Kids Craft: Beaded Wands

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Threading beads onto pipe cleaners is the craft du jour in our houses. It’s so satisfying to watch those fine motor skills getting a workout and it keep Grayson sat still for longer than 3 minutes (which is a record!).

The girls make a lot of bracelets using beads and pipe cleaners and now they stepped it up a notch with beaded wands.

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Kids Craft: Monster Game

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Over on our Get Creative With Instagram account we’re honoured to have craft guru The Imagination Tree as our new judge.

If you’ve not heard of Imagination Tree (where have you been?!), Anna is a mum of 4 and early years teacher so she knows what she’s talking about. Her site is absolutely crammed full of brilliant ideas and resources for crafting and learning for kids.

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Spooky Halloween Wreath

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Round where we live, it seems everyone goes to town for Halloween. There’s always a steady stream of witches, ghosts, monsters and vampires knocking at our door, trick or treating. Last year I was a meanie and hid away and pretended we weren’t in as we only had a small amount of sweets to give (that I quite fancied eating!). But Harper convinced me to share them out so the two of us had a riot answering the door way past bedtime. A year later, she still talks about the time we gave out sweets.

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3 Quick Halloween Kids Crafts

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We’ve teamed up with Hobbycraft to come up with three quick Halloween crafts to keep you busy around Fright Night using their Giant Box of Halloween Crafts. This box is a bit like magic as there are SO many bits and bobs to get crafting with. We made Frankenstein Pom Pom Shooter, a Spider Toss Game and spooky puppets. If you fancy making them yourself, the tutorials are over on the Hobbycraft Blog now!

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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 Poppy Troll Hair

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We’re five days into the holidays so hands up who’s watched Trolls more than three times already (or is that just us?!). As we’re all a bit gaga about Trolls we made a really simple Poppy troll hair so you can whip it back and forth and be happy!

All you need is pink netting, felt, a plastic hairband, glue and about ten minutes!

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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: Shaving Foam Marbling

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Oh. My. Days. We recently discovered the easiest and most addictive way to marble. Shaving foam and food colouring and BAM you’ve got yourself a full marbling kit. For free! We love it and kids love it because it involves mess!  And we even made a little vid to show you how:

You SEE?! Once you start marbling you won’t be able to stop!

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Life In Pictures: Out of This World

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So a few weeks ago we had a day long photoshoot for our upcoming book, The Space Craft Book. We’ve done six of these all days shoots so the kids are seasoned professionals now. Well, that is everyone but Grayson who was on a one-man mission to destroy everything in his path. No craft project was safe!

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Easy Kings Crown

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If you’ve been hanging out here for a while, you will know that we spend most of our time writing craft books for kids. We thought we’d share a few projects from each of our books on our little blog, so we’re kicking things off with The Knight Craft Book and this sparkly Kings Crown, which is super easy to make!

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Mini Makers: Easy Fairy Wings

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These fairy wings are so easy! We LOVE a bit of sticky back plastic (AKA contact paper. Whatever TF that means). We use it a lot with our kids, along with double sided tape, because it allows kids to create a messy make without any glue or sticky yukky bits going all over everywhere. Mess-free-mess is our favourite kind of mess. You can make all sorts – suncatchers (and here) are a favourite of ours but as an alternative we made some fairy wings that you can actually wear. Mine wore hers all day, then had a massive meltdown in the evening because I wouldn’t let her wear them to bed. SO angelic.

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Mini Makers: Natural Paintbrushes

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We got a whiff of sunshine and warmer weather yesterday after a totally grey May so far, so after dinner we did a little outdoor crafting in the sun. Harper is a hoarder of leaves, stones, flowers – basically anything she can stuff in her pockets/bag when we’re out. So after going through all her coat pockets we had a nice collection of natural bits and bobs. We threw in some paint and experimented using natural finds as ‘paintbrushes’.

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Pom Pom Flower Bouquet

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So with Mother’s Day fast approaching, we thought it was the perfect time to get the pom pom makers out, as what better way to say ‘I love you’ than with pom poms. These pom pom flowers can be made by adults or kids and if you’ve not got a present sorted yet then this is a fab last-minute project to make! Would it be wrong if we made some for ourselves?!

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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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Mini Makers: Clay Heart BFF Necklaces

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Show your Bestie some love with these clay necklaces. They’re easy to make with kids and can be decorated with paint like ours – or you can also use felt tip pens or even stickers on the clay.

For our full tutorial on how to make them, head over to the Hobbycraft website.

~ Laura & Tia xx ~

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