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Home DIY Projects & Craft Essentials

DIY and craft ideas you can do with kids

DIY is an important part of home improvement, and while it may not be fun it’s certainly necessary. Making crafts, however, can be a highly enjoyable and fun process. Because of this it’s important to make sure you combine the two. This way you can turn DIY tasks into much more enjoyable projects.

One of the best things you can do is try to turn the process into a bit of family time. Get your kids involved with you. This way you get to spend time together as a family, and it helps your children learn and appreciate new skills. These are some ideas for essential DIY and craft ideas you can do with your kids. There are plenty more too, but these are a good way to get you started with the process.

Children doing colouring project
Involve your children with your DIY projects at home to get them learn and appreciate new skills, while you all have fun.  (Image source: staticflickr.com)

Make Lampshades

One of the more fun and interesting art and craft bits you can do is to make lampshades. These are useful for the property because there’s no doubt you’ll have rooms that’ll need to have lampshades. Most of the lampshades you can buy are dull and lifeless. This is the perfect opportunity for you and the kids to get creative. Take blank lampshades and decorate them to your liking. You could have a different sort of design for each room. Make sure you get the kids involved in this task. This is something they’ll enjoy, and they can go nuts with it without the worry of causing damage.

Chest of Drawers

Something a bit more practical you could do is assemble and build a chest of drawers. This is something that you’ll need to have in the house. And by starting the kids on this early you make sure they’re learning valuable DIY skills. Make it into a family project to make it a little more interesting. You need to make sure you get all the right parts to ensure the chest of drawers works correctly. For instance, you’re going to need linear motion slides for the drawers, so they open and close. You should look into companies that sell and manufacture these slides and order some prior to commencing work.

Girl playing with face paints
Children love decorating with paints, so get them involved with decorating your home DIY projects, to unleash their creativity

Put Up Shelves

Another practical project you can do that shouldn’t be too much work is putting up shelves. These can be great for providing extra storage in a room. You could see about putting shelves up in your kids rooms. If you get them involved it’s great because they’ll feel like they’re contributing to their room which is a nice touch. Shelves are a great, basic DIY task, but you can also make them a bit art and crafty. Get your child to decorate them and add their personality and tastes to the shelves.

Picture Frames

Do you ever feel that your picture frames look a little dull and old-fashioned? Well, a great way around this is to give the picture frames to your kids and get them to decorate them. Provide them with glue, glitter and macaroni. Maybe even give them shells and precious stones. This way they can decorate the frames in whatever way they see fit. If you’re concerned about the frames, then try to limit it to family pictures that include the kids. Maybe keep the parental picture frames unblemished.

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