There was one particular shade of blue pencil whose number is 13. I don't know the real name of that shade of blue, so whenever I see it (e.g., on a house or a skating dress) I refer to it mentally as "13 blue."
In the late 60's and early 70's every Mom in my neighborhood made a ceramic Christmas tree.
And if you were really lucky, your Mom made you a large, weird looking ceramic person that was dressed to match one of your hobbies. Baseball player, ballerina, etc.
This wasn't really a fad but I used to do a lot of embroidering. My mother taught me as a child & in the 80's & 90's I did a lot of baby gifts like personalized bibs, baby quilts, & framed birth annoucements.
I still create the occassional paint by number masterpiece.
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Shrinky-dinks were popular when I was a kid, as were those weird bead-tray things that you iron over, and the beads melt together to create a shape. I just saw one of those in Michael's not that long ago, too.
Puff Paints, and anything you could fill with glitter or confetti type things. My friends and I used to decorate shirts, shoes, and fill the clear plastic bows with different bits.
My Aunt and Grandma both had the Ceramic Christmas Trees.
OMGosh... String art... I loved that! Because it took no artistic talent... and I could do it! I remember making a card that said MOM in string art for mothers day.
And I remember what I called French Knitting now.... we called it corking.
I used to be fond of the kiddie stained glass kits, where you'd pour different colors into the metal frames and bake them in the oven until whatever that stuff was in the colors melted to make "glass." I have no idea if they're still around.
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Anybody else remember the bottle & jar cutter that you would use to cut glass bottles so you could make them into vases? I got one for Christmas one year from a crazy aunt. What a useless little object. (Hmm, do I mean the vase or the aunt? Tough call.)
Does the Bedazzler count?
My daughter bought some shrinky-dink Christmas ornaments at a neighbor's garage sale. We proudly display them on the back of the tree. I hadn't thought of shrinky-dinks for years.
My aunt was really into ceramics so we also had a bunch of those trees, along with all sorts of random items that my brother and I loved to paint
I seem to recall spending a lot of time making tissue paper flowers. It was really cool if you could attach them to a pipe cleaner or wire stem.
I spent a lot of time on dioramas, too, and at camp on lanyards. My lanyards were really, really bad.
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Lego Sculptures and Architecture
Tie Dye-ing everything… from bed sheets to evening party dresses
Lanyards! I hadn't thought about them in years (decades actually). My lanyards turned out pretty well -- I fondly remember one I made in pink and black, although I never really used one of them after I had made them in day camp.I spent a lot of time on dioramas, too, and at camp on lanyards. My lanyards were really, really bad.
How about macaroni art or bird seed art.
We also did these bracelets out of vinyl strips (usually pastel colors) to make bracelets.
Christmas bead ornaments.
Felt magnets for the refrigerator. (usually like vegetables, or butterflies...etc)
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