I'm getting ready to shoot the breeze tomorrow for a few screen days free by the coast with Miss8, but before I go I wanted to share a cute spring craft with you, a quick 10 minute bit of chicken paper crafting fun with balloons!!
This time of year is so inspirational, I love the fresh colours all around me now that Spring is really starting to take hold, breathing in all the fresh air and fresh ideas I can xx Here are a few ideas that took my fancy this week. Make sure you're following my Spring and Easter pinterest board for ooodles more inspiration daily
We're going away for a few days next week for the Easter holidays and I'm planning on bringing a few bits and pieces of materials with us for some evening crafting or for some screen-free distraction when it's raining - after all it is March in Ireland, so showers are inevitable!!! Simplicity will be our watchword so I road-tested this quick no-mess Easter Bunny paper weaving art activity today to check if it would be a winner. Click through to see how easy this is to replicate in your home
Looking for a fun and unique Easter activity? Why not make these paper bag Easter Bunny Craft Piñatas with your children? They’re so easy, kids of all ages can help out! Use these alongside our super sweet printable Easter treat boxes and you’re sure to have a cute and fun-filled Easter celebration! It's time for kids to smash a cute post-it note bunny to pieces and screech as heaps of candy scatters everywhere!
With less than one week to go before Easter school holidays Miss Molly is all about bunnies, chocolate, sleeping-in and playing dolls for days on end!! Yesterday evening we turned our attention to how to decorate the door or hallway for the Easter Bunny, make him feel welcome and all that, entice him to leave more chocolate perhaps, and the wonderful Easter printables from Smallful were 'just the ticket'. We loved the choice of printable bunny ears, top hats and diorama easter eggs but Molly, being a 'dress-up doll' kinda gal of course went for Bernie, the dress-up wall bunny puppet. After a quick download and print we were ready to cut, punch and pin the pieces together... the process of making was every bit as fun and engaging as was the dress-up part xx
My latest Easter bunny craft inspiration began with the new Happy Handmade eBook, launched in January, filled cover to cover with doable and unique projects. I loved the simplicity of little animal necklaces and pendants created by Willow Day for the book, made from basic furniture felt pads that you get in hardware stores and supermarkets! and decided to give them a go! Click through to see the cuteness
This time last year I shared some free printable Easter Treat Boxes so I thought I'd add to the series of DIY gift wrap with a super simple idea this year - DIY Easter Chick Gift Wrap!! This is SO simple there is no need for a tutorial. All you need is your little gift box, filled with chocolate treats, wrapping paper and some yellow and black paper. Click through to read and see more
It was an introduction to weaving weekend in our house - for both Molly and moi. I cannot believe I haven't tried this before! I picked up a little wooden kids loom at Tiger store last week, together with some deliciously 'hairy' wool (originally bought to make beards for toilet roll characters or something) but Molly 'absolutely for certain' wanted the hairy wool in her weave. Weaving for kids is such a gorgeous craft activity, Molly is utterly hooked and planning ahead for next weekend already - she wants to try polka dots and triangles. I'm off to find simple tutorials on youtube..... and a bigger loom, mommy wants to play too :) "weaving is easier than knitting mom, and way funner" :)
I am always looking for new ways to foster Molly's creative thinking and encourage more 'making time' beyond the reaches of our wifi!!, so when I heard that the creator of one of my favorite blogs The Artful Parent had published her second book dedicated to just that, I just had to get my hands on a copy. Mother, writer and children’s art enabler the very inspiring Jean Van't Hul reached into the marrow of her creativity and compiled a fun and engaging collection of do-able arts and crafts, decorations and seasonal recipes for celebrating the seasons, for every member of the family. An online friend and fellow member of the Rockin Art Moms group, I was super excited when Jean asked me to be a part of her book tour. With the flip of a page The Artful Year takes you on a beautifully wholesome journey of seasonal exploration, from nature inspired activities to recycled crafts and tempting treats to cook together with your children. I want to make almost everything in the book! But Molly weighed in and voted for the tissue paper nests, to hold all her Easter treats :)
I made these pool noodle spider dudes with Molly yesterday evening for a bit of quick mid-term crafting fun. No gluing, no paint, no mess, made in less than 5 minutes type of quick craft for kids!! yeah that's quick :) This would make for a great summer craft for the backyard or at camp!
Looking for a crafty way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the kids? This cute and original St Patrick's Day craft is perfect for young children, to help celebrate the mischief of Leprechauns and their elusive pot of gold in the build up to Paddy's Day
I decided to start taking a little inventory on my blog to make sure it’s as helpful and accessible as possible. Starting with Valentine Crafts I took some time to round up the printables and DIY gifts ideas from the past three years so you have all on one page at your fingertips. I’ll keep adding to the list as time passes on.
The ongoing challenge in our house is to transform leftover cardboard boxes and the contents of the junk drawer into imaginative crafts for kids that can be enjoyed all year-round. And so we introduce, Tin Foil Robots! They are such fun to make and the perfect way to turn clutter into cute DIY toys. Let's have fun
I want to introduce you to a friend of mine today, Eva Monleón, an extraordinarily talented maker from Barcelona, Spain, the creator behind blog and brand Misako Mimoko. Eva is one of my favourite handcrafters and I was delighted when she accepted my invitation to be a contributor to my new craft book Happy Handmade (have you downloaded your copy yet?). I fell in love with Eva's work some months ago, captivated by the cute faces and freckles on the fun and imaginative characters she creates, such as Miss Teapot, Mini Christmas Trees, Wall Hooks and Bug Babies. Have a look at the charming stuffies for yourself
Share your love of toilet roll crafts by making cute woodland characters - a fox and badger with us! It’s a simple (and cute) family activity to make with your kids. Kids can have fun exercising hand-eye motor skills while folding and making the ears and seeing their new friends come to life with a glued on pom pom button nose. Let’s have some fun! Click through for the complete craft tutorial