Spring — the season of new life and renewal — is in full swing! Trees and plants are blooming in beautiful, vibrant colors. Birds are singing with a sense of rejuvenation now that cold winter days and nights are behind us all.
In celebration of this lovely season, here are 5 springtime crafts for kids that will bring new, colorful handmade creations into your home.
1. Soda bottle planters
How adorable is this soda bottle planter?
These planters are super easy and fun to make. All you’ll need is an empty soda bottle, scissors, two bottle caps for the eyes (or googly eyes), glue and any other supplies (think: glitter, pipe cleaners, colored paper) you’d like to use to decorate your planter. If you really want to go all out, you could even decorate your planter person’s “hair”!
2. Paper plate flowers
As Kim writes on her blog The Resourceful Mama, this cute craft helps kids develop their fine motor skills as they practice cutting with scissors. Before cutting flowers out of their paper plates, kids can enjoy decorating them with whatever art supplies you have handy–crayons, markers, paint, etc. They might even draw faces on their flowers and create a flower family. Head over to The Resourceful Mama blog for detailed instructions on how to make these delightful flowers with your kids!
3. Poured paint planting pots
If you love the idea of decorating your own planters but you don’t feel like cutting empty soda bottles, these poured paint planters may be the craft for you! They’re easier to make than soda bottle planters, but a bit more messy!
All you’ll need in order to make these unique, colorful planters are planting pots (consider using a few different sized pots), acrylic paints in a variety of colors, a paintbrush and some masking tape to cover the drain hole at the bottom of the pot. Get the detailed instructions here. Enjoy!
4. Monster rocks (or other decorated rocks!)
We love how these silly monster rocks look, and think they make a great decoration for any shelf! They can also be painted in color groups to be used for tic-tac-toe or other games!
Besides looking super cute and inspiring imagination, rock crafts often allow you to skip the trip to the art supplies store. If you have crayons, acrylic paint markers or acrylic paint at home and some rocks outside, you’re all set to get started! You can find instructions for monster rocks here.
While monster rocks are super cute, decorated rocks can even look beautiful. The rock pictured below was made using regular crayons and glitter crayons that were melted using a hairdryer! Check out the details here.