Hey guys! I know a lot of you who follow along with me and my
little family are parents yourselves, so I wanted to do a post
today about arts and crafts that you can do at home with your kids
with things you may already have in your house – and the things
you don’t have can easily be ordered online!
Cardboard Boxes (2 Ways!)
One of my absolute favorite and easiest crafts to do with a
cardboard box is to simply put it on the floor throw some Crayons
in it and let my kids draw all over the walls. It honestly will
keep them occupied for a good hour to two hours! I think it must be
something about the feeling like they’re actually getting
permission to draw on the walls of something. Satisfy the urge of
drawing on the actual walls. Ha!
But since we’ve been cooped up I wanted to take the cardboard
box crafts to the next level! So cardboard airplane it is! You can
literally just google cardboard airplane and 1 million different
things pop up, but I followed this video.
I’ll recap the instructions below in case you don’t want to
watch the whole thing.
You will need: a box, scissors, and packing tape.
- Take the biggest sides of the box at the top and fold them
- Then take the front flap (this will be the front of your
plane), and fold it back.
- Trace the front flap onto the two flaps underneath using a
- Cut down the pencil line and remove the back half of the
cardboard from the bottom flaps. Keep the pieces that you cut off
– do not throw away.
- Cut off the back flap and save it.
- Tape the front flap of the box and the remaining two larger
half flaps that are remaining together.
- Cut off all the flaps on the bottom of the box.
- You can cut windows in your plane now, but I skipped that
- Use the long flaps from the bottom of your box (that you
already cut off), and use those to make the wings. Cut out a small
rectangle on notches on one side of your wing, so that way you can
stick it into the plane. Do this for both wings.
- Hold up the notched side of the wing to the side of the box and
trace it so you know how big of a hole to cut.
- Cut along that hole, and then insert the wing notch. Bend it
and tape it down on the inside
- Grab the leftover pieces that you cut from the top of the box
flaps, and cut off two corners on the same side. These are the
- Tape propellers
- With a remaining piece of extra cardboard, cut a circle for the
front of the propeller. You can use a plate or bowl as a stencil.
- Then tape it to the front
of your propellers in the middle.
- Finally, either tape the propeller to the front or use a brad
And you have your airplane! The easiest cardboard crafts!
1. SCISSORS | 2. PACKING TAPE
Forky From Toy Story
My kids absolutely love the Toy Story. And while we were playing
with some pipe cleaners the
other day and making little stick figures out of them, it dawned on
me that we could make Forky! We’ve been ordering a little bit of
take out here and there, as much as we feel comfortable doing, just
because we want to help support small businesses. So we have a ton
of take out cutlery right now! I grabbed a plastic fork and some self-adhesive googly eyes and we we
1. SELF-ADHESIVE GOOGLY
EYES | 2. UTENSILS | 3.
I have googly eyes that
need to be glued on and the self-adhesive ones. I highly recommend
the self-adhesive ones. There’s just so much easier to attach to
a plastic fork and also easier
for your kids to use. That way they can actually make Forky and the
crafts I’m about to talk about below by themselves. Maybe give
you a little break, cause I know we all need a moment to
Then we just used a pipe
cleaner to make Forky’s arms and his feet, for now. We
actually have some Popsicles in the freezer so once they have a
couple of those we will actually be able to use the sticks to make
Forky’s feet. So you guys can even make a better version of the
ones we did if you have Popsicles at home too!
I didn’t feel comfortable giving Riley a fork so we made him a
1. SELF-ADHESIVE GOOGLY
EYES | 2. UTENSILS | 3.
Roll of Paper
Over on my stories I posted about how I purchased a giant roll of paper for the kiddos to
color on! It is a pretty large roll and will likely last us a year,
so I feel like it is the best $ 25 I’ve spent yet. Molly and Riley
both have spent a few hours color on it every time we have brought
it out. Also another great thing about it being blank paper is that they can use
pretty much anything on it. So far we have given them crayons and a few colored pencils, but
you could also give an older kid something like gel pens, markers,
or even paint — again I would probably only do this with older
kids to try to avoid any getting on your floor.
1. BIG ROLL OF PAPER | 2.
EASEL ROLL OF PAPER (SMALLER)
| 3. CRAYONS | 4. WATERCOLOR PAINT
You can use the roll in the
house, or even on a patio or back porch if you were giving them a
messier supply, like glue,
glitter or beads! I just think
that the possibilities are endless with this!! And it truly has
occupied my kids for such a good amount of time – which is a nice
break for us parents!
If you don’t have the space for a giant roll or are trying to save money
right now, I know that the $ 25 roll above might not be the best for
you. I found this super affordable easel roll as well and think it would
work just as great in a small space!
fun to share, and even one that you might be able to save until it
is a bit closer to Easter. For this craft, all you will need is 2
paper plates, tape and some
items to decorate with, such as markers, paint or crayons.
- On your dinner sized paper
plate, draw a circle just about 1 and 3/4 inches to 2 inches
in from the edge.
- Then cut along the line to create the head-hole.
- Try the hat on your child to see if you need to widen the
- Cut ears out of the second paper plate, because that way it is sturdier
- Tape them on underneath so that you can’t see the tape.
- Let them decorate the hat with any supplies you have: markers,
glitter, pipe cleaners, jewels, etc.
The version I found online turned out to be almost impossible
for me to do. They had you cut the shape of the ears right into the
hat and fold them up, but because my paper plates were so sturdy, I
wasn’t able to do that and would have needed an Exact-O knife. So
you can try either way, but I think this mom-hack was much
Sometimes you just need to utilize two crafts at one time.
Here’s Riley inside his plane with his bunny hat on!
1. PAPER PLATES | 2.
SCISSORS | 3. PACKING TAPE
I’m sure you will see really soon on my stories, but I just
ordered Molly and Riley a bounce
house! I did a lot of research and this one is by far one of
the most affordable ones out there that comes with the motor. So
many look like they’re more affordable but then you read the fine
detail and realize you have to buy $ 100 motor to go with it. We are
going to set it up in our house. We will just move the furniture
around so it will fit. But we plan on bringing it outside to. So if
any parents out there are crafted out or tired of doing at home
lessons and just want a break. I highly recommend this bounce house!
I know $ 140 is an investment even though this is an affordable
one. But I figured this quarantine could go on for months and
they’re saying they’re for California they’re not gonna send
the kids back to school until fall for the new year. So I feel like
this will totally be worth the money tenfold! And if we’re lucky
enough that Molly goes back to school earlier than that, then I
think having this during the summer is just super fun and will
still get a ton of use.
I was also noticing that Riley was having a hard time going down
for his nap and I’m thinking it’s because he wasn’t getting
as much physical exercise being cooped up in the house. I’m
hoping that as soon as we get this bounce house, he will bounce so much
that he will go out like a champ! So when all else fails, just
Start saving all your toilet paper rolls after they are empty
because I am going to be doing crafts with those soon too! Expect
that post next week
We’re In This Together!
I’ve seen so many comments on my FB group about how
you need ideas for your kiddos, and so not only did I think giving
you a few of my ideas would be helpful, but that we could also open
the comments section to a place where you could all share what
you’ve been doing! Do you have some fun crafts? Being that we
will be quarantined at our home for the foreseeable future, I could
really use all the ideas too. Thank you so much and stay safe
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