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Craft Time at Clevelands House

Help Me choose a craft—tree, sticks or words

It's no secret that I love being creative. And now that my sons are getting older, I get to share this passion with them. Watching their pride when they create something—whether it's a playdough snake, a painting or a model car—is amazing. I really try to make each project we make together have meaning. Whether it connects us to an event, a passion of theirs or a vacation, it's so special to have a story connected to each piece. That's why I am so excited to be holding a craft workshop during the YMC Family Weekend at Clevelands House this summer (Aug 23-26). 

Clevelands House is a family resort in the heart of Muskoka. It is the kind of place that creates memories to last a lifetime and the perfect spot to create a piece of art that captures the fun, beauty and joy of family time. Parents can join me for a craft workshop to create a piece of art together with their kids. 

Here is where you come in. I always have a ton of ideas and such a hard time narrowing it down to just one. Help an indecisive girl out! Check out the craft ideas below, which one would you enjoy creating most with your child? Please leave me a comment and let me know!

1. Family Tree

Using real branches, create a tree on canvas. Use paint and tissue paper to create leaves and flowers {you could do one for each member of your family}. You could also add a craft paper bird perched on a branch.

2. Stripey Sticks

We will take a short nature walk together for each person to choose a stick. Paint your special stick with craft paint using your favourite colours and patterns using the shape and detail of the wood as a guide. Display them all together in a vase at home so memories of your summer holiday 'stick' with you.

3. A Picture Says a Thousand Words

Use letter stickers on canvas to spell words that represent your holiday {family, beach, golf, friendship}. Paint over the words with craft paint. You can use a solid colour or get creative and paint stripes, or another pattern. Remove the stickers to reveal white words, a perfect reminder of summer fun!

Okay, spill it! Do you vote tree, sticks or words? Leave a comment below. I would love to hear what you think!


Join us at the YMC Family Weekend at Clevelands House!

Register ASAP by calling 1-866-645-1902 or via email at [email protected].

YMC Members get 20% Off—Make sure you mention YMC when you call to get your discount.