Family Friday

I love crafts.

Between my gramma having a crochet hook in my hand from the time I was 5, and her ability to make anything fun, and her depression era frugality – well, I was destined to craft.

But I got hung up somewhere on rules, “doing it right” and all the other things that can stifle creativity.

Then along came the girls – those wonderful, fun, creative and MESSY children who did not listen to instructions.   At the time I was way too into my perfectionistic phase to even consider letting them do something that was not going turn out perfect and showcase their perfect genius.  (Do you notice a trend there)

This past year of financial chaos has really made me appreciate moments instead of things.  It has allowed me to not try to be perfect and just have fun creating with my girls.   They love the creative process.  Many times they teach me a new way of doing something because they aren’t limited by the box in which we so often place ourselves.  And you know what else – sometimes I actually come out looking like a superstar when something actually works!

We recently did a craft using crochet thread, water balloons, glue, water, salt and food coloring.  This is NOT my original idea.  I know I got the idea off the internet.  As soon as I find the link I will put it on my Favorite Links for Kids page.

The premise is that air inflated water balloons are wrapped with crochet thread.  Then a mixture of 1/2 glue and 1/2 water is brushed over the thread until saturated.   At this point glitter is sprinkled on the project.  You then hang up the project until it dries, pop the balloon and you have a really cool ball that can be used as a Christmas ornament, hung in a window (they make really neat shadows)  or whatever you want to do with them.

My only original thought to this was a glitter substitute.  I did not have any glitter on hand.  I also hate that once glitter is introduced into our house it takes up permanent residence in the carpeting, on the furniture, and on any surface that could be touched by little hands.  So I was trying to come up with something that might be a little less invasive.  I put about 1/8 – 1/4 cup of table salt in 4 small bowls (like fruit bowls), then I (or rather my oldest)  added 3 drops of food coloring to each bowl.  I sent her to spread out our craft sheet on the entryway floor while I mixed up the salt until the color was evenly distributed.  (By the way, our craft sheet is the plastic sheet we used under the high chair for both girls. Now we use it as their craft sheet – it saved it from the landfill, wipes clean, will cover my kitchen table if there are only 2 people working on the crafts, and lets me remember their baby stage!

So here they are – our decorative balls.

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I swear that I will post the link to the tutorial when I find the website.

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4 responses to “Family Friday

  1. I love arts and crafts. We just set up an area in our kitchen to the be the designated crafting place for Catherine. She can go there anytime and create, color, glue, and paint to her heart’s content. I want my child to enjoy creating and it’s something I hope she will carry with her for the rest of her life.

    • Wendy –
      I totally agree with your desire for Catherine! Hubby and I are already planning out craft projects for the family all the way through the summer. Next week I will post some craft sites that I will be using as my inspiration for budget friendly, yet extremely cute crafts.

    • The girls are really proud of theirs! Glad Ji enjoyed making them. I am keeping my eye opened for a cheap CNY craft!

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