There was a time when play was simple. Children had hours of fun playing with nothing more than a cardboard box. We put together some creative ways to encourage kids to use their imagination with just a couple of cardboard boxes. Have fun!
This simple wooden play mobile won't cost much to make and you can add colourful or interesting shapes, homemade toys or eye-catching items to keep your little one occupied.
This crafty Valentine's heart brooch is so easy, the kids can make one for mom or for a sweetheart.
We put together a collection of fun crafts that moms and kids can do together for Valentine's Day.
Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint is the most affordable and easiest way to turn mismatched accessories into the perfect complementary pieces for a little girl's bedroom.
Here's a fun way to dress up a plain chest of drawers using colourful Spraymate chalkboard spray paint.
For the past year or so the water blob has become the most affordable and easy way to add a new element of fun for the kids.
This fabric teepee is perfect for indoor or outdoor play. In the summer months it will keep children out of the sun and also keep them occupied during the cooler months.
Here's how you can use pine offcuts to craft an educational toy for a young child. These colourful chalkboard blocks can be used in so many ways.
I was trying to come up with ideas for Easter craft projects and finger painting came to mind. But then I thought about using fingerprints to paint fun designs onto eggs. This is a fun project that the kids can do in the holidays or on a weekend and it's inexpensive, fun and safe to do if you use hard boiled eggs.
Young children love a sandpit and can spend hours with a bucket and spade make sandcastles and having fun. This sandpit has a lid that can be easily placed over the top to keep out cats. It also doubles as a daybed when not used as a sandpit.
Kids can have hours of fun with pavement chalk. They can use on a concrete patio or driveway, on the pavement in a safe area, or buy a can of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Spray and paint a section of wall, or board, where the kids can play.
Here's a great holiday project where the kids can use their imagination and be creative when making this project.
I'm looking for fun and inexpensive crafts the kids can do on their own, or with a little help from mom. Making racing cars using toilet roll tubes is just one of the projects and it will give you plenty of time to start collecting toilet roll tubes.
Having just demolished my old garden shed to make way for a veggie garden, this project that turns an old shed or garden hut into a children's playhouse struck me as a wonderful way to re-purpose a hut or shed rather than throw away. With a few supplies that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse you can create an area where children can spend hours during the summer months.
The kids will enjoy making this angry birds key ring using modelling clay and it's a great craft idea for a Father's Day gift. You will find various types of modelling clay at craft and hobby shops. You can also use air-dry clay for this project, and add a few drops of food colouring to tint the clay to the colours you need.
Painted pebbles are a fun way for the whole family to get involved in crafting. It's also a crafty idea if you are looking to keep the kids occupied during school holidays. You can buy a small bag of pebbles at your local garden centre or nursery, or collect them at the beach on your next holiday vacation.
Winter means the kids are going to be spending more time indoors, so we put together some easy-peasy crafts that the kids can do using old magazines. I have had fun using magazines and newspapers rolled into tubes and realised that this is a great project for young kids, and a great way to recycle old magazines.
Some of the wood stain colours that you find on the shelf these days are boring and old fashioned. Any easy way to make your own colourful wood stain is to use food colouring. In this article you will find out how easy it is to stain wood in any colour you want - easy and affordably. Grab some PAR pine blocks to practice on and start mixing up rainbow shades of wood stains.
Let the kids be creative this holiday season and make their own gifts. A hand printed infinity scarf costs little to make and looks stunning, and the kids can have fun learning new crafts and skills.
Decorating a kiddies bedroom can be expensive when it comes to adding fun accessories, that's why we have put together a selection of DIY decor crafts and projects that you can do in a day (or on a weekend) to add colour and interest to any child's bedroom.
I have some large cardboard tubes lying around and have been thinking of a way to put them to good use. Then I stumbled upon this simple project for using cardboard tubes to make a toy display shelf for a child's bedroom. With the school holidays coming up, this is also a great project for the kids to do for themselves.
Found on instructables, this PVC pipe spray system will provide plenty of fun for kids during the school holidays, and will definitely cool them down when it's hot. You will find everything you need for this project in the garden section of your local Builders Warehouse
If you are looking to assist your child in these areas, these wonderful learning kits can be bought - or made - to assist with activities.
Young or not, these colourful friendship bracelets are fun and funky. You can wrap them with fabric, paint them or add colourful cotton stripes with embroidery thread. Make more than one and give them to your friends.
I like the idea of using leftover tiles from a project to make these easy chalkboards. The kids can use them for drawing, you can mount onto the wall as mini notice boards or as decor accessories. Grab a can of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard spray paint and let's get started...
Chilly days don't mean that kids have to stay indoors. This warm wig-wam will keep them warm and snug and still let them enjoy their outdoor fun during the cooler days of the season.
We thought it might be nice to put together a collection of 'handy' crafts for our DIY Kids for gifts they can make for Mother's Day. So we looked for crafts using your hands that you can easily make... with a little help from dad.
Although not originally designed for the purpose, I think this crayon wreath would make a perfect wall hanging for a nursery or child's bedroom. - and it won't cost a fortune to make.
Here is a wonderful project that you can make for Mother's Day. These roses are made using polystyrene trays cut into petals and glued together. If you want to paint the polystyrene roses after you have made them, use craft paint.
Here's a fun way to keep young children occupied when you are busy - or they are bored - plus they can learn at the same time. Make this game with to let your child learn about colours, shapes, numbers or letters of the alphabet.
The kids will love to make this rainbow clock for their bedroom. The clock can be made out of stiff cardboard and other parts out of polystyrene container trays. Not only can kids start learning the time, they can also discover more about recycling.
You've seen them all over the Internet and I have been promising to make a few of these zipper containers made from plastic bottles, but still haven't found the time to get round to it, so in the meantime here are the instructions and a few creative ideas for turning plastic bottles into zipper storage containers. If the kids are bored on a weekend - this is a fun project to keep them occupied.
Now that Christmas is over and you've had chance to discover just how expensive children's toys have become, here's a much cheaper alternative that kids will love to play with - and you can make them out of scraps of pine, MDF or plywood.
Here's an instructables project I came across that is ideal for boys aged 8 upwards. This simple wooden gun is designed to use ping-pong balls as ammunition. Large enough not to take out an eye and soft enough not to cause bodily harm, kids can play for hours and you can even make up a target for them.
If you're stuck for gift ideas for small children, there are some truly amazing and wonderful projects on the Internet. Here are a few of my favourites that you can easily make as a gift for a young child.
If you're stuck for gift ideas for a little girl, grab some feathers or boa trim and make these angel wings. You will need a Dremel glue gun and clear glue sticks for this project.
Teenagers are not as easily occupied as younger children. They need an incentive to get stuck in, so we've put together some crafts that they can make as gifts, or for their bedroom.
Children at primary school level need plenty of creative crafts during the holidays to prevent the boredom from creeping in. After the first week parents become tired of hearing, "I'm bored" - "What can I do?" If you line up of selection of crafty projects they will not only be kept occupied, they will have lots of fun as well.
Here's a selection of crafts for preschoolers that will keep them occupied during school holidays, especially if you have older kids at home during the holidays.
Hey kids... don't throw out your old takkies - use Crayola Fabric Markers to add funky colours and fun designs.
Small pebbles or gemstones make really scary monsters that you can glue onto paper clips. Take them to school and the BIG kids will never touch your stuff again...!
If you are going doing to the coast for the year-end holidays, bring back some small beach pebbles and turn them into rock monster fridge magnets. You can post important notices on the fridge so you - or mom - won't forget...!
Instead of throwing out cardboard paper towel tubes, let the kids use them to create these wonderful pencil and crayon holders for their desk or bedroom. Transforms simple cardboard tubes into practical pencil holders with some coloured thread.
In this feature you will find out how to make your own buttons using cold porcelain clay, whether for sewing and decor crafts, or for creating your own unique button bracelets.
These amusing birds are made body scrubbers that you will find at your local supermarket. Beads are threaded onto a piece of satin cord for legs. Funny eyes and a beak made from cardboard cones are glued on at the end with a glue gun.
I really do like the wheat grass projects that keep popping up. This one is wonderful for kids to do and they get to be involved in recycling as well. Here's how to use tin cans to create wacky characters.
Make your own cute this bird cages out of a recycled container, cardboard and coloured wrapping paper and then let them sit on a windowsill, shelf or cabinet to give your room a small splash of colour.
What young child doesn't love to skip, and you can easily recycle plastic shopping bags into a fun skipping rope and provide the kids with hours of fun.
Love this idea for prettying up wooden coat hangers. This is a wonderful idea for a little girl's nursery or bedroom, for having clothes on display.
The card will stand proudly on a desk or bureau with the assistance of bent paper clips. The photographs, trimmed to show kids' faces, peek through the holes of the letters.
Here's a great idea to make a toss-and-catch game using some old milk containers for some indoor fun and energy-burning!
Here's an affordable way for you to make a great gift for Mother's Day. All you need is a hardcover exercise book that you can buy at your local supermarket, some wrapping paper and Mod Podge, or clear acrylic sealer.
They may not be bright enough to light up a room, but these glow-in-the-dark glass jars will certainly create an unusual feature. Try them as a centrepiece for an evening meal with friends - they are sure to get conversation flowing!
This box kite design flies well in moderate winds. Run into the wind to launch the kite and add a tail to the spar where the line connects if it needs extra stability. While your dad cuts all the pieces needed to make this box kite, you can use craft paints to decorate the fabric for your kite.
It's a nice gift to make for someone you love, for a special day, or to keep for yourself.
Although this project is very quick and easy to make, it takes a long time to dry. If you start now, you will be finished in plenty of time to make this hanging decoration for your mom.
Use a home made weaving loom to craft scarves, iPod and cellphone covers, hats, doll clothes and more. Use this weaving method to make gifts for Mother's Day. Ask around to see if anyone has any spare wool for you to use.
Mom, dad, granny or granddad - This is a rocking crib and it only took a couple of hours to make and then paint. It's not a difficult design, but does look lovely once finished.
What little girl wouldn't like to own her very own princess crown. These simple and inexpensive crowns are easy to make using lace and homemade fabric stiffener.
You can make several different variations of this necklace and they only require a few basic tools. The pencils you probably already have at home and you simply chop a few centimetres from the end... if you do this neatly then they will be none the wiser!
Do you have a secret Valentine? Someone you really like and would like to send them a Valentine's gift? Make up a pencil topper and leave it on his or her desk. They will spend the whole day wondering who sent it!
I have always been fond of the fabric teepee tents seen in catalogs but thought a 'pup' tent would be a little more fitting for our 'camping' theme. Coming in at just under R30 per tent, these little pretend play structures are sure to provide hours of make believe fun!
School holidays are great fun - when you've got plenty to do. But when you start getting bored it's time to look at new things to do. These rainy day activity sticks will provide you with plenty of ways to keep occupied.
Add a splash of colour to a bedroom with our fun flower stand. Mom or dad will need to help you with some drilling for this project.
If the kids are bored during the school holidays, let them decorate stones or pebbles as herb markers or for plant names.
With school holidays just around the corner, here's a fun project that you can do to add some fun to your days. This jellyfish in a bottle looks so real, your friends will be amazed.
Sit down and make these fun frisbees from paper plates, and even on days when it's too hot, you can play a summertime game! Because these frisbees are made from paper plates, they are reasonably safe to use inside.
This simple project is a fun craft to do with the kids over the school holidays and a great Christmas tree decoration. Decorative balls like this cost almost nothing to make and you can make them in different colours.
What's better than heading down to the park or beach on a bright summer day and flying a kite? Well... how about flying a kite that you've made yourself! With these super simple paper crafting kite instructions, you can make dozens of fun kites to fly high!
I came across these fun recycled tin can robots on the Internet and thought it would be a really fun craft for the kids. To make the robots you will need lots of items that you will find in and around the home - ask mom or dad to help you source everything you need.
Colourful cupcake liners make beautiful flowers for your bedroom. If your mom can't find colourful liners, use crayons and pencils to colour them in bright colours.
A piece of pine, a bucket and a few odds and ends are all that you need to make a ride-on toy for your son or daughter.
I love designing projects out of empty tin cans. This is one of my favourites. Use tin cans to make a stationery holder for your bedroom. Paint it in colours that match your bedroom and then put in on your desk or a craft table.
Christmas is only a few months away and we're going to be showing our DIY Kids various craft projects to make gifts for mom, dad or other family members. In this project we are using a Dremel VersaTip soldering iron to burn lovely designs onto a wooden spoon.
Recycle plastic bottles into cute farm animal money boxes. A 2 litre oil bottle works best - the top is large enough for all coin sizes.
Now you can invite your friends around for a game of 6 pin bowling with your very own bowling alley.
Make a pole pony with mom or dad's help with cutting out and drilling and then decorate it yourself.
Next time you climb in the car for a long trip, take along your very own Travel Tray and have lots of fun along the way!
Recycle toilet roll holders and cardboard tubes to make this space rocket for your bedroom.
This project is for our budding DIY Kids, or for mom or dad. Make a rocket wall clock for a boy's bedroom.
Hey kids! Ask mom not to throw away cereal boxes and toilet roll holders so that you can make your own cardboard castle.
Teaching power tool safety to children is essential for preventing accidents. Even if your son or daughter shows no interest they will still need to learn how to protect themselves while other people are using power tools.
Grab some dirt and a bucket of water and start making your own hikaru dorodango !
Use scrap timber pallets to make your own chair for the garden.
This is a craft project where you can recycle glass jars into funky photo frames. All you need are a few clean jars and some photographs of your family or friends.
Recycle CD cases into frames that you can hang on your walls or place on shelves in your bedroom.
Make a dazzling disco ball for your bedroom with old CDs. Be sure to check with mom or dad before you cut up any CD's.
Make your own desk calendar every year and pop it into a CD holder.
With mom's help you can make this gift for your dad: for his birthday, for Father's Day or as a Christmas gift. Fill it up with essentials for dad to keep in his car.
Transform old photo frames with a glue gun. Ask mom or dad for their help to set everything up.
You only need flour and a few other items to make your own play dough.
Here's a great project that the kids can do over the holidays. We used empty squash and fruit juice bottles to make these bird feeders.
Little girls love butterflies and fairies. You can make this butterfly wreath to decorate a little girl's bedroom. If you want to make a fairy wreath - or any other type of themed wreath - change the image.
Let mom or dad help you to make this house for Barbie. The dollhouse is easy to assemble, and because of its lightweight design, it can be carried to any location and easily packed away when not in use.