Get out your camp stoves and picnic blankets –summer has finally hit Vancouver! It’s time to pack up your gear and head for the hills –or the beach, as the case may be. But once the hiking, swimming, and cycling are done, the summer reading is caught up on, and the hot dogs and s’mores have been devoured, what’s left to do? Exercise a little creativity and make something, of course! Our DIY kits make it easy to pack a little bit of arts and crafts in with your sunscreen and bug spray.
BOTTLE CAP NECKLACE KIT
If you missed out on making one of these with us at Maker Faire or Car Free Day, or if you want to make a few more, here’s your chance! Each kit contains enough materials for three complete necklaces, with 12 different images to choose from. These are without a doubt the easiest arts and crafts activity you’ve ever come across –if you can wield a pair of scissors well enough to cut out a circle, you’ll be successful!
The brainchild of local artist Claudia Segovia, Figo “wishing dolls” are visiting us from a world of dreams and possibilities with the express purpose of helping to make our wishes become reality. Each Figo has a special pocket just for this purpose –you simply write your wish down on a piece of paper, slide it into your Figo’s pocket, and then hug your Figo close to your heart until your wish comes true! The Figo DIY kits are packed with an assortment of fabric embellishment and trims for you to choose from when designing your doll.
NEEDLE FELTED HEART KIT
A favourite at Plush no matter what the season! Each kit is stuffed with everything you need (including comprehensive instructions!) to make six needle-felted hearts. Or make just one heart and use the rest of the materials and a little creativity to make anything else that you want! Needle-felting is a perfect craft for traveling — the materials weigh next to nothing, and you can sit down and do it just about anywhere with very little fuss.
We’re the first to admit it: we’re die hard makers here. We don’t let little things like road trips or camping adventures interfere with our crafting, and why should we? With enough practice, maybe by next summer we’ll be ready to knit a sweater while we’re white-water rafting. Or not. Time will tell!