DIY Twig Letters

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 tree and decorate presents!

Want to make some too? Read on to find out how!

How to make twig letters by Rhubarb and Wren
Making these wool wrapped twig letters is easy, and you can use them for a whole host of things.
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DIY Soot Sprites

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 simple pompom!

My kids absolutely adore making these, and our house is becoming as soot sprite-ful as Mei and Satsuki’s attic…

soot sprite pompoms
Adorable DIY Studio Ghibli Soot Sprites

If you’ve never made a pompom, or only know the old cardboard-donut method, never fear. We’ve got a much better method. In fact, it’s the best, quickest and most mind blowingly-easy way to make pompoms you’ll ever find.

So you’ll soon be able to whip up a few DIY Soot Sprites in a matter of minutes. Read on to find out how.

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DIY Conker Eyeballs!

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 to enjoy too, which makes it a marvellous Halloween activity for siblings.

So whether they want to make zombie eyeballs or monster eyes, read on to get our top tips and tricks for this Halloween!

DIY conker eyeballs - perfect for an easy Halloween craft!
Use up their old conkers to make these spooky Halloween eyeballs with your kids!
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How to make air dry clay pendants

Homemade bee necklaces for a kids treasure hunt!

These adorable bee air dry clay pendants were really easy to create and make sweet little bee necklaces. However, instead of wearing them, we turned them into treasure for a buzzy bee hunt that keep the kids busy over the holidays, and it worked wonderfully!

How to make clay bee pendants to use in an awesome woodland treasure hunt.
How to make simple but bee-utiful bee pendants from air dry clay!

Our children couldn’t get enough of these adorable bees, so read on to find out how you can make them too.

Golden bee diy air dry clay pendant on tree stump
These little golden bees make beautiful necklaces, but worked wonderfully as hidden treasure on a woodland treasure hunt.
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How to Make a Bug-tastic Nature Explorer Bag

Have you noticed how a walk with the kids is never ‘just’ a walk? To aid my kids on their outdoor adventures, I’ve made them a super-simple nature explorer bag each. Big enough for their supplies, but slouchy and soft enough not to get in the way of their play.

Want to make one too? Read on for the instructions!

DIY kids nature explorer bags - simple sewing project
Just right for little adventurers – simple-to-make, easy-to-wear nature explorer bags!
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How to make a (cardboard) real magnifying glass!

Make your own real magnifying glass (the cardboard version)

Whether they’re exploring the world around them or role-playing as adventurers or spies, kids love playing with a real magnifying glass.

This cardboard, handmade, magnifying glass is just perfect for them to use, and they can decorate it themselves too.

Read on to find out how to make them.

A real magnifying glass made from cardboard
A home-made magnifying glass that’s quick and easy to make.
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How to make a real magnifying glass

Make your own magnifying glass

A magnifying glass has to be one of the most useful, thought-provoking, and inspiring tools you can give to a child. This hand-made diy magnifying glass is both pretty and functional, and each one is also completely unique.

And forget the kids, adults love these too!

Read on to find out how to make them.

A fabric-covered diy magnifying glass
Lovely tools, like this home-made magnifying glass, make using them a pleasure.
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How to make custom DIY scratch art cards

The perfect DIY scratch art card

This home-made DIY scratch art card project is perfect for keeping the kids entertained over the summer.

You (and they) can make these scratch art cards out of ordinary arts and crafts supplies, and they’re really easy to make. Even my pre-schooler has done it! Read on to find out how.

pattern drawn on a diy scratch art card
Pattern-making becomes so much more fun with a home-made scratch art card.
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How to make a mason jar shaker card

The perfect ‘Thank You’ card

This home-made mason jar shaker card has an extra little secret – you can lift the lid and take out the messages inside!

Perfect as a ‘thank you’ card for teachers, you can personalise it any way you like, and the kids can add their own drawings and notes too.

Want to make one? Read on to find out how I did it, and get my FREE mason jar shaker card download to make your own.

DIY mason jar shaker cards
You can fill these fun DiY mason jar cards with anything you like!
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How to Make a Magic Wand Out of a Stick!

DIY Harry Potter wand

There’s one thing that every Potterhead needs to make their life complete, and it’s not a door into JK Rowling’s head (though a window might be cool). It is, of course, their very own Harry Potter wand. You could buy one, but where’s the fun – or indeed the magic – in that? So go outside and find a stick instead, and let’s get magic wand making!

Home-made diy Harry Potter wand made from sticks
Got sticks? Make wands!
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