DIY Projects You Can Make With Your Kids

Get your kids hooked on DIY early with these fun DIY projects that you can make together. This list includes craft projects and recipes, as well as a good dose of recycling projects and activities designed to get them outdoors. There's no room for boredom with all of these creative ideas.


Giant pinwheel
Giant pinwheel. Kan Taengnuanjan/EyeEm/Getty Images

Pinwheels are really fun to make (and play with afterwards). Just round up a few supplies from around the house, and you'll have everything you need to wow your kids with this project. 

Tip: Make giant pinwheels by using a large wooden dowel for the handle, and scaling up the size of the pinwheel pattern. If you want to use the pinwheels as yard art, use craft foam, instead of paper. It'll hold up to the rain.

Recycled Rainbow Crayons

Recycled crayons
Recycled crayons. Catherine MacBride/Moment Open/Getty Images

Have a bunch of broken crayon pieces taking up space in a drawer? Melt them down, and turn them into rainbow crayons. They're really fun to color with, and make great gifts. 

Tip: The wrappers can sometimes be difficult to remove from crayons. Use a knife to slice through the wrapper, so they come off easier. (obviously this needs to be a grown up project).

A Felt Board

Felt Board
Felt Board. Erin Huffstetler

Turn scraps of felt into a fun felt board that's sure to keep your kids entertained for hours – both at home and on road trips. Get creative with the cut outs that you make for the board. Make family members, pets, your home -- there are so many fun ways to customize this project.

Tip: Attach a pencil pouch to the back of the finished felt board, so you'll have a place to store all the little pieces.

A Pocket Purse

Denim Pocket Purse. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Remove the pockets from a worn out pair of jeans, and use them to create a pocket purse. This is the perfect first-time sewing project for girls. Teach them how to hand stitch, or give them a crash course on how to use your sewing machine. Then, let them embellish their purse with buttons, pins, patches or puffy paint.

Tip: Use one of the legs from the pants to create a matching change purse.

Denim Pocket Purse Instructions

A T-Shirt Tote Bag

T-shirt tote bag
T-shirt tote bag.  Erin Huffstetler

Show your kiddos how to turn some of their outgrown t-shirts into tote bags. This project takes very little time, and is perfect for practicing those tracing, cutting and sewing skills.

Tip: Use a souvenir t-shirt, or shirt that they're attached to, so they can continue to enjoy them even after they no longer fit.

T-Shirt Tote Bag Instructions

Homemade Popsicles

Homemade popsicles
Homemade popsicles.  Westend61/Getty Images

There's nothing better on a hot day than a popsicle – especially if it's homemade. Get your kids in the kitchen for a popsicle-making session. Make popsicles from fresh fruit, Jello, juice or pudding. There are so many fun possibilities.

Tip: If you don't own a popsicle mold, just use disposable cups. An ice cube tray can also be used to make mini popsicles.

Rock Candy

Rock candy
Rock candy. arcimages/E+/Getty Images

Satisfy your kids' sweet tooth (and squeeze in a science lesson) by making a batch of rock candy with them. It only takes a few ingredients and a bit of hands-on time. Getting your kids to wait the two to three days it'll take for the candy to form, that may be a bit trickier. Perhaps some of the other projects on this list can be used to keep them busy until they're candy is ready to try.

Rock Candy Instructions

Painted Rocks

Painted rock
Painted rock. Nikki O'Keefe Images/Moment/Getty Images 

The rock painting craze is HUGE right now. Gather some rocks from your yard, and some acrylic paint, and have a painting session. The web is full of inspiration photos, if your kids aren't sure what to paint. When the rocks are dry, take a walk around town to hide them for other people to find. Many communities have hashtags that you can write on your rocks, so people can jump on social media to upload pictures of the rocks when they're found. Do some digging to see if your town has a tag (or create your own). It's lots of fun to see how long it takes for someone to find them. 

Tip: Use outdoor acrylic paint, or give the rocks a coat of polyurethane when your done. The paint will hold up a lot longer, if you do.