March 5, 2019
Cherry Creek Schools take a long-awaited Spring Break this month and you may need a few fun activities to keep everybody occupied during your time away or staycation! Explore these craft kit ideas geared for all sorts of ages and interests — they’re the perfect antidote to boredom!
Let’s start with Etsy…depending on your skill level (and/or the age of the crafters) Etsy is not just the place to get handmade and vintage items. They’re not kidding when they say they’re the “world’s most imaginative marketplace”! Just look at all these things to do when you have extra artsy time on your hands.
String Art, Beads and Paint by Number
The Sunflower String Art Kit from Etsy is one of the pricier DIY kits at $64.95 but comes with embroidery floss, a pattern template, wire nails and a prepared 16-inch by 12-inch wooden board. Oh, and instructions are also included. If the sunflower isn’t your cup of tea, try the Coffee Cup, Raindrops, or Dream Catcher String Art Kit. Made to order by String of the Art, these throwback to the 1960s arts and crafts projects are enjoying a resurgence in popularity among all ages.
You remember Grumpy Cat, right? The angry-looking Persian cat whose grumpy face went viral years ago? This paint-by-numbers Angry Cat from Etsy offers a fun way to stretch your art muscles. Or the Yoda, Belle Princess and sly red fox DIY paint kits, will all keep you and your littles busy over the break.
Created in Crystal on Etsy offers button art crafts, especially for girls. These craft kids are each a collage collection of embellishments for creating cats, crowns, party dresses and even a fancy racing car. The kits come with a canvas board that’s 7-inches by 5-inches, glittery buttons, bobbles and beads, an orange stick, tweezers, ribbon and instructions.
Yarn, Needles, Paper and Pens
Know anyone who wants to learn to knit? Here’s a kit that will help them get started. It’s $14 from the Autumn Acorn and comes with yarn, knitting needles and how-to directions. Or how about exploring the world of 3-D paper cutting and crafting? Check out this nautical DIY kit to create a beautiful blue Sea Scene that comes with an extra 2-D project for extra paper fun! And when you or your favorite crafter are ready for the next level, check out the extraordinary Peacock Paper Art project!
Uncommon Goods carries DIY kits that range from making your own Italian cheeses to creating yummy chocolate truffles or personalized hot sauces. The cheese kit is packed with the tools and ingredients needed to turn out 10 delizioso batches of Italian cheese including ricotta, mozzarella, mascarpone and ricotta.
And remember this childhood gadget: the reel viewer? To DIY a custom experience, all you need are snapshots of your favorite memories to create your very own circular reel. Using the redemption code you’ll receive with your kit after you’ve assembled your pics, and within a few weeks you’ll get your made-to-order reel, Just pop it into the viewer and enjoy the best-loved scenes from your life.
If photography is a special interest, investigate the solar photo kit which uses the power of sunlight to produce rich blue prints of common objects on paper or fabric. Based on the cyanotype process pioneered by Anna Atkins in 1842, (the first female photographer!) “sunography” is a fun and rewarding introduction to printmaking with a minimum of equipment and materials. Place any object on the sonography paper and expose it to sunlight, then rinse with water to produce your own blue prints. Use old photo negatives, x-rays, bits of lace, leaves and other objects to compose a variety of images.
The Spruce Crafts collected several different subscription craft box ideas for younger kids from paint kits and slime starter kits to origami and sticker art. And for teens and tweens: paracord wristbands, terrariums, thread bowl kits and bath bombs.
Staycation Crafts in Southshore
There’s no shortage of things to do, perfect for staycations in the new homes with all kinds of crafting space in the master-planned community of Southshore! And the amenities nearby offer every possible combination of shopping, recreation and dining options. Stop by and see for yourself how great Life at the Lake can be! With beautiful model homes from Toll Brothers, Century Communities, and Richmond American Homes, it’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home, priced from the $400s to the $700s.