March is National Craft Month and you know what that means – time to break out the glue sticks and have construction paper at the ready! There’s something magical about watching your children create something of their own. Whether it’s the first time they’re scribbling with a crayon, or they’re taking home first place from the art fair, it’s so fun as a parent to see them exercising their own creativity and imagination. Not only is it exciting to watch from the sidelines, but it can also be a great bonding experience for parents and kids, to create something together!
Crafting at home can be fun, but when it’s all said and done, who is left behind to take care of the mess? Hint: it’s YOU, mom and dad! For the times you want big fun without a big mess, I’ve put together a short list of ideas that’ll let you get your craft on at home – without all the mess. If you have access to scissors, glue, and a few other basic craft supplies, you can put these together in a cinch.
1. Fun with Felt
Rainbow-colored felt, scissors and glue is all you need to create a one-of-a-kind animal mask of your very own! I made this girly blue fox with some fun embellishments and a cute polka-dot ribbon. You can find simple patterns online, or let your child come up with his or her own design. Glue the pieces together and let them transform into a whole new character!
Do you have fairy and wizard-loving kids in your home? With felt, a bamboo dowel rod, and embellishments galore, your kids can have fun creating their very own magic fairy (or wizard) wand. Cut out any shape you want (we love the star!) and decorate it with as many embellishments as you can. Don’t forget to add rainbow ribbon!
2. Scrap Paper Galore!
I have been loving the shabby-chic look of this scrapbook paper frame! At home you can use popsicle sticks, a store-bought frame or even a paper plate as the base, and then attach your scrap paper in a square, circle, or triangle around the photo. It’s so fun to get creative with different colors and patterns!
This one is perfect for kids just learning how to use scissors. Cut colorful strips of construction paper to adorn this fluffy, cotton ball rain-cloud. Smaller children can use kid-safe edging scissors to add a fun texture to this clouds’ rainbow!
3. Pom-Pom Play
Who doesn’t love pom-poms? The possibilities of these little fluff-balls are endless, but these two ideas are guaranteed to be mess-free and fun! Create a one-of-a-kind pom-pom caterpillar with different colored poms and some googly eyes, just in time for spring.
Or, you can turn some construction paper into a happy, little snail with a decorative pom-pom shell! Create your masterpiece with crayons, glue, and pom-poms to spice up this little guy’s shell any way you please.
For the days your kids can’t help but want to get messy, Knack DIY craft studio in Raleigh is your number one stop for make-and-take projects – and the best part, we clean up the mess! Whether you’re looking to get your hands dirty working on a painted wood or light-up sign (embellished with glitter, of course!), succulent fairy garden, personalized tote bag or ooey, gooey slime, rest-assured that at Knack, you’ll receive expert instruction and leave with a DIY project you truly love. Pop in at ANY (yes, we mean any) time during store hours to make one of 30 projects we have on hand. Looking for a birthday party, girls night or team-building spot?
Host your party at Knack! There’s something for everyone – the crafty and the not-so-crafty – and we can guarantee a great time of fun & creativity for all ages!
*Photo Credit: Knack DIY Craft Studio
Guest post by Kaitlyn DelloStritto, artistic ninja and glitter wrangler at Knack DIY, Raleigh’s first make-and-take craft studio. For more information about Knack, visit www.knackdiy.com or stop by the store to see the magic for yourself!