Do you have a bunch of teenage girls crashing at your house tonight? Did you draw the short straw out of all the parents? Need something to keep them entertained and out of your hair? Lucky for you! We have 10 perfect craft ideas to help you survive the night! With a little prep work, and maybe a quick trip to Michael’s, you can have those girls out of your hair for the night. We’ll keep this short so you can get to work. Below, you will find 7 projects ideas from us and 3 more ideas from other blogs that we LOVE. Enjoy !
For this project, you will the following items:
Thick Paper ( We used a small stack of computer paper )
Step 1: Place a small pile of glitter on your paper. I recommend using paper to place your glitter on because it is the easiest way to transfer the unused glitter back in to it’s container. You could also use a disposable bowl if that would work better for you.
Step 2: Apply glue to the flat side of a glass bead. Make sure you get a good amount of glue on the entire flat surface, but remember to leave enough room for the glue to spread during the next step.
Step 3: Gently push your glass bead into the pile of glitter. Remember that the glue will spread, so be sure that you are gentle ! 🙂
Step 4: Flip your glass bead over to the curved side and let it sit to dry over night. Don’t worry if your glue and glitter runs over. You can trim that off with scissors once your glue has fully dried. If you notice bare areas where glitter is missing, just sprinkle glitter on to these areas while the glue is still wet.
Step 5: Once your glue has dried, add a small amount of glue to the glitter side of your bead and then add your magnet. And you’re all done! Let this glue dry for a few hours before using your magnet 🙂
For this project, you will need the following:
Dry Erase Markers
Step 1: Measure and cut your scrapbook paper to fit in your frame. TIP: In the picture above, you’ll notice that we used the piece of glass from our frame to make measuring easier. Fits perfectly!
Step 2: Put your paper in your frame and TA-DA ! Cute message board !
For this project, you will need the following:
Pot and Water
** This project will take some prep work. Since the sticks must be boiled and then sit for 24 hours in a cup, I would recommend to do these parts ahead of time. **
Step 1: Place your popsicle sticks in a pot of boiling water. Let them sit for about 30 minutes. Be sure to add several extra sticks to your pot of water. During step 2, many may break or splinter. Add extra to ensure that you will still have enough to do your projects with all participants. Stir every few minutes to make sure they are not sticking together. Once your 30 minutes are up, remove the pot from the pilot and leave the sticks in the water as it cools.
Step 2: Slowly bend each stick into a coffee cup or regular cup. Take your time with this step as this is where breaking or splintering may happen. Leave in these cups to form for at least 24 hours.
Step 3: Once your bracelets are ready to go, tear off small pieces of washi tape to decorate your bracelet. Be sure to leave enough room on the end of bracelet for Step 5, making your holes and adding your thread.
Step 4: Using a sponge brush, apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to your bracelet. This will help your washi tape stay in place. Let dry for about 30 minutes.
Step 5: Using a hammer and thumbtack, make one small hole on each end of your bracelet. We used a small block of wood to hammer on so we didn’t put holes in any other items 🙂 . Chances are, your wood IS going to crack, but that’s okay. I think it makes it easier to slide your thread in during Step 6.
Step 6: Thread your thread through your holes and tie a knot at each end. Before making your second knot, make sure you are giving yourself enough room to slide your cuff bracelet on.
DREAM CATCHERS ! This is such a cool project and there is plenty to do when creating these. For a complete list of supplies and detailed instructions, please visit our Dream Catchers post by clicking on the image above.
Check out this great post about a super simple painting technique that will give you beautiful textures and colors. The best part is that you only need 3 things for this project: Canvas, Paint, and a Spatula ! To get to the post, just click on the image above 🙂
Learn how to create these adorable little books for sweet messages by clicking on the image above. This project idea is great if you have lots of scrap fabric laying around and need something to do with it !
I LOVED DOING THIS PROJECT ! It does take some prep work, so I would recommend planning ahead for this one. It’s definitely worth the work ! For complete instructions and details about how we created our fairy gardens, visit our post about this project by clicking on the link above.
Through this blog and my art and crafts business, we are always searching for great projects ideas for kids. Recently, I stumbled upon some great blogs with really cool project ideas for older children. Here are three of my favorite:
This idea comes from ” Anne With An E “. You can go to this blog by clicking here. There aren’t any instructions for this project, but I think it’s pretty self explanatory. Sticks and Paint. Done. I think the most interesting part about this project idea is the coloring and patterns designed on the sticks. If you are going to be doing this project, maybe have the picture of these completed sticks on display for inspiration.
This great craft idea comes from ” Adventures In All Things Food “. Super simple to make and you only need a few items that you probably already have in your home ! When you get a minute, I suggest surfing this blog for other great food ideas and recipes. It definitely made me hungry and want to make dinner. Click on the image above and it will take you directly to the post about this project idea and to this tasty blog !
When I find projects like this, I really wish my daughter was a bit older so we could do them together. She’s at the age where she wants to touch everything and I think this project would go south REAL quick! This project idea actually comes from Tulip. Click on the image above and it will take you straight to their page full of different tie dye techniques to try. If you are new to tie dye projects, they also have a great ” basics ” section that will walk you through the process. If you scroll down the page to the very bottom, you will see a link that says ” iLoveToCreate “. This link will take you to their blog where you can get great arts and craft project ideas for all ages. I got so many ideas for my Etsy shop from this site ! Definitely worth a visit.
Happy Crafting !