Archive for the ‘Adult Crafts’ Category
Knitting and crochet are hugely popular at the moment and if you have had a go at one or both then you will have some lovely left over yarn to play with so why not inspire the kids to make things with wool?
If you haven’t been bitten by the woolly bug yet then pop in to your local pound shop or discount store to see what treats they have available in their bargain section.
This collection is billed as Wool Crafts For Kids but there are quite a few I fancy having a go at myself … we will just gloss over how old I actually am.
Friendship Bracelet from Crafts Unleashed
Friendship bracelets never go out of fashion and this one would work just as well using a yarn of a decent weight, like double knitting, as it does with macramé twine.
We will be having a go at this one during the summer holidays with out a doubt.
The finished bracelet will make a lovely gift for a family member. Once you’ve caught the bug you can find a variety of intricate designs and tutorials on line.
For more information visit Crafts Unleashed.
You might also like the simple braided bracelet from Red Kitchen.
Wool Web Ball from We Lived Happily Ever After
This is one of my favourites and great for kids as they love getting messy. You can also make them egg shaped at Easter.
They are used to make a garland in this tutorial but you could put them in a basket on the table as a decoration.
Make them as big or as small as you like … big ones would look great hanging outside at a BBQ.
In the UK school glue is also called PVA glue.
For more information visit We Lived Happily Ever After .
Paper Plate Weaving from Red Ted Art
It wouldn’t be a crafty blog with out featuring an idea from the fabulous Red Ted Art and so here it is.
We are a little weaving obsessed in our house and so I can personally recommend this one as a big hit.
If you don’t have paper plates don’t go out and buy the specially … draw round a plate on to the cardboard from a cereal packet.
For more information visit Red Ted Art .
Wool Dolly from My Kid Craft
I have to admit I got a bit nostalgic when I found these woollen dollies as we made so many when we were kids.
Little fingers might find tying the knots a touch fiddly but it would be a fun thing to do together or with an older sibling.
For more information visit My Kid Craft .
Easy Pom Pom from The Organised Housewife
This is super simple no cardboard templates or fancy gadgets you just use your fingers.
Younger children might find it easier to work in pairs with one winding the wool on to their partner’s hand.
For more information visit The Organised Housewife .
Lolly Stick Butterflies from Craft Train
This fun activity is a cross between weaving and pom pom making which is ideal for younger crafters and it’s a great scrap buster too.
For more information visit Craft Train.
Finger Knitting from Little Bird SOS
These days it seems like kids can’t sit still unless they have a mobile phone to tap on but how about finger knitting instead? It might seem a little pointless but actually you can join your knitted pieces together to make all kinds of things.
Look in bargain bins for practise yarn.
For more information visit Little Bird SOS.
Yarn Wrapped Letters from Catch My Party
This is the ultimate scrap buster as you need very little yarn.
You don’t have to use MDF for your base you can cut your initial out of an empty cereal packet.
Embellish your initial with goodies from your crafty stash.
You could make a collection of letters that spell out a word and give them as a gift.
For more information visit Catch My Party.
Olivia Octopus from Red Heart
If you knit or crochet then you will find a bunch of fab free patterns on Red Heart.
The instructions for Olivia Octopus are free and older children will love creating this sweet sea creature in a colour of their choice.
Red Heart yarn is not always readily available in the UK but you could use any double knit wool (DK) or aran weight for a more substantial octopus.
For more information visit Red Heart.
DIY Sewing Cards from Today’s Creative Blog
This is a great way to start little ones off on an easy sewing project.
Pop in to your local pound shop to find a yarn needle or a darning needle and look for the longest and thickest one you can find with a nice blunt end to avoid any accidents.
I love to craft however drawing strikes fear in to my heart so instead of going free hand have a look on the internet for simple line drawings or silhouettes and copy those.
For more information visit Today’s Creative Blog.
Following our handmade gift ideas for Mother’s Day we couldn’t leave the dads out.
A hand made gift for Father’s Day makes it that little bit more special so here are a dozen ideas that you and the kids can create to make dad’s day.
Of course some of the things we featured in the Mother’s Day article are perfect for men too so you can check them out by clicking here.
Child’s Footprint Inside Dads Shoe Print from Crafty Morning
I wish I’d seen this when our child was small enough to do it as it is adorable.
This is a versatile idea as you can make a card out of it, frame it or scan it in to your computer and have it printed on to a canvas. If you are a confident crafter you could actually print directly on to a blank canvas.
For more information on how to create this picture visit Crafty Morning.
Tie Shaped Biscuits from Some What Simple
There’s no need to dash out and buy a tie biscuit cutter to make these cookies as it’s a simple shape to do yourself. You could make a cardboard template to help you out so all the cookies end up approximately the same size or cut freehand. Older children will be able to do the cutting themselves but little ones will need help. A table knife, that you use to cut your dinner with, will be up to the job so the kids won’t need to use a sharp knife.
The fun part is definitely the decorating and you can have a great time choosing colours and patterns.
If you don’t fancy doing a lot of icing you could use chocolate drops or little sweets too.
The instructions include a link to find a cookie recipe with in the Some What Simple website however if you have a favourite biscuit recipe you can use that or if you don’t want to bake from scratch and just want to get to the icing part as quickly as possible you can pick up a biscuit packet mix at the supermarket.
Visit Some What Simple for instructions.
Simple Margherita Pizza from BBC Good Food
Home made pizza is easier than you think … and tastes delicious.
How cool would it be to make dad a pizza for his Father’s Day tea?
This recipe is the perfect starting point and then you can add dad’s favourite toppings sliced thinly so they cook through.
Visit BBC Good Food for this speedy recipe.
Fast Food Cupcakes from Bakerella
May be a burger is more dad’s cup of tea … well that’s no problem with this fun idea from Bakerella.
You have the choice of making your favourite recipes from scratch or using packet mixes depending on your available time, budget and love for baking.
You can find full instructions on the Bakerella website.
I Love You This Much from All Parenting
The best thing about this idea is that it’s great for all ages of children.
Your child could do handprints that you cut round, you could draw round your child’s hand or you can find a hand shape on line to print out.
Customise the message to suit your dad with something like “Here’s a Father’s Day Hug” or “Daddy I love you this much” … you might have a personal message that is special to you.
Visit All Parenting for instructions and some additional bonus Father’s Day craft ideas.
Footprint Keyring from No Time For Flash Cards
From hands to feet with this sweet keyring idea.
If you don’t have a craft heat gun to use on the shrink plastic don’t dash out and buy one … just look for a brand that can be shrunk in the oven which is how we did it in the “old days”.
Visit No Time For Flash Cards to see how it’s done.
Memory Jar from Make And Do Crew
This is one of my favourite gift ideas. It’s brilliant to give at Christmas too and has been well received by everyone I’ve given it to.
Include a jotter pad and pen with the memory jar to get dad started.
He can write down the things he does with the kids or all his favourite memories from the year.
Next Father’s Day you can all sit down together and read them.
I can’t remember exactly where I saw the idea originally but you can visit Make And Do Crew to read more about it. Unfortunately the printable label available on the website is out of date but you can have fun making your own label for the jar.
Father’s Day Questionnaire from Daffodil Designs
Sadly, as often happens with online articles that endure the test of time, the link to the printable version of the Daffodil Designs questionnaire is broken but don’t let that put you off because this is a lovely idea.
If you can scroll in and read the questions they have used you can replicate them yourself on your PC … and if you don’t have a printer dad will really appreciate your child’s handwriting which will make it extra special.
If you can’t read the original questions make up your own or think of “Ten things I love about my dad”.
Popping this in an inexpensive frame will give it that extra giftable quality so if you intend to do that buy the frame first so that it will fit perfectly inside.
Visit Daffodil Designs for more inspiration.
Decorate A Mug from The Best Ideas For Kids
Don’t be put off by the butterflies because there are some fab ideas online for finger print designs for everything from thumb print people to monsters and animals.
Remember not to let dad put the finished article in the dishwasher or it will end in tears.
If dad is concerned about washing his mug he could use it as a pen holder on his desk.
Visit The Best Ideas For Kids for more information.
Make A Money Box from My Kid Craft
How many dads come home and empty the change out of their pockets on to the worktop?
If they pop some in to this easy to make money box they will have enough to treat themselves before they know it.
You can use gravy granule tubs or the tubs Pringle style crisps come in and use paint, glitter and stickers to jazz it up.
Visit My Kid Craft to find out how to make this money box.
Origami Shirt And Tie from She Knows
Older children will enjoy making this.
You can glue the shirt on to the front of a card blank or pop it in to a frame with a hand written message.
Visit She Knows for step by step instructions.
Handmade Tie from Made Everyday
It’s important to point out from the start that this is not a free pattern. If you choose to buy the pattern you pay for a PDF which you print out and stick together. Don’t be put off by this as it is straight forward.
Secondly I must stress that I am not getting paid to promote this pattern I have simply made it several times myself to give as a gift and can recommend it.
Finally … you do need a printer to be able to print out your pattern and a sewing machine to make the tie.
Made Everyday has a You Tube tutorial available which you can view by clicking here and this is a great way to see if this is something you would like to try.
I can say that this is a lot of fun to make and has been well received.
The hardest part is picking which fabric to use. You can find some awesome themed fabric at Frumble’s online shop.
Visit Made Everyday if you would like to buy the PDF pattern.
Here is one of the ties I have made …
There are endless egg decorating ideas for children on line but while I was looking for inspiration for my own child I discovered that there are some really quite grown up designs too.
Here are twelve which you might like to try and recreate yourself … some will have instructions to follow while some are purely to fuel your imagination.
*Look out for the HOMEMADE MOD PODGE recipe at the bottom of this article*
Watercolour Eggs from The Given Life
The beauty of this idea is that it spans all ages and abilities.
The stunning examples on the featured site use blown eggs but you could use hardboiled if you prefer.
Decorate your eggs using water colour paints diluted with plenty of water for a delicate look or try using water colour pens directly on to your egg then manipulate your image with a water brush for a different effect.
Remember the surface of an egg isn’t perfectly smooth and this will have an impact on your art.
For inspiration visit The Given Life
Shabby Chic Eggs from Sylwia Serwin
This website is not in English but it does include detailed pictures which give you the information that you need to recreate this elegant look.
If you have some metallic guilding wax in your crafty stash that would give an extra special finishing touch to this project.
For picture instructions on how to make this egg visit Sylwia Serwin
Sharpie Zentangle Doodle Eggs from Alisa Burke
Zentangle is still extremely popular.
Simple black on white, using a Sharpie marker, gives an eye catching result but if you have brown eggs consider using a white pen for your design to get a kraft paper finish.
There’s no right or wrong here which is part of the appeal. Just set your doodling free.
The hugely talented Alisa Burke has some fabulous examples for you to take your inspiration from.
For instructions on how to create this look visit Alisa Burke ’s blog.
Silk Tie Dyed Eggs from Our Best Bites
Did you know that if you boil an egg wrapped in a silk tie the fabric pattern will transfer on to the shell?
Sara Wells will show you how in her step by step tutorial.
For further instructions visit Our Best Bites
Chalkboard Eggs from Oleander And Palm
I really must get myself some chalkboard paint because every idea that I write about which uses it really appeals to me.
You could use these as place settings and write names on them for your Easter dinner table or everyone at the table could decorate their own with chalk.
If you don’t fancy the mess of chalk you could achieve a similar effect using black acrylic paint for your base and either white acrylic paint or a pen for the design.
Visit Oleander And Palm for inspiration.
Decoupage Eggs from Honestly Yum
The tutorial I’ve included uses ostrich eggs but as these are a little tricky to get hold of while you are at the supermarket doing your weekly shop you can just buy a pack of chicken eggs. Erica does state though that the big eggs create a fabulous look so may be practise on your regular eggs first and then see if you can track down a more dramatic one.
These eggs look difficult to make but it’s easy to achieve this look.
You can also cut your image out of paper napkins or use craft stickers, making sure the sticker is small enough to mould around your egg.
For instructions on how to make these eggs visit Honestly Yum
Confetti Eggs from Alice And Lois
Quick … easy … fun … and suitable for all ages.
For instructions, including a video, on how to achieve this look visit Alice And Lois
Unicorn Eggs from The Best Ideas For Kids
This tutorial is actually to make unicorn ornaments using baubles but it is so detailed that it would be a shame to skip it just because it doesn’t feature eggs … the same instructions would be perfect to make a unicorn egg sitting in an egg cup instead of hanging.
To check out the instructions visit The Best Ideas For Kids
*BONUS* Unicorn Poop Meringues from Forkly
Ok so this is completely off topic but while I was looking for unicorn eggs I found this fun meringue idea.
Top of the list to try in our house!
If you’d like to make your own visit Forkly
Glitter Eggs from Nifty Thrifty Bits
Who doesn’t love a little bit of glitz?
These eggs are simple to make with stunning results.
For further instructions visit Nifty Thrifty Bits
Mosaic Eggs from Sugar And Charm
These mosaic eggs would look stunning presented in fancy egg cups on your window ledge.
There’s a bit more work involved in making them but the effect is well worth it.
For instructions on how to make these pretty eggs visit Sugar And Charm
Cactus Eggs from Delia Creates
Cactus craft exploded on to the scene and shows no sign of losing poularity.
It would be a lot of fun to decorate your egg to look like a cactus … this idea is perfect for little ones but us big kids can add an extra bit of pizazz with our crafty imagination.
For inspiration on how to make yourself a prickle free cactus egg visit Delia Creates
String Easter Eggs from Craft Whack
To finish, and round off the dozen, I’m breaking the rules slightly … this isn’t an egg decorating idea but I think these string eggs would look fabulous as an Easter decoration either hanging up, sitting as a collection in a bowl or even on an egg cup.
Why not use glittery thread to make yours?
You could try using PVA glue if you already have some to hand rather than buying branded Elmers. You might have to experiment with your mix but it will be worth it.
For instructions on how to make string eggs visit Craft Whack
Home Made Mod Podge from Lulastic
Mod Podge pops up in many online tutorials but it is expensive and not always readily available … you can make your own though and the fabulous Lucy AitkenRead will show you how.
For instructions on how to make your own basic Mod Podge, along with how to pimp it to make the gloss version, visit Lulastic