I recently received a few craft books from Stackpole Books, Painting with Mixed Media, Christmas Crafts Scandinavian Style, and Artful Collage from Found Objects I've always enjoyed art and had fun looking through these books. There were a ton of inspirational ideas.
I love the Scandinavian style Christmas decor. This book, Christmas Crafts Scandinavian Style, is full of beautiful and festive ideas. Handmade fabric bags make a perfect touch for delivering a special gift, darling embroidered motifs, dainty Christmas ornaments, and one of the classiest advent calendars I ever did see were a few of my favorites. I love that the book includes templates in the back so you can easily duplicate each craft. There is even a guide for the different embroidery stitches for people who like me who have no idea about those kinds of things. I really want to incorporate some of these ideas into my decor come Christmastime. They'll go perfectly with the look I'm trying to create in my family room.
My kids really loved looking through Artful Collage from Found Objects with me. On just about every other page my daughter would tell me, "Ooooo. I want to make this one!" This book is all about giving new life to what's inside our junk drawers and believe me I have plenty of "scraps" left over from previous projects that I'm happy to use for crafts like this. It was a tough choice but she declared this Under Water project her favorite.
This project made for the perfect afternoon activity one hot muggy day a few weeks ago. My daughter and I brainstormed together how we could recreate a similar scene using items we had on hand. She decided to make seaweed by water coloring some packing paper.
She then cut it out into strips and crinkled it up.
We gathered a blue poster board, the water colored sea weed, some green tulle, and made shimmering fish out of aluminum foil. Then everything was ready to be glued together.
My daughter had a blast with this project. She mentioned over and over again how this was the funnest fish project ever!
She was proud of her artwork and had a so much fun using her creativity to put it together. Artful Collage from Found Objects was great inspiration for this craft and I think we'll be using it for many more.
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