20 Fun and Easy Kids' Crafts

Keep little hands busy with 20 fun, easy kids' crafts they'll love.

By: Liz Gray
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Hand-Painted Bracelets 3 Ways

From fingerprints to polka dots and stripes, these easy painted wooden bracelets are easy enough for kids to make but stylish enough for Mom to sport.

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.

Decoupage Photo and Quote Cans

Transform an old tin can into a personalized, decoupaged storage bin. Let the kids cut out their favorite photos and sayings for a completely customizable look.

Recycled Crayons

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

Ruffled Rose Headband

With just a little help from a crafty adult, kids can turn a plain elastic headband into a sweet ruffled-rose headband, perfect for girls big or small.

Make an 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!

Create an Easy Pencil Pinwheel

With just a little help from an adult, kids can craft these handmade paper pinwheels to add a splash of color to playtime.

Hanging Birdfeeders

Feed the birds with these adorable molded birdseed crafts. Kids will love helping to mix, shape and hang this simple project. Watch step-by-step instructions here.

Make a Bejeweled Plant Marker

Transform an ordinary rock into a colorful work of art that labels your plants and accents a garden bed.

Found Object Stepping Stones

Grab an old cereal box and some odds and ends like buttons, shells, marbles and mosaic tiles and let kids create their own custom design on a quick-drying cement stepping stone. Watch Weekday Crafternoon to learn how.

Turn Terra-Cotta Pots Into Windchimes

Transform tiny terra-cotta pots into cheery music for your garden. These chimes are constructed entirely by knotting and gluing — no drilling required!

Natural Tie-Dyed Shirts

Stain a shirt on purpose! With a few simple materials, you can turn edibles into safe, beautiful fabric dyes right in your own kitchen.

Block Print Napkins With DIY Stamps

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

Make a Tin Can Lantern

These recycled can lanterns are so simple to make that the kids can help, and so beautiful after dark that the adults will want to join in the fun, too!

Easy-Sew Tote Bag

A straightforward sewing project for tweens, teens or anyone new to sewing, this lined fabric tote bag is simple to make. Mix and match fabrics to make it totally custom.

Make a 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.

Road Trip Art Kit

Think of this traveling artists' tool kit as your "Are we there yet?" insurance. Add chalkboard paint to the outside of a metal lunchbox for fun drawing surface, then fill with favorite art supplies. Get step-by-step instructions for ths project.

Teacher Mugs

Use porcelaine paint pens to create customized mugs for teachers, parents or grandparents. After drying for 24 hours, the ink is top-shelf dishwasher safe.

Recycled Bottle Ring Toss

Recycled soda bottles and an old fruit crate find new life as a fun ring toss game perfect for summer gatherings. Learn how to make this ring toss game.

Make an Animal Silhouette Growth Chart

Chart your child's growth with a cute, colorful and crafty wall hanging they can help build.

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