This YouTube playlist is full of super fun and accessible arts and crafts projects that your students (or you!) can do virtually or in the classroom. These are cheap art projects for a slightly older cohort of students, but could be easily adapted for younger children. They’re all user-friendly, and you’ll walk away with a unique creation that could hang in a home or spice up your wardrobe! Choose any cheap art project on the list and you will be sure to motivate even the most reluctant amongst us to get creative, because the cute end product will more than justify the journey!
Check out our groundbreaking Arts Education Curriculum & Resource Guide: A Comprehensive Experience for e-Learning, Hybrid Learning, and Homeschooling for more ideas about adaptable learning plans and ideas for the new shape of arts education during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Linoleum printmaking is super fun and super easy– and it yields an incredibly polished looking result! This video will give you several ideas for beginners lino printing, including a stamp carved out of a regular potato. The only speciality tool you really need is a lino cutter, which is under $10 at any arts or crafts stores.
This video introduces three easy weaving projects/patterns to start out with. The artist also shows you to make a DIY loom to assemble your projects on! Weavings are incredible wall hangings and look super professional. Have fun toying around with colors and textures in your patterns to make your perfect piece of textile art. This cheap art project will teach you how to work with many different kinds of yarn, fabric, and wool within the weaving process, and help prepare you to go out on your own. Once you get a feel for it, the world is yours!
This fun and accessible tutorial teaches you the basics of embroidery, a skill that you can adapt for infinite possibilities. Spruce up an old pair of pants, t-shirt, or dress. Make adorable wall hangings or pillows. Give embroidered patches as gifts to your friends and family so they can add your art to any textiles they have! You’ll learn the most used stitches and what they’re best for, as well as how to plan out shapes and patterns. This video is a great crash course to get you all charged up and ready to stitch up a storm!
Recycled cloth face masks are sustainable and relevant! Elevate your mask from a boring necessity to another fun and bright accessory that adds to your style. This project explains how to use fabric you have laying around to make a well-fitting mask. You can control how the fabric is cut and where it sits, so you will be sure to make your favorite and most comfortable mask. As a bonus, this is a hand sewing tutorial, so no need for a sewing machine here!
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