cardboard city

This project is fun to make and will get hours and hours of use no matter the weather.  Kids can let their imaginations run wild and include whatever they like in their own special town.

image courtesy of theimaginationtree.com

All you need is a BIG cardboard box, or a couple of smaller boxes secured together.

As an added bonus, it keeps really little ones contained whilst they happily play.  Everyone’s a winner!

Love this idea? You might love these too …

not your average home makeover

When I was little, my sisters and I would create all kinds of teeny tiny dolly furniture from cotton reels and matchboxes.  If only we’d had one of these fab book shelf conversions to house them all in!


image courtesy of diaperstylememoirs.com

This one comes complete with carefully chosen wallpaper, wooden train track garden path and stacked books for stairs.  These home owners have also added a roof line and chimney using thumb tacks and string.  Oh the possibilities!

If you are thinking about taking on this project, check out the free printables and step-by-step guide on how to wallpaper a dollhouse by our friends at Ferm Living.

Here is another “house” project that could be added to whenever little ones feel creative.  Start saving your cardboard boxes now!

image courtesy of nessadeeart.blogspot.ca

 

 

collage a la zebra

Want to spend some time with the art and craft box this weekend?  For this gorgeous zebra masterpiece, the kids need some brightly coloured cardboard and paper, scraps of wool, and a couple of split pins for the eyes (you could also use stick on google eyes).

image courtesy of artsonia.com

 

ideas express – storage jars

This fab idea can be done in no time but creates maximum impact.  Simply paint jar lids with white enamel paint spots to create a magical woodlands storage idea.

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A couple of tips – white nail polish works well as does a cotton bud rather than a paint brush for application.

These are great for storing all those annoying little bits and pieces like hair accessories or lego!

craft express – dinosaur plate

courtesy of fabmums.com

1. Paint the plate a colour of your choice.

2. Draw the sections on the back of the paper plate like in the image: body, legs, tail, neck and head. Cut the sections out.

3. Attach the dinosaur’s body parts with glue (staples also work well)

4. Open the paper clips in an L shape and attach one side to the back of each leg to make the dinosaur stand up.

Find all this a bit too hard?  Grab this instead!

water play for spring

With the weather warming up here, it’s a great time to get the little ones outside and soaking up some fresh air and sunshine.

Here are some fab ideas to get you started, just in case you are having trouble coming out of hibernation.

courtesy of handmadecharlotte.com

OK, so this home made kids car wash is the deluxe end of DYI but we have lots of easier projects too.  All you need for this one is some chalk, a spray bottle of water and a suitable surface.  Chalk keeps my kids entertained for hours.

courtesy of playcreateexplore.com

These water walls are both fun to make and use.  You can find the tutorial for the first one here.  Such a cool way to explore with water!

courtesy of teachpreschool.org

And last but not least (because these two are the absolute easy peasiest ideas you will find!), these recycled milk or drink bottles will keep little ones happy AND they can help water the garden for you.  Everyone’s a winner!

courtesy of childhood101.com and journeytodream.blogspot.co.uk

Whatever you do this weekend, soak up Spring (or Autumn for our northern hemisphere friends) and enjoy. x

 

for the love of letters

I love letters.  Typography is one of my ‘things’.  I have letters dotted around our house, including the kids initials on their bedroom walls, just like we had growing up.

There are so many fabulous options available to buy now – industrial, acrylic, fabric, or metal – you name it.

How about this cute DIY project made from some good ole sticks and paint.  Especially fab for those with ‘straight’ letters in their name (like lucky little ANNA!)

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Do any of you share my obsession with all things alphabet?

plastic is fantastic (well, it can be)

We don’t go much for plastic toys around here but LOVE these ideas to incorporate them into storage and decor pieces.

To make these storage jars, just glue a selection of plastic animals onto the lids then spray paint the lot.  Love ’em.

courtesy of apartmenttherapy.com

These book ends are a little bit kitsch and a whole lot fabulous!  Grab your favourite animals, glue them to a wooden block and paint.  Great shade of blue.

courtesy of blog.houseoffifty.com

These little gems have come straight from the op-shop into the paint shop and onto the hallway shelf.  LOVE!

courtesy of blog.craftzine.com

may the (noodle) force be with you

Here’s a super dooper quick crafty idea that if, like me, you are constantly stuck in the middle of a battle of some kind between little people.  It might be a friendly pillow battle, a jumping battle on the trampoline, a food battle, a Lego battle, a REAL (mean) battle of wills, or a good ole light sabre battle!

If you don’t want to spend a mozza on a Light Sabre with all the bells and whistles, you can whip one up with the kids using a pool noodle and some electric tape.  Easy peasy. Done.