A couple of weeks ago I was talking with my sister about making a craft and she was saying that she finds it super expensive to make things. I totally know where she is coming from. I have a large craft stash in a walk in closet in my office/craft room which I have accumulated over many years. But if you aren’t stocked like Michael’s then I get it. If you want to do the basic craft you need to buy all of the supplies, and that can be a drag. Plus you need to be organized before you start to avoid multiple trips to the store. There is a pretty good alternative if you want to try to make crafts but you aren’t sure if it’s for you, or you don’t want to invest in a lot of supplies. When I started crafting the first thing that I tried was cross-stitch. My mom (I was in the single digits at the time) would buy me cross-stitch kits which contained everything I needed to complete the craft. So what I would suggest if you are interested in crafting but don’t want to buy a lot of supplies look for crafts that come in kits. Aside for buying everything you need in a nice little package typically there is an age on the package that will give you an idea of the skill level required especially if you are crafting with little people.
Often I pickup craft kits on sale at the end of a season or with a coupon (I don’t want to pay full price for anything ever). The kit that I bought to make these trees cost $6.00 or less and it came with the felt, stars, red beads, needle and string to make 5 ornaments. I wasn’t a huge fan of the string it came with the kit so I raided my ribbon supply, I call it artistic expression. I rarely follow a recipe or pattern exactly, where is the fun in that? Sasha (age 5) helped me sort the colours, and make one tree after which point he got bored and walked away. Then his brother (age 2) got a hold of the 5 finished trees and started pulling them apart. Crafting with kids is fun?
It’s a great time of the year to pick up a craft kit so go out there and get one, I dare you.