I’m Bananas for Tall Dad!

| July 9, 2012 | 13 Comments

Over the weekend Tall Dad has been celebrating his 40th birthday. I really wanted to make something for his birthday, I just thought it would be more special. I’ll be honest and say I was at a complete loss what to actually buy him. Fortunately he decided he wanted a ‘thingy’ for his golf ‘huge a ma wotsit’ so I was off the hook with the main present.

I had been sent some fantastic games from Bananagrams (review to follow) have you heard of them? I hadn’t until I met them at BritMum Live, and I was really smitten with the idea of the games, and that there was a game for every age group.  They have a great site with explanations of all the games on there. They’ve won lots of awards too.

This is a visual explanation of the core Bananagram game, on YouTube which I had to share with you.

They had also kindly sent me some additional tiles, for me to get crafty with. So I decided that Tall Dad’s 40th would be an ideal opportunity to use them.

I bought a frame and used a background picture of wrapped presents. I then set about arranging letters to get the combination that I wanted.  This was trickier than I thought, but in the end I got there. I used ordinary clear glue, to glue them in place tile by tile.

So here is the result:

banangram tile craft

We always refer to ourselves as a team, so I wanted to try and get that word in.

bananagram tile craft

He absolutely loved it, and I’m really chuffed how it turned out.

I must write down as well, that on the Sunday we went out to have a meal with Tall Dad’s family for his birthday. When we arrived I took Miss A to the loo, and saw two blue suede shoes pop under the stall door.  I knew straight away who’s they were, and burst out laughing it was my BFF Claire. The girls were delighted as they got to play with their friends whilst we were waiting for the food. I got to have a chat to the person who I never run out of things to say to….win-win!

I have still got some tiles left though, so if you have any other ideas of what I could do with them then I would love to know.

Thank you for reading

Ana Sig



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  1. Ruth

    That is really fab! :-)

    We have the Fruitonimoes – my little boy loves them and I’m really impressed with the quality too
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    • Amanda Cottingham says:

      We got three of the games, I’ll make sure I tweet you the link once I’ve done the review. Really moressed with them, I think they would make great gifts themselves!

  2. Nikki Thomas says:

    It was so lovely seeing you pop into my inbox today as I don’t seem to hear much from you at the moment! That is such a lovely idea, a brilliant present and very clever xx
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    • Amanda Cottingham says:

      Thanks Nikki, i have been around, but just seem so busy at the moment. Hopefully, be around more an few weeks :) thanks for the comment x

  3. Right, the Maid Marions must come over for a bananagrams night! I was kindly given a set in my BIBs goody bag but Mr A is never home to play. I love what you did with them, really awesome! You clever lady. Happy Birthday Tall Dad! With Ruth too, the fruitominoes looked fab!
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    • Amanda Cottingham says:

      They are cool aren’t they! Yes that’s a great idea….I wonder if I should bring them next Wednesday ;)

  4. Sonia

    That is awesome! What a great idea xx
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  5. Liz Burton

    Oooh love the pic – I did one for OH for his birthday last year – or was it father’s day?

    Of course, there’s glue gun action with rings/brooches and cuff link blanks (try John Lewis or eBay), magnets…

    If they are square enough you could glue together to make coasters – I’ve done this with dominoes. x
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  6. Lulastic

    Ah, this is so sweet! I love the fabric behind it?
    I really struggle to NOT include scrabble in my crafts! Have jewellery and blinged up some pegs and even a lamp, oh also, a No Junk sign for my door!

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