Let’s get crafty

Let's Get Crafty

For as long as I can remember I have always enjoyed crafts. Making models using empty cereal boxes or making cards for family & friends for birthdays or other special occasions. This hasn’t changed as I have got older, making handmade decorations & gifts for family & friends for Christmas & even party decorations.  Crafting can be a great activity for all ages & both genders. Plus with the rise in the amount of high street bargain shops, it is now easier then ever to get a great selection of craft supplies.

With May Half term approaching as well as Fathers Day on Sunday 17th June, I thought it would be a great time to share some craft ideas & tips & an activity for a Father’s Day handmade gift.

Basic Craft Kit:

  1. Scissors
  2. Plain white paper
  3. Glitter
  4. Colouring pencils,felt tip pens, crayons etc
  5. Glue – PVA or stick variety 
  6. Sticky tape
  7. Coloured shapes to stick on – gems, paper etc

Extended

  • Paints
  • Paint Brushes
  • Coloured papers
  • Stickers
  • Glitter Glue
  • Hot Glue Gun – for older children/ adults
  • Washi Tape

Air drying Clay Handprint Photo Frame

Air drying Clay has to be one of the best revelations in crafting & for crafters. None of this needing a kiln & days of drying this clay just does as it says, it air drys. 

You will need: 

  • Air drying clay
  • Cookie cutter 
  • Alphabet stamps
  • Butter knife or clay cutting tool
  • Acrylic paint
  • Modpodge

Start by rolling out the clay to 1cm in thickness. 

Draw round the child’s hand and cut it out of the clay using the butter knife or the cutting tool. Using the cookie cutter cut out a heart from the centre of the hand print. Create a message using the alphabet stamps to imprint the clay whilst its wet

Leave it to air dry somewhere flat until it has changed colour to a light grey or white. 

Once the clay is completely dry you can paint, depending on the paint colour you may need to apply 2 coats. Make sure each layer dries in between. You can add a coat of clear varnish once the paint has completely dried if you would like. Finally choose a photo & stick on to the back of your frame.

Craft projects can be as simple or as complicated as you want them to be. 

Children will be more than happy with some paper & colouring pens or pencils. To make a picture that they chose. Or you could go on a nature walk & collect things as you go & make a picture with them once you are home. Leaves, sticks, feathers, small stones all make great additions to pictures. Just remember to remind them that picking wildflowers is illegal. 

Another great addition to have in your craft cupboard is paper plates. There is so many fun ideas that can stem from a basic white paper plate. Including faces, masks, animals & much more. 

For more craft ideas check out: www.thebestideasforkids.com this website has some great ideas for craft activities and much more. 

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