julia's kuku parties

Free Printable Party Envelope To Decorate

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The Sunday Before last we celebrated Maksi’s 3rd birthday. I suggested a train or lego theme and he said ” no mama, Balloon Party” so Balloon Party it was.

I created a simple invitation and a printable envelope for my crafty little monkey to decorate. He used watercolour crayons to make a little scribble swirl in each balloon and then I used a baby wipe to spread the colour a little more evenly around the balloon shape.

You can download your own printable envelope to decorate here.

If you would like to see more photos from Maksi’s big day you can head over to my instagram feed. or follow me @juliakukucouture

 

Julia xx

In The Garden – We paint

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I can’t tell you how many times a day Maksi will come over and say “muma painting?” it’s so cute, makes me melt every time. I really wanted to have a go at making twig stars. So Maksi and I collected some on one of our trips to the park.

After we were finished painting them, I took to them with some garden shears to make them even then bound them together with string and hung them from the fire place.

When Maksi got up from his nap he ran over pointed to them and said “stars, bootiful”

Is there a cuter age then 2?

linking up with this lovely lady 

 


The Beetle Shack

On The Kitchen Table – We Do Art!

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Today in Sydney the weather was miserable. It rained the wind blew and the sun did not shine. But that didn’t stop us from having our own crafty fun.

We drew inspiration from The Forest by Marc Martin.The story starts in a lush green forest that is then cut down to make way for skyscrapers. The story is aimed 5+. But the perfectly simple watercolour illustrations had me so I had to get it for Maksi.

Turns out it was just perfect for him.

Maksi is at the stage where he is a cute little sponge. He parrots everything we say and is developing a sharp memory. We talked about the colour green, looked at green lego and paint. Looked at the trees and pointed to the trees in our backyard. Talked about the city and all of it’s colours. Looked at the way the illustrations were made and then experimented with our own watercolours.

Once daddy came home, Maksi was able to tell him about the Forest, it’s green trees, colourful city and point to the tree he painted.

Talking babies are the best.

Free Printable Father’s Day Card For The Kids To Make

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As you might know Maksi loves books or as he calls them “book book” every evening when he hears the front door open he knows Daddy is home and rushes down the hall with a “book book” for daddy to read.

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One of their most recent favourite books has been Socks by Nick Sharrat and Elizabeth Lindsay and this was the inspiration for Our father’s day card. This book is absolutly socktastic!

We decorated our sock by monoprinting and then used some cardboard to scrape of all of the excess paint but you could colour, paste or do anything else you or your little one’s dream up to make their card special.

We also included a few little characters from the book on the inside and some lovely coupons for daddy to redeem when he sees fit.

The cute washi tape is from Chibirun

If you would like to make your own father’s day card download the printables here.

Julia x

 

DIY Bracelets

 

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I Love these little DIY Bracelets and there are so many reasons to make them, gifts for friends, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls or mum or a perfect rainy day craft activity with the kids or as embellishments for gifts.

Tutorial here at www.loveandrosen.com and here at www.sweet-verbena.blogspot.com.au

Super Quick and Cute Bunny Craft

So I wanted Maksi and My nephew Harry to make some cute handmade gifts for family. I looked around for some simple ideas a almost 20month old and 4 year old could do together and came up with this little bunny craft from Lovely Living

We used colourful ink pads (you could use paint)  to create simple bunny shapes. we did them on sticker paper so that we would’t need to use glue but regular paper and a gluestick will achieve the same result. Leave them to dry then draw on bunny faces and cut.

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These are the ones done by Harry.

 

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We then framed Harry’s you can download the paper background here or use some wrapping paper or scrapbook paper you have at home.

It was a little more difficult for Maksi but he was able to produce three beautiful little bunnies, so we used them to create a card.

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I used the printable paper to create an envelope liner.

If you haven’t already don’t forget to checkout our free printable Easter Egg Hunt Kit here

Hope you all have a happy and safe Easter.

Juliaxx

 

I Heart Kids Art!

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I love doing Craft with my baby boy Maksim and plan on making this a regular feature on the blog.

There are so many benefits to doing art with your kids, it stimulates both sides of the brain, Improves concentration, develops hand eye co-ordination, and build self-esteem, I could go on.

The main reason I love it is that it gives me quiet time with my baby boy doing something we both love.

Here are some we have done recently
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Box car craft this is very simple and the wheels are reusable

 

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Heart Stamped wrapping Paper for Maksim’s cousin Katerina

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Finger Painting  with homemade paint

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Fun With Stickers easy for really little ones and no clean up required

I also love the idea of doing themed crafts with my babies at their parties and have pinned lots of themed crafts to my Pinterest boards here

Do craft with your kids?

Julia xx

Linking up with Faith Hope and a Whole Lotta Love – Snap it Wednesday & My Little Drummer Boys Wordless Wednesday

 

Kids Box Car Craft- What to do with Spare boxes

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Basically it is a reusable wheel kit for 3+ but he is very advanced :)

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This is what you get in the packet.

 

First step was to paint our box.
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With older children you could make a specific vehicle like an ambulance, police car or race car the possibilities are endless really.

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Once the paint dried we secured the four wheels and that was it. It was that easy.

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Check out lots of other crafty posts at Today’s Creative Blog

Julia xx

Heart Stamped wrapping paper – Kids Craft

I Love every part of gift giving, thinking about what the person would want but never buy for themselves, shopping online or in-store, gift wrapping and finally gift giving. I always try to make the package  as special and personalised as the gift.

Last Friday was my niece Katerina’s 1st birthday and when it came to gift wrapping I decided to get Maksim in on the act by sprucing up some plain white wrapping paper.

First we made this heart shaped stamp

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All you need to do is flatten the roll so it has two creases, push one of the creases in to make a heart shape and secure with tape. Click here for the visual directions from www.rustsunshine.blogspot.com.au

Then let the fun begin

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 When he finished we had some very pretty wrapping paper.

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You can download this free printable gift tag from Kuku Couture here

 

Juliaxx

 

 

 

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