The act of creating with your children is an incredibly fun and enjoyable experience. However, the cost of supplies can add up, and running to the store to stock up on felt and glitter might not be feasible. So turn to your kitchen! There are plenty of items that can be used to make crafts, jewelry and more that don’t require spending more money than necessary. Here is a list of ideas that are sure to make your children, and pockets, smile.
- One potato
- Acrylic paint (various colors)
- Any type of string
1. Peel and cut a potato into small pieces. Shape can vary, depending on your preference!
2. Place a toothpick, wire, skewer or any thin, sturdy object that will create a hole in the center of the cut potato.
3. Set aside the pieces for about a week so they can completely harden.
4. After they have dried, you can take them off the toothpick and begin to paint them! The brighter, the better! Acrylic paint works best as you can also apply an acrylic sealer once you are done.
5. String the potatoes on elastic string and there you have it! Beaded potato jewelry!
Typically used for holiday ornaments, switch it up for a year-round project! These can be used for jewelry, action figures, or just simple art!
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of salt
1. Mix the dry ingredients first, then slowly add water to the mixture (depending on how watery or dry the dough is, you might need to adjust the measurements for each ingredient).
2. While you are adding the water, continue to knead, so that it creates a dough form (if you would like your dough to be colored, add in your choice of food coloring!)
3. Once it is has reached dough consistency, you can either store it in a Tupperware container which will allow you to use it for multiple days, or you can begin creating!
4. All shapes are completely up to your child’s taste. Cookie cutters are the easiest to use, but plastic knives are great for personalized creations! If you are creating jewelry, be sure to add a hole at the top for a place to insert string!
5. Turn your oven on to a low heat setting (~200 degrees). Place your cutouts in the oven and leave in until they are dry. Time is usually related to how thick or thin the objects are, so it’s best to keep an eye out while they are baking.
6. Let the pieces cool down before you allow your child to decorate using acrylic paint.
- Food coloring
Out of the three, this is the easiest! When completed, you child can make a mini beach, a colorful rainmaker, or just have fun playing with it!
1. Pour the desired amount of rice into a bag.
2. Add the color of choice with a few drops of water
3. Seal the bag and mix the rice, color and water
4. Once the rice is the desired color, pour it on a pan to dry, or leave the bag open for a few hours.
5. The more bags and colors you use, the cooler the project turns out!