For many of us, summertime as a kid was all about summer camp and the crafts we carefully constructed while there (and then dutifully brought home and displayed in our bedrooms for years to come). Who doesn’t want to pass that kind of sweet nostalgia on to their kids?
The good news is that you don’t have to pony up the big bucks and send your children off to camp to get it. We’ve rounded up 10 easy-to-follow tutorials to help you and the littles make some classic camp crafts at home this summer.
Pick your favorite or make it your goal to try them all before school starts again in the fall.
- God’s Eye — I’m not entirely sure about the origins of the name for this one, but I do know that kids can’t get enough of the endless color and pattern possibilities. This version adds a little bling for a modern twist.
- Library Bag — Summer reading is a great way to help prevent summer brain slide and a hand decorated book tote is just the thing to get kids excited about a trip to the local library.
- Bird Feeder — This version is an entire snacking ladder and has attracted birds, squirrels and all kinds of other wildlife to our backyard this year.
- Produce Prints — The perfect activity to get kids excited about nature (and it makes a pretty cool looking print, too).
- String Art — This is a beautifully colorful way to sneak a little geometry into summer.
- Homemade Hand Soaps — Three cheers for a craft that will get the littles excited about washing their hands!
- Finger Knit Bracelets — This is the perfect gateway activity to knitting for kids — no needles required.
- Bookbinding — Not only is this a lovely lost art, it will encourage literacy skills by giving your children a special place to journal all summer long.
- Lanyards — Lanyard making is a total camp craft classic! Our visual tutorial lays out the step-by-step instructions and shows you how to make your lanyard into a hip bracelet, too.
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