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Cure summer boredom with family crafts to make together

- By Metro Creative Services

Things seem to slow down in summer. Come summer, the hurried pace that dominates much of the year takes a backseat to vacations, lounging around the pool, diving through ocean waves, and setting up tents at campsites near or far. When the weather is accommodat­ing, there's a seemingly endless list of ways to enjoy time spent outdoors.

But as everyone knows, Mother Nature tends to be a bit unpredicta­ble during the hazy days of summer. Thundersto­rms can roll in quite suddenly, or rain may persist for a few days as the atmosphere attempts to right itself after an abundance of steamy days.

Keep a list of craft ideas at the ready to make the most of time spent inside or out. The following are a few ideas.

Friendship bracelets

There have been different iterations of friendship bracelets for every generation. With some general craft supplies, such as embroidery thread, beads, plastic lanyards, or other jewelry-making materials, kids can make and share a variety of friendship bracelets.

Seashell creatures

At the next beach excursion, pick up differentl­y shaped shells. They can be painted and glued together to resemble different animals or whatever designs one can imagine.

Sunprints

Check out the craft store for a special light-sensitive solution that can be painted onto thick craft paper. Set various natural items on top (such as fern boughs, shells, feathers, and more) and let the sun do its work. You'll ultimately be left with some beautiful silhouette­s.

Leather sewing kits

Evoke the feelings of summer camp right at home with leather sewing kits that enable everyone to make handcrafte­d leather wallets or small purses.

Painted stones

Kids can have fun gathering smooth pebbles from trails or at the shores of lakes. They can be painted with various designs or sweet sentiments, only to be left around the neighborho­od for others to discover.

Sea glass jewelry

An adult can use a very thin drill bit to make holes in sea glass remnants that washed up on beaches. Feed through earring hooks or chains to create one-of-akind jewelry.

Dyed shoes or accessorie­s

Use commercial­ly produced or homemade dyes made from teabags, berry juice, turmeric powder, or more to color certain items.

Dress up canvas sneakers with summertime hues, or make colorful bandanas to help keep you cool.

 ?? METRO CREATIVE SERVICES ?? Summer craft ideas abound to keep everyone entertaine­d all season long.
METRO CREATIVE SERVICES Summer craft ideas abound to keep everyone entertaine­d all season long.

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