#ReadySteadyCraft

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#ReadySteadyCraft

We all know how the school holidays can be a struggle when it comes to entertaining the children and finding interesting activities to keep them occupied, right?

That’s why we’ve teamed up with some of the UK’s most influential parenting and craft vloggers and their little ones and asked them to spend some time together to create their vision of what spring looks like in whatever way they like, and show you how they did it in a vlog!

But now we need your help to choose a winner. Simply have a watch of the videos below (why not get your Mini-Mes involved?) and vote for your favourite by clicking on the vote button below the vlog.

The vlogger with the most votes will win a £150 voucher to spend in store on some more lovely Country Baskets goodies! But you’re not left out….

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To say a big THANK YOU for voting, we’d like to give you 10% off your first online Country Baskets shop when you register with us. Just go here to redeem the offer!

So, get READY….STEADY….CRAFT!

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This evening whilst it was raining, the children and I opened our hamper of goodies from Country Baskets and got crafting. We made a trinket box for Daddy and a photo line (like a washing line for photos) for Daddy to hang some beautiful family photos on.

This is all in part of the #ReadySteadyCraft competition running on the Country Baskets website and I would really love it if you could vote for us!

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When I had an email come through challenging us to craft something that was inspired from spring, it got me thinking, what does remind me of spring? The flowers starting to bloom maybe or those little buds growing on the trees, or even butterflies starting to flutter around.

But, for me, it is all of them. So we decided to think outside the box a little and that’s when we thought about making a wind chime. A neighbour has one and although it is beautiful and has a lovely little chime, this changes at 3am when it’s blowing up a gale and all you can hear is that noise, over and over and over,,,

So the boys decided that they wanted to make their own, but without the noise, a noiseless wind chime if you will. The lovely people from over at Country Baskets sent us a stunning little hamper of craft goodies to get us started and we collected the extra bits we needed along the way.

You will need:

1 stick (around 12inch long)

5 toilet roll inners

Tissue paper (varying colours)

String

Decorative items

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Spring in our garden is all about the birds coming by to get their meal worms and the yellow and red tulips popping up, so these were our inspiration for making sun catchers, with a few other templates for good measure, which you can download in here.

Once my templates were cut out I set about cutting up the tissue paper into strips to place on the back of the image, using the sticky back plastic as a base. We then set up our crafting area in the garden.  I do have a photo but it’s not flattering and that big butt mentioned earlier may be a primal focus of that shot – no one wants that…….

“We” decided that the black outline needed decorating; therefore, we put the sticky back plastic over the front of the template and flipped it so as to fill the inside with tissue paper.  This leaves the front ready for decorating with buttons.  My son’s favourite part.

Once the back was completed and the plastic was trimmed, we flipped the pictures over and glued flowers, buttons, and butterflies on the front.  Glue is a big part of Max’s crafty session, no matter what we are doing – yes, he’ll put it in the paint if I don’t watch him!

I did suggest we hang them up at the window and watch the light come through, but my strong willed little boy had other plans for his… they look much better on the trampoline, where the sun can shine right through!

Who am I to disagree, his craft, his imagination 🙂

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We love wildlife and the outdoors in our house and we love to incorporate that into our crafts.  Our tadpoles have recently developed into froglets so this is a great craft for those watching their own wildlife develop.

The craft itself is a good mix of painting and gluing, perfect for any age to make or at least help with.

Once complete you can use the box as a small play pond with frogs that can clip to the side, which is great for developing fine motor skills.  There are also numerous frog songs that you can sing whilst popping the frogs into the pond.

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Button Flowers

These button flowers are a cute craft for spring and summer but despite how simple they look there’s actually quite a bit of learning sneaked into this craft! To make it all you need is coloured card, glue, scissors and of course a lot of buttons. If you are crafting with young children then I recommend getting the parts of the flower cut out in advance for them but older children might want to cut the shapes out themselves, if this is the case you might still want to draw them the outline of the flower as these can be a bit tricky to freehand. Don’t make your flowers too big unless you know your kids can stay engrossed in one project for ages, you can always cut some more out to create a button flower garden!

Handling the small buttons is great for young children to support their fine motor skills while the craft itself is a great way to get your kids talking about colours, shapes and sizes. You could discuss which button is the biggest or smallest or discuss the flower itself, how bees are attracted to attractive flowers so you need to make your petals as pretty as possible. Of course you can just relax with a cup of tea while your kids enjoy making this pretty craft, the choice is up to you!

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Watch our video on how to create the perfect spring hanging basket (no maintenance required – all flowers are artificial!)

Need some more spring/summer inspiration?

Head over to our blog here and read up on the latest trends and what we’re loving right now, including Hot Tropics, Wild Meadow and Summer Shores.