Birthday number 1

I posted yesterday about the fact that we celebrated not just one, but THREE birthdays in our family this weekend. And I thought you might like to know what we made for each of them.

So first off, it was SmallSmall’s “number 2” birthday (as BigSmall called it).

Being the second of two boys, he already has pretty much everything a Small boy could ever want or need, so I was really quite glad that we are in the middle of My Make Do and Mend Year and didn’t feel the need to go and buy yet more plastic stuff.

We were very kindly offerred a small trampoline by one of the mum’s at Pre-School, to which I said a very resounding YES!

It was duly delivered and was in need of a little TLC



So I set the Smalls to work…! (Yes, I did make SmallSmall ‘clean’ his very own birthday trampoline…)

Trampoline3I put the other bits in the washing machine and Hubby then hammerited the whole frame, and re-assembled it.

I think SmallSmall is pretty chuffed with the results…

Trampoline41My other favourite thrifty Make Do and Mend triumphant find was this


Bob the Builder Beanbag chair! Total cost 45p..!!

I found the fabric at the Scrapstore, and just thought they were ordinary beanbags. I got 2 for 90p 🙂

Once I filled it with beans that I got free from Freecycle (even more :)) I realised it was in fact a chair! How cool is that? I want one!

We also wrapped him up a new toothbrush-possibly the first and only time we will get away with this as a birthday present….

Of course, we musn’t forget the Gruffalo Cake…

gruffalo cake1

20 thoughts on “Birthday number 1

  1. Brilliant! I loved the Gruffalo cake too 🙂

    And Father Christmas brings things like flannels in this house (obviously nicer ones than I would buy!) and youngest wanted Father Christmas to bring her a less babyish toothbrush last year so he did.

  2. That cake looks brilliant!!!!!
    I guess it’s nice for the children to be young enough to not fully understand the concept of having a pre-loved present. I’m not sure pre teens and teens in this day and age would appreciate the same thought if they were not used to the idea that is ( which by being in the middle of your year they might have done but who knows!) :D.

      • I say train them young – my youngest (10 tomorrow) has spent his whole life playing/wearing/living secondhand and asked for an Oxfam voucher to spend in our local Oxfam shop for his birthday…I don’t think they do that kind of voucher so I’m just about to make him a homemade one. I really hope his mindset continues into his teens! Great presents and cake Jen!

      • Sarah, that is so sweet. I hope my boys are the same and don’t end up rebelling and turning into massive consumers!Happy Birthday to your lovely boy. 10-now that really is big and grown up. Have a great day 🙂

  3. Saying it was in need of a little tlc was a bit of an understatement Jen! So pleased you were able to make good use of it and I hope the boys enjoy a long summer bouncing away! X

  4. Of course you’ll get away with it with teenagers – vintage prom dresses; secondhand ponies/cars/musical instruments etc! And best of all they can tell you what they want and source it… hours of time spared from ebay trawling. Nicola

  5. My teenage grandson had an iphone3 for Xmas, he knows it was preloved cos it was mine! I bought it new earphones and charger and a more teenage cover(mine was purple!) and he was the happiest boy alive! He’s a very sensible boy who had been saving up all his previous birthday and other money towards buying himself a preloved one. And it has the added benefit that he can text me more so it was a win win all round!

  6. This is seriously inspiring. The question I get asked over and over again on my blog is “What are you going to do about kids’ birthdays? They’re soooo expensive!” Next time, I’m just going to wave people away and send them over here.

    • Yay! Just goes to show you don’t need to spend a fortune on the little blighters (and it’s much easier when they are small and have very little idea about birthdays…)

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