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Weeknight crafts with little cleanup

Easy after-school crafts

When dinner is over and homework is done, your kids might be feeling a little listless. Getting in some TV time might be a good way to unwind, but it does little to foster communication between you and your young'uns. Now is the perfect time for a weeknight craft! Leave the mess for the weekend. These simple crafts, which are easy to clean up after, come courtesy of some of the internet's most creative craftanistas. They'll leave your child feeling accomplished and relaxed for the next day at school.

Handprint Easter lily brooch

Handprint Easter lily brooch

Perfect for Mother's Day, this craft lets your child trace her hand on felt and twist the felt into a beautiful brooch fit for Grandma. Wild Olive created this craft with just three materials: felt, a safety pin and green embroidery floss.

Nature-collage suncatcher

Nature collage suncatcher

Have leftover party plates? Blogger Jamie Reimer of Hands on: As We Grow did. To foster those fine motor skills and not waste the old, bright party plates, Reimer took the opportunity to go out with her son in nature and collect various flowers, sticks and leaves to create a hangable suncatcher. This craft makes an ideal decoration for your child's room.

Love Potion No. 9 valentines

Love potion No. 9 Valentines

It's not too early to start thinking about those Valentine's Day gifts, especially for the kids to bring to school. This super-cute, simple craft combines yummy Kool-Aid with a bit of creativity. You'll need a bottle of water, a single serving of cherry or strawberry drink mix, a straw, string and the free printable tags available on Positively Splendid.

Pool noodle garland

Pool noodle garland

Winter might still be in the air, but before you know it, summer will hit. Be prepared! These ultra-inexpensive pool noodle garland strands by Dollar Store Mom will get your backyard looking festive in no time.

Lovebird paper garland

Lovebird paper garland

Once you take those holiday decorations down, your house might look a bit bland. Spice it up again with these adorable lovebirds by Make and Takes. They can be painted, colored and otherwise decorated for Valentine's Day.

Foam photo frames

Foam photo frames

If your child is growing up and looking for an equally grown-up look for his or her room, picture frames can really class the space up. Make some frames on the cheap by using foam frames by Sugar Bee Crafts. You'll just need colored foam board, glue and scissors!

Marshmallow catapult

Marshmallow catapult

Well, the marshmallows might get everywhere when you build this awesome marshmallow catapult, but at least you won't have a sticky, colorful mess everywhere. The marshmallows used in this craft by It's Always Autumn can be easily swept up after all the fun is over.

Cardboard playhouse

Cardboard playhouse

It's like a blanket fort, but better! This cardboard playhouse created by Ambrosia Girl requires only minor assembly that your big kids can do for your little ones.

Recycled artwork chain

Recycled artwork chain

It might be tough for you to part with your child's artwork, but it's time for those drawings to leave the fridge. Rather than throwing them in the garbage, reinvigorate them like You Are My Fave did! These artwork chains look cute at parties or just hung up in your child's room.

Animal box mask

Animal box mask

Who knew a little bit of cardboard and colored duct tape could be so much fun!? Mer Mag did. She created this super-easy, super-inventive mask with her little guy.

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