Budget-Friendly Crafting for Kids

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Written by Amie Fenech

Crafting and creating is a firm family favourite in our household.  Engaging in creative activities not only nurtures your child’s imagination but can also be a really great, budget friendly way to spend a rain afternoon. My 3 children have all loved to get messy with paint, glue and glitter so crafting with kids has become something I have fully embraced.  In this blog post, I share some of my top budget-friendly crafting for kids ideas that will keep your kids entertained for hours. Let’s dive into the world of imagination and creativity together!


1. Junk Modelling.

Collect some household recycling items like cardboard boxes, toilet paper rolls, old magazines, and plastic bottles, and challenge your little artists to transform them into their own artworks. From creating 3D sculptures to designing collages, the possibilities are endless, and it’s a fantastic way to teach them about the importance of recycling.

Pro tip: Check out this step-by-step guide to making Recycled Bottle Planters. We have made these as gifts for Grandparents.

3. DIY Tie-Dye Adventure

Tie-dyeing is a timeless and fun activity that your kids will love. Grab some plain white t-shirts, socks, or pillowcases, and create a DIY tie-dye station in your garden. Let their imaginations run wild as they mix colours and create vibrant patterns on their fabric masterpieces. It’s an excellent opportunity for the entire family to get involved and create matching tie-dye keepsakes; just be prepared that you will have to wear anything they make for you!


4. Nature-inspired Crafts

Take a walk in the great outdoors and gather natural materials like leaves, twigs, stones and flowers. Back home, use these treasures to create beautiful nature-inspired crafts. Your kids can make leaf rubbings, flower petal collages, or even paint with sticks as their brushes. We loved to use paint pens on stones and then go back for a walk and leave them around the village.  These activities not only stimulate creativity but also connect them with the beauty of nature.

Pro tip: Discover how to make a Nature-Inspired Dreamcatcher using materials from your outdoor adventure.


5, Homemade Playdough

laydough sparks imaginative play in children. Instead of buying store-bought versions, try making your own playdough at home as the start of the actviity. It’s easy, cost-effective, and allows you to customise colours and scents. Your kids will enjoy mixing the ingredients and creating endless shapes and figures. We use natural elements like lavender or dried petals in ours to create something unique. Playdough is not only a fantastic sensory

Pro tip: Here’s a simple and no-cook DIY Playdough Recipe from the master of crafting, The Imagination Tree.

6. Cardboard Box Creations

Cardboard boxes are the perfect canvas for young inventors. Collect various-sized boxes and let your kids’ creativity take over. They can transform boxes into cars, houses, castles, or even spaceships. With some paint, markers, and art supplies, the possibilities for imaginative play are limitless.  Mine love to turn them into theatres and put on a performance.


Pro tip:  check out the Five Minute Mum for great ideas for your Hello Fresh boxes!


Crafting and DIY projects are not only cost-effective but also invaluable opportunities for kids to explore their creativity and keeps them entertained so you can have a well deserved cuppa. Whether it’s recycling materials, exploring nature, tie-dyeing, playing with playdough, or creating cardboard box wonders, there’s a an activity for every child.

We hope these budget-friendly crafting ideas will inspire you to embark on exciting creative journeys with your kids. The joy and pride they’ll feel in showcasing their artistic achievements are truly priceless.

If you have any other fun DIY project ideas or experiences to share, we’d love to hear them. Feel free to leave a comment below. Happy crafting!