Sep 4, 2015

Mommy Time: Quick and Creative Projects to Fit in This Afternoon

As a stay-at-home parent, trying to find time to fit in some creative personal time can be a challenge. Here are five projects that can be completed in under an hour, so take advantage of that next naptime or swimming lesson to refuel your creativity.

Geometric Felt Artwork

When crafting results in a beautiful new piece of home décor, everyone wins. This project only requires four items: felt, craft glue, card stock and scissors.

First off, pick a geometric shape, like triangles, rectangles or pentagons, then cut multiple pieces of felt of the same shape and same size. After enough pieces are cut, glue the pieces and arrange them on the cardstock. Finally, display your creative, modern artwork in a frame or apply it directly to the wall.

Melting Art

One of the best things about fall is the gorgeous array of boldly colored leaves. It’s natural to want to bring that inspiration indoors, but the artificial leaves from the hobby store don’t cut it in the 21st century. Now, with the help of beeswax, those leaves can last the entire season. All that’s needed for this project is leaves from the yard, melted beeswax and a clothesline or piece of string for drying.

After picking the best and brightest leaves, simply dip them in the wax, and then clip them onto the clothesline to dry. Consider using double-stick tape to attach the leaves to walls or doors as statement pieces.

Other ways to use beeswax for melt art: Use colored beeswax to create art on a canvas by gluing small pieces near the top, then use a heat gun or blow dryer to melt the wax. After it drips down the canvas, let it dry. Voila! A creative new art piece for the entryway.

Yarn Covered Glassware

Take that leftover yarn and create a piece that belongs on the page of a home décor magazine. Three things are required: yarn, glue of choice and any type of vase, candle holder or flower pot.

Simply apply glue to the chosen item, and then apply yarn around the glassware until the desired coverage is reached. Cover the whole piece, or cover half the item to create dimension.

Accent Flower Pot

Flower Pot
The best thing about flowerpots is that they never go out of style. This project offers complete creative freedom, so grab a flowerpot, paint and a paintbrush. Tape might also be needed depending on the design. Paint the whole pot in this season’s colors, tape off sections of the pot to use multiple colors or freehand some designs.

Mix two projects in one: Consider painting the flowerpot before covering half the pot in yarn.

Become an intense crafter by mixing three projects: Follow the two project combination idea, but when paint geometric shapes in colors that match the choice colors from the Geometric Felt Artwork project.

The Five-Minute Eyeglass Case Clutch

Take any size and shape of case, originally meant for sunglasses or eyeglasses, and then paint it any bright accent color. After it dries, glue on an old broach or earring to add that extra bit of style. 

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