Reviewing Family Craft Ideas

By on April 24, 2009
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Art and Craft

Getting crafty is a fun way to spice up cold winter days. Art and craft projects are a great way to get the kids together and create pieces that you’ll cherish for years. There are a number of craft ideas that are suitable for kids of all ages, so let your imagination go wild. In this article, we’ve got some fun and easy craft projects to get you through the cold weather.

Christmas cards don’t have to be just for Christmas. They are so beautiful that they can be used for a variety of art and craft pieces. Collect cards that have beautiful winter scenes on them and turn them into scented sachets that are decorative enough for any room. To make the sachets, simply glue the bottom and side edges of the card together and then slip a small amount of potpourri or cotton balls dampened with your favorite scent into the space. Use a hole punch to make two holes on the top edge, through which you can thread a pretty ribbon before tying a bow. Leftover or recycled ribbon from Christmas is ideal. If you leave a loop in the ribbon, the sachets can be hung on door handles, coat hooks or hangers.

For some simple wire jewelry related crafts take a look at our FREE PATTERN for “Fun”ctional Zipper Pulls.  Perfect for those cold days indoors with the kids!

Free Wire Pattern - Zipper Pulls by Charley Key

Free Wire Pattern – Zipper Pulls by Charley Key

Old greeting cards, ornaments and even buttons can really come in handy. Collect small glass jars or buy some cheap candle votive jars. Cut out pretty scenes, flowers, or shapes like stars and squiggles, and glue them to the jar. You can even collect letters to spell out your name. Gold, silver and sparkly/glittery objects look especially beautiful when the candlelight shines through the jar. Simply glue the cutouts to the jars and you’ll have beautiful, personalized candle holders for your home.

If you love the beauty of stained glass windows, then you can get the same look at home in no time with glass paint motifs. You’ll need paints specifically made for craft ideas involving glass, a glass paint outliner in black, a stable acetate sheet and a template. You can make templates yourself out of cardboard. Candlesticks, religious icons like crosses, and butterflies are all popular choices but you can make whatever interests you. Start by laying the acetate foil over the pattern. Trace the design onto the foil using the outliner paint. Once the paint is dry, you can paint inside the lines either in one solid color or a variety of colors. Once the colors dry, cut the motif out and fasten it to the window with scotch tape with the painted side facing out.

Here’s another great idea on how to use leftover beads for some fun and easy craft ideas: BEADED JUMP RINGS

Beaded Jump Rings by Albina Manning

Beaded Jump Rings by Albina Manning

If you’re looking for simple craft ideas, then hop onto the internet or look for some craft books. You’ll be able to find ideas and patterns for ornaments, greeting cards and other decorations. Before you drop a fortune at expensive hobby shops, look around for inexpensive materials at dollar stores and sewing shops. Even old Christmas cards and decorations can be recycled into new arts and crafts. Most importantly, get creative and enjoy the time with your family.


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    May 17, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    O.K, you got me this is like my 3rd comment here today I cant wait for your next article!

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    May 18, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Can’t belive how much i love this blog! I must have commented on nearly all your articles now?

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    September 27, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I’m so excited about Christmas this year. Thanks for the ideas.

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      September 27, 2010 at 11:27 pm

      Glad we could help Mindy!