22 Fun Kids' Crafts for Cold Winter Days

Beat cabin fever with creativity.

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Although there’s nothing I enjoy more than relaxing by the fireplace, a few days cooped up inside starts to make me feel a little stir-crazy. I can imagine it starts to make some kiddos feel really stir-crazy and some moms feel really, really stir-crazy. If your little ones are suffering a severe case of ants-in-the-pants, it might be time to pull out the craft box. In need of some new crafts? You’re in luck. I’ve rounded up 25 indoor kids’ crafts that are totally fun and relatively easy.

 Recycled Crayons

Recycled Crayons

Recycled Crayons

Gather broken, forgotten crayons and transform them into colorful new treasures that fit perfectly in the hands of even the smallest artists.

Put old, broken crayons to good use by creating brand-new ones in a mini muffin pan.

 Hanging Birdfeeders

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Little ones will love crafting food for their feathered friends.

 Pencil Pinwheel

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Youthful Surprise

For a relaxed wedding full of whimsy, encourage guests to remember their younger years by making a few of these adorable pinwheels for each table. Find instructions here.

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Jeff Loves Jessica Photography, Jessica Kesterson

Kids can transform wooden pencils into colorful pinwheels with patterned craft paper.

 Butterfly Garland

Butterfly Window Garland

Butterfly Window Garland

Bring the outdoors in with a colorful, spring-inspired butterfly window garland. This super-easy project will look great no matter which side of the window you're looking through.

Prepare for warmer days by making this whimsical butterfly garland to hang from your windows.

 Rag Wreath

Easy Rag Wreath

Easy Rag Wreath

Upcycle odd bits of fabric into a cute rag wreath. This no-sew wreath can be a beautiful accent for any holiday or occasion — just choose seasonal fabrics and get started.

All you need for this simple kids’ craft is leftover bits of fabric and an embroidery hoop. Children will love seeing their creation hung on the door.

 Frozen Sun Catcher

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Take advantage of chilly temperatures, and make this frozen sun catcher to hang outside.

 Printed Napkins With DIY Stamps

Block Print Napkins With DIY Stamps

Block Print Napkins With DIY Stamps

Turn basic household items into simple stamps, then create your own custom-stamped towels and napkins.

Use basic household items to stamp napkins and tea towels. (Styrofoam takeout boxes make for great DIY stamps.)

 Family Terrarium

Family Terrarium

Family Terrarium

Terrariums are one of the easiest ways to keep plants alive in your home. Make one with a tiny family inside using miniature train display figures.

Photo by: Jessika Creedon ©Jessika Creedon 2013

Jessika Creedon, Jessika Creedon 2013

Make a terrarium with a tiny family inside. Little ones will adore this hands-on craft.

 Thumbprint Table Runner

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All you need is a plain, white table runner (or napkins, tea towels, etc.), craft paint in coordinating colors and willing thumbs.

 Fun-Dough

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For hours of play, make a batch of fun-dough with ingredients you already have in your pantry.

 Handmade Fan Valentine

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Get a jump on Valentine's Day, and help your little one craft a handmade valentine for an ultra-special person.

 DIY Turtle Valentine

Handmade Turtle Valentine's Day Card

Handmade Turtle Valentine's Day Card

Let that special someone know exactly how you feel with this sweet turtle card that reads, "You really bring me out of my shell."

Help your kiddo make a few turtle valentines to give to his or her BFFs.

10 Snowflake Crafts

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Embrace winter’s prettiest shape with these fun, snowflake-themed crafts.

Perler Fuse Bead Coasters

Little hands can keep busy for hours (and work on their fine motor skills) helping whip up a batch of melty bead coasters. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for making and melting. Add a piece of felt to the bottom so you can put a mug of hot cocoa on top.

Snowflake Straws

Paper party straws are one of those impulse buys that always seem like a great idea at the time and then never get used. Be thankful for your stash of straws when you get out the hot-glue guns, gem stones and pompoms to make a batch of colorful straw snowflakes.

Lace Snowflakes

Doilies are easily made mobile by soaking them with fabric stiffener and then hanging from a piece of driftwood or cactus bone.

Noodle Cards

Bring back the macaroni crafts for adults and kids with these adorable snowflake cards. If you are really feeling like taking things next level, dye the pasta using rubbing alcohol and food coloring.

Snow Angels

Doilies and wood-peg dolls come together to create these adorable winter fairies. 

Mapped Out Fun

Vintage maps, colored paper and craft foam can entertain for hours. Fold, cut, layer and bend into snowflake patterns fastening the pieces together with hot glue. Remember, no two are ever alike.

Stitched Snowflakes

Basic patterns like snowflakes are great stitching projects for kids and adults alike. Hand over the needle, embroidery floss and some felt and curl up by the fire. String them together to create bunting to hang by the fireplace or over a window. 

Popsicle Sticks

Things might be frozen outside, but inside you will stay warm and cozy creating popsicle stick snowflakes.

Glue Gun Watercolor

Make snowflakes on canvas or watercolor paper using a myriad of resists such as white crayons or in this case hot glue. After your pattern is set, use watercolor paint to create a tie-dye effect to reveal the hidden beauty.

Dough Snow

Chances are you have the ingredients to make salt dough ornaments in your pantry right now. Bring back this childhood craft and give it a modern twist with the help of lace, cookie cutters and craft paint.

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