Kids love to create — especially when they are making a special gift for someone that they love! Thankfully, you don’t need to spend a lot to get them supplies. Many great crafting supplies can be found in your house right now!
In about a week or so she will be asking me to go “out” so that she can work without me seeing what she is up to. Dad will help, and it will be the perfect surprise
But, if the Dad in your house is anything like mine, you will have to point him in the right direction so he can find the craft supplies.
Here Are Some Of Our Favorites From Around The House:
- Buttons – For some reason, I keep all of those extra buttons that come with clothes. I put them all together in a drawer, then I usually totally forget about them. I recently dug them out and I was amazed by how many loose, random buttons I had for clothes that I no longer wear! My daughter was thrilled, and I could see her dreaming up tons of projects to make with these buttons. Buttons are perfect for crafting flowers and bracelets.
Your child can create a flower two ways – by gluing the buttons to papers in a flower design, or by getting three buttons in different sizes and stringing them together on the end of a green pipe cleaner, beginning with the largest button. Once you get all three on, loop the pipe cleaner over, and bring it back through the buttons, going through a new hole. Once all the way, twist the pipe cleaner together to create a stem.
- Glitter – My house is stocked with glitter! We have regular glitter, plus glitter glue and even glitter stickers. According to my daughter, you can NEVER have too much glitter!
- Old Magazines – If you are a magazine reader, don’t throw them out when you are done!! Save them for your child to use for craft projects. You can use magazines for paper mache or for creating colorful collages.
- Macaroni – There are so many things that can be created with different shaped macaroni noodles. Necklaces, pictures, garland, bracelets and more this is a cheap and versatile crafting material!
- String, Yarn, Embroidery Thread and Ribbon – I keep all types of string and ribbon that I receive for my kids to make projects with. They use them to make bracelets, as embellishments, and everything in between.
- Fabric Scraps – I have been known to save old shirts and skirts that I really love but no longer wear. I try to repurpose them as much as possible by using the fabric for new projects. I always end up with a decent amount of fabric scraps, and my daughter snatches them right up. She uses them for all types of project – making doll clothes, knot jewelry, gluing them to her pictures, and much more.
- Tin Foil – We have recently been using tin foil for a lot of projects. It is a fun material to add to projects because it is such a great texture and color. We have used it to cover cardboard, and even as a tool to paint and stamp with.
- Paper – We always have a large collection of paper products … notebooks, card stock, blank paper, lined paper, computer paper, tissue paper, and construction paper. My kids tend to prefer the computer paper because it is blank and easy for them to fold and cut. Tissue paper is great for creating pop-out projects, giving texture and adding color to cards and pictures.
- Crayons, Colored Pens and Pencils, and Markers – This one is pretty self explanatory, but you do need to have a supply of writing, drawing and coloring utensils
- Flour and Water – I am sure this one is a tiny bit confusing, but you need paste (glue) for so many projects, and I cannot tell you how many times I have run out of store bought half way through a making a paper projects! You can quickly and easily make paste out of flour and water. There is no exact recipe, you just make it as thick or as thin as you need by adding more or less water to your all purpose flour. Easy peasy paste!
What are some household items your kids like to use for craft projects?