giveaways to celebrate the end of children’s craft month

by kath_red on 30/01/2008

in Books

Kids craft weekly has donated 5 copies of her book Everyday Craft , its packed with creative ideas – the projects use household items as the foundation for fun and achievable kid’s craft projects.

Everyday Craft more info here.

to win one of five copies of this great book simply leave a reply in the comments – (make sure that you write your current email address when you post your comment) answer the following questions.


Share your favourite ‘everyday’ item for crafting?
And nominate your favourite kid’s craft project?

forgot to add – comments will close at the end of the month – cheers

{ 93 comments }

1 Rachael January 30, 2008 at 8:51 am

Favourite everyday item would depend on the day and the craft! My kids definitely like string. My favourite kids’ craft project is the ones that the kids made out of their own imaginations. Can’t beat them.

2 P1UON January 30, 2008 at 8:57 am

ooh that’s a cute book – I love the sheep

3 Bonney January 30, 2008 at 9:01 am

We love anything that uses tissue paper and glue! Messy and fun!

4 Jackie D. January 30, 2008 at 9:02 am

My fave everyday craft item would definitely be my acrylic gel medium…my favorite kids craft project is anything with popsicle sticks (you can do SO many things!)

5 LittleMy January 30, 2008 at 9:07 am

Salt (makes great glitter when colored) and junk from the recycle bin…

6 Sarah January 30, 2008 at 9:09 am

Fun stuff…count me in!

7 dawn January 30, 2008 at 9:16 am

Our favorite everyday craft items are seashells (we live near the shore) and sticks — any kind of sticks including popsicle sticks, yard sticks, dowels — there is always something to make from them. My nomination for best kid’s craft project this month is that darn fish in a bag soap. How cool is that!

8 Thien-Kim January 30, 2008 at 9:20 am

Hmm, everyday crafting. I like to pull out the paints and let my toddler just smear paint on paper. She has a great time just dipping her fingers (ok, hands) into the paint, mixing it, swirling it, and spreading all over her paper. It’s just sooo juicy! I love watching her. I guess that’s my favorite kids’ craft project right now. Painting with no agenda, just having fun.

9 stacysews January 30, 2008 at 9:37 am

What a wonderfully fun book! Count me in on the drawing.

10 Blackbird Pie January 30, 2008 at 9:37 am

My favourite everyday item for crafting is cooking ingredients. I love to make playdough, slime, salt dough and other fun mixtures to craft and play wth.

My favourite kid’s craft project from Whip Up this month were the miniature snowglobes by Marian Grace.

11 mamaloo January 30, 2008 at 9:39 am

Favourite crafting material? Paper, of course! Endlessly versatile. Cut it, paint it, fold it, draw it… What can’t you do with paper.

Our latest favourite craft is making wands. It’s fun to make them and then we run around for days casting the silliest spells!

12 amy January 30, 2008 at 9:40 am

felt and glue!
:)

13 tiff January 30, 2008 at 9:46 am

peg dolls always do the trick here, endless possibilities and I actually get to make one too. Favourite kids craft project which we are getting ready to try is the toy in the soap, great fun and great gift idea for their friends.
Thanks again Whip up

14 jen January 30, 2008 at 9:50 am

the basics- paper plates, paper bags, coffee filters…

15 Courtney January 30, 2008 at 9:51 am

My favorite everyday craft item is cardstock. With heavy-weighted paper the possibilities are endless! My favorite kid’s craft project is the fishy soap. We are planning to do that with a playgroup in a few weeks. FUN!

16 Jen January 30, 2008 at 9:53 am

Pipecleaners are the favorite craft item around here. My kid craft nomination is the tutu — how fun for little girls to make their own tutus!

17 jennifer January 30, 2008 at 9:56 am

leftover toilet paper + paper towel rolls. infinitely useful for crafting and imaginative play, especially for little pirates and star-gazers. they go nuts when there’s a leftover wrapping paper roll, oh my.

18 sarah January 30, 2008 at 10:07 am

I’m a Children’s Librarian and I would have to say my kids’ favorite craft item is a fresh box of crayons. And who can blame them? Ever since I saw how crayons were made on Sesame Street when I was a child, I’ve loved opening a fresh box of crayons and discovering what projects wait for me inside.

19 Kim January 30, 2008 at 10:07 am

Our favorite everyday craft items are paper, crayons, colored pencils, glue, scissors, playdough, pipe cleaners and stickers…lots of stickers :)

20 Jodie Weekes January 30, 2008 at 10:09 am

GREAT!!! I love a give-away…. My favourite item for everyday crafting at the moment would have to be PAPER!!!! There’s some fantastic paper art floating around blogland at the moment like this – http://www.mckibillo.com/PaperBirds/paperbirds.html.
It’s such a great craft to get kids involved in. All you need is some sissors, few different coloured sheets of paper and either some sticky tape or some glue and your set for a great crafty time. The possibilities are endless!!!!
My favourite ‘kid’s craft project’ off whip-up would have to be the “matching memory game” from “crafty beats”. I gave it a go with my daughter who is of todler age last week and she just LOVED IT!!!!

21 Meryl January 30, 2008 at 10:14 am

What a cutie sheep!

22 Hannah January 30, 2008 at 10:18 am

We love making homemade play dough!

23 Katie January 30, 2008 at 10:22 am

I totally remember seeing crayons made on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. It was so cool!

My little ones are still little so crayons are definitely a top here. Noodles too, they love to glue noodles to things and then color or paint them. :D

I have the (Almost) No-Sew tutu bookmarked as a soon project for me to make, but the little ones will be working on the pencil toppers first. That’s what I nominate

24 tonya lemos January 30, 2008 at 10:27 am

scissors are my favorite starting point……….a fresh notebook and a writing implement

this has been a great month

thanks
-t

25 Rachel January 30, 2008 at 10:29 am

Paper would have to be our all time favorite. Doesn’t matter if it’s construction, scrapbook or typing paper. They love the big paper that some shipping companies use to pack things with probably the most. We’ve made treasure maps and lifesize full body “portraits”.

26 jesser January 30, 2008 at 10:33 am

It’s hard to beat wrapping paper. I always have loads of scraps leftover, and they are so pretty and fun. As far as my favorite kids’ craft, I like the crazy crayons made from leftover crayon bits. Those are great.

27 Monique Sutton January 30, 2008 at 10:33 am

My kids favorite craft involves paint , lots of it……………………everywhere
My oldest has become quite a little artist and my baby (he’s 3) well loes to get messy (that’s the best part of it)

This looks like fun
:)

28 Penni January 30, 2008 at 10:34 am

My favourite everyday item is things we find on our walks – sticks, bark, pebbles, leaves, seashells…we love making temporary sculptures in the garden and letting the garden gradually reclaim them. My favourite craft item is the little snowglobe, because it’s dang cute and it looks like something a kid actually made and had fun making.

29 Vonda January 30, 2008 at 10:35 am

Our favorite craft items rights are scissors, tape, tape and more tape. My two year old loves the sticky stuff.

30 zoe January 30, 2008 at 10:44 am

we use tons of glue, glitter and pasta! our fave crafts are spur of the moment that we have all worked on together…but if we had to choose it would me making a decorating salt ornaments!

31 Claire January 30, 2008 at 10:52 am

Scisors
paper seems popular to cut.. we make snowflakes, airplanes, outfits for paper dolls.. out fits for peg dolls .. and collages.. We also tend to use bits of fabric making doll rugs, blankets, outfits.. cuting string… old socks. Seems the scissors open so much for both my children 3-5. (as long as the hair and current clothes aren’t in the way I like them too)…

32 Claire January 30, 2008 at 10:58 am

forgot to vote.. The bottlecap game looks like a game and craft my daughter can actually do and woul d have lots of fun doing.. i imagine perhaps filling a page of circles having her fill them in and scan and print out the second page.. and she would get to use her scissors tto cut out all those circles cuz I don’t have a hole punch….

33 Gabreial January 30, 2008 at 11:24 am

I love this site the more and more I visit! What a wonderful giveaway!

34 Sherry January 30, 2008 at 11:28 am

We love to craft with construction paper and glue. We have a huge bare wall behind our couch and we fill it with crafty goodness each month to go with the season. Last month we did footprint reindeer and a handprint Christmas tree…. and we filled in with paper snowflakes.

35 Colleen January 30, 2008 at 11:29 am

My favorite everyday item is paper – my girls love to stamp, scrapbook, write books, cut it up, draw, etc. I can never have enough paper – different colors and sizes.

Favorite craft project is making books. My daughters (6 &4) love to make books for family and friends. They usually are about the individual person and the girls create collages about their stories. I love their creations and story writing ideas are endless!

36 Siew January 30, 2008 at 11:41 am

Favorite every day item would have to be paper – to draw on, make planes and rocket ships from, snowflakes – its endless. Our favorite craft project is simple as paint and paper. Hours of fun.

37 Crystal January 30, 2008 at 11:41 am

Our everyday favorite craft items are paper, foam and felt. They are cheap, can be found anywhere, and my daughter can create the most magical things with them…Pinecones and shells are fun too…oh and paint, there is always something lying around to paint…
My favorite kids craft that was featured here this month was the fish soap, we have tons of rubber sea creatures from the dollar store that would look great in soap. My favorite craft to do with my daughter (6) is polymer clay. She really loves to work with the eraser polymer clay. Expecially when she can show them off and give them away at school.

38 Jess January 30, 2008 at 11:54 am

I’m so excited there’s a book now, I love getting these e-mails every week! Let’s see…my fave every day craft item (s) would have to be buttons, markers, and newspaper. The possibilities with these items are endless…pirate hats, boats ,airplanes, bracelets, capes, etc..
Our fave craft project around here is melting crayons on hot rocks and putting them in our friends gardens as a suprise.

39 Desiree January 30, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Plastic drinking straws! Where do I start? Use them with paint, playdough, string, blow through them, cut them up, glue them… Our latest favorite project? Colored water “painting” on paper towels (using straws of course)!

40 Jenny January 30, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Something my daughter uses most every day for crafting is construction paper. She loves to draw on it, cut it out, and paste it to make pretty much anything she imagines. My favorite kid’s craft project is the toy in the soap. Would love to try this!

41 Rukayat January 30, 2008 at 12:42 pm

Hi
This book sounds great, our favourite everday craft item has to be our craft box, which holds scissors, paper, tissue paper, crayons, glitter, glue, shells and cotton wool
my daughters (5 and 3.5) love to bring it out and ‘do projects’ :), they are much more creative than i am, thankfully!

42 Melissa Williams January 30, 2008 at 12:43 pm

I love cardboard boxes (they can be cut up into pieces to make anything), egg cartons and toilet rolls. Recently I made a farmhouse, tractor and animals out of those items and my daughter loves it.

43 Kristin La Flamme January 30, 2008 at 1:06 pm

Paper and pencils or markers get everyday use here. We’ve been decorating “Small Object Paper Dolls” of late, though.

44 Michelle January 30, 2008 at 1:32 pm

My girls are always coming up with new ideas using crayons and found items, anything from beads to candy wrappers to toilet paper tubes. I think my nominee for favorite kid’s craft project is the memory game with bottle caps. Fun to make, and then becomes a fun game, too. Thanks so much for the chance to win an Everyday Craft book!

45 Miss Scruffy January 30, 2008 at 5:13 pm

Sticky tape would have to be my children’s favourite craft object – you just can’t have enough on whatever item you have to be making especially if it is colourful tape. At the moment sticky tape to make everything into treasure carrying receptacles is the favourite thing to do – pirates are big in our house and you have to be careful goblins don’t steal your jewels seemingly.

I wasn’t sure if it was supposed to be an original craft idea that you nominated – but assuming it is our current favourite is using freezer paper (not widely available in Australia like the US but easy to get on ebay) to transfer ‘original artworks’ onto t-shirts. My kids love to draw and very proudly display their own special t-shirts – good for presents and prolonging the life of special drawings.

46 Hanna January 30, 2008 at 5:46 pm

My favorite item to craft with: the gluestick. I use up several each month!!! I don’t have kids but when I do crafts I like to draw with kids because it’s so freeing to look at kids when they can do anything with paint or crayons, or do collages and see wich images they choose.

:-)

47 Tara January 30, 2008 at 7:08 pm

Looks like fun! – love using stuff around the house for crafty goodness!

48 lindsey January 30, 2008 at 7:15 pm

I also don’t have kids, but sometimes I feel I still craft like one! (Which is a good thing.) I’ve loved kids month. My favorite post was the miniature snowglobes. When I was little I tried to make snowglobes in baby food jars too, so it was nice to read how to do it properly.
My favorite craft item for everyday has to be buttons. I love looking at them, touching them, sewing them, gluing them, etc.

49 Laura January 30, 2008 at 8:19 pm

Our favorite everyday craft materials are tape, paper and string. My son can build all kinds of things with these – signs, bridges, buildings – the possibilities are endless. Our favorite craft to make is homemade goop or play dough. We have so much fun “cooking” it, then creating with it.

50 Ellen January 30, 2008 at 8:41 pm

My favorite everday craft item: paper. My children love bigger projects with lots of different mediums, but for everyday, their choice is paper: colored, white, textured, leftovers. They love to draw, make lists, fly paper airplanes, paper ‘dolls’, origami, etc. So paper bits in our house is top.

My nomination: hmmm…tough one. Although I liked the silk scarves and the naturally-dyed eggs a whole lot, I’d have to say the memory game with the caps was my 1st choice. Love the recycling aspect of it too.

51 Heather January 30, 2008 at 8:43 pm

My fave post has been teaching kids how to sew – that’s just around the corner for us.
My fave everyday item: cardboard box! You can add stuff to it, cut away from it, it can be transformed into anything from a doll’s house to a hiding place to something to store everything else into!

52 texcilla January 30, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Our favorite craft item is paint. We like to stamp & stencil, draw & paint and just generally brighten up the day!
I love the hand made paper and the silk scarves.

53 Jamie January 30, 2008 at 9:23 pm

I have to say my daughters favorite everyday craft item is the Popsicle sticks! It never fails that she can come up with a different idea or use for them every time!
My nomination would have to be the calendar with the collected scanned drawings.

54 Mel January 30, 2008 at 9:33 pm

Our favorite every day item would be q-tips, they have so many uses!

My choice is a toss up between the Tutu and the bottle caps.

55 the holly January 30, 2008 at 9:49 pm

my fav everyday craft item: paper and markers. we can do lots with them: cut, draw, create.

my nomination: wow. tough one. i LOVED this month’s focus. i guess the memory game made out of 20 ounce bottle tops. very cool.

peace!

56 Alisa January 30, 2008 at 9:51 pm

I asked my daughter about this and she said, “Blankets.” I never would have guessed this but she’s right. She makes temporary crafts all around our house out of blankets. She sets up little environments for herself and her friends.

I was going to say paper was our necessary supply. She goes through far too much of it.

My favorite kids craft post this week was the sewing with a child one. My daughter and I got started on it right away.

57 Patricia January 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm

Our favorite everyday craft item is recycled paper. At my husband’s office every fax comes with a cover sheet with a code on it that identifies who gets the fax. The code takes up about 1/4 of one side of the paper. Daddy saves these and brings them home for us to craft with! It saves us a small fortune on printer paper (the back is clean and most of what I print is for personal use – who cares if the wrong side has stuff on it?) and we have boocoos of paper for coloring, drawing, folding, paper airplanes, snowflakes, books, notepads – you name it!

58 Patricia January 30, 2008 at 10:10 pm

Me again – forgot about nominating a favorite post!

Recap – our favorite everyday craft item is recycled fax cover sheets from Daddy’s office (see previous comment).

My favorite kid’s craft post is definately the almost no sew tutu. Can’t wait to try that! Saving it in my stuff to do at our next birthday party file!

59 Lynn January 30, 2008 at 10:33 pm

My favorite everyday kids craft is paper plates. My granddaughters love making things out of them.

Loved the “No sew tutu…can’t wait for granddaughters to come down so we can make them.

60 Kathryn January 30, 2008 at 10:54 pm

OUr favourite everday craft item in these parts is currently the pipecleaner. Oh the endless possibilities of the twisty furry things. My son has made a pipecleaner heart for each of his class mates for Valentines day, and our new kitten loves to chase them around the house. They are also useful for putting in your hair in lieu of barettes.

61 Kathryn January 30, 2008 at 10:55 pm

Also my favourite post from the kid craft month was the shapeable soap. I must try that with the kids.

62 Jessica Hood January 30, 2008 at 10:55 pm

this book looks awesome! i regularly do crafts w/a friend of mine’s kids…they would love this!

jessica
jessica_hood@hotmail.com

63 Cynthia January 30, 2008 at 11:01 pm

Toilet paper rolls. Empty ones, that is.

I loved the soap!

64 Liz Winkelman January 30, 2008 at 11:04 pm

This book looks great! I teach art classes for little kids and am always looking for new ideas. My favorite everyday craft item at my house…..there are so many….but a really fun one is aluminum foil. It’s great for creative little hands to scrunch and shape into different forms. Plus it looks amazing when you collage tissue paper on top of it!

65 Sarah January 30, 2008 at 11:11 pm

It’s gotta be shoeboxes!
And I loved the post on sewing with a five year old.

66 Stephanie January 30, 2008 at 11:13 pm

That book looks like loads of inspiration. My nieces love making sculptures from play-doh.

67 Jennifer Lavender January 31, 2008 at 12:18 am

Everytime we craft we get out the scissors and glue. If my girls can cut it and then stick it tosomething else,they are ecstatic!

Some of our favorite projects aren’t really projects at all. We just sit down with a stack of scraps, a few embellishments, and have fun putting them together. I guess you could just call it collage.

68 Dasha January 31, 2008 at 12:51 am

SO much fun! Thank you so much for the month of kids crafts!!!

69 cloth.paper.string January 31, 2008 at 1:17 am

we’re all about crayons and paper these days — can’t get enough of these basic building blocks. the month of kids crafts has been great — thanks for so many ideas!!

70 Haydee January 31, 2008 at 1:44 am

Hi, I have just found the website and I love it!!!
My favourite everyday craft material is empty toilet roll tubes- we are forever going on safari with binoculars, making bracets, using them for decorated serviette rings , stands for paper dolls………

Its a tough one having to nominate a craft, but I think that my favourite is the felt quiet book….. no wait…… its the felt pencil tops…..no wait …. its the cash register……. I am having a tough time, l loved all the inspiration.

71 Anu January 31, 2008 at 2:22 am

I just made pillows with my 7 yr old buddy. We used dritz fabric crayons and made designs on paper and ironed them on to fabric. I sewed the pillows together and he had fun with the stuffing.

72 Stacie.Make.Do. January 31, 2008 at 3:18 am

Our favorite material – paper. Even newspaper can make great boats, hats, trees…you can’t get more everyday than newspaper!
Favorite project from your craft month? Gotta be those soaps with the fish. Those look so cool.

73 MonkeyGurrl January 31, 2008 at 3:30 am

*EVERY* day? Wee Monkey Gurl likes paper. Colored paper, lined paper, making paper into paper bags, cards, gifties. She plays with other mediums (she’s 9; she’s curious) like yarn, beads, etc., but she always has fun with paper.

74 Regina January 31, 2008 at 3:32 am

Definitely cardboard tubes -any shape, any size. Those, a little tape, and a lot of imagination have run the gamut from telescope to rocket to tunnels for toy cars and legs for toy furniture. And of course their musical uses – can’t forget those!

75 MonkeyGurrl January 31, 2008 at 3:34 am

Oh, and my fav featured tute? DEFINITELY the play-do soap within the soap. It just looks so purty.

76 Toni January 31, 2008 at 3:38 am

So strange; I thought I left a comment yesterday and it must not have gone through?

Favorite everday item: felt. You can glue it or sew it, you can make it soft and fuzzy with a needle point, and your can stick it to itself; we’ve made felt storyboards based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Favorite craft featured this month: tissue paper landscapes–lovely and easily customized. (My boys plan on incorporating Super Mario Bros into their landscapes).

77 kristy January 31, 2008 at 3:57 am

My daughter’s favorite items for everyday crafts are paper, her “kid-sized” scissors, and a giant glue stick. You really can’t go wrong. (My favorite item is a tool — my rotary cutter. Don’t know how life ever existed without one.)

My favorite post under this month’s theme was the one with tips for sewing with young kids. I’m filing that one away for reference (you know, once we move out of the paper phase…)

78 Sue January 31, 2008 at 4:09 am

Looks like a great book. And a lot of good ideas on this site too.
Count me in for the drawing please.

Thanks!

79 Marsha January 31, 2008 at 5:29 am

My favorite craft item is paper. I love its versatility–and low, low price (which is handy when your two-year-old is going through it like crazy).

My favorite kids craft project that was posted here is making homemade playsilks. My daughter has one store-bought playsilk and loves it–I can’t wait to make more of them with her!

80 sallyavena January 31, 2008 at 5:49 am

Our favorite around here would be yarn, especially the little leftovers from my projects. It’s amazing what kids can come up with.
My favorite thing from this month is the snowglobe tutorial.

81 Amy January 31, 2008 at 6:03 am

I’m nominating the plastic cap memory match game.

My little one is a little bit young for crafting, but I’m already preparing. I save all my yarn clippings from knitting and crochet projects-so many neat things to do with them. Little bitties like to glue yarn scraps to paper. Older kids can use them to embellish their own projects. They make good monster hair!

82 Jen January 31, 2008 at 7:17 am

My favorite craft item is yarn, gotta be. My favorite kids craft is good old construction paper & glue. :o)

83 Jen January 31, 2008 at 7:18 am

My favorite craft item is yarn, gotta be. My favorite kids craft is good old construction paper & glue. :o)

84 TJ January 31, 2008 at 8:26 am

As a children’s librarian and craft enthusiast I am always looking for ideas and inspiration. Thanks for a wonderful month of postings–my favorite is the toilet paper roll bracelets–I have modified this project for my preschool storytime (glueing on bunny faces and cotton balls for a bunny bracelet).

85 gwen January 31, 2008 at 9:26 am

love love love potato stamps! (and my kiddo is a sucker for any kind of sticker!)

86 Hilary S January 31, 2008 at 9:38 am

my favorite everyday items (I have two) are ribbon and paper – I keep scraps of cute tags, bags, wrapping paper, etc.

My favorite project posted here was the kidlet wall pocket. I love, love, love wall pockets, and love organizing. Or at least trying to organize as many of the toys as I can.

87 Donna January 31, 2008 at 9:54 am

We love paint. Besides just using a brush, we get out cookie cutters to stamp with, toy cars and marbles to roll in it and grab other things (toilet paper tubes or apples) to make fun shapes.

88 Kate January 31, 2008 at 10:32 am

I’ve been collecting plastic bottle caps since my daughter was born after seeing a bottle cap curtain on flickr. Something like this http://www.flickr.com/photos/avlxyz/348228360/ only the one I first saw (and didn’t save – doh!) was a lot simpler and very pretty. I’m looking forward to digging out all those bottle caps and making a colourful curtain when my daughter is a little bigger. I was thrilled to see the lid-man project on Whip Up this month, we’ll be giving that a try too!

89 mrspilkington January 31, 2008 at 10:33 am

favourite everyday craft item is paper…and my favourite kids’ craft project is using eric carle-ish techniques to paint and create textures on papers and then make collages (I went to a great early childhood education workshop on this, and we do it at home all of the time.)

90 Jessica January 31, 2008 at 8:00 pm

This month of kids crafts has been so much fun, I’ve enjoyed having a good look at all the different projects that people have made with/for their kids and I can’t wait to nab one of my niece’s so that I can have a go too!

91 Jessica January 31, 2008 at 8:06 pm

Ooops – I forgot to add in my favourites!

Favourite everyday crafting item: UHU – oh I get through so much of it!
Favourite kids craft project: pompom toys… kids love wrapping the wool and then sticking on bits of felt to make little creatures.

92 Ginny L. February 1, 2008 at 12:34 am

My kids love to make jewelry with beads and string.
My favorite kids craft this month has been the gold fish prize -the bag of soap with the fish in it.
Thank you for this fun month of crafts!

93 tracey February 1, 2008 at 4:08 am

I’ve always loved cut-paper crafts, but lately have taken to fabric and sewing (aprons!). My favorite kid craft (today) is making those crazy crayons by melting leftover crayon bitties into mini-muffin tins.

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