If you love crafting then it’s only logical you have a great craft room. Check out some tips for creating the perfect craft room.
Creating The Perfect Craft Room
If you have a little bit of extra space in your home and you have some kids who are craft crazy – then here are some tips to make sure that you create a craft room that will be a delight to play in.
Crafting is good for kids and adults as it allows your creativity to flow. That relaxing flow of creativity will help both adults and children sort through their emotions and reduce their stress levels.
Something to keep in mind is that craft rooms after get a little bit messy, so the more storage and recycle options you have, the better!
Without the right organization, a craft room can end up being a big ol’ mess! It becomes not fun, and a nightmare to be in.
Instead of letting the crafts pile up, you need to get ultra-organized.
A designated space for each of your tools, craft items, and materials makes it easier for kids to put it back where they found it.
When it comes to anything sticky like glue or paint, having them in a separate try can make it easy to clean up should you need to.
- Clear plastic and glass (for older kids) are ideal for finding what you need quickly.
- Pegs on the wall for hanging aprons, strings, ribbons, and more
- Label all of the drawers that are in use
- Keep 2-3 recycling tubs for papers, plastic and other
Since the children spend the most time in the room, ask them to cast their creative eye over the plans. This can make it more enjoyable for them, and it can give you ideas that you haven’t even thought of.
If they are school age, they might replicate the inside of their classroom at school – and that can be a good thing. Classrooms are often set up so that children can easily reach everything, and it is easy to tidy up too.
Let them help you make the room ideal for them.
Highs and Low
There are some things like ribbons and glue that should be within easy reach for the children, and there are other things like hot glue guns, sharp scissors, and anything else harmful – all in a craft room.
Set two separate heights for these things. Have anything that is sharp or requires adult supervision higher up on shelves – or locked away in a box. And have everything that is safe for children to use alone at child height.
Glitter or not…
Glitter is a dividing material. Some parents and children love it, and others not so much. Glitter is fun, sparkly, and can be a lot of fun to play with. But something to keep in mind at all times is how difficult it can be to clean up!
When it comes to choosing glitter, try to choose child-safe glitter that is also biodegradable.
Keep a tub or two up on the high shelf so that it isn’t out all the time, and it will make cleaning it up much easier for you to manage.
Since it is a craft room, there is going to be a mess and plenty of it. Sticky glue mess on the tables, tiny scraps of paper on the floor, pen marks, and so much more.
Try to keep a relaxed attitude to the mess that might happen in the room. Mess is part of creativity – but tidying up is just good manners.
Instead of having carpet in the room, invest in some laminate wood flooring – it is easier to clean, and that includes sticky glue.
Have a box that is dedicated to cleaning up the mess. Keep some chemical-free cleaning products like some paper towels, washcloths, old rags, and more. Encourage the kids to take some time to wipe down all the surfaces so that they can start with a fresh, clean craft area in the morning.
It can also be very handy if you can have a sink installed so that the children can wash their hands, arms, and face if they need to. This can save a big headache of little paint handprints on the wall on the way to the bathroom.
The earlier that children are taking an active part in things like recycling, the better. It means that as they grow up, it will become part and parcel of their everyday lives. But most of the time, that learning starts in the home.
Have some clearly labeled boxes that can be dedicated to paper, plastics, and others. Ensure that the kids put the right rubbish in the right place at the end of each session. Discuss why it is essential and its impact on the planet when we take time to recycle correctly.
The craft space isn’t just a place for making; it is a space for celebrating too. You can celebrate the great works of art that have been produced in the room. Make a point of hanging up a new project, different art styles the children (or you) have tackled, and anything that is really great.
It is not that other pieces should be put in the bin, but it is an excellent idea to celebrate the great work.
You can have a theme on each wall or in each little area and keep all artwork in a fantastic collection.
Refresh the walls every few months so that the children can see their progress.
The room should be a great space for spending many hours in – but you need to keep in mind that paints and glue all produce smells. Even chemical-free child-safe options can smell quite strong.
Depending on the window’s height, they can be open – but you’ll need to be in the room at all times or fit safety bars.
Another way to keep the room calm and cool is to consider residential large ceiling fans; they will keep the air circulating and ensure that your children are at a comfortable temperature without stale air.
Keep or bin
There is a pang of parent guilt that comes with children’s artwork. We can feel like we need to keep every piece in drawers cupboards and have them on the walls too. It can be overwhelming.
And while it is nice to keep some of the work that your child has produced, it is better that they are put out some of the time.
Most of the time, the work can be recycled, but other times it will need to go in the bin.
A nice practice can be asking your children which of their artwork they want to keep and which ones they think can go.
You might have decided that you are going to make festive cards or something else guided, but your children might decide that they don’t want to. The flexibility to switch between guided creative crafts and others is going to be your superpower.
It’s not just flexibility with what you are doing in each session but also which crafting materials and supplies you need the most. Starting with a bit of everything is a great idea – you can then get an idea of what your children have a preference for and stock up on extra of it.
Crafting rooms can be some of the most enjoyable and relaxing rooms in the home for everyone. So if you have some spare space and are trying to decide what it should be used for – consider a craft room!
Are you looking for the perfect inspiration for fun crafts to do with your kids? Check out the amazing archive: Great Kids Crafts.