Things to Make for Any Occasion!

Family cooking in their kitchen - mother stirring some spaghettiNot everything has to be purchased.  We know that going to the mall, browsing through Amazon, or saving up for a favorite item can be fun, but sometimes there is more fun and reward in making things yourself.  Not only that, but you will be saving money, making memories, and learning how to be resourceful in many ways.  Making things opens up your mind to new experiences and ideas that force you to think in ways that you might not have before.  Creativity is important, and when you are making things, you are practicing creativity.  Moreover, creativity brings out strong personality traits, such as perseverance, attentiveness, and problem solving.  The best part about making something handcrafted can be relishing in the final product and basking in the sense of accomplishment.  Let’s take a look at some things we can make for various occasion.  Open those minds!

Things to Make for Yourself

Most of the time when we make something, we make it for others: as a gift, for a gathering, or just for fun.  Do not forget that there are a hefty amount of things that you can make things for yourself as well.  Whether you are hungry, stressed, or feeling nostalgic, here are some ideas of things to make that yourself to supplement those needs.

  1. Bubble Bath

If you are in need of a day of relaxation and rejuvenation, forget about spending money on suds and make your own bubble bath blend instead.  To do this, you will need to:

  • Take a container
  • Mix ½ cup of liquid hand or body soap
  • 1 tbsp of sugar or honey
  • 1 egg white

These natural ingredients will work to moisturize your skin while creating a fluffy bed of bubbles by incorporating egg whites.  If you have dry skin, try adding one tbsp of light oil.

2. Write a Short Story or Mini Book

Here is another way to get your creative side working.  Writing a story is a fun way to be imaginative.  You might even learn some things about yourself as well.  Free-writing does a lot to uncover thoughts you were unaware of, desires, or hidden interests.  Sadly, a lot of people do not write.  It can appear time consuming, tiring, and boring.  Writing can help us practice: being persuasive, coming up with new ideas, clarifying our thoughts, and encouraging reflection.  At the end, you will have something to stash away, look back on, and expand on at a later day.

3. Make Shampoo

We all use it, so why not try to make the simplest type of shampoo you can to start.  You never know what is in your shampoo, so here is the chance to be in control of the products you put in your hair nearly every day.  You will need only 2 ingredients to create a very natural concoction are:

  • Baking Soda: 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Cup of Water

Put these two ingredients in an empty shampoo bottle that you can shake and mix comfortably.  See how your hair feels after a week of using these natural ingredients! Looking for a bit of zing? Try using Vitamin E oil, liquid castille soap, and drops of essential oils (such as rosemary, lavender, etc.)

With Kids

One of the most rewarding ways to bond with children, regardless of whether they are yours or not, is to create something.  Here are some fun ideas of things that you can make with kids – both of you will benefit!

  1. (Family) Recipe Book

Have the child or children you are with list 3 of their favorite recipes, or dishes.  Use some index cards or blank sheets of paper and write out the recipes.  Incorporate pictures or drawings to make the recipe book fun.  Here is what you will need:

  • 1 Journal
  • Recipe Cards (Index Cards)
  • Pictures, Photos, Magazines for cut-outs
  • Rulers, Glue, Tape
  • Markers, Crayons, Colored Pencils

When you are done with the recipes – make one of them!  Your mouth will probably be watering at this point anyhow.

2. Tea Parties / Picnics

It is always fun to act fancy and dress up, so why not give the kids a chance to do it too.  This is a fun way to act formal in the comfort of your own home.  Tea parties can also be a great way to introduce more formal manners to children.  You will need to whip out some:

  • A regular or miniature tea set
  • Tea, Juice, or Cocoa
  • Tea sandwiches.  Be sure to make these in fun shapes with cookie cutters, and let the kids help too!
  • Mini Finger Cookies
  • Invite some other guests!  (Dolls, stuffed animals, and teddy bears can work, too).

Things to do with your Husband, Boyfriend, or Partner

Running out of date ideas is a common frustration amongst couples or partners, especially if they have a good amount of years under their belt.  There are only so many walks in the park or movies you can go see before things start feeling repetitive.  Now is a great time to spruce things up without breaking the bank.  By making something with your husband or boyfriend, you will be making memories while feeling productive, creative, and crafty at the same time — all of which are priceless.

  1. Smoothies:  Who doesn’t like smoothies?  They are fun, delicious, and can be extremely healthy too!  Before making your smoothie, go on a brisk walk or run with your partner to build up an appetite.  A smoothie will be a refreshing and satisfying post-workout treat.  The most popular smoothie basics incorporate: bananas, a nut butter of choice, yogurt or ice cream, and ice cubes.  To healthily your drink, add some spinach or kale in for a kick of green.   Pour your smoothie into a large Mason jar or glass and double up on the straws.
  2. Italian Food:  There is something about pasta and Italian food in general that is so romantic.  Maybe it is all started with the lady and the tramp spaghetti scene, but Italian food is a dinner date staple.  On top of that, men love pizza and spaghetti is a more upscale way to incorporate hardy carbohydrates and delicious sauces.  If you are on a health kick, choose some whole wheat pasta, and stick to red sauces that will give you far more health benefits than any white cream sauces.  Add any toppings that you would to a pizza, such as mushrooms, ground beef, chicken, or seafood.  Pasta has a simple template that allows you to get creative!
  3. “Coupon” Book:  Sit down with one another and write down little things you would like to do that you know will make your partner happy.  For example: washing their car, taking over cleaning duties, or taking a day-trip somewhere.  All of these are sure to put a smile on their face!

Make it or Break it!

With our hectic and busy lifestyles today, it is hard to step away from the hustle and bustle and put your mind into a creative stance.  The sooner you get to channel your creativity, the sooner you will realize how simple, fun, and rewarding the art of creation can be.  Pump up your creative juices and browse through Udemy’s many ideas for Crafts and Hobbies to get yourself in the makin’ mood!