Crafts are a great way to keep kids entertained, engage them, and encourage creativity. And at the end of the day, you’ll have something beautiful on your fridge or wall. One thing to be aware of when it comes time for crafts: the random materials and supplies that nobody has. Who has 12 yards of rainbow-colored washi in their craft cupboard (if they have one at all)?
Here are some easy crafts you can make with items already around the house. Check out 15 easy skills for kids that you can make with just three supplies.
Ice Cream Rocks
Can you handle the cuteness of these painted Ice Cream Rocks by Projects with Kids? It’s so cute! They’re even more adorable because you only need paint, markers, and rocks to make them.
3-D swimming fish
You can download the swimming fish at Kids Craft Room. But you won’t need much else to make them come to life. You’ll need some colorful paper, colored markers or pencils, and googly eyes if you can find them.
Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder
Popsicle sticks, glue, and markers are all you need. You can make this bright, cheery birdhouse by Grace Giggles & Naptime—no need to follow this exact design (even though it’s cute!). Let the children be creative and create their own bird’s abode.
Paper Plate Animals
Easy Peasy Projects has a variety of cute paper plate creatures that kids can create. You are good to go if you have some paper plates, paint, and possibly a cotton swab, marker, or googly eye lying around.
Popsicle Stick Friends
Popsicle sticks are a gift that never ends. You don’t need anything else to create something fun. You can make these cute Popsicle sticks friends by Blissful Kids Crafts. You’re all set with pretty cupcake liners, markers, and popsicle sticks.
Paper tube cats
You can use the Free Paper Tube Cat Printable found in Mer Magazine or make your own version. One thing is for sure: these little kitties are adorable. They’re almost mess-free!
Cardboard flowers prints
You can make these corrugated cardboard flower prints if you have extra boxes (who doesn’t?) These creased card flower prints by Emma Owl and paint and paper are fun and easy to make. What a great way to make your refrigerator stand out.
DIY wind chimes
Who says that you have to spend a lot of money to get a wind chime to bring a smile to your face every time? This cute DIY wind chime by With Care can be made using a plastic pot, string, and beads. This bright addition will look great in any garden.
Rainbows made with cotton balls and Popsicle sticks
These cotton ball and Popsicle sticks rainbows are adorable and incredibly simple. Popsicle sticks, cotton balls, and paper in different colors are all you need. This is a great activity to do on a rainy or cold day.
You can make this craft with coffee filters, clothes pegs or pins, and pipe cleaners.
Painted spiral pinecones
Do you have some pinecones lying around? Did you get some extra paint? A paintbrush? You’ll need a paintbrush to create these painted pine cones by Arty Craft Josie. Spoiler alert! Little ones’ pinecones will not be as neatly painted, but they will still look beautiful.
This sweet button train by Angela Tioanda will help you create a cute project, whether you want to teach a child how to button or you like to make things.
You can make a DIY Popsicle with felt, colored paper, or poster board. Add some sequins and pompoms to the stick (or use whatever glitter glue you have). You’ll get this adorable DIY Popsicle by Craft & Boogie. If you don’t already have Popsicle Sticks, this is a great time to buy some!
Paper balloon farm animals
It’s a fact. This Delia Creates paper balloon farm animals that are adorable. You can use the cut files on the website or free-hand it. One thing is sure: Your kids will love watching these cute animals come to life.
Plant stands made by children
You’re looking for an activity that is easy to do (and doesn’t require much direction) for your kids? These cute child-crafted plant stands are made with wood scraps, paint, and Designzazzle. What about a bonus? Little hands can add color to your backyard or porch.