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4 Fun & Affordable School Holiday Crafts

10 November 2020
4 Fun & Affordable School Holiday Crafts -  november hoy

With the school holidays right around the corner, it is never too early to start gathering some holiday craft ideas to keep your kids busy – and save you some grey hairs!

We know that budgets are tight near the end of the year which is why these crafts are not only fun for the kids but affordable for your pocket.

Start the school holidays the right way with these four fun and affordable school holiday crafts.

1. Dyed Pasta Necklaces

Making jewellery has always been a great kids craft but beads and supplies can be a bit pricey. That is exactly what makes these dyed pasta necklaces so great! They are affordable and can be made with items from the kitchen.

What you will need:

  • Uncooked, hollow pasta e.g.: macaroni and penne
  • Liquid food colouring in assorted colours
  • White vinegar
  • Plastic containers with lids
  • Cooling sheet
  • String

How to get started:

Place a handful of pasta in the plastic container. Now mix one teaspoon of vinegar with multiple drops of food colouring. It is better to refrain from mixing multiple colours together.

Place the lid on the plastic container and shake until the dye mixture has thoroughly coated the pasta. If the colour is still too dull, repeat the dyeing process until satisfied.

Now pour the pasta onto a cooling sheet to dry. Once dry, the kids can start making their colourful pasta necklaces!

Craft & Image Credit: Jackie Curry, Happy Hooligans

2. Ladybug Rocks

Not only is this craft super affordable but it encourages the kids to play outside and get their hands dirty at the same time! While the craft is for creating ladybug rocks, let your kids’ imagination run wild and see what types of insect masterpieces they come up with!

What you will need:

  • Different colour craft paints
  • Smooth rocks (round or ovular)
  • Paintbrush
  • Toothpick
  • Outdoor sealer paint

How to get started:

Before the kids get painting, be sure to wash the rocks and dry them off completely.

Now paint the rock (only the top) the colour you would like your ladybug rock to be and allow the paint to dry completely. Using black craft paint, paint the head of the ladybug and allow to dry.

Dip the handle end of the paintbrush into some black craft paint. Now dot black spots onto the ladybug using the dipped end of the paintbrush.

Clean the handle off and dip into white craft paint. Dot the paintbrush onto the head to make the lady bug’s eyes. Once dry, dip a toothpick into the black paint and dot onto the white eyes to create pupils.

Once entirely dry, paint the ladybug rocks with a clear overcoat.

Your ladybug rocks are now ready to be placed in the garden, as paperweights or just a cool bedroom decoration!

Craft & Image Credit:

3. Glow in the Dark Bubbles

How cool is blowing bubbles outside on a warm summer’s day? But how cool would it be to be able to blow glow in the dark bubbles at night?

After doing this fun and affordable craft with the kids, you will be able to!

What you will need:

  • Bubble solution
  • 2 glowsticks
  • Scissors

How to get started:

Shake and break your glow sticks to activate the solution. Using a pair of scissors, cut off the end of the glow stick and pour the glow stick solution into your bubble solution. Place the cap on the bubble solution and shake well.

Your bubbles should now be glow in the dark! The glow will not last forever, but shaking the bubble solution periodically should help.

Craft & Image Credit: Bettijo,

4. Space Crayons

Why colour in with normal crayons if you can make your very own cool space crayons?

If the kids have tubs full of old wax crayons then this is the craft that you have been looking for!

What you will need:

  • Old wax crayons
  • Silver, fine glitter
  • Muffin trays or silicone mould

How to get started:

Remove all the paper from the old wax crayons, break them into pieces and place them into the silicone mould or muffin tray. You can keep colours together to make solid colours or you can mix colours together.

Sprinkle glitter into the tin or mould and place them into the oven for about 5 minutes at 140 degrees Celsius. Watch the crayons to see when they have melted and then remove them from the oven to cool.

If the kids are getting inpatient, place the mould/tin in the fridge. Do not try to remove the crayons until they are completely cold or they could break.

Craft & Image Credit:


Have any fun and affordable school holiday craft ideas that you love to do with your kids? Share your ideas with the House of York followers in the comments on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages to help them out!

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