I like to think of myself as a crafty mum – we have boxes of coloured card, foam shapes and pipe cleaners that I don’t really know what to do with… So I was pleased to be asked to review some gorgeous new craft books and to see if I could actually make something good with my toddler. We were sent “The Princess Craft Book” and “The Knight Craft Book” which is full of themed crafty projects for little ones. These books are the brain-child of bloggers Laura Minter and Tia Williams, published by GMC Publications. The books themselves are beautiful with sleek, modern typography and well-styled photographs. I enjoyed flicking through them both to pick out a project for Ted and I, and decided on a personalised shield.
Whilst I would say that for the majority of the projects the things you need you are likely to have, I typically didn’t have one of the main item for this project, which was silver gaffer tape. I substituted it for tin foil and we were away. The instructions were really clear and easy to follow, with step by step instructions and helpful images. I will be honest, this was probably one of the easier projects in the book – there were some more elaborate ones which created a fab end product, but I chose a simpler one on this occasion.
It was really fun to make and isn’t something I would have thought about making myself. Ted sat with me and played with the foil and the coloured paper while I created the masterpiece. He is too young to fully understand but it was nice to have a structured activity. There were other projects in the book, such as a toilet roll castle that I think he would really like. He was very pleased with the end product…even if he was holding it upside down!
The Princess book also has lots of cute ideas, including a snow globe, a crown and a Princess cape. It also includes really handy templates to make your project perfect. Although these books are in the children’s craft heading, many of the projects require an adult to be very hands on and help, and some can be completed by an adult only. i would say the emphasis is on making beautiful things, rather than creating an activity. That said, older children would love these unique projects and be very proud with the finished product. These books would make a really nice present not just for children but for crafty mums who are always looking for their next project!
You can be in with a chance to win a copy of “The Knight Craft Book” and “The Princess Craft Book” by clicking on the image below and entering my giveaway! Good luck! Xx
Terms and Conditions: UK entrants only. Competition closes at 12am on 20/04/16. The winner will be selected at random and notified by email. If no response within 7 days another winner will be selected. Prize to be supplied by GMC Publications.
*DISCLAIMER* I was sent these books for review purposes, however all words an opinions are my own.