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Free Designs for Maxi Hama Beads

August 19, 2014
Free Designs for Maxi Hama Beads

Maxi Hama beads, also known as My First Hama are a fabulous resource for teaching young children how to use these wonderful craft materials. Chunky to make it easy for little fingers to hold (and so you can pick them up more easily afterwards!), they can be used in all sorts of ways. Our own children got to grips with them under close supervision (care is required as they are aimed at 3+ due to potential choking hazards) from around age 2 as Josie demonstrates in this post. Maxi Beads come in all sorts of colours and there is a wide range of pegboard shapes, made with specially rounded pegs on clear plastic so they can be placed directly over the designs that come in packs or in the Inspiration Books. We currently have 10% off the entire Maxi Hama Bead range, so now is the perfect time to try them out. Here are some design ideas for trying out with your little ones. (Note: clicking on these pictures will take you to the item in our shop, but you can right click and download the image to print).  
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Hama Bead Mandalas.

August 11, 2014
Hama Bead Mandalas.

We recently needed a calming afternoon with something crafty; it was hot and there were a lot more children here than normal. I’ve been enjoying looking at Mandalas in all sorts of forms and thought we would have a go at making some with our favourite craft material. Loom bands have been very popular here and I needed a change! Mandalas are simple in idea but can be incredibly complex in design. Spiritual designs in essence, they are synonymous with sacred thought, calm and centred peace. And combine that with Hama Beading, you have the perfect mix for a relaxing afternoon. You can click through to access a full sized picture of each of these patterns to print if you wish. All of our designs were made using Midi Hama Beads and the Large Circle Pegboard. We have some Mandala Inspiration over on Pinterest. Follow Merrily Me’s board Mandala Inspiration on Pinterest. You may also like our Hama Beads Board.
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All New CraftMerrily – Our Hama Bead Shop Just Got Better!

June 5, 2014
All New CraftMerrily – Our Hama Bead Shop Just Got Better!

We’ve been working on a new project for the last few months – and if you wonder why it has taken a while, well, there are just the three of us to do everything and sometimes building a new website takes a long time (especially when battling the inevitable consequences of bringing up 5 children!) Last week we launched the first stage of our new online store; we’ve started with CraftMerrily to try and bring it up to scratch and make it as easy as possible to get the Hama Beads you love. We’ve got plenty to do yet to make it as dynamic as we want it to be but the new shop is now live and it looks like customers have been pleased so far. We’ll be aiming to get new content and lots more detail on the site very soon but do let us know what you think. If you are a new or existing customer, you can also use the offer code below for a 10% discount. Don’t forget our ideas board on Pinterest too – we do love Pinterest! Follow Merrily Me’s board Hama Beads on Pinterest.
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The Owl and the Penguin went to see…

The Owl and the Penguin went to see…

… if they could be married even though they were birds technically unlikely to meet anywhere other than slightly tenuous blog posts! Last week Amelie wanted to make an owl out of Hama Beads. We played around at the design for a while and never got it quite right. Looking back at it now,...

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The Owl and the Penguin went to see…

The Owl and the Penguin went to see…

… if they could be married even though they were birds technically unlikely to...

Competition Winner

Competition Winner

We recently ran a competition to make a Hama Bead picture that depicted “An...

Christmas Ideas with Hama Beads

Christmas Ideas with Hama Beads

Christmas is definitely the time of year for Hama Bead crafting; if you haven’t...

Hama Beads Reviews from Bloggers

Hama Beads Reviews from Bloggers

Recently I asked some blogging Twitter followers to review some packs of Hama Beads...

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