Like it or not, it seems inevitable that we will be having a lot of time together in the weeks and months ahead. I’m sure you’ve heard about what to stock up on and what supplies you might need so that you do not need to head out to crowded stores. Although you don’t need them, I would argue that some basic art supplies may be just what you want to make these long days more fun. Here’s the list of fun activities you can do together among multiple age groups in the comfort of your own home. Most of these projects can be completed in about an hour. I will continue to create content, but here’s a good list to get you started….
If you’re anything like me, you probably have lots of catalogs and magazines hanging around the house. If so, this is the project for you. This is such a fun way to spend time as a family – for all ages (little kids can look for pictures and older kids can look for words). I just did this project with my own family and also this week with a classroom of older kids — everyone seemed to love it. The best part? Both in my classes and at home, everyone seemed to enjoy finding words or photos that described people other than themselves. It became such a thoughtful exercise – “hey, you’re so athletic, do you want this picture?” or “Don’t you love to bake? Maybe this word would be good for you?”
What do you need?
scissors – these are my favorite scissors because they don’t hurt my thumb
glue stick – if you have kids, check their backpacks to see if they have one before you buy
foam brush – they often have these at the dollar store
magazines or catalogs
mod podge – if you’re able to get out, they often have mod podge at the local dollar store
Here’s what you do:
Go through old magazines and catalogs and cut out pictures or words that represent you or your family.
Use a glue stick to glue everything down (this can be done on paper, canvas or poster board)
Use a foam brush or a paint brush to seal the collage (this will prevent it from turning yellow or peeling off)
Below are some pictures:
HOLE PUNCHED CRAFTS
This is another fan favorite. All you need is a butterfly punch and some double sided tape. I think these paper cut collages look amazing inside a shadow box. Ikea has two sizes, the 9” and one much larger. Michaels has the 12 x 12 which are perfect for people who don’t have the patience for a long term project.
shadow box frame – not necessary but definitely gives it a finished look. You can find these at any craft store or Ikea. Use coupons when shopping at your local craft store
colorful paper – you can probably find paper around your home, but if not, scrapbook paper is always nice to useHere’s what you do:
Use the hole puncher to punch butterfly shaped holes in the paper
Make 20-50 punch outs depending on the size of your frame
Gently fold the butterfly without making a tight crease
Stick the butterflies to a piece of strong paper (usually a frame comes with a piece of paper but anything as strong as cardstock works great)
Be creative! Cluster the butterflies or keep them more organized – the possibilities are endless!
Below are some photos:
PUSH PIN CRAFT
If you’ve got push pins in your house, you’re already one step ahead. This two ingredient craft is easy and fun. If not, they always have these at the dollar store and I guarantee people aren’t hoarding them. The gold ones are easily found there, too. The nice thing about this project is that you can go really big with this one or make something small and they all come out really nice. Believe it or not, kids and adults love this project. You can easily make this over time since there’s no glue or drying time. And here’s the cool part: you can make this on a canvas or anything styrofoam. We’ve made these on pumpkins and canvases and old text books. Perhaps you have a somewhat porous surface that works even better. If so, please let me know – I am always up for some new ideas!
*disclaimer – be careful using sharp objects around young children or pets
What do you need?
push pins – also readily available at the dollar store
canvas – you can also use an old book, cardboard, styrofoam or foam core. I am loving the deal on this multi-pack of canvases.Here’s what you do:
Freehand sketch a letter or a number onto your canvas using pencil. If you do not trust your writing, you can always cut something from a magazine or print it off the web
Go around the border of the letter until it makes its way around
Fill in the letter or word.
When you finish, the back might be sharp. You can cover the back with pretty scrapbooking paper. You can either glue the paper onto the back or use pushpins to attach it to the canvas (see below, right), but if you’re planning to hang this on the wall, this is not a necessary step… Below are some photos:
Sharpies are a great art supply to have stocked in your house because there are so many great projects you can do with them. This project is one of my all time favorites.
What do you need?
blank tile, mug, plate or any ceramic item
stickersHere’s what you do:
Clean and dry the ceramic object. If you can spare some rubbing alcohol, use it to clean the surface.
Wait for the surface to fully dry and then apply a sticker with a recognizable shape (letters, numbers, hearts and stars all work well)
Use sharpies to draw small dots around the sticker. Be sure to use the sharpies directly onto the border of the sticker. Keep going…the more sharpie dots, the better it looks
Peel sticker and reveal the shape
SOCK ANIMALS or snowmen
I know we are moving away from snow season here in the midwest, but these sock snowmen are still fun to make. You can also make them into penguins, bears, birds, etc. If you can avoid using any metal, you can also use these as a heating pad. In that case, use markers for the eyes and nose. The possibilities are endless!
What do you need?
Socks: The cheap ones from the dollar store are great
Sewing Pins:These little guys make great eyes and a mouth. Just make sure that you do not put your snowmen in the microwave if you use these as heating pads because of the metal. If you decide to make your snowmen into a heating pad or hand warmer then you might want to draw the face on directly. I love these ball pins because they are sorted by color which is much easier than digging through a container of sharp pins! You can get them here.
Kid Fuzzy Socks: I got mine at the dollar tree but they also have great ones on amazon. OR…just go through your drawers. I am sure you will find some mismatched socks. Who doesn’t have a ton of those lonely little guys hanging around? These also do not need to be fuzzy socks but the fuzzy ones looks so cute!
Rice:This is what you will use to fill the snowman. You can get the rice at the dollar tree, too, but if you plan on making several, you might want to buy it in bulk. Otherwise, beans, old socks and cotton balls work well, too!
A Glass or Cup: This will make it less messy to get the rice into the sock. You can also use a funnel.
Rubberbands: The rubberbands keep the rice inside so you’ll have no messy spills.
Scissors: These are pretty self explanatory 🙂
Craft Glue: I love Aleene’s but any craft glue or hot glue will work.
How do you do it?
I recently did an extensive blog post on these adorable little guys. You can see the instructions right here.
Balloon flip flops
In this video, I show you how to easily make dollar store balloon flip flops. Year after year balloon flip flops are a fan favorite in every class I teach. Parents love making these at home with their kids because they are mess-free and cheap! The entire project costs $2! Dollar store flip flops and dollar store water balloons – that is it!
You will need:
How do you do it?
watch this video to see the step by step process:https://www.youtube.com/embed/b7dBnfOlbpM?feature=youtu.be&wmode=opaque&enablejsapi=1
If you try any of these, please tag me! Stay healthy and happy crafting everyone!