For Kids DIY Crafts Ideas

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It’s full of warm days and sweet strawberry popsicles, and camping outside in the open.

Now, along with summertime, is when the kiddos start getting restless, and when you have to start thinking of productive and fun ways to keep them busy.

Summers usually go by smoother when you prepare ahead of time and keep some ideas on the back burner when it comes to schools letting out and having the kids at home the WHOLE day (or if you homeschool).

What exactly can you do to keep kids busy, entertained, learning a thing or two, and overall happy?

Well, here are some ideas I put together that you can sift through to find your favorites.

They revolve mostly around crafts that they can do along with some outdoor activities as well.

Let’s look at how we can get started planning a fun summer for everyone involved—

First Things First: Create Your Kid’s Art Caddy

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To make sure your kids and their friends have everything they need to have a successfully crafty summer, it’s a GREAT idea to start a craft box. 

I found this art box as inspiration on Blog.ooly and thought it was absolutely gorgeous. <3

The colors are so bright and vibrant and it’s an excellent example of how you can create your own caddy and get creative with it according to the summer activities your kids choose.

The Caddy

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There are all kinds of caddies you can use to create your own unique art box. I found this caddy and thought it was perfect for an organized crafty summer.

Your caddy can be made out of all sorts of materials. Some other ones that are great to work with and easy to clean are:

Galvanized caddy: This one is great if you’re looking for a more rustic look to your art caddy, it also has lots of space for all kinds of crafts.

Bamboo Caddy: Bamboo caddies look very pretty once you get all the supplies in them, though they are more prone to being marked by all the paints and markers. It’s still a great caddy option.

Create-A-Space Caddy: This one you can mix and match each individual caddy. It has a lot of compartments if thats something you like better for organization’s sake.

The Essentials
These are all the ingredients you need to make sure your kid’s summer is filled with fun and joy and creativity!

Markers

Get Them HereEvery art adventure needs a good set of markers you can use anywhere at any time. These colors go beyond the basic primary reds blues and greens which makes them extra versatile and pretty!


Glue

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Get It HereGlue, well glue is pretty self-explanatory. Especially with some of the projects in this list, glue will definitely be a necessity.


Glitter

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Get It HereGlitter! This glitter set is perfect for any kind of DIY art project imaginable. I love that there is a wide array of colors so you can mix and match endlessly.


Paper

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Get It HereI would say about 75% of the projects here are paper-based so you do want to make sure you have enough paper on hand to go around. These colors are just gorgeous and can be used for many creative projects.


Paints

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Get It HereFun DIY crafts aren’t complete with some paint to throw around and get messy with. This primary paint set is great for simple art projects and best of all it washes right off!


55+ Crafts For Kids With Paper And Easy Materials ANYONE Can Make!

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These turtles are the absolute cutest and can be used to decorate your fridge if you simply stick a little magnet on the backs of them. They’re a great project for the little animal lovers in your life and makes a great art activity for kids.

Get directions here. 

Summer Sewing Cards 

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These cards are sooo pretty and they can definitely make a good ‘thank you’ project. If your kids ever need to write a thank you letter to their grandparents or their teacher then they can definitely make some of these cards.

Grab the FREE printables here. 

DIY Custom Flip Flops

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These custom flip flops are not only fun to make but they’re also useful! They make for an awesome group project and best of all they’re mess free. My friend Marybeth over at Lifestyle For Real Life shows you how to put them together (along with other awesome DIYs you should definitely be checking out).

Super Bouncy Balls

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How about making some super bouncy balls with your kids? They’ll love the glittery colors and have fun bouncing them off the walls.

My friend Sasha over at Life’s Carousel has this and other kid-friendly tutorials worth checking out!

Here are the full directions. 

Make An Art Bot

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This project is one of a kind and one your kids will be sure to enjoy. Instead of doing a written tutorial, they’ve made a video showing you how to put this art bot together. Check out the video (there’s more where that came from here.)

DIY Embellished Sunglasses 

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Summer= Sunglasses time. Which means you could totally be spending some time with your kiddos embellishing some. Make sure you check out the tutorial. 

DIY Boat Fresco

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Boats are perfect if you want to put together a 3-D fresco your kids can keep forever. Get the full tutorial right here.

Sparkler Fireworks Pom Poms 

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These can be so fun to shake around and are perfect for the 4th of July. They don’t really involve any paint, just some basic materials.

Here is the tutorial. 

Painted Wood Boxes 

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Teach your kids some organizational habits with these painted wood boxes. They’re great keepsakes for helping them to get their room organized and they can be used to store all kinds of things.

Here is the tutorial (with lots of pretty pics!).

Vacation Memory Jar

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These are perfect keepsakes for your kiddos to put together if you go on vacation and bring back some keepsakes (like seashells and the likes). This is a great project to keep them busy for sure.

Get started with your Vacation Memory Jar. 

DIY Hanging Jellyfish 

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These are so pretty! As soon as I found them I popped them on this endless list of fun craft ideas. They make a great classroom project for kids in science class.

Here’s how you can make these awesome jellyfish hangers. 

DIY Dory Hat

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If your kids are in love with Nemo then they’ll love to put together this Dory baseball cap. It’s a great way for them to express themselves and get the sun out of their face at the same time. Pretty great DIY project ideas for kids if you ask me.

Here are the directions to get started!

Glow In The Dark Fairy Lights

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Kids ove anything that glows in the dark, why not make these fun DIY glow jars that they can keep as night lights? They’re quick and easy to make, and there is a step by step tutorial right here.

Tin Can Bowling

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This one can double as both a summer game and a painting project. There are all kinds of ways you can bring a dull can to life with a little paint and some brushes. Just make sure you put down some newspaper to keep the paint off the floors.

get the tutorial.

Fun Sponge Balls

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Colorful sponge balls are a great no hazard activity to make and play with (and they last forever). It’s a fun craft and its perfect for kids of all ages. All you have to do is learn how to put them together. Here is the tutorial.

Glitter Soap

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Glitter soap is perfect for a girly get together. Their shape is cool and you can make them smell great by adding some essential oils.

Here is how to make them.

Grow Your Own Bean Plant Project

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This one is so creative and can also be a great science experiment for the classroom or homeschooled children. Teach your kids about plants and cells with this awesome bean plant project.

Here is the simple tutorial. 

Create Some Sock Monsters

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Sock monsters are perfect for all the missing socks out there that will never find a partner. You can make the project no sew for younger children so they don’t have to handle a real sewing needle.

Powder Fight Fun

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This project might be better for older aged kids but fun nonetheless. Have you ever seen those powder fights people have on tv that leaves them covered in colors all around? You can recreate that at home with your kids.

Here’s how to do it.

DIY Kinetic Sand 

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Forget going out and buying some expensive kinetic sand. Just make some with your kids at home. It’s a project you can both enjoy and it’s pretty fun to play and make shapes with. Make sure you watch the video for full directions.

Mason Jar Snow Globe

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Snow globes can be fun little trinkets for your kids to enjoy making. All you have to do is find their favorite figurines and a mason jar of their choice. Pretty lovely!

Get the snow globe tutorial here. 

No-Sew Fleece Octopus 

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Forget teddy bears, make this no-sew fleece octopus instead. It makes for a great decorative plush toy for their room, or can even serve as a pillow if you make it big enough.

Get the directions here.

DIY Summer Party Sign

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Show your love for summer by creating a sign together! Perfect for family reunions and parties!

Find out more here.

Fairy Houses

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I would have drooled at these fairy houses if I would have had then back when I was seven. They are just the prettiest and can make a great mommy and daughter(s) project.

Here is how you make them. 

Watercolor Pillows

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Your kids will love these watercolor pillows. I mean let’s face it, who doesn’t want to bury their face in colorful fluffiness? You can have fun with your kids while you make them and let them dry.

Here is how you make them. 

Dream Catchers

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Dreamcatchers! Everybody loves a good dream catcher. And whether you believe the old myths and stories behind them or not, they’re a pretty project that can be fun to put together.

here’s how.

Unicorn Glitter

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Gooey DIY slime is in no way out of style! Especially this Unicorn type. Isn’t it so mesmerizing to look at? There are a TON of slime recipes out there ( I really like the galaxy slime recipes too) so you can have your pick of the ones that you like best.

As soon as I set eyes on this Unicorn Slime I knew it was the one.

Get directions here. 

Fun Fan Faces

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Fans are great for the heat and make a pretty fun at home DIY project. Make sure you create a ton to give to your whole family and share with friends. To take it a step further, you can even string them together to create a nice fan garland.

Here are the directions. 

Bunny Pom Poms

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Bunny Pom Poms are the cutest creations on planet Earth (second to actual bunnies though). Why not create some bunny pom poms to have some fun with? You can use them as magnets or string them together to put them in your kid’s room. The possibilities are endless.

Here is how you make them.

Alphabet Bingo

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Alphabet Bingo is a great way to learn your ABC’s!

This is a super creative twist on bingo and you can use M&M’s, jelly beans, or skittles as placeholders!