If you’re looking for a hobby that can bring your family a lot closer together, nothing can beat crafting especially one that every other member in your family is interested in. Crafting as a hobby has never been easier since many of the things needed for a certain craft can now be obtained as kits. You don’t even need to go to your favorite local craft store to buy your materials as everything can now be ordered online. Despite these modern conveniences, however, it is still important to know how to spend quality time at home while crafting. Here’s how.
Show them how
It is one thing to tell your family how they should accomplish a particular craft; it’s another to show them how. Role modeling can go a long way towards helping the rest of your family find meaning in what you’re doing. For instance, if you decide to make knitted clothes and other fabric items as a craft, then don’t just talk, you will also have to walk the walk. In other words, if you want your family to be interested in knitting, then you also need to show them that you are really passionate about it.
Provide the right resources
What’s crafting if you don’t have the materials with you? And by materials we mean everything including the tools that you will need to complete the task. That is why even before you sit down and start crocheting, you’d have to make sure that everyone has his or her own complete crochet set. There really is nothing more frustrating than being in the groove to finish your craft item only to find out that you won’t be able to since you’re lacking one critical material. It simply extinguishes the excitement of being able to accomplish something.
Provide assistance whenever needed
Don’t expect everyone in the family to be particularly skillful at a certain craft. For example, if you want to try out pottery, the first few sessions will still be full of broken and irregular clay material. It is easy to get frustrated, especially among kids. You’d have to be ready to lend a helping hand. You’d have to show perseverance and patience in teaching them the correct way of spinning the potter’s wheel and how to apply just the correct level of pressure on the rotating lump of clay. Building confidence takes time and effort. Until they’ve grown confident, you’ll have to be there assisting them.
Make it fun
Crafting should be fun. Don’t make each session feel like work. No punishments; only rewards and encouragement. Play an upbeat music in the background or something that will help them get into the groove.
Crafting is a good way to spend quality time with your family. You just need to know what really interests them and take it from there.