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Simple Arts and Crafts Ideas to Try at Home

If you’re looking for a way to keep yourself or your kids entertained, there are some simple arts and crafts ideas to suit everyone. With just a few basic materials and a little know-how, you can create these craft ideas that will beautify your home for years to come.

Arts and crafts are a great way to get your kids’ minds working and help take them away from the TV or computer games. They make a fun activity for weekends or school holidays, and can also create some gorgeous artwork for your home. Not only are these craft ideas for kids, but there are some for adults too.

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Arts and crafts can get a little messy. First ensure you have adequate space before you begin. Keep your furniture and floors covered with a plastic sheeting if necessary, so you can be relaxed if you make a bit of a mess. Remember, half the fun of arts and crafts is the pleasure you can get making a mess, so try to embrace the chaos.

Geometric Gel Art

This project is one of the best craft ideas for adults as you have the option to create something simple or challenging. Geometric gel art can be hung in your home once complete, and consider having it framed professionally to display it best. To make your own geometric gel art you’ll need:

Geometrical Art with Pencils on Table

  • Thick black marker
  • Gel pens in various colors
  • Thick card or paper
  • Ruler or circular object

Creating your own geometric shapes can be so simple to do as this type of art doesn’t follow any real rules. Start with your black marker first and draw the lines or circles that you’ll color in later.

You can draw squares, lines, triangles, and trace around a circular object to incorporate circles too. Once you’re satisfied with the design, color in each shape individually with a different color. You can either work with a pattern or make it completely random, each approach giving a different effect.

White Gel Pen on Black Paper

If you’re stuck for ideas on what shapes to create, there are a range of designs available to copy online or by searching through any type of picture book. The choice of colors and shapes with this type of art is endless so don’t be afraid to get creative.

Watercolor Garland

This watercolor garland is one of the easy craft ideas available that doesn’t require much to create it. Once you’re done, you can hang the garland up in any room of the house, so you might like to match it to the décor. For this project you’ll need:

  • A set of watercolors
  • String
  • Old paperbacks
  • Scissors
  • Glue, sticky tape or stapler

Watercolor Leaf Garland

First, we need to cut out the shapes for the garland. You can create almost any shape you like such as an oval, leaf, circle, or rectangle, ensuring that you leave some space at the top for this to fold over the string.

Using your watercolors, create a theme for the shapes and color them accordingly. You might like to use one single color or create a pattern. Allow time for these to dry completely.

Once dry, lay out your string and attach each shape to it. You can fold the top of the paper over and then glue or staple this down. Fill the length of the string with your shapes. Once complete, hang the garland in your kid’s bedroom or decorate with Christmas colors and place over your tree during the festive season.

Papier Mache Mask

One of the cool craft ideas that you can actually wear is this papier mache mask. Papier mache is one of the most popular forms of craft making due to its versatility and durability once dry. To make your mask, you will need:

Colorfull Paper Mask

  • Balloon
  • Newspaper and regular paper
  • Scissors
  • Rubber bands/elastic
  • Paint and markers for decorating
  • Papier mache glue

Blow the balloon up so that it matches the size of your face or your child’s, whoever the mask is for. Cut up your newspaper into strips and dip them separately into the glue, coating the balloon with each one. Perform a few layers of this before letting it dry completely.

Once dry, cut up strips of regular paper and attach another few layers of these to the newspaper, allowing them to dry. Pop the balloon underneath once dry, using a small needle. Cut the balloon down the center with your scissors to create the base for your mask.

Girl Holding Pink Bunny Paper Mask

Draw shapes on the mask where you’d like holes, for example, eyes, nose, and mouth. Use your scissors to cut these out, or a retractable craft knife if you find this easier. Make two small holes with the point of your scissors on each side where you’ll attach the rubber bands or elastic to hold your mask in place.

Paint the mask in whichever colors you like. These papier mache masks can either be worn as part of a costume or used as a hanging art piece for your home.

Conclusion

There are countless arts and crafts ideas to keep you and your children entertained for hours and all it requires is a little knowledge and some easy to find materials. Home craft ideas don’t have to be complicated, and the best thing about these projects is they can be personalized to meet your individual tastes, favorite colors, or your child’s special interests.

If you’re looking for a way to get your children active and keep them away from their phones or video games, arts and crafts is an amazing idea. Not only will it entertain the family, but you’ll also be left with some fun pieces to hang around your home or office. Why not try one of these cool craft ideas and get the creative juices flowing at your house?

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