Hammer Time! 13 Fun DIY Projects For The Whole Family At Home

Sarah Hallam
May 30, 2024 By Sarah Hallam
Originally Published on May 19, 2020
Hammer Time! 13 Fun DIY Projects For The Whole Family At Home

Take the opportunity to jumpstart those DIY projects you've been thinking about. Now is the perfect moment to bring your creative ideas to life—turn those plans into action with some hands-on crafting and building today!

DIY isn't just for parents, though; kids of all ages can get involved in helping make new things for the home! In this list, we've come up with lots of fun projects that are easy for kids to get to grips with, and are a great opportunity for family bonding.

From painting walls to creating your very own herb garden, these top ideas have something for everyone and allow everyone to get involved in DIY crafts.

Wall Painting

Redecorating doesn't have to be difficult- in fact, this is a great opportunity to let the kids take part in helping do up the house!

Whether your children are into art or not, it's easy to turn wall painting into a fun activity with minimal mess. Once you've masked and painted the edges of the wall yourself, load your paint roller and, making sure they are holding with both hands, let your child paint the lower wall.

This activity requires supervision but it a great way to help kids develop their independence.

Mini Woodwork Project

Making things out of wood might sound intimidating (especially when children are involved), but introducing kids to woodwork can actually be lots of fun and is perfectly safe with correct supervision. This list of simple ideas for fun and easy woodwork projects gives step-by-step advice on how you can make simple, useable DIY wooden crafts with kids.

Build A Soapbox Car

Do you have a taste for adventure and are looking for a longer project? This idea is great for older kids who are looking for something to work on and can be a really fun bonding activity for parents and kids.

Or, if you're handy with power tools, why not let the kids paint their own design for the outside of the car while you make the body? And, of course, finish with a race when you're all done with your project!

DIY Bird Feeder

This list of easy DIY bird feeder ideas has stacks of suggestions on how to attract more wildlife to your garden, using recycled materials from around your home. From old bagels to pinecone feeders, there are tons of fun ideas for bird feeders that kids of all ages can make.

Top Tip: Why not get the kids to take a pencil and paper out into the garden and document all the birds and wildlife that come and visit their new bird feeder?

Jewellery Organiser

let your child paint the lower wall

This easy craft is a beautiful gift idea, and a handy storage solution. It's also super simple for kids to make!

All you need for the base of your DIY jewellery organiser is a photo frame of your choice, craft wire, and glue. Simply remove the back and the glass from the frame, so there is nothing in the middle. Glue the wire in 3-4 evenly spaced rows across the frame, and let dry.

Decorate the frame using glitter, paper, paint and anything else you have in the craft box. And there you have it, your very own homemade jewellery organiser!

Flat Pack Helpers

It might not seem too interesting to grown-ups, but enlisting the kids to help you assemble flat pack furniture can be a great way to keep them entertained. Older kids and teens can help problem solve and build, while younger children organise parts (or just play in the cardboard box!).

Make A Blanket

Learning to knit or crochet is a fantastic skill for kids to get to grips with. All you need is needles, yarn and a can-do attitude!

Check out our tips here on how you can start to learn basic knitting or crochet, with some helpful videos to show you the basics.

If the kids are having fun with this DIY craft, you can take it one step further and each aim to create squares of a certain size. Then, once your knitted/crocheted squares are complete, you can stitch them together to make a beautiful blanket that the whole family had a part in making.

Brick Bookends

These stunning bookends are not only incredibly easy to make, but they are lots of fun and look phenomenal! Check out the video below to see how you can transform bricks into bookends using just spray paint:

Top Tip: If your kids are too young to spray paint, why not let them choose some little bits and bobs to decorate their brick bookends with? Small plastic toys, decorations and dried pasta shapes are some fun suggestions.

Pressed Flower DIYs

There are so many easy and fun art projects you can make using dried and pressed flowers. Check out our ideas on how to create beautiful pressed flowers, and follow some of the craft ideas such as making flowers in resin, bookmarks, greetings cards and lots of wonderful family art projects.

Family Handprint Project

This easy DIY art activity is lots of fun for kids and will make memories you can keep forever. All you need is paper or card, paint and pens.

Each family member presses one hand into a colour of paint, then onto the paper. Once dry, write each person's name underneath with pen and you're finished. This idea is a lovely keepsake, gift, or decoration for the house- plus you can make new ones to compare as the kids grow!

DIY Herb Garden

There are endless possibilities when it comes to creating your own indoor herb garden. All you need are containers such as jars, soil, seeds and a good warm sunny location (a window is ideal).

Kids can help plant the seeds and water the plants daily, and then pick the herbs they like when it's time to cook! Some good examples of herbs that are easy to grow are coriander, basil, rosemary, oregano, mint, parsley dill and thyme.

Top Tip: Before you plant your garden, have a craft afternoon where you let the kids loose with the jars (or whatever container you choose) and art supplies. Each child could decorate their own herb pot, and be responsible for its growth. Don't remember to label them so you know which herb is which!

Family Tie-Dye Project

Gather up your old shirts, plainclothes or sheets! It's time to have a day of family tie-dye fun, where the kids are encouraged to make mess for once.

This is a fantastic way to spruce up your wardrobe, create some amazing memories and have a whole load of fun. This easy guide gives you lots of ideas on how you can make amazing tie-dye designs with young children in tow.

Make Your Own Fort

a fun activity with minimal mess

The kids can take charge of this fun DIY. You don't need anything specific to make a fort, but these ideas are a great place to start. There are so many different ideas and possibilities to make a fun fort, but when in doubt, a castle cut out of cardboard boxes never fails to amuse.

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Written by Sarah Hallam

Diploma of Education, Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts specializing in Illustration and Visual media

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Sarah HallamDiploma of Education, Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts specializing in Illustration and Visual media

With a Diploma in Education specializing in Fine Arts (Painting) and a Bachelor of Arts specializing in Illustration and Visual media from the University of Arts London, Sarah previously was a London-based teacher who brought her passion for art and culture to the classroom. Her creative endeavors include painting classes and experimenting with new recipes. She draws inspiration from the world around her and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others while sipping a cup of tea.

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