DIY crafts for kids

Handrpint craft

In a day where our kids are as glued to the internet, their iPod and Game Boys as we are, it's becoming increasingly difficult to find time to spend together without the use of an electronic device.

Cute projects your
kid will love

Instead of spending another evening watching TV, try one of these four adorable projects with your kids! Each DIY requires few materials and is super-easy, so kids and adults of all ages can do them.

Handprint card

If you're looking for a very easy, quick DIY for your younger kids (think preschool age), this is the perfect craft. This handprint card doesn't require any special skills or materials -- just paint, construction paper and some scissors. You can also add feathers, beads, rhinestones or glitter to add more pizzazz.

What you'll need: 

  • Colored paint
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors

For a list of different kinds of handprint cards, check out the article on SheKnows >>

These projects are a great way to spend real time with your family while also crafting fun things they'll love to use and play with. Plus, each project is really budget-friendly so you don't have to spend a ton of money to have a ton of fun.

Candy necklaceCandy necklace

If there's one easy way to get your kids to join you in a crafting project, include candy! This tasty project is as fun to eat as it is to make. Plus, this can be completely customized to your kids' tastes, allergies and preferences. If you don't like ring candy, you can easily poke a hole through jelly beans, large gummy bears and Starbursts as well.

For this necklace, here's what you'll need:

  • 4-5 packages of flavored ring candy
  • 1-2 boxes of circle cereal (like Apple Jacks or Cheerios)
  • 6 strings of multi-colored string or floss
  • Assortment of other stringable candy

For the complete tutorial and another candy necklace project using gumballs, check out this article on Chef Mom >>

Confetti and bead launcherConfetti and bead launcher

This is a great project to do around big celebratory events, like New Year's Eve, 4th of July, graduations or birthday parties, or any place you'd normally use confetti. The wonderful thing about this project is that it costs close to nothing to make, especially if you make your own confetti. Plus, you don't need a fancy launcher -- in fact, you can use an old paper towel roll!

What you'll need: 

  • Craft knife
  • Old paper towel tube
  • Colored electrical tape
  • Hammer
  • Nail
  • Rubber band
  • Confetti or beads

For the complete, step-by-step tutorial, check out Family Fun >>

Flower printsFlower prints

This is the perfect spring project, especially if you have a lush garden full of different kinds of blooms. Not only is this a fun craft for kids, it's also a great way to spruce up plain white throw pillows, plates, mugs and frames. This project takes about an hour and only requires four materials. This is a great idea for a girl's birthday party -- just provide the guests with plain white cloth or fabric to decorate.

What you'll need: 

  • Fresh flowers or blooms
  • White fabric
  • Paper bags
  • Hammer

For the full tutorial, check out Family Fun >>

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Comments on "DIY crafts for kids"

Sharon June 13, 2012 | 10:20 AM

It's is SO important to keep the kids entertained by OTHER means than the Ipod, TV, and computer. Crafts and outdoor activities are vital to kids imaginations. Thanks for all these craft ideas. I definitely will be using them this summer!

Rebecca May 23, 2012 | 1:58 PM

Being a nanny during the summer, this gives me such great ideas when we can't enjoy outdoor activities in the heat! Watching both a boy and girl makes it more of a challenge to finding activities that they both can enjoy. Since everyone loves candy, I think to reward them after their summer camp sport activities would be to put together a station of candy necklaces! To keep it healthy I would look into sugar free yet tasty candy brands that they would enjoy. The confetti and bead launcher would be GREAT with Memorial Day weekend and the 4th of July coming up! I could get the confetti for the young boy and beads/jewels for the girly girl. Since they do live with a very colorful spacious backyard, I think the Flower Prints activity would be so much fun for them to make for their mom, sister or grandma. This will allow me to be more creative instead of having them sit in front of a tv the whole day! I can't wait to try these!

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