creative kids – milk carton lantern

As we call ‘lights out’ on another day for our little darlings, I just had to share this terribly fabulous lantern idea.

blog carton lantern

Simply cut out shapes of windows and doors (little ones may need some assistance with this) then place your carton over the top of a flameless tealight candle (available from the Hot Dollar shop).

If you want to add more dimension to this project kids can decoupage or paint the outside of their building too.  Imagine how great these would look all lined up for an outside dinner?  LOVE. x

 

creative kids – paper lanterns

As a kid, making paper lanterns was one of my favourite craft activities.  I used to have strings of them hanging around the house.

With a much more beautiful range of papers available these days the scope for creating really amazing lanterns is huge!  Look at these pretties and visit here for the tutorial on how to make them (just in case your memory, like mine, doesn’t stretch back to the specifics of your kindergarten crafting days) …

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Want a shortcut?  Visit our little store and grab a packet of Make Your Own Paper Lanterns.  We’ll have you looking like a crafty mama in no time – wink, wink. x

creative kids – bird houses

School holidays have arrived here so, chances are, you are also in the middle of them or they are just around the corner.  Over the next two weeks I’ll be posting some fab activities to keep the little darlings occupied and their big imaginations stimulated.

Let’s start with paper birdhouses.  Girls and boys all love a birdhouse so this activity should keep everyone in YOUR house happy.

birdsnest imageTo create these little beauties you’ll need to transfer this template onto heavy paper or cardboard then simply follow the guidelines to folding and glue.

BIRDNEST_TEMPLATE(Images courtesy of karmuca y cuquino)

If that’s all too hard for you, we have these fantastic ‘Design Your Own Wooden Bird House‘ kits in store.  From one of our favourite brands Seedling, New Zealand, the kits come blank with a set of paints and paintbrush ready for your little ones to create their own magic.

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Whether your bird house ends up on a bedroom wall or hanging from a tree in the backyard, this activity is sure to be a winner.

share the love

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching so we have gathered some LOVE-ly crafty ideas to share with your little ones.

Simply click on the image for the tutorial (and credits).

Start with this simple yet terribly fabulous robot card …

heart robot

You could send it to your beloved in this hand made cute-as-ever felt envelope

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Let the whole street (or world) know of your love with this gorgeous paper heart wreath hung on your front door …

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This heart and hand tree is an old favourite of ours and is great for pre-schoolers.

heart tree

And I just adore this decoration for above the bed. I think this could look amazing above a “grown ups” bed too!

heart bedhead

We have loads more old favourite ideas to show your love here.

However you choose to show and celebrate your love, you enjoy it.

craft express – loo roll snakes

We know you love some loo roll craft as much as we do so here is another fab idea to use up all those rolls!

Follow this tutorial to whip up your own googly eyed darlings, just like these.

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