Okay, so I have a few friends who know that I homeschool. They know that we are artsy and crafty in this house. And some of them wonder how it happens. And I assure you it is entirely not an accident. And if you wondered, as I have been asked a lot, how it can be done in your home with your kids, please read on. Otherwise, probably started the wrong article. lol So, the secret to crafting success is to try new things. That is the philosophy behind it- exploration. So following this theme with a distinctive and necessary lack of laziness and embracing of the new or different, you have a winning combination for becoming a crafty family. Other tools of the trade are much more practical. Thinking outside the box and thinking craft is imperitive. I save little glass jars, cardboard, egg cartons, thread spools, newspapers, screws, beads, string, whatever you are about to throw away, look at it and see if there might be a use. If not, please throw it away or recycle. If, however, you had a sudden inspiration to make said item into an amazing paper flower vase or paper mache template, keep it and put it in a craft closet/drawer/section in the closet. Then use it to make your idea a reality when you have assembled all the ingredients. Treat it like a recipe and making a cake, also fun to make with paper. Sometimes we take a hike and a bucket with us and collect interesting mosses, rocks (for painting of course), twigs, feathers, leaves, wildflowers, whatever we find and assemble it into an object, like a bird or hot glue onto a wood or foam board in the shape of a ship or the woods you hiked through, whatever. The only end to a project is your imagination. And supplies. So be sure to keep a supply of paint, brushes, paper towels, water cup, glue, scissors, hot glue, tape, construction paper, qtips, cotton balls, whatever is usually needed when inspiration arises. Be proactive in seeking out projects. There are also a lot of ideas on Pinterest, the internet, book stores if you can still find one, magazines, the library, wherever to show you other people’s ideas to get you started or kits you can buy at craft or hobby stores. But we found the funnest crafts were ones the kids thought up in their heads and we did it. It gives them a huge sense of accomplishment and satisfaction of seeing their idea turn up in reality, built by their own hands. Boosts their brain cells and grows their ability and sense of pride in work. So it is well worth the effort. And last idea is use what you find where you are. We recently went to the beach, so we brought back some shells, some of which are painted already. Others will be glued onto a picture frame which will house a pic of our trip. So many options if you keep your imagination open and willingness applied. Craft on!