Made by Morgan
Creatively inspired by Ben Franklin Crafts
in New Albany
Made by Morgan
Inspired by Ben Franklin Craft Supplies
By Morgan Sprigler
Paint! We chose a delicate, light pink chalk paint
in a spray can. However, you may use any paint
you desire. I like the look of chalk paint for this
project, but a flat or matte paint would be pretty
as well. The red door from Ben Franklin is also
very nice just as it is, if you want to skip this step.
We also decided to paint our door handle gold
using acrylic paint, because, why not?! Paint and
then let the door dry.
…Another one opens and just like that it’s
Spring, bringing us a promise of sunlight, crisp
air and fresh beginnings. To welcome the new
season, I’m sharing with you a kid-friendly craft
that incorporates a little education, too, and
started – as always – at Ben Franklin Crafts New
Albany. By the way, new store hours went into
effect in January. Ben Franklin is open 9:30 a.m.
to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m.
to 6 p.m. Sunday. If you’re ready to get down
and Derby, stop in sometime soon to see the
growing collection of fascinators and hats (for
men too!) or talk to a staffer about creating one
specially for you.
Now, let’s craft!
BEN FRANKLIN CRAFTS
NEW ALBANY SUPPLIES
• Wooden hanging door
• Chalk paint of your desired color
• Cardstock of your desired color x 2
• Spring items of your choosing
• Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Total project cost = $42
36 EXTOL : FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020
Find some time when you and your kid(s) can
go craft supply shopping together. As you are
browsing, start up a conversation about seasons.
Use this opportunity to test their knowledge and do
a little teaching, too. Start with the wooden door.
Because it has 6 “panes,” have your child(ren)
come up with six different aspects of spring. Each
item will eventually be displayed on your door
and will remind your child(ren) what the season
is all about. My girls and I settled on rainclouds
made from cotton balls with rain made from blue
stones, butterflies, a birds nest with eggs, flowers,
birds on a twig, and a cross to symbolize Easter.
Using your heated glue gun, apply glue around
the perimeter of one sheet of cardstock. Apply
sheet to the back of your door, covering four of
the bottom panes.
Cut your second sheet of cardstock in half and
repeat step three to cover the top two remaining