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.
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
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.
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 :
Various heart stickers
Heart shaped gift tag
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.
For the gift bag you will need :
A plain gift bag
A large glitter heart
A heart shaped gift tag
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.
Alternatively if you would prefer to watch a video tutorial you can do so below :
Spencer and I don’t tend to go crazy for Valentine’s Day. Last year we didn’t even buy anything but I missed having that little something, even if it is only little. This year I have decided to get a few bits and pieces, both home made and shop bought, so that Spencer has a little token gesture on Valentine’s Day. Carry on reading for Valentine’s Gifts suitable for anyone, from anyone.
Valentine’s Day presents should always include chocolates right? These chocolates from Marks & Spencer were cheap and look delicious. I couldn’t resist picking up the #loveYOU chocolate heart as a little extra something.
Next up at the homemade gifts. The card is self explanatory. Aria’s hand and foot prints on some white card to form the O and V in the word love. I messed up on the writing on the first one which is why the prints have been cut out and stuck on here.
The small hearts are made from air dry clay and then painted red. I used a chopstick to make a hole for either string to hang it on or a keyring. On the larger one I wrote DADDY using a knife and on the smaller one I printed Aria’s thumb prints on to it.
If all else fails you can always fall back on socks this Valentine’s Day! These his & her’s Sandy and Danny socks from Chatty Feet* are awesome, and a guaranteed way of me getting a present because I can’t always rely on Spencer…
Have you bought any Valentine’s gifts this year? If so, what?
Thinking of re-creating the card/hanging hearts? You may need these items:
During my time as a blogger I have reviewed several subscription boxes, including beauty, lifestyle, adult craft, food and even a period themed box. Today I am going to be reviewing the Toucan Box*, a children’s craft subscription service.
The Toucan Box is a fortnightly or monthly subscription service aimed at children aged 3 – 8, it is designed to allow children to explore, learn, create and play. Each themed box comes personally addressed to your child with the items and instructions to make a certain item. The subscription is flexible with various options including how often you want the box, the size of the box and the option to pay an additional fee to receive extra items for a sibling.
My niece and nephew couldn’t wait to get stuck into the Christmas box that I received. My nephew is three and my niece six, both of them enjoyed making the icicle crafts, Gracie by herself and Olly with a little help from his mother.
Both myself, Gracie and Olly were very impressed with the Toucan Box, it kept them both entertained for the duration of their visit to my house with no effort at all on my part. They actually didn’t want to go when the time came as they were having so much fun!
Gracie’s eyes lit up when she saw that I had a Toucan Box for them to play with, she very excitedly said “I know where you got that from, the Postman!”, I can only assume that she has seen it advertised and has been lusting after trying one for a while.
I highly recommend the Toucan Box, prices start at just £3.95 + P&P they are such a great way to keep the kids easily entertained.
Order your first box FREE by clicking here and entering the code t1010 (expires December 2016).