50 Homemade Crafts For Kids to Make & Sell (2024) – Milwaukee with Kids

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Do you have a crafty little entrepreneur living with you? 

This blog post will help you unleash their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.

The best part? They’ll learn some important lessons in the process, and make a little extra money, too!

In this blog post, we’ll explore a variety of easy crafts that are perfect for kids to make and enjoy. 

From bath bombs to personalized pet collars, hand-stitched felt wallets to handmade greeting cards, these crafts are not only fun but also allow children to express their creativity and make something they can be proud of.

Whether your child is a seasoned DIY enthusiast look or just starting their creative journey, this is your ticket to finding easy things to create, make, and sell for kids of all ages. We have a feeling you may find your next great idea here!

Who knows? Maybe your child will start their own business, etsy shop, or have a booth at local craft shows!

​Let’s dive in:


1. Handmade greeting cards

Handmade greeting cards are versatile and meaningful for various special occasions. Here’s a simplified process for creating them:

Materials needed:

  • Colored cardstock or blank card bases
  • Decorative paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue or adhesive tape
  • Markers, colored pencils, or crayons
  • Stamps, stickers, or embellishments (optional)
  • Envelopes

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Process:

  1. Choose a card base and cut a smaller decorative paper panel to glue onto it.
  2. Attach the decorative paper onto the front of the card using glue or tape.
  3. Use markers, colored pencils, or crayons to add personalized messages, drawings, or designs to the card.
  4. Consider adding stamps, stickers, or other embellishments for extra flair.
  5. Allow the card to dry if necessary.
  6. Place the handmade card in an envelope, seal it, and it’s ready to be sold or given as a heartfelt gift.

Encourage children to get creative with colors, patterns, and embellishments to make their cards unique and special. Remember, one of the best things about receiving a handmade greeting card is the personal touch it carries. 


2. Friendship bracelets

Friendship bracelets make the perfect gift to show someone they’re important. Here’s a simplified process:

Materials needed:

  • Embroidery floss or colorful threads
  • Scissors
  • Tape or safety pins (to secure the bracelet while working)

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Process:

  1. Choose 3-6 colors of embroidery floss or threads for the bracelet.
  2. Cut several strands of each color, around 24 inches long.
  3. Tie a knot at one end, leaving a short tail, and secure it to a surface or your clothing.
  4. Separate the strands into groups and start weaving by crossing the leftmost strand over the neighboring one and pulling it through the loop.
  5. Repeat with the rightmost strand, alternating between left and right until the desired length is reached.
  6. Add more colors by incorporating new strands between the original ones.
  7. Tie a knot at the end to secure the strands and trim any excess thread.
  8. Tie both ends together to create a loop that fits comfortably around the wrist.

Encourage children to get creative with patterns and colors to make each friendship bracelet unique and special. It’s a fun and meaningful way to express friendship!


3. Bath Bombs

Bath bombs make great gifts! Who doesn’t want to relax in a warm bath with a handmade spa item?

To make DIY bath bombs, you will need:

  1. Baking soda
  2. Citric acid
  3. Cornstarch
  4. Epsom salt
  5. Essential oils (for fragrance)
  6. Carrier oil (such as coconut oil or almond oil)
  7. Food coloring (optional)
  8. Bath bomb molds or silicone molds
  9. Mixing bowl
  10. Spray bottle filled with water

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Process:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of citric acid, 1/2 cup of cornstarch, and 1/2 cup of Epsom salt. Mix them well until thoroughly combined.
  2. If desired, add a few drops of essential oil for fragrance. Choose scents that are soothing or refreshing, like lavender or eucalyptus. Mix the oil into the dry ingredients until evenly distributed.
  3. If you want to add color to your bath bombs, add a few drops of food coloring. Mix it well, ensuring that the color is evenly distributed throughout the dry mixture. Be cautious not to add too much liquid, as it may activate the citric acid prematurely.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of carrier oil, such as coconut oil or almond oil, to the mixture. This will help bind the ingredients together and provide moisturizing properties. Mix thoroughly until the mixture holds its shape when squeezed.
  5. If the mixture seems too dry, you can spritz it with a little water using a spray bottle. Be cautious and add water gradually to avoid activating the citric acid prematurely.
  6. Once the mixture reaches the desired consistency, it’s time to mold the bath bombs. Fill each half of the bath bomb molds or silicone molds with the mixture, packing it firmly.
  7. Press the halves together firmly to form a solid bath bomb. If using silicone molds, gently push the bath bomb out of the mold after pressing.
  8. Allow the bath bombs to dry and harden for at least 24 hours. You can place them on a tray or parchment paper in a cool, dry place.
  9. Once fully dried, your bath bombs are ready to use. Drop one into a warm bath and enjoy the fizzy, aromatic experience.

4. Beaded keychains

Materials needed:

  1. Assorted beads (plastic, glass, wooden, or acrylic)
  2. Keychain rings or split rings
  3. Beading wire or cord
  4. Crimp beads or bead stoppers
  5. Jewelry pliers (optional, but helpful)
  6. Scissors

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Process:

  1. Select the beads you want to use for your keychain. Choose a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes to create an interesting design.
  2. Cut a piece of beading wire or cord to your desired length, usually around 6-8 inches, depending on the size of the keychain you want to make.
  3. Attach a crimp bead or bead stopper to one end of the wire or cord. This will prevent the beads from sliding off.
  4. Begin stringing the beads onto the wire or cord in your desired pattern. You can create a random design or follow a specific pattern. Experiment with different combinations to find what you like best.
  5. Continue adding beads until you have reached the desired length for your keychain. Leave a small space (around 1/4 inch) at the end to attach the keychain ring.
  6. Once you have finished stringing the beads, thread the end of the wire or cord through the keychain ring.
  7. To secure the keychain ring in place, bring the end of the wire or cord back through the crimp bead or bead stopper.
  8. Use jewelry pliers (if available) to gently squeeze the crimp bead or bead stopper, securing the keychain ring and creating a neat finish. If you don’t have pliers, you can tightly tie a knot around the crimp bead or bead stopper to secure it.
  9. Trim any excess wire or cord using scissors, making sure to leave a small tail for a clean and finished look.
  10. Optional: You can add additional charms, tassels, or pendants to your keychain by attaching them to the keychain ring using jump rings or small connectors. This will add extra flair and personalization to your design.
  11. Once you are satisfied with your beaded keychain, it is ready to be attached to your keys, backpack, or purse.

Beaded keychains are a great way for children to explore their creativity and create personalized accessories. They can experiment with different bead combinations, colors, and patterns to make unique keychains for themselves or as gifts for friends and family. Have fun and let your imagination guide you in designing beautiful beaded keychains!


5. Lip Balm

Materials needed:

  1. Beeswax pellets or grated beeswax
  2. Coconut oil or almond oil
  3. Shea butter or cocoa butter
  4. Essential oils (for fragrance)
  5. Lip balm tubes or small containers
  6. Double boiler or microwave-safe bowl
  7. Stirring utensil
  8. Measuring spoons

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Process:

  1. In a double boiler or microwave-safe bowl, melt 2 tablespoons of beeswax pellets, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or almond oil, and 1 tablespoon of shea butter or cocoa butter. Stir occasionally until fully melted and combined. If using a microwave, heat in short intervals, stirring in between to prevent overheating.
  2. Once melted, remove the mixture from heat and let it cool slightly. Be cautious as the mixture will be hot.
  3. Add a few drops of your preferred essential oil for fragrance. Popular choices include peppermint, vanilla, or citrus scents. Adjust the amount of oil based on your preference.
  4. Stir the mixture well to ensure the essential oil is evenly distributed.
  5. Carefully pour the mixture into lip balm tubes or small containers. Fill them to the top, as the mixture will shrink slightly as it solidifies.
  6. Allow the lip balm to cool and solidify completely, which usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour.
  7. Once solid, cap the lip balm tubes or seal the containers.
  8. Your homemade lip balm is now ready to use. Apply it to your lips whenever they feel dry or in need of moisture.

Making lip balm at home allows you to customize the ingredients and flavors, providing a nourishing and personalized lip care product. Enjoy the soothing and moisturizing benefits of your handmade lip balm.


6. Sugar Scrub

Sugar scrubs is one of the easiest things to make at home, and it’s so luxurious! You really don’t need any artistic skills to make it. Just mix the ingredients together and use.

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Make your own sugar scrub with:

  • Granulated sugar
  • Carrier oil (such as coconut oil or almond oil)
  • Essential oils (for fragrance)
  • Optional: Additional ingredients like honey or lemon juice for added benefitsMix the sugar and carrier oil together, add a few drops of essential oils for fragrance, and any optional ingredients for added benefits. Gently massage the scrub onto your skin in the shower or bath for exfoliation and softness. Rinse off and enjoy smooth, refreshed skin.

7. Dried Flower Potpourri

Materials needed:

  1. Dried flower petals (from fresh flowers)
  2. Essential oils (optional)
  3. Airtight container or glass jar

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Instructions:

  1. Collect fresh flowers and carefully remove the petals. Spread the petals on a clean surface and allow them to dry completely. You can speed up the drying process by placing them in a warm, well-ventilated area.
  2. Once the petals are dry, you can enhance their fragrance by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Gently mix the petals with the essential oil to evenly distribute the scent. This step is optional but can add an extra touch of fragrance to your potpourri.
  3. Transfer the flower petals into an airtight container or glass jar. Ensure that the container has a tight-fitting lid to preserve the scent.
  4. Place the container in a cool, dry area away from direct sunlight. This will help maintain the potency of the fragrance and prevent the petals from deteriorating.
  5. To enjoy the fragrance, simply open the container and let the natural aroma of the flower petals fill the room. You can also gently crush the petals to release more fragrance.
  6. Over time, the scent of the flower petals may fade. You can refresh the potpourri by adding a few more drops of essential oil or replacing the petals with freshly dried ones.

With just a few simple materials and steps, you can create your own flower petal potpourri that adds a touch of natural beauty and fragrance to any space, all at no extra cost.


8. Miniature Terrariums

Materials needed:

  1. Glass jars, mason jars, or containers with lids (clear or translucent)
  2. Small pebbles or gravel
  3. Activated charcoal (available at pet stores or garden centers)
  4. Potting soil or cactus soil mix
  5. Small plants (such as succulents or air plants)
  6. Moss or decorative elements (optional)
  7. Spray bottle (for misting)
  8. Small gardening tools or utensils (optional)

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Process:

  1. Select a clean glass jar or container for your miniature terrarium. Ensure it has a lid or can be covered to create a mini greenhouse effect.
  2. Begin by adding a layer of small pebbles or gravel at the bottom of the jar. This will serve as drainage and prevent water from pooling at the roots of the plants.
  3. On top of the pebbles, add a thin layer of activated charcoal. This helps filter the water and keep the terrarium fresh.
  4. Add a layer of potting soil or cactus soil mix on top of the charcoal. The depth of the soil layer will depend on the size of your plants and the jar.
  5. Carefully plant your small plants in the soil. Use a small gardening tool or utensil to dig small holes for the plants’ roots. Arrange them as desired, taking into consideration their size and growth patterns.
  6. Once the plants are in place, add additional decorative elements like moss, small figurines, or decorative rocks if desired.
  7. Mist the terrarium lightly with water using a spray bottle. Avoid overwatering, as terrariums create a self-contained environment and excess water can lead to mold or root rot.
  8. Cover the terrarium with the lid or a clear plastic wrap to create a mini greenhouse effect. This will help retain moisture and create a suitable microclimate for the plants.
  9. Place the terrarium in a location with indirect sunlight or partial shade. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight, as it can create excessive heat and damage the plants.
  10. Monitor the moisture level within the terrarium and mist it occasionally to maintain a humid environment.
  11. With proper care and maintenance, your miniature terrarium will become a charming and self-contained ecosystem.

9. Personalized Bookmarks

When it comes to simple crafts, personalized bookmarks fit the bill. This fun craft is perfect for a child who loves to read. It’s also a great option for younger children.

Materials needed:

  1. Cardstock or thick decorative paper
  2. Ruler
  3. Scissors
  4. Hole punch
  5. Ribbon, twine, or tassel
  6. Markers, colored pencils, or pens (for decorating)

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Process:

  1. Start by cutting a rectangular piece of cardstock or decorative paper to your desired bookmark size. The standard size is around 2 inches by 6 inches, but you can adjust it according to your preference.
  2. Use a ruler to measure and mark the dimensions of your bookmark on the paper.
  3. Cut along the marked lines to create a rectangular bookmark shape.
  4. Now comes the fun part—decorating! Use markers, colored pencils, or pens to add unique designs, patterns, or personalized messages to the bookmark. Let your creativity shine!
  5. Once you’re satisfied with the decoration, use a hole punch to create a hole at the top end of the bookmark.
  6. Cut a length of ribbon, twine, or tassel and thread it through the hole. Tie a knot or bow to secure it in place.
  7. Your finished product is now complete! It’s ready to be used for your own reading adventures or given as a thoughtful gift to a fellow book lover.

10. Hand-Stitched Felt Ornaments

This is a cute idea, especially around the holiday season. Making felt ornaments is an easy and fun way to get into the festive spirit. It’s probably best for older kids since it requires finer motor skills.

Materials needed:

  1. Felt sheets in various colors
  2. Embroidery floss or thread
  3. Embroidery needles
  4. Scissors
  5. Stuffing or cotton balls
  6. Ribbon or twine (for hanging)
  7. Optional: Embellishments like buttons, sequins, or beads

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Process:

  1. Start by choosing the shape or design for your felt ornament. It could be a classic holiday shape like a tree or snowflake, or you can get creative and design your own.
  2. Trace or draw the desired shape onto a felt sheet and cut it out. You can create two identical pieces if you want a stuffed ornament.
  3. Thread the embroidery needle with your chosen embroidery floss or thread.
  4. Decide on the stitching technique you want to use. Basic stitches like running stitch or blanket stitch work well for felt ornaments.
  5. Begin stitching the two pieces of felt together, leaving a small opening for stuffing if desired. Use your chosen stitching technique around the edges of the ornament.
  6. If you’re creating a stuffed ornament, carefully stuff the ornament with stuffing or cotton balls through the opening. Adjust the amount of stuffing to achieve the desired fullness.
  7. Once the ornament is stuffed, continue stitching to close the opening.
  8. Embellish the felt ornament with additional decorative elements like buttons, sequins, or beads. Use small dabs of glue or stitch them securely onto the felt.
  9. Attach a loop of ribbon or twine to the top of the ornament for hanging.
  10. Trim any excess thread or felt to give the ornament a neat finish.
  11. Repeat the process to create as many hand-stitched felt ornaments as you like. You can make a variety of shapes and designs to suit different occasions or holidays.

11. Painted Rocks

Painted rocks are a creative and budget-friendly way to decorate and express yourself with no extra cost.

Materials needed:

  1. Smooth rocks (can be collected from nature or purchased)
  2. Acrylic paints
  3. Paintbrushes in various sizes
  4. Paint palette or disposable plates
  5. Water cup for rinsing brushes
  6. Newspaper or a protective surface to work on

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Process:

  1. Start by selecting clean, smooth rocks of different sizes and shapes. Make sure they are free from dirt or debris. You can find rocks in nature or purchase them from a craft store.
  2. Prepare your workspace by covering it with newspaper or a protective surface to avoid any paint spills or stains.
  3. Choose the design or theme you want for your painted rocks. It could be animals, flowers, inspirational quotes, or abstract patterns. Let your creativity guide you.
  4. Begin by applying a base coat of paint to the rock using a larger paintbrush. This will serve as the background color for your design. Allow the paint to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
  5. Once the base coat is dry, use smaller paintbrushes to add details and designs to your rocks. Experiment with different brush strokes, colors, and techniques to bring your vision to life.
  6. You can use fine-tip brushes for intricate designs or larger brushes for bolder strokes. Don’t be afraid to mix and blend colors for added depth and dimension.
  7. Allow each layer of paint to dry before adding additional details or colors. This will prevent smudging or smearing.
  8. If you make a mistake or want to change a design, let the paint dry completely, and then paint over it with a new layer of paint.
  9. Once you are satisfied with your painted rocks, allow them to dry completely. This may take a few hours or overnight, depending on the thickness of the paint layers.
  10. Optional: To protect your painted rocks and make them weather-resistant, you can apply a clear sealant or varnish. Follow the instructions on the product for proper application and drying time.
  11. Once the rocks are fully dried and sealed (if desired), they are ready to be displayed or sold. You can showcase them in your garden, give them as gifts, or even hide them for others to find as part of a rock-painting community activity.

Painted rocks are a delightful way for children to express their creativity and add a touch of color and joy to their surroundings. Encourage them to experiment with different designs, patterns, and color combinations to create unique and eye-catching painted rocks.


12. Decorated Picture Frames

Materials needed:

  1. Wooden or plastic picture frames
  2. Acrylic paints
  3. Paintbrushes
  4. Decorative materials (such as stickers, tissue paper rhinestones, buttons, or sequins)
  5. Mod Podge or clear varnish (optional)
  6. Hot glue gun or strong adhesive (if needed)

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Process:

  1. Start by selecting a plain wooden or plastic picture frame. It can be a new one or a thrifted one for a unique touch.
  2. Decide on a theme or design for your frame. It could be based on a favorite color, a specific pattern, or a particular theme (e.g., nature, sports, or animals).
  3. Apply a base coat of acrylic paint to the frame using a paintbrush. Allow it to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
  4. Once the base coat is dry, use different colors of acrylic paint to add patterns, designs, or images to the frame. You can freehand your designs or use stencils for more precise shapes.
  5. Get creative by adding additional decorative materials to the frame. Use stickers, rhinestones, buttons, sequins, or any other small embellishments that match your design. Arrange and secure them using a hot glue gun or strong adhesive.
  6. Allow the frame to dry completely. If desired, you can apply a coat of Mod Podge or clear varnish to protect the paint and decorations. This step is optional but can add durability to your decorated frame.
  7. Once everything is dry, your decorated picture frame is ready to display your favorite photos of family members and friend, or artwork!

13. Homemade Slime

When it comes to easy DIY crafts, there’s nothing kids love better than jars and jars of slime.

Materials needed:

  1. Clear or white school glue
  2. Liquid starch or borax solution
  3. Food coloring or glitter (optional)
  4. Mixing bowl
  5. Stirring utensil
  6. Airtight container for storage

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Process:

  1. In a mixing bowl, pour in about ½ cup of clear or white school glue.
  2. Add a few drops of food coloring or glitter if desired and mix it into the glue.
  3. Gradually add liquid starch or borax solution, a little at a time, while stirring the mixture. Continue adding and stirring until the slime starts to form and pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  4. Knead the slime with your hands until it reaches the desired consistency. If it’s too sticky, add a little more liquid starch or borax solution. If it’s too stiff, add a small amount of glue.
  5. Store the homemade slime in an airtight container to keep it fresh and prevent drying out.

14. Customized Phone Cases

Materials needed:

  1. Clear phone case or blank phone case suitable for customization
  2. Acrylic paints or paint markers
  3. Paintbrushes
  4. Pencil (for sketching designs)
  5. Clear sealant (optional)
  6. Masking tape or stencils (optional)

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Process:

  1. Start by cleaning the surface of the phone case to remove any dust or debris.
  2. If you have a design in mind, lightly sketch it on the phone case using a pencil. You can also skip this step and directly paint freehand or use stencils.
  3. Use acrylic paints or paint markers to add colors and details to the phone case. Get creative and paint patterns, images, or abstract designs.
  4. Allow the paint to dry completely before adding additional layers or details. You can use a hairdryer to speed up the drying process.
  5. If desired, use masking tape or stencils to create clean lines or specific shapes in your design.
  6. Once you’re satisfied with the painted design, let it dry completely.
  7. To protect the design and make it more durable, you can apply a clear sealant over the painted surface. Follow the instructions provided with the sealant for best results.
  8. Allow the sealant to dry thoroughly before using the customized phone case.

15. Scented Candles

Materials needed:

  1. Candle wax (such as soy wax or beeswax)
  2. Candle wicks
  3. Fragrance oils or essential oils
  4. Candle dye or color blocks (optional)
  5. Candle containers (glass jars or tins)
  6. Double boiler or microwave-safe bowl
  7. Stirring utensil
  8. Thermometer
  9. Hot glue gun (if needed for securing wicks)

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Process:

  1. Melt the candle wax in a double boiler or microwave-safe bowl according to the instructions provided with the wax. Use a thermometer to monitor the temperature and ensure it doesn’t exceed the recommended melting point.
  2. While the wax is melting, prepare the candle containers by attaching the candle wicks to the bottom center using hot glue or a wick sticker.
  3. Once the wax is melted, remove it from heat and let it cool slightly. Add fragrance oils or essential oils according to the desired scent strength. Stir gently to distribute the scent evenly.
  4. If desired, add candle dye or color blocks to achieve the desired color. Stir well to ensure the color is evenly distributed.
  5. Carefully pour the scented wax into the prepared candle containers, ensuring the wicks stay centered. Leave a small amount of space at the top of the container.
  6. Allow the candles to cool and solidify completely, which usually takes a few hours.
  7. Trim the wicks to an appropriate length (about ¼ inch) before lighting the candles.
  8. Your scented candles are now ready to be enjoyed. Light them up and revel in the delightful fragrance they emit.

16. Decorative Magnets

Materials needed:

  1. Small flat magnets
  2. Decorative paper or fabric
  3. Mod Podge or clear-drying glue
  4. Scissors
  5. Paintbrush
  6. Pencil
  7. Clear sealant (optional)

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Process:

  1. Trace the shape of the magnet onto decorative paper or fabric using a pencil.
  2. Cut out the traced shape using scissors.
  3. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge or clear-drying glue to the flat side of the magnet using a paintbrush.
  4. Press the decorative paper or fabric onto the glued side of the magnet, ensuring there are no air bubbles or wrinkles.
  5. Apply another thin layer of Mod Podge or glue over the decorative paper or fabric to seal it. Smooth out any imperfections with the paintbrush.
  6. Allow the glue to dry completely.
  7. If desired, apply a clear sealant over the decorated side of the magnet to protect the design and make it more durable.
  8. Once the sealant has dried, your decorative magnets are ready to be used. Place them on your refrigerator or any magnetic surface to add a touch of charm.

17. Customized Tote Bags

Materials needed:

  1. Plain cotton tote bag
  2. Fabric paints or fabric markers
  3. Paintbrushes
  4. Pencil (for sketching designs)
  5. Iron (for heat-setting the design)
  6. Cardboard or plastic sheet (to place inside the tote bag)

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Process:

  1. Place a cardboard or plastic sheet inside the tote bag to prevent the paint from bleeding through to the other side.
  2. Use a pencil to lightly sketch your desired design on the tote bag. You can also skip this step and directly paint or draw freehand.
  3. Use fabric paints or fabric markers to add colors and details to the tote bag. Get creative and paint patterns, images, or personalized messages.
  4. Allow the paint to dry completely before adding additional layers or details. Follow the instructions provided with the fabric paints or markers for drying times.
  5. Once the design is dry, place a piece of clean cloth or parchment paper over it and iron over the design on a low heat setting. This heat-setting process helps the paint adhere to the fabric and makes it more durable.
  6. After heat-setting, your customized tote bag is ready to be used. Carry it with pride, showing off your unique design and style.

18. Hand-Painted Flower Pots

Here’s a great craft for all ages! Hand-painted flower pots make bright and cheery diy gifts for the green thumbs in your life. They are perfect to make around Mother’s Day.

Materials needed:

  1. Terracotta flower pots
  2. Acrylic paints
  3. Paintbrushes (various sizes)
  4. Pencil (for sketching designs)
  5. Clear sealant (optional)
  6. Newspaper or drop cloth (to protect the work surface)

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Process:

  1. Start by preparing your work surface with newspaper or a drop cloth to prevent paint from staining it.
  2. Clean the terracotta flower pots to remove any dust or debris.
  3. If you have a design in mind, lightly sketch it on the flower pot using a pencil. You can also skip this step and directly paint freehand.
  4. Use acrylic paints and paintbrushes to add colors and details to the flower pot. Get creative and paint patterns, images, or intricate designs.
  5. Allow the paint to dry completely before adding additional layers or details. You can use a hairdryer to speed up the drying process.
  6. If desired, apply a clear sealant over the painted surface to protect the design and make it more durable. Follow the instructions provided with the sealant for best results.
  7. Once the sealant has dried, your hand-painted flower pots are ready to be used. Plant your favorite flowers or herbs in them to add a personalized touch to your garden or indoor space.

19. Personalized Pet Collars

Materials needed:

  1. Plain pet collar (fabric or nylon)
  2. Fabric markers or permanent markers
  3. Stencils or letter stickers (optional)
  4. Decorative elements (such as ribbons or charms)
  5. Craft glue or adhesive (optional)

Process:

  1. Begin with a plain pet collar in the appropriate size for your pet.
  2. Decide on the personalized design you want to create. You can write your pet’s name, draw patterns, or add decorative elements.
  3. If using stencils or letter stickers, position them on the collar to create a clean and uniform design. If not using stencils or stickers, you can freehand the design directly onto the collar.
  4. Use fabric markers or permanent markers to write or draw the desired design on the collar. Choose colors that will stand out and be easily visible.
  5. Allow the marker ink to dry completely before handling the collar or attaching any additional elements.
  6. If desired, you can further embellish the collar by adding decorative elements such as ribbons or charms. Use craft glue or adhesive to attach them securely.
  7. Let the glue or adhesive dry completely before putting the collar on your pet.
  8. Ensure that the collar fits properly and is comfortable for your pet to wear.
  9. Your personalized pet collar is now ready to be worn by your furry friend. It’s a stylish and unique accessory that showcases their name or personality.

20. Tie-Dye Shirts

Materials needed:

  • Plain white t-shirts
  • Fabric dye or tie-dye kits
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic squeeze bottles or spray bottles
  • Plastic gloves
  • Plastic bags or plastic wrap
  • Water source
  • Optional: Fabric markers or fabric paints

Process:

  1. Choose an easy tie-dye pattern for kids
  2. Pre-wash the white t-shirts to remove any sizing or chemicals.
  3. Prepare the dye according to the manufacturer’s instructions or use a tie-dye kit.
  4. Lay the t-shirts flat and choose a tie-dye technique like spiral, bullseye, or crumple.
  5. Use rubber bands to create patterns on the t-shirts, binding sections you want to remain undyed or lighter.
  6. Wear plastic gloves and apply the dye using squeeze bottles or spray bottles, experimenting with colors and patterns.
  7. Enclose each tie-dyed t-shirt in plastic and let the dye set for several hours or overnight.
  8. Rinse the shirts under cold water until it runs clear, removing the rubber bands.
  9. Launder the tie-dye shirts separately in cold water with mild detergent to remove excess dye and set the colors.
  10. Air dry or tumble dry on a low setting.
  11. Optionally, use fabric markers or paints to add extra designs. Let the paint dry completely before wearing or washing the shirts.

Have fun creating vibrant and unique tie-dye shirts with these easy steps!


21. Clay Figurines

Materials needed:

  1. Polymer clay (various colors)
  2. Clay sculpting tools or toothpicks
  3. Rolling pin or smooth cylindrical object
  4. Oven (for baking, follow clay manufacturer’s instructions)
  5. Optional: Acrylic paints and brushes (for additional detailing)

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Process:

  1. Start by conditioning the polymer clay by kneading it with your hands until it becomes soft and pliable.
  2. Take a small portion of clay and roll it into a ball or desired shape for the base of your figurine.
  3. Use your fingers or clay sculpting tools to shape and mold the clay into the desired figurine form. Add additional clay as needed for more complex shapes or details.
  4. Use tools or toothpicks to create texture, add facial features, or refine the details of your figurine.
  5. Once you’re satisfied with the shape and details, carefully transfer the clay figurine to a baking sheet or oven-safe surface.
  6. Follow the instructions provided by the clay manufacturer for baking the figurine. Typically, it involves baking the clay in an oven at a specific temperature and for a specific duration.
  7. After baking and allowing the clay to cool, you can further enhance your clay figurine by painting it with acrylic paints. Use small brushes to add colors, shading, and other intricate details.
  8. Let the paint dry completely before displaying or gifting your clay figurine.

Clay figurines offer endless possibilities for creativity. Encourage children to explore different shapes, characters, and themes as they sculpt and decorate their own unique clay creations.


22. Mini Scrapbooks

Materials needed:

  1. Cardstock or scrapbook paper
  2. Decorative paper and embellishments
  3. Scissors or paper trimmer
  4. Glue or double-sided tape
  5. Photos or printed images
  6. Markers or pens (for journaling)
  7. Ribbon or twine (optional)
  8. Hole punch
  9. Metal rings or binder clips

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Process:

  1. Cut the cardstock or scrapbook paper into desired shapes and sizes for the pages of the mini scrapbook.
  2. Decorate the pages with decorative paper, embellishments, and photos. Use glue or double-sided tape to adhere them to the pages.
  3. Add journaling or captions using markers or pens to document the memories associated with the photos.
  4. Punch holes along one edge of the pages using a hole punch.
  5. Thread ribbon or twine through the holes to bind the pages together. Alternatively, use metal rings or binder clips to hold the pages together.
  6. Embellish the cover of the mini scrapbook with additional decorations, titles, or names.
  7. Your mini scrapbook is now ready to be filled with memories and cherished or gifted to someone special.

23. Upcycled CD Coasters

Materials needed:

  1. Old CDs or DVDs
  2. Felt or cork sheets
  3. Scissors or craft knife
  4. Craft glue or adhesive dots
  5. Decorative paper or fabric (optional)
  6. Mod Podge or clear-drying glue (optional)

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Process:

  1. Clean the CDs or DVDs to remove any dust or debris.
  2. Cut circular pieces of felt or cork slightly larger than the size of the CDs to create the coaster base.
  3. Use craft glue or adhesive dots to attach the felt or cork to the shiny side of the CDs, covering the entire surface.
  4. If desired, you can further decorate the CDs by gluing decorative paper or fabric onto the coaster base using Mod Podge or clear-drying glue. Allow the glue to dry completely.
  5. Trim any excess felt, cork, paper, or fabric from the edges using scissors or a craft knife.
  6. Your upcycled CD coasters are now ready to be used. Place them under cups, glasses, or mugs to protect your surfaces while adding a touch of creativity.

24. Hair Clips & Accessories

Materials needed:

  1. Flower and feathers of various colors and sizes
  2. Hair clips or hairpins
  3. Felt sheets or fabric scraps
  4. Scissors
  5. Hot glue gun or craft glue
  6. Decorative beads, ribbons, or charms (optional)

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Process:

  1. Select feathers of different colors and sizes for your hair accessory.
  2. Cut a small piece of felt or fabric to use as a base for attaching the feathers.
  3. Arrange the feathers on the felt or fabric to create your desired design.
  4. Use a hot glue gun or craft glue to attach the feathers securely to the base.
  5. If desired, add decorative beads, ribbons, or charms to enhance the hair accessory. Attach them with hot glue or craft glue.
  6. Once all the elements are securely attached and the glue has dried, attach the feather hair accessory to a hair clip or hairpin using glue or by sewing it directly onto the hair accessory.
  7. Your feather hair accessories are now ready to be worn, adding a unique and bohemian touch to any hairstyle.

25. Upcycled Denim Pouches

Materials needed:

  1. Old denim jeans or denim fabric
  2. Scissors or fabric cutter
  3. Sewing machine or needle and thread
  4. Zipper or buttons (for closure)
  5. Fabric glue or fusible interfacing (optional, for reinforcement)
  6. Decorative patches, buttons, or ribbons (optional)

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Process:

  1. Cut out a rectangular or square piece of denim fabric to the desired size for the pouch.
  2. Fold the fabric in half with the right sides facing each other and sew the side seams together, leaving the top open.
  3. If using a zipper for closure, sew it along the top edge of the pouch, following the instructions provided with the zipper. Alternatively, you can use buttons and buttonholes for closure.
  4. If desired, reinforce the fabric by applying fabric glue or using fusible interfacing on the inside of the pouch.
  5. Embellish the pouch with decorative patches, buttons, or ribbons by sewing them onto the denim fabric.
  6. Trim any excess threads and turn the pouch right-side-out.
  7. Your upcycled denim pouch is now ready to be used. Use it to store small items like makeup, pens, or jewelry while adding a touch of eco-friendly style.

26. Paper Quilling Designs

Materials needed:

  1. Colored paper strips or quilling paper
  2. Slotted quilling tool or toothpick
  3. Craft glue
  4. Quilling board (optional)
  5. Tweezers (optional)
  6. Paper or cardstock (for the background)

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Process:

  1. Start by selecting the colored paper strips or quilling paper for your design.
  2. If using a slotted quilling tool, insert the end of a paper strip into the slot and roll it tightly using the tool. If using a toothpick, wrap the paper strip around the toothpick and secure the end with glue.
  3. Release the rolled strip from the tool or toothpick, and allow it to relax into the desired shape. Use your fingers or tweezers to manipulate the shape if needed.
  4. Apply a small amount of glue to the end of the strip to secure it in place.
  5. Repeat the rolling and shaping process with more paper strips to create various shapes, such as circles, squares, or teardrops.
  6. Arrange the quilled shapes on a piece of paper or cardstock to create your desired design. Use craft glue to attach them to the background.
  7. Allow the glue to dry completely before displaying or framing your paper quilling design.
  8. Your paper quilling design is now complete and ready to be admired for its intricate beauty.

27. Personalized Name Bracelets

Materials needed:

  1. Beads (various colors, shapes, and sizes)
  2. Elastic cord or jewelry wire
  3. Letter beads (for personalization)
  4. Crimp beads or bead caps
  5. Jewelry pliers (optional)
  6. Clasp or closure (optional)

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Process:

  1. Measure the length of the bracelet by wrapping the elastic cord or jewelry wire around your wrist and adding an extra inch or two for the closure.
  2. String the beads onto the cord or wire in your desired pattern or design. You can mix and match different colors and shapes to create a personalized look.
  3. To add the personalized touch, use letter beads to spell out the desired name or word. Thread them onto the cord or wire in the appropriate order.
  4. Once all the beads are in place, use crimp beads or bead caps to secure the ends of the cord or wire. You can flatten the crimp beads with jewelry pliers for added security.
  5. If desired, attach a clasp or closure to the ends of the cord or wire to make it easier to put on and take off the bracelet.
  6. Trim any excess cord or wire, and your personalized name bracelet is ready to be worn or gifted.

28. Crocheted Headbands

Materials needed:

  1. Crochet hook (appropriate size for the yarn)
  2. Yarn (in desired color or colors)
  3. Scissors

Process:

  1. Start by making a slip knot on your crochet hook.
  2. Create a foundation chain of the desired length for the headband. The length will depend on the size of the head and the desired width of the headband.
  3. Once you have the foundation chain, begin crocheting rows in your preferred stitch pattern. Common stitch patterns for headbands include single crochet, half-double crochet, or double crochet.
  4. Continue crocheting rows until the headband reaches the desired width.
  5. When you reach the desired length, fasten off the yarn and cut it, leaving a tail for sewing the ends together.
  6. Fold the headband in half, with the wrong sides together, and sew the ends together using a yarn needle and the tail of the yarn.
  7. Weave in any loose ends, and your crocheted headband is ready to be worn.

29. 3Decorative Glass Jars

Materials needed:

  1. Glass jars (cleaned and dried)
  2. Acrylic paint or glass paint
  3. Paintbrushes (various sizes)
  4. Stencils or masking tape (optional)
  5. Clear sealant (optional)
  6. Decorative items (e.g., ribbons, beads, twine, flowers)

Process:

  1. Start by selecting the glass jars you want to decorate. They can be various sizes and shapes.
  2. If desired, use stencils or masking tape to create patterns or designs on the glass jars. This step is optional but can help you achieve more precise and symmetrical designs.
  3. Use acrylic paint or glass paint to paint the jars. Get creative and experiment with different colors, patterns, or themes. You can paint the entire jar or create specific designs.
  4. Allow the paint to dry completely before adding additional layers or details.
  5. If desired, apply a clear sealant over the painted surface to protect the design and make it more durable. Follow the instructions provided with the sealant for best results.
  6. Once the sealant has dried, you can further embellish the jars by tying ribbons around the neck, gluing beads or twine, or placing flowers or other decorative items inside.
  7. Your decorative glass jars are now ready to be used as vases, candle holders, storage containers, or simply as decorative accents.

30. Painted Wooden Signs

Materials needed:

  1. Wooden sign or plaque
  2. Sandpaper
  3. Acrylic paint or wood stain
  4. Paintbrushes (various sizes)
  5. Stencils or lettering templates (optional)
  6. Pencil or chalk (for sketching)
  7. Clear sealant (optional)
  8. Hanging hardware or adhesive strips

Process:

  1. Start by preparing the wooden sign. If needed, sand the surface with sandpaper to ensure a smooth and even painting surface.
  2. Decide on the design or message you want to paint on the sign. You can sketch it lightly with a pencil or chalk to guide your painting.
  3. Use acrylic paint or wood stain to paint the design or message on the sign. You can use freehand painting or use stencils or lettering templates for more precise results.
  4. Allow the paint to dry completely before adding additional layers or details.
  5. If desired, apply a clear sealant over the painted surface to protect the design and make it more durable. Follow the instructions provided with the sealant for best results.
  6. Once the sealant has dried, attach hanging hardware or adhesive strips to the back of the wooden sign for easy display.
  7. Your painted wooden sign is now ready to be hung on a wall or displayed as a personalized piece of decor.

Embroidered Patches

Materials needed:

  1. Fabric (in desired color)
  2. Embroidery hoop
  3. Embroidery floss (in various colors)
  4. Embroidery needle
  5. Scissors
  6. Tracing paper or transfer pen (optional)
  7. Iron-on adhesive or fabric glue (optional)
  8. Iron (if using iron-on adhesive)

Process:

  1. Start by selecting the fabric for your patches. Choose a sturdy fabric that can withstand embroidery stitches.
  2. If desired, use tracing paper or a transfer pen to trace or draw the design onto the fabric. Alternatively, you can freehand your design directly onto the fabric.
  3. Place the fabric in an embroidery hoop to keep it taut while embroidering.
  4. Thread the embroidery needle with the desired color of embroidery floss and begin embroidering the design. Use various embroidery stitches, such as running stitch, backstitch, satin stitch, or French knots, to create texture and detail.
  5. Continue embroidering until the design is complete. You can use multiple colors of embroidery floss to add depth and dimension.
  6. Once the embroidery is finished, trim any excess fabric around the design, leaving a small border.
  7. If you want your patch to be iron-on, apply iron-on adhesive to the back of the embroidered patch following the instructions provided with the adhesive. Use an iron to activate the adhesive and attach the patch to the desired item.
  8. If you prefer a sew-on patch, simply sew the patch onto the desired item using small, discreet stitches around the edges.
  9. Your embroidered patch is now ready to be displayed on clothing, bags, hats, or any other fabric item.

31. Hand-Stamped Jewelry

Materials needed:

  1. Metal blanks (e.g., pendants, charms, or tags)
  2. Metal stamping set (including letter and design stamps)
  3. Hammer or mallet
  4. Steel bench block or anvil
  5. Masking tape (optional)
  6. Jewelry pliers (optional)
  7. Jump rings or jewelry findings
  8. Chain or cord (for necklaces or bracelets)

Process:

  1. Start by selecting the metal blanks for your jewelry. Choose the shape and size that you prefer.
  2. If desired, use masking tape to create guidelines or to hold the blank in place on the bench block or anvil.
  3. Select the letter or design stamps you want to use and align them on the metal blank.
  4. Hold the stamp firmly in place on the metal blank and strike the end of the stamp with a hammer or mallet to create the impression. Make sure to strike the stamp evenly and with enough force to make a clear impression but not so hard as to damage the stamp or the metal.
  5. Repeat the stamping process for each letter or design element in your desired pattern or message.
  6. If desired, use jewelry pliers to attach jump rings or other jewelry findings to the metal blank. This will allow you to attach the finished piece to a chain or cord for wearing.
  7. Attach the metal blank to a chain or cord using the jump ring or jewelry finding.
  8. Your hand-stamped jewelry is now ready to be worn or gifted.

32. Hand-Decorated Mugs

Materials needed:

  1. Ceramic or porcelain mugs
  2. Ceramic or glass paint pens
  3. Masking tape or stencils (optional)
  4. Rubbing alcohol (for cleaning)
  5. Oven (if heat setting is required)

Process:

  1. Start by cleaning the mugs with rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt or oils. This will ensure better adhesion of the paint.
  2. If desired, use masking tape or stencils to create patterns or designs on the mug. This step is optional but can help you achieve more precise and symmetrical designs.
  3. Use ceramic or glass paint pens to draw or write on the mug. Get creative and experiment with different colors and designs.
  4. Allow the paint to dry completely before adding additional layers or details.
  5. If the paint requires heat setting, follow the instructions provided with the paint pens. This typically involves baking the mugs in the oven at a specific temperature and duration to set the paint permanently.
  6. Once the paint is set and completely dry, the mugs are ready to be used. However, be sure to follow any specific instructions provided by the paint manufacturer for washing and care.
  7. Your hand-decorated mugs are now personalized and ready to bring joy to your daily coffee or tea routine.

33. Origami Animals

Materials needed:

  1. Origami paper (square-shaped)
  2. Scissors (optional)
  3. Instructions or diagrams for origami animals (available in books or online)

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Process:

  1. Start with a square sheet of origami paper. If you don’t have origami paper, you can cut a square from regular paper or colored construction paper.
  2. Choose an origami animal design that you want to create. There are many resources available online or in origami books that provide step-by-step instructions or diagrams.
  3. Follow the instructions or diagrams carefully, making precise folds along the designated lines. Take your time and be patient, as origami requires attention to detail.
  4. If necessary, use scissors to make small cuts or adjustments to achieve the desired shape or look of the animal.
  5. Continue folding and shaping the paper according to the instructions until you complete the origami animal.
  6. Repeat the process with different origami animal designs, exploring various creatures and styles.
  7. Display your origami animals individually or create a scene by arranging them together.
  8. Your origami animals are now ready to be admired and enjoyed.

34. Pompom Bookmarks

Materials needed:

  1. Yarn (in desired colors)
  2. Pompom maker or cardboard
  3. Scissors
  4. Ribbon or yarn (for attaching the pompom to the bookmark)

Process:

  1. Start by selecting the yarn colors for your pompom bookmark.
  2. If using a pompom maker, follow the instructions provided with the tool to create the pompom. Alternatively, you can make a cardboard pompom maker by cutting two identical donut-shaped pieces from cardboard and placing them together.
  3. Wrap the yarn around the pompom maker or cardboard donut shape. The more yarn you wrap, the fuller your pompom will be.
  4. Once you have wrapped enough yarn, carefully slide it off the pompom maker or cardboard donut shape. Tie a tight knot in the middle of the wrapped yarn.
  5. Use scissors to cut through the loops of yarn on both sides of the knot. Be careful not to cut the yarn that is used for attaching the pompom to the bookmark.
  6. Fluff and trim the pompom until it forms a neat and round shape.
  7. Cut a piece of ribbon or yarn and thread it through the knot in the middle of the pompom.
  8. Tie the ends of the ribbon or yarn together, creating a loop for attaching the pompom to the bookmark.
  9. Your pompom bookmark is now complete and ready to mark your place in books or journals.

35. Button Earrings

Materials needed:

  1. Buttons (with shank or flat-back)
  2. Earring studs or hooks
  3. Jewelry glue or adhesive
  4. Jewelry pliers (optional)

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Process:

  1. Start by selecting buttons that you want to use for your earrings. Choose buttons with shanks or flat-backs that can easily be turned into earrings.
  2. If using buttons with shanks, use jewelry pliers to remove the shank from the back of the button, creating a flat surface.
  3. Apply jewelry glue or adhesive to the back of the button and attach the earring stud or hook. Press firmly to ensure a secure bond.
  4. Allow the glue to dry completely according to the instructions provided by the adhesive manufacturer.
  5. Repeat the process for the second earring.
  6. Your button earrings are now ready to be worn and showcased.

36. Dreamcatchers

Materials needed:

  1. Metal or wooden hoop
  2. Suede cord, yarn, or twine
  3. Feathers, beads, ribbons, and other decorative elements
  4. Scissors
  5. Craft glue or hot glue gun
  6. Thread or fishing line (for weaving)

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Process:

  1. Start by selecting a metal or wooden hoop for the dreamcatcher. The size of the hoop will determine the size of your dreamcatcher.
  2. Wrap suede cord, yarn, or twine around the hoop to create a decorative base. You can wrap it tightly or create a looser, more open weave.
  3. Secure the ends of the cord, yarn, or twine with craft glue or hot glue.
  4. Cut several lengths of cord, yarn, or twine and attach them to the bottom of the hoop, creating the “web” of the dreamcatcher. Start by tying a knot or using a small amount of glue at the attachment point.
  5. Weave the cord, yarn, or twine in a spiral pattern from the outer edge of the hoop toward the center, leaving gaps between each pass. You can also experiment with different weaving patterns.
  6. Continue weaving until you reach the center of the dreamcatcher. Tie off or secure the cord, yarn, or twine at the center point.
  7. Attach feathers, beads, ribbons, or other decorative elements to the bottom of the dreamcatcher using thread or fishing line. Be creative and choose elements that reflect your style or the intended purpose of the dreamcatcher.
  8. You can also attach additional decorative elements to the top or sides of the dreamcatcher, such as ribbons or more feathers.
  9. Trim any excess cord, yarn, or twine, and your dreamcatcher is complete. Hang it above your bed or in a special place to catch and filter out bad dreams.

37. Dried Flower Bookmarks

Materials needed:

  1. Dried flowers or pressed flowers
  2. Laminating sheets or self-adhesive laminating pouches
  3. Scissors
  4. Hole punch (optional)
  5. Ribbon or tassel (for attaching to the bookmark)

Process:

  1. Start by selecting dried flowers or pressed flowers for your bookmarks. Ensure that they are fully dried and preserved.
  2. Cut a piece of laminating sheet or open a self-adhesive laminating pouch.
  3. Arrange the dried flowers on one side of the laminating sheet or pouch. You can create different designs or patterns using the flowers.
  4. Once you are satisfied with the arrangement, fold the other side of the laminating sheet or pouch over the flowers, sandwiching them inside.
  5. Press firmly to ensure that the laminating sheet or pouch adheres to itself and encases the flowers.
  6. Trim any excess laminating sheet or pouch around the edges of the bookmark.
  7. If desired, use a hole punch to create a hole at the top of the bookmark and attach a ribbon or tassel for added decoration.
  8. Your dried flower bookmark is now ready to mark your place in books or journals.

38. Fabric-Covered Notebooks

Materials needed:

  1. Notebook with a cardboard cover
  2. Fabric (in desired pattern or color)
  3. Craft glue or fabric glue
  4. Scissors
  5. Ribbon, lace, or other decorative elements (optional)

Process:

  1. Start by selecting a notebook with a cardboard cover. Choose one with a plain or simple design to allow the fabric to shine.
  2. Cut a piece of fabric that is slightly larger than the notebook cover. Make sure there is enough fabric to cover the front, back, and spine of the notebook.
  3. Apply craft glue or fabric glue to the notebook cover, spreading it evenly.
  4. Place the fabric over the glued cover, making sure it is centered and smooth. Press down firmly to ensure good adhesion.
  5. Fold the excess fabric over the edges of the cover and glue it to the inside of the cover. Trim any excess fabric if necessary.
  6. If desired, add ribbon, lace, or other decorative elements to the cover using craft glue or fabric glue. Get creative and personalize the design to your liking.
  7. Allow the glue to dry completely before using the fabric-covered notebook.
  8. Your fabric-covered notebook is now ready to be filled with your thoughts, ideas, or sketches.

39. Miniature Fairy Gardens

Materials needed:

  1. Container or planter (shallow and wide)
  2. Potting soil or a suitable growing medium
  3. Small plants (such as succulents or miniature flowers)
  4. Decorative elements (such as pebbles, small figurines, fairy houses, and tiny accessories)
  5. Small gardening tools (optional)
  6. Watering can or spray bottle

Process:

  1. Start by selecting a container or planter for your miniature fairy garden. Choose one that is shallow and wide enough to accommodate the plants and decorative elements.
  2. Fill the container with potting soil or a suitable growing medium, leaving enough space for the plants and decorations.
  3. Arrange the plants in the container, considering their growth patterns and sizes. Create pathways or garden beds with the plants to mimic a real garden.
  4. Once the plants are in place, add decorative elements such as pebbles, small figurines, fairy houses, and tiny accessories. These elements will bring the fairy garden to life and create a whimsical atmosphere.
  5. Use small gardening tools to carefully position the decorative elements and adjust the plants as needed.
  6. Water the miniature fairy garden gently using a watering can or spray bottle. Be mindful not to overwater, as the container may not have drainage holes.
  7. Place the fairy garden in a suitable location where it can receive the appropriate amount of light and be enjoyed.
  8. Regularly check and care for the plants by watering when needed and trimming any overgrown foliage.
  9. Your miniature fairy garden is now complete and ready to enchant your indoor or outdoor space.

40. Paper Bead Necklaces

Materials needed:

  1. Colorful paper (such as scrapbook paper or magazine pages)
  2. Ruler
  3. Pencil
  4. Scissors
  5. Craft glue or adhesive
  6. Beading thread or string
  7. Beads (optional)
  8. Clasps or fasteners (optional)

Process:

  1. Start by cutting the paper into long, narrow triangles. The base of the triangle should be wider than the tip.
  2. Take a paper triangle and wrap it tightly around a pencil, starting from the wider end. Roll the paper tightly until you reach the tip.
  3. Apply a small amount of craft glue or adhesive at the tip of the paper to secure it in place.
  4. Slide the rolled paper bead off the pencil and set it aside to dry. Repeat this process with the remaining paper triangles.
  5. Once the beads are dry, thread them onto the beading thread or string, alternating with regular beads if desired.
  6. Tie knots at each end of the string to secure the beads in place. If desired, add clasps or fasteners to create a necklace that can be easily worn.
  7. Your paper bead necklace is now ready to be worn as a unique and colorful accessory.

41. Handmade Soap Bars

Materials needed:

  1. Soap base (available at craft stores or online)
  2. Soap molds or silicone molds
  3. Essential oils or fragrance oils (optional)
  4. Soap colorants (optional)
  5. Dried herbs, flower petals, or exfoliants (optional)
  6. Microwave-safe bowl or double boiler
  7. Stirring utensil (such as a spoon or spatula)
  8. Rubbing alcohol (in a spray bottle)
  9. Plastic wrap or parchment paper

Process:

  1. Cut the soap base into small pieces and place them in a microwave-safe bowl or double boiler.
  2. Melt the soap base according to the instructions on the packaging. If using a microwave, heat in short bursts, stirring in between, until completely melted. If using a double boiler, heat the water and melt the soap base in the top pot.
  3. Once the soap base is melted, add a few drops of essential oils or fragrance oils if desired. Stir well to distribute the scent.
  4. If using soap colorants, add a small amount and mix thoroughly until you achieve the desired color.
  5. If adding dried herbs, flower petals, or exfoliants, sprinkle them into the soap molds or silicone molds.
  6. Carefully pour the melted soap base into the molds, covering the herbs or petals if added. Fill the molds to the top.
  7. Spray the surface of the soap with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles that may have formed.
  8. Allow the soap to cool and harden completely. This usually takes a few hours or overnight, depending on the size and thickness of the soap bars.
  9. Once the soap is fully hardened, gently remove it from the molds. If needed, flex the molds or tap them lightly to release the soap.
  10. Wrap the handmade soap bars individually in plastic wrap or parchment paper to protect them until ready to use or gift.
  11. Your handmade soap bars are now ready to be used and enjoyed.

42. Stuffed Felt Animals

Materials needed:

  1. Felt sheets (in various colors)
  2. Scissors
  3. Sewing needle
  4. Embroidery floss or thread
  5. Stuffing material (such as polyester fiberfill)
  6. Fabric glue (optional)
  7. Buttons, ribbons, or other embellishments (optional)

Process:

  1. Start by selecting a felt color for the body of the animal and cut out two identical shapes. These will be the front and back of the stuffed animal.
  2. Cut out additional felt shapes for the animal’s ears, eyes, nose, mouth, and any other desired features. Get creative and personalize the animal’s appearance.
  3. Use embroidery floss or thread to stitch the features onto one of the felt body shapes. You can use different types of stitches, such as a blanket stitch or running stitch, to attach the pieces securely.
  4. Once the features are attached, place the two felt body shapes together, with the decorated side facing inward.
  5. Thread the sewing needle with embroidery floss or thread and begin stitching around the edges of the felt, starting at the bottom of the animal.
  6. Stitch all the way around, leaving a small opening for stuffing.
  7. Stuff the felt animal with polyester fiberfill or your preferred stuffing material. Use small amounts at a time and distribute it evenly for a plump and firm finish.
  8. Continue stitching until the opening is closed. Knot the thread securely and trim any excess.
  9. If desired, add buttons, ribbons, or other embellishments to the stuffed animal using fabric glue or by sewing them on securely.
  10. Your stuffed felt animal is now complete and ready to be cuddled or displayed.

43. Painted Seashells

Materials needed:

  1. Seashells (collected from the beach or purchased)
  2. Acrylic paints
  3. Paintbrushes (various sizes)
  4. Water cup
  5. Palette or paint palette paper
  6. Paper towels or cloth

Process:

  1. Start by selecting the seashells you want to paint. Choose shells with interesting shapes or textures to enhance your designs.
  2. Rinse the seashells with water to remove any dirt or debris. Let them dry completely before painting.
  3. Squeeze a small amount of acrylic paint onto the palette or paint palette paper. Choose colors that you want to use for your designs.
  4. Dip a paintbrush into the desired color and begin painting the seashells. You can paint the entire shell or create patterns, designs, or scenes.
  5. Use different brushes and techniques to achieve the desired effects. Experiment with brushstrokes, blending colors, or adding details.
  6. Allow each layer of paint to dry before applying additional colors or details.
  7. If desired, add a layer of clear acrylic varnish or sealant to protect the painted surface and enhance its durability.
  8. Once the seashells are completely dry, you can display them in a decorative bowl, use them as ornaments, or incorporate them into other craft projects.

44. Clay Refrigerator Magnets

Materials needed:

  1. Air-dry clay or polymer clay
  2. Rolling pin
  3. Cookie cutters or small shaped cutters
  4. Craft knife or clay shaping tools
  5. Acrylic paints or clay paints (optional)
  6. Paintbrushes
  7. Clear varnish or sealant (optional)
  8. Strong magnets
  9. Craft glue or adhesive

Process:

  1. Start by preparing your work surface and gathering the necessary materials.
  2. Take a portion of air-dry clay or polymer clay and knead it until soft and pliable.
  3. Use a rolling pin to roll out the clay to your desired thickness. Make sure it’s thick enough to hold the magnets securely.
  4. Use cookie cutters or small shaped cutters to cut out shapes from the clay. You can also create your own shapes using a craft knife or clay shaping tools.
  5. Smooth the edges of the clay shapes using your fingers or a wet cloth.
  6. If desired, use clay tools to add texture, patterns, or details to the clay shapes.
  7. Allow the clay shapes to dry according to the instructions provided with the clay. If using air-dry clay, it may take a few days to completely dry and harden.
  8. Once the clay shapes are dry, you can paint them using acrylic paints or clay paints. Apply multiple coats if needed, allowing each coat to dry before adding the next.
  9. If desired, apply a coat of clear varnish or sealant to protect the painted surface and add a glossy finish. Let it dry completely.
  10. Attach strong magnets to the back of the clay shapes using craft glue or adhesive. Make sure the magnets are positioned securely and allow the adhesive to dry completely.
  11. Your clay refrigerator magnets are now ready to be displayed on your fridge or any magnetic surface.

45. Customized Water Bottles

Materials needed:

  1. Water bottle (stainless steel or BPA-free plastic)
  2. Acrylic paints or paint markers
  3. Paintbrushes (if using acrylic paints)
  4. Painter’s tape or masking tape (optional)
  5. Stencils or stickers (optional)
  6. Clear varnish or sealant (optional)

Process:

  1. Start by selecting a water bottle that is suitable for customization. Choose a material that works well with paints and is safe for drinking water.
  2. Clean the water bottle thoroughly with soap and water. Make sure it’s dry before starting the customization process.
  3. Plan your design. You can sketch it on paper or visualize it directly on the water bottle.
  4. If you want to create clean lines or specific designs, use painter’s tape or masking tape to mask off areas that you want to keep unpainted.
  5. Start painting your design using acrylic paints or paint markers. Use small brushes for fine details or larger brushes for broader strokes.
  6. Allow each layer of paint to dry before applying additional coats or adding more details.
  7. If using stencils or stickers, carefully apply them to the water bottle and paint over them. Once the paint is dry, remove the stencils or stickers to reveal the design.
  8. If desired, apply a coat of clear varnish or sealant to protect the painted surface and add durability. Follow the instructions provided with the varnish or sealant.
  9. Let the water bottle dry and cure completely before using it for drinking or washing. This ensures that the paint adheres properly and doesn’t come off.
  10. Your customized water bottle is now ready to be used and proudly displayed.

46. Decorative Washi Tape Pencils

Materials needed:

  1. Wooden pencils
  2. Washi tape (in various patterns and colors)
  3. Scissors
  4. Craft knife (optional)

Process:

  1. Start by selecting wooden pencils that you want to decorate. Unsharpened pencils work best for this project.
  2. Choose a washi tape with a pattern or color that you like. Washi tapes come in various widths, so select one that will fit the pencil circumference.
  3. Measure and cut a piece of washi tape slightly longer than the length of the pencil.
  4. Starting at the eraser end, carefully wrap the washi tape around the pencil, smoothing it out as you go. Make sure it adheres securely.
  5. Continue wrapping the washi tape around the pencil, overlapping slightly with each new wrap. Ensure that the pattern aligns nicely.
  6. If the washi tape extends beyond the pencil tip, use scissors or a craft knife to trim the excess neatly.
  7. Repeat the process with different washi tapes to decorate additional pencils, creating a mix of patterns and colors.
  8. Your decorative washi tape pencils are now ready to be used or gifted. They add a touch of style and personality to your stationery collection.

47. Paper Bag Puppets

Materials needed:

  1. Paper bags (lunch-size or larger)
  2. Construction paper
  3. Scissors
  4. Glue stick or craft glue
  5. Markers or crayons
  6. Googly eyes (optional)
  7. Pipe cleaners, yarn, or ribbon (optional)

Process:

  1. Begin by selecting a paper bag for your puppet. Make sure it’s clean and in good condition.
  2. Decide on the type of puppet you want to create, such as an animal, person, or imaginary creature.
  3. Cut out shapes from construction paper to create the puppet’s features, such as eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and hair. Get creative and use different colors to bring your puppet to life.
  4. Use a glue stick or craft glue to attach the paper shapes onto the paper bag, creating the desired facial features and details. If using googly eyes, glue them in place as well.
  5. Use markers or crayons to add additional details, such as eyebrows, whiskers, or clothing. You can also draw on the paper bag to enhance the puppet’s appearance.
  6. If you want your puppet to have movable arms, attach pipe cleaners, yarn, or ribbon to the sides of the paper bag. Twist or tie them securely to create puppet arms that can be manipulated.
  7. Your paper bag puppet is now ready to come to life! Put your hand inside the paper bag and use your fingers to move the puppet’s mouth or arms.
  8. Use your puppet to put on a show, create stories, or simply have fun entertaining others.

48. Hand-Decorated Flip-Flops

Materials needed:

  1. Pair of flip-flops
  2. Fabric or acrylic paints
  3. Paintbrushes (various sizes)
  4. Fabric markers or permanent markers
  5. Ribbon, lace, or fabric scraps (optional)
  6. Adhesive (such as fabric glue or hot glue)
  7. Embellishments (such as beads, buttons, or sequins)

Process:

  1. Start by selecting a pair of flip-flops that you want to decorate. Choose a plain pair that will provide a good canvas for your designs.
  2. Plan your design. You can sketch it on paper or visualize it directly on the flip-flops.
  3. Use fabric or acrylic paints and paintbrushes to paint your designs directly onto the flip-flops. Get creative and use different colors and patterns.
  4. Allow each layer of paint to dry before applying additional coats or adding more details.
  5. Use fabric markers or permanent markers to add additional details, such as lines, dots, or intricate designs. These markers allow for more precision and control.
  6. If desired, attach ribbon, lace, or fabric scraps to the straps of the flip-flops using adhesive, such as fabric glue or hot glue. This adds a decorative touch.
  7. Embellish the flip-flops further by adding beads, buttons, or sequins. Use adhesive to attach them securely.
  8. Allow the flip-flops to dry completely before wearing or gifting them.
  9. Your hand-decorated flip-flops are now ready to be worn and showcased. They are a fun and unique accessory for the summer season or beach outings.

49. Painted Wooden Jewelry Boxes

Materials needed:

  1. Wooden jewelry box
  2. Sandpaper
  3. Acrylic paints
  4. Paintbrushes (various sizes)
  5. Water cup
  6. Palette or paint palette paper
  7. Clear varnish or sealant
  8. Decorative elements (optional)
  9. Craft glue or adhesive (optional)

Process:

  1. Select a wooden jewelry box that you want to paint. Ensure it is clean and free from any dust or debris.
  2. If the wooden box has any rough surfaces or imperfections, use sandpaper to smooth them out.
  3. Choose a color scheme or design for your jewelry box. You can sketch it on paper or visualize it directly on the box.
  4. Squeeze acrylic paints onto the palette or paint palette paper. Use various sizes of paintbrushes to apply the paint to the wooden box.
  5. Start painting your design on the box. You can use different brushes and techniques to create patterns, images, or abstract designs.
  6. Allow the paint to dry completely before adding additional layers or details.
  7. Once you are satisfied with the painted design, apply a coat of clear varnish or sealant to protect the paint and add a glossy finish. Follow the instructions provided with the varnish or sealant.
  8. If desired, you can further embellish the jewelry box by adding decorative elements such as beads, sequins, or gems. Use craft glue or adhesive to attach them securely.
  9. Let the jewelry box dry and cure completely before using it to store your precious items.

50. Hand-Stitched Felt Wallets

Materials needed:

  1. Felt fabric
  2. Scissors
  3. Embroidery floss or thread
  4. Sewing needle
  5. Buttons, beads, or other embellishments (optional)
  6. Velcro or snap fasteners (optional)
  7. Fabric glue (optional)

Process:

  1. Begin by selecting felt fabric in the color of your choice. You can choose multiple colors if you want to create a patterned or contrasting design.
  2. Use scissors to cut out two rectangular pieces of felt fabric for the main body of the wallet. The size will depend on your preference, but a typical size is around 8 inches by 4 inches.
  3. Cut out additional smaller pieces of felt to create pockets or compartments inside the wallet. You can customize the number and size of the pockets according to your needs.
  4. Place the smaller felt pieces onto one of the larger felt rectangles, positioning them where you want the pockets to be.
  5. Thread a sewing needle with embroidery floss or thread, and stitch the smaller felt pieces onto the larger felt rectangle using a running stitch or any other stitch of your choice.
  6. Once the pockets are securely attached, place the second large felt rectangle on top, lining up the edges.
  7. Thread the needle again with embroidery floss or thread, and stitch around the edges of the wallet using a blanket stitch or any other decorative stitch.
  8. If desired, you can add buttons, beads, or other embellishments to the wallet by sewing them on or using fabric glue to secure them.
  9. To close the wallet, you can use Velcro or snap fasteners. Attach them to the appropriate locations on the wallet to keep it securely closed.
  10. Your hand-stitched felt wallet is now ready to hold your cards, money, or other small items. It can be a unique and personalized accessory or a thoughtful handmade gift.

Crafting is not only a wonderful way to keep children engaged and entertained, but it also fosters creativity, imagination, and self-expression. 

The easy crafts we’ve explored in this blog post are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the countless possibilities for kids to create and make something special. 

Whether it’s painting seashells, stitching felt wallets, or personalizing pet collars, these crafts provide opportunities for kids to develop their fine motor skills, problem-solving abilities, and artistic talents.

We hope this blog post has inspired you and provided you with a wealth of ideas for fun and engaging crafts to enjoy with your children. 


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