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5 Glue-Free Crafts for Kids

With summer on the way and social distancing still in place, you may be on the hunt for new craft projects to keep the kids entertained. If so, we’ve got just the thing for you! These makes don’t use a drop of glue, which means less time cleaning up for mum and dad and more time joining in with the crafty fun.

5 Glue-Free Crafts for Kids

1. Jewellery making

Making jewellery can be a great way for kids to express themselves and create something totally unique to their personality. Plus, it can be as simple or complex as you’d like, from a pretty plait with string to a complex pattern of beads on wire. To kick-start your jewellery-making fun, try an all-in-one kit like TotallyBeads’ Macrame Knotted Bracelets kit.

2. Weaving

Add a summery flair to a classic craft with our fun outdoor weaving project. All you need to do is remove the glass and backing from a picture frame and nail a few small nails into the top and bottom of the frame. Tie string around these to build the loom, and then let your children loose! They can weave in bits from the garden, such as grass, sticks and flowers to create a fun nature project. Click here for this and more outdoor craft ideas.

3. Clay modelling

Let your kids’ imaginations run wild creating fun characters out of clay with a simple kit, such as this Foam and Silk Clay Set. Complete with two types of clay in 10 colours each plus an array of miscellaneous tools, moulds and accessories, your children can easily create model figures to play with or to carry with them on a key chain.

4. Pom pom crafts

What little kid wouldn’t want Charlie Mumford’s bright, fluffy rainbow rug in their room? This glue-free project is super simple to make with the humble pom pom. And with a Pom Pom Maker, whipping up these squishy balls of fluff is a breeze. You’ll need lots for this project, so get your kids involved with choosing the colours and wrapping the yarn around the pom pom maker, and you can be in charge of the scissors. For more pom pom crafts, click here.

5. Origami

The ancient Japanese art of paper folding is ever popular in the papercrafting world. With a simple sheet of paper, you can create pretty decorations and playful characters that will delight little ones. Meanwhile, older children can even try making their own! This origami fish is a great first project. Once your kids build up their confidence, try Carla Bagshaw’s charming origami butterfly or this cute finger puppet project.