Crafts are a great way to fill the time, especially when your kids are bored on a long road trip. The only problem, though, is that arts and crafts projects tend to be as messy as they are entertaining. But with a little planning and creativity, you can still make it work. Take a look at these four craft project ideas.
Make Mod Podge Glitter Accessories
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Your kids can do all sorts of craft projects with Mod Podge. It’s a cool product that can act as a glue, a sealant, and a hardener. Mod Podge is most commonly used for decoupage crafts, but there are countless other uses for it. For instance, you can add some glitter to Mod Podge and then make anything sparkle — shoes, bags, hair accessories, etc.
Just make sure you bring along a large tub of clean-up wipes for the glue and a dust-buster for the glitter; otherwise your car’s upholstery will pay the price. You’ll also want to ventilate the car while doing these crafts.
Repurpose Old Clothing into Something New
Instead of throwing out old clothes, you can make changes to them to add new life. For instance, your kids can use the fabric from an old blouse to sew a new dress or add fun patches to an old pair of jeans.
Of course, you won’t have a sewing machine in the car, so you and your kids will be hand-sewing your new creations. The trick here is to keep it simple – only short, fun projects can be done within the car and don’t require a great deal of precision.
And be sure to bring some car-sickness medicine for your little ones just in case. Any activity that involves sustained concentration can invoke motion sickness.
Start a Scrapbook of All Your Adventures
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Scrapbooks are a great way to showcase memories, even while the memories are being made. So during a road trip in your MINI of Baltimore certified pre-owned car, for example, you and your children can create a scrapbook for all your fun adventures. That way, it will be ready for photos as soon as you get to your nearest printer; or if you have a Polaroid-style digital camera like the Socialmatic, you can fill the scrapbook as the memories are being made!
Either way, this project is a simple-yet-engaging DIY activity that will keep your kids busy for hours.
Make Jewelry Out of Ordinary Objects
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The best jewelry is unique and personal to the person wearing it. You can create your own jewelry to match any outfit in your closet. There are several aisles of beads and jewels at craft stores, but you can use ordinary items like paperclips and bottle caps, too.
Not unlike the Mod Podge idea above, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of cleanup supplies on hand – particularly if you’re using glue. And again, you’ll want to be sure the car is well-ventilated when you’re doing these crafts.
These are just a few of the simple and fun craft projects you can do when you’re bored. We want to know what you’ve been up to. Leave links to your favorite craft projects below.