Crafts & Coupons

Amanda Ware and her husband enjoyed the dink life (dual income, no kids) for 5 years before they became parents — when Amanda quit her job as a bank branch manager to be a stay-at-home mom. Amanda is a self-described "over-scheduled stay-at-home mom," who crams as many activities into the day as possible — which includes creating crafts with her toddler and perfecting the art of coupon clipping.

Summer Craft Supply List

You don’t have to always have to have a craft idea for your kids to have fun. Just pull out some of this supplies and let your kids be creative on their own.

 

Snack Necklace

Great craft for children of all ages!

Displaying and Storing Children’s Artwork

Frames

You can frame a collage of your children’s artwork

You can select one piece and frame it with matting

You can use empty frames with corkboard, clips or clothespins to change out the artwork. Depending on your style you can use all the same frames or mix and match. You could also paint the frames to make your décor.

Homemade Bird Feeders

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Peanut butter
  • Birdseed
  • Paper plate
  • Hole punch
  • String

Instructions:

  • Cut two holes in the top of a toilet paper roll. Insert and tie string in the holes.
  • Spread peanut butter on the outside of the toilet paper roll.
  • Pour a thin layer of bird seed onto the paper plate. Roll the toilet paper roll in the birdseed.

Nature Pals

This is the craft that I enjoyed the most. I really liked being creative making accessories for the little people and seeing them come to life. My 3 year old loves playing with them.

Supplies

  • Sticks and Twigs
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Flat stones
  • Markers
  • Small objects from nature-bark, pinecones, pine needles, pieces of bark, acorns and leaves

Instructions

Thankful Turkeys

Show your friends and family what you are thankful for with this creative centerpiece.  I have a three year old and there wasn’t too much for him to help with this craft.  He did tell me what he was thankful for and he enjoyed playing with the turkey when the craft was complete.

Thanksgiving Tree

 

Thanksgiving Tree
This beautiful centerpiece is sure to grab people’s attention as they learn what your family is thankful for.  I am also going to create this and leave the leaves blank for my Thanksgiving guests to create their own tree.
Supplies
Glass jar
Sticks
Rocks
Construction Paper
Scissors
Markers 
Hole Punch (not necessary)
Instructions
Gather several large sticks with lots of branches still on them.
Assemble the sticks in a large glass jar.  Fill the jar with rocks to hold the sticks in place.
Cut out several different kinds of leaves from construction paper.  Ask your children what they are thankful for and write it on the leaves.
Cut holes in the leaves to attach to the branches.  You can also use ribbon or paper clips to attach the leaves.

 

This beautiful centerpiece is sure to grab people’s attention as they learn what your family is thankful for.

Halloween Crafts

Paper Cup Spiders

Supplies

  • Paper or foam cup
  • Googly eyes
  • Sharpie markers or paint pens
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors

Instructions

  • Paint cup in desired color. Set aside to dry.
  • Cut the pipe cleaners in half. Bend each stem about 1/3 of the way down.

St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun

Local mom Amanda Ware provided this craft in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. Amanda is Lowcountry Child's newest blogger and craft and coupon-clipping expert. Check back with us in the coming weeks for tips and tricks from Amanda!

Heart Animals

These animals are all made out of hearts. They can be used for homemade Valentines or just for fun.