simple toddler easter craft bunny sweet holder

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*

 

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

I had no intention of making an Easter Bonnet this year, Aria is only thirteen months old and (obviously) not in school yet so it hadn’t crossed my mind. She goes to private nursery one day a week and it hadn’t even entered my head that they would ask us to make Easter bonnets.

last minute easter bonnet with a thirteen month old - baby on white wooden floor looking up at camera holding craft items ready to make a bonnet

As it was last minute the majority of Easter bonnet craft items had sold out, plus I was limited to what I could buy in my local town, which was pretty much Wilko and The Card Factory. I managed to buy a bunny & chic pom pom set, some pastel pom poms and some Easter felt shapes from Wilko and a Easter Crown set from the Card Factory. I really wanted a bonnet rather than a crown but bought the crowns as a back up, they were only 99p and came with some cute foam decorations that I could use on a bonnet. Thankfully I managed to get hold of a cute pink Easter bonnet from Asda at the weekend. Using these bits I’ve created something, it isn’t the most creative bonnet and certainly isn’t what I would have made if I’d had more time and supplies, but it isn’t bad.

pink Easter bonnet with bunny and chic sitting on top in bed of flowers and grass
I went for the theme of the bunny and chick sitting on top of the hat on a bed of grass and flowers. Unfortunately the green pom poms in the pack were very limited so I didn’t end up with much ‘grass’ and the theme isn’t really very obvious. I then stuck a few other pretty items around the sides.

Pink pastel easter bonnet with pink bunny and chick, flowers, eggs.

This was so easy to make, everything was just stuck together and onto the hat using the sticky back tape that was provided in the packs. I can’t fault the packs that I bought, they came with everything that I needed and it probably would have cost me more to buy all of the individual items and make the shapes myself.

thirteen month old baby with easter bonnet craft packs
I started off allowing Aria to help me, I thought it would be fun. Aria thought it was great fun, especially when she started to pull all of the discarded bits of rubbish out of the bin and hand them to me. I ended up getting all of Aria’s other toys out to distract her and making the bonnet all by myself.

While making this I learned that I HATE sticky back tape and that you should never, ever do any crafts with a thirteen month old. The worse thing about all of this? They wanted the bonnets everyday this week. Aria only goes to nursery on a Friday so isn’t even in this week as it’s good Friday. All this for nothing. I will be taking a trip to nursery tomorrow especially to drop her bonnet off!

Did you make a bonnet this year? How did yours turn out?

Aria turned one on Friday. We started the celebrations early with a Mad Hatter’s Themed birthday party last Saturday. I picked this theme simply because it is pretty and anything goes. Despite only having half an hour to set up at the venue I am really pleased with how it turned out.

mad hatter's tea party first birthday party theme

personalised first birthday vest and pink tutu

Obviously the birthday girl had to have an amazing outfit. I bought this personalised first birthday vest from Etsy here and I’m really pleased with it. The tutu is from Angel’s Face*, it is beautiful and has a lot of give in it, it is designed to fit 0-1 years but I think it will last Aria a lot longer. The hair clip is from Little Sparkles Boutique*, Aria is a brand rep for this lovely firm on instagram. If you are wondering why she has two bows it is because she likes to pull them out, so I trick her by putting two in, she pulls the bottom one out and leaves the first one in, sometimes!

mad hatter tea party first birthday one derland party invites un birthday

Our One-Derland invites came from Etsy here, I was so pleased with these. They cost just under £15 and were designed with all of our personal information. They were emailed to me as a PDF which was great as it meant that I had the choice of printing them onto card, emailing them or sending them to people via facebook.

Mad Hatter themed first birthday party decor

As mentioned above I love the theme because anything goes. I had a mixture of different colour polka dot prints, happy birthday prints and various Alice In Wonderland themed pieces. The Happy Birthday table cloth came from Party Bags & Supplies*, we ordered the Sweet Stuff party pack which included a tablecloth, cups, plates, napkins and pre-filled party bags. These would be fab for the busy mum who doesn’t have the time to shop around for party decor and party bag fillers.

pre filled children's party bags

mad hatter themed party food sandwiches playing cards

I’m so pleased with my sandwiches. I bought a cheap set of mini card shape cookie cutters from eBay here and sliced them through the bread, these were so easy to do and looked so good, we had a lot of comments on them. I only decorated a few sandwiches like this for decor purposes, the rest were cut into fingers.

mad hatter's themed party cheshire cat birthday cake

I was so pleased with our cake! It was made by a local cake maker after I’d seen something similar while browsing Google images and fell in love. She did an amazing job and it tasted beautiful.

big wheel cupcake stand on fake grass at mad hatter birthday party

This cupcake stand was another very popular item, it came from Wilko, I knew I had to have it when I saw it in store. The fake grass came from Amazon here.

mad hatter's themed party food

We had cupcakes made by the same person who made the cake. I bought them to go in the cupcake wheel from Wilko but unfortunately most of them were too big to fit in the small spaces! They looked great on the stands with my marshmallows. For these I melted white chocolate, added food colouring, dolloped onto the top of a Mega Marshmallow* and sprinkled hundreds and thousands over the top, simple yet effective.

alice in wonderland themed party tableware

Most of the tableware came from What! though I did buy a few Alice in Wonderland pieces from Amazon here, I also couldn’t resist the flamingo napkins from Tiger.

personalised alice in wonderland chocolate wrappers mad hatter's party bag

I decided to give the children a personalised Kit Kat and a helium balloon, I had a lot of ages to cater for so this was an easy option, they also doubled up as table decorations. What I didn’t consider was that the kids would try and eat the Kit Kats during the party leaving the balloons with no weights. There were a lot of balloons on the ceiling by the time we left! Next time I will hand them out when people are leaving. The personalised Alice in Wonderland chocolate wrappers were from eBay here.

drink me drinks dispenser with pink lemonade alice in wonderland

I decided to fill a drinks dispenser up with pink lemonade and let everyone help their selves, kids loved this, constantly running back and fore filling their cups up. I’m not sure if it was because they felt independent or if they just really liked pink lemonade! The dispenser came from Tiger.

mad hatter themed party giant card bunting teacups and drinks dispenser

I bought a selection of paper straws in pastel colours and coloured hearts which were placed in the cups. I added little drink me signs to some of them which looked fab if I do say so myself! The little paper teacups came in the Alice in Wonderland party pack from Amazon here. I bought giant cards from Tiger to made this simple bunting.

mad hatter's themed first party decorations

Despite only having half an hour to set up I think we did a great job, I received a lot of compliments on the decor and am very happy with how it all looked.

DIY mad hatter's alice in wonderland this way sign for tea party

I also did a little DIY Alice in Wonderland sign, this was simple to make using an old wrapping paper tube and coloured card. I glued it onto a piece of cardboard from an old box to stand it up.

What is your favourite decoration? Is this the style party that you would throw?


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Mummascribbles

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.

one size fits all valentine's day gift guide

Valentine's day gifts chocolates from Marks & Spencer
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.

handmade valentine's day card from baby with foot and hand prints handmade valentine's day heart keyring
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.

his & her's matching socks Sandy and Danny for Valentine's day
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: