The Best Ideas for Kids/ Michaels
Summer is a season full of lawn games, camping trips and kid-friendly activities. While these are all great ideas to enjoy the long and hot summer months, there are other ways to keep your kids occupied and entertained. Bust out the old and new art-supply bin and have the kids put their DIY skills to use with one of these summer crafts. We gathered a creative list of craft ideas that are perfect for kids to make — from toddlers and kindergartners to kids and tweens.
While our list includes crafts for younger kids, we think anyone will find them fun. Think: glitter seashell frames, beaded butterflies, paper flowers and cute sidewalk chalk pops. These ideas will keep them engaged all afternoon until you’re ready to call them in for summer dinner. And if you’re looking for crafts that cater more toward older groups, dive into one of our easy and fun adult craft ideas full of wall-worthy DIYs and home decor.
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Walk your kids through making their own accordion paper flowers to hang in their rooms. Download these templates before following the steps below.
- Cut out 4 pieces of yellow or white paper (depending on what color daffodil you would like) using the first template.
- Fold the paper in half both vertically and horizontally and open again. Fold the bottom up about ¼” and crease it down.
- Flip the paper over and fold all the way to the top until you create an accordion.
- Fold the accordion-folded paper in half and attach the two middle pieces together with double-sided tape.
- Repeat steps 2-4 with the remaining 3 pieces of paper.
- Connect all 4 together with a strip of double stick tape to create a flower shape.
- Cut out a rectangle of orange paper about 2″ x 1.5″ and cut little points on one of the long edges.
- Roll the rectangle loosely to make a tube shape and connect with a small piece of double-sided tape, folding the bottom edge down to create a flat bottom.
- Glue the little cup you made into the center of the flower to finish your daffodil.
Kids can make these paper flowers to spruce up different parts of the house. Have them fold dyed cupcake liners in half and cut out petal and fringe shapes. Then fold a piece of floral wire in half and twist around the faux flower stamen. Poke the wire through the center of three to four paper liners. Finish it off by wrapping floral tape around the base of the liners and bringing it all the way down the stem.
If your kids are nature lovers, they’ll love making pressed flowers for their handmade cards or art. This is also a great way to recycle your old flower bouquets.
Finger Printed Cherry Tree
Michaels gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to make these beaded butterflies to display. It’s an ideal craft for those 4-years-old and up.
Popsicle Stick Ferris Wheel
Even after summer ends, these felt keychains will add a burst of sweetness to any backpack or purse. But to keep it in tip-top shape, skip the keychain altogether and turn them into decorative magnets.
With essential oils and food dye, you can give homemade bubbles the rainbow treatment. Choose scents that you like best, or try to match it to the color — yellow bubbles scented with lemon, for example.
Use fruit, flowers, leaves or any other natural object that strikes your fancy to dress up your kitchen. These are also perfect as DIY gifts.
This summer’s golden rule? If you can turn something into a unicorn, do it. Fill these magical planters with succulents, so you don’t have to worry about regular upkeep.
Salt Dough Starfish Garland
These starfish might fool a visitor or two into thinking they’re actually real, but they’re DIY ornaments made from salt dough. It’ll keep those beach vibes going in a bedroom or a backyard.
Woven Popsicle Stick Baskets
Bind craft sticks with layers of color-coordinated yarn to create multi-purpose baskets for pencils, craft supplies, and other small trinkets. Or stick a real or faux plant (herbs work best!) inside for a pop of greenery.
This windsock looks so happy, with all its colored ribbons, it might take you a minute to figure out that it’s made from an old soda bottle. Add your ribbon scraps, and you’ve got a trash-to-treasure creation.
Get more use out of your kid’s sand art kit by transforming basic white candles into these rainbow-inspired beauties. Talk about a ’90s throwback.
ICYMI, tie-dye is all the rage this summer. If you’ve already dipped and dyed sweatshirts, t-shirts and sweatpants, then consider giving any ol’ picnic blanket or beach towel a watercolor effect.
The “I’m hot” complaints will end as soon as you craft these fruity paper fans. Leave ’em scattered around your house, so everyone can stay refreshed once the warm weather hits.
Come summertime, we all scream for ice cream — all day, every day. There’s no better way to celebrate the reason for the season than with a festive DIY garland.
Getting ready to jet set? Keep your kid’s energy at bay by crafting personalized luggage tags with a mix of yarn, beads and charms. Even if you’re not going on a big trip, they’d look cute on a backpack.
Let the kids paint ’em any color they like and then draw on a cute little bunny face. You can even add ears and a tail if you’d like, but even without these are perfect for all those picked summer flowers.
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