Some parents I know cringe at the words ‘crafting with your kids’. But I love it. And I’m gonna do my best to change that mindset, especially because kids craft ideas don’t need to take a lot of time (or stress) to organise.
With a few simple supplies, you can create really fun stuff. You don’t have to spend a lot of money either, and odds are, you probably have some of these bits and bobs already. You can find all the things on the list below, from local $2 shops and/or supermarkets. Oh and party supply shops are such a fab resource!
Kids Craft Ideas that Cost Almost Nothing
I recommend the following to get you started with your kids craft ideas:
– coloured drinking straws (different colours and/or patterns)
– pipe cleaners
– party streamers
– cupcake liners (2-3 different colours/patterns)
– coloured tissue paper (2-3 different colours/patterns)
– curling ribbon
– coloured wool
Here’s my simple step-by-step guide to create two kids craft ideas: colourful garlands and pretty paper flowers. Enjoy!
Step 1: Cut lengths of coloured wool (about a metre will do)
Step 2: Cut drinking straws into small pieces (in varying lengths)
Step 3: Pierce a hole in the middle of the cupcake liners with a skewer
Step 4: Cut small lengths of streamers, fold (accordion-style), and pierce in middle with a skewer
You may want to prepare all the pieces first, and separate into small baskets/bowls, or you could use a clean baking tray (the cupcake ones are great).
Step 5: Tie a double knot at one end of a length of wool
Step 6: At the other end, thread a piece of straw, then a cupcake liner, then a length of accordion streamer
Step 7: Repeat Step 6 until the length of wool is complete, and tie a knot to secure
(If you’d like a really long garland, join the metre lengths together)
Step 9: Hang them all over the house and marvel at your masterpieces. Instant interior decorating that you, and your little ones have created. You can’t go past that.
Pretty Paper Flowers
Step 1: Pierce a hole in the middle of the cupcake liners with a skewer
Step 2: Cut lengths of curling ribbon, around 10cm, and curl (you’ll need to do this for the small ones)
Step 3: Cut small squares of tissue paper, scrunch up, and pierce a hole with a skewer
Step 4: Thread a pipe cleaner through the hole of a cupcake liner
Step 5: Add a piece of scrunched up tissue paper
Step 6: Add another cupcake liner
Step 7: Add another piece of scrunched up tissue paper
Step 8: Add a few more cupcake liners to make it look like a full flower
Step 9: Bend over the top of the pipe cleaner, and tie some curling ribbon on it
Step 10: Repeat Steps 4-9 to create more flowers
Step 10: Pop a few together and voila! A beautiful bunch of flowers, which will last forever.
So folks, it really is as simple as that. This could be a fun idea for birthdays, special occasions, and a nice thank you for your kids’ teachers. A homemade gift that is straight from the heart is always welcome in our house.
What kids craft ideas do you have brewing for the upcoming school holidays? Drop a comment below and share with us!