Happy birthday to Hodge Podge Craft!

Hodge Podge Craft is a whole year old and I’m having a round up of my most popular posts!

I can’t quite believe it’s Hodge Podge Craft’s 1st blogiversary already.  I’ve actually been blogging for just over a year now and it’s been great!  I love trying new craft ideas and sharing them with you.  I’ve also started to follow some awesome craft blogs and have become completely addicted to Pinterest!

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If you’re a regular reader, you will have seen these before, but I thought it would be fun to look at Hodge Podge Craft’s top 5 most popular posts this year.  Here they are in reverse order:

5. 20 reasons to paint rocks

Who knew rock painting would be so much fun?  We enjoyed it so much that I found ANOTHER 20 reasons to paint rocks!

20 reasons to paint rocks 1

4. How to make scented candles in a tea cup

I’m especially proud of this scented teacup candle tutorial, as it was one of my first ever posts and they made awesome Christmas gifts for my friends and family last year.

scented candles in a teacup PIN

3. 10 amazing hand-print craft ideas for kids

I’m not surprised this post is so popular – it’s a round up of the best hand print crafts, all of which are totally adorable and EASY to do at any age!

10 amazing handprint craft ideas

2. 10 simple DIY wedding craft ideas

This is a round up of the most gorgeous DIY wedding crafts that are so simple, kids could help make them.  I love weddings, so I did another round up with 10 MORE beautiful DIY wedding crafts.

10 GORGEOUS wedding craft ideas

1. How to make a fantastic, easy-peasy chocolate pirate ship cake in one morning!

This was Pickle’s 3rd birthday cake and I promise it really is an EASY tutorial.  I made this pirate ship cake as part of his DIY pirate party and it looked great (it tasted pretty good too)!

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If you liked these craft ideas and would like to see even more (plus loads of great ideas from other fantastic bloggers), why not follow me on Pinterest?

Thank you for your support in growing Hodge Podge Craft this year.  I hope to carry on learning and improving the blog to bring you many more fun, easy craft tutorials this year!


'Happy birthday to Hodge Podge Craft!' have 164 comments

  1. July 17, 2014 @ 9:58 am hayley f

    i love the How to recycle old Christmas cards into mini candy boxes for stocking fillers x

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    • August 1, 2014 @ 2:09 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Hayley – you never need to buy a mini gift box again! 😉

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  2. July 17, 2014 @ 7:32 pm Rosalind Blight

    I loved the how to make a chocolate hedgehog cake

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  3. July 17, 2014 @ 7:49 pm Natasha

    The fairytail lights are my fav. I can do these for my daughters 14th birthday party and come out as SUPER MOM!

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  4. July 18, 2014 @ 9:52 am Ian Johnston

    I Like the Boat

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  5. July 18, 2014 @ 11:32 am clair downham

    how to make the minion costume

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  6. July 18, 2014 @ 12:37 pm iain

    the boat

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  7. July 18, 2014 @ 12:40 pm Tracy Nixon

    I love your How to cross-stitch your family as it helped me personalise my hand made cross stitched cards!

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    • August 1, 2014 @ 2:30 pm Hodge Podge

      Wow – I would love to see those Tracy (post a pic on my Facebook wall?)…

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  8. July 18, 2014 @ 2:07 pm kim neville

    I like the fairy lights post

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  9. July 18, 2014 @ 2:15 pm Sandra Lane

    I found How to make scented candles in a teacup very useful. My friend collects the teacups for me at boot sales and then I make the candles and we give them out as presents.

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    • August 1, 2014 @ 2:31 pm Hodge Podge

      That’s great Sandra – teamwork! 🙂

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  10. July 18, 2014 @ 2:21 pm Becca Staples

    The minion costume one is my fave x

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  11. July 18, 2014 @ 2:41 pm Kay Panayi

    The boat is fab

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  12. July 18, 2014 @ 2:42 pm Christopher Packer

    The Fairy Lights

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  13. July 18, 2014 @ 8:43 pm anna

    My favourite is the minion costumes! and the pirate cake, but there are so many I love! happy birthday!

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  14. July 18, 2014 @ 10:07 pm Allan Wilson

    Spring activities for kids

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  15. July 19, 2014 @ 3:40 pm Nasheem

    Really like the boat!
    kids would love!

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    • July 22, 2014 @ 10:08 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Nasheem – they were totally blown-away by the firework cannons!

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  16. July 19, 2014 @ 4:18 pm jenny reynolds

    LOVE THE BOAT XX

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  17. July 19, 2014 @ 6:34 pm Lyla

    I love the chocolate hedgehog cake

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  18. July 19, 2014 @ 6:53 pm Hannah Bee Griffin

    We made the best chocolate hedgehog cake, I think he should of had a few more choccy spines, but with a 2 and 3 yer old helping he was a bit on the bald side heehee

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    • July 22, 2014 @ 10:06 pm Hodge Podge

      Awww, that’s part of the chef’s perks, isn’t it Hannah? 😉

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  19. July 20, 2014 @ 1:26 am Lynsey Buchanan

    The minion costume

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  20. July 20, 2014 @ 4:38 am tarbs gill

    The Boat!!

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  21. July 20, 2014 @ 4:39 am tarbs gill

    The boat!

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  22. July 20, 2014 @ 9:50 am Tom Yor.

    My kids, grand kids love love love craft, but I’m always left picking up glue,felt ,wool, pipe cleaners ,paper etc etc etc

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    • July 22, 2014 @ 10:06 pm Hodge Podge

      Haha – oh yes, I know that feeling Tom… When it’s fine, we always try to craft outside & minimise clean-up! 😉

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  23. July 20, 2014 @ 12:02 pm silvia stoyanova

    The Fairy Lights

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  24. July 20, 2014 @ 6:54 pm Carroll Marsh

    My Favourite Project has to have been the lovely candles in lovely old Teacups!They just looked Divine.Had lots of great comments!I made loads for family and friends!!

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    • August 1, 2014 @ 2:12 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Carroll – I am so pleased to hear that! 😀

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  25. July 20, 2014 @ 9:01 pm Jane English

    I loved the Origami Elephant. Origami fascinates me!

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    • August 1, 2014 @ 2:13 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Jane – have you had a go at making it yet?

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  26. July 21, 2014 @ 6:12 am Rebecca Duncan

    The toddler section of the 10 easy crafts for kids 🙂

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  27. July 21, 2014 @ 6:57 am Ashleigh Allan

    the cardboard castle!

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  28. July 21, 2014 @ 8:22 am Dianne Hanson

    I loved your post about making scented candles in teacups, I’ve had my eyes peeled for nice teacups in charity shops ever since 😀

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    • August 1, 2014 @ 2:20 pm Hodge Podge

      Oooh, I hope you find some pretty ones Dianne!

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  29. July 21, 2014 @ 8:22 am justine meyer

    Making the candles in tea cups is something i have wanted to do for a while and now i might try to attempt this,

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    • August 1, 2014 @ 2:21 pm Hodge Podge

      Honestly, it is so much easier than it looks Justine and everyone loves them!

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  30. July 21, 2014 @ 8:47 am claire nutman

    rock painting is brilliant, great idea for summer hols x

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    • July 22, 2014 @ 10:05 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Claire – it’s great, as it costs nothing and you can do something totally different every time 🙂

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  31. July 21, 2014 @ 8:49 am Jo Jones

    Love the boat

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  32. July 21, 2014 @ 10:16 am Elizabeth (Liz) Briggs

    Wow I have just found your blog and it is fantastic and perfect timing just before the 6 weeks summer holiday. We can’t wait to make the minion hats – so simple yet so effective 🙂

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  33. July 21, 2014 @ 10:20 am lorraine stone

    Duck Tape Brazilian Samba Dancer Craft – loved these!

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  34. July 21, 2014 @ 10:39 am Lisa Everaert

    The Cardboard Castle is FAB!!

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  35. July 21, 2014 @ 1:10 pm PAULINE HILL

    THE BOAT

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  36. July 21, 2014 @ 1:32 pm Barbara Handley

    My grandson says the boat.

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  37. July 21, 2014 @ 1:38 pm Lisa Parker

    I love the rock painting project. I have done this with children of all ages, Great fun.

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    • July 22, 2014 @ 9:59 pm Hodge Podge

      Absolutely – from babies through to adults – who doesn’t enjoy painting rocks, right? 😉

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  38. July 21, 2014 @ 7:10 pm Natasha M

    The candles in the teacups are the cutest!

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    • July 22, 2014 @ 9:58 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Natasha – I was so pleased with the way they turned out 🙂

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  39. July 21, 2014 @ 9:31 pm julie laing

    The fairy lights

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  40. July 22, 2014 @ 1:50 am Kat Lucas

    I love the candles in the tea cups

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    • July 22, 2014 @ 9:57 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Kat – they make great gifts 🙂

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  41. July 22, 2014 @ 8:08 am Amanda Beamish

    I love the rock painting. Simple and cheap x

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  42. July 22, 2014 @ 8:18 pm Kate Williams

    Your minion costumes were ace 🙂

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    • July 22, 2014 @ 9:55 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Kate – we had so much fun making those! 🙂

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  43. July 22, 2014 @ 10:14 pm Chris Burrell

    I like the rock painting

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  44. July 23, 2014 @ 8:08 am Jenny

    I liked your hedgehog birthday cake

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  45. July 23, 2014 @ 1:42 pm Viv C

    the easy origami elephant tutorial

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  46. July 23, 2014 @ 11:25 pm lyn burgess

    The hedgehog cake, it reminds me of a birthday cake I had when I was littlw

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  47. July 24, 2014 @ 8:24 am donna jones

    the boat

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  48. July 24, 2014 @ 3:13 pm Liska Myers

    I love the ship cake. Our wedding cake had a ship that we made out of polymer clay – I wish this tutorial had been around back then though. We would have made it. 🙂

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    • August 1, 2014 @ 2:36 pm Hodge Podge

      Oh wow – I bet that was fab Liska! Why a ship – do you both sail?

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  49. July 24, 2014 @ 11:05 pm Teresa Sheldon

    The pirate cake is brilliant I love your site so inspiring even for people like me who arn’t born artistic Happy Birthday and many more x

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    • August 1, 2014 @ 2:37 pm Hodge Podge

      Thank you Teresa! I do like to post crafts that we can ALL have a go at 😀

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  50. July 25, 2014 @ 10:50 pm cherie shaw

    I love the hedgehog cake so cute 🙂

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  51. July 25, 2014 @ 11:40 pm Corinne Peat

    I love the boat.

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  52. July 26, 2014 @ 4:47 pm Kat Glynn

    Teacup Candles Ive wanted to know how to do them for ages x

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  53. July 26, 2014 @ 5:54 pm Gloria Heathcote

    i love the boat yes please

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  54. July 26, 2014 @ 6:41 pm Linda Thorn

    love the boat

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  55. July 26, 2014 @ 9:32 pm Harley

    The hedgehog cake, so cute xx

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  56. July 26, 2014 @ 11:28 pm Caroline Kelly

    The boat 🙂

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  57. July 27, 2014 @ 7:24 pm claire little

    i love the scented candle in a teacup post 🙂

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  58. July 27, 2014 @ 10:03 pm MANDY DOHERTY

    How to make a baby keepsake shadowbox was my favourite

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    • August 1, 2014 @ 2:48 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Mandy – it is great to have all those tiny things together on view and not hiding in the loft!

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  59. July 27, 2014 @ 10:58 pm Solange

    I love the candles in the tea cups

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  60. July 28, 2014 @ 6:41 am Janet Thornton

    The cardboard castle is my favourite.

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    • August 1, 2014 @ 3:00 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Janet – that’s one of Grandad’s! 😉

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  61. July 28, 2014 @ 10:58 am caroline pawson

    rock painting is my favourite xx

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  62. July 28, 2014 @ 1:10 pm ann weir

    painting rocks! Given me some inspiration on what to do with my son over the summer holidays

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  63. July 28, 2014 @ 6:07 pm Kristy Brown

    I love the Bookpage jars!

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  64. July 28, 2014 @ 7:02 pm sam cornford

    Candles in a teacup are fab. x

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  65. July 28, 2014 @ 7:45 pm Karen Lloyd

    The origami elephant, so simple when you know how but looks great.

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  66. July 28, 2014 @ 8:57 pm Angela Paull

    Love the handprint crafts 🙂

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  67. July 28, 2014 @ 9:16 pm LEE HARDY

    The boat is brilliant.

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  68. July 28, 2014 @ 9:39 pm JULIE BANKS

    Loved the posts on facebook about the very hungry caterpillar stones, used to paint stones and little rocks when I was younger.

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  69. July 28, 2014 @ 11:10 pm Jane Middleton

    rock painting

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  70. July 28, 2014 @ 11:20 pm Jackie Chapman

    Love the scented candle in a tea cup

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  71. July 29, 2014 @ 6:18 am rebecca whale

    Love the crochet owl cushion. So cute and amazing colours x

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  72. July 29, 2014 @ 8:54 am Allan Fullarton

    I love the boat.

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  73. July 29, 2014 @ 9:54 am Elizabeth Ferguson

    Teacup scented candles.

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  74. July 29, 2014 @ 10:47 am elaine stokes

    I love the sewing projects, because I can’t thread a needle and I have to teach basic sewing to a class of kids……. THANK YOU FOR THE HELP

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    • August 1, 2014 @ 2:05 pm Hodge Podge

      Ha – ANYONE can cross-stitch Elaine (that’s why I love it)… 😉

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  75. July 29, 2014 @ 10:56 am Graham Ashworth

    The wooden boat is the favourite

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  76. July 29, 2014 @ 12:58 pm Robby Price

    The Boat

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  77. July 29, 2014 @ 6:01 pm Sheri Darby

    The boat is brillaint

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  78. July 29, 2014 @ 6:41 pm Sarah Parker

    minion costumes

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  79. July 29, 2014 @ 7:28 pm Lorna Anderson

    Love the boat 🙂

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  80. July 29, 2014 @ 7:43 pm sian hallewell

    love the painting stones, ours aren’t quite so good!

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  81. July 29, 2014 @ 7:53 pm Nicola Holland

    The boat is our family favourite 🙂

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  82. July 29, 2014 @ 8:53 pm jessica newman

    The fairy Lights!

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  83. July 29, 2014 @ 11:08 pm alison broadhurst

    the boat xx

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  84. July 29, 2014 @ 11:31 pm Lydia Graham

    I liked the origami as the children love to make things

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    • August 1, 2014 @ 2:01 pm Hodge Podge

      And all you need is a bit of paper, right Lydia? 🙂

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  85. July 30, 2014 @ 2:56 am dorothy cavender

    i really like the boat

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  86. July 30, 2014 @ 7:16 am Kirsty Woods

    The minion costume

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  87. July 30, 2014 @ 7:34 am Hayley Todd

    I love the Easy Origami Elephant Tutorial! My little girl absolutely loves her elephant!

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    • August 1, 2014 @ 2:00 pm Hodge Podge

      Oh that is lovely to hear, thanks Hayley! 😀

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  88. July 30, 2014 @ 9:43 am lynn neal

    I love your pebble and rock painting ideas the best!

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  89. July 30, 2014 @ 9:49 am claire matthews-curtis

    The Cardboard Castle looks great 🙂

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    • August 1, 2014 @ 1:59 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Claire – Grandad is the king of cardboard!

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  90. July 30, 2014 @ 10:23 am JACQUELINE ROBERTS

    I’m new to your blog but loved the hedgehog cake

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    • August 1, 2014 @ 1:57 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Jacqueline – it’s super simple, which is why I love it! 😉

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  91. July 30, 2014 @ 11:12 am Patricia Avery

    The hedgehog cake 🙂

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  92. July 30, 2014 @ 11:15 am Lisa Valentine

    The minion costume – brilliant!!

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  93. July 30, 2014 @ 1:20 pm Zoe Bryan

    we love paining stones and putting magic words on them 😀

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  94. July 30, 2014 @ 1:56 pm rebecca e phillips

    i think it`s all great, im just doing my planning for rainbows and brownies autumn term and i`ve got some great ideas now, Thank you!

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  95. July 30, 2014 @ 3:55 pm sarah stevens

    The Boat

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  96. July 30, 2014 @ 6:22 pm Pam Francis Gregory

    I love the idea of recycling my old cards

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    • August 1, 2014 @ 1:51 pm Hodge Podge

      Save money and trees – what could be better (or easier) Pam? 😉

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  97. July 30, 2014 @ 6:59 pm denise low

    I like the fairy lights

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  98. July 30, 2014 @ 7:46 pm Zoe Roxby

    The fairytail lights

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  99. July 30, 2014 @ 8:04 pm Alittle Bear

    The minion costume!

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  100. July 30, 2014 @ 8:38 pm Vicky Osborne

    I love the Chocolate Pirate Ship and so would my boys

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