Seeking your ideas for free or inexpensive crafts for adults that can be completed within 2-3 hours with very little instruction required. Striving for a fun process and a pleasing end product. No worthless, ugly or junky, please.
Our small town is gearing up for a winter of cold and darkness and the task of coming up with ideas for a monthly planned evening craft for adults falls to two of us who need help brainstorming.
We have no budget and must rely on free or recycled items (though I'm willing to donate a small amount for the purchase of a few key items -AND- we have some supplies that we can borrow because we craft in a space that sometimes has children's art classes).
What works and what doesn't?
Two crafts last year that were successful: recycled mat board gift tags before the holidays (cutting, gluing, layering of papers, pretty simple and people had a surprising amount of fun) and hand-painted rocks as garden markers
in the spring. Both were really inexpensive, used free or recycled materials and required little to no instruction.
A craft that was *awesome* but not quite suited to the evening was decoupaged switchplates (like this
). We had the tools and donated materials, but it required way too much guidance and not everyone is adept with an exacto knife or even did well with painting on the glue. Not to mention that they couldn't take their prizes home with them until the next week (after I went back in to re-coat and then spray lacquer all of the pieces). We loved the finished product, but we can't do anything that high maintenance again.
was another fail. Took way too much time and not everyone who came had the skill to make something that looked nice.
We will do gift tags and rocks again. But we need at least three more ideas. Some facts:
-it has to be started and finished within three hours--and portable by the end;
-the evening is free and open to the adult public, who don't necessarily come with any creative skills whatsoever;
-must be simple to understand with very little instruction;
-requires free or very low-cost art supplies (available only at a Walmart or Fred Meyer a couple hours away);
-we have access to crayons, glue guns, scrap paper, limited nice card stock and origami papers, white glue, tables and chairs and a big laundry sink;
-our one thrift store has very little to offer in the way of inspiration or supplies.