Sometimes you want to craft with your kids without making an extra trip to the store for lots of random supplies.

by Rachel

These crafts are perfect! You can do all of them with under 3 ingredients or “supplies”.

Time to get crafting!


Wide craft sticks and colorful thread are all you need to make these fun bangles.

Cardboard and colorful shoe laces, or even yarn, are great for kids to practice sewing and develop their fine motor skills. You can get the sewing card template in the post!

Sticky clear contact paper and colorful bits of plastic or even tissue paper are all you need to make gorgeous sunncatchers!

Robots! They are fun and capture the imagination like none other!! These paper robot puppets are super easy to make with some grommets! Don’t have grommets? Use yarn to knot the pieces together!


All you need is foil, permanent markers and regular glue to make these brilliant works of art! The foil really helps the marker standout!

Bring new life to old crayons – create crayon wands by melting down your crayon bits and pieces! Pour the wax into straws. Genius!

Paint on wet glue! It dries into a glossy disc that is perfect as an ornament or even a coaster! All you need is school glue, food dye and an old lid.


Moon sand is better than playdough! It is squishy and has a bouncy texture. So, so soft!! You will love this recipe to make you own moonsand! We make ours with only constrach and oil!

Want something similar? You can make kinetic sand using play sand and a batch of slime. This stuff is super cool!


Clear glue, food coloring and a frame are all you need to create this stained glass art! The colors are so brilliant! It looks great in a sunny window!

Bring out the color! Make a sugar scrub rainbow that will liven up any dreary day!! All you need is sugar, oil and food coloring (essential oils are optional).

Tie dye is great fun! You don’t need t-shirts and permanent dye to enjoy the process! Try crafting with only diaper wipes and washable markers. This is a less mess, but all the fun project.

Make block stamps! These are a blast to learn about forming patterns!

Love fake tattoos? Our kids love decorating themselves! You can do something similar with gel pens. Decorate yourself. To make it into a “tattoo” cover your arm art with a fine layer of hairspray!


Get to spinning! This is a fun kids craft that will help with hand-eye coordination, and the colors are just mesmirizing! All you need is paper, markers and string!

Lava lamps are a blast to watch. You can make your own lava lamp using oil, water and an alkaseltzer tablet. The fizzing from the tablet causes the oil and water to mix slightly. Just gorgeous to watch!

Crafty chalk rocks! These are fun and easy to make. All you need is some plaster of paris and food dye! We made a collection that the kids used up in a weekend they crafted and colored with their rocks non-stop!

Pretend play is so much fun! It opens whole worlds of fun! Make a mask with foam sheets! You can be anything you want to be!

Looking for more craft ideas? We have literally hundreds of other projects you can do with your kids. Check out these Arts and Craft Ideas.

Melting crayons! The finished craft project looks absolutely amazing!! Your kids will love watching the crayons drip as you make these together. All you need are crayons, paper and a hair dryer!

You can transform water bottles into wearable art using markers! These bangles are a mix between jewelry and art – and are super fun. Your kids won’t be able to make just one or even five!!

Knitting does not need to be hard or complicated! Teach yourself how to knit, using straws as your “frame”. Your kids can craft with only two supplies!

Rachel is the founder of the blog, One Crazy House. She is the co-author of 101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! and The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and six children.