Back to School Photo Frame Craft Tutorial

I’ve already shared a back to school photo frame craft with you, but I wanted to do another, more simple craft too, one that Aria could get involved with. My all time favourite toddler craft is decoupage, it is simple, Aria loves it and can do the majority of it by herself, and it doesn’t matter if she makes a mess.

For this craft you will need assorted colourful/patterned paper of your choice, a blank photo frame, clear glue and stickers to decorate (optional).

back to school photo frame craft

Cut your paper up into small, toddler friendly pieces, there is absolutely no need to keep the size and shape uniform.

back to school photo frame craft

Coat the plain frame with clear glue and leave your toddler to stick the paper onto the frame, the messier the better.

back to school photo frame craft

Once they have finished sticking (if you can tear them away!) coat the frame with more clear glue.

back to school photo frame craft

At this point you can either leave your frame to dry or add a few more embellishments on such as number stickers, stars, and buttons.

back to school photo frame craft

Set your frame to the side and leave to dry (much to your toddler’s disappointment). Once the frame has dried trim the edges and pop a photo into your finished frame.

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Set your frame to the side and leave to dry (much to your toddler's disappointment).

*Disclosure – I am a Bostik Blogger and receive a small box of crafts each month in exchange for a themed tutorial – the theme this month is Back to School*

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Back to School – School Bus Photo Frame Craft Tutorial

While Aria isn’t starting school this year, she is going to be starting a funded nursery for two and a half hours a day, which is a pretty big deal! We decided to attempt some crafts to record this milestone, and of course I have to share them here! First up is the popsicle school bus photo frame. As with any craft that I attempt this one is simple, requires very few items to make and the end result is (hopefully) effective!

For this simple craft you will need :

Eight popsicle sticks (seven yellow & one black – or plain to be painted)
Bostik Glu Pen
Bostik Glu Dots
Black foam circles (or foam shapes badly cut into circles and coloured in black!)

To start, arrange your popsicle sticks into a bus shape and cut to size

Glue your trimmed sticks together

Glue your black bar and wheels in place

Use Bostik Glue Dots to stick your photos/message in the frame – (optional) write a message onto the black strip.

*Disclosure – I am a Bostik Blogger and receive a small box of crafts each month in exchange for a themed tutorial – the theme this month is Back to School*

*Commissioned Craft*

Simple Easter Bunny Sweet Holder – Toddler Craft

We received this month’s Easter themed Bostik craft box* a little while ago, then someone wanted to view our house which resulted in me hiding it away in a drawer out of sight and swiftly forgetting about it. Panic kicked in yesterday when I realised that the craft was due today and I didn’t even have an idea in mind. Not a clue.

Toilet roll Easter bunny toddler craft sweet holder tutorial

Our bunny is far from perfect, in fact he looks quite angry and his whiskers are a little lopsided, but Aria had so much fun making him and she loves putting eggs in and out of him, which, as far as I am concerned, is a winner.

toilet roll tube easter mini egg holder tutorial

If you want to make your own, probably better, Easter bunny toilet roll sweet holder you will need :

  • A toilet roll tube
  • Pretty patterned paper, preferably different patterns for the feet, ears and nose (or you could use an egg sticker for the nose like I did if you have one)
  • Googly eyes (I had to improvise as mine, like everything else in my house right now, have disappeared and my local Tesco don’t stock them)
  • Pipe cleaner or similar for whiskers
  • Card
  • Glue/Blu Tac

I chose to use Blu Tac to stick everything onto the tube, firstly as it is way less messier than glue and secondly because it meant that I could slightly adjust things when Aria wasn’t looking, hard to believe but if it was left to her this thing would look even worse than it currently does!

simple toddler easter craft

This was so easy to make, you simply cover the tube in pretty paper, cut out feet and ear shapes and stick them in place, stick the eyes, nose and whiskers in place and then glue the completed tube onto a piece of card. As simple as that!

toilet roll easter mini egg holder toddler craft

Just don’t turn your back and leave your toddler within reach of a pencil as your bunny and table will be drawn on.

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*Disclosure – I am a Bostik Blogger, I receive a box of craft items each month in return for a tutorial*

 

Three Simple Toddler Friendly Valentine’s Craft

I absolutely love the idea of crafting with Aria, but I very rarely get around to doing it, which is why I applied to be a Bostik Blogger for 2017, it will be great to have encouragement to do at least one craft per month. The first box to arrive was the Valentine’s themed box, we decided to make a complete gift in the form of a candle, a card and a gift bag to put the candle in. Follow this simple guide to re-create your own toddler friendly Valentine’s gifts.

three simple toddler friendly valentine's crafts - DIY valentine's card, decoupaged love heart candle and a diy gift bag

For the candle you will need :

  • A candle/glass jar and tea light candle – we used a Yankee Candle but you could easily use an old jam jar and a tea light candle
  • Various coloured/patterned paper
  • Glue
  • Ribbons
Decoupaging is one of my all time favourite crafts, it is so easy and can look so effective. When I saw the array of pretty papers in my Bostik box I instantly decided on a decoupage craft. 
To decoupage your own candle jar you simply cut or tear your paper up, paint the jar with glue, stick the paper on and then finish with a further layer of glue. Once the jar has dried pretty it up by tying on various colourful ribbons. 

step by step decoupage candle jar tutorial - toddler friendly - toddler sticking paper on glass jar

Aria really enjoyed sticking the paper on the jar, decoupaging doesn’t have to be neat to look good making this a fantastic toddler friendly craft.
For the card you will need : 
  • Blank card
  • Various heart stickers
  • Heart shaped gift tag
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glue
Start by sticking your large heart shaped gift tag in the middle of the card, then cut your pipe cleaners to size for the ‘I’ and the ‘U’, stick these on with glue (you will need to hold them in place for a little while) once they have dried allow your toddler to go crazy sticking the various heart shaped stickers all over the card. 

simple I heart u valentine's day card DIY toddler friendly craft

For the gift bag you will need :
  • A plain gift bag
  • A large glitter heart
  • Ribbon
  • A heart shaped gift tag
  • Glue
This is the simplest of them all, and Aria still thoroughly enjoyed it. Simply glue the back of the heart, press it onto the front of the bag and hold it in place for a little while, tie your gift tag on with the ribbon to finish.

DIY heart gift bag toddler craft tutorial


Valentine's craft gift guide - decoupaged candle, handmade card and handmade gift bag

Alternatively if you would prefer to watch a video tutorial you can do so below :

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three simple toddler friendly valentine's craft ideas - decoupaged glass candle jar, I heart u card and heart gift bag