Mini Makers: Paper Cup Mermaid

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We love a good craft challenge. So when Hobbycraft sent us this giant box of craft goodies for kids and asked us to come up with something we emptied the contents onto the table, made a cup of tea and stared at it for a while waiting for inspiration to hit.

We’ve been crafting together for many years now so our tastes seem to have a merged into one! Once we began pulling out bits of craft materials they all seemed to fit together into this rather glam mermaid.

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Mini Makers: Picture Bead Keyrings

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We love playing with picture (aka Hama) beads. It’s very nostalgic for us, as we had them as kids ourselves, and we used to make an obsessive amount of coasters. Poor parents, forced do display our delightful plastic treasures all over the house.

Luckily, with a little help from Pinterest, there are so many more ideas for picture beads now! Jewellery, badges, magnets – even door signs from these little beads. We thought we would make some little unicorn and rainbow keyrings with our kiddies for our latest Hobbycraft post. and they LOVED them.

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Mini Makers: Clay Plant Pots

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We ❤ air dry clay. But it’s only recently that our kids are starting to enjoy the stuff too (previous attempts haven’t always ended well with our kids either eating the clay or mushing it into their hair). Once you’re out of the toddler zone air dry clay is a fantastic medium for them to play around with – easy to mould, inexpensive, paintable and felt tip pen-able! Hobbycraft asked us to come up with an easy craft for kids using clay, so we decided to make these teeny plant pots, which are ridiculously easy to make with the help of a loo roll tube!

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Our Book Launch at Hobbycraft

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Our book launch at Hobbycraft on Saturday was THE most fun. We were really excited about it (and also a bit nervous that it would just be the two of us, some balloons and 1oo paper plates to play with). It was so lovely seeing our books on display and for sale, we haven’t seen them in a store before, so we were definitely a bit giddy (and probably uncool) about it.

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Craft Trends #15: Easter

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Hooray it’s nearly Easter weekend! That means we can legitimately eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner and not feel like we’re the only ones doing it! To get you in the Easter mood we’ve picked two of our favourite Easter makes and four we’re dying to try from other lovely blogs. Happy crafting.

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Fun Easter Crafts for Kids

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We’ve done a lot of Easter making recently! We’ll be posting lots of bunny related crafts so keep your eyes and carrots peeled over the next week for some Easter inspiration. First up, we worked with Hobbycraft to create 2 easter themed bonnets for kids and an egg carton wreath – all are easy and fun for kids to make with a little paper and double sided tape. For our full tutorials visit our page on the Hobbycraft site.

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Half Term Makes: Cardboard Watch

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Part 3 of our Half Term Super Quick Projects is this simple cardboard watch. This is a great introduction to telling the time, it’s easy for kids to make and all you need are a few simple supplies. Hop over to the Hobbycraft Blog to see how to make one yourself.

~ Laura & Tia xx ~

Half Term Makes: Paper Photo Frame

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Entertaining kids over half term can be challenging (read: horrendous). But have no fear, or… have less fear! Because we’re here to offer you some super quick makes to entertain the littles. We’ll be giving you one a day for half term and all you need is some paper, card and a few other basic craft bits.

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Decorating a Mache Snowman

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Fancy making a little snowman centerpiece? This is a really simple little Christmas project to do with kids – the mache snowman is already built (shhh) so all you need to do is decorate him. And you don’t even need to get your hands cold!

Head over to Hobbycraft for this easy tutorial.

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Hobbycraft’s School Projects

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Back to school already? We don’t even have school-age children but even for us that felt quick! We’ve been busy working with Hobbycraft as part of their school projects. They’ve got your kid’s art homework sorted! There is loads of inspiration and ideas on the hobbycraft blog for different topics, all aimed at different ages. Here’s our contribution:

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Paracord Keyring

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If you’re looking for the latest craft craze this summer then look no further than paracord. Similar to friendship bracelets, this thick cord can be knotted into all sorts – bracelets, keyring or even dog leads. The technique is simple enough for kids to master and the cord comes in bright and fun colours. What’s not to love. To find out how to make this paracord tassel keyring visit our tutorial on the Hobbycraft site.

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Mrs Flowerpot Lady

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We love a challenge, especially a craft one! Hobbycraft set us the challenge of making something out of just a few items selected for us, and we decided to make a lovely little flower pot lady. Mrs. Pot is easy to make, takes very little time and is the perfect craft to do with little ones. For the full tutorial on how to make her visit Hobbycraft!

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Cupcake Piñata

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Hooray, our latest project for Hobbycraft is now live on their blog! It’s a whacking big piñata cupcake. Perfect for an outdoor celebration. To see the full tutorial of how to make it visit the Hobbycraft blog.

We’re really lucky to have been shortlisted for a craft award for the Bibs2015 awards. If you two minutes spare, please can you vote us for Best Craft Blog (section 12 of the form). Thank you so much!

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Kids Project: Paracord Bracelet

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Move over loom bands, paracord is the new kid on the block. Find out how to make this button paracord bracelet with our video tutorial over on the Hobbycraft website!


 ~ Laura & Tia ~

Kids Project: Easter Bunny Spoon Puppets

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These little munchkins are very easy to make from a couple of wooden spoons. Perfect for a little Easter puppet show! Over on the Hobbycraft Blog now.

Tia & Laura x