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20 easy craft ideas for mums who hate craft

No you haven’t clicked on the wrong website – yes I am writing about easy craft ideas. And no I haven’t been bodysnatched. 

If you’ve read my blog for a while you’ll have noticed me mention (on more than 139 occasions) that I hate craft. Like literally cannot stand it. Even in my ideas to keep young kids entertained at home post I try to avoid it.

I’m not at all creative when it comes to it, and basically the reason I hate it so much is that I spend more time setting it all up and clearing it away than my boys (aged 3, 3 and 5) spend actually DOING IT! 

Why I hate doing crafts with my kids

My other reason for not getting the pens, scissors and glue out at every opportunity is this… 

I currently have dried on pritt stick glue stripes along my hallway walls, and graffiti in at least 50 per cent of the rooms in my house.

Junk modelling is pretty much the only thing I can tolerate. And that’s because it doesn’t involve paint. 

But last week I was on BBC Radio being interviewed, and presenter Gordon Sparks (or should I say Sparksy) set me a challenge. 

I’ve chatted to him on air several times now, lots about lockdown and how it was for us mums and he knows that I hate craft. So he *kindly challenged me to come up with a blogpost for easy craft ideas for mums who hate craft. Thanks for that, Sparksy. 

So here it is. I’m not claiming to have come up with a single one of these ideas myself. Because, well, how could I when I don’t have anything remotely creative or crafty up my sleeve?

But I called on my fellow bloggers, lots of whom LOVE a bit of crafting, and they’ve all written before about easy craft ideas by the truckload. (You should go follow them all).

I reckon even I could manage at least a few of these. Click on the links in blue to get more detail.



Pieces of paper laid out on the floor with foam farmyard animal stickers on as one of many easy craft ideas

So on the face of it this looks like one of those pretty easy craft ideas I could handle. Cerys from Rainy Day Mum suggests starting off simple with some coloured paper such as blue for under the sea and a set of fish stickers. You can create a comic book style for older kids or for younger children just create pictures with your stickers. 

She said: “Why not use your stickers and create a simple game – there’s a  ‘farm animal are you my mother?’ game which is great to play together as you teach your little one the names of the baby animals on the farm.

Or create a game to practice colour matching. It’s great for little hands to do and works on colour recognition as well.” Find out more here.


A rainbow wreath made out of fluffy poms poms standing on a mantelpiece next to a card that says 'start each day with a grateful heart'

I love the look of this rainbow wreath idea from Emma Bradley at Emma and 3. You essentially only need a polystyrene wreath and pom poms you can buy on Amazon, a pencil, ruler and a glue gun. And believe it or not, I do actually own a glue gun! Cut the wreath in half to form an arch, measure out equal sections for the different colours, and stick the pom poms on. I am definitely loving this as one of my easy craft ideas.

Two macrame rainbows on a yellow background with flowers attached to them as one of many easy craft ideas

Emma also recommends Easy DIY Macrame Rainbows which look great. But to me the words ‘easy’ and ‘macrame’ don’t sit well in the same sentence!


Colourful yarn monsters made out of pipe cleaners and yarn is one of many easy craft ideas

Anthea Barton from Blue Bear Wood blog suggests trying out these cute yarn monsters. She said: “This is such an enjoyable craft from start to finish and my girls just adore playing with these little critters, plus they look really cool dotted around the house.”

You’ll need various colours of yarn, pipe cleaners, googly or sticker eyes, scissors and PVA glue. Read Anthea’s yarn monster post and video here to find out how to make them.


Now this is something I do actually DO! And especially did in lockdown. My boys, especially the younger ones, love to do some cutting and sticking, so my lovely mum cuts out pictures of animals and birds from all her nature magazines and gives them to the boys to make collages. She would even post us envelopes full of them every week during lockdown! 

Jenni Grainger from Chilling with Lucas said: “Gather unwanted catalogues, leaflets and magazines, along with construction paper and glue to create collages. Have children come up with a story to tell through pictures or have them find images that would illustrate the theme of a favourite book. Collages can also be used to create imaginative, abstract art. Layer and tear the paper, adding paint, glue and sparkles for truly unique artistic designs.” Find out more about how Jenni does it here.


Yellow mardi gras mask decorated with sequins and glitter is a an easy craft idea for children

Louise McMullen from Messy Little Monster suggests anything from a printable template is ideal for us mums who hate craft. And this Mardi Gras mask looks great.

She said: “Make a colourful Mardi Gras mask using a printable masquerade mask template. Decorating your mask template with glitter, sequins or feathers is a must! These Mardi Gras masks are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers to make, but older kids (and even adults) will love making their own colourful carnival masks too!”


Three clay hearts with decorations and words Nana and Gran on them with ribbon making them into a Christmas tree decoration laying on a wooden table

Jo Boyne from A Rose Tinted World says making air-drying clay Christmas decorations are one of the best easy craft ideas. 

She said: “Little ones love to make their own Christmas decorations and I am always on the hunt for easy and not too messy ways of making pretty decorations that look great on our tree. These air-drying clay decorations tick all the boxes in my house. They are quick and easy to make, look great and are not too messy. They are that easy that even a small toddler can make them.”

This is what I like to hear, Jo! All you need is some air-drying clay that feels like play doh so the kids love it, a rolling pin, small cookie cutter to make the shape, a cocktail stick or skewer, some stuff to make imprints on the surface, and some paints or nail varnish to paint them once they’re dried. Look pretty cool, don’t they?


A spider web cut out of paper and stuck on a window, with a paper spider on the top of it

A good one for Halloween or if your kids like all things spooky are these simple spider webs from Claire Bayliss of Big Family, Big Fun blog. She said: “We made Spiders Webs, in the same way as making snowflakes at Christmas, just cutting rectangles rather than different shapes, then sponge-painting them with black paint, and adding spiders cut out from coloured card.”


I don’t know about you but the whole painting rocks thing has been pretty huge in our area. Wherever you went people would have decorated rocks and large stones, and hidden them for others to find. The idea was to find them, then hide them somewhere else for more children to find. We’ve had great fun finding and hiding them, particularly at our local National Trust gardens. But I’m guessing you won’t be surprised to hear that we’ve not actually PAINTED any ourselves. Because, well you know, paint… 

But Claire Casswell from The Happy Weaners, can show you how to do it in this fab video.


A wooden picture frame with a white sheet of paper inside with small flat pebbles stuck to it arranged in a picture to show a bird sat on a pile of rocks

Whilst you’re out and about collecting rocks to paint, get your kids to pick up some smaller pebbles too. Mine children do this constantly anyway, mainly because we have a gravel driveway, the contents of which often makes an appearance around my house.

Anthea from Blue Bear Wood also suggests using pebbles for pebble art is an easy craft idea. And don’t they look great? Anthea said: “The simplicity of pebble art pictures is mesmerising and I love how easy it is for children to be involved in all stages including  the initial trip out to collect the stones, talking about the shape and texture, followed by hands on placing and design through to to framing the finished piece.”

All you need is some small preferably flat pebbles, sticks, pencils, pens, a glue gun and picture frames. Check out Anthea’s post for full instructions.


PIN IMAGE FOR 20 EASY CRAFT IDEAS FOR MOMS WHO HATE CRAFT. Picture is of two sticky cards which are made of card with colourful petals and leaves stuck onto double sided sticky tape

Sarah Whiting from Craft Invaders says these sticky nature cards are one of the best ever easy craft ideas. She says all you need is some card and some double sided sticky tape – and to get out in nature. Get your kids to collect bits and pieces such as petals, leaves, seeds and grasses. Then bung them all on the double sided sticky tape and voila! Don’t they look great. I could DEFINITELY manage this. Sarah says it’s a great activity to do whilst you’re out and about if you prepare the card and tape before you go.


A toilet roll made into a unicorn with paint and glitter, with colourful pieces of paper as hair and a pink glittery horn, laid on a wooden table

Now anything out of a toilet roll has to be a winner when it comes to easy craft ideas, right? Even I collect my loo rolls on a ‘just in case’ basis. Obviously there are now a LOT of them sat in a pile waiting to be turned into something amazing and beautiful. 

Ella Jones from Typical Mummy says one of simplest things to make out of a toilet roll is a unicorn. Although beware, it does involve GLITTER! 

She said: “First you need to paint the toilet roll white, then once that’s dry, paint the nose on in pink and give your unicorn nostrils with black paint. Next, cut a triangle out of cardboard and glue it into a cone shape to make the horn. Cover it in glue and coat in glitter before gluing it onto the end of the toilet roll. Whilst you’ve got the glue and glitter, you can give your unicorn a line of glitter down its forehead too and then stick googly eyes either side of the line. 

“Cut a couple of ear shapes out of cardboard, paint them white and pink and glue them behind the horn. Then get different coloured ribbon, strips of paper or wool and glue or tape them into the end of the toilet roll under the horn.”


A girl's hands ripping washi tape in different colours and sticking it to a black sheet of paper to make mess free firework pictures

The words ‘mess free’ are very attractive here, right? This idea is from Jemma at Thimble and Twig, who loves doing crafts with her four children. She said: “We made mess free firework pictures by popping washi tape and some flourescent duct tape onto black paper. This kept our little ones engrossed for ages, ripping the tape and sticking it down – they loved that their was no need for scissors! And even my 16 month old could have a go!” This is my kind of easy craft!


So if they’re anything like my boys, your kids will probably love playing with a cardboard box. Especially one big enough for them to actually get into. So why not make it even better for them?

Claire from The Happy Weaners, shows us how to make a pretty cool DIY house in this video. But also warns it should be done after bedtime when no little ones are around to interfere! This is much more my kind of thinking.


My boys are slightly dinosaur-obsessed so I know they’d love these salt dough dinosaur fossils. And according to Emma Reed they’re one of the best easy craft ideas to do. 

You basically need to make salt dough out of plain flour, salt and water. Then let your kids loose making various shapes and imprints on them. Cook them in the oven on a low setting for three hours then paint or varnish them, or leave them plain.


Come to think of it, bookmarks are one of the best easy craft ideas – because they actually have a USE. I mean, seriously, what was I supposed to do with this Jurassic Park the five year old had to make during homeschooling? Other than *hide it in the spare room for an appropriate amount of time before I could bin it without anyone noticing. 

Model of jurassic park made by four year old in lockdown

Vicky Lowes from Blossom Education said: “Bookmarks can be as easy or complex as you like. Simply cut a width of card of your choice – we love the pearlescent effect. Next, use old magazines to cut out letters to spell their names or even the word ‘read’ or ‘love’. Stick them down, add some stickers or drawings and then laminate to make them last longer.”


Pink hoop cereal threaded onto a string as a necklace, being worn over a pink and white t.shirt with the batman logo on it

My lovely friend Carly from Mom of Two Little Girls is on my wavelength when it comes to hating craft. But this idea is an awesome one. You basically give them a bowl of circular cereal you’re likely to have in your cupboard already, and some thread. Get them to make a cereal necklace. Then go and make yourself a nice hot cup of coffee. 

Carly said: “I set the girls up with a bowl of oat cereal, a piece of string or cotton thread and told them to make their own Oatie necklaces. Not only is this a healthy snack they can eat, but the threading activity is great for their hand-to-eye co-ordination.”


Images on how to do leaf printing as one of many easy craft ideas. One picture shows different autumnal coloured leaves, another image shows two little girls with some paint bottles, one shows the paint bottles and the final picture shows the finished piece of paper with leaf prints

Okay so I know leaf printing is one of the simplest easy craft ideas you could possibly do. Especially in the autumn, but funnily enough it’s not something I’d rush to do because, well, paint. But maybe I should suck it up and get on with it. According to Kirsty Lloyd Hall from Navigating Baby the kids would love it. 

She said: “ I love this craft activity as it gets you and your toddler out and about then doing the craft itself. You can actually fill a whole morning with this activity without it feeling like water torture. We start by heading out in the local area and collecting different types of leaves.”
Kirsty said you then need paper, paint in autumnal colours, glitter, and leaves. Then cover up their clothes, let your kids dip the leaves in the paint and get printing. You can then add glitter (although that’s unlikely to happen in my house.)

Or if you want some more design ideas to download head to Design Bundles free resources.


Now I’m going to push the boat out a bit here and add a couple of ideas to this list myself. And they could literally not be simpler. Don’t worry though, they’re not stuff I’ve come up with myself – they’re things we had to do during the dreaded homeschooling.

The frozen flower eggs were pretty much my favourite of the easy craft ideas we were set by the school. All you need is some eggs, some bits and pieces such as petals, leaves and grass from your garden or elsewhere, some water and a freezer. 

Start by making a hole the size of a penny in the top of the eggshell then carefully drain out the egg and discard (or use to bake the copious amount of banana loaves we all loved so much!). Then insert the leaves, petals etc into the eggshell, filling it as far up to the top as you can. Fill it up with water then stand it back in the egg carton so it doesn’t fall over and pop it in the freezer. Leave for a few hours or overnight, then peel away the shell. You’re then left with a very funky frozen flower egg! My boys loved doing this. 


Another easy gem from the homeschooling days was to collect bits from your garden and arrange them into the letters of your name. But you could make any kind of picture with leaves, twigs, petals and flowers. This was probably my best homeschooling activity as it was so easy. The five year old just huffed and puffed the whole way through it. 


I couldn’t compile a list of easy craft ideas for us mums who hate crafts and not include junk modelling. It’s pretty much my go-to activity when the five year old wants to do something creative. I have a constant collection in our spare room of ‘interesting’ items from our recycling bin, and woe betide my husband if he even dares to throw away an egg box or kitchen roll holder! 

I like this because it takes little effort, other than providing him with sticky tape or glue, and plenty of rubbish to play with. It’s amazing what they can come up with when left to their own devices. The only slight problem is getting the correct answer when they ask you to guess what it is! 

So there you have it, 15 easy craft ideas for mums who hate craft. I can’t promise it’ll suddenly make you the world’s most enthusiastic crafter but they look pretty simple, right? Right??

Let me know how you get on and show me the results! 

PIN IMAGE FOR 20 EASY CRAFT IDEAS picture is of colourful petals, leaves and grass frozen into egg shaped ice

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[…] handle (@twinstantrums) to your tweets as well as mine. Finally, she has a guest co-host post, 20 Easy Craft Ideas For Mums Who Hate Craft linked up too. Please if you could go there and add a comment it would […]

Jeanne 25/10/2020 - 3:57 am

Lots of good ideas here!

Priya 26/10/2020 - 7:56 am

Those were great crafts Helen! Thank you for co-hosting!

Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 26/10/2020 - 3:11 pm

Thank you!

Claire 06/11/2020 - 4:58 pm

Oh wow these are some great ideas!

Rosie Doal 27/10/2020 - 11:28 am

I was never a huge craft fan either – just because I’m no good at it. But these look like great ideas x #KCACOLS

Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 27/10/2020 - 2:27 pm

They certainly look vaguely doable – which is what I need!

Jade Page 28/10/2020 - 3:20 pm

Thanks for the tips I hate crafts too because I have no imagination or natural creativity. I steal all our craft ideas from Pinterest. I haven’t tried junk modelling yet so will have to give that one a go. #KCACOLS.

Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 28/10/2020 - 4:14 pm

That’s the easiest one!

Hellosewing 30/10/2020 - 3:34 pm

Your babies are really cute with all they DIY makeup Lol 🙂 Don’t hate these moments – cherish them. Kids do grow up so fast!
I am a crafty person and has always been, so I whipped up a phone holder pillow together with my son https://hellosewing.com/diy-phone-pillow-stand-holder/ -he uses it all the time and I made couple of cute sock monkeys for my niece https://hellosewing.com/sock-monkey-sewing-pattern/

Hellosewing 30/10/2020 - 3:36 pm

thanks for sharing over at #KCACOLS

Things to do with kids at home - Devon with Kids 31/10/2020 - 12:33 pm

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Sarah-Marie 02/11/2020 - 9:38 am

These are some really great suggestions. We’ve really enjoyed making playdough fossils and dinosaur footprints. We made the spiders’ webs are halloween too! #KCACOLS

Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 02/11/2020 - 9:59 am

Glad they were useful!

Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 02/11/2020 - 11:05 pm

They were the best thing we did during homeschooling. So easy even I could do it!

Laura - Mummy Lauretta 04/11/2020 - 12:55 pm

These are great ideas, I’m not a crafty person at all and my two were never that bothered about doing these kinds of activities. Those eggs look brilliant #KCACOLS

Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 04/11/2020 - 2:31 pm

The eggs were great!

Oli Harris 06/11/2020 - 1:26 pm

You’ve made on little chap very happy with the spiders web idea! Some great suggestions in here especially now we are stuck at home again for a while! Lots that doesn’t require too much special stuff either. thank you!

Micaela Burr 06/11/2020 - 1:41 pm

I am an avid crafter and I love making things with pom poms! Last year I made a festive wreath for my front door and I took part in a yarn bomb of my village which saw a group of us making tonnes of pom poms and hanging them up around the village!

Kelly 06/11/2020 - 5:30 pm

Some fabulous ideas. Thank you so much.

Ashleigh 06/11/2020 - 6:10 pm

I absolutely hate craft too but there are some fab ideas here! Might have to trail one or two 😍 thanks for sharing!

Love, Ashleigh

Sophie 06/11/2020 - 6:47 pm

I love these ideas especially the mess free firework display! I’m with you – my niece makes so much mess but I know she’d love doing these. Hopefully I can do them with her when lockdown is over!

Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 07/11/2020 - 7:43 am

Hope you get to do them!

Tracey Carr 06/11/2020 - 10:14 pm

I’m with you all the way, really not into crafts at all..I avoid it like the plague most of the time but during the mid-term break I had to give in a pull out the aprons and the box of paints. I know it’s a bit mean isn’t it because they absolutely love it! I’ve never done the leaf printing so I might give that one a go one of these horrible wet November days. But it’s a permanent no to glitter. Under no circumstances. It brings me out in a cold sweat just the thought of having to clean it all up!! #KCACOLS

Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 07/11/2020 - 7:43 am

Definitely banned in this house! Toby picked up leaves yesterday and just stuck them on paper – he was happy with that and it only involved a print stick. My kind of craft!

Nicole - Tales from Mamaville 06/11/2020 - 11:11 pm

I love this post Helen. Coz although I love the idea of doing craft with my son, I suck at it too much to actually enjoy it!!! But these ideas are brilliant, I love the egg flower one, it looks so cool. Lockdown weekends, here we come!!!

Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 07/11/2020 - 7:42 am

The eggs were definitely a highlight of homeschooling as they were so easy!

Lavania 07/11/2020 - 1:50 am

This is a lot of crafts for someone who doesn’t like them 😂😂

I’ve added a list of play prompts in to my latest thirty day challenge blog which might give you some inspo;


Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 07/11/2020 - 7:41 am

Luckily I had help, and I’ve only tried about three 🙂

Melanie Varey 07/11/2020 - 7:24 am

What a great collection. Some classics and some ideas I’ve never seen before I love the rainbow wreaths – they are beautiful!

Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 07/11/2020 - 7:41 am

I loved the look of those too!

Emma Reed 07/11/2020 - 9:50 am

These are fab and perfect for toddlers to do too. Thanks so much for sharing!

Crummy Mummy 07/11/2020 - 10:28 am

This is me – unless it’s something I really want to do I’m not so keen on crafting because it’s always me that has to tidy up the mess!! #KCACOLS

Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 07/11/2020 - 11:19 am

It would all be fine without the children!

Sarah Stockley 07/11/2020 - 11:18 am

I love a bit of crafting. Not with young kids though – it frustrates me when things aren’t done how I’d like. I love the pompom rainbow and macrame rainbow!

Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 07/11/2020 - 11:18 am

I like those too!

Jen 07/11/2020 - 6:07 pm

These look amazing! I love crafts though and would be happy to make anything but I completely understand anyone who doesn’t.

Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 07/11/2020 - 6:14 pm

Please come to my house and craft with my kids so I don’t have to 🙂

Mike 07/11/2020 - 8:21 pm

Magazine collages and toilet roll crafts used to be a fave of mine growing up!

Amazing in-depth article, thanks a lot.

Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 07/11/2020 - 8:21 pm

Mine love a collage of magazine cut outs!

Rachel Day 07/11/2020 - 9:36 pm

Wow what a list of crafts. I think I could try some of these. Although I do craft with mine too. I’m not that creative so it’s great to have some more ideas. My fav is rock painting. We’ve don’t this. a few times. I look forward to seeing more of your creations. 😉😊 #kcacols

Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 08/11/2020 - 8:48 am

I wouldn’t look forward too much, Rach 😂

Natalie 08/11/2020 - 10:11 am

Really liked the ideas in your post but especially loved the intro about your hatred of craft and the examples of how it can all go a bit wrong. We’re far to used to seeing these insta perfect representations of people’s lives so it’s massively refreshing to me to see someone talk about it how I’ve found it to be in my experience of being a mother.

Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 08/11/2020 - 10:20 am

Ah thank you. I’m the same, too many perfect lives out there which I’m sure aren’t real so I like to be honest on here!

Clare 08/11/2020 - 1:43 pm

I have to admit I also hate craft, I’m not very creative and it just stresses me out! I love some of these ideas though, particularly the Pom Pom rainbow.

Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee 08/11/2020 - 3:46 pm

It really stresses me out too! I loved the idea of the rainbow too.

Jaclyn Kaiser 08/11/2020 - 11:34 pm

These are some great ideas, thank you!


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