Crafting is a fantastic way for kids to express their creativity and develop their fine motor skills. It’s also a great way to spend quality time with your child, and DIY crafts allow them to make something unique and personal. In this article, we’ll explore two fun and easy DIY crafts that kids can make: custom acrylic keychains and washi tape crafts.
Custom Acrylic Keychains
Acrylic keychains are a great way to create personalized items that can be used for gifts or just to accessorize your child’s backpack or set of keys. The process of making acrylic keychain is simple, and it requires only a few materials.
- Acrylic blanks
- Acrylic paint
- Permanent markers
- Keychain rings
- Jump rings
Step 1: Choose Your Design
Before you start, decide what design you want to create. You can draw freehand, use stencils, or print out a design from the internet to trace. Encourage your child to get creative and personalize their keychain with their favorite colors and designs.
Step 2: Paint the Acrylic Blanks
Using acrylic paint, paint the acrylic blanks in the desired color or colors. Let them dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Step 3: Add Your Design
Using permanent markers, draw your design onto the acrylic blanks. Make sure the markers are permanent, as regular markers will smudge or rub off over time. Allow the design to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Step 4: Add Keychain Rings and Jump Rings
Using pliers, add a keychain ring and jump ring to each acrylic blank. This step requires adult supervision, as pliers can be dangerous if not used correctly.
Step 5: Enjoy Your Custom Acrylic Keychains
Your custom acrylic keychains are now complete! Encourage your child to show off their new keychain or give it as a gift to a friend or family member.
Washi Tape Crafts
Custom washi tape is a type of colorful masking tape that comes in a variety of patterns and colors. It’s a versatile crafting material that can be used in many different ways. In this section, we’ll explore some simple washi tape crafts that kids can make.
- Washi tape
- Construction paper or cardstock
Craft 1: Washi Tape Bookmarks
Washi tape bookmarks are a quick and easy craft that can be made in minutes. They’re perfect for young readers who want to personalize their reading material.
Step 1: Choose Your Tape
Choose your washi tape and cut a strip that’s slightly longer than the height of your bookmark. You can choose a single color or pattern or mix and match different tapes.
Step 2: Attach the Tape to the Paper
Attach the tape to a piece of construction paper or cardstock. Make sure the tape is aligned with the edge of the paper.
Step 3: Cut the Bookmark
Using scissors, cut the bookmark to the desired size and shape. You can make it rectangular, round, or any shape you like.
Step 4: Add Details
Using a pencil, add any details or designs you like to the bookmark. This step is optional but adds a personal touch to the craft.
Step 5: Finish the Bookmark
Using glue, attach a second piece of paper or cardstock to the back of the bookmark to reinforce it. Trim any excess paper, and your bookmark is complete!