It’s the half-term winter break here in the South of France and my kids are out of school for an entire two weeks! We’ll be staying home most of the time, so I’m expecting the first signs of boredom to appear within the next couple of days (sigh!).
Luckily for us, the weather’s been glorious. Almost spring-like in fact! Trips to the beach, long walks in the countryside, and bicycle rides around the village are on the agenda, providing the sunshine stays. We’ve also stocked up on crafting supplies and I’ve bookmarked some easy DIYs to keep my youngest two on their creative toes. Thank goodness for Pinterest, I say! Today I’m delighted to share with you a few simple tutorials and super crafting ideas for kids of all ages. Enjoy!
DIY Shadow Puppet Theatre
If you’re ever short on crafting inspiration for your kids, Helsinki-based Maija never disappoints. I love all the simple DIY ideas presented on her bilingual blog, along with her clever upcycling and no-fuss, fresh styling. The shadow puppet theatre and ouch bags for poorly little ones (below) are two recent examples of her work. Love!
Cold Ouch Bags
DIY Panda Lampshade
by Justina, FiberLab
In a similar vein, Justina Yang’s Panda-fied lampshade has to be one of the simplest, yet most striking DIYs I’ve ever come across. It’s modern and looks easy enough to make – definitely one for minimal, monochromatic interior fans.
DIY Skater Toy
by El Hada de Papel
Not only is this DIY skater toy super sweet, but it also comes with a video. El Hada de Papel is a European crafting site offering activities for big and little kids alike. I love it because it’s trilingual, makes use of recycling, and really demonstrates that you don’t need a lot of money to have a good time. My youngest son is a big fan!
DIY Polish Chandelier
by The House That Lars Built
Last but by no means least, if you’re feeling adventurous and are looking for an activity for the whole family, why not have a go at making this pretty Polish Pajaki-style chandelier? This model was designed as a Valentine’s Day ornament and has been decorated with hearts and paper straws, however I think it would add a happy, colorful vibe to your home all year round.
Top Image: Valentine’s Pop Up Box by Kirsten Bingham by You Are My Fave
Seriously, how cute and original are these pop-up Valentine’s Day boxes designed by Kirsten Bingham as part of the 12 Months Marta craft project? I may be cutting it fine for this weekend, but it’s an idea well worth bookmarking for next year.