There’s no denying summer is the perfect season for crafting. Growing up in a household of girls had definitely made me akin to all crafts pretty and pink. I really like the fact that so many girls’ crafts are functional as well. Of course, these DIY craft ideas are also great for boys who can tweak these 21 easy and creative DIY crafts to their own preference.
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This Thumbprint Dandelion kid craft idea w/free printable template is super easy to make within minutes and it’s relatively inexpensive too. If you have a printer in your home – you are well on your way to pulling this craft idea together within minutes!
Magic Wand Reading Pointers
These Magic Wand Reading Pointers were so easy to make and completely mess-free. All you need to do is take a colorful craft stick and add your bling.
Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a super popular and beloved book by many. After cuddling up to read the story together, my kids and I were eager to work on a Very Hungry Caterpillar craft so we pulled out our stash of clean toilet paper rolls and got to work making bright and colorful caterpillars.
Origami Paper Bracelet
Making a folded paper bracelet is a fun way to keep the kids busy and to use up old paintings. Plus, they look so pretty!
Toilet Roll Mermaids
Toilet roll crafts are always a favorite here. These TP Roll Dolls embrace everything that is great about recycled crafts, while celebrating summer sunshine and good times at the beach. So grab your paper tubes because we’re making a hula girl and her mermaid friend!
Macaroni Cat Necklaces
Painting pasta is an easy and beautiful way to create DIY jewelry with kids!
This super fun fan will keep you cool during the hot summer months AND it’s a great kids craft that they will have a blast with!
Paper Tube Koi Fish
These brave little fish are beautiful as is, but you can also turn them into a little ‘Toss the Pom-Pom Into the Carp’s Mouth’ game. Or you can hang them from a wooden dowel (fishing pole), or even fill them with treats! Gold chocolate coins would be pretty special, or maybe gummy worms… is that gross or cool? I will let you decide.
Power Puff Girls Bookmarks
Here’s how to make the lovable “Bubbles”. Though you will find that the “process” for making all three Powerpuff Girls – Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles – is essentially the same. A great 3 for 1 craft today!
These fun yarn bracelets are super easy and we had a blast making them!
Courtesy A GirlandAGlueGun
Craft Stick Yarn Dolls
Kids can make these easy adorable popsicle stick dolls with just 3 simple supplies! These homemade dolls are so cute, and perfect for a doll house or pretend play. The process is fun and addictive, and similar to our paint stick dolls, kids of all ages will enjoy making them.
Cardboard Tube Microphone
My kids absolutely LOVED this cardboard tube microphone craft and used it to sing along and dance to their favorite songs throughout the movie! For this craft I used some silver glitter Christmas ornaments that we had on hand but you could also use styrofoam balls and paint them silver or add glitter if you don’t have any ornaments on hand.
Paper Unicorn Decoration
Once we made this Unicorn DIY.. I realized it would also be the most adorable 3D Unicorn Card for unicorn lovers.. so we made one of those for you too!!! Enjoy. The printables are for BOTH the baubles and the Unicorn Cards!
Vinyl Tube Glitter Bracelets
How to make glitter vinyl tube bracelets – easy summer craft for girls!
Paper Plate Dreamcatcher
Paper Plate Dream Catchers are made a little cuter and quirkier with the addition of the little heart and star to the centre.
Sidewalk Foam Paint
Today I have a super fun DIY your kids are going to love, and it’s easy clean up, especially with Huggies wipes. You probably have these ingredients around the house, and you can whip up a batch of DIY Sidewalk Foam Paint in no time.
You could easily go out and buy a ribbon wand along with a matching princess dress, but it is so easy to make one. It’s one of those crafts you can put together quickly, so tell your daughter to go put on her dancing outfit, and have fun!
Kindness Cootie Catcher
I thought it would be fun to make kindness cootie catchers (or fortune tellers) for the kids to play with their friends. Plus, they’re full of kind things to do!
I’m always on the hunt for simple crafts for kids. After a recent trip to Anthropologie, I was inspired by their q-tip flowers that they had on display. I decided to make the ultimate q-tip craft at home by making a smaller version of my own flowers.
There is a fad brewing in our house. My daughter and her friend, both 11, came downstairs the other day and showed me their hands. OMG, so beautiful! They had both created the coolest designs on each other with gel pens. Wow!
Craft Stick Bracelets
Crafts sticks are indispensable craft items that they can now make into a cute little bracelet!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and remember, crafting is a great way to get little brains inspired and is a great way to promote family bonding!