Budget-Friendly Crafts for Kids to Make
Budget-Friendly Craft Ideas for Kids
Kid Craft Ideas on a Budget
Making crafts with your kids has always been a great way to spend quality time with your children while encouraging their creativity to shine. You may think that your already stretched to the max budget doesn't allow any room for such activities. In these failing economic times, we as parents just need to get a little creative. Try making crafts from everyday household products to solve the no extra money issue. By recycling these kind of products into art projects, you can come up with so many budget-friendly craft ideas for your kids.
Below are five inexpensive craft ideas that I found for my boys. All of them use recycled products from around the house, a little paint, and a few other cheap crafting supplies. If you don't have some of these items, I highly recommend shopping at the Dollar Tree or other such store to save money on your purchases. So go grab your supplies and get ready to make some budget-friendly crafts that both your kids and wallet will love!
How to Make Tissue Box Dinosaur FeetClick thumbnail to view full-size
Kid Craft Idea #1 - Tissue Box Dinosaur Feet
Since my 3 year old loves dinosaurs, I found an idea to make dinosaur feet out of empty tissue boxes. This one was extremely easy to make and provided for hours of fun with my little one. Here is how to make this very budget-friendly craft idea:
- 2 rectangular shaped tissue boxes
- Yellow construction paper
- Green paint
- White glue
- Toilet paper or soft paper towels
Paint the outside of each tissue box using the green (or any other color) paint. Cover each side except for the bottom of the box and let dry.
Cut out 6 small triangles from yellow construction paper.
Glue 3 triangles to the front of each box to make the dinosaur's toes.
Stuff toilet paper or soft paper towels to line the inside of the boxes and to adjust the fit for your child.
Have your child try them on and have hours of fun stomping around like a dinosaur!
How to Make a Coffee Filter FishClick thumbnail to view full-size
Kid Craft Idea #2 - Coffee Filter Fish
Another budget-friendly craft for kids is the coffee filter fish. My son made a similar fish in preschool, but I tweaked this one a little with things we had around the house. Here are the list of supplies and step by step directions to make this craft:
- Flatten out coffee filter on a paper plate.
- Paint the coffee filter with watercolor paints adding as many colors as you want.
- Allow to dry (Tip - Use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process!)
- Once dry, glue the coffee filter to the paper plate and cut out fish shape.
- Glue on wiggly eye and draw the fish a mouth.
- Cut small triangles and strips of aluminum foil and glue to your fish to make it sparkle.
- Once the glue is dry, tape the popsicle stick to the back of the fish and take it for a pretend swim!
How to Make Egg Carton LadybugsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Kid Craft Idea #3 - Egg Carton Ladybugs
The next budget-friendly craft idea is the egg carton ladybugs. With spring around the corner, I think this craft is perfect to celebrate the upcoming season. You would think they would all be red with black spots, but my boys wanted a rainbow of ladybugs. I have to admit they turned out really cute. Here are the supplies and steps we used to create our ladybugs:
- Egg carton
- Black pipe cleaners
- Wiggly eyes
- White glue
- Cut egg carton into single egg shells and trim away excess edges.
- Paint the shell desired color and allow to dry.
- Paint on black spots using the end of a paintbrush.
- Once dry, carefully make 3 small holes on the sides for the legs and 2 small holes on the head for the antennas. (I used a toothpick to punch out the holes.)
- Cut 3 pieces of black pipe cleaner each measuring 3 inches in length and insert the legs into the holes of the shell.
- Cut 2 more pieces of black pipe cleaner about an inch a piece and insert into the head for the antennas.
- Make a circle with any leftover pipe cleaner for the face and glue below antennas.
- Glue on wiggly eyes and enjoy your cute ladybug creation!
How to Make a Toilet Paper Roll OctopusClick thumbnail to view full-size
Kid Craft Idea #4 - Toilet Paper Roll Octopus
Another budget-friendly craft idea is the toilet paper roll octopus. This one is super easy to make and was a big hit with my youngest son. I think this craft would be perfect to make at home to get your kids excited about an upcoming trip to the beach. Here is a list of supplies and step by step directions to make a toilet paper roll octopus:
- Toilet paper roll
- Glue stick
- Construction paper
- Wiggly eyes
- Hole punch
Paint the inside and outside of the toilet paper roll the desired color of your octopus.
Once dry, cut 8 strips halfway up the toilet paper roll.
Glue on wiggly eyes and draw on mouth.
Use a hole puncher on different colors of construction paper to create colored circles for the spots.
Glue on colored circles to octopus using a glue stick.
To make octopus legs, curl each strip upward by wrapping them around a thick marker or pen.
How to Make a Sock SnowmanClick thumbnail to view full-size
Kid Craft Idea #5 - Sock Snowman
Our fifth and final budget-friendly craft idea is the sock snowman. My oldest son made this really cute craft in art class at school, so we had to make another one to make little brother happy. Again, we tweaked this one a little bit with supplies we already had around the house, but I think we did a pretty good job at recreating the original snowman. Here is a list of materials you will need and directions to make a sock snowman:
- White sock
- Cotton balls
- Small pom pom
- Rubber band
- Black and orange markers
- White glue
- Pour beans into sock filling the toe part and creating a stable base for the snowman.
- Add cotton balls filling the sock up to the heel to create the head of the snowman.
- Wrap rubber band around top leaving enough of the sock to create the toboggan.
- Tie a ribbon in the middle of the stuffed part of the sock to act as the scarf.
- Fold top part of sock over and create the toboggan for the snowman.
- Glue a small colored pom pom on top of the toboggan to close the top of the sock.
- Use a black marker to create the eyes, mouth, and buttons. Use an orange marker to draw a triangle for the carrot nose.
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As you can see, all these craft ideas were made using recycled products from around the house and cost me next to nothing to make. I only spent a little over $5.00 at the Dollar Tree to make all the above crafts and have tons of art supplies left over to make so many more projects with the kids.
So please don't let me hear you say crafting is not in the budget because it can be done! Get creative and turn everyday household items into your kid's next art project!
I hope you have found some good inspiration to start making budget-friendly crafts with your kids. Do you have any other inexpensive craft ideas that you have made with your children? Are you planning on using any of the ideas described above? Feel free to leave your comments and feedback in the section provided below.