Funny Face Biscuits

Basic Biscuit Recipe - great for decorating funny faces

Post by Be A Fun Mum contributor, Amanda from Food Before 5 This is one of my favourite recipes that my children and I have fun cooking & decorating together. If I want the faces to look perfect, I’ll do them myself but most of the fun comes in seeing what the kids themselves create. They also make a great (& inexpensive) party favour for little ones, a fun birthday party activity (have the biscuits made and have kids decorate them … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Wrapping Paper

make your own wrapping paper - draw pictures on brown paper

I love the unique look of child-coloured wrapping paper for gifts and it doubles as an activity the kids enjoy too.  You can get a roll of brown (Kraft) paper from places like Officeworks, Kmart, Target, BIG W and stationery stores.  30 metres cost about $15 so it goes a long way. Colourful Wrapping Brown paper Felt pens, ballpoint pen, pencils, oil pastels, and crayons all work. Paint also works but there that extra step of … [Read more...]

Decorative Tape: Party Ideas


Sponsored by 3M (S1 Post) The new Scotch® Expressions Tape is a brilliant addition to the family stationery stash.  It can be used to decorate a variety of household, stationery and recycled items.  I recently wrote a post about 5 ways I’ve been using the decorative tape around the house.   This time, I’m sharing how the tape can help make a birthday party special. 1. Birthday Photo Frame Dress up a simple … [Read more...]

Easy Horse Themed Cake


I love how the cake for my daughter's 8th birthday turned out.  Easy too. Materials Rectangle cake (with chocolate icing - for the paddock) Horse Plastic Toy Figurine  (I used a Schleich horse figurine and fence which acted as a gift for my daughter too) Cake bunting (I purchased from Sew Sweet) On the day of the party, I put the decorations on the already-make cake and it was done. The Party We held the party at a park. I hung … [Read more...]

Ice Candle Holder

ice candle holder

This ice candle holder turned out even better than I though it would! Love that!  It's easy (and cheap) to make; it looks good on it's own, or a few in a row.  I put this out for my birthday, around dinner time, and the kids were thrilled, and it made my day, that bit extra special.  Below is how I made it. Materials Balloon Milk Bottle Lid Masking Tape Tea light Water Instructions 1. Fill balloon with water Fill a regular … [Read more...]

Spider Lollipop

spider lollipop

Lollipop Spider These lollipop spiders are inspired by House of Baby Piranha.  I'll be storing this idea away for party bags, birthday party decoration or craft (suited for older children due to the choking hazard). They are so easy to make! Materials Lollipops, pipe cleaner, boogly eyes Instructions 1. Cut 1 pipe cleaner into 3 equal parts. 2. Using craft glue, attach the googly eyes. 3. Wind the 3 pipe cleaners around the top … [Read more...]

Give a Hoot! How to Make a Giggle and Hoot Cake

how to make a giggle and hoot cake

Today on the blog, I'm thrilled to welcome Danielle to share her brilliant version of a Giggle and Hoot Cake, that anyone can make! Guest post by Danielle from Keeping Up with the Holsbys Giggle and Hoot are pretty big in my house. I was a No TV kind of Mum for the first 14 months of my son's life but then we were introduced to the Giggle and Hoot bedtime hour. We only catch about half of it after the bath time shenanigans but trust me, half … [Read more...]

A Little Bit of CandyLand

candyland willy wonka charlie and the chocolate factory

I've enjoyed taking pictures for Canon as part of the Canon Island Blogger Challenge. Challenge three was a Dessert Island and I immediately thought about Candyland from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. A world made of candy, complete with a chocolate river, is so awesome. {I like the 1971 movie version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory best} I couldn't quite recreate Candyland  (I wish!) but made lolly flowers which are easy and fun … [Read more...]

Lolly Crafts

how to make an ant out of lollies or candy

Since I had lollies left over after decorating my daughter's birthday cake, I decided to see what I could make out of them. Now, most of these creations aren't all that child friendly because they have small sharp parts but they are fantastic for decorating birthday cakes and party tables. To make all of these creations (above) you will need these things: Jube lollies (different shapes) Toothpicks Craft Glue Scissors Pipe cleaners … [Read more...]

How to Make a Ballerina Peg Doll

how to make a peg doll: tie elastic around waist and tie on tulle

Yesterday on the blog I put up a simple tutorial on how to make a no sew tutu. I thought it would be fun to make a matching ballerina peg doll. What to use the peg doll for: Birthday Party craft Birthday Party Favour Home craft Christmas (make it an angel by making the tutu white and adding some wings) What you need: Wooden peg (you can get these from craft stores) Stocking, wool, elastic, hair band or string (for the pirouette … [Read more...]

How to Make a Tutu (no sewing required)

how to make a no sew tutu

I don't own a sewing machine so I'm always looking for ways to make things, no sewing required.  This tutu skirt fits into the category beautifully; I made it in under 10 minutes! What you can use the tutu for: Birthday party craft Princess dress up party Dress ups Christmas (use white, red, green or gold tulle) What you need: Elastic Tulle preferably soft tulle so it's doesn't itch you can also use organza you … [Read more...]

Easiest Birthday Party EVER!

boys construction birthday cake

I like Fiona. I also like her shop Fiona Kate. Fiona Kate captures a lot about what Be A Fun Mum is about. Simple. Easy. Fun. Today I'm thrilled to welcome Fiona to the blog today as she shares her easiest birthday party ever. Love it. Love it. Love it. Read on. Boys Construction Birthday Party Guest post by Fiona from Fiona Kate When people asked our little boy what he received for his birthday he said, "Lots of dirt!" It's true: I did … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Use Brown Craft (Kraft) Paper

Activities for Kids: Make a Treasure Map

Kraft paper: every home should have a roll! One of the items I keep in our mobile art space is a roll of brown Craft (Kraft) Paper. It's so useful! Kraft paper is stronger than butchers paper, and you can pick up a roll from Officeworks for $3.95.  Here are 5 ways I use the Kraft paper: 1. Make a Treasure Map All you need is a texter and your imagination! This is a fun open ended play idea with enormous potential for imaginative play.  This … [Read more...]

100 Balloons


  When I think about my childhood, and what I remember most fondly, it's the small things repeated over and over again.  Things we like to call traditions. I remember: Going to Caloundra with my extended family for September holidays; Mum buying pink milk for a holiday treat; Dad buying me ice-cream after every holiday swim; Picking a cake from the Woman's Weekly Children's Cake Book; Christmas-time; A block of chocolate, all for me, at Easter; … [Read more...]