• DIY: Cupcake stand

    We like cake, we like candy, and we like everything in between. So why not make a display that can feature it all?! With porcelain markers, a couple of plates and a few glasses, the kids can make and decorate it themselves.

  • Playful posters

    Danish start-up company Villum Vito designs and sells colourful posters to stimulate children’s imagination. “It’s my mission to add a little happiness to the world with my posters,” says owner Christina Stenderup.  Almost one year ago Villum Vito was founded by Christina Stenderup. “I have always been passionate about drawing and I have a natural interest for the use of language. When one of my close friends gave birth to a baby boy, I made my first poster for him as a gift. This really got me hooked on the idea of turning my drawings into a business.” An intense period started, where Christina not only transformed her best creations…

  • December 21st

    What: Gift wrapping. Supplies: Wrapping paper, potato, knife, (finger-)paint. Duration: 30 minutes. How to: Cut out a Christmas tree in the potato with your knife. Dip in in the paint and press onto your wrapping paper. It doesn’t get much easier! The story behind it: If you’ve never made prints using potato’s, raise your hands! Me! I can’t remember ever making potato prints (but I might have… mum, dad?). So this was a lovely chance to get on board and do a little stamping with potatoes. And the 5-yo thought it was a lot of fun too. It is difficult to mess it up so you’re almost guaranteed a great time! Instagram…

  • December 10th

    What: Orange peel guirlande. Supplies: Oranges, star shapes cookie cutter, fish string, needle, paint, paper, washi tape. Duration: 1 hour all together. How to: Every Christmas must involve at least one good smelling ingredient, don’t you think? There are of course your typical Christmassy smells like cinnamon, cookies and the smell of the roast. But somehow, oranges are also in the mix, if you ask me. Make a guirlande out of the peel, by carefully peeling the orange and cutting out stars with a cookie cutter. Sew the stars together on a fish string. Let dry properly, if you can’t make the guirlande straight away, otherwise they will get moldy.…

  • DIY… Alphabet

    “Do I have to go to daycare mommy?” my eldest (almost 5 years old) asks us regularly. “It’s so boring! All I do is play, play, play and play.” And then she rolls with her eyes and acts dramatically.  I usually ask her what she would like to do in stead of playing, and then she says: “Learn the alphabet and do mathematics.” Aha, right. Numbers are not my forte, but letters I can roll with. So I decided to make a Dutch alphabet for her. Not a Danish one (despite the extra three letters, which I still find very lovely and exotic), but just something Dutch, because everything else…

  • DIY… Splatter shade

    My boyfriend’s parents asked us, if we wanted to adopt their messing-bulb-lamp that was just gathering dust in their basement. Yes! Where do we sign the adoption papers? Because we sure love a little messing and midcentury vibe in our interior. But that lampshade… It was a little too serious for our interior. But nothing a bucket of paint and an eager 4-year-old can’t fix! That being said, I didn’t want to paint the original lampshade. Over time, my taste evolves (I have noticed) and who knows, I might die for this lampshade at a later point in life. So it is in storage now, and I went looking for…

  • DIY… Tic tac toe

    Hi all, Here a quick and dirty (if you don’t watch out) diy on how to make a tic-tac-toe-board and stones, if you’re feeling like making your own. You need a tree trunk, (finger-)paint and rocks. If you, like us, want to make a somewhat smooth board, then I also recommend sandpaper. My daughter and I went on a tree trunk hunt on the ground of my parents-in-law’s summerhouse. Luckily for us, they had just chopped down a few trees, so we got to pick from a nice stack of trunks. We sanded down the trunk, so we won’t get splinters in our fingers in the heat of the game.…

  • DIY…Puppet master

    Rainy days. When you live in Northern Europe, you have plenty of those. If we don’t fancy a tour in our wellies, we whip out the creative stuff and see what we can create. This time, we ended up making a little family out of empty toilet rolls. I’ve been saving empty toilet rolls for a while now, so we have a huge batch of them. I find them suitable for loads of things; you can paint on them, cut them into pieces, or use them as the rolls they are. Making puppets out of toilet rolls is a really easy and fun activity that lasts as long as your…

  • DIY… Tweaking twigs

    We live close to a large nature area. We enjoy putting on our outdoorsy clothes and go on long walks and scavenger hunts with the kids. We always find something we want to take home; a lovely rock, a funny looking leaf or some sort of broken off branch. Our 4 year old had this phase, where she dragged home every single twig she saw lying on the ground. After a while we had a rather extensive collection of twigs piling up on our outdoor deck. They were pretty in their forms and shapes, but they where wet, dirty and to be honest just rotting away in the wind and…