This year’s make 5 DIY projects is all about bowls. Why bowls? Well they are perfect for putting something in and just pleasing to look at.
Yarn Bowl: For those family and friends who knit, crochet or just use lots of string, a yarn bowl helps to keep the skein/ball of thread in place. You can make one from polymer clay, a wooden bowl or you can repurpose an item. Check thrift stores for teapots that would be big enough to hold a ball of yarn. Find an inexpensive ball of yarn (or string) put it in the teapot, drawing the thread through the spout. A cute colander can hold multiple balls of yarn, string or even ribbon. This is perfect for the person that uses multiple colors in their projects. Again thrift stores are good places to find decorative colanders that would look great with three different yarns coming through the holes. Note that strainers will not work for this project
Stamped Clay Bowls:Very cool design using air dried clay. Perfect to make a small bowl for earrings, tie tacks or other small objects.
Doily Pressed Clay Bowl:Made with polymer clay –Sculpey- this would be good for putting next to the sink to hold rings.
Leaf Bowls: The craft stores as well as the Dollar Stores already have fall items in stock so you can purchase autumn leaf garlands, or look for summer garlands that will be half price or even less. While the bowl is made from fall leaves, experiment. If you find some grape leaf garland, this would be a perfect bowl to make for your friends that like wine. The bowl can then hold wine corks, wine charms etc.
Candy Bowl with Napkins: This is a good time to practice how to make these bowls and to look for the right kind of holiday napkins. Very easy to do and so cool looking.
Previous Years August Holiday Gifts to Start Now
• 2011: Environmentally friendly cleaning products; Cookie Cutter Fudge; Balloon Candle Holders; Popsicle Bracelets; Frame a game Board
• 2014Edition: Infinity scarf, knife block or stripe, fire starters, flavored syrups, activity books