10 Homemade Crafts for Children

It can really be a challenge to find craft ideas for children, especially if you’re on a budget.  If you need some ideas for crafts, here are 10 homemade crafts for children.  You can keep your kids occupied for quite a while with these homemade crafts.

Wax Paper Art

Mix glue and some liquid tempura paint or food coloring to give a nice, bright color. Next, paint fully over two sheets of wax paper of the same size. One one of the sheets of wax paper, attach bits of paper or leaves. Press the two sheets together and let them dry. When finished, hang in a window.

Homemade Playdough

In a saucepan, combine 1 cup of water, a teaspoon of vegetable oil, 1/2 cup of salt and a teaspoonful of your favorite color of food coloring. Heat this until it is warm. Next, mix in 1 cup of flour and knead until smooth. Store in plastic freezer bags, and the dough dough will last up to six months.

Painted Monster Pots

Perfect for Halloween, get some old or inexpensive flower pots. Paint the flower pots with various monster or pumpkin faces. Add additional features such as pumpkin stems or monster neck bolts using construction paper.

Homemade Rainbow Crayons

You will want several pieces of broken crayons as well as several empty film canisters. Grab some empty and clean tin cans, and place the pieces of crayons in the empty cans. Place these tin cans in a pot of boiling water, allowing the crayons inside to melt. Pour the melted crayon mixture into the film canisters and allow to cool. Once the mixture has cooled remove and enjoy!

Popsicle Stick People

Gather Popsicle sticks and glue yarn on for hair. Draw faces on the sticks using marker and add additional clothing made out of construction paper.

Feather Painting

Mix tempura paint with a little glue. Using feathers as a brush, have your child paint a picture using the feathers, which will give a unique style to the art. Hang up the art using yarn or string.

Footprint T-Shirt

This one may get a bit messy. Paint your child’s feet with fabric paint and place the child down on the T-shirt you want to use for this project. Have the child walk in different patterns on different shirts. Further customize with fabric paint messages or images as desired.

Tissue Art

Mix glue and water until it is the consistency of paint. With a paintbrush, have the child “paint” a sheet of paper. Crumble up pieces of bright tissue paper and have the child press the paper onto the glue-covered sheet. Complete with sequins, beads and other decorations.

Paper Mural

Rip up several sheets of brightly colored construction paper, making sure to tear into a variety of shapes. Have the child glue down the various pieces of construction paper to a larger sheet of art paper to make a design.

Paper Bag Faces

Rip up several old newspapers or magazines. Crumple the paper up and stuff it inside a paper bag. Glue or otherwise seal the bag shut. Using crayons, draw a variety of faces on the bags.

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