Crafts for Kids: Crafty Cards

Why not introduce your kids to the art of card craft early with this cheap and alternative way of creating really special and unique cards for your family and friends for birthdays, christmas, weddings etc…

The school year is almost over so today my daughter and I made this Thank You card for her teacher.

What You Need:

  • Gluestick
  • Scissors
  • Coloured Card
  • Coloured Paper
  • Envelope
  • Cut-Outs from Greetings Cards (See below for details)

Optional:

  • Sequins
  • Ribbons
  • Beads
  • Tissue paper
  • Felt Tip Pens
  • Whatever you like!

Every time we have an event that means we get lots of cards in our house when we are finished with them instead of throwing them away or putting them in a sentimental keepsake box and forget about them we cut out pieces from them. Text that reads “Happy Birthday” for example, pictures of butterflies, flowers, boarders etc etc etc (from the inside and the back of the card too!) All these pieces go into a special box and when it’s someones birthday or whatever we can have a good rummage through and decide which pieces to use to make a card ourselves. (We also use these as gift tags on presents – it’s something my Mother and I used to do when I was a child and I still enjoy deciding which part of the card would make the nicest cut out as much as I did then.)

Card craft supplies kind of have the same kind of thing only you have to fork out your hard-earned for these pieces – and although they look much more professional our method is not only free but recycled and when people know your kids have helped make the cards they are generally much more forgiving.

How to Build Your Card:

Firstly measure the envelope that you are using and ensure your folded piece of card is just a little bit smaller than this.

Use a piece of card cut to size and fold in half – we used card that is coloured on one side and white on the inside.

Using a piece of coloured paper, we cut another piece to fold in half that is even smaller than the card itself to add as the insert. (This is where you will write your greeting message.)

Once glued in place we added a message to the inside just like a bought card would have from our card cut outs box.

The front of the card is really up to you, use the pieces of card cut outs (see how we used a piece of pink spotty card as a background and added pieces on top of that). Embellish the card as you like, just make sure it’s not too bulky that it won’t fit into your envelope.

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We’d love to see your card creations, send your photos to us and we will include them in our gallery. You can email your pictures to us at

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or add the Lily P Chic Facebook profile to your friends list, post your pictures and send us a note.

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Fabric Envelopes

Clear Out Time

Pictures from Our Alice in Wonderland Themed Tea Party!

I managed to take some pictures before the food was demolished by my family. Here’s some snaps that may bring a little inspiration your way if you are planning a tea party of your own…

I put my paper lanterns next to the mirror to make it seem as though there were more of them.

I added hand-written parcel tags to food items with “Eat me” written on.

I filled jars with sweets topped with gingham and ribbon and filled bottles with colourful water and added “Drink Me” tags.

Homemade lemonade is always a family favourite on a summer’s day at my house.

… and of course no tea party is complete without strawberries and doilies 😛

I find that a sliced baguette topped with ham, tomato and cucumber slices go down better than soggy old sandwiches.

I found some fab playing card coasters on eBay which are perfect for the Alice in Wonderland theme!

Teacups and saucers make great decorations if you have enough spare to dot around.

A very merry unbirthday to everyone!

Edible Teacups!

Today’s the day of our Alice in Wonderland themed tea party. I just knocked up these little beauties and am quite tickled by how wonderful they look…

Here’s how to make your own:

What you Need:

  • Ice Cream Cones
  • Biscuits
  • Jelly Ring Sweets
  • Sweets to Fill the “Cups”

With a knife, cut the tops off your ice cream cones (do this carefully as they are brittle and you need to achieve a straight cut so they don’t topple over).

Cut a jelly ring in half and stick it on to the side of your cone top to form the teacup handle (the inside of the sweet is sticky and so will hold fast just fine).

Pop, you teacup on a biscuit “saucer” and fill with sweets. Job done!

How cute are these?

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We’d love to see your own creations, send your photos to us and we will include them in our gallery. You can email your pictures to us at

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Egg and Dairy Free Cupcakes

Fairy Toadstools

Shabby Chic Bunting

As Promised…

Here’s a picture of my Mum’s birthday cake that I made today…

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We’d love to see your own cakes, send your photos to us and we will include them in our gallery. You can email your pictures to us at

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or add the Lily P Chic Facebook profile to your friends list, post your pictures and send us a note.

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Egg and Dairy Free Cupcakes

Handprint Keepsakes

Mini Bunting

Egg and Dairy Free Chocolate Cupcakes!

My eldest daughter is allergic to dairy and eggs, even the smallest amount can result in a nasty facial eczema which can be rather upsetting for her.

You can only imagine then how utterly delighted she was when I came up with this recipe through a fair amount of trial and error for totally egg and dairy free chocolate cupcakes (with butter-style frosting none the less!). My friends have told me that if I hadn’t said they would have been none the wiser.

So, to make a start on the latest section to the Lily P Chic blog ~ “Recipes” here’s my:

Egg-less, Milk-less and Butter-less Chocolate Cupcakes.

What You Need:

Ingredients (for around 12 cupcakes):

(For the cakes)

  • 1 and a half cups of Self Raising Flour
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable or Sunflower oil
  • 1 cup Cold Water
  • 2 tsp vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Vinegar

(For the frosting)

  • 1/3 cup Dairy Free Margarine
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 and a half Cups Icing Sugar
  • 3 to 4 tbsp Soya Milk
  • Food Colouring
  • Sprinkles / Silver Balls / Decorative Items etc

Equipment:

  • Paper Cupcake Cases
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Whisk (Hand or Electric)
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • Bun Oven Tray
  • Cooling Rack

Method:

Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees (gas mark 5)

Sieve all the dry ingredients for the cakes into a bowl

Mix gently and then create a well in the middle where you can add your wet ingredients (leave out the vinegar at this stage)

Mix everything together until smooth and silky. Add the vinegar and stir through until mixed evenly.

Spoon out equal parts into bun cases and pop in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes.

Allow your cakes to completely cool on a wire rack before topping with frosting.

To Make the Frosting:

Cream the dairy free marg, sugar, salt and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the soya milk to achieve a smooth consistency. Separate the mixture into a bowl for each colour you intend to make, add a few drops of food colouring to each batch and mix well.

Spread a decent spoonful of frosting onto each cupcake and let your children decorate.

My baby girls first birthday cupcake cake!

A batch I took to the Mother and Baby group on my daughter’s first birthday to celebrate. the kids loved them (and the Mum’s did too).

Later today I’ll be using this recipe to make a large cake for my Mum’s birthday – Once it’s finished I’ll add some pictures.

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We’d love to see your own cakes, send your photos to us and we will include them in our gallery. You can email your pictures to us at

lilypchic@hotmail.co.uk

or add the Lily P Chic Facebook profile to your friends list, post your pictures and send us a note.

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Flying Fish

Make Your Own: Towel Cake

Pack of Handmade Shabby Chic Vintage Style Fabric Ribbon Tied Envelopes

Pack of Handmade Shabby Chic Vintage Style Fabric Ribbon Tied Envelopes

This pack is available to purchase from the Lily P Chic eBay listings:

Click here for more details.

These fully lined handmade fabric envelopes are an absolutely adorable way to lovingly store you special keepsakes, sentimental items, love letters and more. Sometimes something is just too special to stuff into a boring old paper envelope.

Each envelope is made from quality blue floral on white print fabric, embellished with a red gingham love heart patch, fully lined in cream polka dot fabric, and is lovingly finished with two lengths of white tape ribbon to tie shut and a hand embroidered white, pink and black Lily P Chic label.

Closed each envelope measures approx 10cm (4″) x 13.5cm (5.5″) and the price given is for a pack of two envelopes.

Machine washable on a cool wash, iron with a damp tea towel on top.

All our items are gift wrapped for free ~ Each item is carefully  gift wrapped in colourful tissue paper, tied with parcel string and topped with a beautiful  hand written Lily P Chic tag. Each parcel will then be sealed in a plastic bag to prevent any water damage that may occur and finally wrapped in heavy duty brown paper parcel wrap for postage. If you are buying this item as a gift for someone and would like the gift wrapping items kept separate so that you are at liberty to view the piece and then wrap yourself please add a note to your order.

Matching items available from Lily P Chic ~ Please take the time to browse our other listings.

Shabby Chic Bunting

Love Heart Pendent

Clear Out Time!

It’s that time again when I realised dispite being overflowing with clothes, theres nothing in my baby girls draws that seems to fit her. She’s only gone and grown again! So, I have a good sort out and invested in some nice new summer clothes for her first birthday.

Yesterday evening I turned this lovely pile of old clothes…

Into this!

With nothing but a stitch picker and a pair of scissors…

I couldn’t believe how much ‘d salvaged. I have zippers, buttons, elastic, sequins, pockets, buckles, poppers, bias tape, ribbon and all this wonderful fabric which I’m sure I’ll do something interesting with when the fancy takes me.

I have plenty of birthday presents to wrap over the next few days so I may end up using some of it for beautiful and eco-friendly gift wrap:

Recycling is so satisfying…

New Products Now On Sale!

12 ft Shabby Chic Vintage Style Fabric Bunting in Red Gingham and Floral Print

This gorgeous decorate piece is a generous 12 foot in length (approx 365cm). The bunting comprises of 11 delightful 20cm across, 25cm drop (approx 8″ x 10″), double sided handmade flags in lively red gingham, white and blue floral print and a off-white polka dot. Each flag is stitched to a length of white tape ribbon with a short amount at each end for pinning up, and the entire piece is lovingly finished with a hand embroidered white, pink and black Lily P Chic label.

This bunting is our standard size – for our mini bunting please see our other listings.

Perfect for summer BBQ’s, picnics and birthday and tea parties. Ideal for kitchen decor, children’s bedrooms, baby’s nursery and much more.

Machine washable on a cool wash, iron with a damp tea towel on top.

All our items are gift wrapped for free ~ Each item is carefully  gift wrapped in colourful tissue paper, tied with parcel string and topped with a beautiful  hand written Lily P Chic tag. Each parcel will then be sealed in a plastic bag to prevent any water damage that may occur and finally wrapped in heavy duty brown paper parcel wrap for postage. If you are buying this item as a gift for someone and would like the gift wrapping items kept separate so that you are at liberty to view the piece and then wrap yourself please add a note to your order.

Matching items available from Lily P Chic ~ Please take the time to browse our other listings.

You can buy this bunting from the Lily P Chic eBay listings by clicking here.


How to Make Your Own: Towel Cake

A cute and unique gift that you can make yourself in a few simple steps from this free tutorial from Lily P Chic… Enjoy!

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What You Will Need:

  • One Small Bath Towel
  • One Hand Towel
  • 1.5m Cellophane (available from most reputable florists)
  • Florists Bow to Finish
  • 2 – 3m Length of 1.5″ Width Ribbon
  • Cardboard
  • Tissue Paper
  • Safety Pins
  • Sellotape
  • Scissors
  • Selection of Items to Fill the Towel Cake With

The items used in the example comprise a selection of pampering and beauty items but you can use anything depending on the person who is receiving the gift and the occasion. New born baby products for a birth, sexy underwear for a wedding night or valentines day, chocolates and bubble bath for Mothers Day, even football accessories for the footie season! The possibilities are endless!

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Step One:

Use a large plate as a template to draw around and cut out a cardboard circle. Do the same again with a smaller plate so that you have a large and a small cardboard circle.

Step Two:

Cover each circle in colourful tissue or wrapping paper securing it with sellotape or glue.

Step Three:

Place your length of cellophane on a flat surface and begin building your cake with the largest tier at the bottom. Start with your large cardboard circle and fold the large towel over until you have the desired height (around 4″ should be fine). Tuck the towel ends into itself and place onto the circle (secure with safety pins if you feel this will provide extra support).

Step Four:

Secure with half your ribbon and begin filling with your items.

Step Five:

Place the smaller circle on top of your first tier and build your second tier in the same way as the first. Secure with the rest of the ribbon and fill with your remaining items.

Step Six:

Loosely pull the four corners of your cellophane upwards into a bunch and secure with your finishing ribbon. Et voila… One Towel Cake!

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You can fill your cake with sweets for younger children:

Or use white cellophane for a bridal shower gift:

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We’d love to see your own towel cakes, send your photos of your finished pieces to us and we will include them in our gallery. You can email your pictures to us at

lilypchic@hotmail.co.uk

or add the Lily P Chic Facebook profile to your friends list, post your pictures and send us a note.

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Fabric Envelopes

Hand-Me-Down Blanket

More Images of the Lily P Chic Mini Bunting

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