If you aren’t a homeschooler, you may not know the difference between a craft and handicraft. If you do know the difference, then ignore my statement. It sounded good at the moment. This list of budget-friendly handicrafts will make a great addition to your homeschool lessons.
- A particular skill of making decorative objects by hand/homemade.
- An object that is made using a skill by hand.
Here is the way I see it.
Crafts can provide hands-on practice for kids and can encourage creativity in your homeschool. Handicrafts are creations.
When you think of crafting in your homeschool, it may include art supplies like scissors, glue, paper, and go along great alongside your lessons to help kids internalize what they are learning.
Handicrafts take crafting a whole leap further. It is a type of craft kids can make by hand that can also be decorative and have a particular use.
Many times handy crafts have a traditional, cultural, or religious value of some sort – but they don’t have to be. When it comes to your homeschool, handicrafts are cool things kids can use or gift to other people.
I live in a second world country where handicrafts are the sole source of income for many families. Many women make handicrafts to sell in stores and/or during tourist season to support their families.
Now that I think about it, can you help me say a little prayer for them during your prayer time or when you think of it?
See, due to the issues around the world right now, our borders are completely closed to any visitors. It has been eight months that our borders have been closed, therefore no handicrafts are being sold.
It hit me this week when I went to buy a Tongan tapa cloth frame for my friend, who is still stuck in Australia until our borders are open again.
I wanted to frame a picture I saw on the internet of her and her girls as a surprise when she returned home, and the biggest handicraft store we have here in Tonga was closed until further notice.
I was so sad to hear about this. Many handicraftsmen from all over the island and surrounding islands brought their crafts to be sold there. And it was just closed indefinitely.
What a world we live in now. Anyway, if you could shoot a prayer their way that would be amazing.
I wanted to show you some pictures of the traditional handicrafts from Tonga, where I live now.
Handicrafts don’t have to be elaborate in your homeschool. Yet, they can be used to encourage creativity, authenticity, design, but most of all to make alongside your lessons If you are studying countries around the world.
Here is the best thing about handicrafts, they can actually have good use and they can be really budget-friendly.
Check out these budget-friendly handicrafts to share in your homeschool below:
A Charlotte Mason Handicrafts Lesson |Nourished Children
100 Handicrafts for the Early Years | My Little Robins
Nature weaving | Dirty Kids – Happy Kids
Air Dry Clay- An Easy DIY Clay Recipe | Kitchen Table Classroom
100 Sewing & Handicraft Projects for Homeschoolers | Blog She Wrote
Handicrafts For Kids: A Collection Of Useful + Creative Projects | Free and Unfettered
10 Creative Nature Stick Crafts for Kids | Hello Wonderful
40 Nature Crafts for Kids | Encouraging Moms at Home
Individual budget-friendly handicrafts:
DIY Rain Sticks | Gift of Curiosity
Fabric bowls | A Subtle Revelry
Mini Fabric Lamps | Taylor Made Creates
DIY Coasters From Up-Cycled Yarn | Kitchen Table Classroom
FREE Instructions: DIY Tassel And Macramé Keychains | Think.Make.Share
DIY Wool Felt Ball Coasters | inspired by charm
FREE Woven Bowl Template | Kitchen Table Classroom
Homemade Harmonica- A Homemade Instrument | Kitchen Table Classroom
Video instructions of handicrafts for kids:
Make 3 Dollar Tree Macrame Keychains DIY | Macrame School
Easy Handicrafts For Kids | Krrish K
Art and Craft Idea How to Make Jute Vase Handicraft | Art and Craft
3 Handicraft Ideas from Jute Weaving Basket | Art and Craft
Easy Jute Rope Bag Handicraft| Art and Craft Ideas
20 Easy Recycled Projects for Kids | 5-Minute Crafts PLAY
Woolen Flower making handicrafts with wool | Hand Made Items
Here are some budget-friendly handicrafts to go alongside your unit studies in different countries.
Clay Koru Necklace (New Zealand) | Albion Gould
Batik Fan (Indonesia) | Maria M Living Ideas
Kente cloth weaving projects for kids (Ghana) | Kid World Citizen
Craft: Frida Inspired Flower Headband (Mexico) | See Vanessa Craft
Christmas time is coming soon, so get into the full swing of it with handicrafts to make with the family. Here are some ideas below:
Handicrafts have a sentimental value, I think many of our fellow homeschool parents can agree. Of course, its awesome for our kids to make paper crafts, but there is just something about handicrafts where we can save as a keepsake that makes it special and memorable.
Being budget-friendly is only the icing on the cake.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!