Nap Time Crafts – Mini Market Shopping Bag

felt shopper

My Little Button is really into shopping at the moment. When she’s at home she likes to fill up little paper bags with objects and then show me what she ‘bought’ at the shops. So I decided to make her a personalised felt shopping bag in which to store all her ‘purchases’. I’m not sure it really counts as a ‘bag for life’ but it’s a step in the right direction, and it will definitely do her until she gets a new obsession!

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Spiced Jaffa Cakes

spiced jaffa cakes recipe
  I’m always on the lookout for new baking recipes to try that don’t take forever but give you a treat that’s not just a basic sponge cake. When I came across this recipe for homemade Jaffa Cakes on the BBC website I had to give it a go. I spiced mine up with… well, spices… and was pleasantly surprised with how tasty they turned out! To make 12 Jaffa Cakes you will need:

For the bases:

  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 50g plain flour

For the filling:

  • 1 x 135g packet orange jelly, chopped
  • 1 tbsp orange marmalade
  • 125ml boiling water
  • Ground cinnamon

For the topping:

  • 200g dark chocolate, minimum 70 per cent cocoa solids, broken into pieces


1. Begin by preheating your oven to 180 degrees.

2. For the cakes, bring a little water to the boil in a pan, then reduce the heat until the water is simmering. Place a heatproof bowl over the water. Add the eggs and sugar to the bowl and beat continuously for 4-5 minutes, or until the mixture is pale, fluffy and combined. Next, add the flour to the mixture and beat until a thick, smooth batter forms.

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Peek-a-Boo Wooden Puzzle

peek a boo wooden puzzle


My Little Button is at an age where wooden puzzles have suddenly become fascinating to her. Her Grandpa and I simultaneously came up with a craft project idea based on her new-found love, to create a customised ‘peek-a-boo’ family puzzle. Grandpa did the hard work of constructing the puzzle, and I added the decoration – so the instructions below are a team effort!

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Patchwork Camera Strap Tutorial

patchwork camera strap

Our latest post for Hobbycraft is now live, hoorah! This month we decided to make something for our long-suffering cameras. We’re so snap happy – our cameras are always with us and they get a lot of bashing about, flung into the nappy bag with all manner of baby junk. We wanted to create a cover for the strap to personalise our cameras, one that can be removed for washing! This is a nice easy project and a great way to use up scraps of fabric.

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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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Toddler Tassel Skirt

toddler tassel skirt tutorial

We do a lot of sewing projects here at Little Button Diaries, but we only think to make skirts when the sun comes out. It turns out the last one I made was this time last year! So I thought it was about time to flex my skirt-making muscles again, for this playful, summery skirt.

The pattern I followed came from the excellent website made. As the skirt is basically just two rectangles sewn together, it’s really simple to make and then embellish.

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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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How to Make Your Own Bagels

bagels recipe

We love having Simon from Spade, Fork, Spoon contribute to our blog. He always comes up with drool-worthy recipes and this month he’s done it again. After completing a course with the Lewes Bread Club recently, Simon certainly knows his dough. Here he is with how to make your own bagels.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Peanut Butter & Vanilla Cupcakes

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It was my husband’s birthday last week so I decided to combine two of his favourite things, peanut butter and vinyl records, to make these cupcakes. The cakes have a gooey peanut butter filling and are topped with vanilla buttercream.

To make 12 cupcakes, you will need:

  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 250g soft light brown sugar
  • 120g peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100ml milk

For the filling:

  • 12 tsp peanut butter

For the buttercream:

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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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Two Sunny Day Craft Projects

The sun is finally here! We hope the weather is glorious where you are. We’ve got our sandals and sun cream on and we’re off to let our Little Buttons play with pebbles at the beach – a relatively new hobby which seems to give them hours of fun.

Our latest tutorials for Hobbycraft and Brighton Mums are now online. This month we made a festival-ready tassel necklace for Hobbycraft and a really cute strawberry bag for toddlers for Brighton Mums.

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Dark Chocolate & Chai Tea Dunkers

dark chocolate and chai tea biscuits

 

My good friend Emily is the inspiration for today’s bake. She made her own version of these biscuits for a birthday party and I instantly loved their teabag shape. I decided to try adding a tea flavour to these dunkers to add a bit of spice.

For this recipe you need:

•   200g unsalted butter

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How to Make an A-Frame Play Fort

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When I visit my parents-in-law I’m very lucky to have a willing father-in-law and the use of a shed full of tools, so I like to get my woodwork on. Just in time for the arrival of some good weather (hopefully), we made an A-Frame play fort on my last visit. This fort works well for shading Little Buttons in the garden or for a rainy day indoor tent.

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I Heart My Pet 2014 Craft Campaign

DIY dog Toy

We were asked by the lovely people at the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) if we wanted to be involved in their I Heart My Pet 2014 Campaign, a project to promote animal well-being. The campaign is all about crafts for pets, so we jumped at the chance. We decided to use our macramé skills to make a dog toy.

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Salted Caramel Millionaire Shortbread

mini egg salted caramel millionaire shortbread recipe

 

As it’s nearly Easter I’ve been on the hunt for some recipes to try for next weekend. When I came across this on Good To Know Recipes I knew I had to try it! The recipe was easy to follow and the results were so good (even if I say so myself!). Because this is such a sweet treat you only need a little slice. It was such a hit in our house that I can’t wait to try Good To Know Recipes other mouth-watering delights.

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