If you are anything like me that you do not throw anything way and I have a box full of felt scraps. Felt is such a beautiful material and perfect for making things with as it doesn’t fray. After using some of our felt scraps to make our Kandinsky inspired trees I decided to come up with some other ideas for using scraps of felt.
Simple crafts are often the best and I love doing things that are easily replicated and fun for kids to make and these washi decorated toilet roll bracelets are the perfect kids craft. I can never get enough of toilet roll crafts, such a versatile everyday material and something that we would throw away.
This simple cotton pad and q-tip Calla lily craft is a great kids craft is brought to you by Flowers for Everyone. I am a big fan of flowers and love to have them in my house and this week the boys bought me a bunch of Calla lilies for the office, which inspired these stunning everlasting flower craft. Most people will have everything they need to make these in their home already.
There is something magical about fairy gardens. To have your own little world with fairies, plants, moss, doors furniture and a little bit of pixie dust. As an adult, I have a huge love for fairy gardens and I know that they enchant most children too. They are also a great way to encourage children to garden.
These photo jar luminaries are remarkably simple to make and perfect for upcycling empty jars and even for jazzing up candles. I am passionate about ensuring that we eat together as a family and I love making our dinner table a wonderful place for my family to connect and these photo jar luminaries are a real talking point.
We love crafts that can be made from recyclables and this rainbow rainmaker is a great cardboard tube craft, plus is a great home made musical instrument. There are lots of ways to adapt this project depending on the age of your kids, however, we decided to use some of my massive stash of washi tape and make our rainmaker a rainbow of colours. Traditionally rainmakers or rainsticks are believed to have been invented by the Aztecs and were played in the belief it could bring about rainstorms. Rain is not something we need more of in the UK, but without rain, you would never get rainbows. Rainbow rainmaker or rainstick – more »
Have you ever tried to make paper beads necklace? This was our first attempt at them and I am already sure it will not be our last. We have had some great fun making paper beads from leftover wrapping paper this week. It is a super fun activity that is perfect for working on fine motor skills with kids.
If you have been following our blog for any length of time then you will know that we LOVE recycling glass jars and turning them into tealight holders. I love being able to bring them out each season and use them to decorate our home and the boys love giving them as gifts. Now that Halloween is over and we haven’t yet decorated for Christmas we had a need for something to fill the gap and we came up with a winter snowflake jar luminary.
Well I have been busy preparing for Christmas, we like to give homemade and handcrafted presents and this year at TheMadHouse we are a little strapped for cash due to illness and other issues, so I am trying to make it a Thrifty Christmas. I have been collecting pretty tea cups, saucers and tea plates from charity shops since the summer to turn them into tea cup candles for Mini and Maxi Mads teachers, teaching assistants and also the lovely ladies that run the toddler group we attend. So I thought I would do a quick tutorial and let you know just how easy and child friendly this is to do more »