Arts and crafts are a great way to spend quality time with kids of all ages.
Creative hobbies keep your little ones entertained and spark their imagination.
And as any parent knows, starting an art project with the kids can quickly turn out to be just as fun for you as it is for them.
But after a few pasta pictures and toilet roll holders with googly eyes, you might find yourself desperate for some new ideas. From weird and wonderful materials, to simple craft efforts that will brighten up your home, here are just 3 artsy tips that
1. Reduce, Re-use, Recycle
It’s such a simple idea, and one you may have tried before, but it’s a popular and enduring way of creating for a reason. It’s called upcycling, and many artists have made inspired creations, and even careers, out of breathing new life into bits of old junk.
One such creator is the mononymous Japanese artist Makaon, whose collection of recycled pop culture icons includes Mario, Darth Vader and Hello Kitty.
Yours might not quite turn out like his, of course, but why not give it a go anyway? With a little resourcefulness and imagination, you could come up with your own genius creations. One of the additional perks of this is that it’s extremely cost-efficient. Get into the habit of checking before you throw things away – you never know what might provide that sudden burst of inspiration.
2. Wire Creations
Consider using wire as a base for sculptures and structures to hold up your ingenious creations.
Whether you’re creating a base for a paper mache masterpiece, or you simply need some way of displaying your creation, wire is a versatile and underrated material with a diverse range of uses.
Suppliers Ormiston Wire create wire for a variety of projects, and their website features some fantastic examples of artworks using their products – in fact, many of these are on public display in some pretty well-known locations, like Old Spitalfields Market and Heathrow airport!
3. Revamp old furniture
Kitting out your home with a whole new look is a costly endeavour.
But with a little imagination, you can make your existing fixtures feel brand new.
If you’re not afraid of a little mess, something as simple as a lick of paint can liven up a wooden table or chair. Meanwhile, you can change the look of a wardrobe or chest of drawers with something as simple as replacing the handles.
Then there’s the French art of decoupage – the practice of decorating objects with coloured paper.
You can use just about anything for this, from images out of magazines to photographs to pictures you’ve drawn yourself, if you’re creatively inclined that way.
It’s a popular way of dressing up household items and ornaments like vases, but you could decoupage your whole house if you wanted to – try it on doors, windows, and of course your old furniture for look that’s truly one-of-a-kind.
There you have it – three genius crafts ideas that can be fun for the whole family!