Fairy Toadstools

We’re having an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party!

Here’s the first of several crafty bits and bobs we’ve been working on to create the perfect setting.

Fairy Toadstools…

These are really basic but for our purposes, but have proven to be really effective and when you’re not so super focused on perfection the kids can get stuck in and really feel they have contributed to the finished pieces.

What You Need:

  • A selection of plastic bowls of different sizes
  • Measuring spoon
  • Spatula
  • Plain Flour
  • Cold Water
  • Table Salt
  • Strong Card
  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • White Paper
  • Poster Paints
  • Glue Stick

1) Measure out the flour and water in equal parts, add a good sprinkle of salt and stir well. (Check the consistency, it should resemble wallpaper paste. You can add more flour or water until you have achieved this.) Put to one side.

2) Create your toadstool “stalks” by rolling card into tubes and securing with tape. Your display will work best if these are each slightly different in width and height.

Messy Warning!

3) Coat strips of newspaper in the glue mix and layer over the bowls and tubes with this paper mache mix until they are entirely covered. Smoothing down as you go.

4) Finish off with a layer or two of white paper so that when you come to paint them you won’t have any ugly newspaper print showing through.

It’s best to leave these for several hours to dry – we waited 24 hours before painting them.

5) Once FULLY dried, gently remove the bowls from the inside by bending them away from the paper mache. You’ll be left with some relatively sturdy paper mache bowls which can then be painted.

(In our case, the bowls were too sturdy to get out without tearing the paper mache so we opted to leave them in there and bought some more from the supermarket on our next visit. In retrospect we could have used balloons and popped them once the paper mache had dried and then cut to the desired shape.)

6) Paint your paper mache domes red, we went for two coats.

7) Once the paint has fully dried, glue on white circles for spots and pop a dome onto of each stalk.

8) Use as a whimsical table centrepiece or a decorate piece in your magical fairy woodland.

Suggestion: Paint a zig zag cut piece of card green to create strips of “grass” to accompany your toadstools.

Suggestion: If you have the time and inclination a much more profession piece can be formed using chicken wire as a mould rather than card and bowls. You would also be able to create a toadstool in a single piece this way too.

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We’d love to see your own toadstools, send 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

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Flying Fish!

Versatile and fun fish to help your child with number recognition.

What You Need:

  • Colourful Card
  • Pencil
  • Felt Tip Pens
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch

Optional:

  • Paperclips
  • Small Magnet
  • Laminator

Create your own fish template to draw around or use the ones below (click on each image to open a new printable version)

Cut out 10 fish, using the felt tip pens write numbers 1 to 10 on them. Include the corresponding amount of spots if you like.

Get your kids to colour them in.

Suggestion: Sequins and other such bits and pieces glued on would look great on these aswell.

If you have a laminator to make the fish more durable you could laminate them – it also creates a nice shiny finish. It’s not necessary if you cannot get hold of one however.

Punch a hole in the top of each fish.

Once the fish are made you can attach a paper clip to each one and using a small magnet tied to a piece of string play number fishing games.

You can use the fish in conjunction with rhymes to help your child with number recognition:

One, Two, Three, Four, Five,
Once I  caught a fish alive.
Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten,
Then I threw it back again.
Why did you let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
This little finger on my right!

For my daughter’s bedroom, I strung the fish together to create this fun and lively fishy bunting.

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We’d love to see your own fishy creations, send photos of your finished pieces 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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Crafts for Kids: Handprint Keepsakes

Create quick and simple handprint pictures with your children that become treasured keepsakes.

What you Need:

  • Colourful Paper
  • Poster Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Sequins
  • Glue Stick
  • Pen and Paper

What to Do:

  1. Pour some poster paint onto a plate or tray, paint the childs hand and get them to make a print on the paper (they have more work to do so you have a perfect excuse to ask them to wash their hands now if you prefer) .
  2. Allow them to decorate the rest of the paper by glueing on sequins.
  3. Write out the poem below onto a seperate piece of paper (or print it out on your PC if you prefer):
  4. Glue the poem onto the finished piece and once it’s fully dried it’s fridge worthy!

This is the hand

You used to hold

When I was only

(Childs age) months / years old.

Suggestion: Laminate the picture or frame it to preserve it and give to grandparents as a gift

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We’d love to see your own handprint pictures, send photos of your finished pieces 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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Crafts for Kids: Ladybugs

This cute little cardboard ladybug is a fun and easy peasy craft idea for you to make with your kids.

What you Need:

  • Red and Black Card
  • White Paper
  • Glue
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors

  1. Use a beaker as a template to draw circles onto the red and black card. Cut these out, leave some of the black ones whole and cut the rest of the black and all of the red ones into half circles.
  2. Use a hole punch to create white and black circles from the paper and the scraps from the black card.
  3. Make a ladybug yourself as an example to show the children by starting with a full black circle as the body. Glue a black half circle along the top for the head, two partially open red half circles as the wings and then add the ladybugs spots and eyes.
  4. Sort all of the pieces into pile, hand over some glue sticks and let the kids make their own!

Suggestion: Sellotape string to each bug, hang them to a washing line and watch them flutter in the breeze.

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We’d love to see the ladybugs that you have made, 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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Machine washable on a cool wash, iron with a damp tea towel on top.

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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

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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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