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I’m not a particularly crafty mamma. The mess drives me a bit batty and until recently Lachie’s attention span for any crafty-arty project was about a tenth of the time it took to set-up and clean-up. During our Christmas shopping last week I spotted a packet of different sized paper stars and feeling mildly inspired, picked them up.

A few days ago we had a rare afternoon with not much planned so out came the paint box and brushes and we set to work decorating the stars.

The Monster & Me | Christmas Craft Star Garland

I find that if left to his own devices Lachie likes to simply smear every single colour of paint together until it resembles a non-descript shade of brown. So there was some gentle guidance, with only one or two different colours available at any time. Oh and my two year old can’t paint parallel lines, I was getting into the spirit and did some star decorating too.

The Monster & Me | Christmas Craft Star Garland

The next day we collected all our painted stars on the kitchen table.

The Monster & Me | Christmas Craft Star Garland

And with Lachie’s art direction I hole punched and strung the stars on some baking twine (it’s all I had, I told you, I’m not very crafty).

The Monster & Me | Christmas Craft

The star garland was then hung between two conveniently located lights in our living room.

The Monster & Me | Christmas Craft Star Garland

The Monster & Me | Christmas Craft Star Garland

It was such a simple project to add a little colourful, handmade Christmas cheer to our home. Oh and my tip for getting paint of little ones without using chemicals? Exfoliating gloves. With some soap and gentle scrubbing my multi-coloured child was back to his lovely pink self.

Are you the crafty type? Have you been getting into the Christmas crafting spirit? Do share.

Our TV died a few months ago and its replacement arrived in a truly gigantic box. And that box, in all its hugeness, has sat underneath our house ever since. And annoyed me ever since. Even though it was my idea to keep the thing ‘to make something fun for Lachie with it’.

So finally, I did. And much to Troys (and my) surprise, it didn’t suck. So I figure I might as well share it here with you in case you find yourself one afternoon with a restless toddler and a gigantic cardboard box.

You’ll need:
– One large box
– Stanley knife
– An enthusiastic toddler

Flat screen tv box toddler cuby house

Take the large box and cut off the top and bottom sections so you’re left with just four walls.

Then roughly shape it into a square.

Flat screen tv box toddler cuby house

Cut a door and some windows out while your toddler amuses themselves away from the sharp knife. If you’re accident prone like me, be careful not to hold your other hand where you are cutting. That would be bad. Very bad (and totally something I would do).

Flat screen tv box toddler cuby house

Fashion some long cut-off pieces into a roof of some description.

Enjoy the endless cups of imaginary tea your child will serve you in their new abode!

Flat screen tv box toddler cuby house

toddler cubby house cardboard box

Flat screen tv box toddler cuby house

Flat screen tv box toddler cuby house

Pssst. There’s a much better cardboard box cubby house tutorial over at Kidspot here.

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