One of the things I love about school holidays is the chance to make things with my kids. I am a big fan of craft, sewing and generally getting creative. And even though I have boys, I am not going to let any gender stereo-types ruin our crafty days. So here’s our bucket list of holiday craft to make over the September break. You might find something fun to do with your kids too …
I can’t tell you how much my kids love paper-craft. A printer, some card and a little bit of tape add up to hours of fun. If you don’t have a colour printer, it just means they have to colour in first. I have a Pinterest board filled with great (Pokemon) printables that are quite easy to make. They are neater if you use glue, but much easier if you use tape. My seven year old can do them independently and we have been having a lot of fun with the evolution kaleidoscope.
Lava Lamp Experiment
YouTube has some great experiments for kids and this “lava lamp” is a (non-messy) hit.
I love this beautiful idea shared by Bron @ Maxabella Loves to make mandalas at the park. It’s a gorgeous photography project as well. And as we will no doubt be spending time at the beach, I am looking forward to making some with some sandy finds.
Last holidays we picked up a spirograph set on sale. I ADORED them as a kid and I enjoyed sharing the delight with my boys. This holidays we will get ahead of the Christmas tag game and create some gorgeous cards with white ink on dark red cardboard. There are some great spirograph ideas here.
Paper flower canvas
I might have a little trouble encouraging my boys on this one, but I hope I can get there. I think this is such a pretty idea for a canvas or even a greeting card. I think we’d probably make paper flowers and anything with Wasi tape makes me happy.
We potato printed last holidays in preparation for the school fete and the kids had a ball. Some tips if you are going to do them on calico bags like we did:
> Place card into the bag before stamping to avoid any paint seeping through
> Use cookie cutters on potatoes to get the exact shape of things (that’s how we did the ice-creams)
> Use a paint brush to transfer the paint onto the potato stamp, rather than just dipping straight in, to get a better print.
The doily print was achieved using steps from the darling Claire at Pillar Box Blue.
Wasi tape pegs
My gorgeous friend Deb at Sew Crafty Goodness has some beautiful ideas when it comes to wasi tape pegs. We will probably store a few for Christmas presents I think.
Like most kids, my boys like t-shirts with characters on them. Sometimes we can’t find exactly what we want. Peppa pig merchandise tends to come in too many shades of pink for the liking for my youngest and Pokemon doesn’t come in all the varieties the eldest wants. So thanks to the internet, we can download pictures of their favourites, add their own words and print t-shirt transfers.
I’ve had success with t-shirt transfers in the past but you really do have to follow the instructions when you iron VERY CAREFULLY. These tips are great. My other little hack is to actually cut around the transfer print and iron that on. It just looks less stark without obvious borders.
Cardboard house construction
I really, really, really want to make this house with the boys. It’s all kinds of awesome. Do we all have the patience? It’s like the paper craft but on a huge scale. And the sticky tape probably won’t work.
For mother’s day, my eldest’s class made the most gorgeous FIMO necklaces. And (ALL) the kids loved doing it. I think we might whip out the modelling clay again and make a few more presents for all the lovely ladies in our lives. There are some FIMO ideas here. My biggest tip with FIMO (or Scuply or whatever other polymer clay you can find) is not to have the oven too warm when you bake the beads. Stick to darker colours, or roll lighter colours first, so that you don’t transfer the dye when rolling.
And if you need to get your holidays sorted, this calendar might help …
Will you be having a crafty holiday?