Spruce Up Your Spring Picnic {With Bostik Bloggers}

I don’t want to say it too loudly, in case I frighten it away, but this week, for a moment, I was pretty sure spring was finally here! We’ve been making flower crafts for our Bostik Bloggers box this month and wanted to show them off in the sunshine with a spring picnic. In true British style, it was still really cold, and windy, but we had a good go at it anyway!

Spring Picnic

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Making Hot Air Balloon Bird Feeders {Bostik Bloggers}

It’s women in aviation week this week, and as it happens it’s also Bostik Blogger’s ‘Flying’ theme this month, so having already learned all about Amelia Earhart recently, we looked at someone different this time – Élisabeth Thible, the first woman to fly in an untethered hot air balloon.  From Wikipedia:

Élisabeth Thible, or Tible, born in Lyon was the first woman on record to fly in an untethered hot air balloon. On June 4, 1784, eight months after the first manned balloon flight, Thible flew with Mr. Fleurant on board a hot air balloon christened La Gustave in honour of King Gustav III of Sweden’s visit to Lyon.

We decided to make hot air balloon tea-light candless, which looked really pretty floating about in our indoor lemon tree… until they got nice and hot and started melting the foam sheets and the glue! So we decided that perhaps a candle wasn’t the best idea. Fortunately we were able to pop out the tealight candle and fill the holder with birdseed – which isn’t much use on our indoor tree, but will be once we transfer it outside!

Hot Air Balloon Bird Feeder

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How To Make: Flower Easter Egg Baskets

Is it just me or does the universe just give us a reason to eat chocolate pretty much every month for at least half of the year? Right now we’re getting ready for Easter and when our #BostikBlogger box arrived full of little eggs, ‘nesting’ paper and a handful of bunnies, it was pretty clear I was going to have to head out and buy some chocolate eggs (because I really needed the excuse!). While the eggs themselves need no ceremony to be eaten, we thought some Easter Egg Baskets that gave a little nod to spring would be ideal.

I started making these Easter egg baskets with plain yellow paper that came in our box – I thought we’d make daffodils, at first – but then I remembered this gorgeous book for Spring and Easter Patterned Paper I bought a few years ago. I only had two sheets left in the book, and this seemed an ideal project to finish it up on. (This particular book called Spring & Easter Patterned Paper from Crelando doesn’t seem to be available online. I found it at Lidl some years ago. You can find other Paper Packs on Amazon though, or use plain or printed card to achieve the same effect.Flower Easter Egg BasketsRead more: How To Make: Flower Easter Egg Baskets

Easiest Valentine’s Bookmarks For Kids

Valentine's Day Book MarksWe received loads of little pretty goodies in our BostikBloggers box this month and I simply loved the beautiful rose paper. I could have used it to make a card, but that’s so fleeting, so I wanted to make something else with it. I decided to make Valentine’s day bookmarks (that would work just as well for Mother’s Day or similar!) to include in the Valentine’s Day cards for my girls.Read more: Easiest Valentine’s Bookmarks For Kids

Pop-Up Valentine’s Day Cards

A few years ago, I was sorting through one of those boxes of random things that just end up in a corner at the back of the wardrobe, when I found a small box filled with letters my mother had written to me when I was a teenager.  The thing is, my mom had died three months before and finding those letters were like a little gift from heaven. I decided then that I had to make sure that my girls received letters from me. Letters that I will keep in their memory boxes for them, that they can rediscover one day. When we received our #BostikBloggers box this month, with its Valentine’s Day theme, I decided this was a perfect opportunity to write each of my girls a letter.

Pop Up Valentine's Day Cards

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Handmade Mitten Gift Tag Crafts #BostikBloggers

I saw a picture of mitten Christmas tree ornaments and thought it would be a really sweet way of tracking growth in the early years, but also a personalised gift tag that can be kept by adding the child’s name and age so we set about making just that: personalised mitten gift tags.
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Bonfire Night Snack Jars #BostikBloggers

I can’t quite believe how quickly the months seem to pass at the moment, but here we are again, ready with our next #BostikBloggers project, this time Bonfire Night Snack Jars that can be used for your fireworks snacking, but we are filling ours with Smores Cheesecake.

The #BostikBlogger theme this month is Bonfire Night, so we wanted to do something with fireworks.

For this craft we used an empty jar and a variety of  Bostik Glitter Pens per person.Read more: Bonfire Night Snack Jars #BostikBloggers

Monster Garland- BostikBloggers

You know we’re coming up for Halloween when the monster crafts start creeping into your timeline, and this September’s BostikBloggers is no different! Here’s our Monster Garland craft for you – super simple and to set up, uses up all the odds and ends in your craft box, and adds a non-scary Halloween craft to your decor. Monster GarlandRead more: Monster Garland- BostikBloggers

Make A ‘Not Back To School’ Tote With Pencil Holder And Notebooks {BostikBloggers}

The theme for this month’s #BostikBloggers is Back to School, which is obviously a bit problematic for us, so we decided to do a Not Back To School craft instead. For this month’s #BostikBloggers we’ve made a Tote Bag with a playful ‘Not Back To School’ checklist, decorated two notebooks and made a pencil holder to sit on our desk. We’ve also made an on-the-go pencil case for when we’re out and about, but I’ll pop that in a different post.

I’m actually really pleased with how this month’s craft worked out, not least because it’s something we’ll actually be able to use over the next few weeks. Not back to school

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Create A DIY Space Light With #BostikBloggers

We were very excited this month when we received our #BostikBloggers box and found it full of space themed goodies. There’s something wonderfully imaginative about space, mesmerising even, and we were excited to make something a little different, so we made a night light, and I must admit I’m very happy with how it turned out!

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