Continuing our total pom pom obsession (we’re loving our pom pom earrings, clutch bag and giant woolly door sign right now), how cute are these little pom pets? They’re so easy to make and kids will love winding the wool with their hands and giving them a little trim (and making a lot of woolly mess all over your carpet. You’re welcome). We made a little video tutorial for the spider and instructions for the rest are detailed below.
Hoorah! Our 4th book is out to buy today. We’re so happy it’s out, we’ve been really excited about it for months. The Big Book of 100 Little Activities is jam packed with tons of little things for you to do and make with your kids. Rainy days, bored days, crafty days, sunny days… just lots of projects to keep fidgety fingers entertained. All of them simple and quick and most using things you’ll have round your house.
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.
I’ve got a little obsession with biscuits. I count them as one of the major food groups after cheese and bread. I try not to keep them in the house, but since The Great British Bake Off returned they’ve crept back into our cupboard. Instead of just eating biscuits I thought I’d make a version of tic tac toe (noughts and crosses) using my favourite biscuits (Bourbons) and what Harper says are hers (she’s never actually had a Party Ring, but she likes the fact that they’re pink).
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.
Our latest kids craft project is up over on the Hobbycraft Blog. These cute bugs are made using air dry clay and are easy enough for little ones to make with a bit of help. For the full tutorial on making these creatures crawl your way over to the Hobbycraft Blog.
~ Tia & Laura xx ~
We’re at a tricky phase in our house where my Little Buttons have different routines. Harper hasn’t napped in a while (unless of course we’re in the car and my phone has run out of battery so I’m sat there twiddling my thumbs – anyone else have completely wasted nap opportunities like this?! I digress), Grayson on the other hand has a daily lunchtime sleep. So I’ve been trying to think of ‘big girl’ activities that Harper and I can do while the little one sleeps. I find it tricky to squeeze in craft projects when Grayson is awake as he wants to just a) eat everything or b) grab it from the table, run and hide and then try to eat it. So I’ve been coming up with a few ‘little bits’ activities to do with Harper during these nap times. This felt shapes and bead necklace was a good way for her to practise the fine motor skill of threading, and to make a colourful necklace at the same time.
If you’re in need of a handmade Father’s Day gift then this salt dough medal does the trick – its our latest vid for Channel Mum. It’s easy enough for little ones to do, cheap to make and will make daddys everywhere feel like a champion on Father’s Day – win win win!
We had a huge amount of fun filming our latest Channel Mum Vlog! These pom pom shooters take about 5 minutes to make and cost next to nothing. They’re great to keep kids occupied. You may be picking up pom poms for months but it’s worth the fun (honest!). We’d love to hear how your shooters go too if you give them a go.
Hooray for Spring and a bit of sunshine! We’ve been busy making these easy spring sun catchers for Channel Mum with the Little Buttons. They are very easy for little ones to make and you only need three craft materials.
Click on the video for the full tutorial and have a nosy through the huge resource of videos Channel Mum has on their site. There’s loads of great tips and advice and not just on being on a mum!
Happy Good Friday!
We are so excited to be teaming up with Center Parcs on some craft projects this Easter. We are HUGE fans of Center Parcs – in fact we’ve been to every Village and we’re going back for more in the summer! Our little ones love it.
We’ve created two nature inspired Easter crafts – some colourful bunny and egg sun catchers for younger ones and a leaf print Easter egg bag for older children.
Smile it’s the weekend!! The final project of our week of half term makes is this cardboard camera. It only uses a few household materials and is a nice way to recycle bottle tops. For our full tutorial make your way over to the Hobbycraft Blog!
~ Laura & Tia xx ~
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.
At nearly 3, Harper is at the age where the build-up to Christmas is very exciting. She seems to talk about Father Christmas non-stop and has been checking the chimney to see if he can get down it. As such, we’ve had a few crafternoons lately that have had a festive theme. Recently, we made a batch of salt dough decorations and had a lovely time decorating them.