Running out of craft supplies and stores are shut due to lockdown? No problem, here are 20 Easy Crafts to Make with Three Supplies or Less!
When you’re stuck at home with kids, you have got to get creative with ways of entertaining them. Since play dates and going out are out of the question, we need to find ways to keep them occupied indoors.
One great way is with printables that’ll keep kids occupied for a while. But the pandemic is still continuing and it looks like we’re in for the long haul. That means you need more ideas. And the obvious solution is – crafts!
Yes, crafts are a great way to keep kids busy, while also developing their creativity and imagination at the same time. But there’s one problem – you only have so many craft supplies and all the stores are shut. However, the beauty of doing crafts is that you don’t need a fully stocked craft room – you can make do with as little as three supplies!
So that’s what we’ve got for you today – easy crafts to make with three supplies – or less! This excludes glue and scissors, since we’re assuming you’ll certainly have these at home. So let’s get crafting – with whatever we have!
20 Easy Crafts to Make with Three Supplies or Less
Materials required: Paper, Compass, Markers
Make and Takes has a fun craft that screams summer holidays! Since the kids are home anyway this is as good a time as any other to make this. The project featured uses a printable template, but all you need is a compass to draw simple circles.
Materials required: Circle punch, Colored craft paper, Markers
Paper collages are great picks if all you have is colored paper. If you have a circle punch, this craft becomes super easy to do, but if not, you can just draw circles in colored paper with a compass and cut them out by hand. Kids will love how so many simple shapes come together to create a complete picture!
Materials required: Craft sticks, Glass tumbler, Markers
How cute are these bracelets from Molly Moo Crafts? Would you believe they’re made from craft sticks? Kids will enjoy seeing how a straight stick turns into something curved that can adorn your waist.
Materials required: Colored craft paper, White paper
Who says monsters are only for Halloween? This fun craft will be perfect for kids to hide little treats during this time at home, or you could use it as little gifts when they complete a lesson, if you’re homeschooling.
Materials required: Canvas, Buttons, Paint set
If you’ve got a bunch of mismatched buttons you don’t know what to do with, this button art is the perfect opportunity to utilize your stash! Simply Designing features a simple project where kids can draw a tree on canvas ans paint it. Stick on buttons and you have a frame worthy piece of wall art!
Materials required: Craft sticks, Colored craft paper, Paint set
With Mother’s Day coming up, these calla lilies are probably great for kids to make and gift Mom! Especially since they’re so easy to make, and involve a bit of Origami folding.
Materials required: Pink tissue paper, Plate, Printed template OR Plain white paper
It’s the season of cherry blossoms in Japan now, and though we can’t travel anywhere right now, it doesn’t mean we can’t bring home some blossoms! Pink Stripey Socks shows us how to do it, with an easy project. If you don’t have a printer, you can draw the tree on plain white paper and stick on the blossoms.
Materials required: Colored craft paper
Yes, all you need to make these colorful flowers is paper – just plain colored craft paper! Simple strips of paper come together to create lovely blooms that are great to put on top of a present or a card.
Materials required: Card stock, Compass, Colorful pom poms
This is a lovely simple craft that’s also super easy, but looks so pretty! Little kids learning about colors or rainbows will enjoy this craft. All you need is a circle of card stock and lots of pom poms to stick on it.
Materials required: Popsicle sticks, Googly Eyes, Markers
Some people have had to keep their pets away during this lockdown, especially if their pets were away when the lockdown was announced. You miss them, but Crafty Morning has some consolation – make these cute Popsicle stick kitties, whose eyes move around mischeivously.
Materials required: Crepe paper, Pipe cleaners
Strips of crepe paper are easy to find, especially if you’ve got some decorations lying around. Then add on a pipe cleaner to twist around it and you’ve got some cute butterflies ready to welcome the new season.
Materials required: Colored craft paper, Pencil, Markers
Being stuck at home has its advantages – kids are more likely to read now so many other avenues of enjoyment have been blocked. Help them stay on track with these cute farm animal bookmarks that’ll encourage them to pick up their books again and again.
Materials required: Pipe cleaners, Popsicle stick, Googly eyes
Aww, this little guy is so cute and so perfect for spring! What’s more, he’s super easy to make – all you need are two pipe cleaners twisted together and curled into a spiral. Add a cute little googly eye and you’re all set!
Materials required: Paper plate, Paint set, Googly eye
Googly eyes make every craft better, don’t they? This paper plate fish from Kid Friendly Things To Do is proof of this fact! This craft is just three steps – paint the fish, cut out the tail and stick it, stick on a googly eye.
Materials required: Paper doily, Red paint/food coloring, Green pipe cleaner
These doily roses are so pretty – and so easy to make! They make a great gift for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day. Since we now know how much trouble our kids teachers are going through, maybe we can use this for Teacher Appreciation Day too!
Materials required: Colored craft paper, Compass, Markers
Lots of kids ask for turtles as pets – maybe because they’re so cute! If you’re not ready for a real one right now, you can make do with a cute colorful turtle made entirely with paper!
Materials required: Pencils, Pipe cleaners
If your kids are doing lessons at home, make things a little more sparkly to brighten up the dull scenario. These little heart shaped pencil toppers are the easiest way to do that, and to remind them there’s still a lot of love in this world!
Materials required: Paper plates, Colored craft paper, Paint set
Want to make your room all bright, sunny and cheery at a glance? Try making this paper plate sun from The Kindergarten Connection. Not only is this sun bright and yellow, it’s also got a happy, smiley face!
Materials required: Toilet paper roll, Colored craft paper, Googly eyes
No matter how low you are on craft supplies, one thing is sure – you’re not running out of toilet paper cardboard tubes! Put them to good use with this pig craft that only needs pink craft paper and googly eyes as extras.
Materials required: Yellow craft paper, Green crepe paper, Acrylic paints
Corn on the cob is a snack that symbolizes fun, especially when we have it from the stalls by the road, roasting and hot with butter. While we can wait to enjoy that treat, in the meantime, we can use this craft to satisfy our cravings!
When you heard that this was a list for crafts with only three supplies or less, I’m sure you didn’t realize you could make so many things with such few supplies! While you’re making do with whatever supplies you have for crafts, you can apply the same to science experiments with some STEM projects using kitchen staples. If you search the blog, I’m sure you’ll find many more projects you can make with whatever you have on hand!