Kids Craft – Easter Egg Pendants

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With it being Easter I’ve got even more Easter inspiration to share with you all, with the addition of these cute little glittered egg pendants each on its own beaded necklace.

You will need…

Packet of mini polystrene eggs
Various shades of glitter
Section of necklace threads
Selection of beads (big and chunky for little hands)
Mod Podge Gloss
Tiger wire
Self adhesive gems
Tacky glue

Tools…
Wire clippers or scissors
Glue brush (4 mod podge)
Plastic bags or jars
Tooth pick

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Step 1 Take your mini polystrene eggs (however many you wish to make) and one by one cover in a coat of tacky glue.

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Step 2 Place your different coloured glitters into different sandwich bags, jars or other clean clear containers. Place each egg in a bag (one egg to one bag) tie and then Vicariously shake to completely cover the eggs in the glitter.

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Step 3 Use a tooth pic to remove the eggs from their bags and leave them to dry for at least a few hours before covering each in a layer of mod podge gloss.

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Step 4 After a further 30 minutes or so drying time, use a needle to pierce a hole at the top of your egg from one end to the other. Now thread the tiger wire through the egg and tread on a couple of beads, twist and make a hanging loop by twisting again.

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Step 5 Now thread the egg through your necklace thread.

Step 6 Now, stick a self adhesive gem to the centre of your egg.

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Step 7 Now thread some big metallic beads onto the thread and tie.

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Step 8 Now wear and watch as others admire your bling!

The Possibilities are endless….

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Spring Carnival

Say Happy Mothers Day The Baker Days Way

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If like myself your not the best at baking cakes, or simply can’t find the time, then you’ll love Baker Days Cakes.

Baker Days offer the ‘Letterbox Cake’ a perfectly formed personalised cake, packed with TLC in a pretty little keepsake tin, that easily fits through the standard letterbox, meaning the lucky recipient doesn’t even need to be home to receive it.

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With hundreds of designs to choose from, Baker Days offer a unique idea for a Mother’s Day gift. Each cake can be personalised with your own message and there is also the option to add your very own photo to your cake.

I sent my mum a pretty Baker Days Letterbox Cake for Mother’s Day, which arrived a few days backs. This certainly put a smile on my mums face and I was invited round for a piece with a cuppa.

For Mum I had chosen the cutest little heart and flower design. The centre of the cake sports a pretty vibrant heart surrounded by flowers. The message reads “Best Mum, Love from Claire” Its then finished of with a pretty floral design in the same vibrant pink around the sides of the cake.

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I was presented with a range of flavours and cake base ingredients, when choosing my cake. Although we opted for a simple sponge that was still moist and delicious, also on offer were fruit, carrot, double chocolate or even gluten and wheat free. Some involved a very small additional charge that was most reasonable at no more than £2.

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Mums cake arrived carefully packaged in a snug fitting box. The cake is perfectly presented in the cute keepsake tin with the added touch of a packet of love heart sweeties.

Mum was most impressed with the gift and so was I.

Letterbox cakes from Baker Days cost from as little as £14.99 with free delivery and a next day option if ordered before 2pm.

Baker Days also make larger party cakes and even cupcakes for all occasions.

Checkout the Baker Days Website for more information.

Disclaimer: We were supplied with a Baker Days Letterbox cake free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and that of my own.

A craft project – Glass Painting

I love working with glass, it’s such a delicate material to craft with, but one that almost always produces brilliant results.

This last month, I’ve been feeling very crafty! I’ve had a bit of an obsession with my Deco and Porcelain paint pens as well as that of Pic-Tixx 3D Glitter.

Both myself and the kids have been busy creating a whole host of stuff. A few weeks ago we designed our own porcelain plates, then we went on to create some porcelain mugs to match. More recently I’ve been using Deco paint pens and Pic-Tixx 3D Glitter to add my own unique stamp to items such as t-shirts and I’m currently in the process of making some boring leggings into some groovy ones!

Apart from the leggings, I’ve been busy jazzing up some glass lanterns for the garden.These, I brought in a really funky shop called ‘Tiger’ it’s kinda like the ikea market place but better.They sell all kinds of stuff from vintage inspired puppets to masquerade masks. I often buy funky bits of stationary and pretty plane glass jars which I use to create pretty gifts for family ( I’m planing on demonstrating how I do this next week).

The glass lanterns have thin metal handles so they can be hung as well as placed on a table. I have brought loads over the summer and at both £1 and £2 (depending on size and colour) they are a great find and I love them.

However despite their already prettiness, I really wanted to put my own stamp on them.This was perfect as I could do almost any funky design without worrying about them matching the decor as these are intended for the garden. I’m a big lover of vintage pastels and French inspired furniture. I’m currently in the processes of restoring furniture to give it that slightly worn shabby chic look.The pastels and French cottage theme is being carried out right throughout the house, so, I’ve decided to bring bright funky colours to the garden… I love glitter but used within the home, unless it’s Christmas, is in my opinion a tad tacky… That’s why I’m glitzing up the back yard instead.

So far I’ve been customising green and pink tinted glass lanterns as well as some clear ones.

I hadn’t created any design or plan! In fact, I’m sure I didn’t even have one in my head… Nope, I had no ideas whatsoever. So, I just went with the flow, putting pen to glass and just doing whatever came into my head right then and now.

What I used:
Deco Paint Pens: These write like a thick felt tip pen, the colour is released from the pen onto almost any service, and it’s only then you can tell its actually acrylic paint your using.

Porcelain Paint pens: These work like those above, except when it comes to porcelain these are much more striking. So, when working with porcelain I’ll be honest when stating… if given the choice out the two I’d go for the porcelain paint pens when using on plates and cups but equally the deco pens when, like now, I’m decorating glass.

Pic-Tixx 3D Glitter: This is absolutely amazing stuff, I love it! It works well on almost any surface, wood, glass, porcelain, china, plastic and even fabric (wash garments at 30’c but be sure to set the glitter on your design with an iron before hand). I’ve found these work amazingly on glass, though there is one colour in my packet of 6 that is much runner than the rest, meaning it isn’t very 3D either.

Glass Lanterns: My pretty garden candle lanterns in pink & green stained glass, as well as my clear glass lanterns were brought from a shop locally to me called ‘Tiger’ unsure if these are online. Each is priced between £1-£2 and they are the perfect size for decorating.

If you can’t find this kind of glassware, clean jam jars and existing votive holders are all possibilities worth considering.

Paint pens and glitter I use can be picked up for a good price at Baker Ross.

I don’t need to give you a step-by-step guide, as it’s as simple as drawing your own design directly onto the glass. However, here is a few tips if your using Deco paint pens or 3D Pic-Tixx.

1) Decorate one side and leave to dry for a good few hours before finally completing the remaining side.

2) If using Deco-Pens as well as Pic-Tixx then opt for darker more striking colours. This works better with the glitter.

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3) Don’t attempt to use Pic-Tixx while Deco paint is still drying! It just gets messy.

4) if any mistakes are made, quickly wipe away with a slightly wet cotton pad and a wet cotton bud for the smaller harder to reach mistakes.

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This is a dead simple but very effective way to create a glass masterpiece or simply jazz up items already found around the home.

Whatever you decided to do… Be sure to have fun while releasing the creativeness from within!

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I hope you feel inspired to give it ago!

Kids get crafting with Tiny Tigs

I love crafting especially with the children.

My eldest child isn’t as keen, though my daughter and toddler seem to love crafts just as much as I do. So when asked to review a craft subscription kit from Tiny Tigs we happily accepted.

Now we’ve reviewed a few subscription kits and these can be found over on my other blog. So for us, tiny tigs isn’t a first.

It’s quite apparent that the idea of subscription crafts is becoming quite a popular choice for parents, especially the non crafty or working parent.

Tiny Tigs is aimed at children age 3+ though it’s my opinion that younger children will need a little help to complete projects. Alice is 9 so had no difficulties whatsoever when working with Tiny Tigs.

Each month your sent out a letter box friendly Tiny Tigs addressed to your little ones. This box contains three individually sealed craft activities complete with all the materials required to complete all projects (with the exception of glue). The instructions are very visual which is always a bonus for children, especially those with SEN (special educational needs) they find things much easier this way.

Children’s scissors along with felt tip pens are supplied with your first Tiny Tigs delivery and then every 6 months thereafter.

We received the Tiny Tigs kit for August and I was really impressed with the 3 projects on offer. As mentioned each project is individually sealed and within each you get your instructions and all that’s needed for each craft. This is ideal as this way everything is kept together in one place making it much simpler for children to navigate from task to task.

The projects were excellent and I felt these were very well suited to my daughters age and interest, though it’s my opinion that those children maybe younger than 5-6 would require a lot more help.

The project Alice loved most was that of making her own fashionable shoes. This was an awesome little kit and she really enjoyed this one.

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Next up Alice-Sara completed project number 2 with a little help from the toddler. This was a visual weather chart. This is much easier than the shoes and I suspect that children as young as 4 could complete this with little help.

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I love the weather chart as it reminds me a lot of the visual aids I make for my eldest child who has Aspergers Syndrome. It works in the same way as a visual timetable. It uses the same velcro technique allowing children to change the weather symbols with ease.

Last project was a really funky memo board. Alice-Sara and the toddler did this together. However they never completed the project as the toddler was so fascinated by the spoon people that he screamed every time Alice tried to attach the pecs and other parts. It was therefore decided to let him be. A week on the toddler is still having fun with his spoon people.

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There are some great benefits to subscribing to the Tiny Tigs programme. For non crafty parents it gives children who want to be creative and get crafting, the opportunity to do so, all mum needs to supply is the glue. All projects are individually sealed so can act as a boredom buster during long car journeys, sleep-overs, holidays, visits to granny and granddads and where ever else you like. What’s more your only sent the materials you require each month so your not left trying to store it all. Tiny Tigs are also a fantastic gift idea that gives children something to look forward to each month.

If like me you are a crafty mum you’ll properly find you already have more than enough craft materials to keep the kids busy. However, you should remember that it’s not just the materials being supplied by Tiny Tigs but the inspiration too. These are all crafts that have been tried and tested by the creator and her children so you know each project has been created with lots of care and attention.

The Tiny Tigs monthly subscription fee is a very reasonable £11 (you the option of cancelling anytime)!
The longer subscription you get the better it is in terms of value! For example a 6 month gift pack is available for £60 & a 12 month gift pack for £108.
Every new subscriber also receives a free PVC painting coat.

Whats more all the above pricing includes your postage and packing,

In comparison with the other subscriptions we’ve tried I found that the price was much more realistic. This is the first that has been letter box friendly too. The package arrives flat packed which is also better for storing the crafts In till ready to use.

The individually sealed projects are also a fabulous idea as it stops the children from becoming confused at what goes with what! I’ve experienced this feature with only one other subscription kit we’ve tried.

Tiny Tigs was the least visually inviting in terms of box presentation etc… But it was much more practical and for a busy mum with not enough storage solutions, practical was much better suited. I guess it just depends if you want that whole wow factor in terms of presentation.

Tiny Tigs like all other kits I’ve tried used great quality materials, though there is no extras (one I reviewed came with extra craft materials, a beautiful story book and a card game) though this was reflected within its price tag. You must also remember that getting these extras on a monthly basis means your once again presented with that all to familiar storage problem.

Tiny Tigs provides all that it states it will. Nothing less, nothing more.Yet, the inspiration within the craft projects it offers are in my opinion fantastic. It’s something I’m actually considering, even as a crafty mum.

Tiny Kids are offering readers of Mummy of Many Talents a lovely discount… 3 months for £30 & 6 months for £50