6 Kids Craft Recipes from Kitchen Ingredients

“I’m BORED Mom!!!” At one time or another, we have all heard those words coming from our kids’ mouths. When boredom strikes at your house, look no further than your kitchen to find the answer! We love DIY crafts here at Daily Mom so we have gathered six simple kids craft recipes that can be made with ingredients that you can find in your kitchen. Many of these can be store bought, but they are really quite easy to make yourself and not only are they non-toxic, but they are FUN to make!

Ready for some messy, creative fun? Tie back your hair, gather your materials and get ready to delight your kids with these simple and fun DIY craft recipes!


Edible Peanut Butter Play dough


This fun edible version of play dough can be molded into all sorts of fun designs and shapes- and there’s no worries about your kids trying a bite because it’s 100% edible!

What You’ll Need:

  • 6 T peanut butter
  • 4 large marshmallows
  • 3 T confectioners sugar

What To Do:

  • In a microwave safe bowl, scoop in the peanut butter and add in the marshmallows.
  • Microwave the mix for 10-15 seconds to soften the marshmallows and stir until it’s smooth. (It will be sticky.)
  • Add in the confectioners sugar one tablespoon at a time until the dough isn’t sticky anymore.
  • Using your hands, knead your dough until it’s not sticky. It will have a slight oily feel because it’s peanut butter. Now you’re ready to play!

Melted Marshmallow Paint


This fun and edible paint used only 4 ingredients and is SO fun! You kids will truly love painting, and probably tasting, this crafty art supply.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup Mini-marshmallows
  • 1/4 water
  • 3 T corn syrup
  • food coloring (to your desired brightness)

What To Do:

  • Put 1 cup of mini marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl and microwave them for 30 seconds. The marshmallows will expand.
  • Add 1/4 cup of water to the microwaved marshmallows and stir. The marshmallows will continue to melt slightly and then microwave the mixture again for 30 more seconds.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of light corn syrup to the marshmallow-water mix and stir it really well. The microwave it again for 30 seconds.
  • Stir it together until every bit of the marshmallows are melted and mixed well with the corn syrup.
  • Let it cool for a few minutes and then separate it into different containers for color mixing.
  • Using a little food coloring you can make whatever colors you desire. Popsicle sticks make great stirring tools.
  • Before letting your kids paint, be sure to let the marshmallow paint cool for a minute or so since the mix can be quite hot. Voila! Ready to paint!

Ice Cube Paint


This is a great alternative to traditional water color paints and are great for a warm summer day or even a fun winter activity in the snow.

What You’ll Need:

  • Ice cube tray
  • Water
  • Liquid food coloring
  • Mini or regular sized clothespins (optional)

What To Do:

  • Fill your ice cube tray with water.
  • Using one drop at a time, have the kids help you find different color combinations by dropping colors into each ice cube section! Make some traditional colors and try and find some unique combinations.
  • Place the tray in the freezer. If you want a less messy route, give your cubes a handle. Before you close the freezer door, place one clothes pin upright in each cube so it will freeze around it.
  • Let completely freeze (preferably overnight) and then bring outside to paint! You can wash off the pins after they cubes are melted and reuse for your next batch.

Snow Dough


Do you want to build a snowman?? We sure do! This moldable dough can be used to make snowmen and any other fun shape at any time of the year! This can get messy, so we suggest have your kids play with it in a plastic bin or outside.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 c corn starch
  • 1/2 c vegetable oil
  • 3 T sliver glitter (optional and you can use whatever color you have)

What To Do:

  • To make this, you just stir the corn starch and oil together until it’s the texture of a dough. It’s crumbly but sticks together so you can shape it into a ball. If it’s not sticking together, add a speck more oil. Add in the glitter after its combined. That’s all!

Classic Salt Dough


This classic recipe can be molded and stamped with all sorts of tools and it will dry completely hard so it’s great for crafting sculptures your kids want to keep. Or, use it for making ornaments for holiday time!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup lukewarm water

What To Do:

  • In a large bowl mix salt and flour.
  • Gradually stir in the water and mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.
  • With your hands form a ball with your dough and kneed it for at least 5 minutes. The longer you kneed your dough the smoother it will be.
  • You can store your salt dough in an air tight container and you will be able to use it for days. You can also paint your creations with acrylic paints. You can let your salt dough creations air dry, or you can bake it in the oven at 200 F until your creation is dry.

Lavender Cloud Dough


This pretty dough is similar to the snow dough but is made with flour instead of cornstarch and is scented with lavender for a wonderful smell. You can also color it purple for extra fun.

What You’ll Need:

What To Do:

  • Mix all ingredients in a plastic bin or container.
  • If you want to color the cloud dough, you can use powdered tempera paint or you can make your own by smashing sidewalk chalk in a plastic bag.
  • The cloud dough can last for weeks as long as it is stored in an airtight container.

Not only are these homemade crafts fun for your kids, but they are excellent for working on small motor skills and imaginative play. So the next time the boredom monster strikes, be prepared with these recipes and watch those frowns upside down.

Want more kids craft fun? Check out our DIY Play Dough Recipe and Homemade Sidewalk Paint so you can add these to your craft arsenal too!

Photo Credits: Our Three Peas

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Michelle

Michelle; full time mama, part time blogger, wife extraordinaire. This busy mama to three “peas” is a lover of all things running, crafting and baking. A New England native and current desert dweller, she is the brains and wit behind the blog Our Three Peas, where she writes about the hilarious reality that is motherhood. She strives to live a green and natural life and swears that most motherhood-related dramas can be solved by having a nice glass of wine at the end of the evening.

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