If your kids are complaining of being bored at the weekend or during the school holidays, and you want them to do something more creative than watching back to back episodes of Boss Baby on Netflix, we've come up with a list of our 20 favourite UK-based blogs with craft ideas.
There are home-made Faberge pumpkins and geeky Star Wars Day decorations. If you prefer unicorn slime, then we can point you in that direction too. Maybe you want some ideas for how your children can prepare for the next Chinese New Year.
Some bloggers helpfully organise sections of creative ideas for different seasons – Valentine’s Day, Hallowe’en, Diwali. Others have pretty cute decorations for Christmas for you to workshop with your little ones.
So, here’s a little more info about our five favourites.
Kate lives by the sea in Cornwall with her two children, her eight-year-old son and five-year-old daughter.
She has helpful tips on tidying a room bursting with toys, which is very helpful this time of year. Not least since everyone is going minimal a la Marie Kondo these days. She’s particularly proud of her Captain America paper plate shield, and why shouldn’t she be?
The tagline on the website is ‘Cute and Easy Crafts for Kids’, so what’s not to like there?
Molly keeps up a steady stream of creative ideas that you can do with your children from toddlers onwards – at least once a week with a detailed how-to description, which is pretty impressive.
We particularly liked the DIY Pokemon pencil holders.
Erica runs this busy blog with the interesting name (pronounced Craft-You-Late, apparently) and it is an absolute goldmine of craft ideas.
We especially like the index, which is organised along the lines of things like home-made toys, animal crafts and painting bird boxes. You have no chance of leaving the site without some fun ideas.
Perhaps this isn’t a crafts blog exactly, as it is more about helping kids build and play with scientific experiments. But making stuff is making stuff, so we’re including it in the list.
There’s a huge amount of resources on here for the scientifically curious. The Baby and Toddler Science section has a couple of nice suggestions and there’s stuff to help with the curriculum too once they are of school age.
The kids craft gallery on this site includes more ideas of what to do with paper plates than you will ever need. There are also plenty of printable templates to make all kinds of creatures and flying ghosts made from paper cups.
Take a look at our Top 20 below and tell us in the comments below if you think we’ve missed your favourite out.
Our Top 20 UK Websites for Crafts with Kids
|1||Crafts on Sea||@craftsonsea||Family lifestyle and crafts blog. Realistic, achievable stuff, not just Pinterest perfect! Life by the sea in Cornwall|
|2||Red Ted Art||@RedTedArt||Mum to Red Ted & Pip Squeak, Wife, Crafter, Failed Gardener & Failed Chicken Keeper.|
|3||Craftulate||@Craftulate||Crafty mom sharing a wide range of arts, crafts and activities for young children.|
|4||Science Sparks||@ScienceSparks||Making science fun for kids. FREE creative science experiments and investigations for EYFS and Primary children. Author of #ThisIsRocketScience.|
|5||Kids Craft Room||@KidsCraftRoom||Mummy to 3 (one deaf), sharing fun children's art and craft ideas. BiBs Award Winner 2013, MAD Blog Awards Finalist 2013 & 2014, Vuelio Top Ten Craft Blog 2016.|
|6||The Imagination Tree||@ImaginationTree||Early-Years Co & Art Teacher. Winner of 3 blog awards. Christian mum of 4. I love creative, child-centred PLAY, fun & learning!|
|7||Mum in The Madhouse||@Mum_TheMadHouse||Award winning author of http://www.muminthemadhouse.com , Vuelio's #1 Parenting blogger. Living a creative family life in the digital age.|
|8||The Gingerbread House||@gingerbread_mum||West London mum. Award-winning craft and family lifestyle blogger. Love crafting, paper cutting, reading and being with my family.|
|9||In the Playroom||@theplayroomblog||Parenting and Lifestyle blogger. Mum of 3 boys and a toddler girl. Based in London|
|10||The Purple Pumpkin Blog||@MsPurplePumpkin||COOK • CREATE • CELEBRATE Sharing recipes, printables, travel (+more!) Creative Blogger, Photographer, Disney Addict|
|11||Blue Bear Wood||@BlueBearWood||Award Winning Creative Family Lifestyle Blogger Vuelio Top 10 Craft blogger (zingzingtree crafts)|
|12||Castle View Academy||@CCastleView||Mommy, wife, Home educator & virtual assistant trying to hold it all together. Follow our learning, adventures, crafts and reviews.|
|13||Blissful Domestication||@blissfulkerry||Mum of 2 beautiful children, blogger, part-time SA Vet, housewife, crafter. I love animals, crafting, cooking, gardening and my family.|
|14||Play & Learn Every Day||@PlayLearnToday||Canadian in the UK, former teacher, now sahm finding creative ways to play & learn with crafts, activities, travel and days out! MADs finalist – crafts.|
|15||Jennifer’s Little World||@JenniferJain||Mum to two on the South Coast, tweeting and blogging at Jennifer's Little World about parenting, craft and travel.|
|16||Hobbycraft||@Hobbycraft||UK’s Number One Craft Blog.|
|17||Thinly Spread||@thinlyspread||Vegan. Mum of 4. Freelance writer and blogger.|
|18||Time to Craft||@CherylInTheUK||Probably sewing. Maybe gardening. Almost certainly photographing. Nature/science craft inspired. #STEM. Mother to tweens/teens.|
|19||Rachael Jess||@RachaelJessBlog||Creating tutorials for #kidscrafts#homedecor and #upcycled projects. Lover of geeky crafts – Star Wars, Marvel, etc.|
|20||Here Come the Girls||@1978rebecca||EYFS Teacher and mum of 3 girls including twins. Parent blogger. Aspiring MG YA writer. Winner of the 2018 @WellsFest A Book For Children Competition|