Category Archives: Craft

Make Your Own Simple Gruffalo Costume

August 17, 2017

Craft / Life

Perfect for a fancy dress party or Book Week parade. How to make your own simple Gruffalo costume using felt, paper plates and glue. You guys, I wasn’t going to do up a post on how to make this Gruffalo Book Parade costume.
Mainly because it’s ridiculously simple and I didn’t want to insult your intelligence.
Then I thought perhaps it could spare some people staying up late the night before a Book Parade.
(Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything. Ahem.)
Also, I felt that the Interwebz was seriously lacking in Gruffalo Costume ideas.
(Just joking. There are approximately 17 kazillion DIY Gruffalo projects out there.)

So what makes our Gruffalo costume different from all the rest?

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Paper Plate Dancer Puppets

July 31, 2017


Make graceful dancer puppets out of paper plates. A simple kids craft for the little ballerina or dance-lover!! I often wonder just how much more productive I’d be if I procrastinated less.
Case in point: In attempting to write the introduction for this post, I googled the lyrics to Elton John’s Tiny Dancer.
These paper plate dancer puppets have me humming that tune every time I glimpse them hanging up in my home.
Here is a good article on the origins of the song.
But wait. You’re really here to find out how to create these paper plate dancer puppets, right?
Well let me show you how. Whilst humming a few bars of Tiny Dancer is not a mandatory part of this making process, it is highly recommended.

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DIY Kid’s Art Garland

June 29, 2017

Craft / Life

DIY Kid's Art Garland using craft sticks and paint How do you shake a creative slump?
It’s no secret that I have a love affair with Instagram and Pinterest.
Love is grand, but this infatuation can occasionally be problematic creatively.
Every now and then, I get psyched out by all the amazing ideas put together by all the amazing creatives living on the Interwebs.
And the mean, little voice in my head will start…
“Give up, Shannon. All the awesome ideas are ALREADY TAKEN.
Quit while you’re ahead. You will NEVER HAVE ANOTHER IDEA EVER AGAIN.” Read More

Review: KidArtLit Subscription Box

June 8, 2017

Books / Craft


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I’m a teacher with a penchant for picture books and art projects.
I want to raise kind and creative kids.
Despite being committed to alla these things, I still often feel like all the ideas have left the building when I’m looking for arty inspiration.
On many an occasion, I’ve been supremely exasperated by an art or craft project gone pear-shaped.
I’m often intrigued by new art processes but am too hesitant to try them or just don’t have the right supplies.
Often I get to the end of the day with such brain drain that bedtime stories are a drag, not a joy.

Despite living in a home surrounded by books and art supplies, I’m always on the lookout for ways to connect with my kids through reading and creating.
Introducing KidArtLit.
A subscription box delivered to your doorstep each month, allowing you to easily integrate art & storytime into your family’s routine.

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May 17, 2017


repurpose kids art Painting is a favourite activity here for my littles.
As a result, there is one word to describe the rate at which the painted masterpieces pile up.
Every few weeks, the pile starts taking over our art studio (read: laundry) and something MUST BE DONE.
One of my random Mum skills happens to be finding new ways to repurpose kids’ art.

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