How to Plant the DIY Spirit in Your Kids
Celebrate The Week of Making by doing these DIY projects with your kids
June 17, 2015
The Week of Making runs from June 12 through 18, so it's time to round up the kids and get them excited about different, fun projects. This Old House is a big fan of the event because it gives kids the opportunity to do some creative craftwork with their hands, a passion that will continue long after the week is over.
You can attend events that are going on all over the country or do your own special project at home. There's something for everyone to do during The Week of Making, but just in case you need some ideas, the following projects are ideal for you and your kids to work on together.
To make your own robot, all you need is a small metallic box, green floral foam, glue, googly eyes, tin foil, and hair curlers (we promise that last item will make sense). Cut the floral foam to make a square that's smaller than the metallic box, then wrap it in tin foil. Glue the square on top of the bigger box, then wrap the hair curlers in tin foil and glue them to the bottom of the box so that they look like legs. The googly eyes, of course, go front and center on the head. After that, you can deck out your robot with stickers, pipe cleaners— anything you want! For more information, visit Love Paper Paint.
What kid—or adult—doesn't love playing with confetti? Cleaning it up, though, isn't as much fun, so make that chore easier by putting down a tarp or newspaper before you get started. For this project, you'll need confetti, a short vase, a sponge, Mod Podge, and a balloon. Blow up the balloon, and put the tied side down into the vase to give you a stable working surface. Use the sponge to apply Mod Podge to half the balloon, then dump confetti all over it until all the glue is covered. Let dry. Repeat the glue-confetti-drying steps until the bowl is as thick as you want it to be, then give it at least 10 hours to dry. Pop the balloon and trim the bowl down if you so desire. You can use any confetti colors you want and can even make bowls for a variety of special occasions—use red, white, and blue confetti for the Fourth of July; orange and black for Halloween; or red and green for Christmas. For a full set of instructions, visit Vjuliet.
Did you know that you can use Sharpies to give plain, boring dishware a lively makeover? All you'll need are a bunch of markers, some glass cleaner, a lint-free cloth, and a white dish, bowl, or mug, and access to an oven. Have fun with your kids drawing or stenciling designs onto the dishes and then bake them. For detailed instructions, check out The Sweetest Occasion.
The Week of Making is your chance to inspire and be inspired. There's an endless supply of DIY projects for all ages, whether you and your kids want to work with fabric, wood, metal, or some other material. Find more DIY ideas at thisoldhouse.com.