Do you and your child/children love making and doing crafts? If so, this article is for you. I have found five super fun and easy crafts that everyone will love. These crafts are sure to bring a smile to your face. I have rated these crafts with skill levels from 1-5 5 being only to do with an adult and 1 being everyone can make it. Let’s get to crafting!
This first craft idea which is a water globe makes a great decoration for anyone. My niece made one of these for her dad on Father’s Day. Things you will need, Glass Jar watertight lid (pickle jar works great!), Glitter (any color), Plastic Jewels *optional, Plastic Ribbons (cut into small pieces) *optional, Small plastic or rubber toys (army men, dinosaurs, frogs, small doll, butterfly), duct tape, paint and paint brush. Now, lets get this done put together begin with filling the empty jar with water. Put some glitter and/or the jewels, and/or he ribbon pieces into the water. Tape the toy(s) to the inside of the lid. Attach the lid to jar and screw it on tightly. Paint a scene on the outside of the glass jar to match your toys and let it dry overnight. Turn the jar upside down and there’s yours very own water globe. You can also use a hot glue gun to glue the toys on however, I if you are letting your child do it alone I would suggest the tape as its kid friendly. Rating of 3 as some adult help is required.
This next craft idea is one that anyone can make to keep those bad dreams at bay. It’s a dream catcher; I have always had a deep love for dream catchers they are so beautiful. What you’ll need to catch those good dreams; paper plate for the main part of the Dream Catcher, yarn to make the web, single hole puncher, beads, feathers, and markers for decoration, and kid safe scissors. To start, cut out the center of the paper plate so that you have about 2 inches of the rim leftover. Punch holes 1/2 inch to an inch apart around the rim of the plate. Now, take a piece of yarn about 20 inches long and tie it to one of the holes. Starts weaving it from one hole to the next as your weaving it add a few beads to the middle of your Dream Catcher by slipping them onto the yarn after you are done weaving it tie and knot to the end of the yarn. Punch three more holes at the bottom of your Dream Catcher. Tie a piece of yarn, about 5 inches long, to each of the holes. Thread beads onto the yarn and tie a feather to the end. Use markers to decorate the paper plate. Punch a hole in the top of the Dream Catcher. Put a piece of yarn through the hole and tie it. This is so you can hang it over your bed. Now you’re ready to have sweet dreams all night. Rating of 1 this is an easy craft that doesn’t require the use of anything sharp. Might need an adult to help punch holes or to tie knots but it very kid friendly.
The third craft is for any little girl wanting her own jewelry or for anyone wanting to make a wind-chime. Things that this requires Styrofoam (fairly thick) âˆ’ Leftover (from dining out or fountain drinks) or purchased, either glitter, metallic, or colored writing pens, hole punch, and aluminum foil. Now it’s time to put that fashionable jewelry together Cut Styrofoam into shapes. Color and or draw designs. Punch a hole for hanging or holes for other design affects. Place on aluminum foil. Put in oven @ 425 degrees with oven propped open. Check every couple of minutes. When design has shrunk a good deal, (sometimes somewhat loses shape) remove and let cool. Now you can string it together to make jewelry or wind chimes! Very Pretty!! Rating of 1 very kid friendly craft doesn’t require the help of an adult.
This forth idea comes from a fashion magazine I saw it’s called a T-shirt pillow and they are so fun to make. Things you’ll need for you special pillow are T-shirt (use a T-shirt with a design on it, or you can decorate one with fabric paint. Be sure to have permission to use the T-shirt before you start this project.), two 12 oz. bags of polyester stuffing or cotton (which is what I used), or feathers, a large needle, thread and scissors. First step to this awesome piece is to sew up the holes, turn the T-shirt inside out. This way when you turn the shirt right side out, you won’t be able to see your stitches. ONLY, sew the armholes and bottom of the T-shirt closed. Don’t sew up the hole for the head, because that’s how you are going to stuff your T-shirt. Poke the needle through the T-shirt and push it all the way through so it’s sticking out on the other side. Pull the needle and thread through the T-shirt. Now poke the needle through the front of the shirt again. Keep doing this until you’ve gone all the way across. After you’ve sewn the bottom and the arm-holes closed, turn the shirt right-side out. Now it’s time to stuff it. Push the cotton stuffing into the hole for the head. Make sure you get the cotton into the sleeves. When you are done stuffing your T-shirt, sew the hole for the head closed. Optional, you can then decorate your shirt by writing you name on it or gluing decor on it. Rating of 5 as you will need an adult to do or supervise the sewing of the shirt.
The final craft is one my nephew showed me and I just thought it was to cool. It’s called Rubber Band Stamps. Here is what you will need to get started cardboard, scissors, rubber bands, double-sided tape, stamp pads with washable ink, or washable markers, paper you want to decorate. Cut out a section of cardboard. Cut some rubber bands and put them in a design. It can be pretty, crazy or just weird. Tape the rubber bands to the cardboard with double-sided tape. Make sure the pieces don’t overlap or else you won’t have a flat surface and all of the design won’t show up. Color the rubber bands with a stamp pad or markers. Get a piece of paper and print your stamp. If you want to make letters, make sure you tape the letter on backwards, so when you stamp it, it prints forward. You can make stationery with your rubber stamps by making a border around an entire piece of paper, or by putting the stamp in each corner of the paper or anywhere you want! Rating of 2 because it is a messy craft and we don’t want to get ink all over the place
These fun and easy crafts will let you spend some quality time with your child/children and not to mention give you plenty to do on those days when your kids are bored