If your family is anything like mine, absolutely all ages enjoy arts and crafts. Getting your hands dirty for a beautiful result is always a great lesson for any age as well!
Family Arts and Crafts Homemade Supplies Ideas
For a great brush up on family arts and crafts activities, let’s look over the general requirements and some simple solutions.
Home-Made Crafts Supplies
Here are a few supplies you’ll find your family needs for arts and crafts fun and how you can make them yourself at home.
To make your own colored play dough follow these simple instructions.
- 1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 cup flour
Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm.
Remove from heat and add flour. Stir, then knead until smooth.
The cream of tartar makes this dough last six months or longer, so if you don’t have it on hand, you won’t be able to store it for very long. Grab some tartar and it will last up to six months.
Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.
- White paper
1/2 teaspoon of sugar
Markers or crayons
Package of unflavored gelatin
You can turn anything into a sticker using this easy recipe. Use the ruler and pencil to divide the paper into same-sized areas that will become the actual stickers. Color designs or pictures onto each square. Mix the adhesive* as outlined below, and brush it onto the back side of the paper. The page will curl up, but when it is completely dry, it can be pressed flat with a heavy phone book. Cut into individual stickers and lick to apply.
*Adhesive: Sprinkle 1 packet of unflavored gelatin into a small bowl with 1 tablespoon of cold water. Let soften for 5 minutes. Add 3 tablespoons of boiling water and stir until dissolved. Add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar.
Homemade Silly Putty
- 2 parts white glue
1 part liquid starch
Small mixing bowl
Combine glue and starch in a bowl and mix well.
Let dry until the putty is workable.
You may have to add a bit more glue or starch. (This may not work well on a humid day.)
Store in an airtight container.