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Paper Plate Yarn Heart

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I just love simple crafts with the kids that are quick to complete and use supplies I have already and this is one of those great little projects. My turn at a paper plate yarn heart. This is the first time I have attempted something like this with my 4 year old.  She was super excited to do the project after watching the how-to video (see below). The craft was a little too old for her, but with lots of help from mummy we have something that she is really happy with. My 4 year old's paper plate yarn heart. I think this project would look great with red yarn too - especially for Valentines day.  Use a card instead and you would have a lovely Valentine's day card. Mummy and daughter's paper plate yarn hearts look great on the door of my daughter's bedroom. We were inspired to do this craft thanks to Lincraft's video (below). They are starting to produce some great craft content as they try to connect with their customers online. Their projects

Life Hack: How to Remove Spray Paint from Clothes

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Are you looking for a way to get spray paint out of clothes? My husband came home with bright pink spray paint on his work pants from sitting in a newly gratified train carriage and I thought that was the end of those pants - but no!  It was actually incredibly easy to remove and the secret is hair spray! I really wish I had taken a video of the removal process because it was simply magic and unbelievable unless you can see it for yourself.  The spray paint literally disappears before my eyes just with just hairspray and a bit of scrubbing on the more stubborn stain. Here is how I removed spray paint from the garment .. Step 1: Spray hairspray directly on the stain long enough to soak the fabric with hairspray. If you have a minor stain you might see the spray paint disappear completely. If you have a more difficult stain you will see a dulling in the intensity of the spray paint. If you can still see the stain, continue on to step 2 or skip straight to step 3 if you can'

Frozen Elsa Costume Using McCalls Pattern M7000

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My daughter's much loved Elsa Frozen costume had reached the end of it's days. Not only was it ripped and stained, it was also too small. I'd looked in the shops for the next size, but found no luck. So when I was walking past the local fabric shop and saw 40% off everything, I thought it was time to make one myself. The Frozen Elsa costume made with McCalls Pattern M7000. I made the biggest girls size for her so it has a pretty ugly hem for now, but it will last her for years as I can redo the hem when she grows. My daughter and I located the Elsa costume pattern which we'd seen featured in the store a while ago and chose some material. $50 dollars later we left with three different materials, for the outside of the dress, and a pattern.  Is it any wonder sewing is now just a hobby if that's how much a costume costs to make with 40% off! McCalls M7000 pattern for a Frozen Elsa costume along with the material we bought to make it. Now i

Book Review - Peppa Pig - 150 Things to Make and Do with Peppa

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On our last trip to the local library, my 3 1/2 year old's attention was caught by a Peppa Pig book called "150 Things to Make and Do with Peppa". I must admit I was reluctant at first to get it for her thinking it might be a little too old for her (i.e. a nightmare for mummy) but she was so excited by it that we did borrow it. On getting it home I was pleasantly surprised by what a good child's activity book it is and really wish I didn't have to return it because it has so many great activities that I can see my daughter wanting to do for years to come. If you are worried your child isn't enough of a Peppa Pig fan to want to do 150 Peppa Pig related activities then you needn't. While each activity has a tie in to Peppa Pig, sometimes the tie in is quite loose. For example, the book shows you how you can make a hot air balloon with paper-mache that looks like a hot air balloon that appeared in a Peppa Pig episode. But if you hadn't seen that particu

Raffia Loom Flowers

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I just love the cute flowers you can create with flower looms. But have you thought of making a flower out of something that wasn't yarn or wool? Raffia Loom Flowers I recently picked up some raffia on clearance at my local art & craft store to make crochet some raffia hats.  When I went to look for some yarn to use to make a flower for a greeting card, inspiration struck - that raffia "yarn" would surely make a fantastic loom flower and I was right don't you think? In addition to greeting card decorations, a raffia loom flower would be a fantastic addition to a raffia / straw hat or bag. You can also use your finger to gently smooth the corners out of the ends of the petals. I finished these raffia loom flowers off with some white yarn (with sparkle) for a bit of contrast.

Chenille Socks for Kids

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My daughters new winter pyjama's don't have enclosed feet like her old ones do so I told her she would need some bed socks. She immediately asked me if I could make some for her.  Despite never having made socks (and a failed attempt under my belt), I immediately said yes. Knitted Chenille Bed Socks for Children A look through the yarn collection for something suitable yielded some chenille yarn in white and pink. Having already made an animal security blanket / lovey out of the white chenille, I know how hard it is to work with, but I knew that pink chenille was just the thing for the fluffiest, cuddliest, warmest, girlyest bed-socks for a 3 year old. My next task was to track down a pattern for chenille bed-socks for kids suitable to a sock knitter newbie. Nothing too specific there right? My first dilemma was the thickness of the chenille. The packet made no indication, but I'm sure all chenille yarns are not created equal. Patterns for chenille socks used all s

Make a Doll's Wardrobe

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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 Instructions: 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