Halloween activities 2020 - pumpkins covered in spiderwebs

Halloween Activities 2020

Halloween 2020 isn’t cancelled guys … we just need to be a bit more creative in what we do and how we do it!  I’ve hunted high and low for some of the best Halloween activities for 2020 to keep you going over half term and Halloween. 

Halloween Crafts

Craft Kits

*cough, cough* I’ve created a rather marvellous Halloween craft kit for children aged 5-12, packed with 3 fun crafts and a spooky experiment (plus it’s fairly mess-free – yay!).  There’s also a wand craft kit available for any aspiring witches and wizards!

Each kit comes with exclusive tutorial videos for the ultimate stress-free craft experience!

You can also find some autumnal craft inspiration over on my  Autumn crafts blog post. the Lego pumpkin is especially cool!

Halloween craft kit showing ghost tassel, pumpkin lantern, pumpkin decoration

Biscuit decorating

My wonderful friend at Biscuits By Sarah B has made the most gorgeous biscuit decorating kits.  My children and I have been lucky enough to try out a few of Sarah’s kits and they’re so much fun and delicious.

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Pumpkin Pandemonium

Pumpkin picking and carving has taken off exponentially over the last few years, so why not make a day of it and take a trip to a pumpkin picking patch to choose your perfect pumpkin?  If you’re local to me in Dorset, Kara and her family from Are We Nearly There yet? went to Sopley Farm.  There’s also a great patch at Fordingbridge.

Pumpkin Painting

How about mixing things up this year and paint your pumpkins?  This is especially good for little ones.

Turn mini pumpkins into doughnuts with this wonderful tutorial by Studio DIY

Kailo chic has created some gorgeous 80s inspired pumpkins and just look at those gold storks!

Finally, if you’re feeling brave just let the kids go wild and do their own thing with Art bar’s painting pumpkins with kids tutorial.

Play Dough

Play dough is a brilliant activity to keep kids both young and old entertained. Kids love to get involved with making the play dough as well, check out this autumnal recipe from Sophie at This Mum Oils.

If you don’t have time to make your own, Oki Dough Ki makes THE MOST adorable play dough sets. Check out Rachel’s Halloween kit. I have it under good authority that they smell divine and inspire awesome imaginative play.

3 pots of Halloween themed play dough

Fun with clay

If you’re local to Dorchester, Deborah at Creative Clay for All has put together some takeaway clay kits. She’ll walk you through adding textures and shape to create clay creations to be proud of!

Free Halloween Colouring

You can download and print a free spooky pumpkin colouring download from By Charlie’s Hand.

Rock Painting

Fun and free is always a win, so how about doing some Halloween rock painting?

Rocks painted as pumpkins, ghosts and monsters

Halloween Activities

Pumpkin Trails

There’s not a lot of activities going on in 2020 (as I’m sure you can imagine), but some community-spirited people have set up pumpkin trails around the country. The idea is, that instead of trick or treating, people put up pictures of pumpkins or real pumpkins in their windows and we go on a walk to spot them. (You could also give a sweet for every pumpkin spotted.)
If you’re based in Dorset you can join in here – Great Pumpkin trails. A quick search on Facebook should show up any groups local to you.

The Enchanted Nanny’s School Of Magic

This October half-term, the Enchanted Nanny brings you the VIRTUAL School of Magic! Five days of potion-making, wand crafting, transfiguration (cookery), astronomy, herbology and more! (Guess who’s doing the wand making – yup! Meeeee!).

They’ve conjured each of the lessons, games and activities into something virtual that will transform your little one’s world at home, into their own magic academy over the half-term break.

Tickets are £10 per family and you can find out more or buy them here. Add on biscuit and wand kits can also be purchased.

Virtual school of magic

Shire Hall Slime Making

Throughout the half-term holidays, Shire Hall (in Dorchester, Dorset) will become home to spooky family-friendly fun. Join them for slippery slime-making workshops, count the spiders trail and spooky story-telling throughout the week.
Slime making will be to current government Covid guidelines.

Halloween Party Games

I know many of you are planning a small family Halloween party, so why not try some of these games?

  • Apple bobbing.
  • Hanging doughnuts on a string and eating them with no hands.
  • Toilet paper mummy wrapping.
  • Bingo – A quick search on Pinterest brings up lots of free Halloween themed bingo cards. My favourite is by Paper Trail Design.
  • Spagehtti rummage (grim but fun).
  • Pin the mouth on the pumpkin/ nose on the witch etc.
  • Pumpkin treasure hunt – Samantha Prewett from Samantha Prewett Photography suggests ‘We are doing a sweet hunt around the house instead of trick or treating. Turning off the lights and giving the kids a torch to find the sweets.’

Halloween Films …

There’s bound to be a rainy day or 2 over half term, so take cover and pop on the TV, snuggle under a blanket and enjoy a Halloween favourite! Here’s some inspiration if you need it. (Let me know your go-to Halloween film in the comments).

  • Hocus Pocus
  • Goosebumps
  • Ghostbusters
  • Paranorman
  • Spiderwick Chronicals

Spooky Food & Treats

When I’ve ventured into the supermarkets, I’ve noticed that there’s a lot less Halloween decorations, sweets and treats to buy. But fear not! The wonderful duo at the Bon Bon Boys has put together a gruesome selection of sweets for your delectation. Halloween is saved – hurrah!

Halloween sweets including worms, spiders, teeth, skulls and maggots

If you’re after further foodie inspiration how about…

  • worms and eyeballs (meatballs and spaghetti)
  • witches fingers (hot dog sausages)
  • mummy hot dogs (wrap pastry round to look like bandages)
  • spooky faces/mummy/spider web homemade pizza

If in doubt add edible eyes to everything!

Do You Have Any Ideas To Add?

I hope you’ve found some Halloween activities inspiration for 2020. Who needs to go out in the cold and knock on doors for sweets anyway?

Don’t forget to check out my Halloween craft kits before they’re all gone! Let me know in the comments if you know of any fun Halloween events or activities happening this half term and of course what your favourite film is! Let’s share the Halloween love and inspire each other. xoxo

PS Please note that this blog contains links to affiliate links. (This means if you click on a link and purchase something, you won’t pay a penny more, but I’ll earn a small commission.).

How I store children's craft supplies. Ikea craft trolley filled with paper, card, embellishments and accessories

How To Store Children’s Craft Supplies

A Crafty Mess and Stressful Storage

Many kids love to create and make, but how on earth do you store your children’s craft supplies?

Both of my children (aged 7 and 10) love arts and crafts. However, I used to store our supplies in different cupboards, boxes and drawers all over the house, making them inaccessible to the children.  Furthermore, crafting in our house had to be an activity that was planned in advance and the kids had to ask for the supplies. 

Subsequently, a couple of years ago, I read the Artful Parent by Jean Van Hul.  Her family are luckily enough to have an art room. Few people have that luxury, but it got me thinking … art shouldn’t always be led by adults. Children should have the freedom to explore different materials and techniques.

How I store children's craft supplies. Ikea craft trolley filled with paper, card, embellishments and accessories

An Invitation to Play

Firstly I purchased the Raskog Ikea trolley and an oilcloth table-cloth.  The trolley lives in a corner of the dining room, yes it’s not the most attractive thing to look at and it does get rather messy. BUT, as a result, the kids regularly gravitate towards the trolley and make models and pictures all by themselves.

If you don’t want a trolley, you could use a storage box, dedicate a shelf in a cupboard or plastic rainbow drawer units are useful too.

Get Organised: How to store children’s craft supplies

Once you’ve bought all your craft goodies, there are lots of ways to organise them.  I decided to put all the card, paper, foam and stickers together on the top shelf. The middle shelf is full of pots for beads, foam shapes, glitter etc. The bottom shelf has boxes from the Scrapstore (full of scrap materials) and boxes with lots of compartments for embellishments. 

My top tips for how to store children’s craft supplies –

  • Put art supplies you’re happy for them to play with unsupervised in a tin, basket or trolley.
  • Make the art supplies easy to get to and preferably near a table.
  • Organise craft materials in clear plastic pots.
  • Put papers, foam sheets, stickers together in document holders or cut the top off a cereal box (See photo).
  • Keep poster paint, paintbrushes, old t-shirts and water pots in a box out of sight and reach. Only get this out when you’re around!  (Above all, nobody wants blue paint on a beige carpet – trust me!)
  • Purchase each child an A4 plain notebook with thick pages and encourage the kids to paint, stick and draw in the books.  As a result, you won’t have stray artwork everywhere and you can all look back on what they’ve done. 
  • Save jam jars, pretty packaging and old beauty pots to store your craft supplies.
  • If you have space, it’s worth having a box in the garage and keeping a supply of cardboard boxes, kitchen rolls and interesting scrap for model making.

Finally, for ideas on what to put in your craft kit and where to buy it, pop over to my post about What to Put in a Child’s Craft Box

I hope you’re inspired to store your children’s craft supplies and allow them to have their own creative adventures. I’d love to hear what you put in your kits or even better, a photo in the comments would be awesome!

Thanks for reading, warm sparkly hugs,

How to store children's craft supplies  with an invitation to play
pom pom and tassel wall hanging

Pom Pom Wall Hanging Tutorial

A handmade, pom pom wall hanging is a gorgeous addition to your home decor and furthermore, it’s easy to make!  If you’re short on time, you could make a mini wall hanging, with just one tassel, pom pom and beaded wire.

I think there’s something therapeutic about making pom poms and tassels, but there’s only so many keyrings you can add them to.  Consequently, my daughter, Izzy and I were super excited to create this gorgeous wall hanging together (to be fair, I only helped a bit!).

On a recent beach walk at Mudeford in Dorset, we found the most beautiful weather-beaten sticks, which were certainly shouting out to be used for a craft project.   Subsequently, we dug out some delightful shells and raided my extensive wool collection. Then Izzy got cracking with the crafting!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your very own pom pom wall hanging.


Twig (ours is 40 cms)
Wool – We used Paint Box Yarns in pink, blue, yellow and grey.
Pom pom maker (preferably different sizes). We use Clover pom pom makers in sizes 35 mm, 45 mm, 65 mm and 85 mm.
Piece of card 7 x 11 cms
Thin wire or embroidery thread

Please note, that these links are affiliate links and I receive a financial kickback if you make a purchase 🙂

Optional – shells (we found these shells with holes in already on a beach in Spain last summer).

Pom Pom Wall Hanging Instructions

Yellow tassel made from wool, with beads threaded onto it.

Step 1

Firstly, choose your colour scheme for the wall hanging and make 2 tassels out of wool, you can follow our online tassel tutorial for full instructions.  We made one pale pink tassel and one yellow and added pony beads onto the hanging threads.  Leave a generous amount of wool to hang your tassel with, so you can play around with the length. We used 42 cms for the yellow tassel and 86 cms for the pale pink tassel.

Step 2

Secondly, following my pom pom tutorial make 2 or 3 pom poms in different sizes.  We made pink and grey pom poms using a 65 mm pom pom maker and a blue pom pom using a 45 mm maker. Leave a generous amount of wool to hang your pom pom. We used 60 cms for the pink pom pom, 38 cms for the blue and 70 cms for the grey.).

Pink pom pom made from wool

Step 3

Put your stick on a table or the floor and lay out your pom poms and tassels in the order you want to hang them.  Then tie them onto the stick using a double knot or reef knot and trim the ends.

Step 4

  • Cut 3 lengths of thin wire (about 30 cms long each)
  • Thread a bead onto the end of each one.
  • Wrap the wire around the bead to secure it
  • Add a shell and / or some more beads. 
  • Wrap the other end of the beaded wire around the twig several times. 

It’s a good idea to use a different amount of beads on each length of wire. Alternatively, if you don’t have wire, use wool or embroidery thread.

Step 5

Cut three lengths of wool at 170 cms (we used yellow, pink and grey).  Tie all three ends together at one end and plait the long threads. Tie the ends together once you have finished.  We found it easier to ask someone to hold the tied ends whist the other person platted (or you could tie the ends onto a chair).  Tie your platted threads onto either end of your twig.

Hands showing 3 strand of wool being platted to make a plait for a pom pom wall hanging.

Step 6

Finally, hang your wall hanging up and enjoy!

In addition, you could add on other seasonal nature finds, such as pine cones and leaves in Autumn or add little pegs to clip on small photos.  

I hope you enjoy making your wall hanging and I’d love you to share a photo on Facebook or tag me on @madebymecraftparties on Instagram!  Happy pom pom making.

Warm, sparkly hugs,
Lexy x

Autumn crafts for kids

Autumn Crafts for Kids

Weekend Craftsperation – the best Autumn crafts for kids

This month, I’ve searched high and low for the best autumn crafts for kids and indeed the whole family.

I’ve been running a weekly slot over on Facebook for over a year called Weekend Craftsperation, where I share gorgeous and (fairly) simple makes that you might like to try with your children at the weekend. I’m really picky about what I share with you because it needs to be useful and achievable. I’ve now put all my crafty discoveries into one handy blog so you don’t have to go ferreting around on social media for them! I hope you like it.

Having spent a lot of time searching the internet for crafty DIYs I’ve come across a lot of sites that bombard you with advertising and are hard to load, read and follow. So I’ve avoided all of those and brought you only the best craft websites that I can muster (and for you to pin for a rainy day!).

Pine Cone Mobile

First up is this wonderful pine cone mobile by the amazing Art Bar. You can have loads of fun hunting for pine cones on a lovely autumnal walk and then go home and paint them whilst enjoying a hot chocolate.
These mobiles will look beautiful in your home and the whole family can take part! This is definitely high on my list of things to make (and yes, it’s a long old list!).

The best Autumn crafts for kids.
Beautiful autumnal pine cone mobile by Art Bar
Photo courtesy of Art Bar

Leaf Jar

Have you ever needed to ‘encourage’ your kids to go out on a walk to get fresh air?

The leaves are in full flow of turning all the beautiful colours at the moment. I love nothing more than spending a cool, sunny, autumn afternoon on a walk with the family kicking the leaves!

My kids love taking a bag out with them to collect autumn ‘treasure’, it’s a great way to get them outside in nature and to get them excited about making too. I hope it works for you too and keeps the whole family happy.

Once you have your stash of leaves, you could try these glass tea light jars by Spark & Chemistry. (I think the leaves don’t need to be too dried out as they’ll just crumble, so I’d recommend doing the craft soon after your walk).

The best autumn crafts for kids
Autumn leaf tea light jars by Sparkle and Chemistry
Photo courtesy of Spark and Chemistry

Ceramic Leaf

OMG … these leaf bowls by Dainty Dress Diaries are ABSOLUTELY beautiful! I’m not entirely sure that my efforts will be quite so amazing but I’m going to give it a go!
These bowls would be a brilliant rainy day activity during the school holidays. You could also use the left over clay for all sorts of fun projects such as making beads and animals, or for the next project.

Need to buy some clay?

The best autumn crafts for kids.
Gorgeous autumn leaf bowl made with air dried clay by Dainty Dress Diaries
Photo courtesy of Dainty Dress Diaries

Clay Hedgehog

Does your child struggle to sit still and craft or perhaps the leaf bowls are a bit tricky for them? This idea from Sun Hats and Wellie Boots is quick and simple and perfect for littlies.
My son made these at school this term and he’s so proud of his! I’ll share his beauty in the comments (he’s called Spiky).

The best autumn crafts for kids - clay hedgehog DIY by Sun Hats and Wellie Boots

Lego Pumpkins

Finally, I couldn’t let October pass without a nod to Halloween and this Lego DIY by Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls is so imaginative!
You can even pop an led tea light in it and it looks awesome 😍 (the website is a little slow, but stick with it, I promise it’s worth it).

Need some orange Lego?

The best autumn crafts for kids.
Brilliant Lego pumpkins by Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls

If you’re fairly new to crafting with your children, I’ve written a useful post about creating a craft kit for children and where to buy your supplies from to get you started.

Have you tried any wonderful autumn crafts with your children? I’d love to hear about your favourite activities in the comments?

The best autumn craft ideas for kids.  A round up of the cutest seasonal crafts I can find on the web!
What to put in a child's craft kit and where to buy craft supplies

What to Put in a Child’s Craft Box

What should I put in my child’s craft box?  Being the owner of Made By Me Craft Parties my children have access to a whole room full of craft supplies and as a result, they’re eager recipients of my cast-offs!  But what do you do if you’re just starting out?  What on earth do you buy to set up your children with art and craft supplies and start their first craft kit?

What to put in a children's craft box - a selection of washi tapes

Here’s a list of things I think are perfect items for your kit;

Felt tips/coloured pencils
Little Brian Paint Sticks (For toddlers and younger kids – these are AMAZING!)
Plain white card
Coloured paper
Glitter (if you can bare it!) Eco glitter is even better.
Pipe cleaners
Sticky foam shapes and gems
Washi tape (paper Sellotape)
PVA glue
Pritt Stick glue
Scissors (age dependent)
Lollypop sticks
Apron for younger kids
Small pop up bin or similar
Watercolour paints for older kids and paint brushes

Where to buy craft supplies?

It can be an expensive lark getting all these supplies together if you’re just starting out.  So don’t rush off to the expensive craft stores, besides, with a little bit of time and thought you can put together a kit for very little cost.

Firstly, if you have a Scrapstore near you, this is an excellent place to start.  You can buy a bag or box of scrap for a few pounds and fill it with ribbon, wool, paper, card, embellishments, boxes and random bits and bobs for modelling.  Scrapstores often have a shelf of art supplies for sale, such as paints and glue that are good value.

What to put in a craft box - A selection of ribbons available at Made By Me Craft Parties.

Secondly, consider a trip to the likes of Poundland, Wilkinsons, The Range and even Lidl or Aldi.  The art range at Ikea is also fantastic and well priced and of course you can pick up lots of bits online at ebay and Amazon.

You won’t be able to get all the supplies in one place, but you can certainly pick up a few bargains on your travels to get you on your way.  Just choose your materials carefully if you’re buying for older children, it’s worth investing a bit more money into their paint brushes and paper.

What to put in a craft box for children

Finally, you can find ready-made boxes of crafts in lots of the supermarkets and craft stores and these are well worth buying as a birthday present.  Besides, you can then add to them as and when you see any bits you like.

Organising Craft Supplies

Once you’ve bought all your goodies, there are lots of ways to organise them.  Keep an eye out for my next blog post giving you lots of ideas for craft storage and making crafting accessible for your children.

I hope you’re inspired on what to put in your child’s craft box, what else would you add?  Have you found a hidden gem to purchase your craft supplies from?  I’d love to know in the comments.

Photos taken by Samantha Prewett Photography

PS. Some of these links are affiliate links, which means I earn a little bit of money if you make a purchase – thank you for your support. x

How to make a DIY Number 7 Pinata With Joanne Dewberry

The Pinata craze looks here to stay and they’re a popular activity at so many parties.  But what if you want to make your own? Well, party bag queen, turned small business champion Joanne Dewberry has created a rather useful DIY guide for lucky number 7.  So here’s how you can save some pennies, do a spot of recycling and unleash your inner craft queen!

When organising a birthday party for your child the most useful thing you can do is have a theme.  Having a theme helps collate all your ideas, colour schemes and activities.  For Megan’s 7th birthday party she requested a “Woodland Themed”, so we held it at our local Country Park.  Utilising the park and walking opportunities meant the children were entertained leaving us with less to organise.  For me that was an epic win in party planning.  We put up a gazebo, which we filled with activities whilst we waited for everyone to arrive including decorating wooden slice necklaces and a pinata, which was Megan’s idea before going on a scavenger hunt, ending the party with snack boxes and cake plus a play in the park.

Number 7 pinata action

Megan’s pinata suggestion was super last minute, like a couple of days beforehand!  She’d suggested a pinata would be a great way to entertain her friends whilst we waited for everyone to arrive, she was of course right!  After consulting my craft best friend “Pinterest” I realised there wasn’t anything suitable as I didn’t want to be covered in paper mache stressing out so late in the day.  So quite simply I crossed my fingers and botched something together!  Luckily we’d had a few deliveries and I knew the recycling bin was full of big boxes.

This is probably one of the easiest and most entertaining things I’ve ever made.  I literally cut out a giant 7 which I used this as a template to create a second 7.  Using bits of cardboard I built up sides around the first 7.  You can see I have taped card in the inside to make sections. I did this for 2 reasons :

  1. To add a bit of stability to the 7 and stop it being so flimsy.
  2. To stop the sweets from sitting at the bottom of the 7 as they’d have all fallen out in the first smashing. This way the children had to break through 3 sections giving everyone a chance to hit the pinata and win a sweetie treat.

Cardboard Pinata DIY

When I said I’d bodged it together I wasn’t lying!  There is nothing level or neat about this number 7. I used duck tape on the corners alongside lots and lots of sellotape to connect the sections.  Some of the cardboard wasn’t even the same size it was literally held together by tape, lots and lots of tape.

I filled the three sections with sweets and then sellotaped the second 7 on top, which wasn’t exactly pleasing to the eye.  Lucky for us Daddy Moo is a day before Christmas Eve shopper and ends up buying all the naff Christmas paper rejected by us normal shoppers.  I found some holly and berry wrapping paper in the stash which was perfect for the Woodland theme.  Keeping with making this as simple as possible, I wrapped the cardboard number 7 like a present.

It looked amazing hanging up and the children had a blast knocking it down!

This post originally appeared on Charlie Moo’s.  Joanne is a 30 something coffee lover living in rural Dorset with her long suffering partner and three children Charlie (2007), Megan (2008) and Olive (2011).  Joanne owner and creator at Charlie Moo’s specialising in handmade fabric party bags.
Joanne also writes a small business blog www.JoanneDewberry.co.uk, and author of Crafting a Successful Small Business.  In 2010 Joanne was named Dorset Business Mother of the Year and has numerous accolades and awards to her name.  In her spare time she likes to eat and watch crime dramas sometimes at the same time!
DIY Number 7 Pinata Making
close up of a rainbow of colouring pencils

Printkick Arts and Craft Kits Review

Over the summer break, I was lucky enough to be sent some lovely craft goodies to review by Printkick, who are a small family business established in 2001.

We were sent a lovely range of children’s arts and craft kits which I decided to take with us on a trip to Yorkshire to visit my family.  Printkick are usually found producing and selling personalised printed mugs for small business in the UK, but the launch of their new website has brought a few surprises!

Printkick sent us lots of goodies!

Izzy (8) and Austin (5) couldn’t wait to get their mitts on the box of delights, first out was the gorgeous colouring books.  Izzy plumped for the grown up flowers and plants colouring, she loved that the coloured pencils came as part of the book which is perfect for crafting on the go (or in our case on holiday).  Austin picked the hard back kids colouring book.  We loved that the paper for both books was good quality and thick and the colouring was only on one side of the paper.  Austin’s book also had plenty of pages at the back for his own doodles and pictures.

Printkick Colouring books
Beautiful colouring pencils and a hardback book for colouring on the go

Next up, we cracked open the fabulous wooden craft box.  It has crayons, watercolours, rubber and pencil sharpener inside and the wooden box is very grown up and perfect fro travelling.  As there was only one paintbrush, I brought along a couple of my own artists brushes.  Izzy decided to use the colouring book to paint in, which worked brilliantly!

Printkick paining set in a wooden box
Beautiful grown up painting box

As soon as I saw the the artist box I knew what I wanted to do with it and when I arrived home I sprinkled a little Made By Me Craft Party magic!  I used a little washi tape, some gems, paper flowers and a wooden flamingo to add a summer vibe to the box.  I think the plain wooden box would make an excellent birthday party activity to decorate with paint, stickers and gems and then they could be used as a party favour.

Personalised Art Box
Summer themed art box

We were also sent a cute pre printed little fabric bag and a backpack which both came with fabric pens.  These bags would make a lovely activity for younger children if you’re doing a DIY craft party or they would make perfect party bags to fill with a few goodies and of course cake!

Unfortunately, the tote bag was a bit young for my children, so we didn’t try it out.  If you’ve got a pre-schooler who’d like to try it out, pop a comment below and I’ll pick a name out of a hat at the end of September.

Printkick colour your own backpack
Colour your own backpack
Printkick tote bag
Decorate your own mini tote bag

We had so much fun with all the arts and craft kits, the kids said they were ‘awesome’.  I think they’re perfect to pack for travelling and as party favours – they’re useful, aesthetically pleasing and a good price too.

I also really like that Printkick have charitable and environmental commitments, they recently ran a campaign with the ADHD Foundation for Neurodiversity  , the umbrella project was simply beautiful and inspiring.  Printkick have also launched a new eco-friendly products range, which is an issue close to my heart (I did a geography degree back in the day!)

Thank you Printkick for the opportunity to play with your lovely products!  We had a great time.  I think we’ll be packing the colouring for our trip abroad later in the year.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to comment below if you’d like the mini colour in tote bag!


Ker Pow!

It’s been ages since I last blogged, but I promise you I’ve been beavering away running craft parties and coming up with new designs and themes for you (not sunning myself in the South of France …sigh).

First up is the superhero cuff.  Of course, boys like crafting too and I’m keen to include lots of party options for them.  Keep an eye out for my Superhero ‘Capes, cuffs and masks’ party option which is coming soon, but for the meantime, the cuffs have been added into the Craft Mania Party.  If you’ve a mix of boys and girls you could choose to have a mixed activity of crowns and cuffs.

Crowns & cuffs.jpg

I’d also like to introduce my Catching the Sun and Casing your Dreams party.  Sun catchers are a lovely option for craft parties, especially in the summer.  I’ll provide all the beautiful materials to produce a masterpiece that can be treasured for years to come.  The children will be able to add pom poms, tassels and ribbons to their creations to give them extra wow.


So that’s a taster of some ideas I’ve been working on, I hope you like them.  What would your child choose to make if they had a craft party?  I’d love to hear from you and discuss your party needs, you can contact me at lexy@madebymeparties.co.uk

Sew, a needle pulling thread!

In truth, I’m not much of a sewer.  In my head I’m amazing and I have a fabric stash that makes my husband’s eyes roll up to the sky and a bookcase full of gorgeous sewing books that sit on the shelf gathering dust.  Sadly, in reality I have a go at making something, do an ok job and then put it all away and forget all the skills.

I’ve made a blind, a skirt, half a dress (I know, I know!), taken up jeans and made a boat load of reusable shopping bags (Christmas presents one year).  But each time I start a new project, my confidence seems to have left the building.

I love pattern, I love design, I love clothes and bags and I love fabric.  So when I had a chance to enter a competition with Hillarys Blinds, I grabbed the chance to stroke some pretty fabric and make something useful.  My first challenge was deciding which fabric to use, there were 4 to choose from and all equally delicious.  I opted for Safi Turquise as blue is one of my favourite colours.

The second challenge was deciding what to make. Usually I decide what to make and then buy fabric (unless I see fabric that is too gorgeous to pass up of course!).  So I delved into that dusty bookshelf to seek inspiration and now I have a list of things to make as long as my arm (oops!).

I decided on making a tablet case for my Samsung Galaxy as the fabric from Hillarys is so soft and quite robust. Here’s how I did it and how I got on!


If you want to know how I made it, here are some brief instructions (bearing in mind the measurements are for a Samsung tablet).

I measured out 2 pieces of the Safi Turquiose fabric for the outside measuring
24.5cms x 66cms
and 24.5cms x 22.5
One piece of lining fabric (I used a blue/grey polycotton)
Wadding measuring 24.5cms x 57cms

1. Fold a 1.5cm hem on the bottom (short end) of the smaller outer fabric and iron and then repeat the process again and sew a 1cm hem.
2. Put the 2 remaining larger bits of fabric right sides together and pin, then sew a 1 cm seam allowance along the top.
3. Open out the pieces from step 2 and place the wadding on the wrong side of the lining, pin in place and sew a straight line into the wadding 1 cm away from one from step 2.
4. Fold the outer fabric over so that the right sides are facing out with the wadding in the middle.
5. Place the outer fabric facing up and the stitched end of the fabric nearest you. From the stitched end, measure 27.5cms and put a pin on each side at this measurement (as a guide) and then pick the stitched end up and fold it so the fold is where the pins are and then pin the top in place.
6. Put the smaller piece of fabric on top, right side down and line up with the top edge. Pin in place.
7. Sew round the three edges with a 1cm seem allowance (the remaining side is a fold, so no need to sew that).
8. Trim the corners at 45 a degree angle.
9. Turn the whole thing inside out (a magical moment!)
10. Complete the project with some sew on velcro to secure the flap at the top.

Hilary 2Finally I added decorative button from my stash of pretty things!  Et Voila!  I’m insanely pleased with how it turned out and our tablet is now nice and snug in it’s new home!  (It also seems to make an excellent sleeping bag for teddies and dolls!).

I had a great time experimenting and re-discovering my love of fabric and sewing.  You can check out the other competition entries here.  Everyone has done an amazing job!

Unique and beautiful party decorations

Since I started up Made By Me Craft Parties it’s amazed me how many people want something a little bit unique and special for their celebration events.  I thought it would be nice to share some of my commissions and inspire you lovely people!

First up, and quite possibly my favourite so far is my pin wheel commission.  The Students’ Union at Bournemouth University contacted me about designing and making something special for their centrepieces for an awards ceremony.  This is what I came up with; it’s fun, fitting for an awards ceremony and reflects the seaside location too!  These would also look fabulous at a wedding in pastel colours.

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Bunting seems to have struck a cord in many people’s hearts for a while now and I’ve made up lots of bespoke paper bunting this year.

blog 2My mini bunting makes a perfect party bag gift and has been a best seller.  It comes beautifully packaged and can be personalised and themed however you want.

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I really enjoy pulling whole parties together, this spectacle themed party was one of my most challenging briefs to date, but I think it works beautifully.  I sourced a cake and balloons before creating paper bunting and this gorgeous photo booth prop jar.  I bet hours of fun was had with the beards and glasses!

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I do love a good party and I’m looking forward to my next challenge!  If you would like me to create bespoke party decorations for a party you are planning, please get in touch with your ideas at lexy@madebymeparties.co.uk.