Welcome to Simple Crafts. Here you will find free resources to make seasonal and themed craft projects from very easy, to pretty tricky! We use Hama Beads, Polymer Clay, Yarn, Pom Poms, Sewing felt and fabric, paper and pen, buttons and beads and anything else we fancy to make crafting accessible!
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Father’s Day Banner

June 2, 2014
Father’s Day Banner

I’m increasingly in love with fun foam sheets for a bit of quick crafting; I’ve seen some amazing stuff done with it (I do NOT do amazing stuff!) over on Pinterest, but what I do love is that is is very versatile. It works brilliantly for something rough and ready and which needs to...
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Easy Sew Felt Purse

April 25, 2014
Easy Sew Felt Purse

Over the years sewing with felt and comforting embroidery cottons has proved a hit with my girls again and again. This quick purse was made up from scraps of acrylic felt and oddments from a craft pack and was really easy to put together but a very pleasing finished product. You will need: Felt;...
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Felt Easter Egg Decorations

March 21, 2014
Felt Easter Egg Decorations

A year ago my girls spent a happy afternoon making these banners to decorate the house for Easter – such is life with a small person in the house, I’ve only just got round to blogging them. The template for the eggs was just a Hama Bead Egg board, something we can always find...
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What to do with a Polystyrene egg?

March 20, 2014
What to do with a Polystyrene egg?

We recently used a crafting kit from our website that included lots of bits and bobs of different craft materials, not least 3 different sizes of polystyrene egg. I was hoping to get to decorate one myself but the girls used them all up before I got a chance! I was rather pleased to...
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Foam & Felt Mother’s Day Card

March 18, 2014
Foam & Felt Mother’s Day Card

I’m not always very good at mixing my crafting media; I tend to make something out of all felt, or all Fimo etc But I happened to find myself playing with a Spring craft pack the other day that had been created in our shop for a set of bloggers and it pulled together...
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Simple Pipecleaner Daffodil.

March 9, 2014
Simple Pipecleaner Daffodil.

If you read our other blog, the one about out family, you’ll know it is now nearly 4 years since our little boy fdied at 11 days old. He was an April baby and daffodils are the flower that we most associate with him. This year though, the mild winter means they are already...
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Pom Pom Flowers

September 2, 2013
Pom Pom Flowers

It’s been a bit quiet here lately; I took some time out to enjoy my little boy, since he’s growing up all too fast and needed lots of mummy attention but I also found myself (as I’m wont to do) setting up a new shop for all the beautiful craft supplies that I like...
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Remembrance Day Poppy in Felt

November 6, 2012
Remembrance Day Poppy in Felt

We’ve done some great Remembrance Day crafts before, using the opportunity to talk through the significance of the day and read some war poetry, marking the 2 minute silence with our crafty friends as we went. Today we thought we would have a go at making our own poppies, since we’ve not yet been...
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Hand Sewn Butterfly & Flower Felt Picture

September 4, 2012
Hand Sewn Butterfly & Flower Felt Picture

Summer is nearly over and all those crafts are nearly ready to be put to bed for another year…. flowers, butterflies, rainbows and blossoming trees will soon give way to harvest, russet leaves, Halloween and fireworks. Even the glimmer of snow and Christmas doesn’t seem so very far away. I’ve got a few more...
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Fimo Flower Jars

August 25, 2012
Fimo Flower Jars

Recycling glass might have got much easier than it used to be around here, now that we can put it all straight in our ordinary recycling bin, but I do often feel I ought to be able to make more of jam jars and the like; they feel like a free resource that should...
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Melted Hama Bead Leaves

Melted Hama Bead Leaves

Recently I came across a way of melting Hama Beads in an oven to make shapes such as bowls and we had a go. We really liked the result and it got us thinking of other ways to use the beads in different ways. Since we had our palette of Autumn colours out anyway...

Hama Bead Tree Autumn Leaves

Hama Bead Tree Autumn Leaves

I’ve been meaning to teach my children to properly recognise British trees by their leaves for years and today we found ourselves having a look at this tree identification chart as part of a nature crafts project we want to do. That led to having a go at making some of them with Hama...

PomPom Trees for Fairies.

PomPom Trees for Fairies.

My daughters and I had a whimsical moment the other day. We wanted to have a go at bigger versions of the tree I made for a model once, which was a Fimo base and a pom pom tree top. It occurred to us we could maybe make trunks out of all the different...

Christmas Tree in PomPoms

Christmas Tree in PomPoms

I know it’s a bit early for Christmas yet, but I thought this Christmas tree from last year was just too good to miss – and it completes my craft collection for trees for now Last year we treated ourselves to a set of these pom pom makers and really enjoyed making Christmas decorations...

PlayMais Tree Model

PlayMais Tree Model

I’ve got a very creative daughter who often comes up with her own, generally excellent, take on any craft I suggest. After seeing my busy tree blogging, she took a craft material being used by one of her younger sisters and created a gorgeous tree model. PlayMais is a maize based peanut material (basically...

Crochet Tree Picture.

Crochet Tree Picture.

Learning to knit and crochet has been one of my main achievements over the last couple of years. I’m not especially proficient but I do really enjoy making things with yarn and I’m gradually getting more able. I’m also slowly bringing my daughters over to the yarn side Last week, having taken delivery of...

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