mache helmets, giant dinosaur pinatas and more felt than you can shake your tail feather at!

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Easy Neon Lights

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I saw a few ideas for cheap alternatives to fancy expensive neon lights over on Pinterest, so I thought I would have a go at making my own version. And I thought I’d share some of the other ace ideas I saw, that probably make my own makes look totally rubbish!

All you need to buy is some EL Wire – which you can get pretty cheaply from Amazon. It’s a thin neon cable attached to a battery pack and, whilst the effect isn’t as dramatic as neon tube lighting, it makes a pretty effective night light. I attempted two versions – a neon cloud and a star.

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Back to School Craft Round up

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The summer holidays are nearly over and another school year will soon be starting. For one half of us this means starting school for the very first time. For the other, it’s into year one with a child who suddenly seems very grown up, after a summer that suddenly seems to have vanished. So we thought we’d do a little round up of our favourite back to school makes from the web (like we did last year!):

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