How to Make a Glow-worm Lantern

Glow-worms and fireflies have to be among the most magical creatures around. Living creatures that glow; is there anything stranger or more wonderful? When we discovered there is a native British (or rather, European) glow-worm, we were inspired to make a lantern version, that shines just like the real thing….

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How to Make Tutankhamun’s Mask

Think of ancient Egypt, and there’s an image that immediately comes to mind – King Tutankhamun’s mask. So when number one son was set a homework project to make something Egyptian, there was only one thing he wanted to do. And this was even after I’d told him about crocodile…

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How to make pumpkin animals

Last Halloween I had the challenge of putting together a pumpkin trail for small children. This meant carving pumpkins that were friendly rather than frightening, and more gorgeous than gruesome. And so what could be more perfect for little ones than a Pumpkin Animals trail? Want some inspiration and ideas…

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How to make hedgehog pumpkins!

These hedgehog pumpkins are are perfect non-scary halloween decorations for little children. What’s more, even tiny tots can get involved in making them. Want to see how? Read on to find out!

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How to make a pumpkin bird feeder

pumpkin seeds in a feeder for birds

One of our favourite autumn and Halloween activities for kids is making this adorable pumpkin bird feeder. They are really easy to make, look amazing hanging from the trees, and, as they are made from all natural materials, are great for the wildlife in more ways than one. Want to…

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Conker Creatures

One of our favourite autumn activities is making conker creatures. Like most families, we absolutely love collecting conkers (or horse chestnuts) in the autumn. There’s something so tactile about those smooth, shiny shells that’s just irresistible. A conker hunt means the thrill of finding a shiny conker hiding under crinkly leaves, or…

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DIY Twig Letters

wrapping a twig letter in colourful wool

Whether you want them for ornaments or to use in a party banner, making DIY twig letters is a wonderfully easy craft to do. Here at Rhubarb and Wren, we’ve been making them for forest school parties, seasonal events, and even as individual letter ornaments to hang on the Christmas…

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DIY Soot Sprites

soot sprite pompoms

Soot Sprites, or Susuwatari, are among our favourite Studio Ghibli characters. These little gremlins are little black balls with big eyes and (sometimes) long, thin limbs. Because of their simple shape and appearance, you can make a DIY Soot Sprite quickly and easily. All you need is to make a…

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DIY Conker Eyeballs!

Easy autumn craft making DIY Halloween eyeballs from conkers.

Quick and easy autumn craft that’s perfect for Halloween. These DIY conker eyeballs are a great way to use up those slowly-wrinkling conkers that the kids collect in the autumn. A simple and fun autumn craft, it’s easy enough for preschoolers to do and gruesomely creative enough for big kids…

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