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Easy Grinch Christmas Baubles – 12 Days of Grinchmas!

Hoorah Hooray! It's a Grinchmas sort of a day! It is SIXTY years since 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!' hit the shelves for the first time and it has become a must read Christmas book every year chez Thinly Spread - I'm pretty sure my daughter knows it off by heart!...

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Sun Print Pictures, Autumn Walks and Bench Picnics!

We set off on an autumn walk to collect leaves and make sun print pictures!  Oh my goodness, I love Autumn! I'm split between wanting to be out on the water with all that clear, crisp air and the wind in my hair and wanting to walk through crunchy leaves with my hands...

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Fabergé Pumpkins for a Blinging Halloween!

Fabergé Pumpkins! Isn't that a perfect title?! I get totally over excited when the squashes start appearing in the shops towards the end of September, I just can't resist them. I grabbed a ridiculous number of cute little munchkin pumpkins to add to curries, to stuff...

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Champagne Cork Craft – Lighthouse Keyring

I'm a cork collector - if we get a bottle with a real cork rather than a plastic imitation I hoard them, jealously, until a cork craft pops into my head. We had a birthday in this house, just before Christmas, and there was Champagne - which means corks, fabulous,...

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Pipe Cleaner Crafts – Christmas Trees

We are now in full on, unapologetic, Christmas crafting mode - the glitter is everywhere (much to the annoyance of teenage boys who despair of leaving the house without a sparkly addition somewhere about their person), the cheesy tunes are playing and there is just no...

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Make Your Own Christmas Village

I’ve always wanted a miniature light up Christmas village and I love making tea light lanterns so it seemed like a good plan to combine the two in one project. This is an excellent project for older children and adults, if you are doing it with younger children you may find the results are a bit wonkier but Christmas is all about the quirky, wonky homemade decorations so that’s no bad thing!

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Quick Homemade Christmas Wreath

I see a lot of blog posts about invitations to play for young children – a selection of materials to tempt them in, fire up their imaginations and keep their little fingers busy but it’s just as important to offer invitations to play to older children and adults. I left a tray of craft materials out on our table last week and this is what happened…

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Autumn Crafts – An Autumn Tree!

The thermals are on, the woodburner is lit and it’s time to get crafty! This simple Autumn craft is sure to brighten up the gloomiest corner and make you smile! Who doesn’t love an Autumn tree in all its fabulous finery, a cheeky owl and a sleepy hedgehog?!

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How to Make Fabric Pumpkins

I think it’s time for a little Halloween crafting, don’t you? These fabric pumpkins are so easy to make, look fabulous piled up in a squashy heap (see what I did there?) and can be added to year after year. Even fairly small children can have a go at making them …

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How to Make a Leaf Bowl – Fall Craft

If you are anything like my children and me you will return home from crisp sunny walks, as the days grow shorter and the shadows grow longer, with huge bunches of beautiful leaves in glorious shades and this leaf bowl project is a lovely way to preserve and use them up!

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How to Make Candles in Seashells

We spend the long days of summer sailing and we have returned from our adventures with our pockets and backpacks, as usual, stuffed full of beach finds. We have sun bleached driftwood and handfuls of slippery seaweed. We have opaque, smooth edged sea glass and pebbles full of crafty promise but, more than anything else, we have lots and lots of beautiful shells. This easy tutorial will show you how to make candles in seashells.

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Seashell Crafts – Shell Collage

We have returned from the sea and, oh, what adventures we have had! I have so much to write that I fear my head may actually burst but the children don't go back for a couple of days and I have uniforms, lunch boxes and salt tangled hair to sort before they do! So...

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How to Make a Garden Notebook

One Sunday afternoon, just before Easter, I spent a very happy couple of hours crafting in Cardiff's lovely Chapter Arts Centre with Hillary's Blinds and The Crafty Hen. Using fabric supplied by Hillary's I made a lovely little spool bird and a fabulous reusable...

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How to Make Paper Flowers – Paper Hyacinths

Making paper flowers is such a fabulous craft for both kids and grown ups and these glorious paper hyacinths are a fantastic way to welcome in the Spring! Goodness, don't those colours zing?! We're a bit obsessed with making paper flowers at the moment and with half...

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