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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Melted Hama Bead Leaves

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September 17, 2012
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...
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Hama Bead Tree Autumn Leaves

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September 11, 2012
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...
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PomPom Trees for Fairies.

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August 22, 2012
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...
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Christmas Tree in PomPoms

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August 8, 2012
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...
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PlayMais Tree Model

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August 6, 2012
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...
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Crochet Tree Picture.

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August 2, 2012
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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Drawing Trees with Pastels

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July 31, 2012
Drawing Trees with Pastels

I love drawing trees and there will definitely be plenty of them on here as the site grows! However, here is a simple invitation to try out some gel oil and pastels of different sorts, blended together to produce unusual effects. This was a simple drawing done alongside several children using Djeco Gel Pastels...
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Needle Felted Christmas Tree

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July 30, 2012
Needle Felted Christmas Tree

A few years ago the girls and I had our first experience of needle felting. It’s not a craft for the fainthearted since the needles are barbed, hurt if you stab yourself and break easily. That said, it has been a craft we’ve enjoyed at various times and 3D modelling is greatly enhanced by...
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Hama Bead Autumn Trees

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July 25, 2012
Hama Bead Autumn Trees

Hama Beads are a wonderful way to make simple but very effective pictures and can be used by children and adult in a multitude of ways and means. One way is to make pictures which reflect the seasons, altering each one just slightly to suit the theme. Here is a pattern for an Autumn...
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Simple Fimo Tree Picture

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July 25, 2012
Simple Fimo Tree Picture

This was a lovely easy craft to introduce Fimo Polymer Clay to children. It can be adapted to different seasons and will be enjoyed by children of all abilities. Full instructions are available where this craft was first published at Fimo-Ideas. Fimo can be purchased at CraftMerrily. Step by step instructions for future crafts...
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