Dd will be ten soon and always has a party with about 7 or 8 friends where they do some kind of crafty activity and make something to take home, then have tea and a film. It works well but we havent come up with any fun new ideas. Can anyone help? Last year I bought leather string and lots of beads from Neal St and they made necklaces; the previous year they made mosaic picture frames. They have to all fit round the table so I'd prefer it not to be too messy! I suggested Scoubidous but I guess thats too everyday. I will be very grateful for any ideas.
Get some cheap white t-shirts and fabric crayons, maybe? I know it's not a cheap idea, but you could get t-shirts for a few quid somewhere like Poundstretcher, and Baker Ross do lots of fabric pens and crayons.
I expect you've seen the Baker Ross catalogue? I first heard about it on mn and it's great for things like this. I keep meaning to get some things for my gang.
You can buy enough sets of whatever you choose for a party and they can make all sorts of things - bracelets, keyrings, little winchimes etc. Sorry if you already know about it! I've just looked at it and think it's great
Sign making shops sell lengths of sticky backed vinyl in brilliant colours. You peel off the backing and stick it on (pretty much anything). I'm afraid the only thing is I can't remember how expensive it is.. I have used it for theatre projects and it always struck me how good it would be as a children's craft activity. It is very wide so goes a long way. They could cut out shapes/patterns and decorate jars, or boxes, or bicycle frames... anything straight sided, as it doesn't do contours very well.
I haven't had a chance to read through the thread so I don't know if anyone has already mentioned scoubidous? They're long hollow tubes of coloured plastic and you knot them and twist them to make friendship bracelets, little people, etc. I hear they're very popular though my DSis too young for them now. They seem fun and very low-mess. Good luck with your party!
any scrap stores mear you? If so its a cheap way to acquire lots of scraps. I suppose card making is too banal? Perhaps with mini tapestry pictures to make it slower The daughter did some oven baked clay animals yesterday - less messy than I expected.
Shrink plastic pendants or keyrings? Friendhip bracelts are good, or how about covering cheap notebook with funky foam (you can get tubs or adhesive sheets and also flat pieces) to make personal diaries / journals? Taht would work a treat!
Thank you all so much for your ideas. I have bought some of the plain pencil cases from Baker Ross, and fabric paint pens. We have lots of sequins etc they can use too. Dd is happy so thats great. And today we went to Primark and got a selection of bags for £1 each in lieu of party bags, as I guess the pencil cases will still be drying at home time.
I can see that the Baker Ross catalogue will become a much consulted document. She is planning Xmas presents already!
Read this thread with interest. Sorry to hijack it but thank you to those of you who mentioned Baker Ross. Had never heard of it but have already put in an order and recommended it to 3 friends. Can't wait for our parcel...