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
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.
Laila lives in the western suburbs with her son and his Transformers collection
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