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.
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).
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.
Grayson’s favourite toy at the moment is the wooden picture puzzle I made for Harper a few years ago. He drags it around the house so we sit down and do it with him. Anyway, we took the kids camping over the long weekend, so I decided to make a portable version to give him something to play with during the six-hour car journey!
We’re a tiny bit in love with dinosaurs at the moment, so when Cath Kidston asked us to come up with a dinosaur craft project for their latest Dino vs. Pony campaign we decided this piñata would be perfect! Derek the Dinosaur is a friendly chap who takes a little bit of crafting time to put together but is well worth the effort. We were a little bit sad to unleash the toddlers to destroy him!
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.
We went up to stay with Nanna and Grandpa recently. They’d been working on a secret project for most of this year. Nanna is a fantastic sewer and knitter extraordinaire, and Grandpa can turn a plank of wood into anything… literally anything. So I knew whatever it was going to be would be amazing.
We’re really excited to bring you something a little different for us. Our good friend, Ashley, from Little Time Design makes gorgeous things for her kids and home and is a dab hand at knitting and crochet so we wanted to get her to share a crochet make for summer. Over to Ashley…
I quite often see photos of things online and say to myself “I can make that”, but then find that everything is that little bit more complicated than I thought it would be. I saw a photo of an adult watermelon skirt from a shop website and thought Harper would love a mini version because her favourite melon is watermelon, closely followed by ‘bunny dew’ and ‘cantaloopy’ coming in third (we eat a lot of melon in our house!). This project actually did have me in tears as it didn’t go quite to plan, but once it was all finished it looked ok and she loved it, so that’s all that matters right?! I thought I’d share things that I have learnt and show that not every project goes to plan.
How pretty is this beach hut fabric (available in store) by Cath Kidston? We used it in our latest collaboration with them to make this pretty kite for their blog. It makes a great addition to a lonely bedroom wall, or you could even try and fly it (don’t try too hard, it’s better at being pretty than soaring through the skies!). Head over to Cath Kidston to see how to make your own.
So I have this friend, Angela, who is brilliant and bonkers in equal measures, and one of the only people who can really make me belly laugh, like truly belly laugh. We met at university and bonded over Sweet Valley High books, the word “dude” and Busta Rhymes, and have been firm friends ever since. Anyway, she recently moved into her own pad so I wanted to make her a moving-in present. She’s a fan of pineapples, so much so she even used to take them to parties… just because. I’ve seen these gold pineapples on the High Street (they are everywhere!), so I decided to make my own version using air dry clay. This was simple to make and hopefully will add a touch of a glitz to Angela’s new abode.
You must have noticed that cactus designs seem to be on every item of clothing at the moment. After seeing a pair of adult cactus shoes, I decided to make Harper a mini version by embroidering a cheap pair of pumps from Primark.
You will need:Pair of pumps Green and brown embroidery thread Scrap of card Pen or pencil, needle and pin.
1. Begin by drawing your cactus templates onto card. Create one template for the front of the shoes and a few smaller ones in a variety of cactus shapes for the sides. Cut these out.
Last week I saw a picture of Fearne Cotton wearing some pom pom earrings and I WANTED them. I looked for them, I couldn’t find them. Then I thought – wait – that’s just a pom pom on an earring thingy. I can make pom poms. And I have earring thingies!
It took me about 15 minutes to make them (minus about an hour of pom pom practising in the evening whilst watching Made in Chelsea – don’t judge me – and stuffing chocolate into my face). Here’s how you do it!
I’ve seen a few hoop tent DIYs online recently, like this one from A Beautiful Mess which is beyond beautiful and the cluster of inspiration on Brit & Co. I thought I’d have a go at my own, with the inclusion of a scalloped edge top. It uses muslin which is delicate and inexpensive, as well as a cotton tent top threaded onto a hula hoop. I didn’t get the top perfect, the end result wasn’t quite as I had visualised!
It’s nearly Father’s Day, which means that hard working mothers everywhere get an extra day of work. Hoorah! So we decided to make a little personalised mug using Sharpie pens. My 4 year old spends every free moment drawing, she loves it. So I was pleased with myself when I had the idea to decorate a mug for her Daddy. He’ll love it, and it only cost £2. Boom!