Now that summer vacation has begun I’ve been on the lookout for easy crafts we can do on the go using materials we find. It may only be early June, but it has been over 90 degrees all week and we’ve found ourselves hanging out at the river a little every day. The little ones always collect rocks by the river, and come to think of it, where ever we travel. So I got to thinking, why not make use of some of those rocks in our crafts this summer? Here are some crafts you can make with rocks from the park, nature hikes or even in your own backyard.
This first idea is a great craft and game to play on camping trips. Story rocks are fun and easy to make, and they make relaxing around the campfire even more interesting. Kids love hearing and telling stories but they usually need something to get the story started, these rocks are the perfect inspiration for group storytelling.
It is Farmers Market season around the country. I love fresh produce. It tastes the best! I always had trouble deciding what bag to bring to the farmers market. The produce is usually wet and dirty which stains my traditional green bags. I wanted a strong bag that could hold plenty of produce but wouldn’t stain. If you relate to this problem or simply want to make a wipe clean bag follow this tutorial!
Now that we’re spending a lot of time outdoors playing, exploring, and keeping nature journals to jot down the kids’ observations and document their findings, we’ve become very interested in Insects. My youngest niece (2 1/2 years) is especially interested in all insects from butterflies and bees, to ants and spiders. She is completely unafraid of insects at this point, which is a great time to learn! Here are some fun insect and bug crafts you can use to supplement books and school assignments about insects and further your kids’ curiosity and understanding of these tiny but complex creatures.
This first craft is an excellent exercise for a unit on Symmetry in nature and art.
Spring Cleaning is in full swing and I’m attempting to organize my messiest room – you guessed it, my craft room. I’ve found some tips for craft room organization I’d like to share. Hopefully these ideas will inspire you to revamp your favorite crafting space!
This is the story of a dining room turned into an excellent, organized crafting space. The space created is so welcoming and communal. This tutorial takes you through the details with tips for inexpensive, utilitarian decorating.
Pop up cards are fun aren’t they? Often, though, they take time to make and we don’t have a chance to make them. This spiral pop up can be made in just minutes and is as fun to make as it is to receive. The theme of this card was inspired by one of the newest Sizzix embossing folders entitled, “Cascading Flowers,” by Brenda Walton. What better way to show flowers cascading then down a spiral that allows them to pop up when the card is opened.
As the weather warms up so should your door décor! Flowers are perfect for the season and wooden initials are a super easy way to add a personal touch. Make your own and wait for your neighbors to ask where you got your wreath.
Who doesn’t love embellishments? Whenever I finish a big project like creating a scrapbook album gift for Mother’s Day or one of my niece’s first year albums I like to take a break from involved projects and just make embellishments for fun and of course to have ready for future projects. For this last week of May I’d like to share some favorite scrappy embellishment tutorials I’ve been following.
Gather those leftover scraps of pretty paper, varied buttons and rhinestones/sequins floating around in your scrapbooking drawer to make some unforgettable scrappy embellishments!