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Sculpey Summer Fun – Archive Post

I was going through my summer art archive posts and stumbled upon one of my favorite summer art activities for children.


Sculpey Projects

This clay is not like your typical clay that dries out if you don’t use it all right away. It’s flexible and easy to form into lots of fun projects like beads, animals, and pots. It remains pliable until you bake it. Our family has created many things with Sculpey and I wanted to introduce you to or remind you about this product.

sculpey projects


Here’s the link to my original post about Sculpey: Sculpey Projects – Great Summer Fun.

If you’re looking for a book to use along with your Sculpey, I just found a good one at our public library: Clay Lab for Kids by Cassie Stephens. This book has a section on using polymer clay and shares some fun and even practical projects you can create. I have added a link at the bottom of this post.

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 7 Sample Collage

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 7 plans include a unit on using polymer clay. The book I suggest as the resource for those projects is called Polymer Clay by Irene Dean.

However you decide to use Sculpey this summer, I know you’re going to enjoy some creative time with your children.


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Summer Art Projects 2016 – Can’t Wait!

Summer is the time to do some projects…it is always nice to have time off but creating a little art together is not only a nice change of pace when the weather is too hot or wet to be outside, but it also gives you an activity that can stimulate further exploring with art materials and ideas. Here are some to get you started.


Kandinsky Circles – Oil Pastel Project

This lesson is actually a Youtube video! Make sure to view the artwork first (here is one to get you started) and then get them started on their own version of Kandinsky’s Circles.


Weaving With Cardboard and Yarn

We had this project in one of our Hearts and Trees kits a few years ago. What an easy and entertaining afternoon project! We used varigated color yarn to make it easy. Create coasters for your family and friends. Use the woven pieces with dolls, nature tables, or playhouses.


Create Some Mondrian LEGO Art

This link has visual ideas and a printable that you may wish to use. Always view some Mondrian color block art first! Then pull out your LEGOS for a fun hands on activity.

Starry Night Ornaments

These are going to take special materials and some patience. Aren’t they gorgeous? I am going to invite some friends over and we are going to make some to hang around the house.Here is the link to the painting to inspire you: Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.

Send me a photo or leave me a comment if you complete any of the suggested projects with your family. Let me know how it goes!

Handicrafts- Appropriate and Essential for High School?

Leathercraft - tag and coin purse

Handicrafts in high school take on new significance as your teens explore areas of interest. My boys have long been fans of working with their hands and I am sure it comes from watching their father in his workshop. The shop is a place where their dad invents and explores and he has always allowed the children a place to have their own projects.

As your children grow, you can allow more freedom to take a project and personalize it. Don’t limit your definition of handicrafts to things like sewing and knitting. Find projects that give your child skills they can apply as they grow into adults.

Here is an example from our family.

Leathercraft book illustrations
We started a few years ago to work with leather and leathercrafting tools. I purchased a kit to get us started (linked below on, found an old book on Applied Leathercraft (linked below on, and then we used the internet for ideas. What I love about this handicraft is that it is highly practical but still has an element of artistic flair that can be added by embellishing the leather with patterns and designs. My boys loved the physicality of the projects.

Leathercraft stamp
Hammering the stamped designs is hard work and takes patience and practice. I let them use scrap leather to learn with before starting on the actual projects in the kits. (You can purchase scrap leather at most craft or fabric stores.)

Leathercraft instructions
The instructions that come with the kits are very well done and you will feel confident about these projects even if you have never done this sort of work before.

Here are the kits we purchased.

Here is the book we used to learn the history of leathercrafting and then the step by step tutorials for making projects in addition to the ones in the kits.

Metal horseshoe belt buckle
As an off-shoot from working with leather and Mr. A’s interest in making his own belts, he designed and made several belt buckles while working in his welding and metal fabrication class. Here is one that is not very practical but he really likes it.

Metal work - Cowboy with Horseshoes
His did a series of projects with horseshoes after the belt buckle.

I am really glad that I found Charlotte Mason’s ideas and methods before we hit high school when I might have been tempted to pass up the opportunity for handicrafts with my boys. Looking back on the past few years I see how allowing time for these sorts of activities and calling it school has given them time to explore things and build on skills learned to make personalized, practical projects.

I encourage other CM families to give handicrafts a place in high school. 

Lists of project ideas from the Applied Leathercraft book
Leathercraft list 1

Leathercraft list 2

I don’t know what a “toilet-set case” is…probably don’t want to know.

This post will be a part of the up-coming Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival on handicrafts.

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