Pacaderm Parade

My daughter is always getting the days of the week mixed up so I’ve knocked up this cute little pin-board hanger to help her get to grips with it.

I chose to use elephants cos they’re pretty neat but naturally you can use anything. Also, the dry-wipe aspect of this chart can be used for a multitude of things such as re-useable sticker keepers for example, so feel free to take the basic idea and run with it!

What You Need:

  • 2 Sheets of coloured card
  • White Paper
  • Felt-Tip Pens
  • Elephant (or other) Cut-Out Template
  • Days of the Week List (see below)
  • Laminator
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Sticky Back Velcro
  • White Board Pen

How to Make the Chart:

  • Cut out 7 Elephants (or whatever you are using) and get your kids to colour them in

(Feel free to use this template from Little Birdie Secret – Click the image to open in a new window for a printable version.)

  • Add a day of the week to each one and laminate them, trimming the excess afterwards.

(Click the image to open a printable template you can cut out in a new window)

  • Then write on a piece of A4 card along the top; “Today is…”
  • Use one of your elephants to measure the size of the gap and underneath you can write “What Shall We Do?” – or something to that extent.

  • Laminate this sheet
  • Laminate another sheet of card that’s been cut in half (this is the piece you will “park” your spare elephants.

  • Using a hole punch and your string attach a hanging hook to the top and attach the two pieces of card together at the bottom.

Pop your sticky back velcro patches on the back of your elephants and the other sides one on the top sheet where the present day elephant will be fastened and six on the bottom piece of card for the rest.

Each day you can discuss with your child what day it is and try to identify the correct corresponding elephant which will then be stuck to the main piece of the card. You can then use a white board pen to write that day’s activities and plans. As the sheet is laminated you can wipe this clean for the next day.

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We’d love to see your own creations inspired by this post, 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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Ladybugs

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Crafty Cards

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

One of my daughter’s favourite nursery rhymes is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, so today I thought it would be nice to make this cute little star mobile / hanger type thingy. We hung it up at her window at bedtime.

What You Need:

  • Paper
  • Felt Tip Pens
  • Laminator (Optional)
  • Hole Punch
  • String
  • Beads
  • Scissors
  • Pipe Cleaner

Get your children to colour pieces of A4 paper with abstract designs (both sides), or alternatively you can print off the patterned pages below and get them to colour those in (click on the small image to open a printable version in a new window).

Once the pages are coloured in, lay on cut out star templates, draw around them and cut them out. You will need one big star and several smaller ones of varying sizes and styles. Click on the pictures below to open a printable version of the star templates in a new window.

Once you have your stars all cut out laminate them if you have access to a laminator (if not, just skip this part).

In the large star punch a hole at each point and for the smaller stars punch a hole in one of the points.

Build up your mobile with the large star at the top piece – use the pipe cleaner to form a hanging hook and attach the smaller stars to the larger one with string alternating with beads for a really pretty and unique piece.

I used gold string and metallic beads for a glitzy effect but you can embellish with sequins or introduce the element of sound with small bells that can be picked up from most haberdasher shops.

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We’d love to see your own star mobile hangers, 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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Flying Fish

Ladybugs

Love Heart Pendent

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!

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

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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.

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