[Published in Hood Magazine‘s Holiday Gift Guide 2017.]
Looking for some holiday craft ideas but have no idea where to start? Inspiration comes from all kinds of places, including household items. Our inspiration for these crafts comes from those things we have in the house like clothespins, incomplete puzzles, mismatched plates and candy. Try these kid friendly crafts to jumpstart your imagination with household supplies:
Reindeer Friends. Try making reindeer from old clothespins. Supplies for them include googly eyes, pom poms for a nose, pipe cleaners for antlers, ribbon to hang with and glue. Want to try something a little different? Use a few extra clothespins and some popsicle sticks to make their bodies.
Candy Crafts. You can make the reindeer out of candy canes too! Use old candy that’s gone stale from last year or the leftover Halloween sweets. Try building Santa’s train with lifesavers for the engine and mints for wheels. Cut out paper snowflake templates and glue smarties or mints in the patterns.
Puzzle Decorations. From ornaments to door wreaths, old puzzles can make gorgeous decorations. Supplies include a puzzle, paint and hot glue. Paint the puzzle pieces then hot glue them together for the base ring. Then put a layer of glue on top of the base to begin adding more pieces. Repeat until the wreath is as thick as you like.
Credit to DazzleWhileFrazzled.com for the gorgeous example of a wreath.
Tiered Platter. This craft makes a great housewarming gift for those holiday parties. First, get plates that go together and candlesticks or glasses with different heights. These need to support weight but still look nice. Start with the largest plate and use hot glue or super glue to attach the tallest candlestick on top of it. Let that dry, then glue the unattached end of the candlestick to the bottom of the second plate. Then repeat the process for the next candlestick and plate. Just want a cake stand? Glue the bottom of a strong glass to the underside of a cake plate.
Photo credit to Anna Wu’s blog.
Most craft supplies can be found at thrift stores or dollar stores if you don’t already have them at home. Visit local craft stores like JAM Art & Supplies for quality art materials like paints and brushes to add some flair to your projects. Want more craft ideas? Search “DIY gifts” on Pinterest to see what you can find!
On Friday, November 10, we had the opportunity to attend a local, one-of-a-kind vending machine art show at Ipso Gallery called “Ka-Chunk.” Both the prizes, as well as the machines were created by an assemblage of 30+ local artists. The engineer of Steve Bormes‘ dispenser even made the effort to create a wheelchair-friendly push button, a refreshing consideration! So impressed.
Tokens sold out not quite an hour into the evening. Prepared for the demand, the gallery had a collection of Fresh Produce limited edition swag to keep the vending going. It was a packed house from start to finish, and plenty for people of all ages. Here’s a little photo tour of the creative machines and prizes artists came up with for the night!
This month I stopped by shows at Eastbank, Rug & Relic, and the Washington Pavilion. No new shows at the Pavilion this month, but all of the great activities for kids still happened. There were so many artists talking about their work at Eastbank, I spent most of my time there. The variety of work made fewer stops on my route doable, but I highly recommend stopping by some other locations as well. The Museum of Visual Materials and Rehfeld’s were two stops I had on my list. See more art shows on the Sioux Falls Arts Council webpage. -Rachel
RUG & RELIC
This First Friday, Rug & Relic hosted a one-night-only feature show of over 150 pieces from Chris Vance. Vance’s work plays on familiar cartoon-like styles and bright colors to bring his work to life. Pieces like “Peanut Butter” take a more abstract turn, but use the same colors and curvy lines as his other styles. Other work on display at Rug & Relic included light sculptures from Steve Bormes, and paintings from other area artists.
The first artist talk of the evening came from John Kolb. His art style is influenced heavily by his Christian roots. Kolb joked that the goal of one of the pieces on display was to see how many different ways he could do a cross. His pieces focus on shapes in a more abstract approach. He feels that sometimes he gets “locked into” greens and blues occasionally. Using a layering technique with his colors, Kolb’s pieces can get up to 5 coats of paint. He has around 5 pieces on display at Eastbank .
Linda Ackland-Kolb gave the second talk of the night, presenting and describing her pastel-painted beeswax works of art. Her pieces, though small, take a lot of work to get right. She fielded questions about the framing process as well, which is delicate since she does not use sealant to set her pieces. The work on display at Eastbank is a series of vessels and some fashion inspired pieces. Linda plans to branch into more clothing inspired pieces next.
Warren Arends ventured from on-canvas art into stonework and jewelery. His work started as a hobby, but now Arends has two students in soldering. He turns colorful stones from all different countries and continents into pendants and rings. His business, Arends Agates, custom makes every piece for individual requests.
Scott Chleborad was another featured artist at Eastbank. His work combines painting and photography that results in often psychedelic landscapes. Chleborad’s talk was short and to the point, with a few anecdotes about his process. His work with light and contrast makes his work unique and beautiful.
All of the artists’ work at Eastbank is worth a trip to 8th and Railroad to see. More than just these four artists have work on display, and the work they brought is just as exciting. Next First Friday, Eastbank will be doing a “postcard sale” of local art, so be sure to check out the current work on display before then.
For South Dakota artists ages 14 and older
This January, the Brookings Arts Council will be presenting a collection of works dedicated solely to the exploration of photographic arts. Welcoming photographers of all levels, we want to see how you create compelling images reflecting all aspects of life. Whether it is abstract or representational, nature or urban, timeworn or new, personal or ordinary we want to see it!
ELIGIBILITY: All photographic processes in color and black and white. Please contact the Brookings Arts Council at 692-4177 with questions.
EXHIBITION DATES: January 3rd-26th, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, January 11, 2018, 4:30pm-6:30pm with awards presented at 5pm
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, December 15, 2017
AWARDS: In each category BW and Color 1st: $75 2nd: $50 3rd: $25,
PICK UP WORK: Saturday and Tuesday, January 27 and 30, 12-5pm
ENTRY FEE Members: $20 per entry-limit of 2 works per artist.
EXHIBITION GUIDELINES • All work much be original and not previously exhibited at the Brookings Arts Council.
- All 2D work must be ready to hang on a wire.
- All 2D work must be framed or on gallery -wrapped canvas with finished edges.
- Size of work: Minimum 8×10.
- All work must be labeled on the back with title and artist’s name.
Brookings Arts Council
524 4th St. Brookings SD 57006
Contact: Heather Kuhlman, Executive Director
The Sioux Falls Arts Council has started a merchant and corporate recognition program to give businesses a “seal of support” for contributing to the arts organization.
Businesses will receive the artist-designed seal to display on their websites and window fronts for a minimum $250 annual contribution.
The funds will support the arts council’s focus on arts coordination, cultivation and accessibility.
“The problem we had to solve was to create a stream of revenue that wouldn’t compete with the fundraising that programming-oriented arts organizations pursue,” executive director Kara Dirkson said. “They are the very organizations we want to see thrive.”
The seal was designed by Michael Hay. Businesses that make the donation also will be thanked on social media.
“These businesses and organizations think big about the arts,” Dirkson said. “They support the need for an organization that coordinates and cultivates the arts, so Sioux Falls can remain competitive in workforce development, tourism and overall quality of life.”
Creative people thrive off of each other. You are invited! You take your own supplies and materials and are doted on with amazing food, snacks, gorgeous views, and fellowship and crafting into the wee hours. See contact info below.
This month, First Friday featured a slew of artists participating in the Art and Wine Walk. Most locations had the artists inside their shops, so the looming threat of a downpour was no concern. The rain held off just long enough for the outdoor locations to show off their craft. Instead of going to every single stop on the walk, since there were so many great artists there, I picked the “You don’t see that everyday!” locations. ~Rachel
Rebekah Scott Designs at Atoley Spa
She learned how to sew in 4-H as a child. Then, one Christmas as a “poor newlywed,” Rebekah Scott realized she did not have to buy gifts. Family and friends received handmade gifts that year, and Rebekah realized that she could start a business with her craft and still raise a family. Thirteen years later, she is still making purses. Her website, shoprsd.com, is based on an interactive system that lets visitors pick designs and see different fabrics on the item they choose. Her wares on display at Atoley Spa had something to please everyone; a variety of styles, colors and patterns were available with more on her site.
Nathan Rueckert at A League of Your Own
“America At The Seams” is Nathan Ruecker’s latest and largest work, and also the name of his soon to be released book. For almost two decades he has worked with old tattered baseballs, turning them into various forms of art. He makes everything from keychains to crosses. Nathan got his inspiration after the September 11th attacks, and he played baseball in college. His work has expanded from the original idea of American flags and really taken off over the years. He works with baseballs because the sport is still “America’s favorite pastime,” and keeps the game close. See more of his work on his website.
Swen’s Reclaimed Wares at Say Anything Jewelry
Mike Swenson brought his reclaimed wood art pieces to his sister’s shop for First Friday, along with some of his tools. Mike kayaks on the rivers, and his state carvings are often inspired by these rivers; he can take the less interesting shapes of some states and make them dynamic by carving in the rivers that run through them. Most of the wood Mike uses comes from barns or pallets, and all of it is reclaimed. Find the Minnesota native on Snapchat to see in progress works at swenmn, or see his shop on Etsy to buy his art.
Amy Jarding Weaving at Coffea
Amy Jarding, co-founder of JAM and a weaver for three years, set up shop at Coffea on Friday night. Mostly self taught through YouTube videos, Amy creates vibrant and stylish woven pieces in many sizes. Her large works immediately catch the eye in the space, and the hanging accents add color to the ambience. She uses new and used yarn on her frame loom, and sometimes even found objects. Follow her on Instagram or Facebook to see more of her work with weaving and other artistic endeavors.
Parklet Design Competition at Sioux Falls Design Center
South Dakota State University students of all grades submitted sculpture ideas for the Sioux Falls Design Center Parklet Design Competition this Friday. Six student groups were selected to take over parking spots near the 11th and Phillips intersection and set up their designs that passerby could vote on with tokens provided. Designs included a wide spectrum of ideas influenced by pop culture and nature. An interactive game made of balloons and complete with slingshot was compiled by a group including student Walker Kropenske. He said the piece was fairly simple and based on the game Angry Birds. “What’s That Sound” inspired by Blue Man Group and Pinterest crafts was put together by a group of four including Rachael Selberg. She said her group wanted to create an interactive experience for children and adults too. “Feathers,” a social media positivity campaign that passerby were able to add to (#WhatMakesMeFly), was created by Liz and Angela. They were hoping to spread positive energy on social media in Sioux Falls. A stained glass house inspired Jaylee, Gaby and Samuel for their cellophane built tent. Unfortunately, the sun did not come out much to make their piece shine they way they hoped. “Palisades Pavilion” was created by Kyle Franta and Thomas Schneider, inspired by Palisades State Park and a pit stop for those attending the parklet event. All of the sculptures were large enough to fill their parking spots and draw passerby in. Learn more about the Sioux Falls Design Center and their upcoming competitions on their website.