Archive of ‘DIY’ category

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Mini pillow from an old favourite sweatshirt

In the past, I’ve shared a tutorial on how I sewed a memory quilt out of my elder son’s old baby clothes. Today I’m going to show you an even simpler idea, of how to repurpose old children’s clothes you can’t get yourself to let go of, in three simple steps! Though in this case, […] Read more…

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Slotted Cardboard Dinohouse (or Dollhouse)

When my elder son said to me a while ago, we needed to build a house for our dinosaurs, what was I going to do? Of course, I had to rise to the challenge! We still had a couple of empty moving boxes kicking about that would be perfect for this. But I didn’t want yet […] Read more…

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You’ve Got Mail! DIY Mini Post Office

I’ve been getting quite a few questions about the little grocery store in our playroom, that keeps popping up in my Instagram feed, so I thought I would write a post about it and how we revamped it. I’ve previously blogged about it on my museum blog, but I’m in the process of redesigning that and […] Read more…

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Snowman Decoration

If you’re looking for some last minute Christmas decorations to make with the kids, we spent this afternoon making an army of little snowmen after school. For each snowman you will need: one 5cm styrofoam ball one 6cm styrofoam ball one empty (and clean!) carton from a mini yoghurt or fromage frais (here in Berlin […] Read more…

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Christmas Fun with Fuse Beads

It must be at least over a year, that I’ve had a big box of fuse beads sitting on my window sill. Untouched. You know, those little plastic beads that you make pictures out of and iron them to fuse together. They were everywhere, so on a whim I bought a box full, and then never […] Read more…

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Make Your Own Christmas Tree Blanket

Happy St Nicholas Day everyone! So, with December now in full swing, it’s time to talk about Christmas trees. In Germany, traditionally you don’t put your tree up until Christmas Eve, which is how we used to do it when I lived at home – and how my parents still do it. The Husband, on the […] Read more…

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Xmas crafts book review & DIY Advent calendar

So, the countdown to Advent and the pre-Christmas period is on! If it feels to you like it’s come early this year, then you’d be right – the 27th November is the earliest possible date the first Advent Sunday can fall on. It may give you less time to get things in order, but on […] Read more…

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Flower Press Tutorial

So, in my ‘Explorer Kit’ gift idea from the other day, I included a hand made flower press. Here, as promised, is the tutorial of how I made it! What you will need: Two pieces of wood, 17cm x 23cm, 6mm thick. I had them cut to size at a local DIY store. A sheet of […] Read more…

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Schwebebahn Lantern Tutorial

We have the annual ‘St Martin’ festival coming up in Germany this week, one of the main elements of which is lantern processions around town. In the past, the kids have always made lanterns at nursery, but this year neither the nursery nor the school seem to be celebrating so we decided to make our […] Read more…

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Autumn Crafts: Chestnut Creatures

It’s been three years since we last did some Autumn crafts with chestnuts, but now that we have a massive chestnut tree in our yard, since moving house last year, we really no longer have an excuse not to. We already collected a great big bag full of shiny chestnuts the other week, then ended […] Read more…

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