REVIEW: Cotton Twist craft kits. Even better than home-made chutney for the Queen.

“She had lovely, quite ordinary, cotton twist carpets in the sitting rooms and the best thing ,” I say, slightly breathless, “is she has a cushion on her sofa saying ‘It’s Good to be Queen”.

Perfect for red Indian ladybird spotters.

Cotton Twist kits: perfect for red Indian ladybird spotters.

I am describing highlights of ‘Our Queen at 90’ to NW – which aired on Easter Sunday, warming the nation’s cockles as it hunkered down beneath Storm Katie – but he really isn’t interested.

Like Paul Daniels for parents. Magic.

“What can we give Nana for her birthday?” he says to NG, who has located an old lipgloss and eyeshadow so now resembles a small Tess Daly in penguin pyjamas..

“A squiglet,” she says, helpfully.

“I was thinking home-made chutney,” I say.

NW nearly spits out his pancake. “You can’t make chutney,” he says. “It’s spring. And also, well, you can’t cook.”

He’s right and I don’t know what else to do. According to ‘Our Queen …’, The Duchess of Cambridge made the Queen chutney the first time she visited Sandringham, which broke the ice good and proper. NG’s Nana adores home-made presents. It’s true I can’t make chutney and we don’t really have any ice that needs breaking. But then I remember: on an instagram binge a few weeks ago, I discovered Cotton Twist mini craft kits.

Her Majesty’s secret camera.

These gorgeous, foolproof, ‘pared down party bags’ are marvellous. Cotton Twist has put everything you need for an Enid Blyton-style craft project into a tiny, beautiful kit. I envy the founders of this quirky company a) making kits to enable children to be superheroes, princesses, go on treasure hunts or spy on you with a secret camera. And b) being superheroes in the minds of parents at the same time because these little time-filling, imagination-provoking, interactive kits are ace. You can buy them in packs for rainy days or parties or use them as a sanity saver in restaurants while you wait for the food to arrive.

NG tries the ‘stegosaurus spike  hunt’ and, although one of the peg spines is a bit broken, it is

Better than a tiara.

easily fixed and she enjoys going ‘rrraaah’ in NC’s ear for a good ten minutes. The ‘ladybird spot hunt’ also goes down well as I hide the button spots all over the kitchen which allows me to finish my coffee.

The headdress is going to be for Nana. “Do you think she’ll like it?” whispers NG, wearing her wild west headdress as we get out of the car.

“Yes, because you made it,” I say, with the emphasis on ‘you’.

Nana answers the door to a Red Indian fairy and is surprisingly composed.

“Abercadaba,” says NG with her wand. “Nana, I did do some MAGIC.”

“Yep,” says NW. “She saved you from a right pickle.”

I was provided with Cotton Twist craft kits for the purposes of this review, which retail at around £2.45 each. 



Characters are abbreviated as follows:

NW – not William (husband and father)

NG – not George (daughter, sister and two and a half year old)

NC – not Charlotte (son, brother and six month old)

NL – not Lupo (a Labrador)

Pink Pear Bear
Cuddle Fairy


  1. March 28, 2016 / 12:16 pm

    Aw these look cute and great value! Glad you put the key at the bottom as I was frantically trying to decode who NW etc were! Thanks for sharing 🙂 on #bigpinklink

  2. March 28, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    These look fab!! Have you had a name change? I could have sworn you had a different name before! I love a good craft kit, & anything that lets you finish a coffee is a winner in my book!! Thanks for linking up with us! #bigpinklink

    • March 28, 2016 / 7:47 pm

      Hello – yes, I have; well spotted! I used to be ‘Didn’t We Almost Anmer Hall’ (@DidntWeAAH) but I’m not sure how many people ‘got’ the Whitney Houston reference(!) So changed to ‘Right Royal Mother’. I hope it was the right move 🙂 Absolutely – these were amazing as I got to finish my coffee, feed NC properly (not just shove a few spoonfuls of something in his mouth and hope he was full) AND clear the table. Thanks for hosting. V. interesting about the Google traffic – I’m not surprised though; it’s a great linky! #bigpinklink

  3. March 28, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Those look awesome. Hiding the spots is a stroke of parenting GENIUS! Hunts are not just for easter or despicable cabinet ministers, after all. 😀
    x Alice

    • March 29, 2016 / 5:01 am

      Haha! Nope – the spot hunt went down a treat. Definitely getting those packs again. Thanks for the comment lovely! 🙂 #bigpinklink

  4. April 2, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    These look brilliant and the price is really good as well, unlike other similar kits I have seen. They would make great busy bags as well. Thank you for joining us at #BloggerClubUK hope to see you again next week.

    • April 2, 2016 / 8:50 pm

      Yes, they were REALLY good. Would highly recommend: really lovely quality and ideas. Thanks for hosting 🙂 x

  5. April 5, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    Oh these are so cool! I would love to try these out when my little one is older, although I could buy them for my nieces birthday coming up PERFECT. Also, great review! I feel like I got a full experience for this review, can really visualise the family in the kitchen eating pancakes, and was entertained as well. : ) Thanks for linking up with #StayClassy!

    • April 6, 2016 / 8:45 pm

      Ah, thank you – really glad you enjoyed it and yes, they would be AMAZE for a birthday. xx

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