Easy Indoor Crafts for Kids


A corn husk bookmark makes reading more fun.
A corn husk bookmark makes reading more fun.
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Stuck indoors with nothing to do? Try easy indoor crafts for kids that will have you all creating something special in no time at all.

There are so many activities kids can do indoors. Create a plane to fly, experiment with gelatin, make a scrapbook, or decorate an ornament -- these indoor crafts are sure to cure cabin fever.

Follow these links to start keeping busy indoors:

Straw Glider

Use straws to make a cool plane that soars indoors.

Stencil Tiles

Decorate tiles to share in this easy indoor craft.

Keepsake Ornaments

Create ornaments worth displaying each year in this kids' craft.

Stunning Sunflower Wreath

This sunflower wreath doesn't need yellow petals to be stunning.

Exploding Glider

Create a glider made of sticks that explodes in midair.

Small Box Puzzle

Cut up a favorite picture and make a puzzling indoor craft.

Cornelia the Corn Husk Bookmark

Make a pretty little bookmark that will hold your spot no matter what.

Art the Navajo Way

Make an indoor sand painting in this kids' indoor activity.

Jiggly Gelatin Lenses

Use fun lenses to play with vision in this educational indoor craft.

Movie-Time Scrapbook

Start creating memories for a budding film critic in this kids' craft.

Hardware Sculpture

The nuts and bolts of easy sculpture starts with this indoor craft.

Take flight with an easy airplane in the first indoor craft, on the next page.

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Straw Glider

Straw Glider easy indoor craft
Straw Glider easy indoor craft
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The Straw Glider is a kids' craft that can fly indoors or outdoors. This indoor craft is easy to make and much more fun than a simple paper airplane.

What You'll Need:

  • 3 plastic drinking straws
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil
  • Craft foam or clean foam food trays (from fruits or vegetables only)
  • Blunt scissors
  • Permanent markers
  • Glue

How to make Straw Glider:

Step 1: Tape three straws together at four points.

Step 2: Draw the wing and two tail sections on a piece of craft foam or foam food trays. Cut out the pieces and decorate them with markers.

Step 3: Draw a design of your own airline company. Insert the foam pieces in between the three straws. Add a dab of glue to hold them in place. Let the glue set.

Step 4: Hold the glider in one hand, then throw it in the air and watch it fly.

In the next indoor craft, decorate tiles to give as gifts.

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Stencil Tiles

Stencil Tiles easy indoor craft
Stencil Tiles easy indoor craft
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These cheerful ceramic stencil tiles are an indoor craft that will lift spirits and hearts. Making lovely tile works of art is an easy kids' craft that will please friends and family or cheer up less fortunate strangers.

What You'll Need:

  • Tile
  • Stencil
  • Glass and tile paint
  • Clear gloss
  • Paintbrush

How to Make Stencil Tiles:

Step 1: Buy craft tiles (about $1 each) at your local hobby or craft store.

Step 2: Decorate them with cheerful designs using a stencil and tile paint. (Read the paint label for precautions -- are paints nontoxic and do they need good air circulation for fumes? Always follow the label instructions.)

Step 3: Allow tiles to dry, then apply a thin layer of clear gloss to protect your hard work.

Step 4: Give the finished artwork as gifts to people you love. Or ask your local hospice to be sure they wind up in the hands of people who need a little cheering up. The tiles could also be used as coasters.

Decorate a special ornament in the next easy indoor craft.

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Keepsake Ornaments

Create original keepsake ornaments every holiday season to record the aspirations of a budding artist. This easy kids' craft will be something to remember.

What You'll Need:

  • Round wood plaque (available at craft stores)
  • Permanent markers or acrylic paints and paintbrush
  • Ribbon

How to Make Keepsake Ornaments:

Step 1: Draw or paint a holiday design on a wood plaque. Here are some ideas for designs based on geometric shapes: a triangle tree, a circle wreath, a square present, and a diamond holly leaf. Use a combination of shapes to make a picture of Santa Claus.

Step 2: If you use paint, let it dry. Sign your work and write the date.

Step 3: Thread a piece of ribbon through the hole at the top of the wood plaque. Tie the ends in a knot to hang your ornament. Make a new one for each Christmas so that you'll have a record of your holiday artwork.

In the next indoor craft, created a stunning wreath inspired by nature.

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Stunning Sunflower Wreath

This Sunflower Wreath is a stunning indoor craft.
This Sunflower Wreath is a stunning indoor craft.
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This indoor craft is great to decorate any space in the house. A Stunning Sunflower Wreath is a kids' craft too good to feed to the birds.

What You'll Need:

  • Mature sunflower seed head, well dried
  • Dry wheat, barley, or wild grass heads
  • Millet spray (available at a pet food store)
  • 1 yard of cloth or plastic ribbon
  • Silk or plastic flowers
  • 2 wire twist ties
  • Paring or craft knife (adult help needed)
  • Cool-temp glue gun and glue sticks

How to Make the Stunning Sunflower Wreath:

Step 1: Remove the center section of a sunflower seed head by cutting all around the stem on the back side and pushing it gently out toward the front.

Remove center section of a sunflower seed head. Remove center section of a sunflower seed head.
Remove center section of a sunflower seed head.
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Step 2: Wrap the ribbon through the center of the sunflower and tie a knot.

Wrap the ribbon through the center. Wrap the ribbon through the center.
Wrap the ribbon through the center.
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Step 3: Gather the wheat, millet spray, and flowers into a bundle and wrap them with a wire twist tie. Use the glue gun to secure the bundle to the ribbon's knot, then tie the ribbon in a pretty bow.

Bundle the wheat, millet spray, and flowers. Bundle the wheat, millet spray, and flowers.
Bundle the wheat, millet spray, and flowers.
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Step 4: Wrap the second wire twist tie around the ribbon at the back of the sunflower head to make a hanging loop.

Wrap twist tie to make a hanging loop. Wrap twist tie to make a hanging loop.
Wrap twist tie to make a hanging loop.
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Tip: Giant sunflower blossoms lose their petals and turn into mature seed heads in the fall. Ask a gardener to save a sunflower head for you -- or grow giant sunflowers yourself in your backyard or in a patio container. Sunflowers like rich soil, bright sunshine, and lots of water.

Create a kamikaze glider in the next easy indoor craft.

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Exploding Glider

Exploding Glider easy indoor craft.
Exploding Glider easy indoor craft.
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The Exploding Glider is an easy indoor craft that takes to the air and gently explodes. Just don't let this kids' craft be aimed at other people. Create a bull's eye and you'll be spot on.

What You'll Need:

  • 6 craft sticks or frozen treat sticks
  • Markers
  • Cardboard (optional)

How to Make Exploding Glider:

Step 1: Decorate the sticks with markers.

Step 2: Arrange the sticks in the window pane pattern shown in the illustration. The cross pieces go over and under the outer pieces to provide the tension that holds the sticks together.

Step 3: Go to an empty space (an empty basement is perfect) and throw your glider. When you throw it, it explodes!

Step 4: You can make glider games. Draw a big bull's-eye pattern on a piece of cardboard. Place it on the floor. When you throw the glider, add up the points you score as it lands on different sections.

The next puzzling activity will turn a favorite picture or work of art into an easy indoor craft.

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Small Box Puzzle

Small Box Puzzle easy indoor craft
Small Box Puzzle easy indoor craft
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Make a small box puzzle indoor craft of your own in this cut-up fun that will puzzle you silly. This kids' craft nine-piece adventure will certainly pass the time indoors.

What You'll Need:

  • 9 small gelatin or pudding boxes
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Drawing paper
  • Crayons or markers
  • White glue
  • Craft knife

How to Make Small Box Puzzle:

Step 1: Gather the nine gelatin or pudding boxes together, and place the boxes in a square with three across and three down. Measure this square, and then measure and cut a piece of drawing paper to this size.

Step 2: Draw a picture on the paper -- make it anything you want. It might be your favorite cartoon character, your favorite rock star, even a picture of yourself.

Step 3: When you are finished with your picture, place it face down on the table. Cover the back of your picture with a thick layer of glue.

Step 4: Put a box, widest side down, in the upper left-hand corner of the picture. Lay the next box flush against the end of the first. Lay the third box against the end of the second.

Step 5: Make a second row of boxes, then a third. Be sure the boxes are set as close together as possible.

Step 6: Once the glue has completely dried and hardened, use a craft knife to help your child cut the boxes apart. You'll wind up with a nine-piece puzzle, custom-made with your favorite subject in mind.

For even more fun, add another picture to the back of the boxes for a two-sided puzzle!

Next, create a indoor craft that faithfully holds its place in a favorite book.

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Cornelia the Corn Husk Bookmark

Cornelia the Corn Husk Bookmark will save your spot.
Cornelia the Corn Husk Bookmark will save your spot.
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Cornelia the corn husk bookmark is an indoor craft that will mark your page with charm, grace, and a friendly smile! Kids will never lose their place in a book again with this kids' craft.

What You'll Need:

  • Dry corn husks (dried from corn on the cob or purchased from a Mexican grocery store)
  • Wooden bead or ball of clay, 1/2 inch around
  • 2 wire twist ties
  • Colored embroidery thread
  • Small flowers
  • Bowl
  • Scissors
  • 3 books (2 about 1/2-inch thick and 1 heavy book)
  • Paper towels
  • Colored marking pens
  • Knitting needle or pencil
  • Tacky glue

How to Make Cornelia the Corn Husk Bookmark:

Step 1: Soak two corn husks in warm water for about 1/2 hour or until they are soft and bendable.

Soak two corn husks in warm water. Soak two corn husks in warm water.
Soak two corn husks in warm water.
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Step 2: Place the bead on the back side of a damp corn husk, about three inches from the top. Fold the corn husk over and around the bead, making a small, round head. Wrap a wire twist tie tightly around the neck, just under the bead.

Wrap a twist tie around the neck, under the bead. Wrap a twist tie around the neck, under the bead.
Wrap a twist tie around the neck, under the bead.
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Step 3: Tear off a strip of the second corn husk, about two inches wide. Loosely roll this strip to make arms. Make two small holes in the corn husk beneath the head. Stick the arms through these holes.

Stick the arms through two holes in the corn husk. Stick the arms through two holes in the corn husk.
Stick the arms through two holes in the corn husk.
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Step 4: Wrap a second twist tie tightly under the arms, folding the corn husk so the back leaf tucks into the skirt as you create the waist.

Wrap the second twist tie under the arms. Wrap the second twist tie under the arms.
Wrap the second twist tie under the arms.
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Step 5: Place a paper towel on the first book. Set the skirt of the corn husk doll on top of the towel, with her arms and head sticking over the edge. Place another paper towel and the second thin book on top of the corn husk skirt, pressing it flat.

Set the skirt of the corn husk doll on top of the first book. Set the skirt of the corn husk doll on top of the first book.
Set the skirt of the corn husk doll on top of the first book.
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Step 6: Place a paper towel on the second book and bend the doll's arms onto it, crossed at the wrist. The corn husk arms might be very long at this point, but you'll trim them later. Put a final paper towel on top of the arms, then place the heaviest book on top.

Bend the doll arms onto the second book. Bend the doll arms onto the second book.
Bend the doll arms onto the second book.
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Step 7: Several days later, when your corn husk doll has dried completely, take her out and trim the arms and the bottom of the skirt with scissors. Undo the wire twist ties and rewrap the neck and waist with colored embroidery thread. Use marking pens to draw a face and decorations on her skirt.

Wrap the neck and waist with embroidery thread. Wrap the neck and waist with embroidery thread.
Wrap the neck and waist with embroidery thread.
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Step 8: To make curly hair, wet embroidery thread and wrap around a knitting needle or pencil. Secure the ends with masking tape and let thread dry overnight. Cut curls into sections and glue them to the doll's head. Then, glue the flowers to the doll's hands.

Cut the curls and glue them to the doll head. Cut the curls and glue them to the doll head.
Cut the curls and glue them to the doll head.
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Next, create a sand painting to display inside the house in an artfully easy indoor craft.

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Art the Navajo Way

Art the Navajo Way easy indoor craft
Art the Navajo Way easy indoor craft
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Create art the Navajo way in this easy indoor craft. The Navajo people have made sand paintings for centuries. This kids' craft can display nature scenes just like real Navajo art: trees, plants, animals, lightning, and other wonders.

What You'll Need:

  • Cardboard or poster board
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • Colored sand

How to Make Art the Navajo Way:

To make your own nature sand painting, you'll need several colors of sand. You can collect sand from nature, or buy it at a crafts store.

Step 1: Start with a piece of cardboard or poster board. Set your poster board on plenty of old newspapers. Use a pencil to draw a nature picture.

Step 2: Make a mixture of half white glue and half water. Use a paintbrush to paint a thin, even layer of the glue-and-water mixture every place where you want one color of sand.

Step 3: Sprinkle sand over the painted areas. Let dry for a few minutes, then turn your picture over and tap off the extra sand. (Do this over a trash can!)

Step 4: Repeat the process with the next color sand: Paint glue on all the areas that will be the same color. Sprinkle on the sand, let dry, and tap off. Repeat this process until you've finished your sand painting.

Give your vision a good jiggle in the next easy indoor craft.

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Jiggly Gelatin Lenses

Jiggly Gelatin Lenses easy indoor craft
Jiggly Gelatin Lenses easy indoor craft
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Make this Jiggly Gelatin Lenses indoor craft and find out how eyeglass lenses work. Kids will love experimenting with jiggly gelatin in this kids' craft.

What You'll Need:

  • Water
  • Small pan
  • Pot holder
  • Measuring cup
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Package of lemon, pineapple, or other light-colored gelatin
  • Mixing spoon
  • Variety of rounded containers (ladles, ice-cream scoops, wine glasses, round-bottomed bowls, round-bowl measuring spoons)
  • Tray
  • Clear plastic wrap
  • Knife (optional)
  • Newspaper

How to Make Jiggly Gelatin Lenses:

Step 1: Boil the water on the stove. Pour the gelatin into a mixing bowl, and add 1 cup of boiling water. Stir until all the gelatin dissolves.

Step 2: Choose a variety of containers to pour the gelatin into; use containers with round, smooth bottoms to give the lenses smooth, curved surfaces. Set the containers on a tray, and fill them with the gelatin mixture.

Step 3: Put the tray into the refrigerator, and chill the gelatin for at least four hours or until fully set.

Step 4: When the gelatin is set, wet a piece of clear plastic wrap to prevent sticking. Wet your fingers, too. Run hot tap water over the outside of the containers, and, if necessary, coax the gelatin out with the tip of a warm, wet knife. Place the lenses on the plastic wrap, flat side down.

Step 5: Place the plastic wrap over a sheet of newspaper. Slide the plastic wrap slowly over the paper while looking through a lens.

Step 6: Try all the lenses on the same word, then look at some pictures. Which lenses make the words look bigger? Which make them look wiggly? Why do different lenses make the same thing look different?

If you'd like to do some more exploring about lenses, check out some books from your school or local library.

Next, create a scrapbook of movie memories and chart film tastes over time.

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Movie-Time Scrapbook

Movie-Time Scrapbook easy indoor craft
Movie-Time Scrapbook easy indoor craft
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Help budding film critics get a start with a Movie-Time scrapbook indoor craft. This fun project is custom-made for kids who get revved up going to the latest flick. Help kids track their movie tastes with this easy kids' craft.

What You'll Need:

  • Spiral notebook
  • Craft supplies (construction paper, ribbon, sequins, etc.)
  • Craft glue
  • Movie ads
  • Scissors
  • Ticket stubs
  • Pens

How to Make Movie-Time Scrapbook:

Step 1: Decorate the cover of a spiral notebook any way you'd like -- be creative. Dedicate each page of the notebook to a movie you want to see.

Step 2: Headed for the latest Leonardo DiCaprio flick? Check magazines and newspapers for print advertisements or reviews of that film. Cut them out, and glue them to the page.

Step 3: Once you actually see the film, date the page, glue on your ticket stub, and take a minute to jot down whether or not the movie was all you'd hoped it would be.

Years from now your child can look back on the scrapbook as a sign of the times. When he or she is older, they can see how their taste in movies has changed or stayed the same.

Next, learn the nuts and bolts of an easy indoor craft sculpture.

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Hardware Sculpture

Hardware Sculpture easy indoor craft
Hardware Sculpture easy indoor craft
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In this indoor craft, nail down a fun metal hardware sculpture. As hard as it is to believe, you can make a great sculpture with nothing more than nuts, bolts, screws, and other hardware in this easy kids' craft.

What You'll Need:

  • Hardware (washers, nails, nuts, screws, bolts, etc.)
  • Household cement

How to Make Hardware Sculpture:

Step 1: Go through spare hardware, or head for a hardware store to get started. Pick out a good-size washer, some tiny nails, drapery hooks, and anything else that captures your imagination.

Step 2: Glue the hardware together using household cement. (Be sure the room is well ventilated, and keep the glue out of your eyes.)

Step 3: Want to make a ladybug? Try a washer with six tiny nail legs and miniature nut eyes. A spider? Bend eight long nails and attach them to a washer, with a rounded nut for the spider's silvery head.

You are only limited by your supplies and your imagination. Hitting the nail on the head has never been more fun!

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ABOUT THE CRAFT DESIGNERS

The following crafts were created by Janelle Hayes and Kim Solga:

Stunning Sunflower Wreath Cornelia the Corn Husk Bookmark