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Arts and crafts with limited resources

Craft projects can require all kinds of resources, which isn’t ideal when we’re only venturing from our homes for the bare essentials. However, there are many things you can make when trying to use up or reuse what we have.

Kids tend to be very visual about everything that happens around them, and they generally absorb a lot of information every day. Arts and crafts can help them express their thoughts and emotions, which is more important than ever during these challenging times.          

Craft projects can require all kinds of resources, which isn’t ideal when we’re only venturing from our homes for the bare essentials. However, there are many things you can make when trying to use up or reuse what we have. Bearing in mind our limited resources, here are a few ideas to do at home, by yourself or with your kids.

1. Make an activity jar

Sometimes we need a little help to escape our own boredom. Why not create your own “Activity Jar”, where you – and household members, if you live with other people – can write notes with different ideas you can work on, like “Build lego” or “Read a book”; “Write a shopping list of treats” or “Call grandparents”. You can reuse an old jar and think creatively to make it look really appealing. 

Photo credit: Over the Big Moon

2. Make your own fidget spinners

We’ve been enjoying some blissful sunshine so you might have worked your way through a few ice lollies over the last three weeks! Rummage through the recycling and salvage the wooden sticks to make your very own fidget spinners. Paint them with colors of your choice, then pierce through the middle (or drill, if you’ve got a responsible adult on hand!), and secure with a nail through the middle. It’s fun to make and even more fun to play with.

Materials: 4 colours of paint, 3 wooden ice cream sticks, one wooden block and 1 nail.

Method:

  • Paint three wooden ice cream sticks with 3 colours of your choice. 
  • Paint the block with another colour of your choice.
  • Make a hole through the centre of each ice cream stick (drill if only necessary).
  • Glue the three ice cream sticks together. Make sure the holes are lined up.
  • Put the nail through the holes and into the block.

3. DIY Aloe Vera Paper Plant

This paper plant is an excellent way of putting those old boxes at home to a good use! Brighten your home with this easy paper plant craft. We found these fantastic instructions via Pinterest, where there’s thousands of suggestions for ways to get creative! 

4. Toilet Roll Tube Gift Boxes

Our most precious commodity! Now toilet rolls can be useful even when you’ve used all the paper. All you need is the leftover tubes, some scissors, tape and glue, and some paint or pens to add a final splash of colour.

  • One end a time, pinch the sides at the end of the tube and bring the ends in to meet. You only want to crease the pinches a few millimetres.
  • Hold both pinches whilst gently pushing the top edge closest to you down to meet the inside of the other side of the tube. 
  • Turn the tube around and again holding the pinches, push the remaining flap over the top of the other. 
  • Complete the other end and then open them back out carefully (don’t open/close to much or they wear out a little).
  • Paint the rolls with colour of your choice and wait for them to dry. 
  • Stick both pinches of one end if you want to. 
  • Use the pencil to draw the design you want, or take a cardboard sheet and draw a design, paint it and stick it on the roll.

5. Use Pinterest and search the web to find hundreds of other projects!

We were particularly enamoured by this floating tea cup (made with a spoon and some flowers), some DIY paper tube bunnies (Easter throwback!) and a DIY stress relief bottle – which is very useful right now!

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