At the moment, autumn feels like it’s not quite here yet. It’s still pretty hot and the sun is out for most of the time. This will change very soon though and when the kids can’t spend the entire day outside or in the pool anymore, it’s nice to keep them occupied with inspiring DIY projects in your kitchen – all you need is an oven and a few other little bits!
We collected 3 of our all-time favourite tutorials below.
Colourful Salt Dough Ornaments
Salt dough is super easy to make, non-toxic and you probably have all the ingredients at home already. We used normal cookie cutters for this project but you can use any cutters you like. Have some hopping bunnies? Easy! Just roll out the dough and make a herd of bunnies. Don’t really fancy Easter? Just get some flower-shaped cookie cutters. This project is ideal for kids who love to paint and are interested in helping mommy in the kitchen.
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup flour
- 5 cups salt
- 5 cups water
- Rolling Pin
- Cookie Cutter
- Straw (for making holes)
- Baking sheets covered with baking paper
- Acrylic paint (or spray paint for a quicker project)
Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Mix together all the ingredients for the salt dough, knead until a smooth dough forms. Roll it out evenly (roughly 0.5cm thick) and use the cookie cutters to create all sorts of ornaments. Transfer the cut out shapes onto the baking trays and use the straw to pinch little holes in the top so you can hang your ornaments when they’re dry.
Bake at 175 degrees Celsius for 2 hours.
Let them cool before you paint them either with spray paint (saves heaps of time and you can choose fancy colours like gold or glitter) or with acrylic paint. Make sure you cover your kitchen properly when you use spray paint. If you want to add more paint, make sure you let them dry completely. You can also coat them with a layer of clear paint to make the ornaments longer lasting. Lastly, use the twine to hang up the ornaments on a tree, in bushes or on the wall.
Did you know it’s super-duper easy to make your own crayons? Let your child chose the colours and the shape and you’ll have unique crayons in no time. Also makes a great little gift for birthday giveaways.
What you’ll need:
- Old Crayons (or new ones if you don’t have any old ones laying around)
- Silicone mould (e.g. in bunny shape or egg shape)
Pre-heat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius. Break the crayons into small pieces and fill the silicon moulds with it. We found novelty ice cube trays, soap making moulds or baking moulds work really well for this project. Put the moulds in the oven and melt the crayons for 10 minutes. Let them cool completely before trying to take them out.
Easy and relatively quick to make, these bracelets are ideal as accessories for the Easter Brunch (or any time of the year really, they’re so colourful and happy!).
What you’ll need:
- Stretch Jewellery Cord
- A hard surface
Cut the cord so it comfortably fits around your kid’s wrist, leave enough room for several knots. Tie a few knots in the bottom end of the string so the jellybeans won’t slide off. Thread the cord through the needle (your kid might need help with this as it’s very finicky) and start pushing the jellybeans onto the needle. Depending on your needle, this can be a little hard so it’s advisable to put the bottom end of the needle onto a hard surface and gently push the jellybean down. Then just slide it onto the cord. When you’re done, tie the band around your kid’s wrist and there you go! A fun afternoon activity and edible bracelets are the result. Just make sure you don’t let the jellybeans become wet, or it’ll end up in a sticky mess.