Top 10 Craft Ideas for National Craft Month

In honor of National Craft Month, we rounded up our blog’s top 10 craft ideas OF ALL TIME. There’s a project for everyone: indoor & outdoor enthusiasts, readers & non-readers, and Neat Nancys & Messy Marvins alike. Plus — as always — tons of smiles, giggles, and learning are sure to go along with all 10 picks (presented in random order).  


1.       Dr. Seuss “Speck Discovery Lab”

Have story time with Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who!, then construct your own science lab. Budding scientists can use magnifying glasses to hunt for Specks (globs of glitter glue) on clovers (pom-poms). No boring plain-white labs here… The fun all happens in their own rainbow-rich “Speck Discovery Lab,” where little ones learn colors, increase fine-motor development, and practice their sorting skills.

speck lab

2.       DIY Colored Cloud Dough

Wouldn’t it be cool if kids could play with a cloud? They can! Check out this post that shows you how to make your own fluffy Cloud Dough — and magically turn it different colors before your very eyes. Kids can shape the dough into anything they can imagine. Works great with our Sand Ice Cream Set.

Cloud Dough

3.       5 Creative Play Ideas for Stickers

Here you get 5 for 5 — Five creative play ideas for our REUSABLE stickers that cost just under $5! Learn how to use stickers to create storybooks, play the Never-Ending Story game, decorate picture frames, and more.

creative stickers ideas

4.       3 Simple Gifts Kids Can Make

Need a homemade gift idea? Here’s 3 simple hands-on gifts that kids can make from the heart. Perfect for birthdays, Mother’s/Father’s Day, or anytime you want to spread some cheer.

Gifts kids can make

5.       DIY State Ornaments

Missing friends or family who are miles away? Feel closer to them by making state-shaped ornaments to represent where they live so you can bring your out-of-state loved ones to your living room during a holiday, or anytime.

State Ornaments

6.       Balancing Butterflies

Bring paper butterflies magically to life with this clever trick to make them flutter as you balance them on your finger! Get out your net, and get ready to create some beautiful, fidgety, springtime friends.

Balancing butterflies

7.       SPLAT-Painted Earth

SPLAT! Watch out for flying sponges. There goes green! There goes blue! Before you know it, you’ve created the WORLD. Learn how to make a cool splatter-painted Earth in your own backyard. SPLAT— There goes another flying sponge. (We told you to watch out!)

splattered earth

8.       Rainy Day Craft: Paper Beads

Too rainy outside this spring? Here’s a quick and creative indoor craft idea to do while you stay in from the rain. Make paper bead jewelry, key chains, lanyards, and more using origami paper and glue sticks. When the sun peeks out again, the kids can go out into the world and show off their amazing handmade creations.

paper beads

9.       Hand-Painted Keepsake Cards

Who’s #1 in your child’s life? Make it known with a hand-painted keepsake card. Using watercolor paper, masking tape, and washable finger paints, kids cover the entire card with paint then then get to peel back the tape to reveal their creations. Have kids roll up their sleeves or put on a smock, ‘cuz this one gets messy.

paint hands

10.   Start a Color Journal

What color was your day? Young children can start a color journal to record if they were “feeling blue” or had a cheery “rainbow” day. A quick way to get started on a feelings journal is to use our Create-a-Face Pads. This a great way to teach beginning writers to journal about their emotions.

Color Journal

There you have it — our Top 10 Craft Ideas as chosen by YOU!

Got a favorite idea of your own? We’d love to hear from you! Tell us your experience with one of the crafts above by leaving a comment, or share a new idea for National Craft Month by connecting with Melissa & Doug on Facebook.