Yay was it almost a month that I haven’t been on this blog? Time does fly so fast. At least in my household!
Summer is around the corner and it brings with it pool parties, days at the park and entertaining the family. While my family can be easily amused indoors, the summer sun calls for time outside and outdoor entertainment.
To inspire all of you, today will be sharing some of the different types of craft activities that can be held outdoors and bring the family together in a creative manner. The ideas mentioned below can be customized to meet your specific needs. Let’s face it, Mother’s Day crafts are very unlike Christmas crafts.:)
1. The Terra Cotta Bird Bath
The first of the summertime craft ideas is the terra cotta bird bath. This item requires a terra cotta clay pot, a clay saucer and some craft paints. The first step is to invert the clay pots so that the larger side is at the bottom and the smaller side on top. Next, add a waterproof clay saucer atop the inverted stack of clay pots. This saucer is generally used as the part of the clay pot that catches drained water; however, here it will act as a ledge for the bird to perch on. Finally, use the poster paints (and any other craft resources) to paint the pot or create a mosaic on the clay. We have done this for two consecutive years now and it is always a hit in my house. I found a good tutorial here.
2. The Toad House
Terra cotta clay pots can be useful to build bird baths, but they can also be used to create a toad house. Once again, invert the clay pot so that the larger part is at the bottom and the smaller section on top.
Next, prop the edge of the pot on a small or medium-sized rock. The final step is to decorate the pot using poster paints, stickers and glitter, or whatever decorating resource you wish to use.
3. The Herb Garden
This outdoor activity is both entertaining for the family as a craft activity, but it also provides you with organic foods -great for your meal prep plans. Herbs are rather simple to grow and the most popular herbs to use include basil, sage, chives and thyme. Children often find this an amusing task and the majority of children who help create the garden will continue to tend it – a method to teach children responsibility.
If you are feeling particularly creative, it is recommended that you grow a ‘kitchen garden’. This differs from a herb garden in that the food being grown will be items regularly used in the kitchen, such as tomato and cucumber.
4. The Customized Necklace
One of the most popular and enjoyable DIY project is the personalized necklace. To create this type of necklace you will need a chain or string, spacer beads, letter beads and small charms. Placing the necklace together will require the stringing of the different beads on the chain. If you are feeling particularly creative you could create matching necklaces or bracelets – one for the daughter and one for the mother.
The above activities are surely perfect for your entire family to have that great summer sunshine memories. Summer is also a great time to take pictures of your children.
Next post will be about preserving these precious moments. Chat soon.