Do you want to build a snowman?
Depending on where you are in the country, you may have been able to do just that recently!
But as the white sheet that has covered our nation starts to melt, it gives way to the cold, wet weather we’re all too used to in England and quashes the flurry of creative inspiration that brought us frosty renditions of beloved Christmas characters and angel imprints in the snow.
Still, there’s plenty of fun to be had inside the house, and if you don’t want to creative spirit to end, why not try your hand at these three fabulous family-friendly crafts?
- Fun with food
We’ve all enjoyed a few extra lockdown snacks over the past year. Some of us have even spent a little more time in the kitchen too, trialling new recipes and brushing up on their cookery skills. But if you feel like breaking the monotony of banana bread and getting the whole family involved, experiment a different kind of culinary craft.
Plain fairy cakes, icing and simple decorations are a great combo to keep the kids entertained for an afternoon – it’s an ideal excuse for a sweet treat and the perfect preparation for a family night in front of the TV.
If you’re trying to cut back on your sugar intake, fear not – you can still get imaginative with fruit and veg. Cut greens into shapes and use tortilla wraps as a base to make edible face or wow your Instagram followers with a vegetable train. They look fantastic, kids will love them, and the added bonus of it being a healthy snack is sure to impress when showing off your colourful plates.
- Home improvement
If you’re looking for cheaper ways to experiment with interior design, why not take matters into your own hands and DIY?
Experiment with fabric crafts for a cosy addition to your home – for instance, customising an old cushion cover to give it a new lease of life. Meanwhile, homemade ornaments look great on your shelves, and surprising materials like recycled cardboard or wire will give your creations an original twist (suppliers Ormiston Wire are a favourite with professional artists as well as amateurs).
Painted murals make a great twist on the traditional feature wall and will certainly keep you entertained for a few hours. And if it turns out terrible? Well, don’t panic – it’s lockdown! No one’s will see it anyway.
- New hobbies
Learning new skills is fun and learning together as a family makes it even more enjoyable.
And there are plenty of simple, inexpensive hobbies which will not only keep you entertained but may save you money in the long run.
Knitting is increasing in popularity as months at home have brought woollen comfies back in vogue, whilst gardening is a great way to spend a little extra time outdoors. Not to mention, kids may be more willing to eat homegrown fruit and veg if they’ve had a hand in growing it themselves.
Have you tried any new arts and crafts during lockdown? Share your ideas with us in the comments below!