So you say you’re not a crafter…

Crafting goes well beyond the old-fashioned notion of arts and crafts, so if you say you’re not a crafter, think again.

Take my brother, for example. I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t call himself a crafter, but he’s still pretty crafty. He’s more comfortable at Menard’s than Michael’s, prefers MDF over foam core, and would rather use an entire role of duct tape than be seen wielding a glue gun. But he’s also the parent who creates fun, elaborate displays for school and scouting events.

Crafting isn’t all about glitter, yarn and paper. It’s about getting creative, taking a bit of this and a bit of that and turning it into something unique.  My brother gets most of his supplies at the hardware store, sometimes even from the garden center.

One of his first big hits was an 8-foot tall milkshake to track book sales. It had a straw to chart sales figures – as sales figures came in, the “shake” was painted in to the appropriate line on the straw. It even had a cherry on top. He patterned it after a design from Scholastic, but tweaked it a bit for fun. Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of it to share, but here’s another Scholastic design he followed more closely.  He turned a 4’x8′ sheet of foam insulation board, some PVC pipe, duct tape, paint, and a swim noodle into a roller coaster:

Getting the roller coaster read-y....

...just add a rider and it looks pretty real!

After working with the existing ideas, my brother created his own design for this kid-friendly spaceship:

Kids could see the sites while riding in this UFO.

Again, he started with large pieces of insulating foam board, cutting them to shape with a scroll saw (including portals for kids to look through). He bolted them to PVC piping and finished with paint – and an alien.

He’s also created backdrops for the school’s Fall Festival and helped kids make bird house key holders for an Adventure Day craft class.

What hardware store finds have you used for arts or crafts? Or how have you incorporated non-crafty materials into your craft projects?

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About Paula Hendrickson

I'm a full-time freelance writer with an addiction to yarn, cooking and all kinds of crafty things. I come from a long line of creative and entrepreneurial types on both sides of the family, making creativity almost like competitive pursuit.

Posted on March 12, 2012, in Creativity, Family, Inspiration, Projects and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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