I am really struggling lately with having so many things I want to do, but not having the energy to do them. And especially with the holidays coming up, that list includes a ton of fun crafty projects.
So I came up with the idea of "Ten minute crafts".
For the record, I just want to say that you know you've hit a certain level when you're making up guidelines for arts and crafts you can do at your dining room table. I realize it's ridiculous.
But I am terrible at knowing my limits, and tend to get in over my head and then use up my energy on mod podge, foam core, and ribbon instead of stuff like cooking dinner. These days I live and die by the timer. It's frustrating, but true.
The 10MC Ground Rules:
Self-Contained: I put all the supplies in a box that I can just grab with everything in it. (Which saves me from searching for Modge Podge in the back of the closet.)
Simple: nothing with too many steps. ('Following directions' is not my best feature right now.)
Scalable: multiple stopping points (If step 1 is easy, I can just do that for awhile, pack it away and come back to it later.)
Stop(pable): at 10 minutes, stop. Put down the crazy glue, and walk away.
10 Minute Crafts: The Mini Magnets
(The supplies I used were from my craft-closet stash; they probably came from ACMoore originally. Links are to similar options at Amazon)
- 3/4 inch hole punch
- mod podge*
- foam craft brush
- scrapbook paper
- 3/4 inch magnets
- clear glass (flat) marbles
1. Punch out circles from scrapbook paper
2. Glue paper circles to back of glass marble
3. Glue magnet to back of circle
*Note: I used Matte Mod Podge because that's what I had.. I have no idea what happens if you use Gloss
A better blogger would probably come up with a bunch of helpful tips, but the great thing about this is that it's an easy learning curve, and if you mess up a few, you haven't lost the whole project.
I was able to do about 4 or 5, start to finish in 10 minutes. There's a version where I used maps instead of scrapbook paper, but it's a lot more labor-intensive vs scrapbook paper.
I would love to find more activities like this (or tips for turning bigger projects into smaller ones) -- if you have suggestions, share them in the comments!