Arts and crafts with your kids is a great hobby to get into – you both get some time to create something fun and focus on something other than work/school and other things that can stress you out throughout the day. When you don’t make time for hobbies such as crafting, you might find that you both waste time doing things that aren’t really beneficial to you in the long run, such as scrolling social media and watching too much TV.
Below, we have 12 fun ways you can start crafting with your kids – hey, you could even try some of these activities on your own if you’re bored, or feel free to leave your kids to their own devices and see what they come up with. Read on for some ideas:
Create Some Garden Rock Décor
How about starting out by making something simple, like garden rock décor? All you have to do is choose some smooth rocks of any size from your garden, and use paints or another medium you like to decorate them. You could turn them into some cute and colourful ladybugs and butterflies for example, but feel free to make them into aliens, or whatever your heart desires!
Make Flowers Out Of Paper
Did you know you can make cute flowers out of paper? People are even doing this for their weddings these days! All you need is some tissue paper, and you could make loads of different styles – just take a look at this fun tutorial to help you out.
Create Greetings Cards
Creating greetings cards is great, because you have something to send to friends and family for birthdays, Christmas, and any other special occasion that might roll around. You can use stamps and ink, coloured card, and a number of other materials to make lovely cards. You don’t even need all of that equipment if you don’t want it – just get your kids to draw/paint a picture, then copy it and turn it into a card.
Make Fun Jewellery
There are a ton of techniques that can be used for making jewellery, whether you want to wire wrap some crystals or create something amazing out of silver. If that sounds a little too advanced to you, you can start by using hard pasta and paint to create pasta shell necklaces and bracelets.
Make A Fairy Garden
Having a fairy garden in your own garden can be a lot of fun. You can use a small bird house (buy a plane wooden one you can decorate yourself), plants, glitter, coloured stones, and a pretty plant pot. Use your imagination and make it look as magical as you can!
Put Together Some Felt Puppets
Felt puppets are fun because you can put on your own funny puppet show with them afterwards. You don’t even need to be able to sew to make these. Here are some no-sew felt puppets you can make. You can make small finger puppets or larger hand puppets, depending on what you prefer!
A canvas, or even just a piece of paper and some paint can be enough to get creative. Just sit together and paint a picture. You could all paint one another, do self portraits, or paint something else – maybe your favourite view, holiday destination, or a pet. Remember, if your kids want to paint the sky green and the grass blue, let them. It’s all part of allowing them to develop their imaginations.
Decorate A Vase
If you’ve got a boring vase, how about grabbing a few bits and pieces to decorate it? You can decorate with hot glue. You can write on it with the glue and leave it to dry, and then all you have to do is spray paint it with a colour of your choice. The glue will look like part of the vase! Check out places like Glue Guns Direct if you haven’t got a hot glue gun yet. You can do all kinds of things with them, so they are well worth having in your arts and crafts stash.
Create Decorative Signs
How about creating decorative signs with hot glue? Another thing you can do with your new glue gun. Or you can just use paint, if you prefer. Make a sign telling everybody you have a dog, directing Santa where to go, or add a quote that you love and display it in your home to inspire your guests.
Decorate An Old Piece Of Furniture
If you’ve got an old piece of furniture that no longer brings you joy, how about decorating it so that it looks brand new and exciting again? An old cabinet or side table is great for this. You could use the decoupage method to add paper to a wooden item and make it look professional – all you need to do is layer the paper and glue and let it dry. Alternatively, a good sand and a coat of bold paint can work wonders. If you’re feeling confident, you could even reupholster an old chair – although this requires a little more skill and patience.
Make Something Out Of Clay
Clay is a fantastic material, and you can use it to make a huge number of things. You can use clay to make fun figurines, earrings and other types of jewellery, paperweights, and just about anything else you can think of. All you have to do is bake it when you’re finished – Fimo clay is great for kids and beginners.
Make Things Out Of Your Old Clothes
If you’ve got old clothes, why not make new things out of them? An old pair of jeans could become a pair of new shorts, or you could make headbands out of old t-shirts. The limit is your imagination. Have fun with it and see what you can come up with.
Which of these ideas are you going to try with your kids first?
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