With Valentine’s day only a couple of weeks away I thought it would be fun to craft something easy and inexpensive that would make a cute gift for a friend or sweetheart. I had the fun idea to use some alphabet stamps I recently purchased to write messages on heart shaped gift boxes just like that Conversation Heart Candy that is all the rage over on Pinterest at this time of year. When Emma saw the cute little heart shaped boxes that I’d planned to use she was smitten and wanted to have a go at the project herself. So often I take for granted how capable she really is, which is so silly because so many of the projects on this blog can be easily adapted to suit all sorts of skill levels. So rather than make this project myself I’ve handed the reigns over to Emma to show you how it’s done.
We made a little video which is super fun, I hope you enjoy it. If you want written instructions with pictures, take a look below…
The super talented Pilgrim Lee has done it again. Not only is she a talented illustrator and maker who’s work has been featured in local and international books and magazines, including the recent publication ‘A Little Bit Crafty’ from Frankie Magazine; she has now launched CRAFT CLUBHOUSE a vibrant new place for learning and making in Melbourne.
I know many of you readers are big fans of The Lucky Draw Project that has been running by subscription for a little while now, so as a treat, I thought it would be fun to have The Lucky Draw Project Christmas Special. I mean all the old TV shows have Christmas Specials so why cant we?
One of my favourite artists and friends, Madeleine Stamer from Little Circus Design has created an exclusive colouring page for us this Christmas with a festive Australiana inspired design. It would look gorgeous coloured in, but I quite like it in black and white too.
You can print your own copy right here – just download via the link Christmas Special Colouring Page
I’ve been having an awesome time sending ‘snail mail’ to a heap of new pen pals in the last few weeks. Writings words on paper seems much more tangible than this virtual world I seem to inhabit sometimes. Creating something for no other reason than to make someone happy has helped me out of a creative rut that has slowly snuck up on me without my noticing.
But as much as I’m enjoying the standard envelope and note paper scenario, I wanted to post something that reflects my quirky personality. Yes, a giant hamburger! And why not, it’s within the size limit of an Australia Post large letter so it will get anywhere domestically with just two stamps. I wish I could see the postman’s face when he (or she) delivers this.
Giant postcard making is a fun kids craft activity too, and you probably already have all the supplies at hand. Read on to see how Emma and I spent a fun afternoon…
It’s school holidays here in Victoria and I recently ran a couple of school holiday workshops teaching kids (and adults) how to make and embellish some pretty fabric knotted necklaces. These necklaces are fun to make and you can choose fabrics to co-ordinate with your favourite outfits. We had a ton of fun making tassels to hang off the bottom, and the workshop attendees did a great job of designing their own necklaces.
With a little pre-sewing preparation, school aged kids can make these without much assistance. If you want to have a go at making your own, read on for instructions…
I’m away in Japan this week so today I’m handing over the crafty reins to the very lovely Trixi Symonds, author of a new craft book for kids “Sew Together Grow Together”. Trixi has created a cute and practical little project just for My Poppet, it’s a pouch to keep your Jacks in. Some of you may know the game as ‘knucklebones’. I loved playing Jacks as a kid, and was delighted when Trixi suggested it as a project.
Here is Trixi to show you how easy it is to make…
When I was in primary school playground games alternated between skipping, elastics, hoola hoops and jacks…but jacks was a favorite. Times may have changed but the fun of having a little game to carry around hasn’t. This pouch can be made by Mum or Dad as a gift for their child, and of course, older children can make it by themselves.
Remember the Bunny Takeaway Box DIY and printable I created the other week? It was such a cute easy project that I thought it would be fun to expand on it and use the printable design in a few different ways leading up to Easter. The idea was to think outside the box (gettit!) and encourage you to get creative with a simple printable motif, in this case our cute little bunnies.
I’ll be showing you four projects that you and the kids can easily make over the coming week, and also a clever little trick that will help you resize this (or any other printable page) to make four cute Easter themed projects.
Today I’ll show you how to make a simple Bunny Garland… (more…)
Today I have a guest blogger, Danie Pout from BLANK. Danie’s studio is just down the road from where I live, so we occasionally run into each other down the street and chat about maybe collaborating on a project one day. I love Danie’s design aesthetic and asked her to share her Wooden Egg decorating ideas with us all. She has some great tips to get the best results.
Take it away Danie…