Wrapping Paper Christmas Wreath

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Pinch punch first of the month! We’re very excited that it’s December – we’re a little (though not a lot) more organised this year for Christmas and we are dying to get the decorations up. Starting with this pretty little paper  Christmas Wreath we created for www.dotcomgiftshop.com. It’s made from their wrapping paper, bells and ribbon and even has fairy lights tucked inside so it’s all lovely and twinkly at night. Yey! Hop over to Dot Com’s blog to see how to make it (P.S it’s peasy!).

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Ikea Lampshade Hack

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We love a hack over at Little Button Diaries HQ (does that make us sound fancy? Like we have big offices and staff and stuff? hmm) and this one is super peasy. I’ve had this adorable amazing wrapping paper from dotcomgiftshop for a while and wanted to make a paper lampshade out of it. But to be honest, I’m no origami pro and I kept messing it up and wasting the paper.

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Half Term Makes: Cardboard Watch

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Part 3 of our Half Term Super Quick Projects is this simple cardboard watch. This is a great introduction to telling the time, it’s easy for kids to make and all you need are a few simple supplies. Hop over to the Hobbycraft Blog to see how to make one yourself.

~ Laura & Tia xx ~

Half Term Makes: Paper Photo Frame

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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.

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Craft Trends #1: Paper

Hello folks. Welcome to our new series of fortnightly craft round-ups! We’re going to focus on crafts, styles or materials that are currently trending.  We’re starting with paper because we’ve developed a new passion for it since starting working with Paperchase. So here are our favourite papercraft tutorials on the web at the moment.

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Paper Weather Garland

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This colourful garland is a nice quick make and will make any boring white wall awash with colour (and weather!). We used Spectrascope card from Paperchase to create this garland as part of their ‘Play With Colour’ paper craft challenge.

For this project you will need:

  •  Card in an assortment of colours
  •  A stick of glue
  •  Fishing wire or thread
  • Needle
  • sellotape

1. Begin by cutting out your weather shapes. We made various clouds, rainbows, a sun and a hot air balloon (yes, we know that is not weather. But looks nice and it’s in the sky, ok?!). Our pieces were about 7cm high. Cut out hearts in different colours to go in-between each piece.

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Nap Time Crafts: Easy Peasy Party Hats

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It was my Little Button’s 2nd birthday recently so I made a batch of party hats for them all to wear. These hats are really simple to make and fun to decorate. One hat can be finished in the space of a short nap.

For this project you will need:

  • Pretty scrapbooking paper
  • Strong glue
  • An assortment of pom poms, ric-rac, ribbons, felt scraps and colourful card
  • Thin elastic (for a toddler I used 45cm per hat)


 1. Begin by printing and cutting out the template to fit A4 paper. Draw round the template onto the scrapbook paper and cut out.

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Kids Project: 4 Simple Mother’s Day Cards

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Hooray, its nearly Mother’s Day! We might get a lie in (8.15?) and everything. If your kids are looking for some easy card ideas (hint hint), why not see if they would like to make one of these super simple cards. Each one is suitable for beginners and take about an hour to complete. For the full tutorial with video, head over to our post on Hobbycraft.

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Nap Time Crafts: Mini Envelope Card

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I love making my own cards. Its cheaper, more personal and doesn’t involve me having to push my double buggy all the way into town to panic-buy a crap card. I thought I’d share this mini envelope card I made for George’s birthday as it took no time at all to make and its really easy. Perfect for when the babies are asleep (although, for me, that seems to have stopped entirely. They never sleep. I never sleep. I can barely type).

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DIY Button & Potato Stamp Christmas Cards

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Every year I have a go at making my own Christmas cards. Usually I pick something too complicated for duplication, I don’t start until far too near to Christmas and I end up feeling like I’m on a ridiculous production line with each card getting more and more botched (last year I made cards which each had a little clay jigsaw piece on them. Hours. And it looked a bit rubbish). This year though, thanks to much Pinsperation, I was organised and decided to make them all the other day. High five! I went really simple and made cards featuring potato stamped branches and button baubles.

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