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How to Find FREE Craft Ideas for Kids

Updated on November 14, 2012
Free crafts are such fun!
Free crafts are such fun! | Source

I have two children ages 5 and 1, and I am always looking for new activities for us to do together. Craft projects are my most common choice, and both of my kids love them. However, I can't justify spending a lot of money on craft supplies and kits. After all, the fun is in making the craft. After it's complete, it often goes on display for a while and is later forgotten.

Why spend money on crafts when there are plenty of free or very inexpensive craft projects you can do together and still have fun?

Where to Find Free Craft Project Ideas Online

There are many sites online that provide free or very inexpensive craft ideas for kids. There are many more than these, and a quick search for "free crafts for kids" will provide a lot more!

One of my favorite locations to find free craft ideas is Pinterest. A search for "free crafts" leads to tons of results! Be sure to include the words "free" or "cheap" in your search to pinpoint these inexpensive ideas.

Blogs About Free Kids' Crafts

There are many, many blogs that focus on free or cheap crafts for kids. Many of these are "mommy blogs", and they are written by people who have tried the crafts with their own children. These blogs often have color photos and excellent descriptions, along with explanations of what not to do, which can be very helpful. We usually only have one chance to do a particular craft with our kids, so we want to do it right the first time!

Make these fun characters with items around the house.
Make these fun characters with items around the house. | Source

Check out Babble's Top 50 Craft Mom Blogs for more great craft blogs!

Kids love crafts no matter the price.
Kids love crafts no matter the price. | Source

Recycled Crafts

Another popular method for free or cheap craft ideas is to use recycled items. Not only are you keeping these items out of landfills, but you are also teaching your kids how important (and fun!) it is to recycle. Using everything from paper towel tubes to old clothes to soft drink cans, there are so many fun projects to create!

Painting is a great free craft idea.
Painting is a great free craft idea. | Source

Locations for Free Craft Projects

Aside from craft projects at home, there are many locations where your kids can do craft projects for free! Check out the following places in your area for free craft project days"

  • Your local library - they often have crafts associated with kids' movie nights or story time sessions. If there is more than one library near you, check them all!
  • Hardware Stores - they have kids' workshops in which children can build birdhouses and other fun crafts in the store
  • Craft stores - check for free kids' craft workshops
  • Schools - ask your local schools if they have craft days or nights for kids
  • Churches - like schools, churches also often have kids' activities that include a craft project


Share Your Ideas

Don't forget to ask other parents and teachers for great free craft ideas, and share yours with them. You never know what you may find!

Many sites such as No Time For Flash Cards have weekly "Link and Learn" features, in which readers share their craft ideas. Check these often for free project ideas.

Have some great free craft ideas to share? Leave your best free crafts in the comments below. Happy crafting!


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      samoyi 3 years ago

      great ideas sist... i like this.. (complete craft ebook)

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      Emma 5 years ago from Houston TX

      That's great Amy,my little cousins have to start getting busy from now because I'm going to send it to them immediately. Thanks for the site.

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      dreamseeker2 5 years ago

      These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing. Found this to be useful and even interesting. Love it! I need to share this with my niece, for her three young sons back in WI : ) Voted up and accordingly.

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      DeborahNeyens - thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy doing these easy and free crafts!

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      With the holidays coming up, this is going to be a great resource! I especially like having resources for recycled craft ideas. I try to recycle, reuse, and repurpose as much as I can. Thanks!

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks Melovy! My kids are just now getting big enough to enjoy these kind of activities, and I'm excited to start taking them places like this.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      It was a great idea to include places like libraries where your kids can take part in free craft activities. Though our kids are past that age now, when they were little we used to go to libraries, art centres, book stores and so on to take part in crafts.Voted up and sharing.

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      summerberrie 5 years ago

      Great resource. Voted up and shared!

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks carol7777! I hope you enjoy them!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I write a lot of craft articles and always looking for new ideas. Got some new ones here today. Great and complete hub.

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      australiaseo 5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      nice craft ideas. Thanks

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks for the read and the votes, Teresa, Veggie-mom, and Cre8tor! Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Dan Robbins 5 years ago from Ohio

      Great hub with great ideas. Thank you for giving us some different things to do! Voted up!

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      veggie-mom 5 years ago

      My kids love crafts too! Great list of resources, thanks for sharing. Votes up & useful.

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      Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      What a wonderful resource you've provided here! Saving this page into my favorites in a folder I have for my kids called "kids projects etc" - now that my sons are 13 and 14, they're getting loads of school projects, and many of the projects call for a product to be made, especially using recycled items. Just yesterday my 13 year old was struggling to find ideas to make something using three different plastics - he eventually found an idea to make a dreamcatcher using only plastics, but maybe he wouldn't have taken so long to come up with an idea had he had access to this wonderful resource of yours. Super hub - thanks!