Packing a few easy-to-transport crafts will keep a creative crew entertained — no messy paint or glue required. Before you leave, print out templates and full how-tos here. Find more ideas in Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids (Clarkson Potter, 2013).
Create lasting portraits of family members. First, plot them out on graph paper, using our templates as inspiration. To cross-stitch, sew a row of diagonal stitches on Aida cloth, which has a gridlike weave. Then stitch back along each line, creating Xs.
For necklace at left, thread multiple strands of lanyard through wooden beads. For other necklace, cut 2 lanyard pieces to twice desired length. Slide both strands through a bead, leaving a 12-inch tail. Loop ends back over bead; thread through again. Repeat. Leave a 12-inch tail; knot to close.
For large owl, use a large and a small pom-pom (either store-bought or handmade from a pom-pom kit). Sew head to body. Cut out felt wings, eyes, and beak using templates; stitch through knotted center of pom-pom to secure. For baby owl, follow same steps with 1 small pom-pom.
Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2014