Something about spring gives me a crafting itch. All winter long I cast aside my knitting, laughed at the prospect of ever sewing again with the toddler around, and aside from drawing and lots of clay play, my kids didn’t have a very crafty winter homeschool. But lately, my eyes have been wandering over to some of my favourite crafting blogs, and I find myself thinking, “I could do that…” I think this is in part due to the toddler growing up a bit, not yanking at and inserting himself into everything I hold (as much), and as stress relief from said toddler’s antics
There is noting quite as satisfying as the steady ‘ka-chonk’ of the sewing machine that leaves you with instant results.So the bookmarks are accumulating, some fabric is being collected, and some kid crafting is being had! I am not a super crafty person, I usually opt for simple, not too much time/attention/materials required, projects, so don’t expect your mind to be blown here, but I’ll post a project here and there in hope to inspire those like me who like to dabble. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:
I don’t know why I’ve never made these before! They are so easy make (fold rectangle in half right sides facing, sew along three edges, flip right side out, fill with dried beans and stitch last opening closed. Ta Da!) They are a hit with all my boys for balancing on their heads, tossing, juggling, and they don’t hurt (too much) when a wayward bag clonks you on the head.
We made these on Mother’s Day for a centre piece at my Mom’s. The original craft is to make really cute hair clips-but all I had was the felt (if you can get all wool felt it is so worth it-really strong, and lovely to work with) and the glue, sorry nieces!
Big kid suggested we make a few black eyed susans. I got him to participate by not inviting him-I just sat down and started and all of a sudden crafting was irresistible. Middle man and toddler got really into the glueing process.
There has been some rock painting, and water colour exploring, really painting OUTSIDE is the way to go.
We made these thatched roof huts inspired by an African folk tale and discussions we’ve been having about natural resources. We used cardboard as all our clay is gone, birch twigs, and dried japanese knotweed stalks.
And finally, big kid has caught the crafting bug too, here is a necklace he made me from a crayfish claw, fools gold, birch bark and tape. Be still my heart.
Next on my crafty agenda: some sewing for me, just as soon as I can find an iron and an hour alone.
How about you? Any simple crafts to share?