Finding ways to keep your kids entertained during a fall or winter break from school can be stressful. Well don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. These 5 DIY crafts will allow them to express their creativity and allow you to spend quality time with them before they return to school.
Cranberry Vanilla Shea Butter Soap
1 lb shea butter melt soap base, cut into 1-inch cubes
¼ cup dried cranberries
20 drops of vanilla soap fragrance
1 silicone soap mold (12-cavity is ideal)
- Cover the bottom of the soap mold with the dried cranberries. Add the shea butter soap base to a microwavable bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds, then stir.
- Microwave for an additional 10 seconds and stir again. Continue heating the soap in 10 second increments until fully melted.
- Stir the vanilla soap fragrance into the bowl. Pour the soap into the mold, on top of the cranberries.
- Let the mold sit for 40 minutes (or up to an hour) at room temperature. Carefully remove the soap from the mold. Wrap the bars of soap in parchment paper and add stickers or decorative details if you wish.
DIY Pumpkin Spice Soy Candle
2 cups of soy wax flakes
1 orange crayon
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice seasoning
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 candle wick with a weighted bottom
1 chopstick or pencil
Glass jar (mason jar or leftover jelly jar is ideal)
- Using a non-stick pot, heat the soy wax flakes on high heat. Stir the flakes with a wooden spoon as they melt, keeping the liquid moving to prevent sticking.
- To color the wax, use an orange crayon (or color of your choice). Peel the wrapper off, break it into a few pieces and toss it into the wax mixture.
- While continuing to stir, add in the pumpkin spice seasoning, nutmeg and cinnamon. The spices may change the color of the wax, so feel free to add another crayon if you want your candle to maintain the bright color.
- Take the candle wick and wrap the top of the wick around the chopstick or pencil, and place the weighted bottom at the bottom of the jar. The pencil will keep the wick in place as it rests horizontally on top of the jar.
- Remove your mixture from the stove and slowly pour it into the jar. Readjust and re-center the wick if needed.
- Allow the candle to cool and harden naturally, may take up to 4 hours. Once hardened, you can shorten the wick to a desired length. Enjoy!
Pine Cone Trees
Clean pine cones
Craft paint (white and green)
Glitter (if desired)
Small terracotta pots
- If you found your pine cones in nature, be sure to rinse them to make sure they’re clean and free of critters. While they dry, paint the pots with the white craft paint.
- Once the pine cones are dry, paint the pine cones with the green craft paint. If you wish, you can also add a little glue and then glitter to the top of the cone to give the appearance of a dusting of snow.
- If you wish, you can also add a little glue to the base of the pine cones to secure them to the pots. Otherwise, just place them in the pots. Glue an aluminum star on top of each pine cone tree.
- Voila! This is great craft for kids and these trees could be a festive centerpiece for your table.
- To begin, line your scrabble tiles on top of the paper plate in the configuration you’d like them to be in. Use a pen to trace a line around the letters, creating a back for your letters.
- Cut out the traced shape and apply glue on top. Carefully add all of your letters on top of the glue. Use a heavy object on top of the letters to keep them in place, and let it dry for 2-3 hours.
- Once dry, add the snow texture paint on top of the letters using a paintbrush or just your finger. Let the snow dry for an hour (or as long as the product specifies).
- Cut a piece of ribbon and form into a loop. Glue the loop to the back of the letters, creating a way for the ornament to hang. If you don’t want the ribbon showing, you could add a piece of felt to the back to hide it. Let it dry completely before hanging it on your tree!
- Remove the bottom from each tart tin. Trace that circular bottom onto your chosen fabric with a pen or marker. Cut out the traced circle with scissors.
- Use the paint brush to apply the Modpodge glue to the tin bottom. Smooth your cut fabric piece onto the tin to attach. Apply another layer of the glue on top and allow 2 hours to dry.
- Once dry, trim up the edges with the scissors if needed. If you wish to make this fabric choice more permanent, you can use the glue gun to attach the tart tin bottom back into the ring. Otherwise, you can leave it disconnected and you can create new bases with different fabric designs as you wish.
Let us know in the comments below if you try any of these DIY projects! Happy crafting!