Simple Holiday Craft Ideas

It is the Holiday season and your kids are itching to get to crafting. Whether it be Thanksgiving, Christmas or what have you. Here are some of the easiest crafts that you can do with your small children.

The Simple Hand Turkey

It could not be an easier project and it is one that we have all done, the Hand Turkey. Simply have your child place their hand on a piece of construction paper and trace around it with a pen. They can then decorate it as a turkey. Draw legs, a bike a waddle, etc. Let them use their creativity to make it super unique. The greatest thing is that you probably have everything that you need for this project in your home. You just need paper and some markers.

Get Creative With Candy Canes

Candy canes can become a number of things. They can be the ears on a reindeer ornament, they can be the arms of a snowman, they can be the tail of a mouse or cot or a dog, glue two together to make a heart, etc, etc. All it takes is some creativity and some craft paper and glue. Add a metal ornament hanger and you have a custom ornament that your kids will love seeing on the tree.

Decorate Plain Ornament

Get some cheap plastic ball ornaments, some glue, glitter and perhaps some paint pens. Let your kids make a pattern with the glue and sprinkle glitter on the balls and then draw whatever they like on them with paint pens. It will give them a fun project that you can remember for years to come. Be sure to write the year and the kids initials on them so that you can remember the moment.
Another great idea for ball ornaments is to make handprints on them. Let your kiddo place their hand on paint and then wrap it around the ball ornament. You then have a nice custom ornament that is uniquely your child’s. Leave it as is or decorate the fingers as people or snowmen.

Fun With Toilet Paper Rolls

Make all kinds of holiday items with paper rolls. Paint them white and decorate them as snowmen. Draw buttons on them or glue real buttons on them. Add some ribbon and anything else you think might make your snowman a snowman. Finish it off with a ribbon on the top to hang your child’s work of art from the tree.
The same concept above can be used to make just about anything that you like. Make a Santa, some angels, etc, etc. The possibilities are limitless.

Popsicle Stick Trees

Simply paint some popsicle sticks and glue them into a triangle to make a Christmas tree. Add an additional stick as the stem and you have your base ornament. Now decorate the tree with anything that you can find. Glitter, paint, ribbon, whatever your kiddo likes. Hopefully you have a box of miscellaneous items (buttons, beads, ribbon, charms) that you can use to decorate. If not, today is a good time to start making one.

These are just a few simple ideas that you might try to liven up the Holiday season. There are literally hundreds of different things that you can do. In addition, you could always just throw a bunch of materials on the table and let your kids go to town making whatever they like that is Holiday themed. You might be surprised by the imagination they show.

Start A Craft Business With A Small Loan

Looking to start a small crafting business like me? Are you short of funds to do so? No problem, you can actually start a small business very easily with a small loan and a pre-order. Here is what I mean.

First, you need to determine your crating specialty. After that, you need to come up with a small sample using whatever means necessary. Then you can list your product for sale on websites like Fiverr, a sales marketplace. Be specific about what you offer and set a good price where you can make money. Set your time of delivery such that you will have time to gather supplies and still deliver the product on time

Next, you need to make a list of the supplies that you need and where you can get them quickly, locally. When you have this list, you will be able to spring into action when you get your first order.

When you do get your first order, you can get a quick cash loan like this Chicago payday loan from Itchy Pet Loans. This type of loan can get you up to $1000 as soon as the next business day. Wait until you get your first order to take out the loan though, so you can pay it back quickly. Once you have your money, you can simply go buy all of the supplies that you need that same day and get to work.

Once you have all of the supplies and equipment that you need, complete the order and ship it off. Take the money that you make from the order and pay back your cash loan and you are now in business. You will probably not make money on your first order but you will now have all of the tools that you need to carry on with your business and make money int he future. Be sure to deliver your order on time and to the best of your ability. Small businesses like craft ones depend on good reviews to attract new traffic.

So you see, it is still possible to start a small business like crafting with limited capital. Here are some extra tips to get your business going strong. Promotion and advertising is the key and here are some of the best places to go.

Pinterest: You absolutely must open up a pinterest account and take pictures of your crafts. The more creative and adventurous the better. People will see your pictures when they do searches and share it with others. You can then send them to your website with links from the photos. Don’t have a website? No problem.

Check out WordPress. Just do a quick search. There you can get a free, yes free website. You will have a subdomain of the wordpress website, not your own URL but that doesn’t matter. Putting together the website is super easy.

An alternative to making a WordPress website is Facebook. You should do Facebook anyway so even if you make a website, you need a facebook page. Just like with pinterest, people will see your crafts and share them with friends. This is how you go viral.

Besides the above, you should always be looking at places to post pictures of your products. Stay active on the internet and you will stay active in business.

Quick Kid Craft Ideas

Looking for some quick craft ideas to do with your kids? Here are a few good ones. I am going to give you just the basics and you can come up with the rest. Don’t worry, they are not that hard.

  1. Paper Pinwheels
    Kids just love pinwheels. They are simple to make, interactive and they can use their creativity to make theirs unique. All that you need to make them is a pencil, some scissors, crafting paper, a straw and a pushpin.
    To make them, you just need to cut lines down the paper from corner to corner. Then make four cuts in the paper and fold back and pin the paper down.
    Learn more here.
  2. Tissue Paper Flowers
    Another very easy craft that kids will like. To make them, you just need tissue paper of varying colors, a button per flower and a pipe cleaner per flower. Simply cut two circles out of tissue paper and then cut two more slightly smaller circles of tissue paper. Vary the color for creativity. Now stack the paper with the large circles on the bottom. Insert the pipe cleaner into the button and then push it through the centers of the tissue. Fold the tissue up and you have a flower. Simple as that.
  3. Cork Sail Boats
    Kids just plain love water and a toy boat is one of the most things to play with. Even better, a boat that they can make themselves. All that you need are some corks, paint, a hot glue gun, paper and a toothpick. Simply paint your corks, let them dry and then glue three of them together. Now take your paper and cut it into a triangle. Insert the toothpick into the paper and then the center cork and you have a sail boat. Easy as could be and fun. Let your kids decorate the paper sail before inserting it.
  4. Popsicle Stick Puppets
    How about an impromptu puppet show.Great, but first we need to make the puppets. Just get some glue, craft paper, scissors and popsicle sticks. Cut the paper into various shapes and glue it to the popsicle sticks. Circles are easiest. EG, make a cat with one large circle and two small circles for ears. Color the paper to personalize your puppets.

Crafting For Money

Most of the time I craft for fun and I am sure that is what most of you do as well. From time to time though, I like to make a little money with my crafts. Money is not necessarily a bad thing, I am sure that you will agree. Here are a few crafts that are fun to make and that you can sell for a profit online. If you need money desperately but can’t craft, go here. If you can craft, let’s get started.

Rope Bowls

This is a super easy craft that you can make and one that looks is much fancier than it is hard to do. You simply get a thick section of rope, a glue gun and a bowl for shaping. Heat up your glue gun and then glue the ends of the rope to prevent unraveling. Next, coil the rope into a disc shape, gluing it as you go. Finally, simply place the coiled rope over a bowl for shaping and allow the glue to completely cool down. Experiment with different types of rope and bowl shapes.

Holiday Coasters

Got a talent for painting, why not make some Holiday coasters. You can do them for any holiday  but the most popular are of course Halloween and Christmas. But plain white coasters from Amazon for super cheap and with a little time and paint, you can have works of art. Bundle them in four packs to sell them. You can also take orders for personalized ones with

Friendship Bracelet

These used to be really big but people still buy them. All it takes is some nice string or yarn, some beads or other trinkets and a bit of time. Once you get the hang of it you can knock out a ton of these in no time. Be creative and try to come up with some creative designs.

Mason Jar Candle Holders

This is a super simple craft that is cheap to make, allowing you to also sell it cheap and still make a profit. All that you need is some mason jars, paint, decoratively shaped stickers and some ribbon or string. Simply apply your decorative sticker on the jar and them paint the jar. After the paint has dried, you can peel off the sticker and you will be left with a decorative shape that also serves as a window for light to get our of the candle holder. Finally, tie a ribbon or bow around the top of the page and you are all set.

Custom Stemware

If you can paint, you can make custom stemware for any occasion. All that you need is paint, a few brushes and some inexpensive stemware. Look on eBay or local restaurant supply stores for good deals. Then simply paint some patterns or designs on the stemware and let it dry. Just like with the coasters above, you can also take custom orders for particular designs or maybe monograms. This makes for a great wedding craft FYI and can be made with the wedding date.

And More

There are literally dozens of things that you can make and sell. If you want some inspiration, just take a walk through a trade show or consignment store. In just minutes, you will probably see some things that you can make just as well if not better.

Painted Stepping Stones

If you have a kids playground in your back yard or just want to brighten up those boring concrete stepping stones, we have just the idea. Paint them. This allows you to make them any color you like to match any backyard. Plus, if you do it right, they will last for some time to come and not lose any of their grippy texture.

Supplies

  1. Concrete stepping stones.
    Preferably you will be starting with new stones. You can get them in a multitude of sizes but the most common is the 1 foot by 1 foot square stone. This is also the cheapest one, commonly available for around $1 a stone. If you must use old stones, you will need to dig them up and then pressure wash them to remove the dirt that would interfere with paint absorption.
  2. Paint
    Go with a decent quality water based paint. Choose whatever color or colors that you like. Make sure that you calculate the square footage of the stones you need to paint so that you get enough. Remember also, you do not need to make every stone one color, you can paint patterns, shapes or designs on them. Whatever you want.
  3. Brushes
    The type of brushes that you need will depend on your intentions. If you are just making solid color stones, just get big brushes or even foam rollers. If you are making designs, get thinner brushes for your detail work.
  4. Tarps
    This is going to get messy so get some plastic tarps to put on the ground to protect it. You could just place your stones in the yard and paint them but then dirt could be a problem.

Base Coat

This could be the only step in your process if you are making solid color stones. The first thing that you need to do is prep your paint. As it comes from the store, your water based paint will be quite thick. If you painted your stones with this paint as it comes from the can, you would end up with a stone that has paint dried on the surface. This would be bad for two reasons. One, it is not durable and will chip. Two, it makes the stones very slick when they are wet.

Instead, you need to dilute your paint with water to thin it out. Add about a third of a cup of water to each cup of paint and mix well. This should thin it out sufficiently but if you find it is still too thick, you can add more. Now, apply the paint to your stepping stones. You will find that concrete stones are very porous and will accept the diluted paint very well. Because you have dilutes it, it will sink deep into the stone. This will make for a long lasting color and will allow the stones to still have some traction when they are wet.

Allow the stones to dry overnight before adding other designs or colors.

Decorating Your Stones.

Now it is time to decorate your stones if you choose. Dilute the paint as in the above step. You might find it better to add a bit less water if you are making very intricate designs.

Now, just go to town on your stones. When you are done, let them dry overnight before putting them outside in your yard or garden.

That is it, a simple little project that anyone can do and one that will add a custom touch to your yard for years to come. This also makes a fantastic kids project. Your child will love seeing their artwork every time they play in the yard.

Gather Your Supplies

Crafting with kids is some of the most rewarding time that you can have. The great thing is that with children, your supplies do not have to be particularly costly. In fact, most things can be sourced from your home including things that you might be getting ready to throw away. If you want to do soe great kid crafting, here are some things that you should be saving.

Paper Towel and Toilet Paper Rolls

I prefer paper towel rolls, but to each her own. These can be made into just about anything. They can be the body of a dog, a totem pole, a rocket or just about anything. If you decide to make something with some of these rolls, you might find yourself thinking about wasting a bunch of paper towels to gain access to them. Instead, start collecting them early and if you have a lot of kids to craft with, ask your family and friends to save some too. Tip: Don’t gorget about wrapping paper rolls. They are bigger and often sturdier.

Popsicle Sticks

Sure the used ones often end up colored from the popsicles but they are. You can dye them the rest of the way if you like anyway. Be sure to rise them off well before storing them. It is not a bad idea to soak them in water for a few hours and then dry them off to get all of the sugar residue removed. In crafting, popsicle sticks can help you make just about anything. Use them to make tiny little people for a puppet show or perhaps to build a house. They also make nice handles for home made musical instruments among other things.

Egg Cartons

Styrofoam egg cartons can be used for both crafts and for craft storage. For storage you can use them to organize beads and other small trinkets. You can also use them for painting crafts to keep different paint colors separate and safe from clumsy hands. They have so many great uses. Some people also like to cut out the individual containers to make the body of animals or perhaps flowers. Keep a bunch of these around and you will come up with hundreds of different uses.

Shoe Boxes

Just like with egg containers, shoe boxes can be both art and great storage. Obviously you can put things in them. Since they are cardboard, you can also easily write on them to keep track of just what is inside. As art, they can be backgrounds for a scene such as a garden or a yard. They let your young artist create scenes with things at the forefront and the back for depth  They can be turned into a house or other structure or perhaps just cut the cardboard up into strips to be used for anything you like. A shoebox is a great thing to have in bulk.

ETC

Besides the items above, there are dozens of great things that you can save whenever you come across them. Save spare beads, buttons, string or ribbon. Save miscellaneous paints, thread spools, jars or just about anything that could be of possible use.