How to Make: Craft Stick Catapult that Fires Marshmallows

How to Make: Craft Stick Catapult that Fires Marshmallows

I have kids who like craft and kids who like things that catapult objects at one another. With endless craft supplies on hand there are always projects on the go. These super fun craft stick catapults were quick and easy to build and delivered immediate fun. Throw a bag of marshmallow lollies into the mix and you have smiles and laughter all round, as they hurtle across the table and all sorts of games ensue. You can check out some of the fun on our YouTube channel. This is such an inexpensive and easy activity to take on, with the school…

4 Step NO SEW Hippy Fringe Top….

This is a great no sew style project that you can do either for yourself or with or for your daughter, niece, friend, sister or whoever you like which is a lot of fun and will help add a bit of a boho, hippy seventies feel to everyone’s wardrobes. If you have any tops or simple tunics/dresses made of t-shirt material that are little worn out at the hem this is a perfect project to up-cycle these items in your current wardrobe. Otherwise whatever appropriate item you have for this project made of t-shirt material, grab and you can get…

How To Make a Tape Measure Brooch…..

I’ve been making and wearing tape measure brooches for the last few years and for just as long I have been meaning to show you all how you can simply and easily make your own tape measure brooch in just a few minutes. So here goes this is a simple and easy crafty project that you could finished and be wearing in under ten minutes. What you you will need to get started: * Tape measure (thrifted or cheaply bought inexpensively)  * Hot glue gun * Scissors * Stapler  * Buttons (I’ve actually gone with an old clip on earring…

Storybook Gift Wrapping Pouches & How To….

When July hits next month it will mark one year that my Etsy store MyVintageChildhoodxo has been opened. Although I’ve been collecting and selling vintage children’s items for a lot, lot longer than I’ve had an official on line store, but it’s an exciting milestone to mark. One thing that has been on my to do list for my store has been to develop some unique or fun ways to package up people’s purchases. You might know I have a thing with up-cycling damaged vintage children’s books, so it only seems fitting that my packaging idea has come from some…

How to Clean Vintage Squeak Toys…..

If you’re a lover of vintage squeak toys you’ll know that many collectible ones have textured bodies with lots a bumps and grooves where dirt and grime might of collected in over the years. I always follow a general rule with cleaning or laundering any vintage item whether it be a toy, clothing or furniture and that’s to try the gentlest methods first and get more aggressive with my approach depending on how dirty or soiled an item is.  With vintage rubber squeak toys I like to do the following: * First thing use a damp cloth to wipe over…

Valentines Day: Paper Storybook Fortune Cookies…..

Have you got a little something sweet sort for your lover, lover, your or your secret sweetheart for Valentines Day? Do you need an idea that’s super quick fun and affordable?I’ve stumbled upon the idea of paper fortune cookies before on the interwebs, so I thought I’d give it ago with some pages from an old vintage children’s book that couldn’t be salvaged and I tweaked the method of making them a little for what I thought was a better result for me. What you will need is :: old storybook pages or other paper you desire, heavier weighted papers…

Vintage Suitcase Dog Bed…..

I have wanted to give my fur baby Jada some new bedroom decor for ages now. Everybody with fur or not deserves a little pretty in their life don’t they? So I set about making it happen, with this vintage Samsonite suitcase I picked up op shopping last year for $5. I’ve seen people go all out with these suitcase dog beds, cutting timber to size to put in proper little slates for a pillow or custom cut mattress to sit upon. Not that I don’t love my wee girl but, sometimes you got to make the job a little…

Boys Formal Waistcoat Vest Revamp…..

When op shopping I frequently see little boy waistcoat vests selling for next to nothing. I imagine they are often bought for a formal occasion like a wedding or christening and never worn again by these little men. So when I saw a little waistcoat vest with a weird bunny appliqué on it recently I knew there was a revamping project in the waiting. So with a few buttons and some off cuts of denim and a needle and thread, I was in business and whipped up this little revamp number whilst watching TV. I even used a bright red…

Cleaning Vintage Wool Cardigans and Clothing…..

I’m pretty familiar with washing handmade vintage items made of wool. If you’re not familiar with the care that wool items require you can be left wondering why your woolen or knitted items don’t last, are destroyed, shrink or are felted. For those unfamiliar with genuine wool items it is easy to fall into the trap of assuming that machine washing woolen items like everyday pieces would be okay. What you should know about laundry vintage woolen items! First up, be prepared to get your hands wet, you’re going to be hand washing. There are many products I have on…

Storybook Gift Bag DIY/Tutorial

The inspiration for this DIY came to me recently when I realised a few hours out from a party that I had nothing appropriate on hand to wrap the gift I had arranged.  This gift bag makes use of an old Enid Blyton storybook that wasn’t any good for resale, but you can use any other large storybook of your choice.  Other materials you will require: 4 vintage buttons ribbon, or fabric for your carry handles 4 small plain white sticky dots or similar, tape would even do sewing machine needle and thread First up you will need to look…