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5 Great Mess-Free Crafts to Do with Kids

There’s never a dull moment when crafting with kids – especially when you get out the finger paints and glitter! These messy crafts can be loads of fun, but if you’re looking for ways to entertain the little ones that won’t leave you with hours of cleaning up, then we’ve got just the crafts for you.

5 Great Mess-Free Crafts to Do with Kids

1. Make a garden pinwheel

A brightly whizzing pinwheel is a great way to add pops of colour to your garden before the spring blooms are in full force. The kids will love watching these spin in the wind, but why not get them involved in the making, too? Our project uses a number of materials you’re likely to have lying around in your craft room already, like double-sided card, dowel rods and push pins, so it’s easy to whip up on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

2. Get creative with washi tape

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When paints and markers pose too much of a cleaning-up job, washi tape is a brilliant alternative. These brightly coloured strips of tape offer maximum impact without the mess – just take a look at this vibrant 10-roll pack of Creativ Washi Tape! There are countless art projects you can try with washi tape. How about this colourful butterfly project from Artsy Momma, or a cute bouquet of flowers by the Benson Street?

3. Mess-free marbled painting

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How about a painting project that promises minimal clean-up time? For a marbled effect, all you’ll need is a zip seal freezer bag, water-soluble paint, baby oil and packaging tape. Once you add the baby oil along with a couple of colours of paint into the bag, seal it up (with packaging tape over the top for extra security) and let the kids squish the paint around to create fantastic works of art. Sprinkle some glitter in for added wow-factor.

4. Try pom-poms

There’s no doubt the kids will love making up a few fluffy pom-pom creatures, and with our simple bunny project they’ll be able to do just that! Let the young ones make up the pom-poms and the felt ears and features, and then help them finish off their creation by sewing it all together. Once you get them going, pom-poms are so easy to make – before you know it you’ll have enough animals to fill a zoo.

5. Tissue paper flowers

Keep your kids entertained for hours with an easy everlasting flower craft. Stack up a few sheets of brightly coloured tissue paper – try Creativ’s 300 Sheets In 30 Colours – accordion fold them into a thin strip and trim the ends to give your flower petals rounded edges. Then, simply wrap a green pipe cleaner around the centre and fluff out the flower by opening up the folds. Stick leaves made from green card on the stem to complete the look.