By Jackie Currie
Crafting with little ones can be somewhat daunting if you don't have a designated place to keep all of your supplies. And storing your tools and crafty odds and ends in various containers, jars, drawers and cupboards can make it challenging for kids to simply sit down and get creative when the mood strikes.
A Portable Craft Kit is a great way to corral your child's art and craft supplies, and keep them in one handy container for quick and easy access. I'm going to show you how I put mine together, along with a re-purposed denim apron, which requires only basic sewing skills and an old pair of jeans. You'll find the tutorial for the apron further down in this post. Wouldn't this set make a great gift for any little crafter?A portable craft kit is perfect for:
Start with a case.
- sleepovers at Grandma and Grandpa's
I found my craft case at a big box store, but a toolbox or tackle box would work well, too.Fill it up!
I put this craft kit together as a gift for my niece, and I simply went through my own craft supplies to stock it up. The panel on the very top of the case opens up, and I filled the small compartments there with googly eyes, foam bits, sequined stars and pom poms.
Inside the case, I filled the removable tray with all kinds of goodies: crafts sticks, pipe cleaners, buttons, plastic "straws," scissors, yarn and a glue stick.
Underneath the tray, I packaged up a variety of colourful crafting supplies: feathers, artificial flowers, foam shapes and cornstarch building blocks, and I filled a couple of prescription bottles with pony beads, craft gems and jewels.
I also included some larger materials, several sheets of felt, a package of tissue paper, a foam door-hanger and a stack of paint samples (my daycare Hooligans love using scissors to cut along the white lines).
If you're giving your kit as a gift, you can pair it with an adorable re-purposed denim apron! We've been using these in my daycare for a couple of years now, and I - and the kids - love them. The aprons are durable, somewhat water resistant, and they wash well. I especially love that I can give our old jeans a second life with these. You can find the tutorial for my re-purposed denim aprons here
Once you're happy with the stash of supplies you've gathered, simply tuck them all into your kit and voilà, your little crafter will have everything they need right at their fingertips! Crafting with your kiddos just got a whole lot easier, didn't it? And what child wouldn't love to receive a gift like this?
If you're looking for more easy and inexpensive ways to get creative with your kids, be sure to visit my blog at Happy Hooligans
! You'll find lots of inspiration among the pages there.
Jackie Currie is the mom of two teenage boys, and the owner of a small home daycare in Central Ontario. When her first son was born, she traded in her corporate hat for finger paint and playdough, and she's never looked back. Her passions include dreaming up thrifty crafts and activities for the kids at her daycare (lovingly referred to as The Hooligans), photography, blogging at Happy Hooligans, and of course, the three handsome guys that she is privileged to call family. You can follow Jackie and The Hooligans on Facebook and on Twitter.
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