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Art and Crafts - Create New Things. Keep Your Inspiration Alive.

Dots and stripes - perfect gift boxes, for different sized gifts.


Some Ideas to get you creating - you might surprise yourself

Simple ideas to present your gifts for family and friends. Anyone who takes the time these days, in this busy world, to make something for someone else, will not go unnoticed.


2. Create a cover for a ready made notebook

Paris notebook - for travellers jotter


Paint is such a wonderful medium to transform something, into a work of art.

1. Paint an old watering can with a flower design, for a plant holder.
2. Spray paint an old chair and re-cover the seat with an off cut material from the fabric store.
3. Paint on old bench in the garden. Try an antique green colour and use a stencil to apply a floral or leafy design along the top back-rest.
4. Cut an ornamental palm or leaf from your garden. Use it as a stencil for a lovely summer cotton sarong. Secure the leaf with pieces of Prestik so that it does not shift. Dab acrylic paint on with a stencil brush.
5. Stencil brushes can be bought at your local arts and crafts store.

Enjoy your project!

Using A Sarong As A Table Cloth


Cool Blue Cupcakes

3. Decorate some cupcakes in an unusual colour. Blue is different and so is acid yellow!

Decorate with smarties


4. Host A Puppet Show - for kids

Let your kids make sock puppets and you create the stage


5. Make a mini garden in a pot with small pot plants


Creative Ideas For Your Photos

Here are some fun ways to use photos of your kids

1. Print some photos on stickers and use them to decorate gift boxes.
2. Take some of these stickers and make Christmas tree ornaments with rounds of cardboard or polystyrene foam. Add to both sides or spray paint the other side gold or silver
3. Capture a face of your toddler and place it in the middle of a flower as seen in the main picture on this page. Use it on a greeting card or also on a Christmas ornament.
4. This flower face picture could also be put on a thin wooden skewer and used as a cake decoration for their first or second birthday.
5.Of course the other option is to use these photos in scrap-booking projects.

Hope you are inspired to create something different!

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Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on August 09, 2020:

Thanks Denise. One thing is that creativity does not leave us,slows down sometimes and we need a change for a while, for topping up, in the inspiration department.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on August 09, 2020:

There are some really great ideas here. Nice to show pictures of finished projects with them.



Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on August 09, 2020:

Thanks Peggy for your positive feedback. That cute face in the rose, is my grandson, when he was small.

Enjoy your day. Keep safe too.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 09, 2020:

Your ideas are not only creative and cute but are memorable ones as well. That child's face in the rose with butterflies is so precious!

Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on August 08, 2020:

Thanks Lisa. One can save a lot of money creating your own gifts and have fun too. People love the fact that you have spent some precious time on them, too. The gesture is always appreciated and does not go unnoticed. :)

Liza from USA on August 07, 2020:

This is a great list of ideas, Diana. I'm definitely looking for more ideas to pass my time at home. These art and crafts would be perfect ideas for the upcoming holiday presents too. Thank you for sharing!

Diana Carol Abrahamson (author) from Somerset West on August 07, 2020:

Thanks, yes most crafts are easy to create after you have mastered the first one. Nice to relax and do something out of the ordinary :)

Sp Greaney from Ireland on August 07, 2020:

I like your list of ideas. I think these are all something that most of us can create.

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