Make your own Footstool

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So I made a little footstool last week. My first attempt at furniture! I love it too, although I wouldn’t risk standing on it… it has just a teeniest bit of a wonk. This was orginally meant to be a quick upcycle project from a stool I already had. But as I was hacking the upholstery off the original I accidentally hacked it to pieces. The legs snapped, the base snapped. It was a quality product.  So all I ended up using was the foam. You could, however, attempt your own upcycle if you think you could do it without destroyed a perfectly good stool just for a piece of foam!

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Party Bow Hair Clips

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We thought we’d share with you how to make some easy peasy bow hair clips for you or your little ones seen as it is PARTY season! Having said that, we’re going to precisely zero parties. So… we’ll just have to wear them in the bath or something. Our kids have parties though! All under 5, all more popular than us. Life. These will take you about 10 minutes to make – super quick!

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Halloween cat hair clips

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These little cat hair clips are a nice little Halloween make and perfect for kiddies. They’re made from polymer clay which is great for kids as it’s brightly coloured and easy to work with. You could make any shape you like onto a clip, I think I might make a few more of different animals and maybe even a little unicorn…

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DIY Giant Chalk

We do love a craft hack especially if it’s easy! We’ve recently discovered it’s really simple to make your own pavement chalk. So for our latest Channel Mum video we shared how to do it! Making giant chalk for use outside is a great summer holiday activity so get stocked up with chalk in all your Little Button’s favourite colours. That way when they shout “I’m bored” you’re ready!

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How to Make Marshmallows!

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Oh BLIMEY. Just discovered the sheer amazing melty-fluffiness of a homemade marshmallow! How have I not known this before? They are SO much better than the shop ones. Apparently gourmet marshmallows (along with popcorn and rice cakes… to which I’m also addicted) is big business at the moment. If you’ve ever wondered how to make your own (fyi easy) mallows then keep reading.

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DIY Giant Bubbles & Wand

Oh my goodness this could possibly be the most fun project we have ever done! These giant bubbles are AWESOME. Easy to make, quick and endless hours of squealing joy. Even if you don’t have kids (they pop them too quick!). Bear in mind the bubble wand will dribble its goo everywhere so this is one project that is definitely more suited for outdoors. We made a video tutorial for Channel Mum – click to watch above or read on for the full tutorial.

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Gnome Hand Puppets

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We do love a garden gnome. And we also love Cath Kidston (a LOT). So when they asked us to design a craft project to coincide with the launch of their lovely new garden gnome print we were very excited to be involved! Their gnomes, Gnorris and Gnatalie, appear on clothing, kitchen accessories and even a doorstop (they’re so lovely, have a look here if you like). Cath Kidston asked us to come up with a kids craft project featuring these cheeky little people so we designed these felt hand puppets for our cheeky little people.

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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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Oooh la la: French Knickers Tutorial

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I just wanted to share my super easy peasy french knickers pattern with you. Don’t worry, I haven’t put any pictures of me in my pants up. No one wants to see that.

I’ve made a few pairs of these in the past, tried out a few different patterns that I bought and thought I’d tweak my favourites to make my own French Knickers Pattern for you to print out too. Don’t be put off by the fact that the pattern looks more like an elephant’s head than knickers, it’s a lot easier than it looks and will quickly all come together. Honest!

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Plaster of Paris Pen Pots

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We’re going through a bit of a Plaster of Paris obsession recently (take a look at the Mini PoP Magnets and tea light holders Laura made recently). So when Docrafts Creativity Magazine asked us to make them some pen pots we obviously jumped at the chance! You can read about how to make them in their latest issue, which is out now. We’ve got a few more projects coming up in future issues and are looking forward to sharing them with you soon.

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Craft Trends #12: Monochrome

It’s our first craft trend of 2016 and we don’t know if it’s because we’re in a dark and gloomy month but we were drawn to monochrome to kick off the trends for this year. Doesn’t everything just look that much cooler in monochrome? Even the word is cool! We’re big fans of black and white crafts and we’ve seen heaps of them flash by recently – so we’ve picked our faves for you to try this weekend:

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DIY Marching Drum

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Finding inspiration for craft projects is something I don’t find comes easy to me, and the more I try to come up with things to make, the fewer ideas I seem to have. Recently, I have been looking for inspiration around the house and seeing what interests Harper has, to see if there were any projects she might like if I made them for her. She is noisy and chaotic and enjoys being as loud as possible, so to upcycle an old cake tin into a drum seemed like the perfect project.

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Our Big Announcement!

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Sorry in advance for our inability to remain cool throughout this post. BUT we are just too excited…we can’t contain it.  We spent all of last year working on some really big projects behind the scenes of the blog and we’re finally able to tell you about them. We’ve been writing three kids crafts books. Our first two books (our books! Squeeal!) are officially published and available now to pre-order (available to buy from March).  Our third one is out later in the year.

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Mini Motivational Magnets

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 Ok, so these magnets didn’t start off being mini. When the mould arrived after ordering it online I realised I didn’t read the dimensions on the website. Does anyone else do that? The amount of things that I buy that are too big or small is an embarrassing number. Anyway, I made these little magnets to send in the post to my friend Angela just to let her know that I think she rocks, every time she opens her fridge! I probably could have just sent this in a text message but everyone loves getting surprise packages in the post, right?!

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Festive Fat Quarter Hand Warmers

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Our final festive craft this year are these Christmas tree and present hand warmers. They are pretty simple to make and are brilliant “on no I forgot to buy a present” present. You could whip one of these up in about 20 minutes with some scrap fabric and a bit of rice! For the full tutorial on how to make them head over to the Laura Ashley blog.

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