“Art” & Crafts: Using Canvas For Your Next Crafty Creation

“Art” & Crafts: Using Canvas For Your Next Crafty Creation

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When it comes to craft with the kids, it usually revolves around paper and card, but what if you want to do something a little bit more special? Canvas is one of those materials that looks very artful. And if you’ve got creative children that want to do a little bit more, canvas is the perfect, erm… canvas! So, let’s get some ideas down.

Pour Painting
The great thing about canvas is that it’s a way for you to create abstract art, and what better way to be abstract than to not even bother touching a paintbrush! Pour painting is just that, you pour the painting mixture onto the canvas. Just be sure that you do it in a space that you don’t mind getting messy!

Abstract Quotes
If you are looking to create something a little bit more artistic, and you like quotes that inspire you dotted around the house, all you have to do is find one that appeals (you can find plenty on brainyquote.com, put the letters on to your canvas, and then pick your paint colors. Be sure to paint them onto the canvas with the large strokes, and then when you are finished, remove the tape, and you’ve got swathes of color with an inspiring quote

Use Vinyl Transfers
You don’t even have to use paint to create something beautiful, you can use vinyl rub-on transfers to decorate your canvas. If you’re not well versed in vinyl, vinylcuttingmachineguide.com can provide a useful starting point, not to mention the best type of cutting machines out there. The great thing with vinyl transfers is that you can iron them on and not only is it a quick way to make a beautiful picture, it is relatively mess-free!

Get Pixelated!
Pixelated patterns are incredibly hypnotic, if you want something chequered that takes pride of place on your wall, or if you are looking to keep the kids occupied with quite a complex challenge, this involves many subtle levels of creation. To begin with, you draw equal sized squares across the canvas surface, and then you paint each square a slightly different tone, so if you don’t have an abundance of paints, this is where you have to get mixing. The result is something pretty, yet appeals to the organized person.

Add Some Twinkly Lights
Make them even more festive by adding some battery operated lights to the back of your canvas. Of course, Christmas is very close by, and what better way to invoke the spirit of the season and what could be more beautiful than by having a canvas take pride of place in the middle of your living room, with a wonderfully Christmassy quote, lit up with twinkling lights?

The great thing about canvas craft is that it will keep the children occupied for hours on end, the result isn’t just something that can be stuck up on the fridge! It’s a very artful way to get your children involved with crafts, and it’s not just about sticking a few pieces of paper onto a bit of card! A canvas is something you can keep forever.

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How To DIY Your Own Wedding

How To DIY Your Own Wedding

Many brides and grooms are choosing to DIY their own weddings with the help of friends and family. You can save some time and money by doing the big day preparations yourself. Moreover, cramming your weekends full of wedding planning activities will give you the perfect opportunity to spend some quality with your friends and family.

 

Unless you are a talented tailor, you should leave the wedding dressmaking to the experts. If you are shopping online for wedding dresses such as bridesmaid dresses and bridesmaid gowns from Azazie, make sure that you get the best. Here are some tips that will help you to DIY your wedding:

Stationery

You should invite some of your friends who love the crafts to help you design some wedding stationery. If you are designing some invitations or save the date cards, you should hand make them individually or use the computer. When making your own stationery, you can create the design that you have always wanted and make it as personal as you want.

Food

When it comes to wedding food, you can bake your own cake if you are good at baking. Just make sure that you set aside enough time before the wedding for baking and decorating the cake. Doing so will help you to avoid last minute stress. If you do not have time to decorate the cake yourself, you should write a set of instructions and ask a friend to do it for you.

 

Depending on your wedding venue, you can do the cooking yourself. If you want to save money, you should leave breakfast to the professionals and cook the evening meals. You can also ask your friends and family members to bring a dish to the reception if you do not have the time to cook a whole buffet.

Flowers

If you are willing to learn how to choose and arrange flowers, you should head to the local flower market and ask for advice from the florists. Buying and arranging the wedding flowers for yourself can help you to save money. You are going to need some pretty ribbons and vases to pull off this part.

 

If you do not want to spend money on flowers, you can pluck them from your garden or a friend’s garden. This means that you have to choose blooms that are in season at the time of the wedding. However, if you have your heart set on a specific set of flowers, you should probably go with a florist.

Favors

You can also create your own wedding favors to save money. You can choose to collect sweetie jars and fill them with edible gifts or bake your own pastries. If you do not want to waste time thinking about party favors, you can just order sweets in bulk.

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Film Your Own Wedding

If you have already hired a photographer to capture the magical moments between you and your spouse, you might not have enough money for a videographer as well. The biggest regret that most newlyweds have is not taking videos of their wedding. You should enlist the help of a few good friends and ask them to take turns to film your big day.

Decorations

 

Whether you want to use jars and candles or centerpieces to decorate your wedding, you have endless possibilities from which you can choose. Just make sure that you choose a theme and stick with it.

DIYing your own wedding is something that will save money. If you follow the above tips, you can have the wedding of your dreams for much cheaper.

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Valentine’s Lollipop Craft For Kids

Valentine’s Lollipop Craft For Kids

This is a very easy and cute craft kids will love to do and it’s perfect for Valentines Day.  Most of the Valentines’s Day decorations are out in the stores now so I bought the Valentines bucket and styrofoam ball at Joanne Fabrics.
The first picture shows what you need to do. Take the styrofoam ball and hot glue it around the edge of the pot or bucket. Then you just plug in suckers tight in till it’s completely covered. I used dum dum suckers but there are a lot of choices out there. You can probably find some heart shaped suckers.  If you think the white styrofoam ball will show with the type of suckers you are using , you may want to consider pray painting the ball first.  Just let it dry completely and then plug the suckers in.

The second picture shows it finished. It does take several bags of suckers. It’s a cute gift idea for a teacher for Valentines day or nice for a birthday party centerpiece.  It’s pretty inexpensive to make and you can just keep refilling the suckers in the same holes as time goes on. 

Cut and Keep These Fun Paper Crafts for Kids

Cut and Keep These Fun Paper Crafts for Kids

It can seem like a constant battle to keep the kids occupied. You don’t just want to put them in front of a screen, but sometimes they struggle to entertain themselves. If you want to help make sure they don’t get bored, it’s helpful to provide them with some things to do. On a rainy day, staying inside and doing some crafts is ideal. Paper crafts are often the perfect option. You only need some paper or card to get started, and perhaps a couple of other items. They’re usually safe activities that the kids can do unsupervised too, as long as you don’t mind a little mess. Try out these crafts for a fun time with the kids.

 

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Card Making

Making cards is always fun, and there’s always some reasons you can find to give them. Maybe it’s Christmas, someone’s birthday, or a new baby in the family. You can also encourage the giving of cards just because, as a sweet way to show affection. There are all sorts of things the kids can do when they’re making cards, from cutting and sticking to drawing and breaking out the glitter. Some robust card is often best, but paper will do in a pinch. Employ a range of other materials too and even consider making some 3D designs or perhaps even some pop-up cards.

Paper Mache

Paper mache is a great craft for using up any paper you’ve got and for getting a bit messy too. It works well with newspaper because it’s thinner, but you can use other paper. All you need to do is get some glue and start layering paper and glue over a mold. Balloons are great if you want to make anything round, giving you the ability to make it any size you want, as well as easily remove it by popping it. You can experiment with all kinds of shapes, but this might be one craft that requires supervision.

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Origami

Origami might not immediately seem like the ideal paper craft for kids. It can be fiddly, which makes it hard for small fingers. But the fact that it can be a little tricky is great for developing dexterity and accuracy. There are plenty of easier projects to try too. If you want to try some origami, thin origami paper is best. If you use thicker paper, a couple of folds in you’ll be wishing you had something thinner. Try starting with these origami crane instructions to make an iconic origami figure. Once the kids have got the hang of it, they’ll love making them again and again in different colors. Slightly larger pieces of paper can make it easier.

Holiday Decorations

There’s always a holiday around the corner. Holiday crafts are a great way to get the kids excited and keep them occupied. Paper decorations have long been a favorite kids craft, so why not keep the tradition alive? Paper chains are easy to make, but there are so many other shapes and designs you can try. Try cutting out some decorations to hang on strings or stick around the house, or maybe to hang on your Christmas tree.

If all you have is some paper and glue or scissors, there’s still so much you can do with the kids. Give them some crafts, and they’ll have plenty of creative fun.

Fall Crafts

Fall Crafts

Fall is one of the best times to spend with the family. The night are colder, and there’s nothing quite like spending quality time with your children. As the nights draw in, and the season becomes wet, you’re going to need to find ways to keep your kids entertained. Crafts are the perfect solution to this. Not only can you make some cool additions to your house, but it’s a great way to bond. It’ll teach your kids hands on skills, and keep their brains engaged, rather than them being in front of the TV all the time. Here are some great crafts ideas to bring the whole family some fun.

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We’ll start with the easiest first. Now fall has hit us, the leaves have started to drop. Go out on a nature walk, and pick you the prettiest one’s you can find. This one is a great way to combine fun with exercise as an added bonus! Grab a piece of A3 paper when you’re home, and some brown and dark orange paint. Simply get your children to arrange the leaves on the paper and glue them down. To fill the gaps, get them to dunk their hands in the paint and imprint all over the paper. What you’ll be left with is one colourful memory of a fun filled day. You might hate the mess, but this is the part your children will love the most!

This one’s going to be a tricky one, that you’ll find yourself doing most of.It’s a homemade coffee table. You’ll need some wood, a chainsaw, a normal saw, and a hot glue gun. Grab about two large thick planks of wood from your local DIY store, as well as one big square piece. Measure and mark every 55cm. Then, if you don’t have a chainsaw, check out this site because you will need one. You need a straight sharp cut that the chainsaw can provide. Cut through each mark. Then decide how far apart your want the four leg pieces, and cut a square out of your big square piece to cover the top. Thoroughly sand down all pieces of wood and apply a coat of gloss. Glue together the pieces so it stands as a coffee table. This is where you can get your children to help. You can paint the table whatever colour you’d like!

This one’s halloween themed, and the kids can help all the way through. Creating some hanging bats to either put in the house, or on the front door is the perfect way to add a bit of spookiness. You’ll need to grab some black card to begin with. Cut a template of a bat out of the card. Grab a some white paint and get your children to draw on some eyes, and even some fangs. Put a hole in the bottom of each bat and feed some string through. You can then hang these throughout the house, or on the front door, and scare any visitors

Have a Homemade Holiday Season!

Have a Homemade Holiday Season!

 

Now that fall is well and truly underway, it isn’t going to be long before we are seeing all things for the holidays popping up in stores and in our neighborhoods. But if you’re looking to have a more frugal holiday season this year, then now is the time to start preparing for it. Some projects can take a while to make. So starting now will mean that they are ready in time for Christmas.

 

If you’re looking to have a bit more of a homemade holiday season than ever before, then here are some fun things that you can start working on now, or look to make as we get closer to December. Have you got any other suggestions of things that you love to make at this time of year?

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Gifts in a Jar

 

Collect Mason jars or old jam jars over the next few weeks, and you’ll be able to make plenty of cute gifts for friends or neighbors. The thing with gifts in a jar is that they are so versatile, so it works for everyone. In some, you could put all of the ingredients for cookies or brownies. They work well for friends and teachers. In others, you could put in a few little bits for a home manicure, like fingernail polish, a nail file, some nail gems, and cotton balls, for example. Others could have the ingredients to make your own holiday hot chocolate, with marshmallows and chocolate tips as toppings, for instance. The options are endless!

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Use Nature To Decorate

 

If you want to keep this holiday season much less commercialized than you’ve had before, then there is no better place to look, than to nature. Instead of buying artificial wreaths or decor for your home, why not make your own with what you can find outside? This is why now is the time, because you can look for things like holly or seasonal leaves that you want to use. Team with some burlap cloth, dried orange segments, and sticks of cinnamon, and you’ve got some great things to get creative with.

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Sew and Knit Your Own Christmas Sweater

 

I don’t think we are going to get very far without seeing Christmas sweaters all over the place. They are going to be around for many years to come! But why not get one just as you like, by making your own? If you’re an avid knitter, then this could be a nice way for you to enjoy the holiday season. If you’re not, then you might need to look up a knitting and sewing website to get some tips and tricks, as well as supplies. You could make gifts for others using your skills too. How about sewing an apron or making some holiday style bunting with your sewing machine? Again, the options are endless.

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Photo Gifts

 

To make something extra special for a loved one, then how about photo gifts for them? Getting photos printed out for them, as well as mounted and framed, can be a lovely touch. And with so many of our photos online these days, it will be nice for them to have them printed out, as they might not do that for themselves.