Home decor, Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day Centrepiece..(Heart Tree)

Looking to add some valentines decor to your home without breaking the bank?

Well why not try this little cute project for free..

All you will need is..

  • A vase
  • Branches
  • Hearts
  • Glue

1. Grab some thin branches from a near by tree, we gathered ours whilst out on a walk. Pop in vase.

2. Cut out some hearts from any card that you have laying around the house.

3. Glue hearts onto the branches of tree! I used as a glue gun as I had one but you can use blue tack, glue dots or whatever else you have to hand.

4. Enjoy your practically free decoration and the fact that you even got some fresh air too whilst looking for branches!

Kids and family life, Valentines Day

Valentine’s Messy Play

Last night whilst hoking in the larder for something for dinner I stubbled on a pack of jelly (surprisingly it wasn’t out of date), no one like jelly in our house so I decided it would be a good starting point for a ‘messy play activity’.

What you will need:

  • Some jelly (I used 2 packets)
  • A plastic container
  • Some pink and red playable items
  • Some patience’s
  • And lots of towels

Total cost (£1)

So I found a large plastic container and made some jelly in it, let it set over night and now it’s what to do with it… at this point it’s the case of anything goes.

It was like a fun game for Alfie before we even begun, I said ‘let’s play a game of hunting for any pink or red objects we could find’… this is what we came up with..

Simple really.. a few cookie cutters, balls and roses, we had some pink bowls and spoons too. Basically whatever u can find to hand. I added some confetti too as Sam is past the stage of putting everything in his mouth but you can create it to suit the age of your our kids..

Next it was time to get messy, I decided the best option was to pop it in the shower so all could be washed away easily after use and had the bath ready to go so they could be plopped in to or straight away.

Sam wasn’t sure to start and gave me the confused ‘so I am allowed to mess? look.

But soon got stuck in, both of them did, mixing, cutting,squishing it in between their little fingers and toes. They happily played for an hour.I hope you all have as much fun getting messy as we did and the clean up aftermath is bearable.


The Thompson’s xx

Home decor, Valentines Day

‘Valentines Woollen Hearts’

This is a little quick and easy activity that you can get the kids involved in, perfect for a snowy day like today.

Materials required:

  • Wool (any colour/ any quantity)
  • Cardboard (old box/packaging etc)
  • Pen/pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun or glue dots

This project only took 20 minutes, we created our whilst dinner was cooking and one child napping!

This activity is really quick and simple and rewarding for both kids and adults!

Start by drawing your hearts on the piece of cardboard or use a template like I created myself simply on a word document.

Cut it out and glue one end of the wool to the middle. You can use a glue gun if you own one but I found the glue dots did the job!

Continue to wrap the wool around in a random manor until you are happy with the coverage then trim the wool and either glue it to heart or tuck it in under previous placed strands.

And Ta-da!! There you have it your first woollen heart!

Continue on with as many as you wish, Alfie decided to keep ours all red but I think a mix of whites and pinks along with the red would work well too.

Don’t forget to tag me in your socials so I can see all your wonderful creations!


Stacey & Alfie xx