Maybe you’d like a quiet evening at home or you want to get a little messy. Have fun with a craft project you can do together! You can even do it as a service project for grandparents or another loved one.
For younger kids, you might want to start out with some simple friendship bracelets or bead animals. For the older ones, they may enjoy using actual beading tools and creating wearable jewelry.
If you don’t want to hassle with making the dough/clay, you can purchase Playdough and various clays at craft stores. Here’s a few recipes for clays & doughs if you want to make your own.
Bread/Glue Dough – 7 pieces of white bread (remove crust & break into crumbs), 7 tsp white glue, 1/2 tsp water, 1/2 tsp dish detergent. Knead until it’s a good consistency. Dries in 24 hours.
Cooked Playdough – Heat 2 Tbsp of oil in a pot. Remove from heat and stir in 1 c. flour, 1/2 c. salt, 2 tsp Cream of Tartar, 1 c. water, and food coloring (if desired). Place back on low heat and continue cooking until firm (about 4-5 min). Remove from heat & place on wax paper to cool.
Kool-Aid Salt Dough you can cook – Mix 2 c. flour, 1 c. salt, and 1 packet of Kool-Aid mix. Add 2 Tbsp vegetable oil. Slowly add 3/4 to 1 cup of warm water until it’s the right consistency. Create the shapes you want to cook and then bake at 250* for about 1 hour.
Kids of all ages can have fun with decorating pre-made wooden containers, such as jewelry boxes, toy boxes, gift boxes, birdhouses, etc. Just don’t forget the glue, paint, and lots of fun foam shapes, sequins, feathers, buttons, colored paper, stickers, etc.
This can be a great learning experience for children and teens and a good experience for the whole family. A quilt made together can hold a lot of good memories and the satisfaction that it was created from beginning to end by your family.
Fun, easy sewing projects
- Sock puppets
Bookmaking is much easier than it may seem and can be fun for children and even teens to have a finished item that they can use as a journal, sketchbook, or photo album.
Flower arrangements can be as simple or as elaborate as you want and can be fun for kids and teens alike. Just pick out the types and colors of flowers and other greenery you want and arrange it in a vase or pot of your choosing. A rule of thumb with flower arranging is to pick out items in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7) to keep the items looking natural and spaced evenly.
Tie-Die can be a little messy, but it’s great fun for kids to get to be creative and see how their scrunched up, balled up, colorful item turns out after it’s un-tied.
You can make any handmade gifts for people in your family, friends, or others that might need something to cheer them up. For ideas on what to make, you might think about doing crafts for a certain holiday such as Valentines, Halloween, or a birthday or for a particular theme such as a baby shower, going-away present, or wedding.