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Crafting On A Shoestring | The Creation Station

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How often do you see an awesome craft on the internet and find that you would need a shopping basket full of tools and equipment just to get started!  You try it out and discover it’s not the craft for you, and then either feel annoyed at the wasted money - or even worse, obliged to continue the craft despite not enjoying what you are creating! Nightmare!

Here at The Creation Station we have some great solutions to avoid DIY craft disaster.  Your first choice should definitely be to attend one of our ‘Creative Crafter’ workshops.  Our ‘adult only’ workshops are the perfect way to try out many different crafts whilst enjoying a bit of social ‘me time’.  We provide all the tools, materials and sparkles that you will need - and help you with some great tips and inspiration.  We focus on the creative process rather than the end product so you don’t need to be worrying about achieving gold star perfection – we just want you to be proud of your creation and more importantly having lots of fun.  Find out more about 'Creative Crafters' HERE.

If a group setting is not your thing, then the next best option is to find fun, crafty activities that you can try at home - without the large price tag attached!

Our Favourite Low Cost Super Awesome Craft Activities

1. Decoupage 

A simple activity that only requires a handful of materials to produce some totally unique items.  You can use anything from paper napkins, gift wrap, tissue paper to purpose made decoupage paper if you choose.  A paintbrush, a bottle of PVA glue (or 'Mod Podge') and a pair of scissors, and you can decoupage a huge range of gorgeous items.

2. Canvas Mandalas

Totally therapeutic and so simple to make, painted canvas mandalas are definitely a favourite at The Creation Station.  Requiring only a canvas, paint and a pointy tool this activity is truly simple yet can produce amazing results.

3. Pebble Pictures

Endless possibilities and these make a super cute handmade gift.  Pebbles are readily available from builders’ merchants and home improvement retailers – please don’t remove them from our lovely beaches!

4. Glass Charms

These are a great little gift to make for people and are actually super useful at parties when you are trying to keep track of your drink in a sea of glasses.  The wires can often be bought pre-made (search 'glass charm rings') from a number of retailers, along with large seed beads and sweet little metal charms to make each glass charm unique.  You will soon be creating oodles of sets to give as gifts (or keep for yourself!)

Beautiful Glass Charms With The Creation Station

5. Origami Flowers

What's not to love about a pretty flower that needs no attention to keep it alive?!  Not only are these super cute when displayed in a vase, but you can even recycle old or damaged books and paper to create them.  There are so many tutorials online you'll be hard pressed to choose your favourite!

Beautiful Origami Flowers With The Creation Station

6. Rock Painting

This is a national craze that never seems to go out of fashion.  Great fun for all the family as the design possibilities are endless.  Use acrylic paint and sharpie pens (Posca pens are great for adults) to create a wide range of word doodles, patterns, pictures and mini works of art!  Don't forget to give it a coat of yacht varnish or spray varnish lacquer when your decoration is dry so that your creation is weather-proof.  Many towns have parks and public locations where people hide their rock creations to be later found by someone else! Children absolutely love finding these hidden gems and then leaving their own little rock monster masterpiece for the next person to enjoy.  

Beautiful Pebble Painting With The Creation Station

7. Button Canvases

We love buttons! There are so many different shapes, sizes and enough colours to make the brightest rainbow!  A super simple activity to try at home and enjoy!

For more great activity ideas, or to find out more about our award-winning art and craft classes, parties and events, please visit www.thecreationstation.co.uk

What people say

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29th Jun

Excellent service! Great choices!

In the middle of lockdown, we ordered a number of craft packs from Alexis and were very pleased with the service. She helped us to choose some fantastic kits that our 4 year old loved. They were all great quality and personally delivered very quickly. I have already and would continue to highly recommend the creation station. I also run a homeschooling group on Facebook and can confirm that the members have all been really pleased with the offering and service available.

Clare
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26th Jun

I absolutely loved Nats class!

I absolutely loved Nats class!! She made myself and my daughter feel so welcome on zoom!!! The class had a really cosy, casual feel, but I also learnt a new skill!!! Nat took time to make sure each of us felt confident! She valued our art and gave us lots of praise! I'm not arty, but I came away thinking I can do this!! This was my first class with Nat, and I will definitely be joining one of her classes again!!

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26th Jun

Fabulous Alexis

Had a fab online mandala class with Alexis last night from the comfort of my own garden in North Staffs. Alexis made the whole thing really easy to follow, went the extra mile with our resources and I was super pleased with the result. She's also provided craft packs for my kids during lockdown which have been amazing.

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24th Jun

Online Mandala Class

I really enjoyed the online Mandala class with Nat at Stafford South. She was really great at explaining the technique and made sure everyone felt at ease. There was a good mix of conversation and concentration! Nat was very professional, friendly and encouraging. I will definitely be doing more of her online classes in the future.

Kathryn
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24th Jun

Mandala class…

I attended the online Mandala class last with Nat, I loved it Nat made me fell at ease and had a great time creating some art. Something I am going to do with my children this week. Thank Nat!

Holly
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23rd Jun

Amazing mandala online class

Amazing class, Nat is a natural and it was lovely to see new faces and meet new people!

Raashi
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23rd Jun

Very creative and different projects

Very creative and different projects! Fun for the kids!

Lynsey
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21st Jun

Create club

Amazing online Create Club. We have searched for interesting things to do online during lockdown and when the create club was recommended to us by others we signed up. We purchased 5 online sessions and so far we have completed 3. My daughter has enjoyed each week and so far her favourite was 'The Arctic'. She enjoys seeing some of her classmates and friends via zoom. Sara delivers everything you need for each week which makes everything very simple and enjoyable!! Looking forward to the next session!

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18th Jun

Great

Great, I get time for myself and my 9 year old loves it, Lyn is very patient and interactive Well done Lyn ?

Mary
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18th Jun

Online button canvas session was…

Online button canvas session was thoroughly enjoyable and most absorbing. Really pleased with finished result.