Recently I had a friend remark to me ” I do not know how you can afford to craft all the time!”
It got me thinking – gosh crafting isn’t THAT expensive. Is that what people think? I wanted to do a series of posts to show you, the moms and dads at home, that you can craft with your kids and it doesn’t have to cost you a house mortgage. In fact, with the exception of some huge project I am working on, most crafting is about keeping supplies in y0ur home that you can use over and over again for different activities. So that leads me to the question you may be asking yourself now:
What Crafting Supplies Should I keep in the House?
For me, these are the things that are must haves:
- Scrapbooking Paper
- Card Stock (white is a must) – for printables
- Hot glue/Glue Gun
- Pipe Cleaners
- Glitter (YES)
- Washable Paint
- Glue Sticks
- Popsicle Sticks
- Cotton Balls
- Puff Balls in assorted colors
- Googly eyes
If you want a larger opening up even more craft activities, keep these items also on hand:
- Different shaped hole punches
- Modge Podge
- Styrofoam balls
- Soap like Palmolive
- Food coloring
- Big bottles of Glue
- Sharpies in all colors
Right now my office is stocked with all those supplies and we rarely need to go out and purchase additional items for regular play time. This week I wanted to kick off a few simple Kids Halloween Activities that wont cost you hardly a thing and hopefully you can use plenty of regular stock art supplies to do!
Thumbprint Black Cats
You will need
- Washable Paint
- Card Stock or CardStock Cards (we used cards!)
- Googly Eyes
- Black Sharpie
- Willing thumb
This one is so easy! To make your thumbprint black cat, all you have to do is pour out some black paint, dip a thumb and get to work. Here are the steps in photos. Let me add originally our cat was black but then I realized I could not make his whiskers stand out very well, so I went back and made him more gray. The choice is totally yours! We made ours black because its Halloween, but feel free to make your cat in white, orange, calico or any color you so desire. If you put your thumbprint art on stock cards instead of paper, you get the added benefit of sending it int he mail and making someones day.
Hello…mail that ISN’T a bill? Yes please!
After my kitty dried I realized his black head made his black whiskers blend in so the kids and I made new ones (and a thumbprint spider too!) on a new card.
The kids also wanted to add some googly eyes. Cause googly eyes are awesome and make things better.
That is it! So fun and easy to do in your house without any trips to the store! You can also add your thumbprints to printer paper or if you have the right paint, even a mug as a gift!
Do not forget to pin here or here and come back, I will be adding some new, easy, and inexpensive kids activities all week long~