Early Fall is a very exciting time of year at the newsstand for the avid crafter! Halloween is at the doorstep and the Holidays are just 'round the corner! Among the glossy, eye-catching covers, we found our copy of the latest Pack-o-Fun, November 2009!
Pack-o-Fun, published six times a year by Amos Craft Publishing, has been around for quite some time. It has made it through thick and thin for the simple fact that it is chock-full of creative ideas for teachers, scout leaders, Sunday school teachers, camp instructors, and just about anyone else who needs or wants to craft with children. Few are the kids in our entourage, yet we never cease to be amazed at what the Fun Bunch at Pack-o-Fun has in store! We enjoy the budget-friendly, extremely clever, concoctions that has forever defined Pack-o-Fun since its early beginnings. Recycled materials, quick-to-make, and "easy-peasy" might be the magazine's buzz-words.
What made me buy this magazine? The content pure and simple! I knew I was going to find clever ideas from recycled goodies, and Halloween/Thanksgiving and Fall are great times to make use of recycled things and clever ideas.
What I might make someday? Monster Tote (page 10) the cutest gift box. Walkway Lights (p26) perfect for our front sidewalk trick-or-treaters on Halloween night! Coffin Candy boxes (p32) to dress up the candy I love to give this time of year!
What must I make in time for Halloween? Spider Candy Bars (p35) a gift and a holiday decoration to keep! Tombstone Treat Boxes (p36) Much cuter than a paper sack full of candy...Boo You're Invited card (p37) would be great as just a card; Fabric Table Pumpkins (p40) NO SEW! I can make a whole patch in no time!
Surely don't miss: Kernels of Thanks (p41) wallhanging! A though provoking banner for Thanksgiving that will become an heirloom in time--it is a wonderful project for the family...Luminaries (cover and p25) Recycling at it's best...and most fun!
What caught me off guard? How easy the projects really are--and they are green! What a great way to get the little ones involved in the idea of recycling for a purpose.
Pack-o-Fun is a great magazine, not just for the reasons above, but also for the wonderful help for anyone who can use the magazine for ideas to spend time and teach children. There is nothing better for a child than to learn, and crafting is such a generous hobby; not only can a child, or group of children, gather skills and self esteem, but self expression, creativity, and cooperation trough the hands-on experience.
The November 2009 issue of Pack-o-Fun (full of its projects, costume ideas, story-telling and so much more) is on newsstands now, or visit Amos Craft Publishing at www.craftideas.com for subscription rates and more information.