Year of the Dog Chinese New Year craft

The Chinese New Year is marked on 16th February 2018, welcoming in the Year of the Dog. Bostik challenged me to come up with a simple craft to tie in with the start of the Chinese New Year. And let me tell you, it was tough. First, there was a lantern candle holder that involved sticking tissue paper onto a jar. Easy, right? Wrong. I’m not sure how you can be bad at sticking tissue paper onto a jar, but my children managed it. Next, there was a Chinese lantern. The less said about that the better. Until finally, we…

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How to make an easy Christmas card holder

Displaying Christmas cards always ends up being a bit stressful. They start off being stood along the top of the piano. Then, they creep onto other work surfaces. And finally, we end up putting some string or tinsel along the wall to hang them up. So this year, I’m preempting it. It’s still October, and I’ve already made a Christmas card holder. Here’s how. What you need A fabric bag Coloured card Patterned card Buttons or sequins Ribbon Cotton wool or white fabric Bostik foam pads Embroidery thread Mini pegs Scissors Needle Black pen Method 1. Start by making the…

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Easy no carve pumpkin

There’s always a dilemma here at Halloween. The girls want to carve a pumpkin, but they’re too little to do it themselves. They can get involved with scooping out the middle and drawing a face on, but I have to cut it. And quite frankly, I don’t have time. So this year, I’ve come up with something different. The no-carve pumpkin This month’s Bostik Blogger craft theme was Halloween and bonfire night. I looked at the materials they’d sent us and realised it might just solve my pumpkin problem. So, here are our no-carve pumpkins. They’re perfect for children of all…

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How to make a monster letter rack

Whilst making our Bostik blogger crafts, I’ve learnt something unexpected about us all. Much as we enjoy crafting, we’d rather make something useful. The most successful thing we’ve made was our back to school organiser. We’ve been using this everyday, so I decided we’d make something else that would be useful. Introducing the monster letter rack. I don’t know about you, but letters are a nightmare for us. We have loads that we need to keep, but nowhere to put them. So, they just ended up piled in a cluttered corner of the kitchen. So when I saw the monster theme…

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Making a back to school organiser to teach independence

School mornings are chaos in this house. Missing shoes, dirty socks and chewed reading books. Uneaten breakfast, spilt drinks and needy children. But I’ve realised I’m getting it all wrong. The girls are craving independence, so for this month’s Bostik Blogger craft, they’ve created a storage device to give them just that. Upcycling a storage unit into a back to school organiser We’ve had an old storage unit gathering dust for a while now. I didn’t want to throw it away because if there’s one thing we do need, it’s storage. And over the last few days, I’ve been doing…

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10 easy crafts for young children

With half term upon us, it’s great to have a few craft activities to turn to when the children need entertaining. I’ve done a few craft projects this year and I’ve also seen some amazing crafts from other bloggers. So I thought I’d share 10 of my favourites. These are all really simple crafts for young children. None of them take any specialist equipment and children can really get involved. 1. Paper plate birds Jenny from The Gingerbread House has been making paper plate birds with her little ones. This is a super easy craft that involves folding a paper plate…

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Upcycling an old photo frame to create a masterpiece

Like all children, my two love nothing more than getting the craft things out and creating a ‘masterpiece’. They are happy to sit and cut, stick and colour for hours on end. Churning out page after page of quickly scribbled drawings or carelessly stuck mosaics. As far as they are concerned, I should treasure every page. But let’s face it, it’s just not practical. A few years ago, my sister made the girls a lovely picture. She simply bought a frame from a charity shop and bought a lovely piece of wrapping paper to go in it. This has been…

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