Summer Crafts for Kids Using Stuff You Already Have


August 10, 2017 | By:
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Gather your supplies, and transform the stuff in your home into fun and family friendly crafts, like cork coasters, window decorations, and jewelry. With the days of summer getting longer, it's the perfect way to entertain the kids without spending a fortune.

Cork Coasters

You'll Need:

  • Eight wine corks per coaster, so start collecting them a little in advance, or invite friends over for a play date to help.
  • A glue stick or craft glue
  • Rubber bands
  • CD or DVD discs (one to back each coaster). Pro tip: Use blank ones or ones you don't listen to anymore (we all have some of those lying around).

To Make:

  1. Have the kids rinse the corks under water and dry them with paper towels.
  2. Pair up the eight corks in sets of two.
  3. Glue the first two corks together side by side, facing vertically. Continue until you have glued three more pairs.
  4. Once the glue dries, arrange two pairs of corks: one pair should be placed in a horizontal position, touching a vertical pair. Underneath those, place another vertical pair, next to a horizontal pair. Each vertical pairs should touch the sides of the horizontal pair, so it looks like a checkerboard.
  5. Apply glue to the surface where cork touches cork.
  6. After the glue dries, glue the CD disc on the bottom of your coaster, to provide stability.
  7. Pour some lemonade into cups and place it on the kids' new coasters. Enjoy!

Stained Glass Window Décor

You'll Need:

  • Wax paper
  • Flat objects (pictures from a magazine, glitter, stickers, washable tattoo stamps). Pro tip:Have the kids go on a scavenger hunt for other flat items before you start. They can use dried leaves, illustrations from old school textbooks or anything that is flat).
  • Crayons
  • Newspaper
  • A plastic knife
  • Safety scissors
  • An iron

To Make:

  1. Put together a bunch of flat objects (such as glitter, stickers, pictures from a magazine, pictures your kids have drawn), then scrape crayons with a plastic knife to make shavings and sprinkle on the artwork.
  2. Cut two pieces of wax paper into circles, squares or rectangles that are the same size.
  3. Place one piece of the wax paper on a table and arrange the objects you've collected on the paper. Once you have the objects positioned, sprinkle on the crayon shavings.
  4. Adult Only Job: Place several layers of newspaper on your ironing board, lay the waxed paper with the artwork on top of it (and cover with another piece of waxed paper). Cover that with a few more sheets of newspaper. On medium heat, carefully run the iron over the papers until the waxed layers stick together and the crayon shavings melt.
  5. After the artwork has cooled trim the edges.
  6. If any parts aren't sealed, use transparent tape.
  7. Tape on your window or hang from a curtain rod.

Jewelry Heist

You'll Need:

  • Pliers
  • Ribbon you use for gift-wrapping presents. Pro tip: In a pinch use nonstick dental floss or even plastic lanyards.
  • Old, broken bracelets, necklaces, brooches, earrings. Before you start, remove the gems, charms or beads from the jewelry.

To Make:

  1. Cut lengths of ribbon in half to fit your kids' wrists, tying a knot at the end. Extra points if the ribbons are velvet. Don't worry if the cut ribbon looks frayed, the jewelry will cover it.
  2. Let the kids start placing beads and gems onto the ribbons. After the children finish stringing up their bracelets or necklaces, make a double knot on the other end to secure the gems. If you still have time, let them take photos of their creations and maybe even share them on social media.