1.) One of the easiest crafts kids can make is a coupon book. The coupons can be made from sheets of paper cut in thirds. Help them think of things to put on the coupons – “One hour uninterrupted bubble bath,” “Clean up my room by myself” or “A flower garden bouquet.” Let your child think of fun things to use for the coupons.
2.) Help your little kids make flowers from paper hearts that may be left over from Valentine’s Day. If you don’t have leftover hearts, you can help them cut out paper hearts from Mom’s favorite color. Arrange three to five hearts with the points at the center. Thread floral wire through the points and then twist the wires together to create the stem. Glue a large button or beads onto the hearts as the center of the flower. Your toddler can also create leaves by cutting them out of paper and gluing them to the stem. Place the flowers in a vase and set it on Mom’s tray for breakfast in bed.
3.) Purchase a pastel t-shirt for Mom. Then, using paint specialized for fabric, let your children place their hands into the paint and press them into the fabric. Be sure to write down the child’s name and age on their hand-print. You can also write the date on the t-shirt so Mom can see how the children have grown over the years. Read more
I’ve made these cute vintage-style printable Valentine cards just for you to print and give away. Each card is approximately 5×7 inches and will come in a PDF file. Print them on white card stock paper and they’ll look great. Remember, all printers are different, so your final colors may not look exactly like what you’re seeing right now on the screen. They’ll still look sweet, so give them a try! Click the download to the right to save to your computer: Your Free Valentine Cards
This time of year parents start looking for the perfect teacher valentine gift. Teachers are special, and when you really want to show them your love, there’s nothing better than a gift you made yourself.
Even if you’re not the crafty type, you can still give these pretty Valentine printables. Simply print the 8×10 pdf graphic out onto white card stock or photo paper and put it into a lovely frame. (Your print will not have the gray frame seen here.) You can also print the matching Valentine card on white card stock. (Your print will have the red frame seen here.)
It’s almost February and that means Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I love this sweet holiday, mostly because my birthday is the 15th and as a kid I thought it was a two day celebration. Now days, I enjoy making fun Valentine theme recipes and treats for my family.
I am on my local arts council board and I’ve met a lot of artists. Some paint, some work with wood and others love to get their hands into a big glob of clay. Potters are cool people and they’ll tell you right off that pottery is a fulfilling hobby, and for some a career. The items you create can be very useful, or they can be beautiful works of art. Many pieces fit into both categories.
I’m pretty sure you know how much kids love to create with clay. I bet you’ve scraped enough Play Dough up from your floors! This is a hobby that you can do with your kids, believe me, just forget about the mess and get your hands messy and have fun. If you are going to introduce your kids to pottery, choose kid-friendly pottery tools that won’t cut them or cause harm. There’s kid’s tools available on Amazon.
There are catalogs filled with nothing but pottery supplies. To those who are interested in giving it a try, this can be rather discouraging. But you don’t need an entire studio full of stuff to get started.
Basic Supplies for Pottery Beginners
* Towels – Pottery is a rather messy craft, so keeping some good, absorbent cotton towels on hand is a must. These can be used for cleaning your hands, and you can also lay them across your lap when working with clay to keep your pants clean.
* Sponges – If you’re throwing pottery, sponges are essential. They are used for a number of purposes, but the most common are absorbing and distributing water. To start with, invest in a few large sponges made for use in pottery.
* Chamois – Small pieces of chamois are staples of the pottery studio. These are used to compress and smooth edges.
* Potter’s needles – Needles aren’t just for needlework. Potter’s needles are long and heavy, and unlike most types of needles, they have handles. These can be used in a number of ways.
* Cut-off wires – You can buy these at any potter’s supply store, but if you’re just getting your feet wet, there are suitable substitutes. These include fishing line and thin wires such as those used to make springs. Cut-off wires are used to cut clay and remove items from the wheel.
* Wire and ribbon tools – These tools also have a variety of uses. They are most often used in handbuilding, as they can easily be broken in throwing.
* Wooden modeling tools – These come in all sorts of shapes, and are most often used in handbuilding. Some may also be used in trimming.
* Brushes – Brushes are important in pottery, but just any old brush won’t do. Pottery brushes are designed to hold water and other liquids that are used in working with and painting clay.
You might think you need a potter’s wheel, but that’s not necessarily true. For your first few projects, handbuilding is usually the best way to go. This will help you get a feel for pottery without making a large investment. As for kilns, you can usually find a pottery shop in your area that will fire your creations for you. Once you’ve gotten your feet wet and decided that pottery is something you would like to pursue, you can start looking at these more expensive pieces of equipment.
As with any hobby, it’s best to start with the basics when trying out pottery. If you find that it’s not for you, you can sell some of your tools to someone else. And if you do enjoy it, you’ll have a good start toward a complete pottery tool collection.