Family Fun With Art And Crafts

Art and crafts are a constant around here. Every school morning, we draw a Bible story that someone reads aloud. This way we work our way through Bible History and learn to draw. Drawing is an important skill and all children should learn to draw at least a little. It also aids in penmanship.

Besides this form of art we also take some time for art appreciation as well as trying a little fine art. I like to do one-stroke painting, Bee-Jay enjoys pastels and Teen A prefers oil painting.

One thing we all really enjoy is making crafts. Crafts for holidays, crafts as gifts and crafts to decorate, you name it we are ready to try our hand at it.

Sham-wow and I recently learned how to make mosaics. It is something I hope to do more often with all the children in the future.

Holiday Crafts

We have some holiday crafts that we have tutorials on such as our

Easy Art And Crafts For Kids

These very cute glasses were very easy and entertaining for Deckers. He made them as a gift for Grandma! This craft would be perfect for a birthday party activity as well.

All you'll need is:

  • Cheap sunglasses with large area frames
  • Clear caulk for bathtubs
  • Craft jewel gems

Pool a puddle of glue (silicone caulk).

Smear it on to the area of the glasses you will be decorating.

Then stick the gems on.

It will take about an hour to dry.

Tip for success: Let the child design it himself, but encourage them to balance the design on each side. It will turn out much nicer that way.

Teen Craft Ideas

Here's another gift for Grandma inspired craft. This is a great gift idea for any one who is special to your family. It comes from everyone which makes it nice also.

You will need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Paper twist
  • Buttons and bling
  • Things lying around in your craft box. We found a few old fuzzy bunnies and bears.
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Wooden discs
  • Ribbon

Here's how to make this cute "We <3 Grandma" wreath:

  1. Glue the ribbon onto four popsicle sticks. On the sticks write: "We" and "Grandma" Then put a heart-shaped button in between.
  2. Write your names on the wooden disks and glue them onto the popsicle sticks. We put a the persons favorite color bling onto the disks.
  3. Glue the bling all over the popsicle sticks.
  4. Open the paper twist and coil it around three pipe cleaners that have been twisted into each other.
  5. Decorate it using your buttons, bling, and your random items.
  6. Hang the "We love Grandma" sign from the wreath you decorated.
  7. Give it to your grandma, and watch her face beam with joy!!

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