Good Crafts For Kids

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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.

Prepare the workspace. First, select a well-ventilated area that is free from clutter and anything flammable. On a heat-resistant surface like a metal work bench, set up the MAPP gas bottle and torch head and secure it into place using the hose clamp, L bracket and table clamp. Lay out some glass rods and any tools you will be using and position the fire extinguisher nearby.

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Stir the bead release clay, adding a little water if necessary to achieve a smooth consistency. Coat both tips (about an inch) of each mandrel with bead release clay. Dip each mandrel into the clay and leave a thin and even coating. Set the mandrels aside for about an hour to dry.

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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).

Turn on the gas and light the torch. Adjust the amount of oxygen on the torch head to make a stable flame. Move a glass rod slowly into the flame, heating it and moving it closer to the tip of the inside cone of the flame, which is the hottest part.

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Move the mandrel in behind the glass, spinning and heating it as well. The mandrel must be hot and the glass must be molten for the two to stick together correctly.

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Touch the mandrel with the tip of the molten glass rod. Spin the mandrel, wrapping the melted glass around the mandrel. Continue to spin and melt the glass on the mandrel if you want a round bead, or add more glass and continue to melt. Remember to heat parts of the bead up slowly. Heat longer to smooth out bumps. Be creative with colors and glass formations to come up with your own unique creations.

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Slowly move the bead away from the hot part of the flame when you have completed your bead. Continue to evenly heat the glass, gradually removing it from the flame, which will help prevent thermal shocking and cracking later. Immediately wrap the bead in the fiber blanket to cool for at about two hours. After thoroughly cooled, remove the bead from the mandrel by lightly twisting it. Dipping the bead and mandrel in water also helps to separate them.

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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