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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

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22nd Jul

outstanding class birthday party for my seven year old daughter

I attended a creation station birthday party a year ago and was so impressed I decided I would like a similar party for my daughter. Yat was brilliant from my first contact with her months in advance of the date. She gave me thorough information, advice on venue hire, and a variety of craft formats to choose from. My daughter and her friends had an amazing time, including the boys from her class who were a bit dubious in advance but went home afterwards buzzing. Yat and her energetic, warm colleagues were marvellous ... they played fun music throughout, and engaged all the children in high quality novel crafts. Yat guided me as a first time party host expertly. The party ran like clockwork. Yat developed a fantastic rapport with my daughter and was wonderful with all the children. A highlight was a fun musical party game after the party food, which the children loved. It was a joy to watch. My daughter will never forget her first proper birthday party, she is still talking about it and we have beautiful photographs, crafts and memories to keep. Thanks to Yat and her team, it was magical for our daughter and for us, an experience and memory we will always treasure.

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22nd Jul

So much to do!

So much to do!! My daughter and I had a wonderful time making pirate things and can't beleieve how many pieces of art work we came home with! Lovely immersive experience and Alexandra is wonderful with kids. They all were absorbed in her story telling and the interactive treasure chest activity at the end. Thoroughly recommend this!

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22nd Jul

Working with The Creation Station and…

Working with The Creation Station and more specifically Sandra Steele was a joy and a pleasure. From the very first enquiries through the briefing process and on to the final event, nothing was too much trouble. Real thought and consideration was given to the size of the group, the different age range Sandra would need to work with and her complete flexibility meant switching days at the very last minute and extending the time she was on site. It is with absolute pleasure we provide a 5 star rating to Sandra and The Creation station and would highly recommend her.

Ophania
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21st Jul

My son loves it

We've been to creation station for almost a year now, my son still loves it. He gets to be creative and I don't have to clean up the mess, which is a bonus. Emma is great with all the children. Highly recommend this activity from a young age, learn about textures, colours, shapes etc.

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21st Jul

We have been utterly delighted with the…

We have been utterly delighted with the huge contribution that this has made to our after school provision. Expertly planned and fabulously run, I’d recommend them to anyone.

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21st Jul

Nicki (creation station Bath) was…

Nicki (creation station Bath) was brilliant. Highly recommend the slime making activity.... kept 10 8 year old girls very entertained and happy!

Illy
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20th Jul

Absolutely loved it!

Absolutely loved it!

Kim
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20th Jul

Flamingo story and craft

The session started on time and felt like there was a structure to it. My only thing was that the room felt like small for the age range of the children. The group leader explained she’d be doing baby only sessions in the future but currently 6 months to 5 years. This puts me off booking future sessions, for now.

Alessandra
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20th Jul

what fun!

First time doing a creative class with my 8 month old and he looooooved it! Looking forward to doing more classes!

Martine
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19th Jul

The creation station Baldock

A really special class. Tarryn is a kind and caring lady who is passionate about creating exciting, sensory and educational art classes. The best Toddler class I have been to. Tarryn makes time for every mum and child. We always have a lovely time and the outcomes are always fantastically planned.