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Life hacks for your living and work space

Life hacks for your living and work space

September has arrived all too fast, and with the summer holidays over, kids are back to school and you are either going back to work or sorting the house after the last 8 weeks. There is no better time to re-organise you living or work space, ready to take on the challenges ahead. Here are a few creative yet helpful hacks to get you on your way. Remember to check out our Twitter feed where we offer simple solutions to help get the best out of all types of space. Sorted stationary Pens, pencils, scissors and rulers all contribute to the cluttered space on your desk. You can upcycle used tin cans to act as a stationary holder, or even empty toilet rolls. If you’re feeling creative, get a paintbrush to add a dash of colour. Lego helpers Lego doesn’t […]

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Cardboard creation: horse costume

Cardboard creation: horse costume

Next up in our series of cardboard creations is a simple yet effective horse costume. This is the perfect activity to keep the kids occupied over the summer holidays. You can help them make it, then watch them gallop round the garden for as many hours as they please. Step 1 – what you will need: • A cardboard box, big enough for the child who will wear it • A cardboard box for the head and tail • Thick ribbon • Decorative ribbon or string for the reins • Craft paint • Scissors • Both a red and a black marker pen • Glue NB: Parental supervision required when using scissors and glue Step 2 Carefully cut out a circle shaped hole in both sides of one box, which need to be large enough to fit the rider through. […]

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Tips to organise your wardrobe

Tips to organise your wardrobe

Our Twitter feed is full of helpful tricks to organise all areas of your home. One place that you can easily lose control of is the wardrobe, so we’ve outlined some cheap, simple tips on how you can sort it once and for all. Remember, once you’ve done it once, it will take just minutes to tidy up when it starts to get out of control again. Hook ‘em up Scarves have a tendency to make a space look really untidy. With a few shower curtain hooks on a hanger, you can display them in a practical, space saving way. Summer vs winter The amount of clothes you own can have a big effect on how tidy you can be. We understand that space (especially in your wardrobe!) is somewhat a luxury, so why not think about splitting your summer […]

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Exploring an unusual living space

Exploring an unusual living space

Did you know that just one in six properties are affordable across Britain*? And with that, 33,000 people in the UK live on a houseboat. It might come as a surprise that sales and renting of house boats is on the up, but with housing costs (especially in central London) becoming further out of reach, and the recent advances in technology such as solar panels, LED lights and internet connections, it might not actually look like a bad idea. Living on water could look like a dream, however along with its charms of being unique and also potentially cheaper, you do have to be prepared for the downsize and start to think how to be creative with the space. Remember these ideas aren’t just for house boats. If you find yourself living in a smaller home, then check out these […]

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Create your own garden games

Create your own garden games

So the summer holidays have arrived, and this year they bring with them the excitement of the Olympic Games. Whether you’re entertaining children or entertaining guests, there’s always time (and hopefully good weather!) to get outside and play your own garden games. Here’s some easy-to-create ideas that will keep the whole family amused. Giant noughts & crosses With a cardboard box, some scissors and a dash of black paint (or tape), it’s easy to create an oversized garden version of the traditional noughts & crosses. Garden bowling You don’t need to head to the bowling lanes to get in a game of this firm family favourite. If you have some spare cardboard, you can help the children make their very own version. It’s easy to do once you have created a stencil of the pins. A couple of tennis balls […]

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Life moment interview: Preparing your home for a pet

Life moment interview: Preparing your home for a pet

Lucinda is a Social Media Account Director from London, and has recently brought a new furry four-legged friend into her home – a rescue terrier called Crumble. We asked her a few questions about getting her first pet in her flat, and we’ll offer you some tips based on her experience. What made you decide on the breed of dog? We always knew we wanted a small dog because we have a flat, and needed to bring him into work. It would have been more difficult to convince my boss to have an office dog if he wasn’t so little! We also needed to be able carry him on the underground. My boyfriend and I have busy lives, so we also knew we couldn’t have a dog that needed a 2 – 3 hour walk a day. How did you […]

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Cardboard Creations: Dog Kennel

Cardboard Creations: Dog Kennel

Next in our series of cardboard creation inspirations is a home for man’s best friend: a dog kennel. This could be a great activity to keep kids occupied – you can let them decorate it however they choose and then use it as a play toy for the rest of the afternoon. Or you could use it as an actual indoor dog house… Step 1 – what you will need: • Large cardboard box • Ruler • Stanley knife • Marker pen • Postal tape • Double sided sticky tape • A safe place to cut with the knife NB: Parental supervision required when using a Stanley knife Step 2 Carefully cut off the four flaps from the bottom of the box followed by two of the flaps on the top, ensuring you leave two opposite each other. Step 3 […]

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How to make marbled mugs

How to make marbled mugs

We love being creative at Big Yellow – our Twitter feed is full of imaginative ways to use your space, fun arts and crafts to do on the weekend, and artistic ways to store your stuff. If you’re feeling creative, and looking for an easy DIY makeover, here’s a fun trick for taking plain mugs and making them into colourful marble designs. Check out our short video on Twitter for a simple demonstration, or follow our easy steps below. Step 1 Get your hands on some nail varnish and pick what colour you want to use. Don’t limit yourself to one colour – the more the merrier! Step 2 You need a bowl of warm water. The bowl needs to be at least five inches deep. Drizzle your choice of coloured nail varnish into the water so it creates a […]

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Fun things to do over half term

Fun things to do over half term

May half term is when you know summer is on its way, but with school out for a week, it’s difficult not to spend lots of money on keeping children entertained. Here’s a few inspirational tips for fun and cheap things you can do to keep them occupied. Science can be fun With a quick search on the internet, you can find a whole host of easy science experiments that you can do at home, which will not only be fun, but also educational. Try this one below and you’ll have them amazed. A mini Monet Painting – a nice, quiet activity that is guaranteed to keep them entertained for hours. If it’s nice weather, you could stick together lots of pieces of paper to make a giant canvas, and let them run about and get messy (but maybe not […]

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Create a games room in your home

Create a games room in your home

In a recent survey by Sony, nearly a third of adults in the UK would consider paying more for a house or flat with a games room, and it could add an additional 3.2% on the value of the property. Even if you’re not looking to sell any time soon, a games room is a great addition to any house, whether it be for entertaining the kids, entertaining your guests, or even just for your own amusement. Here’s some inspiration on how to create a games room in your home: For starters, pick a room that is relaxing and away from the busy parts of the house (like the kitchen or living room). It could be a spare bedroom that is not used very often, or a converted basement or loft. You can create the space for a games room […]

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