Posts Tagged ‘crafts’

Worry Pets

As you know, squiders (har har), I keep a Pinterest board with various craft project ideas on it (it’s here, for the curious) and occasionally, the small, mobile ones and I do some of them.

This week we made worry pets.

Aren’t they adorable? From left to right, we have WorWor, Wor, and Hans. (We’re still working on naming.)

They were really easy–we got all three done in an hour, even with “help,” and the small, mobile ones could do a lot of them by themselves (putting on the eyes, pouring in the pellets, handsewing the closure).

And they’re pretty great in general, very soft, pleasing weight to them, excellent for calming. (One of the small, mobile ones is on the spectrum, which is why we made them in the first place, but I’m finding mine to work for me as well.)

So, hey, if you’re looking for a quick, fun project that gives you something that’s actually useful, I’d recommend this one. The tutorial is here.

I’m pondering making everyone capes for the fall. Everyone likes capes, right?

Bunnies and Pom-poms, Oh My

Nobody had school on Monday, so while my instinct is to distract them with things they can do themselves unsupervised (admittedly not much) so I could do some writing, I decided to be a decent parent and plan a craft project for us to work on.

Both the small-ish, mobile ones enjoy crafts, and I’ve been stockpiling them on Pinterest, so I picked two that seemed like they’d be doable and where it wouldn’t be too hard to find supplies for them.

The choices were pom-pom bunnies or glove monsters, and to be honest I’m glad they picked the bunnies, because cheap gloves are very hit or miss this time of year, and this way I didn’t have to deal with any meltdowns if/when we didn’t find them.

(I should probably pick up some gloves when I come across them next. Just in case.)

On the surface, this looked pretty easy. Make pom-poms (I actually grabbed a fuzzy brown yarn from my mom a few months ago for this exact purpose), glue pom-poms together, glue on eyes/ears/nose/tail, ta-da.

The tutorial is here, if you’re interested:

Of course, nothing ever goes according to plan, and I kind of have to just let them do it, because creativity is something I value and I want it to be something they value as well. Instead of two pom-pom guides I had to make four, because the bigger mobile one wanted a giant rabbit, and the littler one wanted a tiny rabbit. And our yarn was too fluffy, so our bunnies look like long-haired guinea pig/rabbit hybrids.

But, whatever. We had fun. And I only burned myself with the hot glue twice.

Here’s our version (complete with $4 worth of tiny birds because they puppy-eyed at me at the craft store, and I already don’t have much craft store willpower):

The bigger one is named Fluffy and the smaller one Purple, because, well, still working on the creativity thing.

(They have red inner ears instead of pink because the craft store was sold out of pink felt. The employee I asked about it said that they were out of pink everything due to Valentine’s Day.)

Done any fun crafts lately, squiders? Tips to help me stop burning myself with the hot glue?

The Pitfalls of Christmas Creativity

Ah, squiders. If you’re anything like me, you occasionally have these ideas where you’re going to make some or all of your Christmas presents for the year.

And, if you’re anything like me, it occasionally goes terribly awry. There was the year where everyone under the age of 5 was going to get a crocheted toy. I had taken a crocheting class about six months before, but after I bought supplies and sat down to work, I discovered I remembered none of what I learned.

There was the year where I was going to embroider a table runner for my grandmother. I eventually got it down for her birthday–in May.

Last year, or maybe the year before, I thought I’d make everyone homemade bubble bath. I went all fancy, buying real rose petals and rose oil. The rose petals just floated at the top and kind of shriveled up, which was less than appealing.

You’d think I’d learn. Or I’d at least learn to stick to things that I have done before and am relatively good at. (It would have helped me avoid the Great Soap Debacle.)

(I’m mostly good at drawing landsquid and making friendship bracelets, though, which are not the best skills for presents.)

Anyway, I didn’t learn. I’d tell you more, but potential gift recipients may read this.

Let’s just say I need to repaint part of my basement floor, and that the carpet cleaners will be out on Tuesday.

Have any particularly spectacular stories of homemade presents gone wrong, squiders?