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7 cheap crafts for kids on summer holidays

Teach children the art of upcycling with these inexpensive makes

7 cheap crafts for kids on summer holidays

1 Felt fun

Make felt finger puppets with your little ones to keep them occupied at home. You'll need scissors, felt, fabric glue, embroidery thread, a needle, googly eyes and a sharpie.

• Cut a rectangle of felt and fold in half. Round off the top edges by cutting with scissors

• Use a simple blanket stitch to sew around the sides. Cut ear and nose shapes from a different coloured felt, then sew or glue them on to your make.

• Glue on googly eyes and then draw a mouth with a sharpie pen.

2 Bedroom décor

Get children to decoupage their favourite cartoon characters to their bedroom furniture to add a bit of

3 Frame it

Give a picture frame a new lease of life by painting different shapes using watercolours. Once the paint is dry, your child can place their favourite family photo inside the frame, before putting it in their favourite spot in their bedroom.

4 Cushion make

Breathe new life into a child's play area by revamping their cushion covers. All you'll need is a selection of fun fabrics and basic sewing skills to stitch your material. This would make an ideal joint project for you and your child.

5 Toilet roll animals

Don't get rid of your toilet roll tubes just yet! With a pair of scissors, a craft knife, paints and a paintbrush, you can turn a bathroom essential into cute creatures little kids will adore. Make a giraffe, zebra, dog, cat or whatever animal you choose!

6 Painted plant pots

If you've got green-fingered children,upcycling plants pots is a great way for them to express their creativity. Grab some paint and a couple of paint brushes and let a child's hand do the work.

7 Wind chimes

Before you recycle all your tin cans, you may want to save a few for this next project. Painted tins hung from string make lovely wind chimes kids will cherish. Go the extra mile and decoupage each tin with a child's favourite design.