When stuck at home with your kids and got nothing to do, don’t stress out! It’s way easier to grab the paints and let their creative juices flowing. Trust us; you do NOT need to be ‘crafty’ to start getting creative with your children!
There are hundreds of craft projects that you can make with your little ones that require absolutely NO special skills and hardly take 30 minutes of your time.
So, embrace your inner maker, and roll up sleeves to try these DIY projects and bust boredom for good.
Top 10 DIY Project Tips for Kids
1. Tissue Box Monsters
- Empty Tissue Box (round or square opening – depending on how you want your monster to look)
- Acrylic Paints (two colors – one for the outside and one for inside)
- White Acrylic Paint
- Googly Eyes/Wiggle Eyes
- White cardstock
- Large Pom Poms
- Black marker
- Popsicle stick – 1
- Remove the plastic inner lining from the tissue box
- Prime the outside of the box using white paint to ensure the design of the tissue box doesn’t peak through the monsters
- Once completely dry, paint over the white with a color of your choice
- Outline the opening of the tissue box with a black marker to make it pop and seem more “mouth” like
- For eyes; cut a popsicle stick in half and paint them the same color as the monster. Paste two wiggle eyes to the top of the stick. Make incisions at the top of the box and push the sticks in.
2. Paper Plate Reindeer
- Paper Plate
- Brown Paint
- Brown and red paper
- Red Glitter
- Googly Eyes
- Use brown color on the paper plate and let it dry (it’s okay if it’s streaky – it will add pattern to the reindeer).
- Split the paper plate in half and use the leftover to cut a triangle.
- To make the antlers, trace your child’s hand on the brown paper and cut.
- Using glue or tape, stick the body, face and antlers together.
- Cut a circle using the red paper for the nose and cover it with glitter.
- Lastly, cut four skinny rectangles using brown paper and paste them to the body-like legs.
3. DIY Penguin Pillows
- Felt sheets (colors of your choice)
- Paper (to create stencil)
- Use a large sheet of paper to make a stencil for your penguin’s body (fold the paper in half and cut it out).
- Place the stencil over the felt sheet and cut.
- Using the black felt sheet, cut a round-cornered broad oval to make the penguin’s outer shape.
- Using glue, stick the white felt sheet over the black to define the penguin.
- Now, cut a small triangle for the nose and stick it between the eyes.
- Sew both the black pieces together while leaving an opening for stuffing.
- Stuff the penguin with cotton and stitch the opening close.
- Lastly, use a Christmas hat to accessories your penguin.
4. Footprint Butterfly
- Non-Toxic Children Friendly Paint (can color of your choice)
- Black Marker
- Cover your child’s feet with the paint color of your choice (use multiple colors to get creative)
- Paste the feet on the paper. Make sure it’s not too far apart but not too close. Leave just enough space for the butterfly’s body.
- Once dry, use the marker to draw the butterfly’s body and whiskers.
- Finish it off with your child’s name at the bottom, age, and something fun about them.
5. Poured Paint Pots
- Paints (the more the colors, the better)
- Outdoor Paint Sealer Spray Can
- Clay Pot
- Soak the clay pot in water for a few hours and then let dry. It avoids the paints from being absorbed and leaving a faded look.
- Once completely dry, flip the pot upside down over an elevated space to make dripping easy. Make sure to use an object (like bricks or a large empty can) to keep the pot elevated from the ground. It will ensure the paint covers every nook-and-cranny of the pot.
- Start pouring paint over the pot. Use multiple colors to make a colorful drip effect. You can also add glitter paints to add oomph to your pot. Let it dry completely.
- To seal all that beautiful work, spray a generous layer of the outdoor paint sealer to the pot and let it dry overnight.
- Once dry, flip the pot over, fill it with fertilizer and enjoy flower planting.
6. Cardboard Yarn Ornament
- Yarn (any color you prefer)
- Choose the shape your child likes and cut the cardboard accordingly (We chose circles and octagons).
- Add ½ to 1-inch incisions all around the cardboard, ensuring the cuts are opposite to one another.
- Slip the yarn into the first slit leaving a tail on the backside to avoid slipping on the thread.
- Leave enough yarn to tie a loop and cut the excess.
- Create a loop for hanging and tuck the remaining under the woven pattern of hot-glue it to the backside.
7. DIY Cloud Lights
- Cotton Batting
- Paper Lanterns
- Fairy Lights/LED Flameless Candles
- Hot Glue Gun
- Start by pulling the cotton batting to make it look fluffy, light, and cloud-like.
- Once you have reached your desired fluff, glue it to the outside of the paper lantern in multiple places.
- Lastly, add the preferred lights inside and switch them on. There you have it! Your cloud.
8. Fork Sunflower Craft
- Paints (Yellow, Orange, Brown & Green)
- Dip the bottom of the fork in yellow paint and paste it on the sheet to create a fork-patterned flower
- Create a small inner circle using a fork and orange color to add depth to the sunflower
- Using the finger, add brown dots in the middle to mimic the sunflower seeds
- Finish off the sunflower by adding a green stem and a leaf using the paintbrush.
9. Tye & Dye Tote Bag
- Plain White Cotton Tote
- Tye & Dye Powder (any color of your choice)
- Plastic Table Cloth
- Paper Towels
- Rubber Bands
- Prepare tye & dye solutions in squeezy bottles for a mess-free project.
- Roll the tote bags in different styles of creating fun patterns (roll it like a log, in a circle, or even a random design will work).
- Hold the style in place using rubber bands
- Dip and soak the wrapped tote bags in water and place them on the plastic sheet
- Give the children squeezy bottles and let them squirt the solution over the bags.
- Then put the bags in a plastic bag and let them soak overnight.
- Cut the rubber bands and thoroughly rinse the excess dye and wash the bags to avoid color bleed.
- Let the bags dry and have fun!
10. Ladybug Rocks
- Outdoor Paint (Any colors of your/children’s choice)
- Outdoor Paint Sealer or Outdoor Mod Podge
- Wash the pebbles to remove dirt and dry them.
- Paint the stones with the base color of your choice. Do not paint the bottom as they will sit on the soil.
- Coat the top of the stone with black paint to mimic the ladybug and let it dry.
- Using the end of a paintbrush adds black spots to the ladybug’s body.
- Clean the end of the paintbrush and use it to dot white eyes. LET IT DRY COMPLETELY NOW!
Use wiggle eyes instead to make the ladybugs look fun
- Cut the toothpick’s tip to make it thick and add black dots to the eyes.
- Once all the layers have dried, paint the ladybugs with a coat of outdoor formula sealer or Mod Podge.
Enjoy these DIY projects with your kids, and don’t forget to tag us in the pictures.
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