Posts made in July 2020

crafting supplies

Crafting Party Ideas to Entertain Kids Stuck at Home

How do you keep the kids occupied when they’re not in school? One fun and creative way to engage their attention is to plan a crafting party. Start planning by answering a few questions and then buy your craft supplies online to make it convenient:

The Age of the Guests — Younger children may have certain restrictions:

Are they old enough to know not to put crafts in their mouth?

Are they old enough to use scissors?

How Many Guests to Invite –– A couple to several is plenty of children who need attention and direction. The older they are, the more independently they can work.

Pick a Project — A seasonal theme is always fun. This gets children and grownups alike in the mood for the holidays. Another popular idea is wood crafts. You can find craft supplies online that include everything you need.

Decorate with Abandon — Put up balloons, streamers, and examples of the craft project. This gets everyone excited.

Don’t Forget the Food — You don’t have to plan a meal, but certainly have lots of finger foods on-hand. They’re too busy coloring, cutting, and pasting to sit down for a meal.

No Need for Party Favors — The project itself is what the children get to take home and proudly show off.

To get ready for your party, answer these questions and then buy your craft supplies.





artificial flowers and other craft supplies

Creative Ways to Use Artificial Flowers

Artificial flowers make excellent interior design elements because they bring the beauty of nature indoors. They are careful imitations of natural flowering plants but do not need maintenance. The revival of artificial flowers is in full swing. They can add interest and pizazz to any room in any season. In addition, we can also source floral supplies online in bulk for weddings, or for Easter or Christmas decorations, or simply to embellish a new space.

Here are four fantastic DIY projects you can create with artificial flowers:

Spring Door Wreath – Handcraft a lovely spring door wreath a natural sturdy grapevine base. Add faux colorful artificial flower blossoms, and berries, faux lavender blooms, and wispy pink silk flowers. This wreath makes a great spring wreath into late summer, perfect colors for an Easter wreath display as well.

Mini Bouquets – Order floral supplies online, and when delivered to your door, create beautiful mini bouquets. They make adorable gifts and can easily be attached to a card or thank-you note.

Botanical Wall Hangings – This DIY floral idea is very effective with little effort. Simply press artificial flowers into picture frames with backgrounds of colorful paper. Just hang them on bare walls to add farmhouse warmth to any room.

Floral Napkin Rings – Flowers are a lovely touch for any table setting. You can create floral napkin holders using clear shower rings. Attach artificial flower heads and small bits of greenery from your floral supplies online to the rings to create a spring color pop for your table.

milk cartons

How to Make a Birdhouse out of a Milk Carton

Believe it or not, there are some awesome summer-themed crafts out there that don’t require any special tools or skills. They’re great for parents who don’t consider themselves “crafty.” Anyone can get creative with a visit to an online craft store and giving simple ideas like the one below a try.  Try this great summer craft idea with your kids!

Milk Carton Birdhouse or Bird Feeder

Milk carton birdhouses and bird feeders are a quick and easy kids craft idea. Just head to the recycling bin and to your favorite online craft store to find craft supplies for a fun project:

To create our milk carton birdhouses, start by applying a light coat of white spray paint to the recycled milk or juice carton to cover the package lettering.

Have the kids coat the sides of the carton with school glue and apply the tissue paper squares. Gently brush the tissue squares with the sponge brush to ensure that all the edges are glued down and allow to dry. Fold a piece of cardboard in half and cover with glue and tissue paper squares from an online craft store. Set aside and let dry.

Cut an opening for the door. If you’d like a birdhouse, use a smaller sized opening, and for a bird feeder, cut a larger rectangular opening. About an inch below the door, use an X-Acto knife (parents) to cut two small slits in an “X” shape and insert the handle of a wooden spoon (available from your kitchen drawer, if not at an online craft store) to create your perch. Before pushing it all the way in, add a generous dab of glue to attach the end of the spoon to the interior back of the carton.

On your roof piece, cut two small slits about 2″ apart and thread through your twine. Tie a secure knot. Using the school glue (or hot glue if you don’t want to wait for school glue to dry), attach the roof to your carton. Give the milk carton birdhouses a couple of coats of spray varnish, and hang them up outside.

red, white, and blue wood planks

Craft Your Own Decorations For The Fourth Of July

The summer is almost upon us, and so is the season for red, white, and blue! Get into the patriotic spirit by creating a fun Fourth of July craft with your kids. Here are a few easy, festive crafts that will give your Independence Day a little extra pop. Buy craft supplies online and have arts and crafts day when the supplies arrive!

Dye-It-Yourself Flowers

Art meets science in this clever DIY project. Pick some daisies, grab a little food coloring, and get ready to wow your kids.  Prepare red and blue food coloring in separate cups and dip in parts of the white daisy blooms. These patriotic blooms make the perfect centerpiece.

Patriotic Accessories

Not only is this an excellent way to practice fine motor skills, but it’ll let your little one dress up for Independence Day in style. If you buy craft supplies online, you’re sure to find red, white, and blue beads and bead wire. Help your little one choose beads and make lovely, patriotic bracelets and necklaces for the big day.

Lollipop Topiary

Are you expecting a crowd this Fourth of July? A delicious red and blue lollipop topiary is an easy, kid-friendly centerpiece that will make any party pop. Gather up red and blue lollipops, and include a small, green garden foam when you buy craft supplies online. Fill a small plant pot with the foam and poke all the lollipops in until they form a large, round topiary shape, growing out the plant pot.