How To Sew A Small Doll By Hand

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25Apr
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How to sew a small doll by hand No. 21 in the 30 Days of Dolls Series: ‘The Fonz’   Isn’t it funny how crafty projects can take on a life of their own? I know that each doll I’ve been making of late has begun life as a ‘project’, and has morphed into a ‘personality’ or a ‘character’.  This…

30 Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids to Make at Home

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17Dec
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30 Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids to Make at Home with Mama or Papa (Why just the kids? Lots for the mama who likes to craft too!)   Did you follow along with my 30 Christmas Crafts in November? (Perhaps you’ve only just joined us now?) If you did, I’d love to know if you took action and made something……

How to Make Christmas Crafts at Home for Kids

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16Dec
How to Make Christmas Crafts at Home for Kids

How to Make Christmas Crafts at Home for Kids Christmas Tree Bunting, to be decorated and embellished by young children in a fun activity!     My friend Amelia, of The Sunny Daisy Tie-Dye Creations, made up this gorgeous crafting activity for her two young girls and I loved it so much, I asked if I could share it with…

How to Make a Mini Christmas Tree for Kids

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28Nov
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How to make a mini Christmas Tree for kids Project 28 of 30 Days of Christmas Crafting. This is a very cute craft that kids can do. You can make this out of felt, as I did, or more cheaply by using green cardboard. It’s so simple but it looks wonderful. I’ve put mine on our coffee table already- a…

How to Make Mini Bunting for Home Decoration

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27Nov
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How to Make Mini Bunting for Home Decoration Christmas, Cake Toppers, Nature Tables, Storytelling, or Imaginative Play Project 27 of 30 Days of Christmas Crafting. A few weeks ago, our local art shop was closing down as the owner was heading back overseas. Everything was on sale. (Even the furniture! I bought her display units for my craft room, and…

Rumpelfeltskin Handmade Steiner Toys

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25Nov
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Introducing Rumpelfeltskin by Alison Terry You know there is almost nothing better than finding and supporting those who make things by hand. I do LOVE to find those hidden treasures- felters, knitters, potters, painters, writers, curators of gorgeous goods, and gardeners. These people, often women and many times “stay-at-home” (what is that?) mamas who make their work around their children,…

Candle Centerpiece Ideas For Christmas: Felt Holly Leaf and Bead Berry Surround

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5Nov
Candle Centerpiece Ideas For Christmas

Candle Centerpiece Ideas For Christmas: Felt Holly Leaf and Red Bead Berry Surround Project 5 of 30 Days of Christmas Crafting. Late last year, a few kindergarten friends and I visited a beautiful kindergarten in the mountaintop town of Armidale. We were there for a weekend of sharing, laughing, storytelling, crafting, singing and dancing. My kind of weekend. At one…

How To Make A Doll In A Matchbox Party Favour

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9Oct
Doll In A Matchbox Party Favour

Doll in a Matchbox Party Favour   No. 16 in the 30 Days of Dolls Series: “Jack & the Beanstalk“   Have you ever seen a doll in a matchbox party favour, birthday treasure, or toy? These sweet but super simple dolls come in all shapes and sizes. I have quite a few I’ve collected from Waldorf fairs, fetes and…

Handmade Decorations For Kids Bedrooms: “Bits and Bobs” King Doll

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8Oct
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Handmade decorations for kids bedrooms: No. 15 in the 30 Days of Dolls Series: Bits and Bobs King Doll   I use wool felt in lots of craft. I love it. But it’s not cheap and I don’t want the the leftovers from a project or after cutting out a template to go to waste. When I worked at Silkwood Kindergarten…

How To Make Felt Finger Puppets For Kids: Jester pattern

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2Oct
How To Make Felt Finger Puppets For Kids

30 Days of Dolls: How to make felt finger puppets for kids No. 13: Finger-walking Jester Doll   Another way you can make a finger puppet is to use your fingers as the legs, just like this guy. I’ve made these before using paper too, but this felt version is much more robust. And of course, you can change his…

How To Make A Ballerina Peg Doll

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8Sep
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30 Days of Dolls: How To Make A Ballerina Peg Doll No. 8: Complete with flower bouquet gift! My four-year-old niece Alice is a ballerina and goes to ballet class every week. Later in the year, she’ll be in a showcase and as she LOVES craft and things I make, I thought I’d create a doll for her end-of-year concert…

4. Craft a “Star Baby” and His Sleeping Bag Pocket

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4Sep
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  30 Days of Dolls: Craft a Star Baby, and his Sleeping Bag Pocket No. 4: Pocket-sized doll, perfect for children who have difficulty sleeping or who like a little token that helps them to feel safe at night.   One year, my fellow teachers and I made little Star Babies like this for all the children in our kindergartens,…

How do you make a toy snail?

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20Aug
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Project 20: How do you make a toy snail? Time: An hour or so Difficulty: Fiddly fingers but totally do-able!   I’m often asked, “how do you make a toy (insert toy of choice here)?” I’ve made lots of toys over the years but never a snail before. It was a new challenge. I like a crafty challenge. It helps…