I love doing craft projects with my son. However, I don't always have a lot of time or money to spend on elaborate projects that I find online. Lately I've been scouring my local library for craft books that would allow me to use materials I already have at home or can pick up at the dollar store.
I was excited to find Sarah Goldschadt's Craft-A-Day. It consists of 365 (yes, an entire year's worth!) of simple handmade projects that are perfect for my son and me. In the book you will find patterns for everything from ornaments, cupcake toppers, garlands, mobiles and T-shirts. Each week has a theme that coincides with the seasons. So there are pumpkin themed crafts in October, stars in July and flowers in May. I love that she dedicates a page in the book with pictures of all the supplies you will need for the year. It doesn't get any simpler than that.
Believe it or not, my son has a favorite shape. The hexagon. It probably stems from his love of all things related to bees. Imagine his delight when I showed him a week's worth of crafts using the hexagon shape. I decided to create a hexagon mobile to hang above his bed.
Using the template provided in the book, my son and I traced and cut out the hexagon shapes onto cardstock paper. The instructions ask for embroidery needle and thread, but I just used old-fashioned tape to adhere the shapes to twine. The plan is to attach the strings to a thin piece of wood to hang on the wall above his bed. This was so much fun to make, I'm thinking about doing one for my bedroom. I highly recommend Goldschadt's book for simple and fun crafts to do with your family. There's a great mixture of toys to projects you could turn into home décor.
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