Friday, December 22, 2017

DIY Roundup: 10 Holiday Craft Supplies for Kids

Portland schools are officially out this week, and we have LOTS of crafts and activities available at collage to keep the little ones occupied and entertained! We thought we'd put together a list of ten of our favorite supplies and projects for kid crafting. A number of these projects could make for some great last minute gifts for adults, too!

On the left, peg people we created for our window display at collage on Alberta. We also love the DIY for this felt yeti (top right), which you'll find below in this blog post, plus info for making these paper snowflakes (bottom right) we made at collage!

All supplies are available at collage. 

Click the jump below to see our list and links to some great DIYs!

1. Ornaments to paint
We have lots of fun blank ornaments and wooden tags to be painted, take a look below! Acrylic craft paint goes great on these ornaments, and you can use the glue Crafter's Pick to glue additional pizzaz to the ornaments, such as sequins or pompoms.

2. Origami Paper
Origami paper makes GREAT paper snowflakes. Learn how to make fancy cut paper snowflakes with us: join collage at our Free Craft Night this month, at the North Portland Atlas Pizza on Thursday, Dec. 21st to get in on the fun.

Kirigami (folded and cut paper) snowflakes

3. Wooden peg people  
Have you checked out our window display yet this winter? We utilized these cute wooden peg people for it, painting them with Martha Stewart Craft Paint. We also love the holiday card that our customer Katie sent us, which features the peg people!! You can also consider adding felt or pipe cleaners to the peg people to make arms and more.

Peg people featured in our window display at Alberta. 

Peg people created by our collage customer, Katie. Find her on Instagram @twelvedaysold.

Peg people featured in Martha Stewart Living Magazine

4. Painted rocks 
The stores now carry POSCA paint pens–check out our recent blog post about therm– and they are AWESOME for the classic craft of painting rocks. We love how artist Beci Orpin combined paper, yarn, and felt to add accessories and appendages to the rocks below. (Check out the Frida Kahlo, below, on the right!) In addition to the POSCA pens, we have some great craft paint by Martha Stewart that would work swell for painting rocks.

Adorable rocks painted by Beci Orpin, for Lunch Lady Magazine

5. Ribbon
Put your kids to work by making present toppers for all of the gifts! There are so many fun ribbon bow diys that are available online, and many of them can double as hair accessories or pins. Check out these velvet ribbons, and these beautiful fluffy bows.

Or, bust out that origami paper again, and make some kirigami bows, watch this video tutorial to learn how.

Velvet ribbons by HonestlyWTF blog. 

DIY by A Homemade Living. 

Origami bows by Little Tree Designs.

6. Craft kits
In addition to the above supplies, we also have pre-assembled project kits. Check out our slime kit, snowglobe kit, and of course the coloring books and activity books that we carry at the store! You may also want to check out our new store, called the outlet, which has some deeply discounted kids books and craft kits!

Check out these cute snow globe samples we made: Totoro eating pizza, and a penguin throwing snowballs!

7. Pipe cleaners 
Pipe cleaners are the gift that keeps on giving. They are inexpensive and allow for infinite creativity. You can make these snowflakes, cute holiday ornaments like wreaths and stockings, as well as animals. (All images and links are from craft queen Martha Stewart's website.)

8. Wood beads 
From trivets, to necklaces and garlands, wood beads are so fun to paint and string into a myriad of projects. Check out the DIYs linked to below–just click on the pictures!

Wooden trivets by A Merry Mishap.

DIY wooden bead star by Nalles House.

Painted wooden bead necklace, by Think Make Share Blog. 

9. Felt 
Felt is one of the absolute best supplies for holiday crafting! It comes in a delicious, rainbow array of colors, and the project opportunities are endless. We love coffee cozies (link here to the cute fox pattern below) and kawaii plushies (like this DIY for this awesome Yeti plushie!). The website Purl Soho is another great place to find felt tutorials, although they are generally best suited for adult hands: click here to see a few.

Fox felt cozy by Lia Griffith. 

Yeti plushie DIY by Amanda Tepie.

10. Magnets  
For a personalized, classic craft, try these photo magnets. All you need are glass baubles, your photo, glue, and a magnet. click here for the link.  Or, try your hand at quilling: these quilled flowers are a great place to start. Adhere your quilled flower to a magnet with either Aleene's Tacky Glue, or Crafter's Pick.

Glass photo magnets by The Creative Place blog.

Quilled magnets created at a previous Free Craft Night by collage, at Atlas Pizza.