Saturday Playcraft

Playcraft at Bull City Craft

December 9: Playcraft is open 10am-11am and 1:30-3pm.

November 25: Playcraft is open 10am-5pm.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours: Open 10am-6pm Tuesday (11/21), Wednesday (11/22).
CLOSED Monday (11/20), Thursday (11/23), and Friday (11/24).

November 18: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

November 11: Playcraft is open 1:30-3pm.

September 23: Playcraft is CLOSED.

September 16: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

September 9: Playcraft is open 10am-1pm and 4-5pm. 

August 12: Playcraft is CLOSED. We will also be closed on Monday, August 14.

August 5: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

July 8: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

July 1: Playcraft is open 3:30-5pm. We will be CLOSED on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4.

June 10: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

May 27: Playcraft is open 10am-5pm. (Note: we will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day.)

May 20: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

May 13: Playcraft is open 10am-5pm.

May 6: Playcraft is open 10am-5pm.

April 29: Playcraft is open 11:30am-3:30pm.

April 22: Playcraft is open 10am-5pm.

April 15: We will be CLOSED.

April 8: Playcraft is open 10am-1:30pm and 3:30-5pm.

March 25: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

March 18: Playcraft is open 10am-11:30am and 3:30pm-5pm.

March 11: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

February 11: Playcraft is closed. Six birthday parties this weekend!

February 4: Playcraft is open 3:30-5pm (store is open all day).

January 28: Playcraft is closed all day (store is open).

January 14: Playcraft will be open 12-3pm.

January 7: Playcraft will be open 10am-5pm, weather permitting. Check our Facebook or Instagram for snow updates!

Week of December 26-31: Playcraft is open 10am-6pm Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Open 10am-3pm on Wednesday and Saturday.

December 24: CLOSED. We will be CLOSED December 24-26. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, December 27.

December 17: Playcraft is open 12-5pm. Store is open 10am-5pm.

December 10: Playcraft is open 1:30-3:30pm. Store is open 10am-5pm.

December 3: Playcraft is open 2-5pm. Store is open 10am-5pm.

November 26: Playcraft is open all day, 10am-5pm! (No parties.)

November 19: Playcraft is open 12-1:30. Store is open 10am-5pm.

November 13: Closed all day for parties. (Store open.)

November 5:  Open 12-3pm

 

Top 3 Questions We Get Asked: #3 What can you do at Bull City Craft Annex?

Buy art supplies? YES!

Art Supplies Bull City Craft

Paint and Pour? YES!

Bull City Craft Annex Paint and Pour

Buy kids crafts and toys? YES!

BCC Annex Kids Pop Up Shop

Attend special events like the Annual Ornament Party? YES!

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Watch a demo for a DIY art or craft project on a Saturday afternoon? YES!

Mi-Teintes Paper Ornaments

Host a birthday party? No 🙁
The good news is, we do have a couple of alternatives we can offer:
– We can host the party in your home. We bring all craft supplies and activities, and provide 2 staff members to set up, lead the party, and clean up.
– We can host the party at an alternate location of your choosing. Some places we have held birthday parties include neighborhood clubhouses and community centers such as the JCC.

Drop by for Playcraft or Drop In Craft Porjects? No 🙁
The good news is, once the Homestead market location opens, we will have extended hours for Playcraft.

Top 3 Questions We Get Asked: #2 Where is Bull City Craft Annex?

Confused about where we are now? You are not alone! It has been a confusing few months for Bull City Craft.

Bull City Craft Annex is in Golden Belt at 807 E Main St in Downtown Durham. When you turn off Main Street, it looks like this:

Golden Belt Bull City Craft

You can continue straight ahead and park in the front Visitors Parking Lot. Walk down the sidewalk to the right, passing by Moshi Moshi and entering the door to Building 3 on your left.

Or, you can park in the Main Lot in the back. The entrance to Building 3 from the parking lot in back looks like this:

Golden Belt Bull City Craft Annex Arts

Once you enter the building, look for studio 3-118. It is in the center on the corner of Room 100 Gallery. If the gallery is open, you can walk straight through and we are on the right. If the gallery is closed, you can circle around through the studio hallway.

Golden Belt Bull City Craft Annex Lobby

When you see this, you will know you have arrived! We’re currently open on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1-5pm.

Bull City Craft Annex

 

Top 3 Questions We Get Asked: #1 What Happened to Bull City Craft?

When we successfully funded our Kickstarter campaign back in June, we never could have imagined all the twists and turns that our journey to a new location has taken. We are infinitely stubborn and optimistic, and although there have been many setbacks, we are still determined to fulfill our dream of a reimagined Bull City Craft. Here’s a quick recap of the last few months.

June: Moved out of our University Drive location.
July: Found a space at Homestead Market that is the right size and has outdoor space, good parking, and a great coffee shop nearby 😉
August: Continued negotiations on the space at Homestead Market. Golden Belt approached us about opening an art supply outpost in the artist studios.
September: Opened our tiny shop at Golden Belt, Bull City Craft Annex. Signed a lease on the space at Homestead Market Shopping Center on Hwy 54.
October: Discovered that renovations at Homestead Market had been delayed and we would not receive the space until November.
November: During renovations, additional necessary repairs were discovered, causing further delays before we can move into the space at Homestead Market. In the meantime, we opened a Kids Pop Up Shop at the BCC Annex.

While our space at 105 W NC 54 is still under construction, we are making the most of our tiny shop, the Annex at Golden Belt, as well as events around town. Check out all our holiday events here.

BCC Annex Kids Pop Up Shop

Easy Projects for Using Painted Papers

Bull City Craft: Painted Paper

At Bull City Craft, painted papers pile up. Frances paints a lot, and other children leave behind paintings from Preschool Playcraft. Sometimes the colors are so beautiful, especially the ones with liquid watercolor, that I hate to throw them away, so I’ve come up with a few fun uses for them. Of course, you can also paint papers yourself with these projects in mind. These projects can be made for the holidays, birthdays, or just for fun!

Bull City Craft: Painted Paper LabelsJar Labels

A 2″ circle punch, a hole punch, and some pens can turn painted paper into labels and gift tags. A 2″ paper circle fits perfectly on the top of mason jar lids to dress up gifts of candy or nuts. I used a white Sharpie paint pen to write the labels. A small hole punch turns the circles into pretty gift tags.

Bull City Craft: Paper BannerPaper Banner

Paper banners are so easy and festive. We use them at our birthday parties, but you could also make them in holiday colors and hang them on your mantel or in a doorway. We made one for Frances’ birthday with paper she decorated with washi tape.

Bull City Craft: Making Banners

For a 9″x12″ sheet of paper, cut it in half, and then you can cut three triangles out of each piece (two facing one way and one the other way in between them). A paper trimmer makes for quick work because you can cut several at a time. Punch holes in the corner of each and tie with ribbon or yarn.

Bull City Craft: Paper LanternPaper Lanterns

I got this idea from Frances’ preschool teacher at Appleseeds Home Nursery. There’s a bit of a learning curve here, but once you get the hang of it, they are quite addictive. The folding is too difficult for young children, but older children can do it, or at least help with the first few folds. You will need a square paper, and 12″x12″ makes a good size for small jam jar candles. Rub the paper with coconut oil, or warm the oil and brush it on. Wipe off the excess with a towel. This will make the paper translucent. Then follow instructions here for folding.

Paper Penguin Craft

Bull City Craft Paper Penguins

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Who doesn’t like penguins? Especially when you can give them polka-dotted wings and bow ties! Download our penguin paper craft, color as desired, and cut out. Then punch holes and attach wings with paper fasteners. Penguins are fun to pose!

Most Popular Camp Crafts

I’ve started planning activities for camps this summer, and it got me thinking about what activities and projects have been the most popular in years past. Here are the kid favorites from each of our camps.

Crafty Critters Camp: Art with Animals

Sure, moms love the cute owls made from paper tubes and hermit crabs made from their child’s tiny hand prints, but preschool aged kids are really more interested in the process than the product. Playing with animal figures in play dough and paint is a fun favorite with our littlest campers.

Crafty Critter Camp Animals with Play Dough Bull City Craft

Color Camp: Fizzy Color Mixing

We do a lot of color experiments at Color Camp, and one of the most fun is Fizzy Color Mixing. I fill trays with baking soda, mix vinegar with liquid watercolor (or food color), and give the kids droppers. As they drip and drop the colors onto the baking soda, it fizzes and bubbles in a crazy color mix!

Color Camp at Bull City Craft

Artist Camp: Ice Cream Puppets

What could be a better combination than ice cream + puppet?! I got this idea from the book Every Day’s A Holiday by Heidi Kenney. I thought it would be a fun way to engage kids with the whimsical illustrations of Andy Warhol and the luscious dessert paintings of Wayne Thiebaud. At Artist Camp, we stash all the artwork away until the end of the week for a big art show and reception, but the kids could not wait to take these home as soon as they made them!

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Fashion Craft Camp: Sharpie Mock Tie-Dye

I think the girls could have spent the whole day, and possibly the whole week, on this activity. They loved drawing the circular designs with Sharpies. Watching the designs transform into “tie-dye” was fun too, and the final shirts were gorgeous.

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Crafts for Preschoolers

For Mommy and Me Art, we love to draw inspiration from books for our projects. Creating a craft after reading a book is a great way to extend an activity and add some skill building to story time. For preschoolers, we like crafts that use several different materials to keep them engaged.

I loved the way these adorable heart and bird bracelets for My Little Sweetheart by Sara Gillingham turned out. Paige combined watercolor hearts that had crayon resist messages from mom with felt birds. The bird shapes can be precut and your little one can help glue everything onto a paper towel cuff.

bracelet craft

The cuff bracelet can be adapted for lots of crafts, and kids love them. Just split a paper towel roll vertically and them slice into 1″-2″ bands. Anything can be used to decorate them and turn them into bracelets. Just slip them on, or for a more secure bracelet, punch holes in each end and tie with yarn or ribbon.

bird heart bracelet