Oct 08, 2019

4 DIY Crafts Yours Kids Can Do by Themselves

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. If you have kids at home, you know how difficult it is to keep them busy when they aren’t at school. Do-it-yourself (DIY) crafts are a great way to keep your kids busy, especially when there is rain in the forecast. There is no need to get all stressed about glue and glitter, we are here to help! Here are four DIY crafts that your kids can do on their own. Your kids will gain their independence, while you keep your sanity.


  • Not only are hand puppets fun to make — but this craft will keep your kids busy for hours on end.

    Just be forewarned that you may have to sit through a few puppet shows.

    Materials Required

    • Old pair of long socks (preferably without a pattern)
    • Scissors
    • Googly eyes (optional)
    • Blank paper
    • Glue (preferably liquid)
    • Yarn and felt
    • Fabric markers

    Instructions

    1. Gather all the required materials needed to create the hand puppet. If your children are not school age, you may want to buy felt that is already pre-cut into shapes.
    2. Figure out where to create the face. Have your kid put the sock onto their hand. Use their thumb as the jaw and their fingers to form the mouth. This will help to ensure there is enough space to create the eyes, nose, hair, and other facial features.
    3. Create the eyes. There are a few ways that this can be done: Use googly eyes, print eyes off the Internet, draw the eyes on a piece of construction paper, or cut out circles of felt.
    4. Once the eyes have been created, place them on the hand puppet using glue. Before placing the eyes, use a fabric marker to mark the position of the eyes before gluing.
    5. Create a mouth for the puppet. This can be done using the fabric marker, felt, or yarn.
    6. Decorate the puppet. Encourage your child to be as creative as possible.
    7. Put on a show! Have your child come up with a few skits to share with friends and family.

  • There is no need to get out the socks for this fun DIY craft.

    Materials Required

    • Two tin cans
    • Masking tape
    • Ribbons
    • Paint
    • Paintbrush
    • Glue
    • Any other embellishments to decorate, such as glitter, stickers, and/or gemstones

    Instructions

    1. Gather all the required materials needed to create the windsock. Make sure to ensure the tin cans are free of sharp edges before setting up the craft. MomsCraftySpace.com suggests rimming the cans with two layers of masking tape to cover any sharp edges.
    2. Paint the tin cans in any color and any pattern.
    3. Decorate the tin cans.
    4. Cut out the ribbons. Making sure they are all the same size.
    5. Use glue to attach the ribbons to the bottom of the tin cans. Use the ribbons to create a handle to hang the windsock.
    6. Hang outdoors!

  • Now that summer is over, you may have some extra pool noodles laying around. Why not turn those extra pool noodles into a craft for your kids? In fact, this is a craft that may come in handy during bath time.

    Float away with these easy-to-make DIY pool noodle boats in seven simple steps.

    Materials Required

    • Pool noodle
    • Plastic straws
    • Foam sheets
    • Scissors
    • Hole punch

    Instructions

    1. Before starting the kids on this project, slice the pool noodle into one-inch slices.
    2. Use the tip of your scissors to poke a small hole that will fit one plastic straw.
    3. Take the color foam sheets and cut a two-inch triangle. Cut out more triangles if you plan on making more than one boat.
    4. Using a hole punch, create two holes. One at the tip and one at the bottom of the foam triangles.
    5. Cut three-inch tall straws and thread straw through the foam triangle.
    6. Place your straw sail into the hole you created in the pool noodle.
    7. Place your pool noodle boat in the water! If you made more than one, have a race!

  • Fall is just around the corner, so why not get your kids in the fall spirit with these funky turkey cone hats.

    Materials Required

    • White, red, orange, and brown construction paper
    • Feathers
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Black marker
    • Compass

    Instructions

    1. Start by drawing a half circle on a piece of brown paper. The best way to do this is to use a compass.
    2. Cut out the half-circle.
    3. Form a cone by bringing the two ends of the half-circle together. Remember, the more the edges overlap, the smaller the hat will be.
    4. Staple or glue the base.
    5. Glue on colorful feathers to the back of the hat.
    6. Add a face using construction paper. You can make big goofy eyes by cutting out white circles and using a black sharpie to color the pupils in.

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