It's the Year of the Pig! Do you celebrate Chinese New Year? It's such a beautiful holiday and though we're not Chinese, my family and I still like to read about it and admire the holiday from afar. We used to make our own crafts like these, but the more we talk about appreciating and not appropriating cultures that aren't ours, the more we feel like we should just purchase art from authentic artists and appreciate rather than try to replicate anything.
Do you have any crafting goals or projects coming up in the New Year? Each New Year, one of the first things we do is burn our old tree and calendar, which isn't exactly a craft, but we do save pieces of the tree for crafts throughout the year. We also update our "Family Notice Board" with our map of states we've been to, countries we've collected postcards from, our giving tree and other fun projects.
My family and I love to craft geeky stuff for the holidays. My husband and I have made our daughter everything from a felt, plush Calcifer from Howl's Moving Castle to her own Marauder's Map, and my daughter and I have made so many geeky snowflakes, from Darth Vader to Doctor Who cybermen and adipose snowflakes. Many of these have been super complicated, however, and I was happy to find this tutorial at Geek Mom with some helpful tricks.
Every year, I say I'm going to make some fun Christmas crackers to celebrate the season in an English sort of way, and every year I forget or run out of time and we never do it. This year, I don't know if I'm going to buy or make my own, but I'm going to try to do one of the two! The benefits of buying them are that you get professionally-made crackers and you don't have to plan ahead to make them or gather supplies, of course, but if you make your own, you get to customize them on a personal level, which is more important to me.
Crafting is a great way to relieve stress, create personal gifts for loved ones and just spend some time being creative. Crafting isn't just for kids! This list of 45 Christmas crafts is a great place to begin if you need a few ideas to get you started on your holiday crafting. Many of them will help you use up things you have around the house to recycle, like old pallet wood or mason jars, and as long as you have some paint and a few supplies on hand you're good to go.
If you're celebrating Halloween with lots of crafting this year, try this cool project from Art Projects for Kids. You only need a few ingredients to paint these simple yet bright and eye-catching haunted houses on coffee filters. We've done this a couple of times and I always love how it turns out. We've also tie-dyed it with markers and alcohol to make some incredible designs--and not just for Halloween but for other holidays, too.
Halloween is almost here, so if you're spending your time costuming you probably don't have a lot of time for new crafts. This simple, quick craft activity from Artsy Momma is an easy yet cute boredom buster you can break out for kids who need to make a Halloween thank-you gift for teachers, want to decorate and paint while you're busy or otherwise just want to craft! All you really need are craft sticks, glue and paint, although you can embellish with googly eyes and whatever you have on hand.
Halloween is coming and everything feels like the way it should--days are shorter, it's dark earlier, the weather is cooler and there are pumpkins everywhere! It's the season of the year and it's time to do some fun crafting. Tim Burton crafts are a great way to celebrate this season, and Geek Mom has such a fun scarecrow tutorial you should check out. Inspired by the film Sleepy Hollow, it's the perfect blend of crafty and creepy.
I'm not one to go out and spend a bunch of money on crafting supplies to make something that's more expensive than buying it outright. I do know a few friends who do this and more power to them if it makes them happy, but I'd rather support an artist for a $20 project than spend $30 on materials to make it myself, know what I mean? That said, if it's a project that calls for easy, DIY materials that I have at home, or materials that I mostly have with a single purchase (you run out of hot glue after a while, right?), I'm always game for a new craft.
Easter is just a few days away, and if you like to do a little more than just bunnies and eggs, you might want to check out this really cool egg STEAM activity. You can make Easter eggs into planets this year for a sciencey twist on your crafts! Plus, have you ever experimented with natural egg dying? If not, try it out and see how pretty the colors look.