How to Create a DIY Craft Kit

With so many camps and activities being cancelled this summer, parents are forced to get crafty (pun intended) coming up with ways to keep their kids busy this summer. My solution? Setting up a DIY Craft Kit for kids to dig through and create with when boredom hits. The best part? A DIY Craft Kit is budget friendly, easy to put together, and can be curated to fit your child’s exact interests and needs. Here’s How to Make a DIY Craft Kit:

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First off, I think it is really important to page through books for inspiration. My hands-down favorite is “The Grown Up’s Guide to Crafting with Kids” by Vicki Manning. This book provides clear step-by-step instructions of cute, easy and fun activities to do with your child.

Instead of providing hundreds of Pinterest-perfect crafts that would overwhelm ANY parent (even before the added stress of a worldwide pandemic), manning highlights just a few tried-and-tested realistic activities. This book served as the ultimate inspiration for how to not only have fun crafting with kids, but also how to make a DIY craft kit.

Next, find a box, tote, or bin that is big enough for ample art supplies and stylish enough to leave out on display so that creativity is just a step away for yoru kids. The goal is to make tinkering and crafting as accessible as the screens are in your home.

Finally, fill your DIY Craft Kit with items around the house (raid the recycling bin!) that kids can use when constructing their projects. Obviously you want to include items like scissors, markers, glue and paper, but I also challenge you to search the house (and your local Target) for out of the box items that will help inspire your little artists.

Coloring Supplies

  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Colored Penils
  • Permanent Markers
  • Chalk
  • Gel Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Paint
  • Paint Pen
  • Watercolors
  • Paint Brushes
  • Stamps

Paper Products

  • Construction Paper
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Tissue Paper
  • Scratch Paper
  • Post-It Notes

Decorations

  • Stickers
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Beads
  • Buttons
  • Sequins
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Pom Poms
  • Feathers
  • Googly Eyes
  • Modeling Clay

Fabric

  • Felt
  • Thread
  • String
  • Bows
  • Yarn

Traditional Tools

  • Washi Tape
  • Masking Tape
  • Glue Gun
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Stapler
  • Protractor
  • Hole punch
  • Modge Podge

Natural Materials

  • Rocks
  • Shells
  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Sticks
  • Pine Cones
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Beans

Recyled Materials

  • Bubble Wrap
  • Newspaper
  • Paper Towel Rolls
  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Milk Jugs
  • Pop Bottles
  • Squeeze Bottles
  • Tupperware Containers

Keep in mind that you should only include items that you are comfortable with your child using independently. That’s why slime isn’t on my list but paint is (my boys are surprisingly careful little Picassos). So for younger kids, swap out liquid glue for glue sticks and use washable markers instead of permanent ones.

Lastly, if you are looking for the ease of pre-made craft kits, here are some of our favorites:

Kid Made Modern 1000pc Crazy Crafts Art Case

Craft-tastic Dream Catcher DIY Art & Craft Kit

Cra-Z-Loom Bands Ultimate Tub Accessory Set

Kid Made Modern 1000pc Arts and Crafts Library

Kid Made Modern Over the Rainbow Craft Kit

Mindware Paint Your Own Porcelain Plates

Crayola Glitter Dots Keychains Craft Set

My Look Color Change Window Art

Rainbow Sandland Activity Kit

For more fun at home, including activities to keep you busy during quarantine, check out this growing list!

Happy Creating!

Amanda

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