Tuesday, March 18, 2008

craft-tastic

my new calling in the ward is to be on the enrichment comittee. my partner and i are in charge of the monthly craft night. here's my secret: i don't like most crafts. mostly because they are unappealing to me. i would love to make something that interested me, but most of the time they are things i wouldn't display in my house. i have boxes full of unfinished projects that will never see the light of day because they just don't appeal to me. (stuffed pumpkins, painted snowmen, toilet paper holders) i don't think i am the only one that feels this way. last month was birthday card making. the attendance was poor; it was mostly members of the presidency and two other sisters and a laurel. we were supposed to make six cards but i barely made it through two.

i need some ideas for crafts that will appeal to a wider relief society audience. please please please do not suggest word tiles. i think word tiles are a great idea. i have a fantastic one in my house. but we have done them. and then we did them some more. and i don't want to beat a dead horse.

i would like suggestions for people that were not born craft-tastically able. we need simple, inexpensive, projects. ones that will allow for friendships to be formed and conversations to flow. isn't that what these meetings are all about?

3 comments:

Lachelle, Rob & Eliza said...

We had a Super Saturday a couple of years ago with 3 activities that I actually enjoyed and weren't too difficult. I'm not very crafty!

1 - We painted those Christus statues. Basically someone sold them wholesale and we just had to paint it with that stuff before you put it in the fire. It took a few weeks to get them back but it was actually something I use in my house (until mine was broken) and was easy to talk and paint the stuff on it.

2 - We brought a glass pan/dish from home and did that thing where you stencil your last name on the bottom. Not really something I needed but once again - was easy and practical in Mormon culture where it seems like you always have to bring a casserole dish to something! I've used mine quite often and it's nice to know it will be returned!

3 - We made "I spy" bean bags for kids to use during church. I didn't have any kids at the time but it was such a great idea. All we had to do was put the little objects in and fill it with rice and then do a little hand sewing. http://deseretbook.com/store/product?sku=4969347

Those are my 3 suggestions! :)

Emily & Jeremy said...

if i were you, i'd check out this lady's blog: everythingispink.blogspot.com

she always is sharing craft ideas. she was a young womens leader of mine back in the day.

Will & Natalie Giddens said...

Gosh, I wish I could help. I have no ideas, am not crafty, and we haven't done one darn Enrichment activity or group that entailed a craft. Boo on me!