With the school holidays almost here, it is time to think about fun activities that you can do around the home, to beat the boredom. As it can get expensive to keep buying new craft supplies, the following ideas use items that you can often find around the home, or they are cheap to buy. Kids enjoy making crafts with everyday items and turning them into something special, that they can put on display in their bedroom or on the fridge.
I recently wrote an article called Top 35 Cheap Activities For Bored Kids, so take a scroll through that list first, then check out this one below. With over 50 ideas to choose from, your kids won't have time to be bored!
1/ Make a Pikachu Pencil Holder by cleaning an empty relish jar, then painting it with primer and two coats of yellow paint. Wrap jute around the top of the jar and paint on the face. You can use this idea for anything - paint on butterflies, other characters, words or leave it as a plain colour.
2/ Make a Butterfly Picture by tracing around your child's hands onto coloured paper, cutting them out and glueing them onto paper, with the fingers facing outwards as the "wings". Glue on a peg for the body (adults can use super glue), add pipe cleaners for the antennae and then decorate the wings with stickers and dots. Attach it to the window to bring the outside in!
3/ Make a Pokeball by painting a tennis ball. My daughter made this pokeball below, by resting it on a plastic snack box and painting the top half, waiting for that to dry and then turning it over to paint the bottom half. It is too heavy to bounce now, but she loves it!
4/ Make Your Own Snow Globein a Jar by cleaning out an empty jar and using a hot glue gun to attach a small plastic toy to the underside of the lid. You can also make your own figurine using clay and setting it in the oven. Pour 1/4 of a cup of clear glue into the jar and then add warm water - enough to fill the jar 3/4 of the way. Stir. Add 2 tablespoons of white or clear glitter and stir. Put on the lid (with the toy underneath) and secure tightly. Turn it upside down and check that you are happy with the water level. When ready, turn it back and hot glue the lid in place. Allow to dry and then shake, shake, shake!
See below for a Kidspot YouTube video tutorial, which uses a Lego figurine for the toy.
5/ Make a Plastic Plate Jellyfish using a plate, beads, ribbon and collage paper. This is a cute craft to hang up in their bedroom. See here for instructions.
6/ Make An Easter Basket by printing out a template and colouring it in. See here for a free printable template.
7/ Make a Character Box by printing a template off the internet and folding it up into a box. For example, if your child likes Pokemon like mine does, see here for a free printable template.
8/ Paint A Second Hand Wooden Bowl and bring it a new lease of life! This bowl, below, was sanded back and given a coat of primer (with stain blocker), painted with acrylic paints and then given a coat of varnish. Paint something as a gift, or come up with your own design in your favourite colours.
Paint a second hand wooden bowl and give it a new lease on life!
9/ Make Your Own Gardening Set from three plastic milk bottles. See here for instructions.
10/ Print Out Free Activities from the internet, such as this beautiful Pete Cromer artwork that you make into a collage. See here for details.
11/ Make Crafts Using Wrapping Paper such as covered desk organisers, cards and origami. See here for details.
12/ Make Your Own Decorations by mixing together 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup corn starch and 3/4 cups water into a dough and cutting out shapes, prior to baking. After they are cool, it is time to decorate! You can use this recipe and idea for Christmas ornaments, or decorations for any holiday. See here for instructions.
13/ Made a Colourful Necklace by collecting milk bottle lids over the school holidays, drilling a smooth hole in each one and then threading them onto a new shoelace.
14/ Make Your Own Name Bracelets using a bag of alphabet beads from the bargain shop and making bracelets for yourself and as gifts for friends.
15/ Make a Rocket by wrapping a 1.25 litre soft drink bottle in foil and giving it a pointy top above the lid. Add rocket fins and windows by cutting out colourful cardboard and sticking them on. If you have red cellophane, tape it to the base for the flame.
16/ Learn to Hand Sew using a simple heart design, fabric from an old cushion, buttons and filling from the cushion. Start with something simple to get your confidence and then look for bigger projects.
Start an easy sewing project these school holidays
17/ Make a Collage using photos ripped out from magazines and brochures. If you have a young child, rip out things that start with "A" and glue them down onto one page. Do the same for each letter of the alphabet over the holidays, so they can learn each letter. 18/ Make Your Own Games such as Noughts & Crosses and Pick Up Sticks, using items from around your home. See here for details.
19/ Make Crafts Using Aluminium Foil, such as a Rainbow Fish, masks, coins and more. See here for details. 20/ Cover Your Sketch Books using fabric from clothing you don't wear any more. For example, cut up an old pair of jeans into the shape of the front cover of your book and glue it on, or wrap it around the edges and glue in place. The book below was covered using a sequin singlet that my daughter had outgrown.
Have fun and enjoy the process of making crafts together, as well as the final result. If you have a cheap and easy craft idea to add to this list, please make a comment at the bottom of this article and share your top tips. Happy crafting!