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WIN! A crafty kids book from Buttonbag – Boycraft

WIN!! A wonderful addition to your children’s bookcase with this Tidy Books book review and competition.  We have a brilliant book from Buttonbag full of craft ideas to make with your kids.

Crafts are just for girls?  Not so.  Boys like making things too, but lots of the craft books out there are pink and twinkly, and frankly off-putting for boys, and lots of girls too.  Boys like sewing, sticking and painting, but sometimes they and their parents, need a bit of extra encouragement.  This is where ‘Boycraft’ by Sara Duchars and Sarah Marks of Buttonbag comes in with their crafts for kids, boys and girls.

The ideas for making things are themed, from creepy things -perfect for Halloween, to wooden craft ideas with opportunities for hammering and sawing, and from knitting and sewing to making model landscapes for your Lego minifigures.   For boys unsure about the ‘manliness’ of making things, there are lots of suggestions to whet their appetites for getting out the paints, and cutting up bits of junk for modelling.


So, I tested this kids book on my 10 year old and 6 year old boys.  They seized on the jumper monkeys, which are made from old jumpers or sweatshirts and they loved the idea of making the giant beanbags too.  We settled on making the reindeer head first, giving the kitchen a stately home feel.



There’s an abundance of great craft ideas that will appeal to boys and girls.   Finger knitting creates some cool looking scarves and is a logical next step for loom band enthusiasts.  My 6 year old is keen to try making a bug hotel from garden canes too.  For some of the sewing crafts you will need a sewing machine, but there are tons of ideas that simply need glue, paint and card, to get their imaginations going.

Boycraft is published in the UK by Frances Lincoln.  Buttonbag kindly provided the review copy and prize. 


It’s easy to enter! To win a copy, tell us what you’d make if you could by leaving a comment and liking the Tidy Books Facebook page on our app below.  If you’d like to have a greater chance of winning, earn extra entries by using the app by joining our Newsletter, following us on Pinterest, Tweeting about the giveaway and other extra entry options.  Good Luck!


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65 thoughts on “WIN! A crafty kids book from Buttonbag – Boycraft

  1. Avatar Rachael Cerexhe says:

    We’d make something dinosaur related- and probably a lot of mess!

  2. Avatar Sarah Prightingale says:

    I would start off by making a big drawstring bag for all my little boy’s tiny toys, then would make some animal and vehicle crafts with him.

  3. Avatar Zoe Bryan says:

    we love makign rockets and sock pets 😀

  4. Avatar Ursula Hunt says:

    I would love to make a great playhouse and kit it out

  5. Avatar Joanna Vernon says:

    My son would love us to make him a treehouse

  6. Avatar Jane English says:

    I love to make mobiles, not just for babies, I have some on the porch that blow & changr in the wind.

  7. Avatar Keri Jones says:

    I would make lots of dinosaur things. I’d love to make a mounted dinosaur head for my sons bedroom wall 🙂

  8. Avatar melanie stirling says:

    I would love to build a play house like a giant toadstool,a bit ambitious though I think!

  9. Avatar Susie Wilkinson says:

    I love the look of the jumper monkeys!

  10. Avatar Kelly Wiffin says:

    I love the jumper monkeys too!

  11. Avatar Sam Annison says:

    Jumper Monkeys sound AMAZING! Definitely these first!

  12. Avatar Kat Pond says:


  13. Avatar Maggie Ali says:

    We’d make a reindeer head, it would be a fantastic addition to other things we have for Christmas 🙂 I know it’s still 18 weeks (not that I’m counting 😉 ) but we love hand made decorations.

  14. Avatar Vanessa says:

    My little boy loves monkeys so the jumper monkey would be pretty popular here I’m sure.

  15. Avatar Catriona Reekie says:

    Some Pirate themed accessories such as swords and hats then a big box of treasure to hide and find using an aged treasure map!

  16. Avatar Becca Staples says:

    The Jumper Monkeys look fab – would love to make a reindeer x

  17. Avatar LORNA PERRY says:

    We would make Halloween costumes first then try making little gifts for loved ones & friends for Christmas. Home made. Gifts are so much more personal especially from little ones !

  18. Avatar Dorothee77 says:

    I would probably make dinosaurs things – and things that can fly!

  19. Avatar Kay panayi says:

    Me kids would love to build a tree house x

  20. Avatar STACY SORRELL says:


  21. Avatar Brenda says:

    We would make animal and superhero masks – always a favourite in our house x

  22. Avatar Theresa Cooke says:

    A tree house or den would be fantastic for our brood.

  23. Avatar Elaine Kidd says:

    I think my son would love to make a giant bean bag.

  24. Avatar elaine dale says:

    a time machine so could go backwards and forwards whenever I wanted

  25. Avatar claire griffiths says:

    would make animal masks and dinosaur masks

  26. Avatar Amelia Pitt says:

    I would make some felt animals to attach to a cot mobile to match my little boy’s bedding.

  27. Avatar Helen Atkins says:

    I would love to Make a tree house with my son

  28. Avatar Susan Sargent says:

    Anything that has to do with screws and nails, doing big jobs with dad.

  29. Avatar Catherine McAlinden says:

    A huge cardboard garage for all our cars!

  30. Avatar Maria O'Sullivan says:


  31. Avatar Paul Anthony Gallagher says:

    Jumper monkeys

  32. Avatar Tracy Gillon says:

    My boys r both very creative, we would probably make something like a rocket or a treasure chest.

  33. Avatar Rachel Craig says:

    I think it would be decorations for Halloween. As Halloween has become more popular. Whilst the practice :- May inspire us to make personalised decorations for other events etc.

  34. Avatar Katie Walters says:

    Our own globe

  35. some 3d Christmas stockings

  36. Avatar Hazel Whiteland says:

    We would make something Dinosaur related as my 2 year old loves them!

  37. Avatar Jully Caxiado says:

    Monkey!! My LO’s favourite animal :)x

  38. Avatar Jo-Anne holton says:

    definitely rockets and anything dinosaur!!!

  39. Avatar MARK SORRELL says:

    dinosaurs….. or a paper mache volcano

  40. Avatar Melanie McNair says:

    I’d make a fairytale castle or rather I’d try!!

  41. Avatar claire woods says:

    Wooden toys.

  42. Avatar Jill m says:

    I’d make Minnie Mouse ears

  43. Avatar hayley mckeon says:

    We would make a pirate castle as we are having a pirate party

  44. Avatar emma falvi says:

    anything to do with dinosaurs, or as my godson says big dogs, as he can not say dinosaurs

  45. anything to do with dinosaurs or monsters

  46. Avatar shirley evans says:

    jumper monkeys

  47. Avatar Ruth Harwood says:

    I’d make a wonderfully bright dream-catcher

  48. Avatar Rebecca Allen says:

    We’d make wooden train sets 🙂

  49. Avatar hannah says:

    I would love to make a car and airplane storage unit that was custom made and would house all the die casts

  50. Avatar Victoria L says:

    A bug hotel

  51. Avatar Kerryn Newton-Edwards says:

    My boys and their crafty mom would love this 😉

  52. Avatar Michelle says:

    A big dog toy

  53. Avatar Keith says:

    A big castle with room for child & dog.

  54. Avatar Jennifer Rhymer says:

    I would love to make a car wash for my son’s toy cars – he’d be thrilled 🙂

  55. Avatar Caroline S says:

    The jumper monkeys look super cool!

  56. Avatar Monika S says:

    My son enjoyed making clay pots at school so probably pots again:)

  57. Avatar Alexandra Blue says:

    I’d love to make a well built weatherproof den in the garden with my son

  58. Avatar Nicola Holland says:

    A bug hotel ready for the winter

  59. Avatar jen lloyd says:

    a beanbag giraffe 🙂

  60. Avatar Aaron Milne says:

    Could do with making some “fivers”

  61. Avatar nikki lane says:

    Both my sons and i would like to make a sock monkey – haven’t attempted thisone yet. x

  62. Avatar ellen hibbert says:

    my sons would love to make a big pirate ship

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