A couple of quick crafts for the kids (and you!)

Now that it’s summertime, and school is out, the kids and grandkids are having fun… most of the time. One of the best ways to avoid the inevitable “I’m BORED” is to have a few craft projects ready to whip out at a moment’s notice. I have two tutorials to share with you today – one for the girls and one for the boys.

First, for the girls (and really, boys can enjoy this one too…) is a quick and easy (and beautiful) tutorial on how to make braided bracelets from Happy Hour Projects. It’s touted as a Ten Minute Bracelet, but like the author said… it could turn into an hour or two project if you decide you can’t make just one!

And for the boys (and again, the girls might like it just as well as the boys!)…from Gluesticks, a tutorial on how to make Glow Stick Lanterns. I can imagine my boys making about 100 of these (well, if I provided them with enough jars of course). Such a fun project for summer evening in the backyard.


And if you have littler ones around, you might just be interested in a quick recipe for homemade “moon sand” from Irresistable Ideas.  The moon sand is sure to give you at least an hour or two of peace while the kids happily play, (after which you’ll have some sand-cleaning-up to do, but I think it will be worth it!)

What kinds of projects do YOU keep around for those “I’m BORED” moments??


  1. Paints paired with BIG paper is always a hit. Either watercolor or tempera will do. One of my grandsons is currently interested in science experiments, so I look for those on the Internet, too.

  2. Jessica 9 Aug, 2012

    Paper machet a volcano with a paper towel roll water mixed with flour and ripped up news paper. Put backing soda and viniger in so it makes a little explosion. Add food coloring for a little touch of color