Mini Makers: 3 Quick Christmas Makes

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Yes, we do look ridiculous. It’s the one look we can pull off. But it’s nearly Christmas and we’re all getting super excited. If you’re looking for festive ways to entertain the kiddies then we’ve got three really simple makes that will keep them entertained till the Big Day.

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Party Bow Hair Clips

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We thought we’d share with you how to make some easy peasy bow hair clips for you or your little ones seen as it is PARTY season! Having said that, we’re going to precisely zero parties. So… we’ll just have to wear them in the bath or something. Our kids have parties though! All under 5, all more popular than us. Life. These will take you about 10 minutes to make – super quick!

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Wrapping Paper Christmas Wreath

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Pinch punch first of the month! We’re very excited that it’s December – we’re a little (though not a lot) more organised this year for Christmas and we are dying to get the decorations up. Starting with this pretty little paper  Christmas Wreath we created for www.dotcomgiftshop.com. It’s made from their wrapping paper, bells and ribbon and even has fairy lights tucked inside so it’s all lovely and twinkly at night. Yey! Hop over to Dot Com’s blog to see how to make it (P.S it’s peasy!).

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Halloween cat hair clips

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These little cat hair clips are a nice little Halloween make and perfect for kiddies. They’re made from polymer clay which is great for kids as it’s brightly coloured and easy to work with. You could make any shape you like onto a clip, I think I might make a few more of different animals and maybe even a little unicorn…

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Super Quick Bat Costume

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KAPOW. This costume is super super easy. You can whip it up in 20 minutes flat and all you need is a bin liner, some felt, elastic and a couple of pipe cleaners. Our little ones were so enthralled with it that they flapped around the garden for a whole hour pretending to save the world. See our video tutorial for how to make it below. If you like it, please give us a little like on You Tube and share the love!

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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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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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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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DIY Photo Flapbook

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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!

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Derek the Dinosaur Piñata

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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!

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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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Life in Pictures: Hargray House

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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.

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Summer Crochet Bag

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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…

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DIY Dip Dye Watermelon Skirt

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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.

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