My kids officially qualify in the older kid group now. Orion is 13 and Alexander is 11. They still enjoy doing crafts now and then, but the type if things they want to make has changed drastically. They are both doing the Merry Treasure’s craft show with me next month and we’ve been on the hunt for things they can make.
The rules are:
They have to pay for the supplies themselves. Thankfully, we have the Idea Store and a few great thrift stores nearby!
They must be made from primarily re-purposed/recycled items.
They have to be able to make the project themselves with a modest amount of assistance.
Here’s a roundup for some if their ideas…
We made some of these last year after a winter-long cutie binge. They came out well with a minimal amount of work. Definately a contender if we get them started NOW.
tea cup bird feeder
I love these little cup and saucer combos and see sets at the thrift store often. I think it’s doable but will require a larger expense up front. They are generally sold in sets (of 5 or 7 or so) and cost more than a few dollars. Bonus is that we would have more to practice.
Last year I made a purse out of a Robin Hood book for the Merry Treasure’s show but couldn’t bear to sell it. I love the idea of this but wonder if we could actually cut in to a book. Could you make this?
Heart House Ornament
This is a super easy and inexpensive craft idea. Orion thought they were really cool because they look sort of origami-ish. We could spend a few hours and make a bunch on a cold day.
I love this idea but it’s really hard to find wire like this second hand.
So there’s the rundown of some of our ideas. Notice that many of these require more advanced tools or techniques that older kids are ready to handle. I like the idea of raising the stakes a bit. You are never too young to learn a new crafting skill. I’ll post photos of what they make before the show.