23 DIY Crafts for Kids to Make this Summer

23 DIY Crafts for Kids to Make this Summer

Children spend an increasing amount of time online. Already, kids younger than nine spend 2 hours and 19 minutes in front of a screen and, in 35 percent of that time, that screen will be a mobile one. Unfortunately, the more time they spend in front of monitors, the less time they have for physical and social activities. This is taking a toll on many young children’s development. High blood pressure, anxiety, obesity, depression are only some of the possible results of the internet lifestyle.

Now that summer is approaching, they’ll soon be out of school for vacation and have more time to surf the net and play with online gadgets. But that’s no way to make a warm, memorable summer. Get them under the sun and participate in outdoor games and day trips, and once that’s been exhausted,  here’s another tool for your arsenal: DIY Crafts. They’re fun and helps to unleash their budding creativity.

Here are 23 fun DIY craft projects to keep your little ones occupied, happy, and healthy during the entire season.

1. Bath Bombs

 Bath bombs

Bath bombs

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Bath bombs – with their calming scents and fizzy effects – is the latest Internet darling. Skip the visit to the mall, gather up some common household ingredients, and make them with this easy DIY.

2. Bubble Snake

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Image Source: Housing A  Forest

Level of Difficulty: Easy

If giant bubbles no longer earn the wow you’ve been hoping to hear, then bubble snakes might just save you. And they only requires things that are lying around the house.

3. Corner Bookmarks

  Image Source:  Red Ted Art

Image Source: Red Ted Art

Level of Difficulty: Easy

From Red Ted Art, a corner bookmark is technically an origami used to mark your place in a book. Aside from having a fun time making one, this may encourage your kids to start their summer reading.

4. Crystal Names

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Image Source: Playdough to Plato

Level of Difficulty: Easy

This activity is a fun twist on a classic science experiment. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a scientist to impress your kids -- just some pipe cleaners, a borax solution, and a pair of creative hands! See the instructions here.

5. Foam Paint

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Image Source: Dabbles and Babbles

Level of Difficulty: Easy

This three-ingredient recipe is an equal combination of art and science. If you’ve got shaving cream, glue, and food coloring ready, then you’re good and ready to create these puffed-up masterpieces! Start formulating your DIY foam paint here.

6. Macrame Plant Hangers

  Image Source:  Persialou

Image Source: Persialou

Level of Difficulty: Medium

Macrame is all the rage. If you’re looking to explore the art of knotting strings, this tutorial is a good place to start. After succeeding in this, you will be inspired to try more challenging projects.

7. Mason Jar Candle

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Image Source: Somethingturquoise

Level of Difficulty: Hard

If your kids love the look and smell of scented candles, here’s a way to make them with this DIY tutorial. It uses mason jars as candle holders which only makes things even more beautiful. The finished product is a cute gift too!

8. Nail String Art

  Image Source:  SugarBee Crafts

Image Source: SugarBee Crafts

Level of Difficulty: Medium

If your home can do with some extra dose of glam, hammer nails and wrap strings to create this cute nail string art. Your kids can start with simple shapes such as this colorful heart nail string art. Hang them on the wall for an instant art display!

9. Nautical Bracelet

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Image Source: Trinkets in Bloom

Level of Difficulty: Medium

Anchor charms are totally hot! If you’re looking to sport this nautical charm, you’ll only need a few materials: a metal anchor, yarn, and embroidery hoops. Here’s a simple tutorial from Trinkets in Bloom.

10. No Sew Pouch

  Image Source:  Red Ted Art

Image Source: Red Ted Art

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Children are big into collecting things and the only thing that changes is what they collect at the moment. Red Ted Art intended this drawstring pouch for all the trinkets that children love to take along wherever they go.

11. Painted Rocks

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Image Source: Going to Tehran

Level of Difficulty: Medium

If your child loves to collect rocks then here’s the next step to the hobby: painting them! The finished products can be used as cute home décor or fancy paperweights.  Follow the step-by-step guide here.

12. Paper Flowers

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Image Source: One Little Project

Level of Difficulty: Medium

Paper flowers offer a stunning backdrop for your mini summer pictorials or your bedroom. Here are some DIY flowers you can make:

Hanging Paper Wisterias
Crepe Paper Carnations
Giant Dahlias
Paper Hyacinths
Paper Peonies

13. Paper Quilling

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Level of Difficulty: Medium

Paper quilling inspires creativity among your kids. End products range from simple greeting cards to grand mosaics or sculptures that make great displays in your home. One crafter shares an ultimate guide to making simple quilling shapes.

14. Paper Spinner

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Image Source: Make and Takes

Level of Difficulty: Easy

This simple craft will keep the kids entertained for quite some time. All you need is some cardboard, twine, and colored pens. It’s a great way to spend the time and plan for the next big project!

15. Polymer Clay Charms

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Image Source: Crafts on Fire

Level of Difficulty: Medium

Whether you plan to save them as a gift or keep them as personal trinkets, you’ll enjoy making these polymer clay charms! Crafts on Fire compiled some DIY tutorials that even your kids can easily follow.

16. Potato Stamps

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Level of Difficulty: Medium

Aside from being the key ingredient for many comfort foods – mashed potato, French fries, and potato salad –  the vegetable favorite is also a great stamp! Here’s how.

17. Stress Balls

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Image Source: Natural Beach Living

Level of Difficulty: Easy

You might not consider making stress balls as a kid-friendly activity but these squishy balls are actually fun to make. Plus, they’re also helpful for children with anxiety, ADHD, and autism. Natural Beach Living shares the instruction here.

18. String Lantern

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Image Source: Merry Brides

Level of Difficulty: Medium

If you’re browsing for craft activities lately, you’ve likely seen this classic ornament. All you need is yarn, glue, cornstarch, and balloon to create this ceiling eye candy. Try inserting a light bulb to illuminate your DIY work of art.

19. Temporary Tattoos

  Image Source:  Hello Wonderful

Image Source: Hello Wonderful

Level of Difficulty: Medium

Your kid’s doodles over your walls may be a mess, but they can serve as an inspiration too! Make temporary tattoos out of the art with this tutorial.

20. Unicorn Dreamcatcher

  Image Source:  Hello Wonderful  

Image Source: Hello Wonderful 

Level of Difficulty: Hard

A unicorn dreamcatcher is made up of everything a little girl loves: a unicorn horn and all things that sparkle. Hello, Wonderful made this guide easy-to-follow for the little ones by slightly altering the procedure of crafting the traditional dreamcatcher.

21. Unicorn Slime

Level of Difficulty: Hard

Another unicorn-ish activity to try is making this pretty-looking slime that kids can’t stop squishing! The fun part about cooking up slime is that you get to do it with your kids as the goo takes form. Follow this recipe for a fluffy slime.  

22. Woodland Animal Eggs

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Image Source: Arty Crafty Kids

Level of Difficulty: Hard

These animal eggs are undeniably charming to look at but a bit hard to make. Although the project is originally meant for Easter, they can be used to decorate just about any season.  See how it’s done.

23. Wizard Wand

  Image Source:  SugarBee Crafts

Image Source: SugarBee Crafts

Level of Difficulty: Medium

If you have kids who still can’t get over Harry Potter, this project is perfect for them. With some paper and glue, you can create your own wands that’re straight out of the wizarding world! Get started with this step-by-step guide.

There are a tons of DIY craft activities for your kids. Find the ones they are most passionate about and you can be certain that their summer will be worthwhile – and fun!

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