“This is your brain on crafting” … What ARE the benefits?! Making something with your hands – it’s yours – you created it and it gives you a sense of pride, accomplishment, satisfaction.  Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say. It may also ease stress, increase happiness and protect the brain from damage caused by aging.

Little research has been done specifically on crafting, but neuroscientists are beginning to see how studies on cognitive activities such as doing crossword puzzles might also apply to someone who does complex quilting patterns. Others are drawing connections between the mental health benefits of meditation and the zen reached while painting or sculpting.

Starting with Valentines gifts kids for all ages to make for your friends, for your family!

Pom-Pom Paper Flowers from ArtBarBlog “Decorate” — tips and ideas on how to create happy + beautiful spaces in your room.

Teen Crafts brought you by A Little Craft in Your Day created specifically by two teens – a girl and a boy, Tanner & Courtney. They think there is no better way to spend the day than with a paint brush in your hand creating a mess as well as beautiful things — “We both pretty much live and breath DIY. We love sharing what we create in hopes to inspire others!” Looking ahead to St. Patrick’s TEENtivity likes this T-shirt!

Then there’s 16 DIY Projects for Tween Girls.  But what about boys? Try diyprojectsforteens.com for cool DIY Crafts Ideas, Fun Food, Do It Yourself Fashion and Room Decor for Teens andT weens. Boys and Girls Bedroom Projects.

Fun, quick DIY Bracelets of all sorts and for all seasons from momsandcrafters.com. You’ll find beautiful coloring printables online, too, for teens and adults.




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