I have always enjoyed doing crafts. I wouldn’t consider myself a very crafty person, but I do enjoy crafts. I think they are a lot of fun. My kids enjoy crafts just as much as I do. When they were younger we used to do crafts all the time. Sadly, now that they are old they would rather hang out with their friends or text then enjoy crafting with their dear old mom.
I like doing crafts that can double as a decoration for our home. So far all I’ve tackled are a few easy projects.
One thing I would LOVE to make is a wine rack for my ever-growing wine collection. Elmer’s has an awesome wine rack craft that I REALLY wanted to tackle but I have a feeling I would do a horrible job with it.
Doesn’t it look cool? I could really use something like this. In fact I would love to make two of them to stack one on top of the other for a larger wine rack.
You can find the directions for the Elmer’s Wine Rack on the Elmer’s web site.
Recently Elmer’s send me some of their popular crafting glues to come up with some fun spring time crafts with my family. After much debate as to what I wanted to do I finally opted on updating our cork board.
Years ago I decorated a plain corkboard with butterflies and leaves. Over the years chunks of the corkboard have fallen off. It’s still in good use, but the missing pieces looked horrible.
I had the idea of decorating the cork board in a way that would leave it fully functional but would allow me to hide the missing chunks. What I decided to do was add colorful felt pieces to the front to cover up the cork.
I purchased some felt pieces at the local craft store. I first had to figure out how to lay out the felt pieces and cut any pieces to fit. What I came up with reminded my husband of the Partridge Family bus. LOL!
I put the felt on randomly. I thought it gave it a more “artsy” look and feel to it.
After I figured out how I wanted to lay out the felt I sprayed the cork board with some Elmer’s Multipurpose Spray Adhesive. Have you seen this product before? It’s awesome! Rather then have to paint on glue or squeeze globs of glue out on the cork board I just had to spray sections at a time with the Spray Adhesive. I sprayed it outside so as not to get our dining room table all sticky.
After I had all the pieces stuck to the corkboard with the spray adhesive I gave it some time to dry. Then I went back over it and tacked down any loose pieces with Elmer’s Glue-All. After wards I let it dry overnight before I added on the papers.
From start to finish the cork board “make over” took me about an hour, plus drying time.
I wanted to let my kids have fun crafting too. I found some really cool foam circles that I thought my kids could get creative with.
Since their little cousin’s birthday was coming up my son decided to make a decoration for his cousin’s bedroom. Using the Elmer’s Craftbond Tacky Glue my son made a colorful centipede to hang on his wall. He also used some Benderroos (wax covered string) to fashion some eyes, mouth and antennae. He glued them on with regular Elmer’s Glue.
My daughter had a fun idea, but it didn’t turn out as well as we had hoped. She wanted to cluster the colorful circles together using the Elmer’s Craftbond Tacky Glue and make a board she could hang her pictures on. She assembled the pieces together to resemble a colorful cloud. The idea was great but using tacks to attach the pictures didn’t work well because the foam was very thin. What she ended up doing was using thumb tacks and tacking the photos where two circles overlapped because it was a bit thicker at thost points and the tack went in without going into the wall. We also had to use regular tacks to hang it on the wall. The idea was great. It just didn’t work out as well as we had hoped.
I don’t have a picture of it up on the wall because she has some of her photos on it with her friends and I don’t want to show her friend’s pictures on my blog without their permission.
Elmer’s variety of glues are ideal for any craft ideas you might have in mind.
If you need some crafting inspiration you can check out the Elmer’s site, www.Elmers.com. Go about half way down the home page and you’ll see a section for crafts and projects. You can also check out the Spring Creation guide by clicking here.
Elmer’s would like to give three lucky winners an Elmer’s Glue Prize Package. The prize package includes:
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– X-ACTO Gripster Knife
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