Mini Makers: Bubble Wrap Pictures

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I have bubble wrap stacking up fast with all the online Christmas crap I’m buying at the moment.  It has no home, stuffed in a bag and shoved in my porch. Irritating. So I pulled it all out for Lilah to play with – she tells me bubble wrap is her favourite toy, poor child. Then we thought it might be ‘fun’ to chop it up and turn it into pictures!

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Super Quick Firework Craft

Ah we love Fireworks night we do! Following on from Laura’s (amazeballs) salad spinner art, we thought we would share another (slightly less amazeballs) firework craft to do with your kiddies: Glow-in-the-dark-firework-straw-type-paintings. With glitter. Catchy, eh? The kids loved it though, and that’s the main thing right. See our little vlog above – the first time we’ve ever done videos without each other. Terrifying.

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Mini Makers: Rainbow Painting

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Whenever we craft, Harper’s favourite thing to make/paint/draw is rainbows. Now whilst I love rainbows, making them the focus of every craft project can get a tad dull, and it involves getting all the paint out, doing a rainbow in a minute flat, and then leaving me to clear up.

So when we had a long day of waiting in for a courier last week and whilst Grayson napped, Harper suggested we make a rainbow Father’s Day card. I fibbed and said the paintbrushes were in the wash and let’s see what else we can find to paint with. So we found a clean sponge, a random balloon lying around, and her hands and feet. And do you know what…? We had a lot of fun, and made a lot of mess!

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Kids Activities: Salt Dough Decorations & Gift Tags

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  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.

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Kids Activities: Ice Painting

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Now the weather has turned cold and drizzly we’ve been doing a lot more indoor craft activities with our Little Buttons as, let’s face it, the park is just too freezing to be hanging around in. We thought we’d start sharing the art activities we get up to as the Buttons seem to really be enjoying them. All of them only need a little bit of prep and use materials you should be able to find around the house. The first one we tried was ice painting.

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Kids Project: Wiggly Caterpillar Wall Art

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If you’re looking for a boredom squashing activity to fill a rainy afternoon then this wiggly giant caterpillar will hit the spot. Children can get messy painting and printing the caterpillar. Then just piece him together and get wiggling. For our full tutorial munch your way over to the Hobbycraft Blog.

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Personalised Wooden Peg Dolls

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I’ve wanted to try making my own little peg dolls for ages but couldn’t find the plain dolls. So when I saw them flash up on EBay I was very happy. If you’re in the US these are pretty easy to come by on Etsy – I just can’t face paying more on postage than on the item! So I bought a family set and painted my little family.

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Peek-a-Boo Wooden Puzzle

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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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This month….

We’re excited to be featured in two magazines! We’re really grateful for people who read the blog let alone be in a magazine and we’re not ashamed to say we did a collective squeal with delight when we picked up our copies.

We’re Crafters of the Month in Essentials Magazine, which features our song lyric artwork project, and our clay and embroidery ring has been featured in Mollie Makes’ Hoop-La Magazine too. Hoorah!

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Song Lyric Artwork

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“I’m just sitting on a shelf” is one of my all-time favourite song lyrics from the band She and Him. Their first album, which the song comes from, has so much meaning in our household that I wanted to display the lyrics somehow.

After a search on Pinterest I found an inventive way of displaying the lyrics via a beautiful mess. This is a really simple project and the possibilities are endless.

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