When I was little, we had this encyclopedia set for kids.
I’ll give you one guess as to which one was my favorite…
Make and Do. I basically ignored every other book in the collection and focused my attention on this one.
It was filled with awesome crafts made out of paper towel tubes and string and glue and cardboard boxes and stuff like that.
As a child, I would frequently go on the prowl around the house to see what crafts I could do for free. Nothing was sacred, except my collection of stickers which, incidentally, I never actually got around to “sticking.”
Nothing has changed since then. Kenny knows to stay out of the way when I begin poking my nose into the depths of our apartment looking for something, anything, to create.
Hopefully this list can spark a few ideas for some grown-up crafts.
***Note. I did not list supplies like “scissors,” because everybody has those. AND IF YOU DON’T, please contact me. I would like to interview you, examine your inner psyche, write up a scholarly article, and present my research to the world. You are a specimen of utmost interest to me.
Supplies: Mason jar (several sizes could work), flat jar lid, jar ring, fabric, puffy stuff, pins (optional, I guess)
2. Mason Jar Soap Dispenser (predictable? Absolutely. Basically free? You betcha.)
Supplies: Mason jar, flat jar lid, jar ring, soap dispenser pump, hammer, nail, hot glue, soap/lotion (also optional, I guess)
Supplies: Colored thread/embroidery floss, needle, fabric. Pictures? Frame? Wedding dress? Pillowcases? So many things to embroider.
4. Make a Banner! I made this one for Thanksgiving last year.
Supplies: String, paper, imagination
Supplies: Paper, cardboard, glue
Supplies: Glass bottles of some sort. Also, string? spraypaint? chalk?
Supplies: Sewing machine, thread, queen-sized bedsheet. Beginner sewing skills necessary.
Note to self: Make more things out of paper towel tubes. My craft library has a gaping hole in it…
What cheap/free/crafty things have you been up to lately?