Seriously. It has been cold this winter. I mean bone chilling cold! Florida has been in the 40’s and Texas got snow! I live in North Alabama and it seems that nights are in the teens or single digits are becoming the norm. While some areas that may seem warm-this is the south and it is plain cold. Plus it is darker and dreary. The children are on the edge -the cold was fun for a while because they could freeze everything, but after a while-it is just cold.
So on a day a few weeks ago when it was like 6 degrees or 9 degrees or some extremely cold day I asked my kids-what could we make that would keep us warm this winter. And just like that they came up with a list of crafts and a few foods to keep them warm. Since the cold weather doesn’t seem to letting go of us, we are working on staying warm.
- Making Scarves. My kids love it when we make scarves. We have many both from fleece and knitted. There are some simple ones and more complicated. We made a simple one.
- Robby wanted to make a scarf that like he saw at Disney-it was Mickey ears on top and it was long with mittens on the end. He has not found his “fabric” of choice yet. Check out these other fun scarves at Spoonful.
- Looming Scarves. I have made the kids scarves from looming. I find it relaxing and an easy alternative to knitting. I normally only do this in the winter while watching TV and the minute the weather becomes warm I quite. If I would stay with it I would have lots of gifts! LOL
- Isaiah saw this one and was hooked! So we one day we happen to be at Hobby Lobby and picked up some fleece. This was easy, easy, easy!
- This looks fun-but I have never done anything with felting. Have you? This would be great for older kids or maybe you want to be a little brave?
- No Sew is always a key word for an easy warm craft!
- Hand Warmers. Robby was trying to describe to me these things that broke and that he put all over him at a camp out with friends. Finally I got they were hand warmers. He asked if we can make some. I told him sure, I think if we just sew little squares, put some rice in them, and then they can pop them into the microwave before going out. Kinda like bean bags but with rice. Should not be that hard right? Come to find out, these are pretty popular.
- Make your own soap and bath salt. What a better way to warm yourself up than a nice hot bath! We have made a fun oatmeal lavender soap using a kit from Hobby Lobby. I had it sitting around for a few years. I poured my mixture into a lined cookie sheet and then just cut it. And then I cute one into tiny bits, the kids love those.
- I always think that soaps that smell great are fun to use! I love all the wonderful suggestions on fragrance oils here on Bramble Berry. They have lots of great resources for making your own soap, (along with lip balms which I am researching!). I would love to learn how to make cold process soaps-they are so beautiful! Maybe for a warmer day though!
- Create cards to send. Valentine day is around the corner and on these really, really cold days-set out all the cut craft supplies and get creating. Better yet, invite some friends over to have a card party! Make it an adult party and break out the wine and cheese, or involve the kids and have hot coco and cookies. If your church has a list of shut in’s send cards. Look at this fancy Valentine Card Making Party on HGTV. Or this one at Better Homes and Garden.
- Make a Sun Catcher. On cold days we try to follow the sun. We have lots of windows and I am so thankful for that. Making fun sun catcher is a great way to focus of the warm sun on a colder day.
- Some awesome ideas for lots of sun catcher and stain glass windows at The Artful Parent.
- I have never seen a sun catcher made with pony tail beads, but this was worth checking out.
- Buggy and Buddy make a fun sun catcher with crayon shavings.
- Of course there is my kids favorite sun catcher with tissue paper. Check out these cute hearts at First Palette.
As the winter keeps blowing all this cold air, hopeful you will keep warm with these ideas. Need more ideas, check out my craft board on Pinterest.
Now I know you may be wondering what food ideas the kids picked to keep themselves warm. Hot Coco, warm cookies, grill cheese and soup.