Crafty Joy & Family Creativity

kids crafting

I've always been passionate about super-simple craft and creative ideas that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike,  and that have a playful, fun (and magical!) element to them - and if they can be saturated with vibrant rainbow colour so much the better :-)   

Sometimes crafting isn't really about the end result, and more about exploring, playing, connecting, slowing down, creating space, being together, putting different ideas together, having fun, feeling proud of the effort put into trying something new - and of course, if there can be something lovingly homemade to keep, use, share or gift at the end - that is a lovely bonus! 

During the Coronovirus pandemic I've been writing a crafty blog and creating tutorials over on the PowerWood C.I.C. website.  I've started with some favourite activities that are well tried and tested here in our house, and everything I hope to share will be in the spirit of ease and simplicity but also offer scope to take things further should anyone wish to. 

I'll pop links to those blog posts here (click on the images) and share some additional ideas here from time to time.     


Autum 2021 - Dealing With Frustration In Family Creative Projects & Make Your Own Sleepy Sloth Night-Light Diorama - Tutorial
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July/August 2021 - Gentle Tips for Easy Summer Crafting & Make Your Own Cat Planters or Nesting/Stacking Decoration Tutorial 
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June 2021 - Handy Everyday Objects to Save & Recycling Crafts + Poster & Make Your Own Vintage-Inspired Pressed Flower Keepsake Tutorial
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May 2021 - Spark Imagination & Nature-Based Play Through Creative Fairy Crafts & Games and Make Your Own Frida Kahlo Inspired Flower Vase & Mini-Fairy Terrarium 
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April 2021 - An exploration of Paper Crafts to try at Home & Make Your Own Puzzle in a Box and 'Fancy' Frames Tutorial. 
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February/March 2021 - Blog post exploring Creativity "Micro-Spaces" and Make Your Own Beautiful Saltdough Mobile Tutorial. 
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January 2021 - Bird Feeders & Bookmarks; Cosy Crafts for the New Year & Make Your Own Bookmarks Tutorial - 7 Ideas to Explore
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May 2020 - Introduction to Polymer Clay & Dragon Tutorial (The first of the monthly  creativity blogs and tutorial in PowerWood's Creative Corner)

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Polymer Clay Craft Blog Tutorial
Polymer Clay Dragons Craft Tutorial
June 2020 - Introduction to Kawaii Drawing & D.I.Y. Kawaii Sticker Tutorial 
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Introduction To Kawaii Drawing Blog Post
Make Your Own D.I.Y. Kawaii Stickers
July 2020 - Kickstart Your Creativity & Make Your Own Hanging Sign Tutorial 
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August 2020 - Crafting for Connection & Make Your Own Super-Simple No-Sew Bunting Tutorial
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September 2020 - "The Clumsy Dragon" A shadow theatre story & Make Your Own Mini-Shadow Puppet Theatre Tutorial 
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October 2020 - Blog Post on Creativity and Learning to Embrace Mistakes & Make Your Own Mini-Magical Memory Tree + Wire Frames Tutorial 
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November 2020 - Curating Your Crafting Essentials & Make Your Own Super Simple Dream Catcher
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December 2020 - Small is beautiful and always enough (blog post) & Make Your Own Mini Kawaii Christmas Tree & Origami Robin Decorations
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Check back at the top of this page each month for the next links or head straight over to the PowerWood website :-)

(There is also plenty of great support there for those of us experiencing challenge and overwhelm in our ever changing world - do check it out)