I made some paper plate animals with Amelie at the weekend. Normally, when I have a craft in mind for her, I set her up with all the stuff she needs, show her what to do, then use it as an excuse to go and do something else. This time I thought I’d not do that. I’m a bit of a distracted mum sometimes – I try not to be – but my mind wanders and before I know it I’ve agreed to a trip to the zoo at bedtime dressed as Alex the Lion.
We may be slightly behind the rest of the world but this weekend we are putting our Christmas trees up. Hoorah!
A couple of weeks ago, Cath Kidston asked us to design two tree toppers inspired by their prints. We love all their London prints (like, to an excessive amount) so we decided to make a little guard to watch over all your gifts. Then we made a rosy posy topper, inspired by their Ardingly Rose print, for a blooming beautiful tree.
You may have seen my post last week on my little DIY Elf on the Shelf sewing project. I was very proud of him, I tried my bestest this time :-).
I’ve been looking at fun (non OTT!) Elf on the Shelf ideas and I thought I’d share with you my findings. I’m not a fan of the serious-effort-required ones. There are a few in the list below because I thought they were ace, but there are loads of super quick and easy ones too.
Would you like to make your own, unique elf on the shelf? This one comes complete with little belled booties and a hat, a bag to store his goodies and a free template to make him super easy to make. Whoop!
It’s not too early to talk about christmas is it? Never! I was in the shops about a month ago (a MONTH. Now that is too soon!) when I saw the little Elf on the Shelf thing. That thing has got it’s marketing pegged. £30 for a felt/plastic doll and a little book! I do like the idea of a cute little elf that sits happily on your shelf throughout December though, so I thought I would make my own, and share it with you. So you can too. I tried really hard with this one – I wanted him to be special. I hope you like him!
Happy Friday! We thought we’d share a bit more about our latest craft book, The Big Book of 100 Little Activities.
The book is aimed to occupy and entertain little ones. There are 100 projects ranging from spur of the moments crafts and mini projects to do over a few days.
To celebrate the release of the book, we’re hoping to get littles ones (and bigger ones) crafting. We’ve running a little competition over on our Instagram alongside the lovely Oh Creative Day. She’s our Australian craft buddy! To win a copy of the book, all your need to do is share a post showing how you use random bits and pieces around the house to create craft projects. Be sure to tag us @littlebuttondiaries and @ohcreativeday using the hashtag #lbdmakes #thiscreativeday. (Full T&Cs at the bottom of this post)
I was having a craft sort out the other day – I do this lots, with the aim of dramatically reducing all my craft crap. It doesn’t really work. I was chucking out some mount board (Why do I have mount board? I don’t need to mount anything! So to speak…) when I had an idea for a kids craft. A decorate-your-own-reusable-house-with-windows! Type thing. Not the catchiest of titles. But this is a super simple craft and one that kids can remake over and over again. You could also make it into an advent calendar for older children.
We’ve teamed up with Cath Kidston to create some alternative ideas for Pumpkins for you for Halloween, inspired by their lovely prints. Our first one is this London skyline carved pumpkin, with a scene carved into the skin and stars made with a drill. Fun!
OoooOOoooh. With Halloween just around the corner we’ve been searching for spooky things to make and bake with our little pumpkins during half term (like, vaguely spooky. Not your scary clown type of spooky, we’re total wimps). We thought we’d share our favourites with you to try:
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!
So yesterday we received an exciting email from our publishers that our book, Mini Makers, has been nominated for an award! It’s up the Children’s Craft Award. for We’re so proud of this book so for it to be nominated amongst some fantastic kids crafts books is really exciting. If you’d like to see the other books up for awards visit the Homemaker website.
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).
Every Thursday for the past year, we’ve been meeting up for a Little Button hangout. We try to do something fun, unless we’re snowed under with work (when we become multi-tasking masters!), and we’ve of course been documenting it with photos. Now the summer is coming to an end and Amelie starts school in a matter of days, it’s a bit of an end of an era for us.
As a little starting school gift, I thought I would make Amelie a little stitched pencil case. I know she probably doesn’t need one yet, but still. I wanted to make it! So here it is. It didn’t take long, with a little evening stitching in front of the box. I appliqued it with a yellow pencil and stitched her name on. I know, she will probably ditch it very quickly in favour of some Helly Kitty of Frozen crap, but she likes it at the moment!
Last weekend we woke up feeling a bit bored and stuck for ideas of where to go. We always do the same old things. So we did a bit of googling and found a little craft beer festival up in London at Alexandra Palace. So we just jumped in the car and went! It was FUN!
Problem with spontaneous adventures: you don’t pack properly. So we forgot baby wipes and any form of drink. Whoops. I had to spend a fortune on posh festival drinks and the kids looked like little chimney sweeps by the end of the day. I was getting some funny looks from the posh London mamas, but the grubby little things had a blast so it was all good.
We’ve been a bit quiet on the baking front recently because Laura tried to give up refined sugar (it lasted 1 hour and 49 minutes exactly #fail) and Tia is having major house renovations which has left her without a kitchen… and bathroom and living room… for a while. We’ve still been pinning things we’d like to make and since we have the kids around a bit due to the holiday we’ve got a few bakes to do with them so we thought we’d share them with you. Here are our top picks of things to whip up in the kitchen with the kiddiwinks: