Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Looking for a Craft Idea


Every year, we have Thanksgiving at our house. We have anywhere from 20-25 people. It is a ton of work but I'm sure you know this.
Anyways, after we eat and clean up the kitchen, the boys play cards and the girls make projects. One year we made tiny gingerbread houses that closely resembled an outhouse. The next year we painted barn yard animals. They sucked! So I'm trying to keep the costs down again and come up with a cheap craft. I was thinking about painting wine glasses or making jewelery. I can get the wine glasses from the dollar store but painting wasn't a real big winner last year. I think the jewelery would be a big hit but it would probably cost a ton and I have no idea how to make anything. Is there anything else that we could make on the cheap?
Thanks for the help,
SonyaAnn

20 comments:

A.Marie said...

I have the perfect cheap-o christmas craft that you should do with the girls. It is a Sock Snowman! We did it one year for Girl Scouts and it was a big hit!

I've included the link but basically, what you do is take an old mens white sock, fill it with beans or rice, fill it about a 1/3rd of the way up, take yarn or a rubberband and tie it, then do it 2 more times until you have the 3 "snowballs" that form your snowman. You can accessorize with old buttons, material scraps, etc. It really is fun!

http://www.gerberlife.com/gl/view/newsletter/dec06/article3.jsp

A.Marie said...

http://www.gerberlife.com/gl/view/newsletter/dec06/article3.jsp

oops..ignore previous link...

A.Marie said...

UGHHH!!! Ignore both of those links. I sent it to your email address. Hopefully you'll get it. I don't know why the link is not working!!

http://www.gerberlife.com/gl/view/newsletter/dec06/article3.jsp

slugmama said...

How about stealing McVal's fabric necklace idea?
If you have fabric pieces just pre-sew them into tubes and all you have to buy is beads...but you could go to the thrift store and buy some old ugly beaded necklaces and take those apart too.

Dawna said...

I'm sorry. I'm like psycho-crafty but your question gave me a huge dumb-on and I can't think of one thing... I'll get back to you later.

HUGS

SonyaAnn said...

A.Marie-I didn't even think of that one. Thank you. Maybe I could have a few different crafts. I hadn't even thought of that one.
Thanks for the link!

SonyaAnn said...

A.Marie-All good!

SonyaAnn said...

A.Marie-I hope this isn't an indicater of what you day is like!

SonyaAnn said...

slugmama-I did like her necklaces. I'll just have to find someone to sew the tubes. I'm so far from crafty it is sad. So I'm way out of my league.

SonyaAnn said...

Dawna-Dumb-on!!!!! I now have a new favorite word and I thought that fuctard would never be topped. You are a goddess!

Laurapdq said...

Maybe a Christmas ornament? I think that would be something that everyone might potentially use. Beading is so expensive, so maybe you could use % off coupons and sales and save up the supplies for next year.

SonyaAnn said...

Laurapdq-First thank you so much for coming to see me!
I think I need to walk around a craft store for a while and see what I can't come up with. I'm just not crafty at all. To be honest, I have no girl traits so craft stores are an unknown.

McVal said...

Make beads out of magazine pages!!! My daughter made some at a 4H thing and I just bought the decopage stuff they used. I'll dig it all up and do a post on it sometime.
Maybe this weekend.
found a link.
http://www.ehow.com/how_5092451_make-magazine-paper-bead-jewelry.html

SonyaAnn said...

McVal-How about you come here and lead the group? I'm so out of my league. I need a kit or something!

Frances said...

How about making Christmas candy? That would be something useful for the month of December and could be relatively inexpensive depending on what you made.

Some ideas: fudge, peppermint bark, chocolate dipped pretzels, chocolate truffles, chow mein clusters and the list goes on. I have done this in the past for gifts and it was a big hit. I think it would be a total blast to make it with a group of girls.

You can get candy ingredients on sale and this can be a relatively inexpensive project.

A.Marie said...

SonyaAnn...yes, my earlier link-not-working episodes was a true indicator of how my day was going to go. Let's just say that I finally made it back home a few minutes ago, and I was ready to kiss the gravel driveway once I got out of the van!!! :}

SonyaAnn said...

Frances-That is a great idea. I'll just put someone else in charge of it. After cooking for days, I'll be ready to turn over cooking duties.
Thanks for the idea!

SonyaAnn said...

A.Marie-Poor baby. Usually when it starts out bad for me, its never on the upswing later in the day. At least, you made it home!

Frances said...

SonyaAnn, maybe I am weird, but I liked making candy so much that it didn't feel like cooking to me.

But, you could just be the supervisor and taste tester. :-)

SonyaAnn said...

Frances-I think I should be supervisor and tester for Thanksgiving dinner! You are a genius!