What to Put in a Homemade Craft Box

Have you been wondering what to put in a homemade craft box? Let’s take a look …


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What to Put in a Homemade Craft Box


What to Put in a Homemade Craft Box

I think a child’s creativity and homemade craft boxes go hand in hand.

I am a great believer in developing a child’s imagination rather than spoon-feeding them entertainment. Most parents I know feel exactly the same but it is so easy to see little craft kits to make a peg doll or a pom pom alien or a gingerbread house and scoop these up in the name of creativity.

My local supermarket sells little sets like these for just a few pounds and they are adored by my kids. You get to make something that looks really good, all the bits are there and it even tells you how to make it? Are they being creative or imaginative when crafting like this? I’m not so sure. They are certainly learning some crafting skills: cutting sticking, layering etc but are they using their creativity? Possibly not.

Well as parents we can use our creativity to make our children a craft box full of goodies that will encourage them to freely delve into their imagination and tap into the artist within.

Are you ready to learn what to put in a homemade craft box.


So, hmmm….. What to Put in a Homemade Craft Box?

You simply need a box.  A cardboard box with a lid is preferable but any box will do and the bonus of not having a lid is it is easier to see in!

A Homemade craft box can be filled with all sorts of wondrous things (which may seem just every day to you and me but not to our little artists)

In it could go:

Pasta shells

Garden String

Bubble wrap

Old magazine for colleging or paper mache


Wooden pegs

Small pieces of cut-up fabric


Egg boxes

Old birthday cards

Small squares of aluminium foil

A few blank cd’s

Cotton wool

An old shirt for painting

Objects of different shapes to draw round so maybe a jam jar lid and a coaster

Some paper and card

A few paints and crayons

A couple of  paper plates

Some shaped biscuit cutters

Scissors, paintbrushes, glue and double sided sticky tape



How to decorate your homemade craft box

Maybe you could use some cool pirate clipart to give a fun pirate them to the outside of you craft box. Perhaps you fancy a tropical look in which case some parrot clipart and vibrant paints are required!


What else to put in a homemade craft box

You also (as well as this superb Craft Box) need to provide space and a place for your child to freely craft. We also need to provide time.  Often we overschedule them or  worry about the tidying up too much.  Creativity needs to be nurtured.

We also need to bring to the table encouragement, support, interest and skilled help when required e.g with cutting, using tape, washing out paintbrushes. As well as providing the means to create: providing them with scissors or a Fiskars paper cutter, paper, paint , etc.

Your child may wish you to craft with them, just as you might read with them or help bathe dolly and this can be a real joy and an investment in their development. Look how proud my daughter is of her most recent creations.


All these items I have suggested for your homemade craft boxes are probably somewhere in your home already and the little bits you need to buy should just come to a few pounds.

This is now a box of POTENTIAL.

Your child will have to think, plan, organise themselves, imagine w what they wish to create, work out how they are going to do it and what they are going to use. They are going to learn to manipulate objects, adapt items, and be resourceful from your homemade craft box

Now that’s what I call learning! If you are on the hunt for inspiration do check out these Summer Crafts for Preschoolers  I think you will just love them!

At the moment we are just loving Origami for kids what have you been up to craft wise?


I hope you have enjoyed this post on what to put in a homemade craft box ?


Further craft reading

See more of my craft and play posts here including my ToucanBox review You might also like my post on how to create a playroom on a budget

You might also like my post on how to make a fairy liquid bottle rocket  and easy paper projects





  1. Amanda @gidders1
    May 7, 2012 / 8:43 am

    Love this, especially the line…a box full of potential! 😀

  2. May 7, 2012 / 3:35 pm

    Lovely post and some great ideas! I keep a big box of things which would otherwise go in the bin, like bottle tops and random shaped pieces of plastic or cardboard. My son is only three though so he still needs a bit of direction, we have fun making things together!

  3. Becky
    May 7, 2012 / 4:24 pm

    Ooh yes bottle tops are a fab idea!

  4. May 8, 2012 / 7:35 am

    Great idea and good point made about not needing to buy ready made kits. If I bought a kit, I know that I would want to keep taking over so that it came out the way it was supposed to, but with a random box of stuff I would find it far easier to let my kids lead and decide what they want to make! We tend to use bits and pieces we find around the house and garden for craft projects and love raiding the recycling bin – it is great for teaching them about being creative and recycling!

  5. Becky
    May 8, 2012 / 7:40 am

    Yes Zoe you are so right if its a kit we tend to want or feel it should be done a certain way. I think you have just inspired me to do a nature craft box post!

  6. May 9, 2012 / 2:14 pm

    Thats how we have out crafting supplies – but we’ve got so much stuff it take up the entire cupboard not just a box. I love to let them loose with things and see what results

  7. June 23, 2012 / 5:30 pm

    Paper Plates!! My kids love painting faces/clocks on those.

    Also cereal boxes, great for making cars and buses with the addition od cardboard wheels 🙂

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