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Check Out These 5 DIY Crafts That Can Keep Your Kids Engaged Over The Weekend!

Posted: February 24, 2017
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The weekend is here. While you might be desperate to get some rest over the weekend, your kids would be full of energy. DIY crafts is the answer!

Parenting is never easy. Although you must be doing everything to ensure a good education and overall growth, are you doing enough to encourage the kid’s creativity?

Every child is differently creative. That means they need to be exposed to different things before they find their calling. A child may find dance, music, poetry, pottery or even DIY fun to do. With the great volume of information available these days, DIY is making a lot of noise, especially for home décor. The weekend is a good time for DIY crafts for both kids and adults.

It helps children understand the importance of making more out of less leading to a resourceful mindset which plays a great role in handling challenges at a later stage in life. In adults, DIY crafts have been found to be a stress buster as it involves the creative side of the brain unlike the logical side which is usually in action throughout the week.

So, over a weekend, enjoy DIY crafts and feel the difference. Below are some of the easiest and quickest DIY crafts made with plastic bottles (cold drinks/ soda) curated just for you!

Colorful Horse

This easy to do and attractive craft will be loved by all for its amazing looks.

Plastic bottle horse

Get started with spray painting the bottle in your favorite color. Once the coloring is done and has dried, you will have to bend the bottle and twist it to create the horse’s head. Follow this up with adding eyes and other elements of the horse’s face (you can add these as per your preference). To finish this craft, just add a stick and a ribbon or rope. Your amazing little horse is ready to rock! While your toddler may not want to leave it alone at all, elders will also admire it equally.

Plastic bottle horse

You can also gift it to someone who is a DIY fan. Another way to put this craft to use is creating these horses for your terrace garden. It will add a pop of color to your personal green area and keep up your joy and spirit.

Step by step tutorial and images credit here

Easy To Make Lawn Sprinkler

There is a kid within each of us when it comes to playing in the lawn sprinkler, isn’t it?

Lawn sprinkler

Come summer and we all want to do it. While you might have a lawn sprinkler already installed, what about creating one of your own? To play and enjoy in the sprinkler made by you can be super fun.

Got those 2L plastic soda bottle at home? All you need to do is puncture a few holes in the container and hook it with the garden hose. You have an excellent opportunity to personalize your sprinkler, too. Especially if you are letting the kids do this DIY craft, letting them decorate on their own can add to all the fun.

 

You can consider gifting it to family or friends on their house warming party to add some fun to the new house. The decoration can be jazzed up to suit the occasion.

Step by step tutorial and images credit here

Cute Chia Pets

Love keeping those Chia pets around the house and lawn? They are too adorable to ignore.

chia-pet

So, why not put those empty plastic soda bottle from the last home party to use?

To make the cutest Chia pet at home, get the bottom of the 2L soda bottle by neatly cutting the bottle with a good bottle cutter. Keep the lid safe to create the nose (yes, the cap nose looks super cute!). Get two crafty buttons to create the eyes and you are done. Next, fill it up with some soil and your favorite seedlings to add life to your Chia pet.

You can use other decorative elements as well. Remember, it is made by you, so you can personalize it as much as you want. Keep them in a place where you can see them right in the morning. They are sure to cheer you up instantly.

Chia pet from plastic bottle

Chia pets are a great gift material as well. Be it a birthday, anniversary or a house warming party, you can gift this cutesy thing and be sure that it will not be forgotten anytime soon. The growing plant will remind them of you, for sure!

Step by step tutorial and images credit here

Colorful Tropical Fish

What’s better than having a unique home décor done by your kid?

Colorful fish

Such DIY crafts make your home memorable and a favored home party venue among family and friends. These colorful fish can be made in vibrant colors with a 2L bottle. All you need to do is cut the bottle using a good bottle cutter in the right shape as shown in image (so that it resembles the shape of a fish). Then let your kid add as many colors to the bottle as required to make it a pretty and attractive fish. You can choose to have colors that add a pop to your interiors. This fish can be a good summer project for kids, even the little ones.

Tropic fish from plastic bottle

These tropical fish can be a fantastic gift idea for the birthday of your child’s friend. Not only will the other kid love it, but will be encouraged to try his hands on a similar thing as well.

Step by step tutorial and images credit here.  

Pretty Bird Feeders

Do you love little chirpy birds hovering over your window or balcony?

Bird feeder

Get to see more of them with the bird feeder put right there. Creating bird feeders out of used 2L soda bottles is a superb idea to use plastic waste consciously. You will have to get started with cutting the bottle in the right shape (as shown in image) with a bottle cutter. Next thing you need to do is paint it in beautiful colors of your choice. You can either paint them in your favorite colors in a combination or a single color. Since this is a bird feeder, you will have to keep it close to an open area where birds will visit often. Instead of painting them, you can also cover them in fabric swatches. Fabric swatches enhance the longevity.

bird-feeder from plastic bottle

These bird feeders made from plastic bottles are a great gifting idea for nature lovers. Seeing it by their window every day will remind them of you, for sure.

Step by step tutorial and images credit here.

We often invest a significant amount of money and time in finding the right home décor, gift items, and weekend activities. Why not switch to making some good use of plastic bottles which otherwise would only clog drains and pollute landfills? While the wisest deal is to minimize usage of plastic, but due to its widespread usage as a packaging material, it may not be the most practical thing to do. Therefore, let us at least work towards not discarding it irresponsibly.

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Shruti Taparia

Shruti Taparia

Shruti is a marketing & branding professional with interest in health, lifestyle, women empowerment & education. You can visit her here

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