Kids love to craft and create their own mini master pieces however we can’t all afford to splash out on a huge selection of crafting goodies especially when you might only need something once leaving it sitting unused and unloved.
If cash is tight you can still have a lot of fun with a collection of staple items that will be used time and again. You can always add to this later.
The internet and You Tube are both stuffed full of tempting tutorials that you might wish you could try out so ask yourself if it makes a suitable gift for somebody you usually buy for. If it does then you can offset the cost of the materials against the number of gifts you would have bought … which explains why almost my entire Christmas gift list got bath bombs one year.
But back to those core crafting supplies …
Get yourself a set of ready mixed paint. Remember that even if you only have red, blue and yellow you can mix your colours to make more.
Adding black and white to your set means you can make pink with your red and white or grey with your black and white. Look out for washable paints which will make clean up a lot easier and if your kids do handprints or finger prints their skin won’t be stained.
If you can stretch to a set of children’s ready mixed acrylic paints then this will open up an extra world of possibilities as they stick to trickier surfaces.
PVA glue is inexpensive and can be bought in volume. This is not only a glue … mixed with equal parts of water it makes a clear glaze. Equal parts of ready mixed paint, PVA glue and water make a paint that should stick to things with a shiny surface like empty washing up liquid bottles.
Age appropriate scissors are a must. If you have little ones then buy a pair of round ended scissors suitable for their small hands but remember you need a grown up pair for yourself to tackle any tougher jobs.
High street bargain buy shops will have packs of coloured card and tissue paper which are always great to have in. Look for packs that include white to keep the cost down.
Right then you’ve got yourself stocked up now lets look at some ideas …
Egg Carton Goldfish from The Craft Train
This is such a fun idea.
Why not make additional elements to go with it, like a plant, and make a fish tank display in a shoe box.
Rest the box on to one of it’s long sides to make it easy to see what is inside. You can decorate inside the box with blue paint to make it look like water.
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DIY Journal from Creme De La Craft
I’m adding this one to our list to do over the summer.
This can be as simple or as decorated as your child wants it to be and they can use it however they like … a record of what they did over the summer, thoughts and wishes, birds and insects they spotted in the garden, trips they’ve been on … the ideas are endless.
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Bookmarks from Red Ted Art
I’m going to admit to being a little excited to find a Darth Vader book mark tutorial but if these three don’t take your fancy Red Ted Art has stacks more so click on over and take a look.
For the teddy instructions click here.
For the rainbow instructions click here.
For the Darth Vader instructions click here.
Glue Batik Art from Artful Parent
Don’t be put off by Elmers Glue as PVA is the same thing.
There’s plenty of potential here to make gift cards or pictures for the wall.
This is a pretty cool technique … I fancy trying it on a canvas.
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Clothes Peg Trivets from Dream A Little Bigger
If you are a regular you will probably be used to me waffling on about the crafts we used to do as kids and yes this is another of those.
You will need to invest in a pack of wooden pegs but the finished trivet will make a great gift so it’s a two for one situation.
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Marbling DIY from Fresh Crush
I’ve picked this one particularly for the marbled tile coaster idea but the tutorial gives details on how to marble other items too.
If you make ceramic tile coasters remember to buy felt pads to stick on the rough side, or glue a piece of felt on there, to stop it scratching the table.
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Dandelion Wish from Glued To My Crafts
This is a printable which will be an issue if you don’t have a printer however take this as inspiration and create your own base with a Sharpie marker then add colourful thumb prints.
You could try a tree silhouette, something that could be lifted by balloons or even a fish tank.
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Pendants from The Craft Train
I haven’t stumbled on The Craft Train before but it has managed two features on it’s first appearance.
Your PVA glue might not dry clear but you should still get a good result.
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