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10 Clever Craft Projects to Try With Your Kids This Summer

Discover out-of-the-box ways to use everyday craft supplies.
 

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Looking for fun ways to keep your kiddos entertained as the charm of summer vacation fades? Here at Klutz we’ve made it our mission to try something new this summer and we think your collection of craft supplies is the perfect place to start! So, we put our heads together to come up with cool, unexpected ways to use all the crafty stuff you’ve got lying around the house.

1. Ink outside the lines

Help your kids create a simple stencil by sketching and cutting out an amazing, one-of-a-kind design. Then, tape it to a piece of paper and have kids fill it in with tons of fabulous fingerprints. It’s all the carefree fun of finger painting with the polish of fine art!

Do your kids fancy making art with their fingertips? Check out Fingerprint Fabulous and The Most Amazing Thumb Doodles Book in the History of the Civilized World.

2. Paint with tissue paper

Just add water! Kids can make tie-dye-like works of art by wetting a surface and sticking pieces of tissue paper to it. Let masterpieces dry before peeling the tissue off for jaw-droppingly vibrant color.

Looking for more totally awesome things kids can make with tissue paper? Check out Tissue Paper Crafts.

3. Bend beautiful bubble wands

Bring a little color to bubble blowing with homemade pipe cleaner wands. Ask your child to twist and curl pipe cleaners into super-cute shapes or wrap them around fun cookie cutters for more precise lines. Then, he or she can take those fantastically fuzzy creations outside and have a bubble party!

Want to learn how to blow the biggest bubbles your kids have ever seen? Check out How to Make Monstrous, Huge, Unbelievably Big Bubbles.

4. String a sweet treat

Transform pom-poms into cool ice cream cones kids can hang around the house! Cut the dividers out of egg cartons, paint them, and hot glue them to pom-pom scoops. Then, glue a cherry-red bead on top and string them together.

Is your child particularly fond of pom-poms? Check out Mini Pom-Pom Pets and Pom-Pom Puppies.

5. Stamp it up

Turn a few pieces of foam into hours of fun. Kids can doodle an array of nifty shapes on craft foam, cut them out, then glue them to bottle caps. If kids can draw it, they can stamp it!

6. Race toilet paper rolls

Finally, an action-packed way to make use of all those toilet paper rolls! Encourage kids to paint on some racing stripes, cut cardboard circles for wheels, then attach them using brads. After kids have decked out their racers with the necessary details, head for the starting line and get ready for the Hallway Grand Prix.

Do your kids want to build even more speedy vehicles to race around the house? Check out Air Power!

7. Cool off with funny fans

Beat the heat with a little something silly! See who can draw the goofiest guise then fold your paper faces into fans. If your kids want to dress their fans up, attach a clothespin to the bottom and wrap twine around it to create a fancy handle.

8. Grow flowers using office supplies

Turn pencils and duct tape into beautiful blossoms. Give your kids these directions. Fold strips of colorful tape to create petals then wrap them around and around the tip of a pencil until your flower is in full bloom. Once you’ve got plenty of petals, cover the rest of the pencil with green tape to give your flower a stem!

Are your kids crazy about tape? Check out Make Your Own Washi Tape Stickers!

9. Make marbled masterpieces with shaving cream

Swirl something wonderful! With a few dollops of paint and some masterful mixing, shaving cream transforms into a colorful concoction. Kids can just press a piece of paper onto it, lay the paper flat, then scrape off the shaving cream with a ruler or craft stick. The mess will come off and reveal a marbled work of art!

10. Melt the rainbow

Give crayon stubs a chance to shine – all you need is a canvas, hot glue, and a hairdryer. Start out by having your child line up crayons at the top of the canvas and help him or her glue them down. Then, stand the canvas upright, point your hairdryer down (adults only!), turn it on, and let the melting begin! (Warning: melted crayons might be hot.)

Looking for more crafty projects to try this summer with the kids? Follow along the Klutz Facebook page for DIY how-tos and inspiration!

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