Monday, 19 March 2018

Make a Doll's Wardrobe

Make a doll's wardrobe by up-cycling some cardboard packaging

Coat-hangers often come with doll's clothing, but what are you supposed to do with them? Make a doll's wardrobe of course! In this post I'll take you through a project I worked on with my daughter to make a wardrobe for her Barbie's clothes. You can make one to suit any doll, you just need to choose a box that is the appropriate size for the coat-hangers and clothes.

What you will need:
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Scissors
  • Wooden skewer
  • Hot glue gun (adult use only)
  • Washable paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Gemstone stickers (or similar to make handles)
  • Washable PVA Glue
  • Masking tape
  • Newspaper to protect surfaces
  • Smock
  • Keep an eye on the cardboard boxes coming into your home for one that would be suitable for a doll's wardrobe. You might be lucky and find something with flaps that can be used for the doors or you may have to attach doors yourself. Ideally you don't want to be taping a hinge on as this doesn't make for a sturdy join. Instead, look for something with a fold in it that you glue to the side of the cupboard as in the photos. Remember that you can always cut cardboard to size too.

Keep an eye on the boxes and packaging coming into your home for something suitable for a doll's wardrobe

Don't forget you can cut something down to make it suitable

You can attach doors to your doll's wardrobe if your box doesn't have suitable flaps, but for a robust join, you don't want to be attaching them with a sticky tape hinge
  • If you need to cut the cardboard to suit, do that now. Glue pieces together if required. Use masking tape to hold the cardboard pieces in place while they dry. Washable PVA glue is great to use as little kids can get involved in this step. Allow the doll's wardrobe to dry
  • Paint and decorate the doll's wardrobe any way you like. Gemstone stickers are particularly suitable for decorating a Barbie wardrobe. Allow the doll's wardrobe to dry.
When the glue is dry, it is time to paint your doll's wardrobe
A painted doll's wardrobe, ready for the rail and door knobs
  • The next step is to add the rail to the doll's wardrobe. Hold a wooden skewer up to the wardrobe to measure how much you will need. Trim the wooden skewer and trim off small amounts until the rail fits perfectly.

Hold the skewer up to the doll's wardrobe to work out where to cut it. If needed, keep trimming small pieces off the skewer until it fits like a glove.

  • Test the position of the rail before you glue it in place. Make sure the wardrobe door closes and the clothes hang properly. Mark the position of the rail.

Test the placement of the rail before gluing it into the doll's wardrobe

  • (Adult step) secure the rail in position with generous dollops of hot glue 
Time for adults to use the hot glue gun to secure the rail in place

  • (Adult step) add gemstone handles with hot glue. Allow glue to dry.
  • Hang up Barbie's clothes in her brand new wardrobe!
    When the glue is dry, hang up Barbie's clothes in her new wardrobe!

    Sunday, 4 March 2018

    Children's Easter Bunny Mask

    Create these Easter Bunny masks with the free printable in this post. A tutorial on how to make the masks is available at

    When the shops are full of Easter eggs it must be time to do some Easter-themed craft with the kids! If you aren't confident in your own drawing ability, and the kids are too young to draw themselves, then a printable what you need. There are so many free and fantastic printables available on the Internet. Just type "free Easter Bunny mask printable" into Google and switch to the "Images" search and you will find lots to choose from.

    I wanted to have a go at creating a printable myself so I created this free Easter Bunny Mask printable for the kids to use. Since I was so impressed with the results, I've put up a tutorial on which takes you through how to create the Easter Bunny mask on the left hand side of the picture in this post. The picture on the right shows what the mask would look like if you didn't unravel the cotton wool balls. Younger children could find this easier than dealing with unraveled cotton wool.
    Create an Easter Bunny masks with the free printable in this post. A tutorial on how to make, and decorate, the mask is available at

    I really enjoyed putting this printable together - it's a way for both mother and child to express their creativity with the same craft. If you like this printable and would like to see some more on this website then please let me know.

    Wednesday, 27 September 2017

    Elsa Frozen Birthday Cake

    My minimal-stress Elsa Frozen birthday cake

    My daughter loves Frozen so a Frozen birthday theme was a must this year, along with an Elsa Frozen Birthday cake. Making a child's birthday cake is a time consuming task, but I have such fond memories looking back at my cakes in the family photo album that I want the same for my children. But I am always looking to minimize the stress as much as possible. So here is my minimal-stress Elsa Frozen birthday cake. Notice that I didn't say easy?! I don't think something that you do so infrequently and with so much at stake could ever be easy, but it can be made easier!

    I've made this Elsa birthday cake minimal-stress by sourcing a doll from a local toy shop that I was happy to cut the legs off (if need be), taking a trip to the supermarket first to see what decorations were readily available rather than wasting time hunting down hard to find decorations, and using balls at the bottom of the skirt to hide any messy joins between the icing and the cake-board. I've also stayed away from using ready-to-roll icing for the bodice to limit the types of icing I needed to work with (and colour).

    For the full instructions on how to make my minimal-stress Elsa Frozen cake, be sure to check out my article on My Kid Craft.

    My little girl adored this cake - I hope yours does too!

    Sunday, 3 September 2017

    Grandma Birthday Card

    Grandmas love to receive handmade cards from their grandchildren. I've just put up the instructions for a lovely Grandma birthday card, or Grandmother mothers day card, on It's a fun craft for parents and children to do together as it uses the prints of both parent and child. A Grandma birthday card from child and grandchild is sure to delight Grandma!

    Hyacinth Grandma Birthday Card

    This particular card features a hyacinth but there are lots of flowers that children, or children and parents can do together. The next time you see a picture of a flower, stop and think if you could finger-paint it with some prints of various parts of a hand.

    For the full instructions, go to I'll be promoting my posts on on my blog now as I feel they are a great content fit.

    Saturday, 19 August 2017

    Strawberry Muffins

    Delicious Fresh Strawberry Muffins!

    I've started contributing articles to RecipeYum. I've been doing it for a while now and I think my blog readers would really like to see some of those article so I'll start letting you know when I've added recipes. I've just put up a recipe for strawberry muffins on RecipeYum. It shows you how to make fresh strawberry muffins and the results are simply splendid. I've tried to make strawberry muffins before and failed, but this recipe is an easy strawberry muffin recipe that produces perfect results every time. In fact it is now one of my favourite muffin recipes. 

    If you'd like to try this strawberry muffin recipe then please visit

    I hope you find this recipe makes the best strawberry muffins you have ever tasted!

    Tuesday, 27 June 2017

    Playschool's Little Ted Birthday Cake - ABC for Kids Birthday Cakes

    I recently finished making a Playschool Little Ted birthday cake for my youngest's birthday. I was very happy with the result so I thought I'd give a shout-out to the Kathy Knudsen and her fabulous book The ABC Book of Children's Cakes. If your kids are glued to ABC 4 Kids, then this is the birthday cake book for you. Playschool's Little Ted was the second cake I've made from the book. I've also made the Peppa Pig cake and I was just as pleased with the results.

    Playschool's Little Ted Birthday Cake - One of the cakes in Kathy Knudsen's book The ABC Book of Children's Cakes.

    Kathy Knudsen's book features a range of popular characters from ABC 4 Kids. Hoot and Hootabelle and Giggleosurus are there along with Jemima, Humpty, Fergus the Frog, and Big and Little Ted from Playschool. There are also a range of characters from different shows like Bob the Builder, Igglepiggle and Upsy Daisy, Peppa Pig, and Charlie and Lola. Even if you never make a cake from this book, your kids will delight in looking at all the cakes from their favorite TV shows! The cakes look fantastic and are very realistic.

    The book features cakes with easier decorating techniques such as buttercream icing, as well as the more difficult ready to roll icing. I'd never used ready-to-roll icing before. In fact, I didn't even know you could buy such a thing so I assumed all those professional looking cakes were out of my league. Fortunately The ABC Book of Children's Cakes gave me the knowledge I needed to attempt such a cake and the resulting Peppa Pig cake looked fantastic and just as good as the picture in the book.

    Peppa Pig Birthday Cake - One of the cakes in Kathy Knudsen's book The ABC Book of Children's Cakes.

    The Playschool Little Ted cake is an ideal cake to make for little kids - especially if you are time poor with older kids running around. A teddy bear is just the thing for little ones who don't yet have favorite characters. Older siblings will be delighted that the teddy bear is Little Ted - a character they will know well from TV. Teddy bear fur is just the thing for busy mums as messy icing is what is needed! There is no need to stress about getting smooth icing with no cake crumbs in it! The Little Ted cake uses simple butter cream icing in just one colour and really is as simple as it gets for realistic character cakes. I would definitely recommend it as a character cake for those more busy periods or as a first attempt at a children's birthday cake.

    Kathy Knudsen's book The ABC Book of Children's Cakes.

    I purchased the book from an ABC shop when they still existed but you can still buy it from their online store for $16.99 AUD.

    Thursday, 25 May 2017

    Liquorice Strap Stockist in Australia

    If you are making a child's birthday cake that requires liquorice straps then I hope this post is of use to you. I've just been able to purchase Darrell Lea Liquorice Straps at Coles. You might need to visit a large Coles store for them though. When I was about to give up on finding liquorice straps, I thought about using black, ready-to-roll icing as an alternative. It would have worked well for my particular cake.

    Hope your cake turns out splendid :-)

    Darrell Lea Liquorice Straps are available from Coles

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