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12 DIY Mother’s Day gifts she’ll love

Posted Apr 27, 2020
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This Mother’s Day, show mum how much you love her with a homemade gift from the heart. Stuck for ideas? Don’t worry! There are plenty of projects below to get you started.1. Pouring art heart canvasPick yourself up a heart-shaped canvas and make mum a beautiful fluid artwork for her wall. This project is great for kids, teens and adults alike, so start pouring.Tools and materials: Heart shaped canvas Pouring paints Cups 2. Cup of tea cardImage: In The PlayroomThis cute little card is perfect for mums who like to take some time out with a hot bevvy in hand.Tools and materials: Card stock Tea bag Egg carton PVA glue Pipe cleaners 3. Rock portraitImage: Mer Mag BlogGive her something to smile about with a rock portrait. It makes a fun desk decoration that doubles as a paper weight.Tools a...

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11 Christmas crafts for kids

Posted Dec 13, 2019
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Christmas is just around the corner and we’ve got plenty of festive craft ideas that the kids will love. From sparkling trees to ice-cream stick nutcracker ornaments, here are some of our favourites from bloggers around the world.1. Gingerbread housesImage: Mas and PasIf you’ve got some spare paper cups lying around, why not turn them into these cute little gingerbread houses?Tools and materials:• Paper cup• Acrylic paint• Felt or paper• Paint brush• Cotton bud2. Pine cone Christmas treesImage: KiwicoAdd a little twinkle to your home with this sparkling pine cone Christmas tree.Tools and materials:• Pine cones• Acrylic paint• Paint brush• Plastic jewels• Glue3. Popsicle stick nutcracker ornamentImage: Fireflies and mud piesDid you know that Christmas nutcracker do...

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16 DIY décor projects

Posted Nov 15, 2019
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Is your home in need of a little makeover? Sometimes all it takes is a couple of art pieces to bring your space to life. Below are 16 DIY décor projects to inspire you!1. Air hardening clay wall hangingImage: Alice and Lois Anyone can give this one a go. Simply roll out some air hardening clay, cut out your shapes and add holes so that you can connect them together with cord. The great part is that air hardening clay doesn’t require any baking (you’ll just need to wait around 24 hours for it to dry).Tools and materials:• Air hardening clay• Clay tools (or a skewer and a knife)• Cord• Acrylic paint (if you want to add some colour!)2. Colour themed paintingImage: Burlap and BlueIf you don’t have much time on your hands, give a colour themed painting a go. Pick and mix your co...

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10 polymer clay jewellery ideas

Posted Jul 19, 2019
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Add a personal touch to your style or make the perfect gift. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite polymer jewellery ideas for your creative pleasure.1. Earrings with tasselsThese cheeky earrings make a fun project and add flair to any outfit. You can create them using any shapes, colours and patterns.Tools and materials:•  Polymer clay•  Sculpting tools•  Jewellery links•  Jewellery pliers•  Earring stud•  Super glue•  Thread/tassels•  Scissors2. Marbled pendantImage credit: A Beautiful MessIf you like minimalism, give this marbled polymer clay pendant idea a go. Once you’ve rolled out your clay you can cut it into a triangle, square, rectangle or any other shape you like. Why not create a collection?Tools and materials:•  Polymer clay•  Sculpting tools...

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10 recycled craft ideas for kids

Posted Jul 12, 2019
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Inspiration is all around you - even in those used bottles and packages you’re about to throw away. We’ve rounded up 10 recycled craft ideas that the kids and the earth will love you for!1. Carton housesImage credit: KesabGive your milk and juice cartons a rinse out and turn them into mini houses! All you need to do is seal up the top with PVA glue and start painting.Tools and materials:•   Acrylic paint•   Paint brushes•   Permanent marker2. Recycled Put PutImage credit: Handy with ScissorsBring together all those bits and pieces that you usually throw out and transform them into a Put Put game. If you’ve collected a few empty containers this week, you can set them up in the yard or around the house as putting holes.Tools and materials:•   PVA glue•   Poster pain...

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10 abstract painting ideas

Posted Jun 11, 2019
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Do you want to try something new? Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist, we think you’re really going to get a kick out of giving these abstract painting ideas a go. So have a browse and get your creative juices flowing.1. Fluid painting with cup pourWe love this abstract painting technique because it comes out different every single time. Simply fill up a cup with pouring paint (one colour at a time in layers), put your surface on top of the cup and flip it over before lifting the cup off to let the paints flow! You’ll then need to gently tilt your canvas or board to spread the paint across the surface. Check out our flip cup video tutorial here.2. Fluid painting with cellsFluid art comes in many forms, so we thought we’d throw another idea in the mix for you. Adding ...

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5 DIY Christmas Decorations

Posted Dec 11, 2018
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Christmas is nearly here and we’ve got just the thing to make your home look the part. Create your own DIY Christmas decorations with these 5 simple, but fun, ideas!1. Air hardening clay garlandPick up some air hardening clay and create your own Christmas themed garland. You don’t need a kiln or oven, just create your shapes, put a hole in them using a pencil or clay tool and let them dry. Hang them up with other seasonal items such as bells or tinsel.Tools and materials:•  Air hardening clay•  String or tinsel•  Clay tools•  Ceramic paint  (to add a splash of colour!)2. Painted pine conesAdd a special touch to your dining table this Christmas with a white pine cone centrepiece. Paint some pine cones completely and others with only the tips painted for a bit of variation. ...

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6 DIY Party Decoration Ideas

Posted Aug 16, 2018
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Get the party started with some colourful, cheeky and cute DIY decorations. From watercolour lanterns to a pizza bunting – there’s bound to be something to tickle your fancy.1. Painted balloonsImage credit: Craft Box GirlsMake your balloons really pop (visually of course) with some funky designs! Use acrylic paint to add patterns and shapes, or turn them into characters for kids’ parties.Tools and materials:• Paint palette• Acrylic paint brushes• Acrylic paints• Balloons2. Watercolour lanternsImage credit: Brit + CoBring your lanterns to life with a splash of watercolour paint. Before you decorate your lanterns, explore some different ideas and effects by playing around on watercolour paper first. Tools and materials:• Paint palette• Watercolour paint brushes• Wate...

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5 DIY Games for Kids

Posted Jun 11, 2018
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Bust the boredom and keep the kids entertained with these fun DIY games. Whether it’s the weekend or the school holidays, make sure there’s never a dull moment!1. MancalaImage credit: Marie's PasticheThere’s a reason Mancala has been popular around the world for hundreds of years – it’s fun and it’s hard to stop. The game is often played on a wooden board with six holes on each side and a well on each end. This means you can easily create your own board with an egg carton! This take on Mancala is up there with one of our favourite DIY games for kids.How to play:1. Place four marbles, stones, beans or other small objects in each of the 12 holes.2. Each player has a well on the right side of the board.3. To start the game, the first player picks up all of the pieces from one of t...

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6 DIY Easter Crafts for Kids

Posted Mar 12, 2018
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Get set for a fun crafting afternoon with the little ones. Our list of DIY Easter crafts for kids includes a range of easy projects to make it a special occasion they will remember. From paper bunny ears, to Easter checkers, we’ve got plenty of ideas for an exciting Easter.1. Air Drying Clay Easter EggsCreate colourful Easter eggs using air drying clay and acrylic paints. Simply roll the clay into egg shapes, let them dry, and decorate each one with an array of designs. Kids can choose patterns, their favourite cartoon character, or an animal to bring their polymer clay eggs to life. If you need some guidance, we’ve created a video tutorial that shows you how to create your own air drying clay Easter eggs.Tools and materials:•  Acrylic paint•  Acrylic metallic paint•  Air h...

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15 Creative Ways to Show Love in 2018

Posted Feb 12, 2018
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With the month of love upon us, we felt inspired to share our favourite gift ideas for the special people in our lives. Whether it’s romantic or platonic, show love to those you care about with a creative and thoughtful gift that they will remember. Don’t let 2018 pass you by without showing that you care.1. DIY Art or Craft PackShow you care by putting together a unique DIY art or craft pack for your partner or friend. Bundle together some materials and a set of instructions (either hand written or printed out) to guide them through a creative DIY project such as painting, drawing, colouring, desk décor or sculpting. Once you’ve gathered all the essential materials, package them together nicely in a box or bag.2. Love Themed DrawingImage credit: Grace Agnes VuetakiWhether it’s se...

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School Holiday Fun: Easy Craft Ideas for Kids

Posted Jan 09, 2018
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Are you looking for some fun activities to keep your kids entertained these school holidays? Our list of easy craft ideas for kids gives you plenty of projects to choose from. From DIY chalkboards to slime recipes, there’s bound to be something that they’ll love.1. DIY ChalkboardPick up some chalk paint and let your kids create their own DIY chalkboard. Chalk paint is available in a range of colours and can turn wood, metal, plaster board or glass into a chalkboard! We’d recommend using a smooth wooden board as the base.Tools and materials:•  Chalkboard paint•  Foam roller•  Chalk•  Surface to paint on2. Hand PaintingOne of our favourite easy craft ideas for kids is hand painting. This project is worlds of fun for younger kids and doesn’t take long to set up. All you...

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10 Ideas for Handmade Christmas Cards and Tags

Posted Dec 11, 2017
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Make Christmas personal with some of our favourite handmade Christmas card and tag ideas. Whether you enjoy painting, craft, drawing or calligraphy, we’ve got a little something for everybody up our sleeve. Find your creative Christmas inspiration below.1. Snow Globe Shaker CardsImage credit: Mayholic Design This beautiful card design by May at Mayholic Design is easier than it looks. Take a folded piece of card and cut a circle out of the front panel. You’ll then need to cut a circle of card slightly bigger than the hole you’ve created and do the same with some acetate. Use craft glue to fasten the acetate to the back of the hole and paint your cut out card circle with a background colour and add some Christmas themed decorations once it has dried. Place dimensional adhesive around ...

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10 DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

Posted Nov 14, 2017
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Get in touch with your creative side this Christmas with our top 10 DIY Christmas gift ideas. To give you some gift giving inspiration for the festive season, we’ve collected 10 of our favourite DIY projects that you can do try at home. Create something unique and thoughtful for your loved ones this year.1. Polymer Clay JewelleryMake your own beads with colourful polymer clay and thread them into a bracelet or necklace. This is a fun personalised gift for friends or family members who express themselves through jewellery. We love the different pattern and colour combinations you can create with polymer clay, as well as the endless variety of shapes!Tools and Materials:Polymer clay Thread Hand drill clay tool or tooth pick (for creating thread holes)  2. Painted Jar Filled with GoodiesRe...

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10 Easy DIY Halloween Ideas

Posted Oct 10, 2017
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Halloween is just around the corner and we’re ready for a candy-eating night of fun and frights. If you’re looking for some killer decoration idea, we’ve put together a list of our favourite DIY Halloween projects. 1. Homemade Glow in the Dark SlimeMake your own glow in the dark slime this Halloween with our quick and easy tutorial. This is a fun and exciting project for children to create with parents, teachers and loved ones. We’ve used Mont Marte PVA Craft Glue for the base and contact lens solution as a thickener, giving it the perfect texture.Materials:PVA Craft Glue 1 Litre Watercolour Travel Set 18 Piece Broad Tip Waterbrush Water Paper towels Glow in the dark powder Contact lens solution Baking soda Mixing bowl Measuring jug Teaspoon Tablespoon Handy tip: Use contact lens ...

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10 Fun School Holiday DIY Projects

Posted Sep 11, 2017
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Looking for some fun and simple DIY projects to keep the kids creative over the school holidays? Look no further - we've rounded up 10 amazing projects that they can give a go. Some of them look so good even us adults on the Mont Marte Creative Team want to try them out!Image Source: Minie Co1. Paper Beads We love this simple yet effective DIY! You can customise it many ways, by cutting your paper pieces up differently (rendering different sized and shaped beads), seal them with a glitter glue instead of plain glue and add embellishments afterwards such as small stickers and glitter.Materials:-       Magazine pages, newspaper, or origami paper (we suggest our Kids Construction Paper) -       White glue-       Something smooth to roll the bead around - the handle of a p...

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10 Unique DIY Projects to Make with Air Drying Clay

Posted Aug 07, 2017
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This month we thought we'd look at some amazingly simple air drying clay DIY projects. Air drying clay has such an earthy beauty and is perfect for custom DIY decor. Unlike polymer clay no baking is required, and simple finishes can create a designer look for some truly beautiful pieces. Image Source: One Artsy Mama1. Jewellery DishThis cute DIY will have all your rings and jewellery sorted in no time, and can fit in with any type of decor. Mix up your designs by painting the dish a different colour on top and underneath, colourblock with pastels, or paint on triangles, squiggles or eyes - the options are endless!You will need:– Air hardening modelling clay– Acrylic paint (we recommend our Satin Acrylics)– Paint brush– Parchment paper– Something circular to use as a cutterWe lov...

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DIY Gold Leafing

Posted Jul 11, 2017
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Do you have a thing for DIYing, upcycling or just prettying up a pre-existing item that’s laying around and not getting loved anymore? This week we’ve been looking at gold foil techniques and the many wonderful ways you can use it in your art or DIY. Below are a few of our favourite projects we’ve come across, try them and you might be surprised to see how easy it is to work with gold leaf! Image Source: Gold Standard WorkshopGold Foil Pot PlantsPerfect for sprucing up your garden and adding a touch of glint to catch the sunlight!  Or, revamp your tired old indoor pot plants and create some inspiring and unique décor.Materials you will need:Pots of any size Foam brush or paintbrush Spray paint or acrylic paints or of your choice (optional) Adhesive (gold foil glue or Leafing Size...

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