Toilet roll hearts!

As I said the other day, I love the fact that I can find time to get my craft on with Sprog during the holidays and this time around I am loving sharing the ideas that I came discovered with you.

Now this design may be a little bit late for Valentine’s Day but bear with me. We’ve actually used this to create an engagement card for Sprog’s godparents who got engaged on Valentine’s Day and if you were feeling a bit romantic at another time of year it’s a dead simple thing to do when you already have the paints out as a little treat for your other half or for grandparents (they always love a bit of grandchild art don’t they?!)

It starts off very simple and just gets easier so let me take you through the steps.


Toilet roll

Sticky tape



1. Save a toilet roll from the recycling bin and squish (this is my technical term) it into a heart shape.

2. To make it stay heart shaped, stick a couple of bits of tape over the round bits of the heart and it won’t bounce out of shape.

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3. Put some red paint (or another colour of your choice) on to a plate or painting palette. I found it easier if I spread it out a little for Sprog.

4. Dip the tube in the paint and go crazy on your piece of card.  Now the teacher in me needs to say that this might be a weird concept to your little person if they haven’t done it before so show them once as an example and model how you dip the tube and put it on the card. After that they should be good to go!

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So go crazy! I’d love to see any examples that you make or just let me know how you tweak it to make non-Valentines crafts.

Mami 2 Five


Toddler graffiti

I have been giddy with excitement (and exhaustion) about half term as I am determined to really make the most out of it with Sprog. We haven’t had very much quality together recently as work has been incredibly busy so I was excited to see what we could do this week.

Here’s the first of at least 3 crafty posts from our half term week!

This is a complete trial as Pinterest assured me this should be pretty easy and turns out that it really was!

1. Prepare your piece of paper by sticking down masking tape in whatever shape or lettering you wish to be left untouched.

2. Let the kids go crazy with the paints! Sprog did this whole picture with blue, red and yellow paints and then a touch of red glitter glue to finish it off.

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3. Leave the paint to dry, far away from the children. Out of grabbing distance.  If you fail in this step, expect to see much paint spread everywhere when you think you’ve already finished cleaning everything away.


4.  Once dry, remove the masking tape! It really is that simple.


I really love this as a way of create some graffiti from the kids.  It could form some art work for their rooms, a birthday/father’s day/mother’s day card, or be just because you want a bit of fun!  It’s easy enough that even my very uncreative and clean freak husband could do it with Sprog if he so desired!

Let them be small