Arts and crafts with toddlers can be a bit messy — but lots of fun — and Valentine's Day is the perfect occasion to create some heart-shaped projects with your lil one. So break out the construction paper, glitter, paint, and glue and get creative with these 10 Valentine's Day crafts for tots.
Relaxing on this long holiday weekend is the perfect some time to get our craft on. Check out some of our favorite DIYs that can make your days of rest more creative. If you haven't had a chance to complete these crafts, add 'em to the list of Winter activities!
A glue stick here, some fabric paint there, and suddenly you've spent way more than you'd planned at the craft store. Sound familiar? If you regularly overdo it with crafty odds and ends, then it's time to step back and reassess your shopping habits. After all, spending too much money on supplies sort of defeats the purpose of DIY projects. Whether you're a foam brush hoarder or a spray paint fanatic, here are six simple tips to help you ease up on the arts-and-crafts shopping sprees.
- Know what you own. Before you head to the store, take stock of what you already have by scanning your drawers and shelves. No need to stockpile: buy what you actually need when you actually need it, and use up your current supplies before your buy more.
- Have specific projects in mind. Here's a good rule of thumb: don't head to the craft store just because. Make the trip when a project comes up, and commit to buying only the specific materials needed for that job.
- Scour for coupons. Sign up for your favorite craft store's email service so that you regularly earn special deals and coupons. Can't stand the inbox overflow? Create a separate account for membership emails or visit the store's website ahead of time to check for sale events.
- Look for versatile products. Make the most of your purchases by opting for multiuse products that could work for several different projects. Buy pens that work on a variety of surfaces, pick a paint shade that you turn to regularly, and grab fabric you'll use again and again. Think all-purpose, all-occasion to get the biggest bang for your buck.
- Buy off-season items. It may feel silly to buy holiday products in January, but it's smart to grab those items on sale and store them for next year. Always check out clearance shelves, too; that's the best place to find those weird, less-practical colors or patterns that might inspire your next creation.
- Set a spending cap beforehand. When in doubt, try to limit your expenses by deciding on a maximum amount to spend ahead of time. Tell yourself that you won't shell out more than $50, and then shop accordingly. Are you a more serious crafter? You may also want to consider a monthly or yearly budget to make sure your hobby doesn't take over too much of your spending.
The French word crochet literally means hook and refers to the instrument used to create the intricate knots of yarn or rope used in a crochet pattern. I'm sure many of you have memories of a grandmother crocheting, and while many patterns were definitely granny-style, as we've seen before, crochet is constantly being updated and modernized.We've rounded up some incredible crochet art, as well as pieces that you can add to your home, that take crochet to a thoroughly modern level.
Mixed in with a week of tech news and Oscar movie watching, we found some time to get our craft on. Check out seven of our favorite DIYs that can make your Saturdays and Sundays more creative. If you haven't had a chance to complete these crafts, add 'em to the list of Spring activities!
How artistic! Lil ones love to create and can spend hours working away on a project. Arts and crafts are the prefect solution to Winter's doldrums, whether tots are into your standard paintbrush and paper fare or whether they have more specific artistic pursuits. Keep reading for five fun kits to occupy and inspire the lil Picasso in your life.
Let's paint! Lil ones love to get messy — whether they're playing in mud puddles or playing with paintbrushes. When the artistic spirit strikes, no one wants tots to worry about ruining a perfectly pressed outfit, so keep reading for five sweet smocks that will protect lil ones' clothes while they're creating the next great works of art.
Happy Year of the Dragon! Today, the Year of the Rabbit comes to a close, as the Year of the Dragon roars in. According to Chinese culture, the dragon — representing power and strength — is the most powerful animal in the Chinese zodiac. Lunar New Year is a holiday full of symbolism, stories, and fun ways to teach tots about another cultural celebration. Click through for festive craft ideas that will get tots in a dragon state of mind.
The upcoming March 2012 issue of ShopSmart offers easy and elegant DIY projects to help you get back on an organized track (without spending a fortune). Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of the magazine adds, “If you feel like you’ve got too much stuff and nowhere to put it, we have some amazing DIY solutions to help you get organized before the full frenzy of spring cleaning takes hold. With just a little creativity you can get everything in order and save hundreds of dollars at the same time.” Click through to see a few DIY projects from the issue, so you can get a head start on your Spring cleaning.
Heavy-duty camera bags are great for the bumps and bruises of traveling, but for everyday life we'd like something a little, well, softer. The latest DIY, a camera cozy from crafty blog A Beautiful Mess, takes care of our camera case need and what to do with the fabric from a tired vintage dress sitting in the closet. Made of upcycled material from old clothing, we love a DIY that saves money too.
Choose the fabric, get a sewing machine ready, and head over to A Beautiful Mess for the full how-to on toting your camera in style.
Source: A Beautiful Mess