If you’re a camp counselor, elementary school teacher, or homeschool mom or dad, you’re probably on the lookout for new Stationery Supplies ideas for the coming school year. Even senior center directors are always looking for new opportunities to keep residents busy. This arts and crafts idea is a simple one that can be done by kids and adults alike in a group setting. Whether this craft is kept for a personal collection or given away as a gift, it will be a fun activity for any participant.
To complete this craft, you will need several materials that can be easily purchased at any craft supply store. You’ll need craft foam cut into a square, needles that are made of plastic or have blunted tips (so children do not get injured), and lanyard lace or a thick yarn. To begin making a glasses case, cut two rectangles out of the square of foam with dimensions of 3.5 inches by 6 inches. Using a hole punch, punch holes on three sides of each of the foam rectangles. Allow at least 1/4 inch between the holes and the edges of the foam. You need to be sure that the kids cut the holes so that when the two pieces of foam are lined up, they can be laced together. If you are working with very small children, you should do the hole punching yourself before it is time to assemble the craft.
Next, you can have the kids cut out decorative shapes from other foam colors. You can also buy packages of pre-cut foam shapes if you will be working with really small children who can’t use scissors well. If you’re using this craft for a theme camp or another special event, you can buy foam shapes that are pre-cut into shapes that match the theme of your event. For example, a solar system class could use foam stars and planets to decorate their glass cases. You may also want to provide other decorative items such as beds and sequins that can really make the glass cases stand out. This works best if you are working with older children or adults in a seniors center.
Once you’ve done this, the crafters should thread their blunted or plastic needles with thick yarn or lanyard lace. The lanyard makes a better choice since it is shinier, but the yarn may be easier to use for small children. Have the kids loop their yarn or lanyard lace through the eye of the needle and then have them lace the front and back of the glasses case together using the holes you punched in the foam in the first step of the craft. You can also make the glasses case into a purse by attaching a piece of lanyard lace to each corner of the case. This is a good idea if you are working with groups of girls who want a special place to store their treasures. Once the craft is complete, the children in your group will have something they can treasure or give as a gift.