Three Kids Crafts That Aren't a Nightmare to Clean

If you're a parent, there has likely been a time when you've thought about doing some kind of project with your children but thought better of it not because you didn't want to do the project, but because you didn't want to do the cleaning you knew would come afterward!

You certainly aren't the first to feel this way, and it has led parents and bloggers to find crafts that are fun but thankfully, not too messy. To make it even easier, use a thin, plastic tablecloth or newspaper as a surface. Here are three of our favorites:

Glitter Gift Bags

A hit with kids, these decorative bags can be used in a lot of different ways. The step-by-step is pretty straightforward, and you'll need plain gift-style bags, washable glue, washable paint, and glitter.

  • Use a sponge to add adhesive polka dots to the gift bags.
  • Sprinkle on glitter and then gently shake off the extra into a separate paper (or directly into the trash can is okay!).
  • Use a pencil eraser to add polka dots with paint.

Once the bags dry, they look great and are ready to use!

Embroidery Hoop Art

Elevating kids' painting, this is automatic art, already framed!

  • Stretch canvas over an embroidery hoop (optional: secure with glue).
  • Paint the canvas using paint that's washable until it dries.
  • Add glitter with washable adhesive and a stencil. 

Once it dries, it will already look like art—just hang it on the wall.

Keepsake Box

These are a favorite because they look both so polished and so crafty at the same time. You'll want some paper mache or small cardboard boxes, paint, glue, and craft seal/gloss.

  • Paint the boxes, for an extra touch, paint the bottom and top different colors. Allow to dry for a bit before moving on.
  • Paint designs on the boxes, if you have letter stencils, try adding a name!
  • Coat in a sealant/craft gloss when the boxes are dry.
  • Finish it with an embellishment attached with a hot glue gun.

What project will you try with your children?

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