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« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2008 08:49:40 AM »

 I hold childrens/teen crafts 2 X a month and I think one that all ages LOVED was molding soap...We uned glis. and melted it I got small foamy letters and they put names in so they knew it was a creation they made for them, THe we took stamps and took chineese take out boxes stamped them with whatever they wanted to use ( stamp wise) and they had a holder for the bars they made.....We also for the older ones made bars and put lavender and other things to make them more grown up and this was a HUGE HIT!!!


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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2008 12:35:41 AM »

Soft sculpted faces is fun. It can be done with a seasonal theme like jack-o-lanterns, or santas or snowmen, if your organization is allowed to do those holidays, but it can also be a good way to simply create... and wire framed bodies could make for a very cool mascot kind of character... not at all like a doll but like a "mini me" or favorite rockstar. Fabric scraps for clothes could allow for simplistic fashion designing without a ton of home economics... maybe even a very basic "gingerbread man" template for tracing onto fabric for either a shirt or pants and just hand sew around the edges. I think once something is posable it becomes WAY more appealing (probably skip posable fingers with that age group though Wink

The faces can be made with cut off sections of pantyhose, or knit (like t-shirt) fabric.  You can even use old ratty white t-shirts... but it would be cool to have a range of colors.

Boys can easily make gnarly looking trolls, or whatever, if that is what they need to express, or they can go comical. I remember both boys and girls really enjoying seeing what facial expressions they could bring out of the fabric with just a few tugs of the thread.

Another project that is like jewelry, but can be quite masculine, is knot-tying. There are some great knots like the monkey's fist which are attractive AND have impressive origins. Celtic and Asian knotwork can be incredible.

Good luck!!


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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2008 07:32:44 PM »

Is the main focus making crafts that are gifted/for sale or is it an activity for youth?  I ask since re-sale/gift items tend to be more tame in scope where as items that can be made personal give more freedom in options imo.
If you are doing youth activities I think altered clothing is #1.  If you lack sewing machines, you could still stencil (Lotta Jansdotter has a new book http://jansdotter.com/shop/item.php?serial=503). 

For tech-based ideas I have seen very good ideas at instructables http://www.instructables.com/id/Handheld-game-to-interactive-big-screen/ for example
« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2008 04:40:59 PM »

Ideas for boys: 
Use perler beads to make video game characters (mario, luigi, etc).  perler beads can be bought at most craft stores, hobby lobby or micheals for sure.  I actually made some for my 10 year old brother who then immediately wanted to get the stuff to make more Smiley 

It is hard to think of crafts that aren't 'girly', but I think this one works.

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