30 Easy DIY Projects That Can Be Done In An Hour

Shannon Quinn - December 31, 2019
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These monsters are made with toilet roll, construction paper, and paint. Credit: Shutterstock

2. Toilet Roll Characters 

Most people in the world hoarded toilet paper last year. If you’re one of them, you may want to start saving the toilet rolls once they are done. These cardboard rolls can be recycled and turned into cute toys for your kids. The greatest benefit of this one-hour craft is that it could potentially be free for you to make when you use art supplies you already have at home. Decorate the characters with googly eyes, markers, glitter, stamps, or whatever you already have in your supply closet. 

These wacky characters all have a unique personality. Credit: Shutterstock

Encourage your children to paint the toilet paper rolls to look like any character they want. Your kids will feel like they received a new toy without spending any money.  In the example shown in the photos, people used both construction paper and paint to create monsters. However, you could create any character you want. Check out Pinterest for ideas on making characters for any holiday or occasion. Some parents have helped their kids make entire towns out of toilet paper rolls. Once they get tired of using these crafts as toys, disposing of them is as simple as putting it in the recycling bin.

Felt wallets are a great gift to give your child. Credit: Shutterstock

1. Child’s Felt Wallet

When your kids are very young, it’s not likely that you are going to give them their own wallet. It’s too easy for them to accidentally lose it when they go to the store. However, as they get older, it might be good to get them used to carrying a wallet like a grown up. This next DIY is a very simple craft in making a wallet out of felt. All you need is a piece of colored felt, thread, and a button. Some free patterns online also make felt wallets a bit more complex, using hot glue to add pockets.

A felt wallet could be a girl’s first sewing project. Credit: Shutterstock

If you grew up learning how to sew,  you probably want to pass down that skill to your own children. Once your kids are around the age of eight or nine, they should be able to handle making one of these wallets on their own, with adult supervision. This could be a great project for you to introduce hand sewing to your kids so that they get used to the process.  Since this is so quick and easy to make, it is instant gratification that will make them feel proud of making something.

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