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Fun Family-Friendly DIY Ideas to Celebrate National Craft Month
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March is National Craft Month, and although you might enjoy crafting with your kiddos all year ‘round, it’s an ideal time for families to celebrate their love of handmade items by making DIY projects together. From whipping up your own paints to knitting a blanket together, the crafts below are ideal for family bonding and lazy crafting days. You can craft with items you already have in your home, but keep scrolling through this list and jot down what you want to create to celebrate National Craft Month.
Colorful Bath Bombs
Bath bombs are trendy, but they’re also surprisingly simple to make (and oh-so-fun to use at bath time!). Plus, you can customize your bombs with different colors, scents, and decorations to make them unique.
To create bath bombs, gather ½ cup each of citric acid, corn starch, and Epsom salt, and one cup of baking soda. Mix them together thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix together 2 to 2 ½ tablespoons of melted coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of water, a few drops of food coloring, and several drops of essential oil (lavender, orange, and chamomile are great options for bath bombs).
Slowly add the liquid mixture to the powdered mixture, stirring until well combined. Pack the mixture into a bath bomb mold and allow to dry at least overnight, but preferably 24 hours, before using.
Make family handprint paintings to hang on your walls and admire for years to come! Paint everyone’s hands with colors of your choice and stamp them on paper to create a picture, like a tree, flower, or house. Then, paint your last name above your creation, add a frame, and hang it in the hallway or family room.
Pipe Cleaner Animals
Pipe cleaners are one of the most versatile craft supplies; they can make so many fun things! Kids especially love them because they’re fuzzy, colorful, and bend into anything they want them to be. See who can come up with the most unique pipe cleaner animal in the family! A bonus for parents: they’re really affordable, even in bulk packages!
Pom Pom Tree Ornaments
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Christmas has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you can still get into the holiday spirit! To make colorful tree ornaments, use styrofoam balls, an assortment of pom poms, ribbon, and craft glue. Use a paint brush to spread craft glue on a section of a styrofoam ball. Then, stick pom poms on the glued area. Repeat until it’s filled with pom poms. Have an adult use a hot glue gun to glue a ribbon to the top.
DIY Bird Feeder
Spring has almost sprung, so now is a good time to welcome the birds to your yard. Make some homemade bird feeder ornaments using cookie cutters or silicone molds. You’ll need about one cup of bird seed, one pack of gelatin, and ⅓ cup of water to fill each cookie cutter, depending on size.
Stir together the water and gelatin until thoroughly mixed. Then, add the bird seed and combine the mixture. Scoop it into the cookie cutter, packing it in tightly. Poke a straw through the top of the ornament and place it in the refrigerator for three to four hours.
Carefully remove the ornament from the cookie cutter, take out the straw, and tie a ribbon through the hole. Hang from tree branches in your yard and watch the birds flock to it!
Bottle Cap Magnets
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Collect bottle caps from soda bottles (ask your friends and family to help!). Paint them with acrylic paint or spray paint, and then add details with a small paint brush. You can turn them into emojis, paint letters on them, and get creative with other designs. Then, use super glue or a hot glue gun to attach small magnets to the back of each bottle cap. You now have new decorations for your refrigerator!
Knit a Blanket
Working on a blanket together gives you each a chance to put a little love into the final product. You and your kids can each knit a section of the blanket to combine when everyone is finished.
Not sure how to knit? Browse YouTube tutorials! There are plenty of videos that describe the basics, including simple stitches that young kids can start with.
Art Creations From Cardboard Tubes
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Recycle toilet paper or paper towel rolls and turn them into your family members! Everyone can make their own or someone else—the choice is yours. Use yarn for hair, markers to draw a face, and construction paper to make clothing.
Make Your Own Stickers
Recommended Supply: Set of 15 craft punches, $14.99 at Walmart
Do your kids love stickers but go through the packs you buy in a day? Save some money and start a unique crafting project together by making your own stickers. This tutorial from Martha Stewart explains how to make DIY stickers with glue, vinegar, a paint brush, and scissors or craft punches.
Craft a Pinata From Newspaper
If someone in your family has an upcoming birthday, treat them to a pinata made by the whole family. This fun craft uses only a few materials: newspaper, balloon, paint, and a flour and water paste. Here’s how to do it:
- Mix flour and water together until you get a thick consistency similar to brownie batter. You can always add a little more water or flour to adjust it.
- Cut newspaper into long strips.
- Blow up and tie the balloon.
- Dip a newspaper strip into the paste and lay it on the balloon. Smooth the strip with your finger or the edge of a pencil. Repeat with more newspaper strips until you’ve covered the balloon.
- Allow the balloon to dry completely. Then, paint it however you’d like. You can also decorate it with stickers, streamers, etc.
- Once dry, cut a hole in the bottom of the pinata and stuff it with candy, treats, or small surprises. Tape the piece you cut off back onto the opening or use more newspaper strips and paste to close it up.
- Tape or glue a ribbon to the top of the pinata. Hang it up, and you’re ready to party!
Create Your Own Paint
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It’s easy to make paint using the materials you have in your house, and you can use them to paint all kinds of projects with your family.
To make puffy paint, mix together equal parts shaving cream and white glue. Add a few drops of food coloring and combine. You can also make a homemade flat paint with equal parts flour, salt, and water. Combine the ingredients, add food coloring, and—voila!—instant paint.
Design Beautiful Kites
On a beautiful, sunny day, what could be more fun than heading outside and flying a kite? A kite that you and your family made together, that is!
Craft your own kite with paper bags. Choose bags with handles to attach the strings to. Use yarn for the strings, giving plenty of length for the kite to fly high in the sky. If desired, attach the end of the yarn to a rolling pin or stick and wrap it around to create a handle.
Foam Animal Masks
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Use thin pieces of colored craft foam to transform your family into farm animals, zoo animals, exotic birds, or anything else you want to be. Start by forming the main part of the animal face. Cut out the eyes. Then, cut separate pieces for the nose, ears, and details. To finish, staple or glue elastic from end to end.
Use your masks to put on an animal parade or role-play life on a farm or in a zoo!
Fingerprint Wall Art
Similar to using your family’s handprints to make a piece of art to display in your home, you can also use your fingerprints to create different designs. Dip your index finger into washable paint and stamp it onto your paper.
Painted rocks are a childhood crafting favorite. Get the family involved to create a beautiful finished project with all the rocks you paint. You might turn each rock into a cactus to make a cactus garden planted in a flower pot. Or paint rocks to piece together to make a giant sunflower.
“About Me" Collages
Have each person lie on their side with their head on a large piece of paper while someone else traces their head shape with a pencil. Once you’ve repeated this with each family member, you can start looking through magazines to find pictures and words that reflect things you like. Cut out whatever describes you and glue it onto your collage until you fill up your silhouette.
It’s always exciting for kids to see how things they use every day get made. Show them how to make soap for hand-washing or showering. You can even make a large batch to gift to your friends and family!
Although there are virtually endless recipes you can find on Pinterest, it’s best to start with a simple beginner recipe, like a basic honey and milk soap. Here’s how to do it:
- Place 2 pounds of a milk soap base, cubed, in a bowl and microwave for 20 seconds at a time, stirring each time until melted.
- Stir in soap coloring, if desired, and 5 tablespoons of raw honey.
- Pour soap into a silicone mold and allow to sit at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours until solidified.
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The beauty of making handmade cards is that there are no rules. Use whatever paper, coloring supplies, and materials you have to craft cards with personality and love. Let your kiddos use their imagination to create pop-up cards and other unique designs. Then, write messages to friends and family. Take a trip together to the post office to send them on their way!
Colorful Ice Sculptures
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Load up small containers and ice cube trays with water, adding a few drops of food coloring in each. Allow them to freeze completely. Create your “ice sculpture" in a plastic tub. To stick pieces together, brush the ice with a little bit of water. Then, keep piling on ice cubes and other ice pieces to create your colorful sculpture.
Go on the hunt for beautiful flowers that are budding around your home or neighborhood (or head to the dollar store to buy some pretty artificial ones!). Gather some grasses, branches, and sprigs, too. Then, arrange them around a wreath form to create a stunning wreath to hang on the front door.
Eggshell Candle Holders
Recommended Supply: Deborah Lippmann Hard Rock Nail-Strengthening Top & Base Coat, $20 at Macy’s
Before you start this one, grab some gloves for everyone to keep their little hands protected. Save the shells from your cracked eggs, being careful to crack the egg near the top before emptying out its contents. Use your fingers to pull a few pieces of the shell apart to create an opening. Rinse out the shell carefully and allow to dry.
Paint the inside and outside with a coat or two of clear nail polish to strengthen the shell. Again, allow to dry completely. Then, have your kids paint the inside with shiny, bright colors. Place the shells on a sturdy base, like an egg cup, before adding small tea light candles.
Recycle Egg Cartons Into Cute Animals
Have some egg cartons left after turning your eggs into candle holders? Transform them into adorable animal creatures! This works with both cardboard and styrofoam egg cartons.
Use paint to color the cartons, pipe cleaners for legs and antennae, pom poms for faces, and googly eyes. You can also use feathers, construction paper, and other craft supplies for all the details of your insects, birds, ocean animals, and other critters.
This super-easy craft is fun for the family, but it’s an excellent choice for younger kids, especially, who might not have mastered using a paint brush yet. Use the bottom of a cardboard box to hold a large piece of paper. Dip marbles in a few different paint colors. Your little one can place the marbles on the paper, tip the box in all directions, and watch as their masterpiece forms right before their eyes. Don’t forget to hang up everyone’s creations when they’re finished!
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Making friendship bracelets for each other is an awesome way to spend a rainy day—and you’ll have a special bracelet to wear for any occasion! You can make friendship bracelets with yarn, beads, or even cut-up old t-shirts, but you can also buy affordable kits with supplies, instructions, and ideas at most crafting stores.
Build a Dollhouse
If you’re looking for a project that will take more time to complete, this is a good one to consider. Build a house for dolls, a garage for toy cars, or a school for stuffed animals. The possibilities are endless, so let your family’s imagination run wild. Use wood, cardboard boxes, or whatever materials you can get affordably. Browse these free dollhouse plans to inspire you.
Craft Stick Creations
Recommended Supply: Popsicle Sticks, $0.46 per 100 sticks at Paper Mart
Craft sticks can create so many incredible things. Put your heads together to work on a craft stick project. You might build a marble run, a small puppet theater, or a pickup truck! Go as simple or as detailed as you’d like. When you’re finished, use acrylic paint to color your creation.
Design Wind Chimes
You can make beautiful wind chimes with calming sounds in a number of ways, but here’s a simple one to try with the kids:
- Wrap floral wire around a flower pot, leaving plenty of wire to hang from the bottom to add your chimes to.
- Use craft beads, jewels, and colorful, smooth glass pieces for chimes. Wrap the floral wire around each chime piece to secure it in place.
- When you’re finished, string another piece of wire through the wire on top of the flower pot to hang it.
Rock Photo Holders
Paint rocks with acrylic paint using any colors and designs you’d like. Then, wrap a floral wire around the base of the rock, leaving a couple inches of one end above the rock. Wrap that end around the longer end of the wire to secure it in place around the rock.
Decorate the wire with colorful beads, if you’d like. Then, wrap the top of the wire around a pen or marker two full times to make the part that will hold your photos. Place photos in between the looped wire. You now have a fun way to display some of your favorite family memories!
Make fashionable jewelry everyone can wear. You can go the easy route with craft beads and string or follow some video tutorials on YouTube that show you how to make more detailed pieces. We love this resin art pendant tutorial from AY TV.
String Art Together
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Start with a wooden board or cork board. Decide as a family on the design you want to create. Draw the design on paper, cut it out, and lay it down on your board. Then, hammer nails around your design, spaced about a ½-inch apart.
Tie a string to one nail. Then, start wrapping the string around other nails, going back and forth in whatever pattern you like. Keep wrapping until you’ve mostly covered your design with string. Tie off the end of the string, and you’re ready to put your craft on display.
Write and Illustrate a Comic Book
Do your kids love comic books? If so, they’ll also love this crafty idea where your family can make their own. First, talk about an idea for your book. Jot down the characters, setting, and storyline that your family wants to create.
Then, use construction paper or plain white paper to make your book. You can cut paper into two halves lengthwise. Fold each piece in half to make four pages out of each strip. Some of you can be in charge of writing while others illustrate the comic book. When you’re done, staple your pages together and share your story with friends and family.