Looking for DIY crafts your kids can make in under an hour? Good call, kids should always be working on their creativity. With all the technology they have access to nowadays, I feel like it is my role as a mother to keep their creative juices flowing.
What are the chances your child is either playing their favorite video game or staring at the television most of the day? What can we do as moms to keep them busy without technology? Get them into crafting and have them enjoy making cool art projects and stuff with their hands. If you want some cool craft ideas for the kids to work on, here’s a list that will give you tons of inspiration. From art projects to easy DIY crafts, you won’t run out of things to keep your kids busy.
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1. Make a Wizard Wand!
This DIY wizard wand is easy, quick, and made of materials you most likely already have in your craft room.
To make a wizard wand you will need:
- a dowel
- a hot glue gun (used with supervision)
Assemble the wand by gluing the paper to the base of the dowel and rolling it up for your grip. Then use the glue gun to make cool vine-like markings. The last step is to paint it! We chose to mix brown and gold paint together for a mystical woodsy effect. Have fun to style your wand however you want, the wand chooses the wizard, after all!
2. 17 Pipe Cleaner Crafts
So many DIY kids crafts you and your kids can do with pipe cleaners! Little girls can be a princess with a DIY crown and little boys can make a hungry caterpillar.
3. 15 Toilet Paper Roll Crafts
Did you know your kids can do tons of fun stuff with toilet paper rolls? The next time you go to throw away all those used TP rolls, think twice about what you could be making.
4. 12 DIY Slime Recipes
Let your budding scientist create one or all these fun DIY slime recipes. Once done, let them have a one of kind experience they'll surely treasure for years to come! This is a great souvenir for children’s birthday parties, too.
5. Fun Handprint Canvas Art Ideas
Something adorable even toddlers can do. Help their imagination soar with what animal or insect they can come up with using their own prints.
6. Tin Can Windsocks
Teach your kids how to upcycle with this cool kids craft of making windsocks from tin cans. Take pictures while your adorable ones are making this amazing craft, to remind them of the beauty of upcycling brings.
7. Hand Print Acorns
It’s perfectly fine to get the kids a bit messy for their art project. Find out how to make this easy acorn art and let them go big with their creations.
8. Simple DIY Princess Wand
Does your little girl like to play pretend? Give her a new role to play by teaching her how to make this DIY princess wand. I'm sure she'll enjoy long hours of pretend play anytime the mood strikes.
9. DIY Balloon Rocket
Balloons are a classic childhood staple. It never fails to provide kids of all ages hours of fun and entertainment. This DIY balloon rocket is an easy craft that doubles as a science experiment. Any kid will be fascinated by this simple craft project.
10. DIY Felt Play Food
It’s a pizza party after making this easy play food. Don’t forget to supervise with the glue gun. Your future chef will have a delightful feast!
11. Bread And Peanut Butter Bird Feeder
Teach your kids compassion to animals with this DIY bird feeder. It’s so easy! Let your feathered friends have a feast right in your backyard.
12. DIY Dream Catchers
Dream Catchers might appear tricky, but if you follow the steps you'll be weaving your way to a good night's sleep in no time. Most dream catchers are simply made of a hoop, some kind of weave in the center, and a tail. This craft allows kids to work with their hands and make something beautiful in the process. No more bad dreams ever again!
13. Button Art
A big canvas can have kids designing in teams. A sure hit for kids of all ages, but make sure to stay close while they're doing this fun button art as younger ones might be tempted to put the colorful buttons in their mouths.
14. Clothes Pin Animal Puppets
Assist your child with printing and let them do the rest. These clothes pin animal puppets will take playing pretend to the next level.
15. Watercolor Banner
Any kid will be so proud of their own work. Display this watercolor banner in their room or playroom and you'll no longer have any trouble making decor to suit your kid's unique style.
16. DIY Finger Puppets
A little felt, googly eyes, and glue, and your kids can create their very own finger puppet show. I'm sure their show will delight both the young and young at heart. So now you know who will entertain your guests at your next dinner party!
17. 45-Minute Cardboard Box Car
You may need to do the box cutting for this cool cardboard box car but the kids will surely want to have a say in how the decoration goes. Have them attach the stickers and wheels, too!
18. Mason Jar Aquarium
A great craft idea kids can make on play dates. Add plants and rocks for a real-looking DIY aquarium. But do remember this mason jar aquarium is only for pretend play, so no live fish or animals should be in it.
19. Walkie Talkie Cans DIY
Show how kids communicated in the old days before mobile phones and gadgets with these walkie-talkie cans. Reminiscing about good old times will make perfect play time while teaching your kids what cool stuff can be made with upcycling.
20. Squirt Gun Painting
Challenge your kids with what artwork they can make with their squirt guns. Their creation is bound to be the one you will proudly display on an empty wall!
21. Fizzy Sherbet
Making sherbet is an engaging science activity for children and what adds to its awesomeness is the fact that it’s an edible one. This fun craft for kids only requires mixing, so even adorable toddlers can do this.
22. Safety Pin Suncatcher
You can recreate this shiny suncatcher with just a handful of glass beads, safety pins, and some wire. It's a fun DIY craft project for bigger kids. Hang it on the front porch or in their bedroom windows.
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There you have it, my fellow DIYers and moms! Try one (or all) of these DIY kids crafts and see how your precious one's creativity flourishes in such a short period of time. Happy crafting!
Which craft project are you going to teach your kids today? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.