Cure for the afternoon thunderstorm: Summer crafts that will keep kids busy (and having fun)

abredeson@islandpacket.comJuly 13, 2014 

Summer is great for swimming in the pool, building sandcastles on the beach and running through sprinklers in the backyard. But what about all those rainy days when you and the kids are trapped inside with nothing to do?

Those days are made for arts and crafts projects. So break out the art supplies and get busy creating memories with the little ones.

Here are some craft ideas from local artists.


Submitted by Alana Adams, artist with See Salt Studio on Hilton Head Island

  • One 12-inch length of 3/16 of an inch dowel
  • Clothes hanger or other thick wire (approximately 10 gauge)
  • Craft paint and brush or permanent markers
  • Beads
  • Floral wire
  • Hot glue gun

Paint or color the wooden dowel in any color to create a handle. Set aside to dry.

Straighten a wire clothes hanger (or a 14-inch length of thick craft wire). Wrap the thick wire around a round box and twist the end around the excess to retain its shape. Wrap the excess wire around the dry dowel to secure it to the end.

String beads on the thin floral wire and wrap around the handle to embellish. Put hot glue at the end or add a bigger bead to hold the wire.

Pour bubble solution in a pie pan and try out your new bubble wand.


Submitted by Alexa Galtman, artist with Art Buzz Summer Camp at Wine and Design of Bluffton and Hilton Head

  • Empty plastic water bottle with the label removed
  • Vegetable oil
  • Water
  • Blue food coloring
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Craft foam
  • Kid-safe scissors

Cut fish, sharks or seashell shapes out of craft foam. These need to be small enough to fit in the top of the water bottle. Put sea life in the water bottle and add 1/2 teaspoon glitter. Set aside.

In a small cup or bowl, mix 1 cup water with 2-3 drops of food coloring. Pour the colored water into the water bottle. Add 1/4 cup oil. Tightly seal the bottle with its lid. Shake the bottle and set on its side to see the ocean move.


Submitted by Alexa Galtman, artist with Art Buzz Summer Camp at Wine and Design of Bluffton and Hilton Head

  • Craft paper (preferably white)
  • Leaves (can be picked fresh or found on the ground)
  • Craft glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Water
  • Black paint or a Sharpie

Go outside to the yard or a local park and gather leaves. Think about what might make a good head, body and legs. Try to gather a variety.

To set up your craft area, take the craft glue and pour a small amount into a cup or container you don't mind getting messy. Add half that amount of water. Stir with the paint brush until the glue is a consistent texture.

Spend time arranging the leaves to look like creatures. Mice and butterflies are easy. Use the paintbrush to apply glue to the bottom of the leaves and put them back in their spots. Once all the leaves are stuck down, paint a layer of glue on top of everything. Let dry.

Go back with a Sharpie or black paint and a paintbrush to add details like eyes or smiles to your animals.


Submitted by Corinne Mullen, 14-year-old Beaufort resident and crafter

  • Clear glass gems (can be bought at Michaels, Walmart or Dollar Tree)
  • Scrapbook paper (choose whichever designs you like best)
  • Kid-safe scissors
  • A pencil
  • Crystal lacquer or tacky glue
  • Small magnets or pin backs, depending on if you want to make a decorative magnet or a pin to wear on clothing

Pick a piece of paper you want to use for the craft. Put a glass gem on top of the paper and trace around the gem. Cut out the circle you traced.

Use the crystal lacquer or tacky glue to glue the paper onto the flat part of the gem, with the design side facing down so it can be seen through the gem.

Glue either a magnet or a pin back to the back of the gem. Let dry for several hours.


Submitted by Corinne Mullen, 14-year-old Beaufort resident and crafter

  • Soda can tabs
  • Sequins
  • Feathers
  • Rhinestones
  • Hot glue gun
  • Felt
  • Small magnets or pin backs

Cut a large sequin into a small circle so it fits on the bottom part of the tab for the owl's belly. Glue the sequin to the back of the tab.

Glue a small rhinestone in the center of a medium-sized sequin for an eye. Make another one for the other eye.

Glue the two eyes onto the front of the tab.

Choose another sequin for the beak and cut it into a triangle. Glue it in between the two eyes.

Choose sequins for feet and cut into little rectangles. Glue on the front bottom of the tab.

Bend and cut a feather to make it look like horns and glue on the back of the tab behind the eyes.

Glue a magnet or a pin back to the back of the owl, depending on if you'd like to make a pin or a magnet.

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