31 Family-Friendly Crafts: A Craft Month Challenge for Creative Bonding

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Here is a great guide for family-friendly crafts and DIY projects! Whether you’re looking for a fun way to spend a rainy afternoon or aiming to foster creativity and togetherness, these projects are perfect for families of all ages.

With our list of 31 family-friendly crafts, you can embark on a “Craft Month Challenge,” completing one project each day for a month, or spread the activities throughout the year.

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Family-Friendly Crafts and DIY Projects

These projects offer a range of activities suitable for different ages and skill levels, ensuring that everyone in the family can participate and enjoy the creative process together.

1. DIY Birdhouses

Supplies: Wooden birdhouse kits, paint, brushes, nails, hammer, wood glue.


  1. Assemble the birdhouse using the wooden kit, nails, and wood glue.
  2. Once dry, paint and decorate the birdhouse as desired.
  3. Hang the birdhouse in your garden or yard.
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2. Hand-Painted Flower Pots

Supplies: Terracotta pots, acrylic paint, brushes, sealant spray.


  1. Clean the pots to remove any dust.
  2. Paint the pots with your desired designs and let them dry.
  3. Spray with a sealant to protect the paint.

3. Tie-Dye T-Shirts

Supplies: White cotton T-shirts, tie-dye kit, rubber bands, plastic gloves.


  1. Bind the T-shirts with rubber bands in various patterns.
  2. Apply the tie-dye colors as per the kit instructions.
  3. Let the dye set, rinse, and wash the T-shirts.

4. Homemade Slime

Supplies: Glue, baking soda, contact lens solution, food coloring, glitter (optional).


  1. Mix 1 cup of glue with food coloring and glitter.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and mix.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of contact lens solution and knead until it forms slime.

5. Family Scrapbook

Supplies: Scrapbook, printed photos, stickers, markers, glue, scissors.


  1. Arrange and glue photos onto scrapbook pages.
  2. Decorate with stickers, write captions, and add drawings.

6. Friendship Bracelets

Supplies: Embroidery floss, scissors, tape or clipboard.


  1. Cut several strands of floss and tie a knot at one end.
  2. Tape or clip the knot to a stable surface.
  3. Braid or weave the strands into various patterns.
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7. Paper Mache Animals

Supplies: Newspaper, flour, water, balloons, paint, brushes.


  1. Create a paper mache paste with flour and water.
  2. Inflate balloons and cover them with strips of newspaper dipped in paste.
  3. Let them dry, pop the balloons, and paint your animals.

8. Rock Painting

Supplies: Smooth rocks, acrylic paint, brushes, sealant spray.


  1. Clean and dry the rocks.
  2. Paint them with various designs.
  3. Seal with a spray to protect the paint.
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9. DIY Picture Frames

Supplies: Plain picture frames, paint, brushes, decorations (buttons, glitter, etc.), glue.


  1. Paint the frames with your chosen colors.
  2. Decorate with buttons, glitter, or other materials.
  3. Let everything dry before inserting photos.
wooden picture frame painted white with letter tiles that spell America

10. Nature Collages

Supplies: Cardstock, glue, scissors, leaves, flowers, twigs.


  1. Collect leaves, flowers, and twigs.
  2. Arrange them on the cardstock to create a collage.
  3. Glue the items down and let them dry.

11. Homemade Candles

Supplies: Wax, wicks, candle molds or jars, essential oils, dye (optional).


  1. Melt the wax in a double boiler.
  2. Add essential oils and dye if using.
  3. Place a wick in the center of the mold or jar and pour in the wax.
  4. Let the candles cool and harden.

12. Custom Bookmarks

Supplies: Cardstock, markers, stickers, laminating sheets (optional).


  1. Cut the cardstock into bookmark-sized strips.
  2. Decorate with markers and stickers.
  3. Laminate for durability if desired.

13. Popsicle Stick Crafts

Supplies: Popsicle sticks, glue, paint, brushes.


  1. Glue popsicle sticks together to form various structures.
  2. Paint and decorate your creations.
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14. DIY Wind Chimes

Supplies: String, shells, beads, small metal tubes, a piece of driftwood or a branch.


  1. Drill small holes in the shells and tubes if needed.
  2. Tie the items to strings and attach them to the driftwood.
  3. Hang your wind chime outside.

15. Family Recipe Book

Supplies: Notebook, markers, printed recipes, glue, stickers.


  1. Collect and print family recipes.
  2. Glue them into the notebook and decorate the pages.
  3. Add personal notes and family memories.

16. Painted Canvas Art

Supplies: Canvas, acrylic paint, brushes.


  1. Choose a theme or design.
  2. Paint the canvas with your chosen design.
  3. Let it dry and display your artwork.
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17. Handmade Soap

Supplies: Soap base, essential oils, soap molds, dye (optional).


  1. Melt the soap base in a microwave or double boiler.
  2. Add essential oils and dye.
  3. Pour into molds and let harden.

18. DIY Planters

Supplies: Recycled containers, paint, brushes, potting soil, plants.


  1. Clean and paint the containers.
  2. Fill with potting soil and plant your chosen plants.
  3. Display your planters indoors or outdoors.

Learn how to make these planters plus more DIY garden ideas.

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19. Origami Creations

Supplies: Origami paper.


  1. Follow origami instructions to fold paper into various shapes.
  2. Make animals, flowers, and other figures.

20. Homemade Bird Feeders

Supplies: Pine cones, peanut butter, birdseed, string.


  1. Spread peanut butter on the pine cones.
  2. Roll them in birdseed until covered.
  3. Tie a string to the top and hang outside.

21. Decorative Mason Jars

Supplies: Mason jars, paint, brushes, ribbons, and other decorations.


  1. Paint the jars in your chosen designs.
  2. Decorate with ribbons and other materials.
  3. Use them for storage or as decorative pieces.

22. DIY Coasters

Supplies: Cork or ceramic tiles, paint, brushes, sealant.


  1. Paint the tiles or cork with your designs.
  2. Seal with a spray to protect the paint.
  3. Use them to protect your furniture.
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23. Christmas Ornaments

Supplies: Clear ornaments, paint, glitter, ribbons, and other decorations.


  1. Fill clear ornaments with paint, glitter, or other decorations.
  2. Hang them on your Christmas tree.

24. Felt Crafts

Supplies: Felt sheets, scissors, glue, needles, thread.


  1. Cut felt into desired shapes.
  2. Sew or glue the pieces together to make toys or decorations.

25. Puzzle Piece Art

Supplies: Old puzzle pieces, paint, glue, canvas or cardstock.


  1. Paint puzzle pieces in various colors.
  2. Arrange them into a design on canvas or cardstock.
  3. Glue them down to create art.

26. Decorative Pillows

Supplies: Fabric, stuffing, needles, thread, paint (optional).


  1. Cut fabric into desired pillow shapes.
  2. Sew the edges, leaving an opening to stuff.
  3. Fill with stuffing and sew closed.
  4. Paint or decorate if desired.

27. Paper Plate Crafts

Supplies: Paper plates, paint, markers, glue, scissors.


  1. Paint and decorate paper plates to make masks, animals, and other crafts.
  2. Cut and glue pieces as needed.

Learn how to make these bunny paper plates.

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28. Homemade Playdough

Supplies: Flour, salt, water, cream of tartar, food coloring.


  1. Mix 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, and 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar in a pot.
  2. Add 2 cups of water and food coloring.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring until it forms a dough.
  4. Let it cool and play.

29. DIY Magnets

Supplies: Small wooden shapes, paint, magnets, glue.


  1. Paint and decorate the wooden shapes.
  2. Glue magnets to the back.
  3. Use them on your fridge.
wooden monogram magnets for teacher gifts

30. Family Handprint Art

Supplies: Canvas or large paper, paint, brushes.


  1. Paint each family member’s hand with a different color.
  2. Press their hands onto the canvas or paper.
  3. Add names and the date for a keepsake.

31. Shadow Boxes

Supplies: Shadow box frames, mementos, glue, decorative paper.


  1. Arrange mementos in the shadow box.
  2. Glue them in place and add decorative paper as a background.
  3. Display the shadow box.

Read how I made this shadow box for my mom’s 75th birthday gift.

shadow box interior decorated for a 75th birthday

We hope this list of 31 craft and DIY projects offers a unique opportunity for family bonding and creative expression. As you work together on these crafts, you’ll not only create beautiful and useful items but also build cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

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