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at Low Cost that Kids will Love

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40.Butterflies from wallpaper samples


39.Creative with crockery


38.Wish Card with Glossy


37.Mirror with Glossy


36.Wind Chime


35.Gardening for Fathersday


34.Home baked Cookies as gift


33.Key-ring-holder


32.Mothersday Heart


31.Office Box


30.Scripture Covers


29.Jar with photo


28.Everlasting calendar


27.Original flower vase


26.Paper flower


25.1st prize


24.Piramide tetrapack


23.Decorative Candlelight


22.Penciltube


21.Changeover photo frame


20.Spongebob and Patrick straws


19.Recycled tetrapack boxes


18.A purse from Glossy’s


17.Jenga Keychains


16.Painting with leaves


15.I love dad


14.Magic Beer Cans


13.Money-box


12.An other cup of coffee


11.Flowers and feathers


10.Decorate T-shirts


9.Holiday dairy


8.School drawing holder


7.Spacious Painting


6.Real kids art


5.Pampering the Birds


4.Pop-up-poP


3.Bow & Arrow


2.Paper Treasure Box


1.Color with wool

Bookmarker

 

Bookmarker
Bookmarker

Butterflies from wallpaper samples

Creative with wallpaper
Creative with wallpaper

What do you need: Wallpaper samples, colored cardboard, a box (shoebox, old gift box) glue.

Butterfly pattern
Butterfly

Creative with crockery

Etagére for snacks

Go to the pawn shop and find a collection of old crockery, dishes with different measures. And of course a suitable glue to paste it all tidy together. Top it of with an egg cup, a little vase, a cup or a porcelain figurine.

Wish Card with Glossy or cardboard

Wish Card with Glossy
Wish Card with Glossy

House Wishing Card: Cut out a form, a house, a car, a bottle, whatever is appropiate. Then Find a lot of Lucky quotes, type and print them, roll up around a thread and then put them into a glossyroll. You can pull the little quotes out. Also very suitable for a dollar bill or a lottery ticket.

Wishing card
Lego Friends Wishing Card DIY

Lego Friends Wishing Card to give money in an original way. A Card with candles. Find a picture of lego friends and print it, add some colored cardboard. Find some puzzles, happy birthday song, roll them up in a piece of pink cardboard. Stick the rolls with on the card with a glue-pistol and make sure they can pull out the wishrolls ánd money rolls.

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Mirror with Glossy

This needs some patience, quite a lot of rolls to make, we used little paint pencils to roll the paper around. Glued with a glue pistol and cut of after glueing with a Stanley-knife. To get a perfect circle you put a plate in the middle.
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Wind Chime

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buttons&pencils
Wind Chime
Wind Chime

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This Wind chime is made of a baby powder tin, with rolled up glossy around and for the sweet sound “buttons and color pencils” hanging on coton colored thread. The thread is attached to the plastic lid, which I have cut a bit smaller to fit into the tin.

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Gardening for Fathersday

This starts ofcourse several weeks before fathersday. Seed the tomato and the paprika. Let the childeren fill the pot with potting soil, make holes with a srewdriver and slip the rooth into the hole. Give some water  Let them color on carton their favorite image and write some text to cover the pot and wrap it in cellophane. Finish it of with some lace and a little “I love you dad” card.

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Home baked Cookies as Gift

Home baked Cookies as special present
Home baked Cookies as special present

My granddaughter earned her 3rd swimmers diploma C, and what’s nicer then to bake some cookies and make a gift wrap around it.
The box was previous filled with Merci Chocolade and recycled into a cookies box.  The bottum covered with aluminum foil, then filled with cookies.

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Key-ring-holder

Make from a simple drawing something extraordinairy. Let your child draw her/his favorite car, plane,  house or tank… on a piece of MDF. Saw the contour, paint it with varnish and attach hooks on it.

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6 year old drawing a tank

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Mothersday Heart

Last month we made (again) something special for mothersday. Very rewarding, because Mom is the Best 🙂

You saw the heartform from MDF and let the children paint it with white paint, then let them draw stripes with a fork. Use a gluepistol  to glue everything on it. Stones, shells, tealightholder and dried twigs. You can also highlight the twigs with white paint. The shell can be used to store (ear) rings and the heart is originally for on the dressing table.

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Office Box

Supplies: 3 Tetra packs, blackboard paint, double sided tape, adhesive alu foil and 10 christmas lights.

Tools: Little screwdriver, a scissor, a stanley knife (to cut the tetrapack, do not let the child do this, DIY!)

 

DIY office box with lights
Office box with lights

DIY office box lights tetra pack
Office box with lights from tetra packs

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Scripture Covers

When you want to make an original gift from ordinairy scriptures

You need old fashion brown wrapping paper,  double sided tape and suitable colored paper. Hover over pictures for guidance.

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Jar with photo

This requires a bit of photoshopping and a particular pose, regarding to the background. The children have to “fit in”

One is crazy about tanks, so he sits on a tank. The other likes soccer and has the body of a famous soccerplayer. The third likes racingcars, as you can see. They decorated the jars with camouflage, soccer balls and car logo’s.

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Everlasting calendar

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Everlasting calendar

Use 102-160mg white paper.

Cut 12 pieces of paper 10cmx7cm, 7 pieces of paper 80cmx7cm and 31 pieces of paper 60cmx70cm. Print on colored paper the names of the months and the weeks. Let the children stamp the dates and apply a sticker to each page.

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Original flower vase

Cut the upper half from a PET bottle in slices, and dip it in hot water, they will curl up. Attach the bottle on an old CD and fill with flowers.

CD petbottle flower vase
CD petbottle flower vase

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Paper flower

Made from flowerprinted wrapping paper. Just cut different sized flowers from the paper and attach them to a pipe cleaner with at the end a bead.

Wrappaper flowers
Wrappaper flowers 2

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1st prize

With a cakecup paper form, some felt, buttons and lace you can make a perfect 1st prize.

1st price
1st Price

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I want a Pyramid

Oké, how do you have that in mind? Where do we make that from?

I want to braid him with those things where we have also made the boxes from.

Tetrapacks!

This is the result, a pyramid tepee

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Pyramid
piramide
Tepee
Piramide
Pyramid Tepee

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Decorative Candlelight

Decorative Candlelight
Decorative Candlelight

Some babyfood jars, lace and colored tape will do the job.

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Penciltube

Penciltubes
Penciltubes

You need a few WC-rolls, favorite drawings,  decorative material, any kind will do, and an old CD

Penciltubes
Penciltube

 

 

 

 

 

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Changeover photo frame

Cut some circles from colored paper, stick colored tape on the pegs and fix the picture with the peg.

picture frame
picture frame
picture frame
picture frame

 

Glue a lace behind the photoframe so you can hang it at the wall.

You can change the favorite pictures any time

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Spongebob and Patrick straws

Print a black and white drawing picture out on yellow and pink paper, or draw them yourself, the kids can glue socks and eyes on them and add some colors. Stick them with double- sided – tape on the straws.

Spongebob straw
Spongebob straw

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Recycled tetrapack boxes

Remove the top and bottom from the tetrapacks.  Cut stips form 1/2-1 inch and braid them into a square mat. And tape allover. Then, like you learned in your periode on nurseryschool, fold a box. For the lid you make the strips a little bit broader.

Tetrapack boxes
Tetrapack boxes

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Are Glossy magazines recycable?

Yes they are. I always found it a shame to throw those beautiful Glossy’s in the old paper  box, so we found a way to recycle Glossy’s. We have made a purse from it, but you can even make a creative paper bag from it. Glossy paper is very sturdy and perfect for crafting.

Glossy purse
Glossy purse
Glossy purse
Glossy purse

A purse from Glossy’s

Tear pages outof the Glossy and folt them into strips of 1/2 – 1 inch, braid then a square mat of it. Stick the mat completely with adhesive tape cut the mat straight and fold it into three.

Sew a button on it and make a Velcro closure

There lies a real artist in every child, one of them asks: “Can you print out “I love you” a hundred thousand times for me? So I can fold an I love you purse, a wonderfull idea for a homemade gift for Valentime. Kids are inventive in making art and elevate it into a craft.

Glossy purse
Glossy purse

You can see on the above picture what you need for transfering Glossy’s into purses or boxes.

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Jenga Keychains

In the second hand circuit I found the game Jenga.

For fathersdays, mothersdays or birthdays you can make this present.

We searched in the stores wallpaper samples and we used vinyl tablecloth and lace, further you need a particulair type of bracket (see picture) and double-sided tape.

When you have smooth wallpaper you can personalize the key chain by printing the persons name on it.

Jenga key chain
Jenga key chain

And you can pimp it up with ribbon, beads, rings and clips

 

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Painting with leaves

You get the most creative results when you use leaves as a brush

Just dip the leave in the paint, put it on the paper and watch!and when you have finished your painting,you can use it to wrap or decocate anything.

Painting with leaves
Painting with leaves
Painting with leaves
Painting with leaves

 

Painting with leaves boxes
Painting with leaves boxes

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We used empty soap boxes

and we have made a handle on ​​from an old bicycle tire
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“I -DAD”

I love dad

What a joy to get such a present as Dad

For this you need a printer, to print the apps, black cardboard (in this case an old shoebox, had a lovely shine) and a lot of inspiration to invent what you place behind the apps.

f.i. we printed an I love you mail in letter form 8, we made a thumbs up fotofilm, made the keyword “(love)”, made up an “I’m here, daddy twitter account, put a picture in, etc.

Every app contains a message
I-pad I dad I love dad
I love dad

We created an “I love DAD” envelope as gift wrap.

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Magic Beer Cans

 

Give beer cans a new life as  flower pot or tealightholder.

Use an old scissor.

Creative with beercans
Creative with beercans
Creative with beercans
Creative with beercans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prepare the cans for the children in advance, so they only have to fold

The kids have to be warned to be carefull, it can be sharp

Creative with beercans
Creative with beercans
Creative with beercans
Creative with beercans
Creative with beercans
Creative with beercans
Creative with beercans
Creative with beercans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Money-box

For this we used a pringle bus. Make in the lid a money slit. We have pasted it with blackboard foil. On top of that a few tumbnail pictures from the boy or girl with funny faces. Accompanied with inscriptions such as Wealth and Treasure and a piece of chalk with it. At last we made a hangingcord from lace and beads.

Piggy bank from pringle bus
Piggy bank from pringle bus

Art and Crafting Ideas at Low Cost that Kids will Love

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 An other cup of coffee

Teacups for the birds
Teacups for the birds
Teacups for the birds
Teacups for the birds

 

 

 

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For this you need a cup and saucer, a woodenstick, some seeds and peanuts, and a gluegun.

The kids where so proud on their homemade gifts for the birds.

The birds loved them!

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 Flowers and feathers

Flowers and feathers
Flowers and feathers
Flowers and feathers
Flowers and feathers

Go into the garden and pick a few flowers, or if you don’t have flowers, take some twigs, combine it with the feathers and put them in a jar or pot.

 

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Decorate T-shirts

You only need a white T-shirt and textile markers.

Tip: extra option is theme related readymade ironing patterns

You can see, we used them to.

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Textile pencils
painting T-shirts
High five
painting T-shirts
T-shirt painting

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 Holiday dairy

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Holiday Dairy
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Holiday Dairy

 

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To write down all your adventures. To paste all your pictures and everything you want to keep as a memento You need cardboard, wrappaper, some ribbon and fill it up with drawingpaper attached to eachother with a few clamps. Put it inside with double-sided tape, also used to stick the wrappingpaper on the cardboard.

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School drawing holder

School drawing holder
School drawing holder

You probably can imagen how much schooldrawing went by in the years. At first my own 6 through nursery school, and now my babysitting children. That brought me on this idea, a schooldrawingholder. Cardboard, with WCrol with felt glued around it. Before glueing the felt, we have sewn buttons on it for decoration. At least, the children learned how to sew a button!

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Spacious Painting, real Kids Art

WCrol and egg tray

Spacious painting WC rolls
Space toilet rolls
Spacious painting WC rolls
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Paint the eggtray, and the cut the rols in different sizes, and paint them to. Put them together with a glue gun. Attach a ribbon, and finished!

Spacious painting WC rolls
Spacious painting

 

You read it faster than it was made, this takes a few hours.

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 Real kids art

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Kids art idea
Kids art
Real art

masking tape, empty tealightholders, tin wire,  black and silverpaint, and an idea! The bottum left is an old CD.

A real kids craft art

For those who prefere to buy something

Free Crafts Kids

Art and Crafting Ideas at Low Cost that Kids will Love

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Pampering the Birds

For this you need the lower half of a milk carton, attach on the 4 corners thin wire. Let the kids stringing peanuts and tie them together with a loop on top, so you can hang it in a tree.

Make some holes in the milk carton and stick a few twigs and leaves in it for decoration. Fill up the carton with seeds.

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For the birds
treat for birds
treat for birds

 

 

 

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Pop-up-poP

This idea is from a 6 year old, he came up with it! I want to make a surpise puppet, but I don’t know how, can you please help me? Somethimes kids put you in the middle of your creative “think tank”,  they just expect you to come up with an idea!

For this, you need a  bottom remouved petbottle, a stick, an old stocking and some cloth and tread.

Bind the stocking on the stick, fill the head with anything, put the stick through the petbottle and the stocking around it, that the base.

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pop-up-pop

Give her a nice dress, some hair, and a face!

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Bow & Arrow

This creative crafting idea is from one of the children,  he wanted to make an arrow and bow. So we went together into the garden and cut some suitable branches. Searched a few fethers and a row and made his wish come thru.

bow and arrow
arrow and bow

But that wasn’t enough, he needed a socket too. Luckily we found an empty Pringlebus, and with a few ajustments he could go of to hunt.

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Paper Treasure Box

Today we are gone make a paper box, I drawed the pattern of the box on my computer and the children gave me their favorite pictures for the surfaces. After we printed them out, we glued the pattern on heavy cardboard. Then cut it out and fold it into a box.

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Kubus with favorite pictures

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Color with wool

Double-sided tape is so handy when you are crafting.

In this case we used it to color with wool. Print a picture, tape it with double-sided tape and stick the little pieces of wool on it.

This  cool drawing idea has a remarkeble effect.

coloring with jern
Coloring with jern

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  3. Have you ever used old newspaper or used thin plastic shopping bags as material for kites?
    Gallon plastic milk or juice jugs make excellent birdhouses.

    1. We used newspaper to make paper mache items, but in the early days I didn’t have the habit to photograph everything, I am not using plastic bags, I’m afraid, I always carry a bigshopper around, I hate accepting those bags, so I don’t have enough of those to be creative with, but there are all kinds of creative ideas to find on internet though. Loes

  4. I recycle compulsively and appreciate any efforts to make maximum use of materials before they become “true” waste.
    Ideas like these that also create beauty are the best.
    Please supply larger images to make out the details. I loved the two sculptures made from:
    masking tape, empty tealightholders, tin wire.

    1. Hi Joseph, those sculptures where made by my son (then 10 years of age)they really look like real art:) He wanted to make a drummerboy, I only supplied him with the material, I wish you a lot of success creating art with children, greetings Loes

    1. Hi Erna, it really is a lot of fun to make from nothing something:) hope I gave you inspiration:) you are always welcome to come back, greetings Loes

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