Easy Halloween Mason Jar Lantern

Halloween Mason Jar Lantern

This morning Pebble woke up and we had our usual morning chat as she lay in bed. She asked the same question she asks every day: “What are we doing today?”. I told her what we had planned (not much!) and mentioned that it’s Halloween today. “HALLOWEEN!?”. She was up in a flash and asking for help to make her Halloween costume. She wanted to be a witch and chose a ‘witchy’ dress from her wardrobe and had some (a lot!) of help to make a hat and a broomstick. The result was one happy kid!

Then we started planning some decorations to let our neighbours know that we are are open for Halloween business. This easy Halloween mason jar lantern only took five minutes to make.

Halloween Mason Jar Lantern

Easy Halloween Mason Jar Lantern

You will need:

  • a large jar
  • cardboard
  • a bandage
  • scissors
  • double sided sticky tape (or regular will do)
  • blu-tak
  • a tea light candle
  • a lighter or matches

How to make a Halloween lantern

  1. Remove the lid from your jar.
  2. Wrap the jar in the bandage and secure with the double sided tape.
  3. draw and cut out a spooky face from cardboard and slide the shapes underneath the bandage strips. Use tape to secure if needed.
  4. Blu-tak the tealight candle to the bottom of the jar and light it (always practice fire safety around children).

There you have it! Five minutes later and you have a super cool Halloween decoration. I’m thinking of some more designs to make Christmas lanterns too.

For more Halloween lantern inspiration try these:

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17 Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids

17 Mother's Day Crafts for Kids

Do you celebrate Mother’s Day? Mother’s Day is coming up for us Aussie mums on the second Sunday in May. We don’t really have any Mother’s Day traditions for our little family yet. My first Mother’s Day my hubby woke up with a hangover, hopefully that won’t become a tradition! It’s not as bad as it sounds, he really doesn’t have hangovers very often at all. There must have been some special occasion the night before. Of course I don’t remember that bit!

Last year I walked the Mother’s Day Classic with my Mother in Law, Sister in Law, two nieces and our two kids. It was….. memorable. Baby Rocky needed to stop for feeds, Pebble needed to stop for a toilet break and long story short we came very, very, very last out of thousands of people. Even after taking a shortcut because we were SO slow that the organisers had removed the signs to say which way to walk! I swore then that I would not take my kids again the next year and it would feel strange not being with my kids on Mother’s Day, so no fun run for me this year. Perhaps I’ll do the City to Bay in September…

One thing that we always do leading up to the day is some Mother’s Day craft for Pebble’s two Nana’s and Grandma. It might be a card or a gift or both, but it’s something fun and Pebble is a huge fan of ‘making’. I’m looking forward to inviting Rocky to join us this year. We’ll see how that goes! I spotted some cute ideas in the Kids Co-Op last week and have put them together with some more of my favourite ideas. I also have a Mother’s Day Pinterest Board, you can go and get lots of ideas there too.

17 Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids

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Christmas Tree Card

Easy Peasy Kid Made Christmas Tree Cards {Octavia and Vicky}

Easy Peasy Kid Made Christmas Tree Cards {Octavia and Vicky}

Do you need a super quick and easy homemade Christmas card to give? Or something to keep the kiddos quiet for a few minutes? Let’s be honest, you probably just need a good lie down before CHRISTMAS is here tomorrow. But I can’t resist sharing these cute cards we made for Pebble’s teachers this year.

Easy Peasy Kid Made Christmas Tree Cards {Octavia and Vicky}

Tree Christmas Card

You will need:

  • Green card
  • A4 Red card
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Star sequins

Prepare these bits before giving to little fingers:

  • Fold and cut the A4 card in half.
  • Fold each half to make two small red cards.
  • Cut out two triangles from the green card – did this without measuring or ruling, just cutting free hand, but you could draw the trees first if you prefer.

Now hand over to the kids:

  • Stick the tree to the front of the card.
  • Stick the star sequins on the tree.


  • older children can fold and cut their own cards and trees.
  • if you don’t have star sequins you could use glitter, empty the back of your hole punch and use up the little round coloured bits of paper, or children can draw on their own decorations.

As you can see, Pebble was quite enthusiastic with her use of stars :)

Easy Peasy Kid Made Christmas Tree Cards {Octavia and Vicky}

Did you make your own cards this year?

Christmas Survival Kit

Christmas Survival Kit

Christmas Survival Kit

I’m limping along through the Christmas season this year. We still don’t have a tree (I’m working on a baby friendly option for that), I haven’t started my Christmas shopping (ok, I bought two presents), we have enjoyed just two Christmas crafts so far (gasp!) and one Christmas cooking effort.

Perhaps it’s because I’m {always and forever} severely sleep deprived, or because it’s the first Christmas since Ryan died, but I’m kinda in struggle town, to be honest. So I thought I’d look back over the Octavia and Vicky archives for some Christmas cheer and inspiration. And look at this! I was FULL of Christmas spirit last year :) Here are some fun things to play, make, eat and share over the Christmas season – a little survival kit for you and me. Enjoy x

Christmas Survival Kit

Simple Christmas Wrapping

Cool things to make and do

Christmas Gloop

Melted Crayon Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Tree Gift Tags

Christmas Lantern Wreaths

Laminated Christmas Baubles

Recycled Christmas Card Display (great for an advent calendar)

Advent Calendars you can make tomorrow

Christmas Gloop

Yummy stuff to cook

Christmas Tree Mini Pizzas

Cheesy Christmas Stars

Christmas Crunchies


Party pleasing treats

12 Super Awesome Cake Recipes

Pizza Dip

Bumble Bee Treats

Best Ever Potato Salad

Watermelon, Haloumi and Mint Salad


Homemade gifts

Cocoa mix (free printable labels)

Jingle Jangle Socks for Babies

Coconut Ice

homemade coconut ice

Christmas Tips and Tricks

Christmas Eve traditions

Christmas shopping tips

Wrapping paper ideas

Christmas Quiet Time

50+ Christmas games for kids

How are you surviving this Christmas?

Melted Crayon Christmas Decorations

Melted Crayon Christmas Decorations

Melted Crayon Christmas Decorations

Recently we made these pretty Christmas baubles using sharpies, a laminator and this free printable. We had some templates left over and a lovely box of bright crayons to use, so we decided to experiment with them. This is how we ended up with Melted Crayon Christmas Decorations!

Melted Crayon Christmas Decorations

You will need:

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To make the decorations:

  1. Print and cut out the printable Christmas decorations (including cutting out the centre circle). Older children can do this on their own, younger children will need help.
  2. Dab a little bit of glue on the back of each Christmas bauble and stick it inside an open laminating sheet. The glue is optional – it just helps to keep the templates in place while you are working on them.
  3. Use the grater to create small flakes of crayon.
  4. Sprinkle a small amount of crayon inside each bauble template. Be careful not to over fill as the crayon may leak out into the laminator (see the template filled with pink, purple and orange on the bottom right of the photo above? That’s too much crayon… I speak from experience – eeek!).
  5. Close and laminate the sheet then cut out each bauble.
  6. Punch a hole in top of each bauble and thread with the ribbon

These Melted Christmas Christmas Decorations can also be used to make cute gift tags for family and friends.

Why not try making these cute Christmas Baubles too?

Kid-made Christmas Baubles {guest post from Octavia and Vicky}

Which Christmas traditions have you been enjoying this festive season?

*Thanks to Micador for sending us a free set of oil pastels to try out. I was not paid to write about Micador products.

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