Galactic Hot Dogs
 
|

Ingredients for Gift Making

In This Article:

Page 2

Fabrics, Trims, and Sewing Aids

Seasonal Sense

Foam sheets can be used in craft projects to replace construction paper. They are made of a foam composite material that can be cut, glued, and stapled like paper. However, foam sheets are more versatile and more permanent than construction paper. You can buy these sheets with a sticky backing for covering projects. You can also buy bags of foam cut-outs at craft stores that include seasonal shapes, letters and numbers, and fun designs. These foam sheets and cut-outs are great for making wreaths, calendars, costumes, puppets, and so on.

  • Assorted colors of felt
  • Material remnants
  • Trims such as lace, rickrack, and ribbon
  • Yarn
  • Thread
  • Elastic
  • Cord
  • Embroidery thread
  • Needles
  • Fabric glue
  • Fusible webbing
  • Iron-on transfers
  • Cotton T-shirts, carryalls, aprons, and so on (to paint)
  • Feathers
  • Pom-poms
  • Buttons
  • Polyester fill
  • Sewing machine (optional)

Glues and Other Adhesives

  • Low-heat glue gun
  • Clear and colored glue sticks
  • White and/or clear glue
  • Tacky glue
  • Fabric glue
  • Mosaic adhesive
  • Spray mount

Construction Materials

Festive Facts

The early history of the sewing machine dates back to 1834, when Walter Hunt built a machine to sew a short seam. Elias Howe created a prototype in 1846 in Massachusetts, which was improved upon by Isaac Merritt Singer. Singer figured out how to mass-market the expensive invention by introducing the world to installment buying. Some experts argue that a Frenchman named Barthelemy Thimonnier created the first sewing machine, which he patented in 1930. This was a continuous-thread machine that was capable of replacing hand sewing.

Seasonal Sense

You can find craft sticks in bags in craft or discount stores. They are wooden sticks (colored or plain) that have notched edges for assembling them in projects. They also can be snapped apart at the notches to form smaller sticks. You can use these sticks in many projects including building toys, decorating frames, making ornaments, and so on.

  • Assorted wooden shapes
  • Wooden picture frames
  • Wooden plaques
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Craft sticks
  • Clothespins (spring-loaded and peg)
  • Wooden candleholders
  • Wooden bead heads
  • Wooden knobs
  • Wooden heads that fit over clothespins
  • Wooden and/or cardboard boxes
  • Chalkboards in wooden frames
  • Clay pots (assorted sizes)
  • Sculpting clay
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Beads/bead wire or cord
  • Ceramic objects (to paint on)
  • Glass objects (to paint on)
  • Plaster
  • Cement
  • Decorative glass pieces and/or marbles
  • Styrofoam balls and wreaths
  • Grapevine wreaths and forms

Decorative Items

  • Dried and/or silk flowers
  • Glitter
  • Stickers
  • Rub-on transfers
  • Flocking kits
  • Foil transfers
  • Spanish moss
  • Basket filler


<< Previous: Page 1

More on: Crafts for Kids

|

Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Holiday Crafts © 2002 by Marilee LeBon. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

To order this book visit Amazon's web site or call 1-800-253-6476.


highlights

The Latest and Greatest Book for Kids
Search our interactive Book Finder for the top new books for kids of all ages, brought to you by the latest book in the I, Funny series, "I Totally Funniest."

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

Top 10 Wintertime Neighborhood Games
Who says you have to stay inside when the temperature drops? Snowy weather is a great excuse to round up your neighborhood for some outdoor winter fun and games.

2015 Family-Friendly Oscar Nominees
The Oscar nominations are in, and they include several family-friendly movies. See which flicks earned a nod for Best Animated Feature Film and other awards.

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks