The crafts industry is massive all over the world and countries focus on very different activities. The craft industry is not just for hobbyists, it’s for businesses too, from top quality products to larger craft stores such as Hobbycraft. Making and selling crafts both in stores and online keeps on growing , especially for events such as Halloween or Christmas. However finding sustainable craft projects is not always possible and many craft products still contain or are packaged in plastic.
So if you are looking for an alternative, these three wall projects are great to do with the children and do not cost a great deal either. They are eye catching, sustainable and make a great feature in a room.
The first project is a recycled book pages garland. This is made with a length of ribbon, scrap fabric that is cut into circles with pinking shears and recycled book pages which have been painted with watercolour paints. These are then glued in place onto the ribbon.
I have used a coloured pattern of pinks, blues and orange to create a wall feature or garland to brighten up any room.
The second garland is designed with another length of ribbon and wooden peg dolls which I have painted with acrylic paints. These are then slotted over the ribbon and used to display photos or images, which can be easily changed and new ones added. Children of all ages can make this and would look perfect in a child’s bedroom.
The third recycled project is a cork wall hanging which can be displayed in any room or you can make several to design a whole wall feature of them. I have used recycled fabric, felt and watercolour book pages to add colour and pattern. And finished it off with a hole in the top and threaded through some ribbon.
Encouraging children away from technology is really important, so allowing them to express their creativity and design something for the home, encourages skills which they can use in the future. Many children lack sewing, knitting or drawing skills because of technology and which is why I am passionate about passing on these skills through activities that can be done at home or school.
Sustainability and recycling will continue to dominate the world and I hope 2020 will be the year that more people and communities will make a difference in their own little ways.