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Two Easy Holiday Crafting Ideas for Kids

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Ready for some holiday crafting with the kids? Well Household Plastic has a huge variety of affordable arts and crafts supplies, from pipe cleaners and pom poms, to craft paper, paints, glues and glitter.

Besides keeping the little ones occupied, crafting at home is all about making memories.

Gathering of Family and Friends

This time of the year Christians celebrate Christmas and the rest of the world celebrate the Holidays – a welcome time at the end of the year where family and friends gather and reflect on the year behind them and make plans for the year ahead.

So let’s keep the little ones busy. These are great to use as an instant activity if kids are bored, as a temporary distraction, or as a craft project for kids with short attention spans.

pinwheelsPaper Pinwheel or Windmill

Paper pinwheels are a timeless craft and a great project for kids. These paper pinwheels can be made with recycled paper or in fact any kind of craft paper. Show the kids the power of breath – the harder you blow, the faster they will spin.

To make Paper Windmills you will need:

  •  Scissors
  • Pencil or wooden stick or straw
  •  Craft paper or recycled paper (squares)
  • 1 straw per pinwheel
  •  1 pushpin per pinwheel
  • Optional: ruler

This part is for moms or older kids to do. Make sure your paper is square and then mark the centre with a pencil using a ruler to draw two diagonal lines from corner to corner. (You can also use the folding method like in the video below).

Use the scissors to cut down the diagonal lines you just marked on the paper. Fold alternative points (every other point) into the centre dot and put a push pin in the middle.

Hold the Pushpin

Note: If you are using printed paper, where one side is white and the other has a pattern, make sure you draw the lines on the white side of the paper.

Hold the pushpin with gathered points in one hand tightly and use your other hand to push the remainder of the pin through a straw. We used paper craft straws for these pinwheels but you could also attach your pinwheel to a plastic straw or a pencil.

Once your pushpin is through the straw, use a little bit of masking tape to make sure no little fingers get stuck by the pin.

Raised Salt Painting

Ready for a simple art activity your kids will Love. You don’t need many art supplies to make awesome raised salt paintings.

You may not know about this technique, but raised salt painting is an all-time favorite kids art activity that is loved by all ages from toddlers on up. I’m a big fan of projects that can be appreciated by all ages because it means  kids of all ages and get involved.

Glue, salt, and watercolors are all you need for this simple art activity, also known as salty watercolors.

To make raised salt paintings you will need:

  •  Card stock or firm craft paper (paper plates are fine)
  •  Squeeze bottle of glue
  •  Table salt
  • Liquid watercolors

Tip: Liquid watercolors are great for this activity. If you don’t have any, you can make your own by watering down food coloring.

Easy to Make Salt Painting

Squeeze glue designs or pictures onto your card stock. This can get messy, so make sure you’ve put down plenty of newspaper. A baking dish or tray helps to contain the salt.

Sprinkle with salt until the glue is thoroughly covered. Tip to let excess salt fall away.

Choose a colour you love and dip your paint brush into liquid watercolor paint. Then gently touch the salt-covered glue lines. Watch the paint “magically”  spread into the raised glue lines. Now use another colour and another until your picture is finished. Make sure you don’t use too much paint because it can get really messy

You may have to do an experiment or two with your particular glue, paper and colour before you get the effect you want.

Let your painting dry – this may take a day or two.

Holiday crafting is family fun. Depending on what you are doing, it can be done inside or outside and is perfect for this time of the year. Pop into one of our four stores and take a look at the assortment of crafting supplies, paper, pens, paint, glue, glitter and all the other goodies you will need.

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