By Kim Childress
Besides being a surefire hit for gift giving, the craft and activities books by Klutz are instant boredom busters any time of year. One kit can serve as a party theme (jewelry making, anyone?), or the kits can be combined to create other inspirational ideas. I used the dot-paper jewelry cutouts on my Pop Collage frame.
I’ve always been a crafty girl, and now I’m a crafty mama. I find that creating, coloring, and crafting soothe the soul, the creative process actually becoming a form of meditation. Klutz kits are brilliantly designed to appeal to all ages, with themes such as glass painting, sand art, origami, and tons more. Here are some of my faves…
Make Glitter Clay Charms
Design your own bracelet with itty-bitty glittery charms! Comes with 35 charm designs, new clay colors, and two packets of accent glitter.
The Many Moods of Me Journal
Explore all your emotions—the good, the bad, and the weird—with this activity journal that includes a magical mood ring. Flip to the journal section, and fill out an entry with the six-color mood pen. Gorgeous hand-drawn art and quirky, conversational text put a fresh twist on ’tween journaling.
Finger knitters, like my daughters, love the 100-footlong fabulous creations from this book. It’s fun for first-timers, extremely easy, and could inspire a lifelong love of knitting. Includes easy instructions for 15 projects, including scarves, hats, jewelry, cat’s ear headbands, boot toppers, and much more. Plus, 200 yards of metallic-sparkle yarn come right in the box!
Charm Bracelet Studio
Kids (and adults) can design and paint high-quality, gold-metal charms. There are more than 100 designs to choose from, and the kit includes three gold bangles and 21 gold metal charms.
Personalized Friendship Bracelets
Warning: This one might frustrate younger kids. But it comes with more than 150 designs, five floss colors, step-by-step instructions, and a built-in bracelet-making board that helps you follow the patterns so you’re good to go! Once you’ve mastered the techniques, you can get really creative with beads and personalizations.
Take decoupage and collage to the next level! Pop Collage modernizes a classic craft with techniques such as hole punch confetti and glitter blending. Decorate the included keychain, bookmark, picture frame, and more!
Design & Dye with No-Heat Batik
Personalize your stuff with this modern twist on an ancient art—batik! Klutz introduces a no-heat, mess-free way to tackle this stunning craft at home. You’ll find more than 50 designs you can trace directly onto the 10 fabric swatches, included. Mix your paints with the color recipes, and find tricks for splatters, ombre, space-dye, and more. Mix-and-match the same motifs on your own tees, tanks, totes, and any other basics that could use a splash of color.
Bring one-of-a-kind flair to fantastical coloring designs! Proudly display every page as a work of art. For those of you who feel you can’t even find the pointy end of a pencil, the introductory how-to guide includes a crash course in using colored pencils, blending, layering, and color scheme inspirations.