Homemade craft supplies are easy to make and great for the environment. The next time you and your children are feeling artsy, save yourself a trip to the craft store (and your money!) and make your own supplies from household or recycled materials.
Homemade Play Dough
Cooked or no-cook, colored or plain, play dough is a cinch to make with easy-to-find materials: The main ingredients are water, flour, and salt. Since there are many variations, you'll easily find a recipe that works for what you have.
You can turn almost anything into a sticker — all you need is a packet of gelatin, sugar, and water. Once your kids have created their masterpieces, follow the simple instructions to make the adhesive to apply to the paper. We recommend an adult makes it, since it uses boiling water.
Creating chalk art is fun — making your own chalk is even more fun! Plaster of Paris, water, and paint (for colored chalk) are all you need for this fun, warm weather activity. Ice cube trays, small paper cups, or a toilet paper roll all make great molds.
Homemade paper takes a little while to make, but it's a great project for a weekend afternoon or vacation day. When it's done, your child will think coloring on paper he made himself is pretty neat — plus it's a great lesson in recycling!
Get the instructions for homemade paper.
Homemade Glue and Paste
There are several ways to make your own glue and paste, so find one that works with the ingredients you have on hand.