Wearable Crafts for Kids

Crafts of all sorts can be fun; but wearable crafts are a special kind of fun! Here are some ideas for craft projects that your kids can have fun wearing.

Tutus

How many little girls fantasize about wearing a tutu? The good news is, you don’t have to spend a bunch of money buying a tutu because you can make one at home for fairly cheap.

Materials:

  • Scissors or a rotary cutter
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Strip of elastic, 1/2-inch wide and cut to fit around your child’s waist
  • 6 to 8 yards of tulle (the net-like fabric that bridal veils are often made of)

Directions:

Measure your child’s waist with the tape measure, then purchase/cut a piece of elastic that length. Cut the tulle into strips, approximately 6 inches wide x 18 inches long (you can make them longer if you like, or use different colors to make a multi-colored tutu).

Lay 3 strips of tulle on top of each other, and fold them in half over the elastic. Tie the group of tulle strips into a knot over/around the elastic. Repeat this until the tulle strips are tied all the way around the elastic.

Here’s the only sewing part – when you come to the end of the elastic, sew the ends together by hand or with a machine. You can arrange the tulle to cover the stitched part.

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Decorated Shoes

Footwear can be fun if you make your own custom shoes! This craft can work with young and old alike. There are a couple of approaches to customizing your shoes; you can decorate existing shoes or actually make a pair. Here are some ideas.

Using acrylic paint, you can customize many shoes. Canvas shoes especially lend themselves to being painted. Try a simple flower pattern (small yellow dot surrounded by larger, colored dots), or polka dots. Or you can get really elaborate and do a camouflage or leaf pattern. Simply making colorful dots along the band and edge of a pair of Mary Janes gives them a new look.

Another idea is to glue beads, glitter, buttons, or bows on the shoes or allow your child to color on the shoes with fabric markers.

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Flip Flops

With some thick foam and a little time, you can make your own flip flops.

Materials:

  • One-inch thick foam
  • Cardboard
  • Hot glue gun
  • Plastic cording, strips of fabric, or whatever you want to use for the sandal straps
  • Box cutter

Directions:

Trace your feet on cardboard leaving a half-inch or so margin. Cut them out, then use the cut-outs to trace the pattern on the foam. Use the box cutter to cut out the shapes from the foam. Stand on the foam cut-outs and determine where the thong will go between your toes and where it will go into the foam base on either side of your foot. Mark these areas with a pencil.

Using the pencil, poke holes in the foam where you made the marks. Take two pieces of cord or fabric. Measure the space between the central toe mark and one of the side marks; add a little length to allow for your foot’s arch and cut to size. Repeat on the other side.

Place hot glue into the central hole, and poke the two cords down into the hole. Hold them together so they are fused together right at the hole. Separate the cords or fabric strands and use the same glue-and-poke technique for the side holes.

You can get creative with this and string beads on the flip flops before gluing them down.

Make this fun project even more fun by adding jewels and other items on the flip flops.

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Necklaces

String and beads can bring this simple project to life. This project is great for kids of all ages with a few substitutions to the material used to create the necklaces.

Materials

  • String
  • Beads
  • Scissors

Measure out the amount of string you need in order to make a necklace that your child can slip on and off their head without having to untie the necklace. Tie a knot at one end and let them string the beads.

You can use noodles such as macaroni, penne, or rigatoni in place of beads for younger children. Fruit Loops, Cherrios, or Apple Jacks are another great alternative for toddlers since they have a habit of sticking everything in their mouth.

When they are finished strining the beads simply tie both ends together. Now they can wear it whenever they want.

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Decorated t-shirts

This project is easy and allows your child to let their creativity flow. They can wear their shirts again and again until they outgrow them. Keep them as a precious keepsake when they are too big for them.

Materials

  • Plain t-shirt
  • Fabric markers

This one is pretty straight-forward as all you have to do is allow your child to draw on the shirt with fabric markers.

Fabric paint is a fun decorating tool, as well.

Grab some stencils and sponges to make shapes and designs.

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Flower Crowns

Flower crowns always manage to turn out incredibly beautiful. Use these for a special occasion or playing dress-up. They are incredibly cheap to make as you can find all of the supplies at your local dollar store.

Materials

  • Plain headbands
  • Synthetic flowers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks

Directions

Have your child cut the flowers you have chosen off the stems. Help them glue them onto the headband. Boom. You now have a flower crown.

Integrate beads and ribbon to add extra beauty.

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Masks

Masks are great because they allow for hours of imaginative play.

Materials

  • Paper, card stock, or foam sheets
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Stretchy string
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Hole punch

Directions

Measure out the distance between your child’s eyes for a custom fitting mask they’ll be able to see out of. Draw out the mask on the paper, keeping the measurements in mind. Use the whole punch to make holes on both ends of the masks. Attach the string to one end of the mask and place the mask around your child’s head. Pull the string a bit for a snug but comfortable fit and tie the string in the other hole acordingly.

Your child can now decorate the mask to their pleasing. Get creative with it and use feathers, stickers, markers, and paint.

If a holiday is approaching you can make a mask especially for that holiday.

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