Archive of ‘DIY’ category

How to Carve a Turnip Lantern

Just a week to go until Hallowe’en! We have been busy visiting pumpkin patches, picking pumpkins and carving pumpkin lanterns. But as I mentioned in my post from a wee while back, about the Celtic origins of Hallowe’en, it’s actually turnips that were traditionally carved in to lanterns in Scotland. Having sustained quite a few […] Read more…

Halloween Crafts: Vampire Bat

The October holidays are in full swing here in Edinburgh, so I have two kids to entertain all week, and so far we have thrown ourselves in to crafting and baking. We made some really cute vampire bats out of empty toilet rolls (an idea I picked up from Mr Fox’s nursery last year), and […] Read more…

Hallowe’en Rosettes

We love Hallowe’en at our house, and usually have some kind of Hallowe’en party or gathering. A few years ago, we went all out and had a costume competition and a pumpkin carving contest, and I created some prize rosettes for the winners. These are really easy to make, and you could get the kids […] Read more…

DIY Felt Campfire

Apparently, the second best thing to going camping is role playing that you are going camping. At least according to my boys. So a while ago, I made them a little felt campfire to make their pretend camping feel a little more real. I wanted to come up with a design that wouldn’t be too […] Read more…

Easy Paper Hedghog Craft for Autumn

I love decorating our house for the different seasons, and it’s even more fun when you make the decorations yourself. So today I’ve got a cute Autumn craft for you – learn how to make a paper hedgehog decoration in my easy DIY tutorial. It’s a perfect to do together with kids, and if you […] Read more…

Our Wedding Part 3: DIY Notebook Wedding Favours

If you’ve been following along on the blog this week, you’ll know I’m blogging about our wedding in honour of our 10th wedding anniversary. So far, I’ve shared our garden themed decorations and our crowdsourced buffet. Today, I’m going to talk about the favours we had at our wedding reception. Since we did not have […] Read more…

How to make a shark themed ‘Schultüte’

The countdown is on – there’s less than ten days to go until the new school term and year starts, and one of the final tasks I still had to do was make a ‘Schultüte’ for my little school starter. A ‘Schultüte’ is a large cardboard cone filled with treats, that all German children receive […] Read more…

DIY ‘Rechenkette’ – Mini Abacus for Kids

Today I have a fairly easy DIY to share with you, which would make a cute little ‘back to school’ or starting school gift. These so-called ‘Rechenketten’ are very popular in Germany, but I’ve never seen them in the UK before. They would translate roughly as ‘counting chains’ and are basically like a mini abacus […] Read more…

‘Back to School’ Bunting

We’re half way through our summer holidays already here in Edinburgh and starting to think about the new term head. As mentioned before, my youngest will be starting Primary 1, something that is celebrated big style in German tradition. Three years ago, when my eldest started school, I made some pencil bunting for our celebrations […] Read more…

Gift Idea for Dads: Joke Jar

We have Father’s Day coming up in the UK in a few weeks time, so I thought I would share a great DIY gift idea that kids can easily make themselves (this would obviously also make a great gift for mums who like jokes). Oskar actually made this for his dad last Christmas, so we […] Read more…

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