Starting in January of this year, as part of my Happiness Project, I decided to do “one year of crafts with my kids” (mainly my ten-year-old twins). So far, this has been a genuinely enjoyable experience and one I plan to keep up for as long as my sons are willing. I am pretty confident, at some point, they will outgrow the craft idea and move on to greener pastures. Until such time arrives, I plan on relishing our creative time together.
If you have fun craft ideas, please share them in the comment section below.
Obviously, we are only in May and therefore, a year has not yet gone by. I plan to update this post every month with our newest project.
Creativity is a magnificent way to be in a healthy flow as well as to live a wholehearted life.
One Year of Crafts
- January ~ Origami
One of my sons seems to have a more artistic bend. He continues to work on projects long after the day we set aside for crafts. He made origami creations for many of his friends.
- February ~ Salt Dough
We used the following salt dough recipe to make fun creations:
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 cup of salt
- 1 cup of water
- Directions: Mix all ingredients together except water together and knead the dough for a few minutes. I used my stand mixer. We also used some food coloring to color our dough. When done, we baked our creations at 325 degrees Fahrenheit and we followed this rule of thumb for the baking time: 1/2 hour per 1/4 inch of thickness.
- Store excess dough in plastic baggies.
- March ~ Painted Cups
We bought plain white cups at Wal-Mart for less than a dollar and some cheap nail polish. We did the painting outside because I am neurotic about nail polish fumes.
- April ~ Sculpey Clay
I bought different packs of clay on Amazon as well as a toolkit and a book. This craft was very fun and the twins made clay creations for days. Even the older kids participated in this one. I plan on keeping clay around for a long time.
- May ~ Tea Cup Bird Feeder
This craft was super easy to make and very quick. I bought some cheap tea cups and saucers at Goodwill. This is a great craft when pressed for time. Plus. these feeders are super cute! You can find more about it here.
- June ~ Cross Stitch
My oldest daughter is an avid cross-stitcher, a craft I gave up shortly after college. The twins had been asking if they could learn. When out and about, I picked up some beginner cross-stitch patterns at the craft store and voila! I was surprised to see how easily they took to it. As a bonus, their big sister took over instructing them. It has been great fun and a blessing to see them spend time together. She is so patient. A win-win.
- July ~ Cross Stitch
They were still working on their cross-stitch. Therefore, we did not start a new project.
- August ~ Stepping Stones
A few months back, I picked up a couple stepping stone kits at 50% off at Michael’s. The kids had fun making them and they turned out quite lovely. Admittedly, we should have waited until the Fall as 100 degrees are not too conducive to concrete work. Nonetheless, this craft was a smashing success (and dried rather quickly).
- September ~ Fountain
I am especially fond of ponds and fountains. After seeing a DIY fountain on Pinterest, I decided this would be our September craft project.
We did not follow the instructions exactly. First, we did not make holes in the pot to fit the cord. I was okay with having the cord come out at the top of the container. Second, we filled the larger pot with dirt and then placed decorative rocks at the top to save on cost.
You can find the instructions here.
- October ~ Homemade Dog Treats and Marshmallows
This month we decided to two make two crafts—a different one for each twin.
We made some homemade dog treats which I two dogs loved.
We modified the recipe—you can find it here—since I did not have any whole wheat flour. Instead, I used 1 cup of almond meal and then enough unbleached white flour to ensure the “cookies” would stick together. Since we didn’t have a dog bone cookie cutter, we used a Christmas tree. I plan on buying a dog bone cutter though—for the cuteness factor.
As to the marshmallow recipe, it became a composite of various recipes. We forgot the vanilla extract but they still tasted yummy—my four-year-old granddaughter marshmallow expert agreed. I did roll them in some powdered sugar with a hint of ground cinnamon. Grandma earned some major brownie points with this recipe. You can find our recipe here.
- November ~ Peach Goat Milk Soap
Making this soap was a very easy process. We followed a recipe we found on Pinterest (here) and we decided to make the two-toned soap (white on top and peach bottom). I bought all our supplies on Amazon: a mold, natural mica color, peach scent, and an organic goat milk soap base.