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So your children are on their holiday break and already bored? It can be Mom or Dad to the rescue with these fun and useful craft ideas! These items can be made with a few inexpensive supplies and depending on the age of your children, very little supervision from you. However, it's always fun to let your inner child loose and make these crafts right along side your child.

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.

Would you like to have personalized place cards on your holiday table? You need card stock in the color of your choice, coordinating ribbon, some holiday-themed stickers, and a permanent marker for writing names on the place cards. You will also need glue and scissors. Cut the card stock into 4″ X 6″ pieces and fold in half to make the place card. Glue ribbon along the bottom edge, write the person's name on the front half of the card and place stickers around the name as desired. Presto, you now have decorative place cards for all your dinner guests!

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).

This craft idea can be used in two ways. Make festive napkin rings or tree ornaments with these supplies. All you need to make napkin rings are brightly colored pipe cleaners and pony beads. String approximately 24 pony beads onto a pipe cleaner. Center the beads, form a circle and twist together the ends of the pipe cleaner, curling them for a decorative look. To make tree ornaments, just add a thin ribbon to the circle for hanging.

With a little help from you, your child can make a holiday wreath with his very own hands, literally! Trace his hand 8 or more times on to red and green construction paper, cut out and glue together in a wreath shape with the fingers facing out. The wreaths can be decorated with stickers, paint or anything of your choice.

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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