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10 Fun and Cheap Craft Projects You Can Do With Your Kids

10 Fun and Cheap Craft Projects You Can Do With Your Kids
Justin Stewart Dec 12, 2019
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When it comes to getting creative with your kids, you may find yourself running out of new ideas!

After exhausting all of the craft projects you remember from your childhood, you may be wondering how you can keep your kids entertained without breaking the bank.

Luckily, there are plenty of DIY craft projects that you can start with your kids at little cost to no cost!

You could always go to a craft store and splurge on new supplies, but you’ll be surprised at the things you can make with items just laying around your house.

If you’re looking for fresh new ideas for your kids craft projects, take a look at this guide filled with suggestions for entertaining projects you can do with your children.

10 Kid Friendly Craft Projects on a Budget

Being able to make things with your hands is a wonderful skill to have, and showing your kids the joy of creation can be easy with a few good affordable craft ideas.

For those looking to pass on the love and knowledge of doing a DIY project, here are some great craft projects to work on with your kids!

1. Painted Plant Pots

When it comes to making crafts with your kids, you don’t have to spend a ton of money on fancy craft products to make cool things!

Many of the items you’ll need to make craft time happen can be found right at home.

If for some reason or another you are missing some key elements to complete your crafts, you can easily find the items that you’d like to use at a dollar store.

For this particular craft, all you need is some paint and a planter pot.

It’s easy to get a little creative and messy with this particular craft, but thats the fun of it!

To get started on this craft, you’re going to need some supplies.

You’ll need:

  • A tarp or plastic bag to cover the area you’re working in
  • Terra cotta or ceramic flower pot
  • Bricks or something that can elevate the pots off of the floor that you don’t mind getting paint on
  • Different color acrylic paints of your choosing
  • Disposable plastic cups
  • Paint brushes
  • Tape

To get started, you’ll want to lay down the tarp in the area that you’re working in.

After the tarp is down, secure it in place by placing the bricks or elevation objects in the center of the tarp.

You should make sure that whatever you’re using to elevate the flower pots can get covered in paint, so don’t use anything of value!

Next, you’ll take the flower pot and tape the hole on the bottom to avoid having paint drip through it and create a completely flat surface.

Flip the flower pot over and place them overtop the bricks so that they are hovering off the ground.

This will allow excess paint to drip off and on to the tarp without causing a ring of paint on the edges of the top of the flower pot.

The flower pot should be made of terra cotta or ceramic.

You can easily purchase a few medium or large flower pots at your local dollar store for a few bucks.

Now comes the fun part!

Make sure your kids clothes are protected with a smock or they’re wearing clothes that can get messy.

To make it easier for the paint to drip down the sides of the flower pot, you can dilute it with a small amount of water in plastic cups.

When you’re ready to start painting, you can pour paint directly on to the flower pots from the cups or you can use a paint brush to slowly drizzle paint onto the flower pots.

You can layer color on top of color by simply pouring paint in the middle of the previously applied color.

Make sure to use enough paint to cause the paint to drip over the sides of the flower pot, the goal is to cover the sides with different streaks of paint.

This process can be pretty quick, and the paint will create a the-dye like effect on the flower pots!

Allow these to dry, it may take a day or two depending on how much paint you use!

When they’re fully dried, you can spray a few coats of spray varnish to keep the paint from chipping off and give your new creation a shiny finish!

After all is said and done, you can use the flower pot to plant real flowers.

Alternatively, you can turn them into decorations with felted flowers, or use the flower pot to hold cool items like other crafting materials, pens, or anything you’d like!

2. Monster Truck Splatter Painting

If you want to keep the paint fun going, you can create paintings with monster trucks!

If your kids have toy cars, paint and some paper or canvas, you can easily do this at home.

Your kids will have double the fun playing with toy cars, using them as innovative paint brushes, and creating new cool art to hang up at home!

The process to create a splatter painting with a monster truck is super easy.

Grab some paper plates and pour different paint colors on a few of them.

Have the kids sit on a plastic covering to avoid messes or take them outside and do it in the grass if it’s nice out!

You can give each child a cheap canvas that you got from the art supply store, or a heavy sheet of paper or cardboard that will hold paint without tearing it.

Grab some monster trucks and a bowl of water to clean them after they’ve been used to make sure the paint doesn’t stick to the trucks permanently.

Have your kids dip the trucks wheels in the paint on the plates.

They’ll then proceed to use the wheels of the monster trucks as paint brushes on the canvases!

This project will be super fun and allow your kids to get creative with their toys.

If you’ve got toy trucks with different tire treads, they can play around with different textures and patterns for their paintings.

There is no wrong answer to how to do this, all you need is some time, some paint, and a little imagination!

3. Cupcake Liner Flowers

This craft is going to take some scissor skills, but it won’t be anything too difficult for a young child to master.

Making cupcake liner flowers is a cute and fun craft that you can do any time of year!

In fact, it’s the perfect pick-me-up for a bought of the winter blues because the bright colors and little flowers will remind you of the coming spring and bring a small to your face.

The tools necessary for this project are super simple.

You’ll need:

  • Scissors

The cupcake liners you choose should be fun colors, although white liners can be used to make a daisy-like flower.

You’ll want to choose cupcake liners that are in different colors for some contrast on your flower.

Take your cupcake liners and flatten them out so that they are easily foldable.

Fold the cupcake liner in half, then a few more times until you’ve got a small cupcake liner triangle.

Cut the cupcake liner with a pair of scissors.

You’ll want to aim for a curved shape to create the petals for your flower.

Make sure to cut far enough down the sides of the cupcake holder to make distinctive petals.

You can open, fold and refold your cupcake liner as many times as you want, but keeping it simple is best.

Do the same with the mini cupcake liner, creating to distinct flower shapes with the cupcake liners.

Center the mini cupcake liner overtop of the larger one and stick them together with some tape!

After this is done, take the stick on rhinestones you have and place one in the center of your cupcake liner flower.

Take the construction paper and cut out leaf shapes for your flower.

Attach the green popsicle stick to the back of your flower to create the flower stem.

Attach your construction paper leaves to the popsicle stick.

Repeat this process to make as many cupcake liner flowers as you want!

You can use these little creations to decorate anything that you’d like!

Attach them to a larger piece of construction paper to create a wall hanging or fill a tiny flower pot with rolled up paper to resemble grass and place the flowers in the center.

These will look really cute and your kids will love making them!

4. Button Tree Art

When it comes to making quick an easy wallhangings with your kids, you can’t beat making a super cute button tree!

This is a perfect rainy day craft that takes just a short while to make.

You’ll need a few materials to get started, and anything you can’t find you can purchase at your dollar store!

You’re going to need:

  • Heavy paper or a mounted canvas
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes

Pretty straight forward, right?

The first step to making your button art is to paint an image on your paper or canvas.

The trunk of a tree is a perfect place to start, but you can draw any image to decorate.

You can do this for your kids, or you can have them do it!

Next, you’re going to take the multi-colored buttons and glue them onto the canvas with the tacky craft glue.

You can add buttons on top of other buttons, create swirling patterns or little button flower clusters, whatever you’d like!

Try to use buttons of varying sizes to create some interesting designs.

You can keep adding buttons to your canvas until you’re satisfied, there’s no right or wrong amount, so feel free to go overboard.

Your kids will love this craft, and you’ll be able to hang it somewhere in your house where they can proudly show off their work!

5. Rainsticks

Rainsticks are a craft that has been loved by children of all ages.

This is a fun one because the finished rainsticks can double as a fun toy for your kids to enjoy after they’ve been made.

The materials you’ll need are easy to gather!

You’ll need:

  • Paper towel rolls
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Duct tape
  • Paint, glitter, rhinestones, yarn, stickers, or anything crafty that you can find!
  • Aluminum foil

First, you’ll want to decorate the paper towel tube.

You can easily change the color of the entire tube by wrapping it in colored construction paper to make it whatever color is desired.

After the construction paper has been attached to the paper towel tube, you can have your kids decorate it however they like.

They can add glitter, draw patterns in crayon or marker, glue on some rhinestones or dust it with glitter.

Whatever the preference is, they will look beautiful when they’re fully decorated!

After the decorating is over, you’ll need to cap one end of the toilet paper roll with duct tape.

Next, you’ll want to take a generous piece of aluminum foil and crumple it up.

Slip this crumpled aluminum foil into the opening on the other end of the paper towel tube.

Make sure the aluminum foil doesn’t stick out of the tube and that there is space left inside the paper towel tube.

After this is done, you’ll pour beans, rice or bird feed into the opening, and then you’ll cover the open end with more duct tape.

That’s it!

Once you’ve covered the other end of your paper towel tube, you can flip the rainstick over to hear the magical sound of rain.

This is a perfect craft for a rainy day, and your kids will enjoy their project and the useful new rainstick that’ll let them become one with nature!

6. Yarn Covered Vases

If you’re looking to make a functional craft with your kids and want an easy project that will take just a short amount of time, then you can make yarn covered vases.

You’ll need just a few tools to make this project.

The items you’ll need are as follows:

  • A glass jar
  • White glue
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors

This project is super simple to execute.

First you’ll take the yarn that you’ve chosen and cut lengths of it that are about the length of your arm span.

Next, take the jar that you’ve chosen and flip it over.

After this, take the paint brush and glue and coat the jar in a thin layer.

The glue may dry as you go alone, but you’ll be able to apply more as needed without too much of a hassle.

You can apply the glue in small increments to make holding the jar and managing the project easier.

After you’ve applied the glue to the jar, wind the yarn around it starting at the bottom of the yarn.

After you’ve wrapped the jar in the color of your choice for the amount of space on the jar that you’d like to have covered, you can alternate colors to make a unique pattern.

As you wrap the yarn, make sure to periodically push it up to fill any gaps that may be created as you wind it.

Keep winding the yarn around the jar until you’re satisfied with the coverage.

Set the jar aside to dry.

When it’s done drying, you can now use your new yarn wrapped jar vase to hold flowers, pens and pencils, or anything you’d like!

7. Paper Plate Dreamcatchers

If you’re looking for another fun and simple paper craft to do with your kids, you can make paper dream catchers!

This is a fun project that will result in adorable dream catchers you can hang in your children’s bedroom.

To get started you’ll need some simple items:

  • Paper plates
  • Paints and brushes
  • Colored craft paper
  • Feathers
  • Glitter
  • Yarn
  • Plastic jewels or rhinestones to decorate
  • Glue or double sided tape

The first step to making your paper dream catcher is to cut a hole in the center of your paper plate.

You want to make it a big enough hole, but you don’t want to eliminate too much decoration space, so aim for just cutting out the center circle of the paper plate out.

After this is done, you can paint the paper plate whatever color you desire.

Feel free to get creative and draw patterns or cute designs, there is no right or wrong answer here!

Allow the paper plate to dry.

Next, take your construction paper and cut it into long, thin strips.

You’ll use these pieces of construction paper to create the inside design for your dream catcher!

Glue or tape the strips to the back of the paper plate to avoid them being visible from the front.

Next, take the raffia paper or yarn and hang strips of it from the bottom of the plate.

To the ends of the raffia paper or yarn, attach your feathers.

Yarn will allow the flowers to swing easier and the raffia paper will make a for a more rigid hanging.

On the front of the paper plate, decorate with glitter, jewels, stickers, or any other crafting material you may have on hand!

The last thing you’ll do is either punch a hole out of the top of the plate to hang it, or wrap a piece of yarn through the middle of the paper plate to create a hangable loop.

After that, hang it up!

8. Milk Jug Fairy House

A milk jug fairy house is the perfect project for all the fairy lovers out there!

This is a cute craft to make and add to your garden or to set on a window sill to help invite all of the woodland sprites to come live in!

To make a fun milk jug fairy house for your garden, you’ll need just a few items to get started.

You’ll need:

  • A clean plastic milk jug
  • Felt, foam sheets or construction paper
  • Craft flowers, stickers, glitter, yarn, rhinestones or anything crafty!
  • Hot glue gun

These fairy milk jug houses are incredible simple to make.

First, you’ll want to lose the cap for the milk jug, you won’t need it because you’ll need an opening for the fairies to come in through.

You’ll want to cut out shapes from the felt, foam sheet or construction paper.

Stick these cutouts onto your milk jug with a hot glue gun.

Feel free to get as creative as you want and cover the milk jug as much or as little as you want.

Cut out some rectangular pieces from the felt, foam sheet or construction paper to create your fairy home roof.

Layer these piece at the top of the jug, making sure to leave the top of the jug open.

Roll up a piece of construction paper, felt or foam sheet to create a little chimney and hot glue it to one side of the milk jug.

Next, decorate the jug in wonderful shiny things like rhinestones, glitter and stickers!

Make your milk jug as colorful as you’d like, and have fun doing it.

Once your milk jug fairy home has been constructed, set it out in your garden for the fairies to visit!

9. Fire Breathing Paper Roll Dragon

This is another cool and cute craft that you can do with your kids, and they can play with it after it’s been made!

This craft takes a few fun craft items and some things you can easily find at home.

To get started you’ll need:

  • A toilet paper roll
  • Red, purple or green construction paper
  • Green pom poms, two large and two small
  • Googly eyes
  • Red, yellow and orange raffia paper strips
  • Glue

This is a quick and easy craft to construct.

First, you’ll need to cover the toilet paper roll in the color of construction paper you prefer.

Alternatively, you could paint the toilet paper roll.

Next, you’ll attach the two large pom poms near one of the openings.

On these pom poms, you’ll glue the googly eyes to the pom poms to give your dragon some very convincing eyes!

Take the two smaller pom poms and place them about an inch up from the other opening on the tube.

These will be your fire breathing dragon’s nostrils!

After that, take the strips of raffia paper and attach them to the end where the nostrils are.

Glue these pieces to the inside of the toilet paper roll and allow all the glued parts to dry.

That’s it!

Now you can blow through the end of the toilet paper roll where the googly eyes are and make your dragon breathe fire!

Your kids will enjoy making this craft and enjoy pretending to be a mighty fire-breathing dragon during play time.

10. Mixed Media Monogram

This is a great craft that can be used to decorate your kid’s bedroom in a personalized way.

This is a great collage project to do with your kids!

For this project, you’ll need a few items:

  • A large monogram letter
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes or sponges
  • Glitter, stickers, sequins, feathers, rhinestones, tissue paper, pom poms, or anything crafty!

This is a quick and fun project that you can do in an hour.

You’ll want to pick up monogram letters from your local craft store.

You will most likely find cardboard monograms at your local store, but for a dollar or two more you can find wooden ones that will last a long time.

Either version will work, and these can be easily hung on a door or in a bedroom.

Firstly, you’ll paint your monogram letter any base color of your choosing.

Feel free to get creative with this process and finger paint or use sponges.

You can easily take an old sponge and cut it into smaller pieces to use on your monogram letter.

After the paint on the letter has dried, it’s time to decorate!

You can cover your monogram letter in anything you’d like.

Use all the glitter, pom poms, sequins, feathers, and rhinestones that you’d like.

This project is a lot of fun and can help your child showcase their personal style in a way that can be easily reflected in their personal living space.

Final Thoughts

Crafting with your kids is a great way to spend one-on-one time with them.

Interacting with your kids in a creative way can help build their social skills and amplify their drive to explore and be imaginative.

This makes spending time creating new crafts with the help of these DIY projects a great way to bond with your kids and expand their creative horizons.

Thankfully, these are all budget friendly projects that you can start today!

Remember there are no rules and to have fun making these with your kids.

You can get as inventive as you’d like.

You will enjoy the time creating just as much as your children, and you’ll have some cool new DIY decor to share with visitors.

Justin Stewart

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