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Arts and crafts have always been a staple of society. Humans love to create things! In order to cater to this love, companies have been creating crafts supplies for decades now. For today's Activity Corner, we are going to flashback to the most popular arts and crafts supplies from the past. See how many your residents can remember and get your hands on any of them you can for a big arts and crafts flashback party! You likely have many on hand already.
12 Crafts Supplies Everyone Loved Back in the Day
Source: www.GoodHousekeeping.com
1. Mini weaving looms
Kits for the sole purpose of making rainbow pot holders were obviously essential. This one dates back to the 1950s, but you can still get a new one today (and they've barely changed!).
2. Paint-by-number kits
These DIY art kits (like this lovely flamingo scene) were so popular in the '50s that they became an iconic part of midcentury decor. Fans of "real art" rolled their eyes, but amateur painters were too smitten with the results to care.
3. Aleene's Tacky Glue
Like blogger Katie of Running With a Glue Gun says, this instantly recognizable bottle is still essential to any crafter today. But if you haven't made anything since grade-school art class, one glance at Aleene's instantly takes you back. And the stuff made such a splash that Aleene herself was even featured in LIFE magazine in 1953.
4. Latch-hook kits
Watching those perfectly cut cylinders of yarn turn into rainbows, butterflies, or, of course, chickens is a joy crafters have known for decades.
5. Rit Dye
This staple helped us tie-dye everything in sight in the '60s, but today we're partial to a more subtle interpretation of the trend. Blogger Tori Grant nails it with these cheery napkins.
6. Mod Podge
This classic craft material came on the scene in the '60s and changed decoupage forever (seriously, people were amazed how versatile it was). The retro bottle is still a fan favorite, and bloggers like Katie at Sweet Rose Studio love using it to transform furniture, like this cheeky table.
7. Rick rack
Thanks to Little House on the Prairie, this DIY relic got a second life in the '70s — few pillows, skirt hems, or aprons went un-rick-racked.
8. Shrinky Dinks
We've been addicted to asking "what else can I make smaller?" for years, and craft bloggers show no signs of stopping.
9. Bedazzler
If your jean jacket wasn't sparkling in '80s, you seriously missed out.
10. Puffy paint
Raise your hand if your family has ever worn matching ugly Christmas sweatshirts outlined in this stuff. Bonus points if you've used the glow-in-the-dark or glitter versions.
11. Perler beads
In the '90s, we meticulously arranged tiny beads on studded trays — and then melted them into oblivion. Care to unearth your old set?
12. Pony beads
You might have woven strands of colorful plastic into lanyards, but pony bead animals took crafty key chains to the next level.
Can't afford to buy every interested resident their own mini weaving loom? You can make your own super easily and super cheap...the low, low price of a cardboard box! Check out the craft below for details on how you and your residents can get to weaving right away!
How To Make a DIY Mini Loom
Source: www.brooklyncraftcompany.com
1. First, cut your cardboard to size. We used a piece about 4" x 6". You can definitely use a much larger piece if you like, but if you're looking for a low-commitment project, start small! :)

2. After cutting the cardboard, mark the top and bottom every 1/4". Then, simply snip a notch about 1/4" deep at each mark, using... Visit Brooklyn Craft Company with the link below for full pictorial!
Full Pictorial
Click the link below for some free downloadable paint-by-number templates. They print out horizontally on regular size paper and use minimum colors. It is a small picture that can be completed more quickly then the average paint-by-number. Because of picture size, you may want to utilize colored pencils rather then paint.
Free Paint-By-Number Templates
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