Kids, like most adults, want a place to call their own. That space often winds up being a boy's or girl's bedroom. One of the best ways to personalize a space and cozy up that space is with some easy DIY crafts. Many kids and teens are more than willing to learn a new skill if the end result is a little more style for the the space where they go to be at peace.
Tied Fleece Blanket
Tied fleece blankets are perfect for when your child wants a distinctive blanket, but doesn’t know how to knit or crochet. As the above Cutesy Crafts video explains, you’ll need two pieces of similar size fleece fabrics, fabric scissors, and a straight edge.
Allow your child to choose their own fabric to personalize the project — all of the better if the colors are complementary.
First, make sure the fabrics are the exact same size. Cut a 3-inch square from each corner of the fabric (this will keep it from bunching up). Then, cut 3-inch deep slits all the way around the fabric (it will look like a fringe). Finally, tie the top and bottom pieces of each slit together. Once all the pieces are tied together, you have a blanket!
This project is similar to the tied fleece blanket project but a little bit smaller and easier. Start with a favorite shirt that your child has outgrown or maybe a hand-me-down that a younger sibling doesn’t particularly want to wear. You’ll also need scissors, stuffing, pins, and a straight edge. (Keep in mind, if you want a large pillow, you will need to use an adult, extra large shirt.)
Creating decorative throw pillows is easy, even if your child doesn’t know how to sew. All you need is a blank pillowcase, felt pom-poms, and a hot glue gun. You can also use fabric glue if you’re not comfortable with letting your child handle a glue gun. Have your child pencil a design (such as their name or a simple design) onto the pillowcase. Then, have them select pom-poms and lay them out over their design.
Starry Night Light Mason Jar
While this night light might not fully light up a child’s room, it will create a soothing glow that they can keep near their bed. For this project, you’re going to need a mason jar, glow in the dark paint, and a paintbrush. Allow your child to choose two or three colors of paint for their jar. Then, they can dot paint on the inside of the glass.
Sock Animal Buddies
Your kids can create their own stuffed animal buddies out of socks! For this project, you’ll need socks, scissors a hot glue gun, stuffing, and things to decorate their buddies. Felt, pom poms, permanent markers, and sequins all work great.
Crafting with your children can be a lot of fun, especially when they’re doing projects that they can complete independently! All of the projects above should cozy up your child’s bedroom, but there are also other fun crafts you can do together, such as these cool projects made out of recyclables.