My recent obsession is crafts. Although it has been something that I’ve taken up a serious interest in since giving birth to Liam (and discovering Etsy), I’ve really only dabbled in a few projects here and there. Over the past few months, however, I have been doing a lot of research into Waldorf education and “unschooling“. Natural crafts (felting, knitting, wood crafts, projects made from nature) are an integral part of the Waldorf program. In fact, it seems that one of the basic methodologies is that learning actually comes through artistic expression. Since I plan on homeschooling Liam at least for the first few years, I feel that by the time he starts school, I would like to have some tricks up my sleeve when it comes to crafting. Plus, its super fun and rewarding! The past couple months I have been fooling around with some things and here are some of my creations.
I heart stars. I just love them. So when I saw these window stars in The Children’s YearI , I just had to make some for Liam’s windows. I made this window star out of tissue paper. It was pretty easy. However, I originally put them a lot lower on the window. When Liam got a little taller, he was easily able to rip them off and so I had to throw away a bunch of stars. I quickly realized that a sturdier paper would make the star a lot easier to move around and put away at the end of the season. A few weeks ago, I found some awesome kite paper at A Child’s Dream. In the future, I will be using that paper instead of the tissue paper.
Why spend a ton of money on wooden blocks when you can make them in your own backyard? In Creative Play for Your Baby. I learned how easy it is to make these. (It would have been a lot easier had I not started this project on a 90 degree day!) I borrowed some tools from my neighbor, cut down a good sized cherry tree branch from my backyard, and used a pruning saw to cut out small blocks. What you see above is a work in progress. I still have to cut a few more, sand the edges, and apply some linseed oil for a nice finishing touch. When I am all done, Liam will have some awesome new blocks!
These letters were inspired by MiChiMa on Etsy. I happened to be surfing around on Etsy one day, and I stumbled upon this awesome idea! I wanted to purchase them, but couldn’t justify spending $50 on magnets, so I decided to make them myself! It only took me about 2 weeks to complete the project, but when you factor in working and mothering, it really wasn’t that long at all. I will say that a few of the first letters I did are a little sad looking and will be replaced, but overall I am happy with them.
After I knitted this, I realized that I really didn’t know how to purl. I was totally entering in the knitting needle from the front, not the back. While I thought I was knitting a stockinette stitch, it turned out to be a garter. Oh well! This garter stitch washcloth was made for a very thoughtful friend. I also made her some of my homemade almond-oatmeal face scrub to go along with it. I hope she enjoys them. Since I have just learned how to shape my knitting, I will be experimenting with all kinds of farm animals for Liam this summer. My husband also put in a request for a hat so I will start working on that one too.
I have had so much fun doing all of this that I now have a long list of crafts on my to-do list. Here are some of the things I will be working on this summer:
1) Sock Doll
2) Felt Finger Puppets
3) Felt Bean Bags w/ letters
4) Needle Felted Farm Animals
5) Knitted Animals
I will be sure to put up some pictures of these as I complete them.
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