For many parents, the words “simple craft projects” are an oxymoron that evokes visions of frustrated children who need help every step of the way, complicated instructions, parts that just don’t stay in place, and finished products that don’t look like that Example look shown in the photo. After spending $ 15 on supplies, your kitchen table is a wreck, your kids are disappointed, they’re ready for something else, and mom or dad haven’t even had a chance to reply to a business email.
Forget the beaded dream catcher that caused nightmares and the paper taco that looked more like a mashed banana. Penny Hoarder’s “No Rules, Just Create” art projects are mostly made up of things you have around the house and will keep your children ages 6-10 without your help for at least an hour.
And some of these creations become toys to play with later or give to a younger sibling.
- There are no possible mistakes when a child creates a 6 foot long mural of an underwater world using paint, crayons, milk jug lids, scraps of cloth, and magazine photos.
- Making a city out of cereal boxes and oatmeal containers covered with construction paper just needs to match the young architect’s design specifications. Bottle caps are great as windows. A takeaway beverage carrier can be a sky tram.
- Plastic tigers and giraffes eat any kind of vegetation that budding zoologists place in their zoo out of box lids and popsicles.
Here are some tips and simple guides to help give your children the materials and mindset they need.
First, collect supplies
Recycled and Recyclable Items
Spend about a week tossing empty bins and boxes in a few paper bags instead of recycling or throwing them away.
- Hold on to things B. milk cartons and lids, shoe boxes, cartons with frozen starters, the plastic tray with the actual food, take-out containers, take-out beverage carriers, take-out spice containers, straws, cereal boxes, juice boxes and tall paper cups.
- Think outside of your kitchen. Save the plastic razor containers that come in, toothpaste boxes, toothpaste lids, empty makeup containers, and fabric softener sheets.
- Size doesn’t matter. Even the little box of batteries or a removable salad dressing container can turn into a chimney in a cardboard city in a washing or feeding trough in a box-top zoo.
- Collect paper. Save magazines, junk mail, newspapers, and other paper that you normally recycle as a photo source to stick on creations.
- Hold on to the hand-me-downs. Walk through closets and if your kids have or no longer carry something that isn’t good enough to donate or sell, stuff it in another bag. If you have scraps of fabric, collect them too.
Consumables to buy when you don’t have them
- Elmer’s glue (This holds up better than glue sticks.)
- Glue sticks
- Multi-colored construction paper
- Box of popsicles
- Pipe cleaners
- Roll of easel paper
- Plastic animals. Not strictly necessary, but more fun, to have a set with two of the same animals. Here is a to adjust from 75 for $ 12.99 at Walmart.
- At least two rolls of clear tape
- Aluminum foil
- Modeling clay or play-doh
- Glue gun and glue sticks if your child is old enough to use one, but it is not essential.
Nature to collect
Stroll through your neighborhood, school yard, or city park to discover the following natural treasures.
- Stones, pebbles and gravel of various sizes and colors, about a cup each
- Mulch, about a cup or two
10 inexpensive craft projects kids will immerse themselves in
Whichever project you pick below for your kids to try first, tell them to do it the way they want and it doesn’t have to look like anything in reality. Suppose you won’t look until this is done because you want to be surprised. If something doesn’t work along the way, tell them to just try something different.
1. Underwater mural
Create a mixed media mural using magazines, junk mail, scraps of cloth, stickers, crayons, paint, bottle caps, and nature to create an underwater world. Paint or dye a piece of 6 foot long piece of easel paper in various shades of blue and green.
Cut out recent photos of marine life from magazines and / or find a cool pattern in a picture of clothing, art, or home decor and cut a creature out of them. Draw the creature on the paper or fabric before cutting it if you want. Draw or cut out real or imaginary creatures. Glue or glue them to the paper.
2. Cruise ship mural
Depending on your child’s age, an adult might want to draw a cruise ship on a six foot long piece of easel. Draw a long oval with horizontal lines dividing it into three or four decks and add a couple of tall, round chimneys at the top. Kids can add portholes, larger windows, flags, swimming pools, lifeguards, people, and more by drawing them or cutting out shapes or photos from magazines, construction paper, fabric, or aluminum foil. You can create rows of railings by gluing popsicles over the top deck.
Paint or color water around the ship and add marine life by drawing or gluing accents.
If you have larger plastic horses for this farm, use grocery or liquor storage boxes. If you want to build a rescue farm for the same zoo animals, use shoeboxes.
Make the boxes into stalls by gluing smaller boxes to the “bottom” of the larger boxes to create smaller stalls. Make fences for each stall out of popsicles by gluing two sticks between two vertical sticks and then placing a third vertical stick in the middle. Lean or glue this against the boxes that make up the stall. Similarly, use smaller boxes and popsicles to create jumps and a ring to keep the animals next to the stalls.
In the stall and ring, add troughs made from spice containers or other boxes covered with aluminum foil. Fill the troughs with leaves and weeds. Tie dried grass in small bunches to make hay with a string or pipe cleaner.
4. Space mural
Create a mixed media mural using aluminum foil, magazines, junk mail, scraps of cloth, stickers, crayons, paint, bottle caps, and nature to create life on another planet. Children can draw or cut out how they imagine houses, cars, residents and nature on their planet.
5. Boat parade
Remove the lids or cut out one side of the boxes so they are open and can accommodate passengers such as dolls, plastic animals, people, etc. Cover the boxes with construction paper and add decorations like stripes and boat names.
Make flags for the back of boats by taping cloth or colored paper on a straw or pipe cleaner.
6. Box Lid Zoo
Tape or popsicle glue sticks to the edges of a box lid. Children can also cut out a page from a flat box, e.g. B. one that contains a frozen meal. Fill each with terrain such as rocks, mulch, grass, or sticks. Make food troughs out of take-away salad dressing containers, spice containers, and small boxes.
Fill them with leaves or other fake foods. Make trees out of pipe cleaners or real sticks and branches. Glue them in a clay ball and glue this to the bottom of the box lid. Add animals.
Using a glue gun, attach four large cardboard boxes with two side by side on the bottom and two side by side on top, with the open sides all facing out.
Do you need large boxes? Grocery and liquor stores routinely dispose of them and give them to you for free.
The boxes can be transformed into a kitchen, a living room, a dining room and a bedroom for barbies, small cuddly toys or plastic zoo animals that live together harmoniously. Cover different sized boxes with construction paper to create a refrigerator, stove, microwave, fireplace, table, chair, bed, TV sofa, and more. Stick bottle caps and toothpaste lids on kitchen tables.
Create blankets and curtains from scraps of fabric, fabric softener sheets or napkins. Frame the windows, doors, artwork, bookcases, and televisions on the insides of the boxes that make up the walls. Or cut out photos of all of this from magazines and stick them on the walls. Cut out a pretty photo or picture of a painting and draw your own frame around it for artwork to hang on the walls.
8. Treehouse mural
Flip a 6 foot piece of easel paper vertically and kids can create a tall tree with their dream tree house on top. The tall trunk can be painted or stained and contains textures from nature, magazine photos or fabric. Add residents who might live in a tree, such as birds and beetles.
At the top, you’ll draw a simple tree house with a flat floor and railings, or a detailed one with windows, stairs, a rooftop observation deck, and all the bells and whistles. Emphasize it again with drawing, magazine pictures, fabric, and anything else that sticks.
9. Your city, USA.
Form a city out of boxes and cardboard boxes covered in paper, then decorate it with markers, magazine photos, and stickers to create doors and windows. Combine two boxes into one building. They can be placed on a long sheet of easel paper that can be decorated with streets, parking lots, and parks. Add model cars to the city.
For larger boxes, put something heavy like a stapler, stone, or paperweight inside to keep them from tipping over.
10. Tropical Island mural
Draw a curve across the bottom of a 6 foot long easel paper and dye or paint it so it looks like sand. Glue real sticks and leaves or photos from magazines to create palm trees and other lush vegetation.
Cut fabric or paper and glue hammocks between the trees. Draw or cut out photos of rocks and water to add waterfalls. Draw or cut out pictures of huts, animals and tropical flowers.
Katherine Snow Smith is a senior writer for The Penny Hoarder.
This article originally appeared on www.thepennyhoarder.com