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23 Easy DIY Projects You Can Do With Your Kids This Summer

Fill all the free time with these easy, adorable, and fun craft projects.

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1. Before you get started on crafting, help the kids put together a craft box.

Fill it with all the essentials, and let them pick their favorite color for the box.Full instructions here.
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Fill it with all the essentials, and let them pick their favorite color for the box.

Full instructions here.

2. Turn any picture into a temporary tattoo.

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Help your kid find their favorite pictures on the internet, and use temporary tattoo paper to create a kid-friendly tattoo sleeve.

Watch how it's made on Nifty.

3. Go under the sea with these paper plate jellyfish.

It's a super easy craft that ends up being an adorable addition to the wall. The kids could even use them as part of an "underwater" puppet show.Full instructions here.
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It's a super easy craft that ends up being an adorable addition to the wall. The kids could even use them as part of an "underwater" puppet show.

Full instructions here.

4. Head outside and make the biggest bubbles your kids have ever seen.

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Once you've created the bubble "wand," your kids will entertain themselves for hours seeing who can make the biggest bubble.

Watch how it's made on Nifty.

5. Spruce up those typical alphabet magnets by dipping them in paint.

You'll have to spray paint the white base coat, but the kids will love carefully dipping the letters in their favorite colors.Full instructions here.
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You'll have to spray paint the white base coat, but the kids will love carefully dipping the letters in their favorite colors.

Full instructions here.

6. Turn a watercolored piece of paper into a beautiful bracelet.

Let your kids go to town on painting whatever design they please, and then help them out with the folding— or show them how to do it themselves — after it dries.Full instructions here.
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Let your kids go to town on painting whatever design they please, and then help them out with the folding— or show them how to do it themselves — after it dries.

Full instructions here.

7. Conduct a ~scientific experiment~ that creates a messy styrofoam slime.

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You'll probably want to step in when you have to put the styrofoam in the blender, but this craft is actually very simple—and fun!

Watch how it's made on Nifty.

8. Don't be afraid to get a bit messy with this spray bottle art project.

Use any image your kid wants as the stencil. Make sure to take this project outside so you don't ruin any furniture!Full instructions here.
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Use any image your kid wants as the stencil. Make sure to take this project outside so you don't ruin any furniture!

Full instructions here.

9. Challenge your kids to make as many birds as they can think of out of paper plates.

The parrot, flamingo, and swan are especially stunning.Full instructions here.
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The parrot, flamingo, and swan are especially stunning.

Full instructions here.

10. Provide your kids with endless entertainment with this glow-in-the-dark glitter slime.

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This slime is just as impressive in the light as it is in the dark.

Watch how it's made on Nifty.

11. Get groovy with these DIY lava lamps.

Give your kids a little lesson on what the '60s were while helping them pour all the ingredients in.Full instructions here.
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Give your kids a little lesson on what the '60s were while helping them pour all the ingredients in.

Full instructions here.

12. Make gemstone soaps together. Then, turn bath time into a treasure hunt.

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Maybe some of the treasure can end up in ~your~ shower, too.

Watch how it's made on Nifty.

13. Let your child release his or her inner artist with this tissue paper art.

To get something so chic you'll want to frame it and hang it up in your living room, you'll probably need to participate and make your own project. But you can let your kids go wild.Full instructions here.
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To get something so chic you'll want to frame it and hang it up in your living room, you'll probably need to participate and make your own project. But you can let your kids go wild.

Full instructions here.

14. Make your own fireworks with this brilliant marble art.

Red and blue paint is perfect for the Fourth of July, but any color combo would still make a beautiful design.Full instructions here.
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Red and blue paint is perfect for the Fourth of July, but any color combo would still make a beautiful design.

Full instructions here.

15. Create a place to display all the artwork your kids have been working on all summer.

The kids will love having a place to show off all of their masterpieces. They'll also love helping out painting the display's frame.Full instructions here.
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The kids will love having a place to show off all of their masterpieces. They'll also love helping out painting the display's frame.

Full instructions here.

16. Make bath time fun with this squishy soap that's moldable like clay.

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Your kids can spend bath time making soap waves for soap fish to swim through, pursued by a soap submarine.

Watch how it's made on Nifty.

17. Step up your sidewalk chalk game with this foam sidewalk paint.

Shaving foam gives this chalk its 3D look, and using plastic squirt bottles helps the kids make fun designs.Full instructions here.
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Shaving foam gives this chalk its 3D look, and using plastic squirt bottles helps the kids make fun designs.

Full instructions here.

18. Celebrate Fourth of July with these fun poppers.

You and your kids can also make these for New Year's Eve or birthday parties.Full instructions here.
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You and your kids can also make these for New Year's Eve or birthday parties.

Full instructions here.

19. Add some color to white clothing with this super-easy tie-dyeing technique.

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Let your kids fill in white shoes, hats, or bags with different colors of permanent marker, and drop on rubbing alcohol to create the tie-dye look.

Watch how it's made on Nifty.

20. As another alternative to traditional tie dye, use Kool Aid to makeover white shirts.

The "dye" smells great, and it's the perfect way to use up any old Kool Aids packets you have in the pantry. Plus, your kids will want to wear this shirt all summer long!Full instructions here.
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The "dye" smells great, and it's the perfect way to use up any old Kool Aids packets you have in the pantry. Plus, your kids will want to wear this shirt all summer long!

Full instructions here.

21. Get rid of bad dreams with these dreamcatchers.

Your kids can use whatever colors of the beads and feathers they want to create this simple dreamcatcher.Full instructions here.
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Your kids can use whatever colors of the beads and feathers they want to create this simple dreamcatcher.

Full instructions here.

22. Make your own bowling alley outside with tin cans.

Once you've collected a few dozen tin cans, let your kids paint them their favorite colors and use them as bowling pins!Full instructions here.
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Once you've collected a few dozen tin cans, let your kids paint them their favorite colors and use them as bowling pins!

Full instructions here.

23. Create a school of fish for the kids' walls with origami art.

Your kids will love showing their friends how to make origami art after finishing this craft project.Full instructions here.
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Your kids will love showing their friends how to make origami art after finishing this craft project.

Full instructions here.