Easy Craft Ideas For Kids To Make At Home

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Moving is always a pain, but I always look forward to the unpacking phase; going through stuff, getting rid of unneeded items, and decorating to our taste. Our last home was thoroughly modern with clean lines, stark colors and lots of glass. The correct decor would have been leather furniture, lots of metal, and the overuse of eye-catching accessories. Not my style at all, but I did love the house.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

We finally found a new house, and I couldn't be happier with the “modern cottage” feel to it. The colors and design factors in the house mean that my furniture in rich wood tones and overstuffed softness will fit right in. While I love clean lines, I much prefer a home that pulls one in with inviting colors and styles, and definitely one that doesn't look out of place with embroidery, modern or traditional.

Of course, the new home's interior colors mean that I can create new soft furnishings. Tablecloths, towels, pillows and more are all going to benefit from loving stitching and fantastic machine embroidery. My stash of embroidery designs is going to get a workout like never before! Of course, I'll need to make sure that my stash of embroidery supplies can keep up, but that's a chore I always enjoy.

In the living room, with its dark wood floors and pale yellow walls, I'll need to introduce shades of yellow through pillows and draperies. The goal will be to blend my burgundy couches so that they do not overwhelm the pretty walls. I have a perfect free embroidery design to add borders to the curtains, so that's one project decided on!

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Before moving, I obtained purple kitchen towels. The new kitchen walls are coffee-and-cream. Luckily, I have a great embroidery pattern to help me create towel toppers for some of the towels and embroidery borders for the rest. My stash of thread for machine embroidery is probably stocked with the shades I'll need to blend these two colors together.

My new bathroom is fantastic with black cabinetry and a 1960's era counter and sink. My old red towels will be just fine in there, but I plan on adding curtains with funky pink and black embroidery designs in classic floral styles. Bold and feminine at the same time.

Our bedroom with grey walls and carpet will be the most fun to decorate. I've always stayed with more masculine styles and colors in my projects. But, with the more masculine colors of the room, I plan to introduce my favorite pinks along with bold black so that my husband and I are both happy. I'll probably have to add to my stash of machine embroidery designs so that I'll be sure to have a good mixture of gender-pleasing designs. I absolutely adore embroidery for my decorating needs!

I plan on taking my time in deciding what I want to do with the dining room, which is the same brown tone as the kitchen. We spend more time in the dining room than anywhere else and it needs to be pleasant and inviting for everyone. I may use the wrought iron light fixtures as the focal point and add lovely embroidery scrollwork to curtains and table linens. Tone-on-tone styling will keep it simple, yet elegant.

My embroidery machine will definitely be humming as I unpack and organize my new nest!

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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