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 Toddler Craft – Sensory Flower Shaker

For this month’s flower themed craft I decided to do something that Aria could both enjoy making and enjoy playing with, and so we settled on a simple sensory flower shaker. Aria got involved in most aspects of this craft and really enjoyed it, from picking the flowers, to pouring way too much glitter in and shaking the bottle afterwards – I would say it was an all around win!

Tutorial for simple toddler craft flower sensory shaker - you will need

The sensory shaker is simple to make, you can pretty much throw whatever you have lying around the house into it! We started by picking a few flowers from the garden and then we found an empty bottle, some washi tape, glitter pretty gems, buttons, craft flowers and green crepe paper. I also used decoupage glue, scissors and duct tape.

simple toddler craft tutorial for sensory flower shaker - step by step

I started by adding water to my bottle, though it doesn’t really matter which order you do it in. I didn’t fill it to the top just in case the weight of the items made the water rise too high. Aria then added everything in to the bottle, or everything that fit at least, we had to exclude a few of our items as they were too big to fit!

simple toddler craft tutorial for toddler sensory flower shaker - step by step

Once Aria had added the flowers, buttons and gems she added the glitter, all the glitter. If you want to be able to see the flowers you may not want to add quite so much glitter, as we can’t see much else other than glitter, but Aria had fun so it is all good!

Once you are satisfied with the contents of your bottle add more water if required, screw the cap back on and cover with duct tape, then cover with pretty washi tape. Cut some ‘spikes’ into your green crepe paper and glue them onto the bottle, or if you prefer you could paint the ‘grass’ on.

simple toddler craft tutorial for toddler sensory flower shaker - step by step

Once the glue has dried your toddler sensory flower shaker is complete and ready for some serious shaking.

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*Disclosure – we are Bostik Bloggers and receive a small box of crafts each month in exchange for a themed tutorial – the theme this month is Flowers*

Simple Toddler Craft – Bird Tree

Both Aria and I loved this month’s craft, a simple toddler craft bird tree. Aria because it involved a few of her favourite things which are getting outdoors and collecting sticks and sticking things to card, me because it wasn’t very messy and actually looks quite pretty. I’m totally going to add Easter eggs to it for Easter this weekend, two birds one stone. How apt.

toddler in forest collecting twigs for craft bird tree

We started the craft by collecting fallen sticks on our recent visit to St Fagan’s. I had planned to paint these white but Aria would have wanted to help and it would have been a disaster so I went au natural. Next up I drew around a bird shape onto a piece of card and a sheet of glitter card and then cut them out.

Simple toddler craft bird tree step by step tutorial

Next up I covered the plain card birds with PVA and let Aria go crazy with an assortment of feathers and glitzy beads. Once she had finished I moved the eyes from their bums to, well, their eyes and then left them to dry. Once dry I trimmed some of the overhanging feathers to tidy them up and then used a needle and cotton to thread the cotton through and tied into a knot to hang from the tree.

Simple toddler craft bird tree tutorial

This is definitely my kind of craft. It looks quite pretty, is easy for Aria to join in with and doesn’t make too much mess.

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Simple toddler craft tutorial pretty bird tree

*Disclosure – we are Bostik Bloggers and receive a small box of crafts each month in exchange for a themed tutorial – the theme this month is Birds/Flying*

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*