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Welcome to the Create and Craft Club

Welcome to the Create and Craft Club

9 Fun Kids’ Crafts Using Items Found In Your Home

For little ones stuck at home, boredom can seem like the end of the world. Luckily, there are plenty of fun crafts that you can enjoy together using simple items around your home and bits and bobs from your crafty stash. Here are just a few great kids’ craft ideas that will inspire you to make playtime extra special.

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1. Plastic Bottle Bracelets

Do you have any pretty scraps of yarn or washi tape lying around? Why not use them to create sweet DIY bracelets? Simply cut a plastic bottle or cup into several bands, snipping off any sharp edges, then get creative with woven designs and patterns. Dress up time just got even more fun!
[image credit: diys.com/bangle-designs]

2. Water Bottle Bowling Set

Empty water bottles are the perfect shape and size for whipping up some DIY bowling skittles. Kids will love decorating them with paper, washi tape, paint and more, and you can look forward to a fun game of bowling together! The bottles are sturdier when filled with water, so you could even gradually fill the bottles to increase the difficulty as you and your little one play.
[image credit: craftsforkids.com/projects/1700/1703/Hands_On_Crafts_For_Kids_1703-1.htm]

3. Sock Toy Shark

Sock toys are easy to make, and they're great use for odd socks that have lost their pair. Plus, you can fill them to the brim with character, much like this grinning shark from Kelly Anne Jordan. Why not get the kids involved in making it? It’s a great bonding activity and teaching opportunity, as you can show them how to make simple stitches (under supervision, of course!), and nothing’s better than a toy you’ve made yourself! Simply use the handy tutorial and paper templates here.

4. Lollipop Stick Bird Feeder

If you’ve been feeling the heat this summer, this colourful birdhouse is a fantastic upcycling project for all of your leftover lollipop sticks. Penelope Quinn has put together a handy tutorial to make your own here – give it a go yourself, and see which feathered friends pop by for a visit

5. Bottlecap Board Game

Fancy a game of tic tac toe? Bottlecaps are perfect for making charming little game pieces. They don’t need to be naughts and crosses either, so you can get creative drawing little faces, painting pretty patterns and marking fun designs. Just make sure it’s obvious which team each cap belongs to, or mischievous little tykes might claim a cheeky win!
[image credit: lovelygreens.com/quick-way-make-newspaper-plant-pots-origami-plant-pots]

6. Origami Newspaper Pots

For a charmingly rustic set of plant pots, try folding an old newspaper into several open cubes or cylinders, then filling them with small sprouts. The upcycled makes are sure to delight and are completely biodegradable. Just make sure to use faux plants or place a plastic cup inside the paper pot, or your poor pot will melt as soon as it’s watering time!
[image credit: lovelygreens.com/quick-way-make-newspaper-plant-pots-origami-plant-pots]

7. Tin Can Music Makers

To encourage your growing maestro, why not have a go at crafting a thrifty drum set or collection of shakers together? Drums can be made by stretching a balloon over the top, while shakers just need to be filled with small hard objects like rice, pasta or even jingle bells leftover from Christmas. Kids will then love personalising their music makers with a pretty coat of paint or stickers on the outside.
[image credit: learning4kids.net/2012/08/02/tin-can-music-makers]

8. Phone Book Pencil Holder

A flower-shaped DIY pencil holder is perfect for storing your little one’s art supplies while they’re busy creating masterpieces. To make your own from an old phone book, separate the pages into five sections, then fold them around to form petal shapes, using clips to hold it in place. Mod Podge to secure the sections.
[image credit: sierraclub.org/sierra/2016-4-july-august/repurpose/phone-book-pencil-holder]

9. Toilet Roll Puppet

Have a go at creating a sweet and surprisingly simple puppy marionette with cardboard tubes, bendy plastic straws, yarn and two lollipop sticks. Little ones will love customising their own pup, and if you have any googly eyes in your stash, they’ll wobble around delightfully as the puppet jumps and prances around.
[image credit: parents.com/fun/arts-crafts/kid/craft-puppy-puppet]