It’s much easier to burn off steam when we spend more time outdoors than in. Kids love outdoor play in the fresh air – and there’s no end to outdoor crafting activities that they can get involved with! Take a look at the following list of ideas to get you started.
1. Here’s a fun activity kids can enjoy down at the beach with a single pack of acrylic paint pens » that is sure to keep little hands busy for hours. Follow our blog post, How to Make Story Stones, to find out how you can use this technique to make a creative story telling game. Great for passing the time on a lazy beach day!
2. While you’re at it, you could paint up these fab stones by following the blog post How to Make Ladybird Pet Rocks. A great way to remind you of your seaside trip!
3. Make some fun dinosaur fossils by using all of the dinosaurs stashed in the toy box! Follow the tutorial by Rainy Day Mum to create your own, and hide them around the garden to create your own exciting archaeological expedition!
4. Make sure you’re summer ready with this Duck Tape beach bag » complete with gold flamingo, there are lots of different tapes to choose from to make your bag one of a kind.
5. Follow How to Print Using Self Adhesive Foam on the Hobbycraft blog to see this super easy stamp printing craft for kids and adults to do together. Once you’ve made the stamps you can use them again and again on a variety of papers and fabrics.
6. This stenciled bug tote bag » is a great make for doing with the kids. It can can be used as a book or school bag as well as a great carrier for all their beach gear too.
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7. Set up camp anywhere with this vibrant Stars and Chevron Play Tent », ideal for protecting your little ones in the sun. Plus it comes with a handy carry case, so it’s perfect for out and about!
8. Some lovely ideas over at Crafts by Amanda for Sandcasting on the beach with Plaster of Paris – a fun activity to have up your sleeve for when the kids get tired of the sea.
9. Sand slime is an excellent science and sensory play all in one fun activity. Using simple ingredients this recipe by Milk and Cuddles » is guaranteed to be a hit with the kids!
11. Follow How to Make Cardboard Tube Binoculars to find out how you can recycle and transform cardboard tubes into the ultimate adventuring tool! What things can you see through your binoculars in the garden?
12. Create your own dream jars and explore hidden corners of the garden! Find out how by following the How to Make Dream Jars blog post on the Hobbycraft blog. Fill with an LED tealight to light the way – who knows what magical creatures you might find?!
13. Have fun in the sun with your little ones with this fantastic ready-to-decorate, Teepee Play Tent » The kit contains a plain canvas teepee, canvas rope and five wooden poles for you and the kids to build your very own quirky wigwam.
14. For teepee inspiration try this fab idea by Briony over at Any Way To Stay At Home » – great for messy play, it’s the perfect outdoor activity to protect your walls inside, and get out in the sun at the same time!
15. This Outdoor Bug Game by Laura and Tia at Little Button Diaries » is very simple to make, requires very few materials and is two games in one! You can either lay twigs out on the floor for a buggy version of naughts and crosses, or place the bug box on the lawn to see who can toss the most bugs in the hole.
16. The blog post How to Make an Owl Pinata » will show you how to make this excellent party game. A pinata is fab for adding entertainment to children’s parties, whether you want to make your mache shape into a clown, animal or a rocket, it’s so simple to make your own.
17. Bird feeders are a great way to teach kids about wildlife and how we can make positive steps towards welcoming nature back into our gardens. This project by Tonya Staab shows how a bird feeder can easily be constructed out of lollipop sticks!
18. This DIY Water Fight Kit idea by Inner Child Fun » is a fun way to surprise family and friends with a little treat in the heat! Included is a a free printable label for easy gift-giving too. You kids will love dunking the sponge bombs into buckets of water to throw to each other for games of catch, and the sponges can be used over and over again with minimal amounts of water — perfect for the resource-conscious!
19. All you need to make these super Winning Medals by Aisha Green » is jam jar lids, glitter and cardboard. Best of all, make them in the garden and you’ll not be picking glitter from the carpet for weeks!
20. Create your very own skipping rope by using a finger knitting technique explained simply within our blog post, How to Finger Knit a Skipping Rope! A crafty, fun, and healthy way to spend a day.
21. Be a bubble-wizard with this fabulous Wand A Bubble wand » – Simply fill up the bottle, dip in the wand, pull out and wave it about! Great fun for the whole family, get stuck into bubble-blowing and make the most out of outdoor activities!
Egg hunts have always been the most exciting part of Easter Sunday for the kids! If you’ve got little ones, you’ll no doubt be found scouring the house and garden come Easter morning. Whether indoors or out, there are so many creative and innovative ways to present each clue. Have a gander at the selection below to prompt inspiration.
The season for chocolate eggs, bunny hunts and sweet fluffy animals is upon us and we’re abuzz with ideas to help you celebrate this springtime occasion! To get you started, we’ve picked out 11 super-simple craft ideas that can be whipped up in an afternoon, from knitted chicks and delicious cupcakes to easy felt egg cosies – and if you’re looking for projects to keep the kids entertained over the Bank Holiday weekend, there’s plenty here for little helpers to get involved with too.
Wake up to a truly seasonal breakfast table with this simply adorable set of felt egg cosies. Using basic items from your habby stash, these fun characters can be personalised with expressive hand-stitched faces. Make a matching bucket bag for stowing away chocolates before the big hunt, too.
These mouth-watering chocolate egg nests taste just as good as they look. Once you’ve whipped up your vanilla cupcake base, top with a swirl of chocolate buttercream and decorate with your favourite seasonal chocolates and a cute fondant bunny.
Bring a springtime twist to your daily brew with this fun hand-painted mug! Top up your stash with ceramic paints and marker pens, then let your creativity roam wild with doe-eyed rabbits, patterned eggs and brightly-coloured backgrounds.
School’s out, but panic not! This interactive papercraft game is just the ticket for keeping the youngsters entertained over the long weekend. Simply download the pattern pack and colour, then have fun hiding the carrots around your home. You’ll also find a matching card and gift box, too.
These faux fur chicks are packed full of charm and bound to be brought out year after year to decorate the mantelpiece. Why not create a whole family of fluffy characters by resizing each pattern to suit?
Give friends and family a springtime surprise they won’t forget with this easy 3-D card. Download the egg-sploding box template to start, then cut and colour the free digi stamps in your recipient’s favourite shades. Little ‘uns and big kids alike will love it!
Transform tired-looking branches into a truly magical Easter tree with help from these quick-stitch decs. Choose from a rabbit, egg, flower and bird, then add your stamp with decorative embroidery, such as French knots and blanket stitch.
Snuggle up in your favourite cosy chair with this appliqué and machine embroidery cushion. Depicting a gentle, nature scene, the design contrasts vintage-style prints with bright pops of pinks, blues and crisp greens.
Dig out your knitting needles and fluffy yarn to create this set of mini chicks by designer Sachiyo Ishii. The pattern is so easy to follow, an entire nestful will soon materialise before your eyes! Don’t forget if you’re making them for children, omit the feet for a squishy kid-friendly plush.
Scatter these colourful crochet eggs around your home as seasonal décor, or turn them into a fun game of hide and seek for the kids! Each design takes two to three hours to make – switch up the colour combinations suggested, or go freehand with your own design.
Ice cream shades and sweet rabbit motifs combine to create this practical Easter tote for carting about your essentials. If you’ve got bundles of yarn ready to go, why not create multiple bags ready for the yearly egg hunt? They’re ideal for storing all manner of tasty treats!
A box frame is such a versatile home decoration, that offers the opportunity for total personalisation! There’s an idea for every occasion, and here we’ve rounded up 15 ideas both from the Hobbycraft blog archives, and from your fantastic past entries to our Make of the Month competitions to inspire your next box frame make.
If you’re looking for a quick gift idea, this super simple heart frame is a great make to have stumbled upon. It’s so easy to personalise the frame to the recipient with the use of letter and number embellishments. The suspended hearts add a delicate touch!
A wooden peg doll family box frame makes the perfect gift, and an alternative snapshot in time of your loved ones. You can add anything you want to your box frame – see how creative you can get with clothing choices and backdrops! Follow the instructions in the above tutorial by Little Button Diaries to find out how they made their box frame family.
Robin Pebble Art by Sara Joyce (February 2018 Make of the Month Competition Entry)
We love this fantastic make that utilises found natural ephemera in order to construct a sweet robin scene. The lick of red paint really elevates this make. Let your imagination run wild – what other animals could you create out of pebbles?
Hannah Read-Baldrey is a whizwhen it comes to a bit of quilling! This stunning technique has been used to create these flowers in her beautiful quilled floral box frame project. Either use initials or spell out a word, perfect for a bedroom, living room or even wedding sign!
Looking for something that little bit different to give to your nearest and dearest? This sweet heart confetti frame may be the answer. Personalise with your sentiment of choice for a completely unique gift that will be cherished for years to come.
Quilled Wall Typography by Clare Ingham (February 2018 Make of the Month Competition Entry)
This quilling example is great, and shows how easy it is to spell out any word you may desire. What colours would you choose to quill with? These tones remind us of a breezy, seaside day…dreamy!
We all love to keep little mementos of special events, so why not create somewhere to store and display them? Rather than storing souvenirs and ticket stubs in a box in a cupboard, hang them proudly on your wall! A super cute conversation-starter.
Everyone’s lives are so hectic today it can be a challenge remembering the 101 things you need to – and that’s just before lunch! Memo boards are a great way of letting you know what’s on the agenda for the day/week and making sure all of those important to-do tasks are completed. Read the above guide to find out how you can make your own.
Wooden Letter Quote Box Frame by Chloe Brown (Made by Mum Awards Entry)
This frame looks like it was bought in a shop! Chloe has done such a professional job. Wooden letters and 3D toppers work really well in box frames thanks to their deep nature. You could spell out anything!
Remember your special day always with this classy and sentimental wedding memory box frame. Using only a couple of carefully chosen embellishments, you can create your own personalised composition to display proudly in your home. Read the above tutorial for inspiration on how to create your own.
Bring some fresh artwork into your home this spring and welcome the warmer weather with a colourful ‘hello spring’ sign. Easy to make with a few dies, cardstock and a box frame! Just follow the directions from the above tutorial.
LED Silhouette Scene Box Frame by Adam Clark (February Make of the Month Competition Entry)
This is a fantastic way to use the box frames, which lend themselves perfectly to layering up a silhouetted scene. Using LED lights further emphasizes the depth of the frame. Nice one, Adam!
Heat embossing is a technique that’s been around for a little while now, however we never tire of using it on our projects. It’s a great way of adding a glossy, shiny finish in a flash, and can be done on all manner of materials including paper, wood and even vellum! Read the above tutorial to find out how you can create this fantastically summery box frame.
Initial box frames are super trendy pieces of decor and are great to give as a gift for any occasion – or you could make one for yourself! They are so simple to create with washi tape and take no time at all – the perfect project for kids and adults alike. How will you theme yours?
Crayon Teacher Gift Box Frames by Emma Willis (July 2017 Make of the Month Competition Entry)
Any teacher would be proud to display such a gift in their classroom – and they’re so simple to make yet give a very high quality finish. Pick your paper, your crayon colours and use scrabble tiles to spell out the name of the recipient – simple!
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Brighten up any room in the house with a beautiful Decorative White Twig Tree. This striking centrepiece can be transformed in the blink of an eye with simple decorations be they bought or handmade.
The tree is an extremely versatile decoration, and is therefore suitable for any occasion all year round. Use the wired rubber branches to bend and shape into the perfect position and get decorating.
Below you will find four ideas to get your creative cogs whirring!
Trees are no longer just for Christmas, and this alternative tree design is perfect to bring out during spring and into Easter. There’s something satisfying about re-clothing a bare tree to welcome in the spring.
Take a look at the examples below to see how we have decorated our Easter trees by using Easter ceramic blanks and fillable eggs. We have several posts on the Hobbycraft blog to show you how to create these fantastic decorations, such as How to Make Colourful Marbled Eggs, How to Make Galaxy Marbled Eggs, and How to Crochet a Carrot Garland.
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Wedding Table Centrepiece
There are so many ways to implement the white twig tree into your wedding. The larger white twig trees make great table planners at weddings, simply hang your guests names from the tree branches. Mini slate hearts would work well for this, as they’d also be perfect as a wedding favour.
They also make great message trees! Instead of having a book for your guests to write their well wishes in, why not supply some cut out hearts or butterflies and some pegs for each of your guests to write out their message and then peg it to the tree. The messages can then be collated later on into a scrapbook of the day.
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Why not use your white tree as an alternative advent calendar? Cone shapes made out of card make great holders for sweet treats – simply make to size and tape a length of ribbon on the inside of each cone and fill with your item of choice. Take a look at the examples below for inspiration – it’ll be fantastic to have the choice over what is inside each parcel, and to be able to reuse the tree year after year.
If space is a little tight then a white tree is the perfect alternative to a traditional tree, and it also has the added benefit of no needles dropping! Once Christmas is over simply redecorate – it couldn’t be simpler. Why not hang some fairy lights from the branches to add a calming glow to any room
Modern Room Decoration
The versatility of the tree enables you to enjoy it all year round, but how should you be decorating your tree during the interludes between each big season? Take a look at the images below to see how others have been decorating theirs!
If you’re nervous about knitting, knitting looms are an ideal piece of equipment to take the fear away and help you on your way to becoming a knitting ninja! They make the process of knitting simple and quick. We’ve rounded up 13 tutorials from around the internet to get you started.
This tutorial shows you how to loom knit a hat using a large round loom and some bulky yarn. It’s so simple – your very first attempt will be perfectly wearable too! Dream a Little Bigger also has a handy post that show you how to change colours on a knitting loom ».
This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to loom knit a sweater using a circular loom and thick yarn. There are several different techniques that are used – perfect for the confident novice who is keen to expand their loom knitting repertoire.
Loom knitting allows you to create fantastic and durable garments in no time at all! This is the answer to all of your scarf making woes. Sit down, kick up your feet, turn on the box and loom knit your own infinity scarf by following the above tutorial.
Anyone can make this monogram coffee cup sleeve by following the above beginner’s guide of how to loom knit. These are a quick and easy bulk gift idea in the run up to big gifting events such as Christmas! Choose any colours to personalise your sleeves.
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This is an easy and fairly quick loom project, great for if you’re looking to create a cute and useful accessory. The soft, wool blend will keep you warm while wearing your hair down or up in a ponytail. Follow the above tutorial to make your own!
This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to knit fingerless mittens using a circular loom. It will teach you how to use alternate colours and how to make the thumb hole – techniques that you’ll be able to apply to future projects!
This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to loom knit a stuffed owl toy using a 24 peg loom and a 36 peg loom. You’ll learn how to work decreases, how to work in flat panel and in rounds, and how to change colors. Perfect for when you are underway with the basics of loom knitting!
These baskets show just what it is possible to achieve with a knitting loom. Travel over to This Moment is Good to find out where you can purchase these patterns, or simply use the imagery as inspiration!
How to Use a Knitting Loom
Not sure how to get started? Check out our quick video below!
It’s never been easier to get sewing, with a whole host of projects online to keep you busy! We’ve selected a bucketful of projects that are perfect for beginners – from skirts, to gadget cases, to crafting storage hacks – there’s something for everyone!
Be the envy of the classroom by having a go at sewing your own pencil case using VELCRO® brand tape! Follow this fantastic tutorial below by Miss Libby Rose » to find out how it’s done. We have a huge range of fabrics and fat quarters » available – there’s something for everyone! Use VELCRO® Brand tape » as a secure fastening for all your pens and pencils.
Create this welcoming spring succulent embroidery hoop wall hanging by forming your own succulents using felt. Our Haberdashery expert, Kathi, has provided a handy downloadable guide that will show you exactly how to form each different type of succulent.
Check out the above tutorial by Laura and Tia from Little Button Diaries. They wanted to make a little purse to keep their ice cream change in! Take your pick from our selection of fabrics and fat quarters online and in store at Hobbycraft.
Put those pretty scraps of ribbon you have lying around to good use, and show them off finally with a pretty ruffled ribbon effect makeup bag. This is a fab project for beginners, as you only need to do some straight line stitching, and it also helps teach you the basics of how to create ruffles and gathers using your machine! For this project you’ll need grosgrain ribbon and a zip!
Jam jars have sported fabric caps for years, and you will love this new twist on an old favorite fabric jam jar topper that uses pom pom trimming as a flourish around the edge! Follow the tutorial above to find out how to make your own.
Use the above tutorial as a guide to create a little drawstring case that is just the right size for your pair of sunglasses! Take a look at the selection of fabrics and fat quarters online and in store at Hobbycraft to find the right fabric for you.
Tassels are a great way of brightening up anything from the bottom of curtains to key chains, there’s nothing a tassel can’t embellish! If you’ve got an old cushion cover that you want to reinvigorate, or want to make a new cushion to add to your collection, this tassel cushion is the perfect weekend craft project. You can use embroidery threads to make the tassels, or you could use yarn for a chunkier look.
These sweet little fabric birds by designer Helen Philipps make a wonderful springtime gift. You can machine- or hand-sew them from fat quarters, making this the perfect project for children to try. Just cut out your templates and sew!
Doors that swing shut can be super annoying! Here’s one way to solve this problem. Follow the above tutorial on the Hobbycraft blog to find out how you can make your own using our fabrics and fat quarters, and embellish using felt!
Make this beautiful pin board to showcase your patchwork and quilting skills. This project is most effective if you keep to using just two different fabrics, creating the star pattern. This project also uses polyester wadding to give the board a puffier look!
Follow the above tutorial to find out how to make your own envelope clutch bag. These bags are super chic, and perfect for a night out on the town! Take a look at our fabrics and fat quarters online and in store at Hobbycraft to find a fabric that strikes your fancy.
This calming bear hand warmer is simple to stitch together, either on the machine or by hand. Fill with rice, pop in the microwave and have toasty tips all winter long! Take a look at the tutorial linked above to find out how to make your own.
Make a sophisticated lavender-filled version of the classic patchwork ball to lightly scent your wardrobe or drawers. These pretty bedroom adornments are quick and easy to sew and make the ideal homemade gift. Take your pick from our selection of fabrics and fat quarters online and in store at Hobbycraft.
This project is a great one for beginners, as the stitches are straight and simple. Create your own set of letters, suitable for wall adornments or toys for your child! Collect a variety of fabrics and fat quarters and get sewing!
Sew this beautiful and functional keyring phone case, and keep your valuables safe in style! Sewing expert Miss Libby Rose » has created the above tutorial to tell you exactly what you’ll need to create this eye catching craft! We have a huge range of fabrics and fat quarters » available – there’s something for everyone! Use VELCRO® brand tape » to easily make a secure fastening.
This gift bag is super unique, and is not only an effective vessel, but also reusable and therefore eco friendly! Take a look at our range of fabrics and fat quarters to select your perfect colour combination!
Jewellery to DIY for! Add glamour to an outfit using faux leather or cardstock to create this stunning geometric necklace and matching earrings using the Cricut Explore and its online software, Design Space.
NOTE: The term ‘Cricut Explore’ refers to all the Explore machines: Explore, Explore Air, Explore Air 2 and Explore One.
NOTE: This project uses three layers of faux leather instead of ten layers of cardstock, as designed in the original project.
Using a laptop/Mac/iPad/iPhone, log on to your Design Space account and make sure you are connected to your Explore / Maker machine. In the projects, search for and select ‘Geometric Necklace & Earrings’. Click ‘customise’.Using a laptop/Mac/iPad/iPhone, log on to your Design Space account and make sure you are connected to your Explore / Maker machine. In the projects, search for and select ‘Geometric Necklace & Earrings’. Click ‘customise’.
2. This project makes a necklace measuring 5.5” (w) x 2.8” (h) (14cm x 7cm) and earrings measuring 1” (w) x 3.1” (h) (2.5cm x 7.9cm). Delete or hide images until only three remain for each of the necklace and earring images. Making sure the remaining images are grouped, resize as required.
3. Cut the images from faux leather.TIP: Place the faux leather front side down on to the cutting mat and mirror image the images. This will minimise any marks from the machine rollers.Use the XL applicator tool to apply the faux leather to the cutting mat to ensure good contact.
4. Remove the cut images from the cutting mat using the spatula. Glue the layers together using fabric glue.
5. Use the piercer tool to create a small hole at either end of the necklace and the top of the earrings; pressing into the piercing mat.
6. Add jump rings through the holes. Add the desired length of chain to the jump rings of the necklace and earring hooks to those on the earrings. Close all the jump rings securely using the pliers.