DIY & Crafts

Fun and easy kids' crafts

By: Tasia Rivero

Author: Canadian Living

DIY & Crafts

Fun and easy kids' crafts

By: Tasia Rivero
Stop boredom when the gang's at home with these fun craft and play ideas. This collection of kids' crafts has something for every age and will keep crafters of all skill levels happy.

Get your young ones working on a batch of breezy whirligiggles, or pinwheels. We've got clear step-by-step instructions in the fantastic photo gallery, below. Boys and girls ages six to 10 will enjoy making their very own reusable bag, which they can show off when they're out and about town.

Think your pre-teen or teen would never be caught at home crafting? Change their mind (and yours) with the lion (and lambs) tote bag craft and two fresh new ways to wear an old T-shirt.

Photo gallery: Kids' craft -- Make red and white pinwheels

Take a colourful spin with a fun, easy-to-make homemade pinwheel.

Add a bit of colour and whimsy to any celebration – it’s easy! To make your pinwheels larger or smaller, use different sizes of paper.

Chloe and Mathieu's plastic shopping bag project

Chloe and Mathieu's school challenged them to create a recycled craft. Here's a great pattern that they came up with.

"The elementary school that my children (Chloe, 10, and Mathieu, 7) attend challenged the students to create a recycled craft. The project motivated us to stretch our imaginations, work together and clean out the recycling bin. From the plastic shopping bags we had accumulated, the children each created a beautiful, sturdy personalized bag. We love them, and hope you do, too!"
- Terrie Chapdelaine, Medicine Hat, Alta.

Easy craft: Learn how to stencil a tote bag

Decorating a multi-purpose tote bag is a snap with these simple art instructions and easy-to-find craft supplies.

Freezer paper – once a kitchen staple – makes stencilling this kids' craft easy! All you need are a few supplies from an art store. This craft is suitable for adults or older teens; younger children should be carefully supervised when they're using sharp knives or hot irons.

2 ways to restyle a T-shirt

Go for the innocent maiden look or a stylish halter style with these quick and easy kids' craft projects.

Plain T-shirts begone! For a look that's all your own, follow the simple directions outlined below for a customized top. For a look of the moment, try experimenting with patterns -- Organic prints in muted tones or bold florals in vibrant shades will give your look more visual impact.

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Fun and easy kids' crafts