As you know I love doing creative activities with my children and so I am excited to share with you the latest craft book from one of my favourite kids’ craft blogs, Little button diaries. You might remember that I reviewed their last book The pirate craft book earlier in the year. The space craft book is similar to the pirate book in style. Again it is A4 magazine style with 15 projects. This time the theme is space and you will find clear step by step instructions and photographs showing you how to make space boots and helmets, a giant rocket den, puppets and a moon cake among others. There are even ideas for a space themed party. All the projects use widely available materials too. I would say that most of the crafts will include a lot of adult help but the end products will be used time and time again by your children. Templates are included at the back of the book too.
I asked Laura and Tia a few questions recently and you can read the full interview below. Don’t forget to read to the end and enter for your chance to win a copy of this great craft book.
I’d like to welcome Laura & Tia and say how much I enjoy your blog. Just in case any of my readers aren’t familiar with your gorgeous blog, why don’t you start by telling us a bit about yourselves and your blog.
We started the blog four years ago when we were both on maternity leave with our first children. We’ve been friends since university and always loved crafting together, so we started the blog to record all the things we were making for our newborns. We never really thought anyone other than our mums would read it! We love filling it up with all the things we make.
You’re latest craft book is The space craft book. What made you choose space as the inspiration for this book?
Our kids were learning about space at school and they were so fascinated with it, so we started thinking about all the cool spacey things we could make. Our books tend to follow the interests of our children. As they’d been nagging us for a rocket den and space helmet we felt it was about time to write a book on it!
Can you tell us about the process of creating the book?
Well, first we sit and have a chat about what we’d like to go in the book, with a big mug of tea! We bounce ideas around until we have a good mix of projects, then we send them to our publisher. Once they approve we start the making process, testing out different materials and getting our children to try out all the things we make to ensure they’re sturdy and also fun to play with (if they’re not, we go back to the drawing board. Literally). Once everything is made we have a photoshoot and then sit patiently whilst our publisher works their magic!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
All over the place! We tend to get inspired by each other, other blogs and what’s in fashion at the moment. For the space book, we started reading about real space suits, helmets and boots – they’re so fascinating and complicated. And we talk to our kids and ask them what they think would be cool. They have WAY more ideas than us sometimes!
Do all your children enjoy crafts? How do you fit crafting into busy family life?
Our children are all really into crafting too, which is nice, and they love helping us with the makes for our books. It can be a bit exhausting when we’ve had a whole day making stuff and the kids want to get the paints out, but we try our best to remain enthusiastic (not always successfully). It can be hard to fit it all in, but it’s getting easier every year as half our kids are at school now. How we managed when they were all little… we have no idea!
What is your favourite art or craft material to use with your children?
Without a doubt, our favourite craft materials to use with little ones is double-sided tape and sticky back plastic. They’re great for mess free crafting – and there’s no waiting around for glue to dry.
Thank you for taking the time to share your inspiration and family crafting time with us. If this post has inspired you then why not enter my giveaway below where one of you will win a copy of this fantastic space book.
One winner will be drawn at random by Gleam after the end date. No cash alternative. The prize is one copy of The space craft book, Open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. The prize will be sent out by GMC distributions. The winner has 28 days to reply to the email. If no response is received within 28 days then another winner will be selected. Ends midnight Sunday 3rd December 2017.
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Disclosure – we were sent a copy of The space craft book free in exchange for this review. All photos, words and opinions are my own.
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