Try making these spooky glowing orange candles. You could make them for Halloween or just whenever you like.  They are very easy to make – all you need is an orange, a small paring knife and a soup spoon. Download the free PDF for the full instructions right here.

This is an extract from Issue 6 of the Action Pack {Mini-mag for kids who want to do stuff!} for more citrus projects – zap and zest projects grab the whole magazine here (all 60 ad-free pages) for only $6.


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For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website

I seriously love to go camping. I don’t love everything about camping – the dust, the disorganisation, the long car drive, the packing and unpacking – all that is not fun. But what is great is the family togetherness. The cooperation, the cooking, eating and doing together. With no tv or electronic diversions there is a lot of playing cards and backgammon, reading books, sitting chatting, cooking on the campfire. Plus the adventures – swimming, hiking, nature, sounds of the wild, rain and sunshine – being out in the elements! It is all so raw and real.

We often go camping with the kids for a week or two at the most – its all we can manage to get away from work and our lives. But those weeks are wonderful. And when we return we just want to plan the next trip straight away. Next time we are taking off or 4-5 weeks and going on a bit of a bigger adventure halfway across the country – to the desert. To Lake Eyre – one of the biggest lakes in the world – when it fills – which is hardly ever – but it is full now. And along the way we plan to stop off at other interesting and exciting places. Hot springs, beaches, bays, sand dunes and historic sites. There will be quite a bit of dust, dirt roads and desert. But also some amazing landscape, history and nature.

We are not heading off until later in the year – but for now many of you might be doing some travelling and camping of your own – so here are some inspirational stories, adventures, tips, and ideas to get you excited about camping. And if you have kiddos – make sure to take with you a copy of Issue 4 of the Action Pack – which is full of camping and travelling games, recipes, crafts and adventures.

Diy camping projects

Camp cooking and recipes

Camping inspiration and stories

Pretty camping



For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website

Happy day to all the mother’s out there. Make a flower to give to someone special [hint hint – if my children are reading this ;)]

  1. Seed flowers
  2. No-sew flowers
  3. Chiffon flowers
  4. Gathered ribbon flowers
  5. Fabric flowers
  6. More fabric flowers
  7. Paper flowers
  8. Paper flower corsage
  9. Pleated fabric flowers
  10. Fabric flowers
  11. Fabric flower garland

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Late starting your mother’s day gift making? – here are 9 quick knits perfect for mother’s day giving.

  1. Marian Cowl
  2. Dolores Cowl
  3. Teeny tiny crochet flowers
  4. Wrist warmers
  5. Coffee cosy
  6. French press coffee cosy
  7. Knit hearts
  8. Chunky knit hat
  9. Crochet flower brooch


It’s mother’s day coming up this weekend. What will you be doing? Me – I am having breakfast with my mother and father and then spend the afternoon maybe on a picnic with my kids or taking a family bike ride. Not sure yet. But in the meantime giving a gift is always nice. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive or new – but it should be thoughtful and maybe interesting. Something handmade – that you made yourself even – or the little ones made.

Here is a selection of lovely projects to make for your mother.

  1. Liberty scarves
  2. Cross stitch pattern
  3. Knitted bookmark
  4. Purse pouch
  5. Cosy couch throw
  6. Refashion neckwarmer

and a few that your kids might like to make for you too.

  1. Write of spring
  2. Mothers day cards
  3. Felt and roses
  4. Paper flowers