The Complete Idiot's Guide to Crafts with Kids

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Penguin, 1998 - Crafts & Hobbies - 366 pages
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You're no idiot, of course. You can fold a napkin, sew a button, and even hammer a nail. But when it comes to making enjoyable projects with your kids, you feel like you're all thumbs. Time to get a grip! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Crafts with Kids shows you hundreds of fun, easy crafts you can create with your children. Feel confident about using paper, wood, clay, beads, and other inexpensive materials to make beautiful crafts and gifts with your kids--while helping them unleash their creativity and have fun, too. In this Complete Idiot's Guide you get:

 

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Contents

How Kids Learn About Crafts
3
Finding Your Inner Genius the 10 Steps to Creativity
4
Nurturing Creativity in Kids
7
Crafts in Context
8
But When Do You Have the Time?
9
But What Do We DO?
11
The Least You Need to Know
12
Setting Up for Success
13
Mixed Media
171
Now Youre Cookin Crafts in the Kitchen
173
Start with the Staff of Life
174
Play with Your Food
177
Candle Making
181
Mmmm Smells Good Scents and Potions From the Kitchen
183
The Least You Need to Know
184
Au Naturel Crafts from the Outdoors
185

Ten Success Saboteurs
14
Keys to Crafting Success
18
Its More Than Crafts
20
The Least You Need to Know
21
Getting Organized
23
Crafty Containers
25
Organizing Your Ideas
27
UFOs and Other SpaceDevourers
28
Are You Collecting Crafts or DOING Crafts?
29
Take Your Crafts on the Road
31
Safety First
33
Protecting Your Sight and Hearing
35
Using Care Around Hot Tools and Flame
36
Ventilation
37
Clothes Make the Crafter
39
The Least You Need to Know
41
How to Avoid Messes and Clean them up Quick
43
PreCrafting Cleanup Preparation
46
Dirt Versus Dash
48
The Least You Need to Know
52
The Nine Basic Crafting Materials Creating Your Crafting Repertoire
53
Paper Power
55
Paper Particulars
56
Come Into the Fold
58
Teach Your Kid to Be a FirstClass Cutup
64
Stamping and Scrapbooking
66
Get Out the Blender and Make Some Paper
67
The Least You Need to Know
70
Golden Threads Crafts with Fiber and Fabric
71
Dream Weaver
73
Get It Together
76
Learning to Be a Cutup
78
To Dye for
80
The Least You Need to Know
82
Bead It
83
Beading Basics
84
Stringing Beads
87
Bead Weaving
89
Wire Work
90
Hair Wrapping
92
The Least You Need to Know
93
Lessons Leather
95
Tooling Along
96
Choosing Good Leather
99
Cut It Out
100
Stamping Around
101
A Cut Above
103
Finishing Up
104
The Least You Need to Know
106
Wondrous Wood
107
Tool Time
108
Start with a Shape
111
Birdhouses
114
If You Wood Like to Decorate
118
Not Necessarily for Eating
120
Heavy Metal
121
Cut Punch Pierce and Join
122
Safety Tips for Working With Metal
123
Piercing and Punching
124
Painting and Antiquing
125
CutUps
128
Embellishing Metal
131
More Metal Ideas to Try
132
The Least You Need to Know
133
Feats of Clay
135
Starting Out Ahead
137
Tools for Working With Clay
138
Clay Projects
139
Make Your Own Clay
142
Put Yourself in a Cast
144
The Least You Need to Know
145
I Have One Word For You Son Plastics
147
Can All Those Lifeguards Be Wrong? Lacing Lanyards
148
Plastic Canvas
152
Friendly Plastic
156
Other Ideas for Plastic
159
The Least You Need to Know
160
Looking at Glass
161
Glass Painting
162
Glass Etching
165
Cutting Glass Without Tears
166
Stained Glass
168
Glass Mosaic
169
The Least You Need to Know
170
Once Upon a Thyme Herbs on Your Window Sill
188
Potpourri Basics
191
WreathMaking Fun
192
Making a Terrarium
193
The Least You Need to Know
196
Toyland Handcrafted Toys for All Ages
197
Rockin With the Classics
198
Dolls
199
Things That Go
202
Puppets Put the World on a String or Your Finger
204
Let the Games Begin
206
Puzzles
208
The Least You Need to Know
211
Mix and Beat Well Music Making Crafts
213
Little Drummer Boys and Girls
215
The Gong Show
217
Theres the Rub
219
Make It Rain
220
Toot Your Own Horn
222
Sampling Sounds
223
The Second Time Around Crafts from Recyclables
225
What to Save
227
From Trash to Crafts
228
The Least You Need to Know
237
Holidays Are for Crafty Kids of All Ages
239
Love Is the Answer Crafts for Valentines Day
241
Was There a St Valentine?
242
Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve or Anywhere Else
248
Lets Have a Party
250
Gifts of Love
252
YOU
255
The Least You Need to Know
256
Happy Haunting A Handmade Halloween
257
Carving Pumpkins
258
Quick Creative Costumes
261
Special Effects and Finishing Touches
263
How to Host a Horrorble Party
265
Fearsome Food
268
Lighting the Way
269
Creepy Curtains
270
The Least You Need to Know
271
Christmas Chanukah and Kwanzaa Celebrate with Crafts
273
Dont Wait for the Holidays
274
Christmas in the Kitchen
277
The Joy Is in the Giving
279
New Traditions and Old
281
Chanukah and Kwanzaa
283
The Least You Need to Know
284
Any Excuse to Celebrate
285
Getting Creative Helps Kids Get Well
286
A Calendar of Holidays
287
Other Holidays to Investigate
299
Presenting Handmade by You
301
Wrap It Up
303
Paper Tigers
307
All Tied Up
310
Gifts Appropriately Tagged
311
Totally Unexpected
313
Show Tell And Sell?
315
Lets Play Interior Decorator
317
Use It
319
Kids Crafts Inc
320
The Least You Need to Know
321
Resources
323
How Kids Learn About Crafts
327
Safety First Books
328
How to Avoid Messes and Clean them up Quick
329
Golden Threads Crafts with Fiber and Fabric
331
Bead It
334
Lessons in Leather
336
Wondrous Wood
337
Heavy Metal
338
I Have One Word For You Son Plastics
339
Looking at Glass
340
Now Youre Cookin Crafts in the Kitchen
341
Au Naturel Crafts from the Outdoors
342
Toyland Handcrafted Toys for All Ages
343
Happy Haunting A Handmade Halloween
344
Any Excuse to Celebrate
345
Show Tell And Sell?
346
Glossary
347
Index
351
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About the author (1998)

Georgene Lockwood is the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Organizing Your Life" and "Victorian Wedding: A Modern Guide for the Romantic Bride." She contributes a number of magazine and newspaper articles on the art of creating crafts, including antique quilting and crocheting. She lives in Prescott, Arizona.

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