Children just love making things with their own hands, but when the result is pretty and useful, then it’s twice as cool.
We at Enlighten would like to share 15 hand-crafted items with you that are easy to make yet still very attractive. Making them might well carry your kids away for the whole day.
A colorful apron
All you need here is a simple apron and fabric paint or acrylic watercolor. Then just let your imagination fly, and paint the apron not only with brushes, but also with your hands and feet!
A bright carpet
Take a hula hoop and some thick colorful threads, and your kid can make a wonderful carpet like the one above. Follow this link for a step-by-step guide to do it.
Carve some hearts out of clay, then press down so you’re left with your fingerprints on them. Make a small hole for a keyring, and put the almost-ready pendants in the oven. You can paint it in whatever color you want afterwards – see the detailed guide here.
A great idea your kids will love to try
Just fix one end of a piece of wire onto a keyring, let your kid put beads on it. Then fix the other end tightly. Originally, a pipe cleaner was used instead of wire.
A cute ring holder
Give your kid some polymer clay and a tennis ball, and they can make you a truly unique ring holder that only you will have. Instructions for making this item can be found here.
An exclusive mug
All you need here is a plain white mug and some ceramic paints (which are now even produced as felt-tip pens) or stained glass colors. And there you go – a one-of-a-kind mug made by your own child!
Your kid will have no trouble making a colorful holder for his or her favorite cup from colored popsickle sticks. The guide is here.
Take some glue and special paints, and you can easily make unusually colored cushions like those shown above. Here are the instructions.
Here you’ll find a guide on how to make these pretty mother-of-pearl glass jugs with the help of glue and food dye.
Bright candle holders
Candleholders like these ones are made using coarse salt, some food dye, and some glue – see the detailed instructions here.
A unique candle
Ask your kid to draw something on a piece of tissue paper and then fix it in a candle with a hair dryer – see how it’s done here. Also, you can just make a drawing on the candle itself with a marker, but this kind of picture won’t stay on as easily.
Mix some sea salt, essential oils, and a bit of food dye to give them a pleasant color, and your own fantastic bath salts will be ready! Here’s an example for you.
This wonderful thing can be made out of old keys you no longer need, or can just buy some ‘blank’ keys – paint them as shown here, and hang on the colorful threads.
A cheerful beach bag
Check this link to find a guide on how to make a brightly colored beach bag with the help of a potato and some acrylic paint.
Magnets made out of salty dough
Prepare some salty dough, cut the necessary number of pieces out of it, let them dry, paint, and then glue magnets on to the back of them. Little trouble, and a lot of fun!