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How to Make Paper Pom Poms

How to Make Paper Pom Poms

Thinly Spread, along with several other European children's activities blogs, is taking part in the fabulous Countdown to Christmas organised by Cerys at Rainy Day Mum. Every Monday for the next four weeks will have a different theme which we will all be interpreting...

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Recycled Christmas Card Crafts for Festive Friday

Recycled Christmas Card Crafts for Festive Friday

This week I have mostly been cooking Christmas stuff and photographing it and I have had a LOVELY time! In between making fudge, baking cakes and rustling up a pie or two we've been making these! I'd love to see what you've been up to, do add your festive...

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How to Make Snowball Bath Bombs

How to Make Snowball Bath Bombs

I am reliably informed that there are now only six weeks until Christmas so this week we have been making bath bombs! Homemade bath bombs make excellent teacher gifts, teenagers adore them and they are a lovely addition to any festive hampers you are making for family...

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Jam Jar Lanterns –  Easy DIY Halloween Decorations

Jam Jar Lanterns – Easy DIY Halloween Decorations

How to make jam jar lanterns to bring some spooky light to your Halloween celebrations! Halloween in my house is an excuse to get ALL the candles out and start the sparkle and these jam jar lanterns seem like a good place to start. I've lost count of the number of jam...

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Salt Painting

Salt Painting

Salt painting is one of those childhood crafts which are totally absorbing, the ones which stick in your mind. I remember very clearly marbling paper in Junior 2 when I was about seven and finger painting when I was in nursery aged three. One of my fondest memories...

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Driftwood Craft – Noughts and Crosses

Driftwood Craft – Noughts and Crosses

We spend a lot of time on Chesil Beach and it is a brilliant place for driftwood and pebble collectors like us. The driftwood we find is bleached and smooth and comes in all shapes and sizes. We wonder where it came from and how far it has travelled to reach us and we...

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How to Make Easter Bonnets

How to Make Easter Bonnets

I do love an Easter parade, I like all the pagan undertones as the bonnets with their bunnies and chicks and all the symbols of new life, fertility and abundance adorn heads across the land! We make Easter bonnets and crowns every year so it is becoming a challenge to...

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How to Make Tin Can Lanterns for Festive Friday

How to Make Tin Can Lanterns for Festive Friday

I love the twinkle and sparkle of Christmas and am a total fairy light addict but there is nothing quite like the soft glow and gentle glimmer of candle light. For this week's Festive Friday I have been hammering tins again, this time making tin can lanterns to light...

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Apple Day – Apple Crafts and Apple Pie

Apple Day – Apple Crafts and Apple Pie

Today is Apple Day! Originated in 1990 by Common Ground, apple day has grown to be a celebration of English apples, orchards and mellow fruitfulness. Apple Day events have sprung up around the country where you can try your hand at apple pressing, drink freshly...

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Garden Crafts – Meet the Little Folk!

Garden Crafts – Meet the Little Folk!

Half term passed in a whirl of social activity and revision. Surprisingly the weather wasn't bad so we didn't spend much time crafting indoors apart from on that one torrential day when Bonus Boy asked for modelling clay and we spent a happy hour making mini monsters....

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How to Make Pond Jelly – Cooking with Kids!

How to Make Pond Jelly – Cooking with Kids!

Bonus Boy and I indulged ourselves a bit yesterday and made some pond jelly! It's very easy to make and, if you like jelly, delicious to eat. I loathe the stuff personally but he loves it! To Make Pond Jelly You Will Need A small to medium glass bowl One packet of...

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Ten Simple Easter Crafts

Ten Simple Easter Crafts

Easter is almost upon us! Three of my children break up today and the fourth tomorrow and there are a few crafty plans being kicked around already - Teen Two has a brilliant craft/science/music thing up his sleeve if he can carry it off! Today I bring you a selection...

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How to Grow Cress Caterpillars

How to Grow Cress Caterpillars

I took part in another Google+ hangout with Red Ted Art and a whole raft of UK craft bloggers last night. I love these hangouts, seeing other people's crafty creations really inspires me. Last night we shared ideas for using up egg boxes and Maggy's chickens, Anthea's...

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Making Easter Bonnets for Boys and Girls!

Making Easter Bonnets for Boys and Girls!

Making Easter bonnets is one of those traditional activities which make me smile; I love the markers as we move through the year which herald the beginning of each new season! Although they are too old for bonnets now at 15 and 16, my biggest boys have come up with...

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Fabric Flowers – Crafting with Older Children

Fabric Flowers – Crafting with Older Children

One of the things I enjoy about the long winter months is curling up on the sofa with a good magazine and there are LOADS of new ones around at the moment. The front cover of 'Making' magazine ('beautiful crafts for your home') caught my eye back in October and I...

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Gardening with Kids in February

Gardening with Kids in February

The sun finally came out at the weekend, just as half term was drawing to a close. We spent all of Sunday pottering in the garden and it was good! This week is a good time to finish fruit tree pruning, as usual we have left it to the very last minute but cherry and...

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