easy crafts for kids

Tea towels and pom pom tiebacks ... oh my!

Tea towels and pom pom tiebacks ... oh my!

Tea towels and pom pom tiebacks, not two things which naturally go together, right? One performs a humble household task and the other adds a touch of frivolity or glamour to your curtains. But let me tell you, combined in the right way, they are crafting dynamite. Well, dynamite might be a slight exaggeration but a few minutes spent on a sewing machine can leave you with a seriously cute bag. Yep, a little drawstring bag made from an inexpensive cloth and a length of cord. Crazy! And actually, even if you don't have a sewing machine, you can probably use a sewing needle. They are that easy to make.

Make cute box frames from wallpaper offcuts

Make cute box frames from wallpaper offcuts

When I was putting together a post for Laura Ashley with five super cute ways to use offcuts of wallpaper, wrapping and gift boxes seem to be an obvious but really useful choice. In fact, having wallpaper samples littered across various rooms of my house has saved me from many a lack-of-wrapping-paper crisis over the past few months (not really a crisis ... that's quite dramatic ... more of an 'argh, we need to leave for the birthday party right now and I've got nothing to wrap the present in' moment - Top tip: Marvel wallpaper is cheaper than wrapping paper in the long run and you can do so, so many other things with it).

Using fabric paints on tea towels

Using fabric paints on tea towels

My two little dudes are quite close in age but at two and four, their capabilities are currently vastly different so it's not always easy to find crafts or activities that they can both do and enjoy. But, sound the klaxon, last week, I finally stumbled across one. 

Decorating plain white tea towels with fabric paint! 

In all honesty, it was something that I quite enjoyed doing too and now we have a lovely gift to give to my mother for Valentine's Day from the boys. I mean, what says love more than hand-painted tea towels?!