3 DIY art projects for kids

DIY art projects for kids

Here are a few quick and easy art projects you can do with the kids on a rainy day. Most of the supplies you will need can already be found in your house.

 

Tin-Can Wind Chime

Tin-Can Wind Chime

You Will Need:

Tin cans (for fun, use a variety of sizes)
Acrylic paint or latex wall paint
Paintbrushes
Painter’s tape
Hammer
Nail
Twine
Scissors
Embroidery hoop
Hot-glue gun

Directions:

  1. Clean and soak cans in warm water to remove all label substance. Paint each can one color; you may need to use more than one layer of paint. High-gloss paint will result in a shinier finish.
  2. Paint designs on cans and allow to dry.
  3. Put holes in the centers of the can bottoms using a hammer and nail.
  4. Cut 3 feet of twine, thread through the hole, and tie a knot inside to hold the can up. Repeat for all cans.
  5. Tie the cans to the embroidery loop, making sure to first space them evenly apart, then ensure that they are hanging at different lengths. Make sure that when the wind blows them, they will knock into one another and make noise.
  6. When satisfied with the placement of the cans, glue each knot into place.
  7. Glue each end of twine to the hoop, then wrap the twine around the hoop until it is completely covered. Now glue each end into place.
  8. Cut three, 2-foot lengths of twine. Tie each one to the hoop, spaced equidistantly. Tie all three pieces into one knot and make sure your new wind chime hangs evenly.

 Bow-Tie Pasta Hair Barrettes

This project is fun for girls, and gives them something unique and hand made to wear and show off at school!
Bow-Tie Pasta Hair Barrettes

You Will Need:
Acrylic paint
Paintbrushes
Uncooked bow-tie pasta
Hot-glue gun
Plain metal barrettes
Clear nail polish

 

Directions:

  1. For each color, use two bow-tie pasta pieces. Paint each a solid color. Allow to dry.
  2. Add patterns and designs, such as stripes or polka dots. Allow to dry.
  3. Glue two bow ties to hair barrettes symmetrically, making sure to mask any metallic pieces.
  4. Finish off each bow tie with a layer of clear nail polish, to give shine and prevent paint from chipping off.

Fish Plate

Fish Plate

You Will Need:
Paper plates (2 per fish)
Acrylic paint in assorted colors
Paintbrushes
Scissors
Round adhesive labels
“Googly eyes” or buttons
Pencil
Glue

 

Directions:

  1. Paint two plates per fish with whichever designs you choose. Use just one for the main body, and set the other aside.
  2. To give the effect of scales, cut round pieces of paper plate out, and glue them in layered rows.
  3. Either paint the eyes on or apply the “googly eyes” or buttons.
  4. You can either paint a mouth, or cut a bit of the plate out to form one.
  5. Using the other painted plate, cut out fin shapes. The texture on the outside of the plates gives an added scale effect.
  6. Glue to the body, allow paint to dry, and display!
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