15. Ribbon Bookmarks
I’ve done this with my 9-year-old daughter, and the sewing skills required were easy enough for her to do. She was able to do just about all of this project by herself. I only helped with the measuring to ensure it was a snug fit, but not too tight to fit around the book. The best part about this craft is that you probably already have the supplies on hand! Also, these make for great gifts! Go get the instructions here.
16. DIY Lava Lamps
With just 4 ingredients (water, oil, food coloring, and Alka-Seltzer) you can easily make your very own lava lamp. Whoop whoop!! I’ve always been fascinated by lava lamps and didn’t realize until now how simple the science was behind them. This is a fun activity for the patio in the spring or summer when the weather is nice. That way you don’t have to worry about spills or messes with the little ones. Go get the instructions and see more photos over at S.L. Smith Photography.
17. Canvas Tape Painting
This is ideal for kids of all ages! Even toddlers can produce something worthy enough for the wall with this technique. The idea is to create a design with painter’s tape on a canvas, and then paint away! I think it would be awesome to do a different paint technique in each section. Once you pull off the tape, you’ve got a contemporary piece of artwork that doesn’t really take any skill at all! Read more here.
18. Glove Monsters
How fun are these!? And, it just so happens that I have a ton of gloves my daughter has outgrown (most of them missing their partner). I was just about to throw them in the Goodwill bag, but now they have an adorable new purpose! The instructions call for a sewing machine, but I don’t see why you couldn’t hand stitch them– they don’t need to be perfect, after all, they’re monsters! Go get the instructions and lots of other cute photos here.
19. Secret Message Painting
Watercolors and a white crayon are all you will need to make secret messages and cool art projects! Amaze the little ones by telling them they are painting on magic paper (after drawing a design or writing a message with your crayon, of course). So simple but fun! Read more here.
20. Bead Suncatchers
I was a little apprehensive about this at first because of the thought of melting plastic in the house (and the possibility of ruining my muffin pans), but after reading the instructions, I was relieved to see that the beads just fall out after being melted, and you can also bake them outside in a toaster oven or on the grill if you’re worried about the fumes.
These really turned out looking amazing! In fact, you can also make larger ones in a round cake pan. After they dry, you can drill a small hole in the top so that they can easily be hung from a window or anywhere outside where they’ll get plenty of sunlight. Go check out the full instructions!