Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Crafts On A Dime: Crafting From The Indoors


Indoors Crafting:  Finding The Art Inside

This guest post was written by James Lander of www.Couponing.com, a site whose mission is to make couponing etiquette and techniques common knowledge.



Back when entertainment wasn't as readily available as it is now, people relied on something else entirely for amusement- imagination. If you put your reservations and pre-conceived ideas aside and you may be surprised to discover that crafting either alone or with family, not only makes the time pass quickly, but can be very rewarding.

A trip to your local craft supply store can be a little overwhelming. Supplies for projects abound and the price can be outlandish to say the least. However, like the crafter of yore you can find everything you need around either in nature or in your own home.
 
If you've exhausted  nature's resources or the weather is too inclemenent to even think of going outdoors, there are a multitude of things that can be used as craft supplies around your home. It's a
bonus to know that while you are spending almost no money on these crafts, you are also being "green".


Why not paint some burnt out light bulbs and decorate them with old fabrics or felts? 



It's amazing how something you might have thrown out carelessly can be transformed into Santa Claus or even an amusing light bulb portrait of a member of your family. If you are crafting with your children, using so-called household garbage rather than tossing it is excellent lesson, which will easily sink in while they are relaxed, and enjoying their own creativity.
 
 
Why not try your hand at Paper Mache?



The things you can create with Paper Mache are endless. From masks to piñatas to figurines, it's an easy and versatile way to sculpt.   Although a little messy, the results are always worth it. What's more, you can make your Paper Mache sculpture for almost nothing. In fact, it may be the most economical craft of all!
Supplies :
  • Balloons, Wire or Wadded- up Newspaper (or creating the basic shape of your sculpture)
  • Paper Mache Mix (see below or here for another paper mache mix)
  • Thin Strips of Newspaper
  • Acrylic paints (for decorating)
Instructions :

Make your aperture (basic sculpture shape) using whatever medium you are the most comfortable with.  Dip the strips of paper into one of the following mixes and lay it onto your aperture:
Mix 1
1/3 cup of white glue
1/3-cup water
Mix 2
½ cup flour
2 cups of cold water
2 cups of boiling water
3 tbsp sugar
Allow your sculpture to dry in a warm place for a few days and then decorate any way you wish.

Exercise restraint and use your imaginations once and a while to source out amusement. Not only is this an important lesson to teach the next generation, you may find yourself strangely refreshed by the time away from the various screens in your home.





Thanks for the great guest post and for more thrifty craft ideas check out the Crafts and Activities section here on Plain Graces!  Happy Crafting.
 

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