I am wondering what type of idea’s you have for boys in this area of handicrafts. Things they can do themselves. (No chores – which we already have them doing) I am looking for other idea’s. I have looked at the list here and it’s great, we’re gardening and such now & we always have things to be cut down in the 10 acres we have. I guess I’m thinking like in the winter, when it’s not as easy to get outside to do these things. Any idea’s would be great.
My son likes printmaking. You can use anything to make prints – a potato is a common material. We like to carve linoleum – you can get the material and carving tools at a craft store. Or you can use a pencil on sytrofoam for a reverse effect. We have a roller we use for the ink. There is something about carving and the tools of printmaking that appeal to boys…though I like printmaking, too, and so does my daughter.
Printmaking is a handicraft that is simple to learn, but it can grow more complex as you learn more techniques.csmammaParticipant
In addition to gardening, my boys like woodworking kits, latch-hook rugs- like tigers and such, robotics and 3D type drawing.
Did you check out all the great SCM handicraft ideas on the main page? There are so many great ideas there.
My 12 year old son just started getting into wood burning. They have kits you can buy.
Learning how to make different types of knots is really fun (and simple, useful and cheap) and all you need is a good book on knots with lots of helpful pictures and some rope. A good, sturdy pulley or two, a few buckets or baskets to put toys in, and lots of rope is just what many boys need for hours of enjoyment. Leatherworking is another fun project, but can be on the more expensive side unless your family hunts and has deerskins just hanging about. Making paper is another handicraft we enjoy, it feels great to recycle old paper and junk mail and turn it into completely usable new paper, and it is something everyone can do together in assembly line fashion (mom or dad at the blender, children at the other stations). Does your family go fishing? If so, then winter is a perfect time to make flies and lures while dreaming about summer fishing trips. Well, those are some of my ideas!
WOW ladies, as usual you have come through.
Esby- any suggestions on a book/website to find out more about printmaking?
CS-totally forgot about latch-hook & doing more indepth drawing, woodworking kits sound great any suggestions on where to get these?
Danielle-woodburning kits look interesting can you get them at craft stores?
Rachel-knots is a great idea, sorry no skins laying around though they do hunt, a pullley in my living room would be hours of fun, lulres is another good one, but HOW do you make paper? Please provide a website or such that would be a great thing to do with our recycling.
Thanks again ladies
Misty: I don’t have a book recommendation but I’m wondering if you could find a tutorial online?
You can also find kits at the craft store, but I don’t recall if the kit instructions where helpful or not. The linoleum is rather cheap (potatoes even cheaper!) that if you make mistakes, it’s okay.
We found the trial and error method worked for us. Sometimes we carved something that we thought was great but the print didn’t look good. So we adjusted how we carved and tried again. Once you get a good carving, you can make multiple prints from the same piece. The simple designs can look awesome.
I hope you try it. We’ve had great fun as a family making prints. We’ve invited friends to join us and had a print-making party once (adults and kids). Can you tell I like it?
And…you can tie the project into Artist Study. Durer was the expert printmaker of all time! 🙂ShannaParticipant
It sounds silly but my boys really enjoyed making macrame bracelets and keychains.Daniellemomof4Member
My sister in law got hers at WalMart and grandparents bought my son his at the craft store JoAnn’s.
We make paper using a simple kit we purchased by Arnold Grummer. The kits on his website are a bit on the spendy side, we got ours on ebay for much less. The only other thing we needed was an old blender (separate from our regular food blender). There is no other equipment to purchase, we simply recycle old papers and junk mail now! Here is a link to an older video showing how Mr. Grummer makes paper (many professional handmade paper artisans use his kit): text to link
Here’s another link of a lady making paper using the same method, but she adds some fun stuff: text to link
It is a great rainy day project, and we’ve even used bits of grass and dried flowers to make notecards for special occasions, some of them have turned out quite pretty!
P.S. You can also use dryer lint to make handmade paper, pretty neat eh? 😀
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You guys constantly amaze me..How do you know this stuff? All of it is beyond me. Now I am going to have to carve out some time to look back on all these great ideas..but I will have to look at all the links and research stuff because I am clueless.
It is neat how you guys display the creative, awe inspiring attributes of God in your own homes through these artistic pursuits.
Oh and Rachel ..Durer is one of the artists that we will be studing this coming year..so I will have to really look into his work. How exciting is that!!
Oops, I thought it was Rachel that wrote about the printmaking and Durer but it was Esby. Thanks for mentioning Durer.
No worries Shelly, Durer is fantastic! I hope you have a great time studying his art with your family. We are going to be studying Normal Rockwell next term, I’m so excited because he is one of our favorite 20th century artists and his art has so many wonderful scenes of children, faith and family.
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