I have a great guest poster for you today! Eva’s going to share some fab ideas to make family crafts that you’ll love to display:
Craft and Decor Ideas for All Ages
Do you find that your creativity is being stifled? Are you too busy looking after the family and working at your day job to find time for your favorite crafts and activities? There is a solution – steal a weekend! Ban electronic goodies for a day while the family all works on various craft and décor projects! Do not worry if the family thinks that they are not very skilled or talented – there are plenty of quick and easy projects that are suitable for all.
Seasonal wreaths for year round greenery and fun
Wreaths add a touch of warmth to a blank door or wall and are often thought of as being only for Christmas but this is not so. Change your wreaths with the season to enjoy a sense of freshness – sadly, good weather does not last forever, but you can make it last another week or two by delaying the change to the autumn wreath!
Spring wreaths can feature soft pinks and blues with soft bright green ferns and vines, while summer ones can make the most of your flourishing flower bed with vibrant yellows and red with luxuriant shiny green leaves.
Autumn gives scope to use brilliant flame notes with wonderful warm earth shades to create a lively piece.
Winter would be trickier were it not for the opportunity to get festive with lavish amounts of silver glitter to simulate snow in creating beautiful and delicate looking wreaths to brighten up the dullest space. Enjoy some beautiful seasonal and occasional wreath by Williams Sonoma.
Paint on glass for a wonderful effect
Recreate a favourite photo by rendering it onto glass using translucent paints to create a gorgeous stained glass effect. Trace over the photo to create an attractive picture using just a few bold lines. Then paint in the colours with a sparse palate until you have a very simple yet striking effect that, while not an exact copy, is strongly reminiscent of that scene or person.
Another idea for unique and attractive painting on glass is to turn old wine glasses into flowers! Paint the base and the stems in green and position the petals around the bulb of the glass. Depending on the paint you use these glasses can be ornamental or functional, perfect for using at barbecues for a splash of summer colour. Chole of Ranibow & Honeysuckle shares a cool idea to paint glass. Do check it out.
If you love the look of coloured glass displays but cannot afford to buy some of the ruinously expensive pieces available on the market you can make your own very quickly and easily – even fairly young children can have a go, but be careful of enamel paint as it is not child-friendly, especially when caught in hair!
Find an unusual and attractive plain glass vase or jar and purchase a quantity of enamel paint in your chosen colour. Apply the paint generously inside the jar or vase, using brushes or sponges to ensure an even covering. Curves may make it a little awkward to reach deep inside the vessel, but you can always tilt and turn it so the paint runs into every crevice. Keep turning and moving it until the surface is fully covered then invert the jar for a short time – be careful to place it on something absorbent as a surprising amount of paint will run out.
Please do not use these vases or jars for living plants or anything edible, they are solely decorative! These creations are opaque and look absolutely stunning on an elegant sideboard or bookcase. A contemporary collection of book case is displayed at Shop 4 Furniture. Must visit.
Once each family member has completed a beautiful objet d’art and has seen it take pride of place in the home you may find that you have awakened their creative genius, paving the way for many days filled with trimmings and glitter while you satisfy your inner artist.
Thanks Eva, I’m definitely trying the wreath one with our littlies!