It’s almost that time of the year when dads all over the country go into panic-buying mode to organise Mother’s Day presents from their kids. If us mums are lucky we get husbands who either know our tastes perfectly or ones like mine who always ask what I would like *bonus*, I also have a daughter who LOVES to get crafty and make me gifts to treasure too and if I’m honest those are always my favourites!
I love getting crafty, although I have to admit my projects often end up as ‘pinterest fails’, so when they said that these crafts were suitable for everybody *not to mention easy enough for kids* I figured that even I would be able to do them well! Thankfully I didn’t show myself up by making too much of a mess… well not unless you count an exploded can of fizzy drink and a smashed plant pot!
I got straight into making some cute coasters when I arrived – they were so easy to make and used just plain tiles, tissue paper or paint and PVA glue so are a real budget friendly project – in fact Lily and I will be making some more of these over the Easter holidays as I have stocked up on the white square tiles; getting a box of 44 for just £4.34, total bargain!
I made mine by cutting out tissue paper to size, sticking it to the tile with PVA glue and then coating the tile in a thin layer of glue to seal it. Some of the kids made fab colourful ones with drawings or painted designs too which looked fab. Afterwards you can add felt pads to the base of the tiles to make them into coasters or do what I did and leave them without so they can be used as tiles 🙂 One of my next projects now is to create some tiles to decorate part of our allotment and I’ll be using this method with a waterproof sealant.
P.S that gold stripe and heart one is one of my finished designs and I’m in love with it!
All of the items used are available at Homebase and they are really well priced. I’ll be honest I didn’t realise just how big a range Homebase has in store – everything from the regular practical decorating and gardening items right through to craft scissors, home accessories and cushions – it’ll definitely be somewhere I keep on my radar now after a quick wander through the store!
The next craft I tried my hand at was making one of these fab macrame plant pot holders. Macrame is EVERYWHERE at the moment so I was thrilled to try something so on-trend in home decor. Saying that I was pretty nervous too as it looks so complicated but was actually really easy! It’s just a series of knots in the rope and was actually a really quick project to finish! I won’t go into the step-by-step instructions here as it’d take forever but there’s a great instructional video here: Homebase: How to create a macrame plant hanger.
Even the kids got involved in making the macrame pot holders – it was a great craft to do together and everybody was surprised at how simple it was once you got the knack of it!
The ivy plants themselves were really cheap – something like £1.50 each and they make such a statement in the finished designs, i’m sure they will look even better once they are growing and trailing down too 🙂
There was face-painting at the event for the kids (of course that was very popular!) and these two cuties made adorable coasters as presents for their mum – although the youngest one wasn’t so keen on handing her prized project over!
I had a great day and picked up some great ideas and now i’m looking forward to creating some more of the ideas that Jane and Homebase have put together for handmade gifts!
So dads before you rush unprepared onto the high street do check out these super simple, unique, thoughtful and creative gift ideas; plus the equipment for all of these can be picked up in Homebase (perfect way to get your gift shopping done on the sly too!) for under £15 *bargain* – you can find the video tutorials here. Homebase also have a whole section on their website for Kids Activities – there’s a mix of indoor and outdoor things to do and we’ll be getting stuck into some of those in the half term 🙂
I would love to see what you create so please do share your pictures on Instagram and tag me in them (@alex_bettertogether) so I can see what you’ve been up to!