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Handmade Gifts For Father's Day

Handmade Gifts For Father’s Day

Following our handmade gift ideas for Mother’s Day we couldn’t leave the dads out.

A hand made gift for Father’s Day makes it that little bit more special so here are a dozen ideas that you and the kids can create to make dad’s day.

Of course some of the things we featured in the Mother’s Day article are perfect for men too so you can check them out by clicking here.

Child’s Footprint Inside Dads Shoe Print from Crafty Morning

Child's Footprint Inside Dads Shoe Print from Crafty Morning

I wish I’d seen this when our child was small enough to do it as it is adorable.

This is a versatile idea as you can make a card out of it, frame it or scan it in to your computer and have it printed on to a canvas. If you are a confident crafter you could actually print directly on to a blank canvas.

Lovely idea.

For more information on how to create this picture visit Crafty Morning.

Tie Shaped Biscuits from Some What Simple

Tie Shaped Biscuits from Some What Simple

There’s no need to dash out and buy a tie biscuit cutter to make these cookies as it’s a simple shape to do yourself. You could make a cardboard template to help you out so all the cookies end up approximately the same size or cut freehand. Older children will be able to do the cutting themselves but little ones will need help. A table knife, that you use to cut your dinner with, will be up to the job so the kids won’t need to use a sharp knife.

The fun part is definitely the decorating and you can have a great time choosing colours and patterns.

If you don’t fancy doing a lot of icing you could use chocolate drops or little sweets too.

The instructions include a link to find a cookie recipe with in the Some What Simple website however if you have a favourite biscuit recipe you can use that or if you don’t want to bake from scratch and just want to get to the icing part as quickly as possible you can pick up a biscuit packet mix at the supermarket.

Visit Some What Simple for instructions.

Simple Margherita Pizza from BBC Good Food

Simple Margherita Pizza from BBC Good Food

Home made pizza is easier than you think … and tastes delicious.

How cool would it be to make dad a pizza for his Father’s Day tea?

This recipe is the perfect starting point and then you can add dad’s favourite toppings sliced thinly so they cook through.

Visit BBC Good Food for this speedy recipe.

Fast Food Cupcakes from Bakerella

Fast Food Cupcakes from Bakerella

May be a burger is more dad’s cup of tea … well that’s no problem with this fun idea from Bakerella.

You have the choice of making your favourite recipes from scratch or using packet mixes depending on your available time, budget and love for baking.

You can find full instructions on the Bakerella website.

I Love You This Much from All Parenting

I Love You This Much from All Parenting

The best thing about this idea is that it’s great for all ages of children.

Your child could do handprints that you cut round, you could draw round your child’s hand or you can find a hand shape on line to print out.

Customise the message to suit your dad with something like “Here’s a Father’s Day Hug” or “Daddy I love you this much” … you might have a personal message that is special to you.

Visit All Parenting for instructions and some additional bonus Father’s Day craft ideas.

Footprint Keyring from No Time For Flash Cards

Footprint Keyring from No Time For Flash Cards

From hands to feet with this sweet keyring idea.

If you don’t have a craft heat gun to use on the shrink plastic don’t dash out and buy one … just look for a brand that can be shrunk in the oven which is how we did it in the “old days”.

Visit No Time For Flash Cards to see how it’s done.

Memory Jar from Make And Do Crew

Memory Jar from Make And Do Crew

This is one of my favourite gift ideas. It’s brilliant to give at Christmas too and has been well received by everyone I’ve given it to.

Include a jotter pad and pen with the memory jar to get dad started.

He can write down the things he does with the kids or all his favourite memories from the year.

Next Father’s Day you can all sit down together and read them.

I can’t remember exactly where I saw the idea originally but you can visit Make And Do Crew to read more about it. Unfortunately the printable label available on the website is out of date but you can have fun making your own label for the jar.

Father’s Day Questionnaire from Daffodil Designs

Father's Day Questionnaire from Daffodil Designs

Sadly, as often happens with online articles that endure the test of time, the link to the printable version of the Daffodil Designs questionnaire is broken but don’t let that put you off because this is a lovely idea.

If you can scroll in and read the questions they have used you can replicate them yourself on your PC … and if you don’t have a printer dad will really appreciate your child’s handwriting which will make it extra special.

If you can’t read the original questions make up your own or think of “Ten things I love about my dad”.

Popping this in an inexpensive frame will give it that extra giftable quality so if you intend to do that buy the frame first so that it will fit perfectly inside.

Visit Daffodil Designs for more inspiration.

Decorate A Mug from The Best Ideas For Kids

Decorate A Mug from The Best Ideas For Kids

Don’t be put off by the butterflies because there are some fab ideas online for finger print designs for everything from thumb print people to monsters and animals.

Remember not to let dad put the finished article in the dishwasher or it will end in tears.

If dad is concerned about washing his mug he could use it as a pen holder on his desk.

Visit The Best Ideas For Kids for more information.

Make A Money Box from My Kid Craft

Make A Money Box from My Kid Craft

How many dads come home and empty the change out of their pockets on to the worktop?

If they pop some in to this easy to make money box they will have enough to treat themselves before they know it.

You can use gravy granule tubs or the tubs Pringle style crisps come in and use paint, glitter and stickers to jazz it up.

Visit My Kid Craft to find out how to make this money box.

Origami Shirt And Tie from She Knows

Origami Shirt And Tie from She Knows

Older children will enjoy making this.

You can glue the shirt on to the front of a card blank or pop it in to a frame with a hand written message.

Visit She Knows for step by step instructions.

Handmade Tie from Made Everyday

Handmade Tie from Made Everyday

It’s important to point out from the start that this is not a free pattern. If you choose to buy the pattern you pay for a PDF which you print out and stick together. Don’t be put off by this as it is straight forward.

Secondly I must stress that I am not getting paid to promote this pattern I have simply made it several times myself to give as a gift and can recommend it.

Finally … you do need a printer to be able to print out your pattern and a sewing machine to make the tie.

Made Everyday has a You Tube tutorial available which you can view by clicking here and this is a great way to see if this is something you would like to try.

I can say that this is a lot of fun to make and has been well received.

The hardest part is picking which fabric to use. You can find some awesome themed fabric at Frumble’s online shop.

Visit Made Everyday if you would like to buy the PDF pattern.

Here is one of the ties I have made …

My version of the tie made using the pattern from Made Everyday

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Fun Ways To Reuse Cardboard Boxes

Fun Ways To Reuse Cardboard Boxes

As a company we reuse as many cardboard boxes and packaging items as we can to keep our waste down.

Meanwhile if you have a box to hand you can re use it in lots of imaginative ways. Here are just a few for inspiration …

Icecream Shop from Childhood 101

Icecream-shop

I loved playing shops when I was small. Mum used to save empty food packaging and I spent hours pretending to be a shop keeper.

Remember it doesn’t have to be an icecream shop. You could make yours in to a coffee kiosk, a food stall or any kind of mini shop you fancy.

The idea of making your own things to sell in the shop appeals to me but if it’s not your thing you can keep empty food boxes and cartons or buy inexpensive play food.

Visit Childhood 101 for details on how to make this.

Princess Bed from The Pursuit Of Craft

Princess Bed from The Pursuit Of Craft

Well it’s probably no surprise to learn that I made beds for my Sindy dolls out of shoe boxes. We didn’t have the huge range of doll furniture available to us that kids today do and so if I wanted it for Sindy I had to make it myself.

The great thing about this project is that you don’t need a big box … just something big enough to fit the doll it’s intended for. If your tools are not up to the lovely shaping of the featured bed then keep it simple, perhaps with a rounded bed head.

You might have dolls bedding or small cloths suitable to use with your princess bed or you could add an extra layer of creativity and knit a blanket or sew a mini quilt.

Visit The Pursuit Of Craft for more information.

Knights Shield And Sword from Red Ted Art

Knights Shield And Sword from Red Ted Art

The simplicity of this makes it one of my favourite featured projects … your child can easily produce a shield to be proud of.

Whether your household contains a valiant Mike The Knight or a heroic Ella The Princess Knight there’s scope to decorate the shield in the colours and design of their choice.

Even if you don’t fancy making the sword and shield it’s still worth visiting Red Ted Art as it is a fantastic resource for anyone who loves their crafting.

Cereal Box Magazine Holder from Tennessee Home And Farm

Cereal Box Magazine Holder from Tennessee Home And Farm

I’m kicking myself for not thinking of this!

The majority of us have access to empty cereal boxes on a regular basis and it’s so wonderfully simple to convert them in to useful storage.

Visit Tennessee Home And Farm for tips on how to create this brilliant idea.

Pirate Ship from ikatbag

Pirate Ship from ikatbag

Ahoy there me hearties … who would like to sail the imaginary seas in their very own pirate galleon?

Well as it happens it’s easy to make yourself a pirate ship complete with flowing sails.

If we get some sunshine it will be fun to play with this outside otherwise you could just make a smaller version to use in the house.

Visit ikatbag for inspiration.

Play Kitchen from Willary Blogspot

Play Kitchen from Willary Blogspot

My childhood self is drooling over this idea and the really cool thing is that you can take the wonderful featured version as your inspiration and then make yours as detailed or are simple as you want to.

As with the icecream shop earlier you can make your own food or buy some inexpensive play food.

Stuffed full of lets pretend play potential with hours of fun thrown in.

Visit Willary Blogspot to see more.

Desk Tidy from Design For Mankind

Desk Tidy from Design For Mankind

I love the natural look of this desk tidy but you could decorate yours if you wanted to. Either way it’s a fantastic idea and layering the pieces will make it robust too.

Visit Design For Mankind and take a look at the detailed instructions on how to make this fab desk tidy.

Car from Craftulate

Car from Craftulate

We don’t all have a budget that stretches to buying a mini car for our kids so why not have a go at making your own?

Get the children involved choosing their own decoration … this car can be customised with their favourite colour.

You could make a few of these and invite some little friends round for a drive in movie style DVD showing.

For more information on making your own cardboard car visit Craftulate .

Collapsible Play House from She Knows

Collapsible Play House from She Knows

If your kids are desperate for their own play house but space is on the tight side here’s a great idea for one that folds flat when it’s not being used so it will slide easily under your bed and out of the way.

The grown ups can do the technical construction part then let the kids loose decorating inside and outside.

Visit She Knows to check out the instructions.

Lanterns from Handmade Charlotte via Etsy Journal

Lanterns from Handmade Charlotte via Etsy Journal

Something a little different for those of you who really enjoy getting stuck in to your crafting. It’s not a difficult project but it will take a bit more time.

This is definitely where battery operated tea lights come in to their own … you must not use a standard candle with a naked flame in your lantern. The battery operated ones are inexpensive, easy to get hold of and have a good life span. If you are in the UK you can get them from places like eBay, Wilkos, B&Q, Hobbycraft and highstreet discount shops.

Battery operated tea lights

Visit the Etsy Journal for Rachel Faucett’s detailed lantern tutorial.

You can also visit Handmade Charlotte to see more of Rachel’s ideas.

Marble Run from Powerful Mothering

Marble Run from Powerful Mothering

I know what you’re thinking … this isn’t made from a cardboard box and you’re right but I couldn’t leave this out. I spent an entire afternoon of the school holidays with my little one rolling marbles down an empty wrapping paper tube. We ended up making tunnels and obstacles for the marbles. This is definitely a deluxe version of that and I think it will be popular in our house.

You don’t even need marbles … Powerful Mothering made their own salt dough balls which is a fantastic idea to add an extra crafting activity in to the mix.

This looks like a massive amount of fun not only to play with but to make too.

Visit Powerful Mothering for more information.

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A Dozen Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

A Dozen Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

There are endless egg decorating ideas for children on line but while I was looking for inspiration for my own child I discovered that there are some really quite grown up designs too.

Here are twelve which you might like to try and recreate yourself … some will have instructions to follow while some are purely to fuel your imagination.

*Look out for the HOMEMADE MOD PODGE recipe at the bottom of this article*

Watercolour Eggs from The Given Life

Watercolour Eggs

The beauty of this idea is that it spans all ages and abilities.

The stunning examples on the featured site use blown eggs but you could use hardboiled if you prefer.

Decorate your eggs using water colour paints diluted with plenty of water for a delicate look or try using water colour pens directly on to your egg then manipulate your image with a water brush for a different effect.

Remember the surface of an egg isn’t perfectly smooth and this will have an impact on your art.

For inspiration visit The Given Life

Shabby Chic Eggs from Sylwia Serwin

Shabby Chic Eggs

This website is not in English but it does include detailed pictures which give you the information that you need to recreate this elegant look.

If you have some metallic guilding wax in your crafty stash that would give an extra special finishing touch to this project.

For picture instructions on how to make this egg visit Sylwia Serwin

Sharpie Zentangle Doodle Eggs from Alisa Burke

Sharpie Zentangle Eggs

Zentangle is still extremely popular.

Simple black on white, using a Sharpie marker, gives an eye catching result but if you have brown eggs consider using a white pen for your design to get a kraft paper finish.

There’s no right or wrong here which is part of the appeal. Just set your doodling free.

The hugely talented Alisa Burke has some fabulous examples for you to take your inspiration from.

For instructions on how to create this look visit Alisa Burke ’s blog.

Silk Tie Dyed Eggs from Our Best Bites

Silk Tie Dyed Eggs from Our Best Bites

Did you know that if you boil an egg wrapped in a silk tie the fabric pattern will transfer on to the shell?

I didn’t!

Sara Wells will show you how in her step by step tutorial.

For further instructions visit Our Best Bites

Chalkboard Eggs from Oleander And Palm

Chalkboard Eggs from Oleander And Palm

I really must get myself some chalkboard paint because every idea that I write about which uses it really appeals to me.

You could use these as place settings and write names on them for your Easter dinner table or everyone at the table could decorate their own with chalk.

If you don’t fancy the mess of chalk you could achieve a similar effect using black acrylic paint for your base and either white acrylic paint or a pen for the design.

Visit Oleander And Palm for inspiration.

Decoupage Eggs from Honestly Yum

Decoupage Eggs from Honestly Yum

The tutorial I’ve included uses ostrich eggs but as these are a little tricky to get hold of while you are at the supermarket doing your weekly shop you can just buy a pack of chicken eggs. Erica does state though that the big eggs create a fabulous look so may be practise on your regular eggs first and then see if you can track down a more dramatic one.

These eggs look difficult to make but it’s easy to achieve this look.

You can also cut your image out of paper napkins or use craft stickers, making sure the sticker is small enough to mould around your egg.

For instructions on how to make these eggs visit Honestly Yum

Confetti Eggs from Alice And Lois

Confetti Eggs from Alice And Lois

Quick … easy … fun … and suitable for all ages.

For instructions, including a video, on how to achieve this look visit Alice And Lois

Unicorn Eggs from The Best Ideas For Kids

Unicorn Eggs from The Best Ideas For Kids

This tutorial is actually to make unicorn ornaments using baubles but it is so detailed that it would be a shame to skip it just because it doesn’t feature eggs … the same instructions would be perfect to make a unicorn egg sitting in an egg cup instead of hanging.

To check out the instructions visit The Best Ideas For Kids

*BONUS* Unicorn Poop Meringues from Forkly

Unicorn Poop Meringues from Forkly

Ok so this is completely off topic but while I was looking for unicorn eggs I found this fun meringue idea.

Top of the list to try in our house!

If you’d like to make your own visit Forkly

Glitter Eggs from Nifty Thrifty Bits

Glitter Eggs from Nifty Thrifty Bits

Who doesn’t love a little bit of glitz?

These eggs are simple to make with stunning results.

For further instructions visit Nifty Thrifty Bits

Mosaic Eggs from Sugar And Charm

Mosaic Eggs from Sugar And Charm

These mosaic eggs would look stunning presented in fancy egg cups on your window ledge.

There’s a bit more work involved in making them but the effect is well worth it.

For instructions on how to make these pretty eggs visit Sugar And Charm

Cactus Eggs from Delia Creates

Cactus Eggs from Delia Creates

Cactus craft exploded on to the scene and shows no sign of losing poularity.

It would be a lot of fun to decorate your egg to look like a cactus … this idea is perfect for little ones but us big kids can add an extra bit of pizazz with our crafty imagination.

For inspiration on how to make yourself a prickle free cactus egg visit Delia Creates

String Easter Eggs from Craft Whack

String Easter Eggs from Craft Whack

To finish, and round off the dozen, I’m breaking the rules slightly … this isn’t an egg decorating idea but I think these string eggs would look fabulous as an Easter decoration either hanging up, sitting as a collection in a bowl or even on an egg cup.

Why not use glittery thread to make yours?

You could try using PVA glue if you already have some to hand rather than buying branded Elmers. You might have to experiment with your mix but it will be worth it.

For instructions on how to make string eggs visit Craft Whack

Home Made Mod Podge from Lulastic

Home Made Mod Podge from Lulastic

Mod Podge pops up in many online tutorials but it is expensive and not always readily available … you can make your own though and the fabulous Lucy AitkenRead will show you how.

For instructions on how to make your own basic Mod Podge, along with how to pimp it to make the gloss version, visit Lulastic

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Handmade Gifts For Mother's Day

Handmade Gifts For Mother’s Day

I have to hold my hands up we love a bit of gluing and sticking in our house … and getting the paints out … and the needle and thread. To be fair we don’t need an excuse to get crafty. It’s something all ages can get involved with and you can craft along with your kids to make the most of the time you have together. I realise it’s not for everyone but you’ve read this far so I’m guessing you are interested.

Obviously many of you reading this will be the mum of the family however it would be fun to get the kids involved making something for their grandmas, nanas or grans. There are plenty of dads and grandparents who enjoy getting creative too so you still have time to whip up that surprise for mum.

Some of you may already have a stash of crafty goodies built up but if you are just starting out you don’t need to rush out and buy lots of supplies that you may never use again. The trick here is to think about how much you would have spent on a present and to consider whether you can use the materials again for something else. It’s also worth thinking about the things you already have that you might be able to use instead of the listed ingredients in the how tos.

Of course some of the things we featured in the Father’s Day article are perfect for ladies too so you can check them out by clicking here.

Hand Print Coasters from Dwelling In Happiness.

Hand Print Coasters from Dwelling In Happiness

This is a great idea if your kids are very young and have a short attention span. The added bonus is that mistakes can be easily wiped away and you can have another go but don’t get too hung up on getting the perfect hand print as it needs to have that childish charm.

For instructions on how to make these coasters please visit Dwelling In Happiness

Painted Pebble Cactus from Best Ideas For Kids and Abbi Kirsten Collections.

Cactus Pebbles from The Best Ideas For Kids

The best thing about this idea is that it suits children from a young age right up to those of us who would rather not mention how old we actually are (uncomfortable cough). Your cactus design can be extermely simple or elaborate and fancy with added embellishments. Pop one cactus pebble in a small pot or make an arrangement with a collection. And don’t tell the mums I said this but you can always keep this idea up your sleeve for Father’s Day if you pick something else to do.

For instructions on how to make these cactus pebbles please visit The Best Ideas For Kids and Abbi Kirsten Collections.

Abbi Kirsten Collections

Embroidery Hoop Photo Display from Natalie Wright.

Embroidery Hoop Photo Display from Natalie Wright

I particularly love this idea. Some things crop up time and time again on the internet but I’ve never seen this before and I’m going to make it myself for my work room.

Take care to look for embroidery hoops that are not expensive branded ones but then watch out for the ones that are so cheap they have splintery bits of wood coming away.

I love the natural look in the example but you can also really go to town here and paint the hoops to match your recipient’s décor or even rip strips of pretty fabric and wrap it round the hoops which is explained in wonderful detail at Love The Bluebird.

Fabric wrapped hoop by Love The Bluebird

The great thing about this is that you can give it as a gift with a set of photos but the recipient can change the photos when they feel like it and it’s as easy as hanging out the washing. Mini pegs are inexpensive and readily available on eBay or in high street shops like Hobby Craft or The Works.

For instructions on how to make this photo display please visit Natalie Wright’s website.

Body Scrub from LemonLimeAdventures.

Rise And Shine Body Scrub from Lemon Lime Adventures

Even if making this zingy sugar scrub isn’t really up your street it’s still well worth clicking through to this lady’s site and having a mooch around. It is packed with stacks of fun and educational stuff to do with your kids. Make yourself a cuppa because it’s easy to lose yourself in time.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Loving It Vegan

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Loving It Vegan

We found this recipe when we were looking for something different to make. I’m lactose intolerant so a vegan recipe is ideal for me but that doesn’t mean you can’t substitute your usual ingredients the way I do when I flip a standard recipe using non dairy milk or margarine. You also need to keep in mind that All Purpose Flour is plain flour in the UK and we substituted black treacle for the dark molasses stated in the recipe.

My little one and hubby don’t like walnuts so we have played around and substituted them for various things including more dried fruit, flaked almonds or pecans which aren’t as strong as the offending walnuts.

These need to be made as close to delivery as you can as they are soft set cookies … if you don’t make them to give as a gift then make them anyway because they are delicious.

For the oatmeal raisin cookie recipe please visit Loving It Vegan.

Button Picture from Teacups And Glitter.

Button Picture from Teacups And Glitter

This is another one of those that can be as basic or ornate as you want depending on the age of the crafter and the materials you have at your disposal. The example here from Teacups And Glitter is lovely and uses a pretty piece of paper to make the button design pop. However if you have a very young child or a limited budget you could just as easily draw a shape on to a small canvas and stick the buttons on to that. How about yellow buttons in the shape of the sun with “You are my sunshine” written on by your child.

Chalkboard Plant Pots from Who Arted?

Chalkboard Plant Pots from Who Arted?

This is another one that really appeals to me. This has so many things going for it. For a start the painting is easy for a younger child, then your child can use their own writing to embellish the pot and you can give the pot with a plant in it.

However if you don’t want to buy blackboard paint you don’t have to … simply let your child loose with their paints, acrylics will stick to the terracotta nicely, and let their imaginations run wild.

For more details on how to paint these pots visit Who Arted?

Luminaries from A Parenting Production

Luminaries from A Parenting Production

This idea is perfect for little ones. You can re-use pretty glass jars that have had jam or pickle in, just give them a good wash out, and use coloured tissue paper to suit your budget. This tutorial uses Mod Podge which is a fab product to have in your stash if you are a prolific crafter but if you just dabble then water down some PVA glue. The strength of the PVA/water mix will depend on the quality of your tissue paper so you will need to experiment but 50/50 is a good place to start. For older children or adults try cutting out shapes from black card, like a flower or a fairy, and sticking it to the side of the jar to create a cool effect.

Battery operated tea lights are a must here. They are now inexpensive and easy to get hold of and have a good life span. If you are in the UK you can get them from places like eBay, Wilkos, B&Q, Hobbycraft and highstreet discount shops.

Battery operated tea lights

Visit A Parenting Production for more details on how to make this candle holder.

Tea Cup Candles from Bridal Musings featuring Jenna of Lucky Sixpence Events

Tea Cup Candles from Bridal Musings featuring Jenna of Lucky Sixpence Events

This isn’t a new idea but it is a classic. You don’t need to use a tea cup, although they do look stunning, check through your local charity shops for interesting alternative pots. Make sure they don’t have cracks in them as they are going to get quite hot.

This tutorial uses soy candle flakes which produces no toxins, carcinogens or pollutants making them less likely to aggravate allergies. They also produce less soot.

For detailed instructions please visit Bridal Musings.

* Unfortunately none of the links Bridal Musings have included for Jenna, at Lucky Sixpence, in their tutorial are currently active so Jenna if you see our post please get in touch and we will be happy to add a link to your new site here.

Photo Cube from All Parenting

Photo Cube from All Parenting

This tutorial uses a really cool photo transfer technique and the Mod Podge brand crops up again. It’s worth pointing out that Mod Podge is well thought of if you are going to do plenty of crafting and spending money on it is a good investment because it does an excellent job however if this is a one off make simply have six gloss photos printed and trim them to fit then stick them on to the cube with a decent glue. Once everything is thoroughly dried you can still use fine sandpaper to carefully distress your edges.

For more details visit All Parenting.

Shabby Chic Union Flag Cushion from Craft Cotton Blog

Shabby Chic Union Flag Cushion from Craft Cotton Blog

You will need a sewing machine for this but a teenager can tackle it on their own and basically it is just sewing straight lines so if your younger child is sensible they could have a go with adult supervision.

For more information visit The Craft Cotton Blog.

Mini Canvas from Eliston Button.

Mini Canvas from Eliston Button

This is literally one of those ideas you can just have fun with. It is perfect for all ages and all levels of crafty stash. The basic mini canvas and stand are available in the UK on eBay or in high street shops like The Works for as little as two pounds.

This beautiful example from Eliston Button shows you what can be done. You can see how it was done here.

So there you go. Whether you make these things for Mother’s Day or save them for a birthday that’s coming up I hope you have a lot of fun making them.

12 Eye Catching Cup Cake Designs To Try At Home

We love making cupcakes in our house but to be honest we don’t get round to icing them very often … the temptation to munch them straight from the oven is usually too much! So I thought it would be fun to have a look for some ideas to do with your children or for them.

The days of running yourself in to the ground trying to be super mum are long gone so if you don’t have time to bake your own cakes (or you don’t really like baking) don’t stress about it just pop to your local supermarket and buy a pack of inexpensive fairy cakes then enjoy the fun part … icing them.

12 Eye Catching Cup Cake Designs To Try At Home

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Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
STRAWBERRY LEMONADE CUPCAKES
from Easy Baked
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Colourful Caterpillar
COLOURFUL CATERILLAR
from The Two Savvy Sisters
Sadly this blog has been taken down but the idea is
a good one so we haven’t removed it from our post.

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Honey Cupcakes
HONEY CUPCAKES
from UK TV Good Food Channel
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Fast Food Cupcake
FAST FOOD CUPCAKES
from Bakerella
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Gruffalo Cupcakes
GRUFFALO CUPCAKES
from Sun Hats And Wellie Boots
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Apple And Worm Cupcakes
APPLE AND WORM CUPCAKES
from All The Small Things
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Rubber Ducks Cupcakes
RUBBER DUCK CUPCAKES
from Saucy Sprinkles
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Cupcakes On Cupcakes
CUPCAKES ON CUPCAKES
from Baked perfection
Research suggests that Asda, Morrisons and Tesco stock Reese mini cups
CLICK HERE for instructions

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Sunflower Cupcakes
SUNFLOWER CUPCAKES
from Baked Bree
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Hootie Cupcakes
HOOTIE CUPCAKES
from A Thrifty Mom
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Ladybird Cupcakes
LADYBIRD CUPCAKES
from Cupcake Blog
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

You don’t have to pipe grass
simply smooth your green icing over the top of the cup cake

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Cookie Monster Cupcakes
COOKIE MONSTER CUPCAKES
from My Chocolate
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Making Sugar Roses
MAKING SUGAR ROSES
from Party Animal Online
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Bows Silicone Icing Mould
BOWS SILICONE ICING MOULD
from Katy Sue Designs
CLICK HERE to find out more about them
To watch a tutorial on how to use them CLICK HERE

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Roses Silicone Icing Mould By Blossom Sugar Art
ROSES SILICONE ICING MOULD BY BLOSSOM SUGAR ART
from Windsor Cake Craft
CLICK HERE to find out more about them
To watch a tutorial on how to use them CLICK HERE

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Leaf Cutters
LEAF CUTTERS
from Lakeland
CLICK HERE to find out more about them

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Woodland Cupcakes
WOODLAND CUPCAKES
from Cake Central
There are no instructions on how to make these
but they are lovely to look at for inspiration
CLICK HERE to visit the site to see more of their designs

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18 Pirate Treasures

Ahoy there matey … cast your eye over our pirate treasure which includes things to make, do, buy and eat.

18 Pirate Treasures

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Salt Dough Pirate Coins
SALT DOUGH PIRATE COINS
from Hodge Podge Crafts
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Paper Plate Pirate
PAPER PLATE PIRATE
from Easy Preschool Crafts For Kids
CLICK HERE to find out how to make one

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Pirate Themed Party
PIRATE THEMED PARTY
from Notable Nest
CLICK HERE to find out more

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Parrot
PARROT
from Tippy Toe Crafts
CLICK HERE to find out how to make one

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Pirate Bedding And Themed Bedroom Accessories
PIRATE BEDDING AND THEMED BEDROOM ACCESSORIES
from Children’s Rooms
CLICK HERE to take a look at the complete range

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Pirate Ship Birthday Cake With Step By Step Instructions
PIRATE SHIP BIRTHDAY CAKE with step by step instructions
from Hodge Podge Craft
CLICK HERE to find out how to make one

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Pirate Cake
PIRATE CAKE
from Veena Art Of Cakes
CLICK HERE to find out how to make one

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Pirate Hat
PIRATE HAT
from Pritt World
CLICK HERE to find out how to make one

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Jake And The Neverland Pirate Free Colouring Pages
FREE COLOURING PAGES – JAKE AND THE NEVERLAND PIRATES
from Coloring Book
CLICK HERE to see the collection

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Pirates Of The Caribbean Free Colouring Pages
FREE COLOURING PAGES – PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
from Coloring Book
CLICK HERE to see the collection

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Pirate Tooth Pick Flags - for cupcakes or sandwiches
PIRATE TOOTH PICK FLAGS – for cupcakes or sandwiches
from My Paper Planet
CLICK HERE to find out how to make them

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Rocking Pirate Ship
ROCKING PIRATE SHIP
from Children’s Rooms
CLICK HERE for more information

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Skull And Cross Bones Ice Cube Tray
SKULL AND CROSS BONES ICE CUBE TRAY
from Amazon
CLICK HERE to find out more about it

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Pirate Treasure Hunt
PIRATE TREASURE HUNT
from Jenny’s Scrapbooking Haven
This is inspiration rather than a how to but still well worth a look
CLICK HERE to find out more about it

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Pirate Treasure Chest
PIRATE TREASURE CHEST
from Instructables
CLICK HERE to find out how to make it

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Cardboard Tube Pirate
CARDBOARD TUBE PIRATE
from Red Ted Art
CLICK HERE to find out how to make one

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Pirate Hand Print
PIRATE HAND PRINT
from Fun Hand Print Art
CLICK HERE to find out more about it

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Galleon Acrylic Safety Mirror
GALLEON ACRYLIC SAFETY MIRROR
from Children’s Rooms
CLICK HERE to find out more about it

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The Dragonfly Dozen

This week’s combo features the dragonfly … often forgotten in favour of the butterfly. There are things to do and make along with things to eat and we’ve tried to cover a wide age range. See what you think …

The Dragonfly Dozen - 12 things to do, make and eat

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Clothes Peg Dragonflies
CLOTHES PEG DRAGONFLIES
from First Palette
CLICK HERE for more information

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Plastic Bottle Dragonfly
PLASTIC BOTTLE DRAGONFLY
from Crafts For All Seasons
If you don’t want to use a glow stick you can use a slim torch
CLICK HERE for more information

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Bella Girl's Single Bedding
BELLA GIRL’S SINGLE BEDDING
from Children’s Rooms
CLICK HERE for more information

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Dragonfly Cupcake
DRAGONFLY CUPCAKE
from Cravin Cake
CLICK HERE for more information

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Learn To Draw A Dragonfly
LEARN TO DRAW A DRAGONFLY
with How To Draw Animals
CLICK HERE for more information

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Fondant Dragonfly
FONDANT DRAGONFLY
from Black Betty’s Lab
The text is not in English but the picture tutorial is good
Worth a look if you like to model with clay or fondant
CLICK HERE for more information

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Bead Dragonfly
BEAD DRAGONFLY
from Spoonful
CLICK HERE for more information

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Healthy Dragonfly
HEALTHY DRAGONFLY
from The Art Of Nutrition
CLICK HERE for more information

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Bottle Top Dragonfly
BOTTLE TOP DRAGONFLY
from Handmade Charlotte
CLICK HERE for more information

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Dragonfly Crochet Pattern
DRAGONFLY CROCHET PATTERN
from Damn It Janet
CLICK HERE for more information

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Dragonfly Wind Charm Kit
DRAGONFLY WIND CHARM KIT
from Amazon
CLICK HERE for more information

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Pattern For A Pony Bead Dragonfly
PATTERN FOR A PONY BEAD DRAGONFLY
from DLTK
CLICK HERE for more information

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