Keep kids entertained and help their creativity grow with this DIY Boredom Box filled with craft kits and art supplies!
Summer is coming! and with summer comes the dreaded words “I’m bored!”
MAN! I dislike that phrase. So I’m getting prepared this year! I put together a whole craft kit called the boredom box! If the kids are bored or need a little incentive to keep their kids clean, they can pick out some fun craft to do from the box!
With this DIY boredom box, you can spark imagination and get those creative juices flowing. This post will teach you how to make your own boredom box filled with inspiring activities that will keep those summer days interesting and fun. Not only will you get tips on how to build your box, but you’ll even learn where to find unique supplies to make it even more special. Kids won’t just be entertained – they’ll also learn new skills, and even create meaningful memories. So, if you’re ready to break out of that boredom funk, let’s get started!
How to make the box
I cut off the flaps to an old Bath and Body works box and then wrapped it up with gift wrap paper then added a printable (it’s free- just scroll down below!)
You can also do a boredom bag! We did do a few bags for my niece and nephew. We even threw in a bottle of tie-dye so they could decorate the bag!
Craft kits and activities to add to the DIY boredom box
I got all my supplies from Oriental Trading! They have the biggest variety and so many fun kits that I have never seen anywhere! The best part is that almost all of the kits came with EVERYTHING you need!
These kits make crafting so easy! You can even throw some in your purse and do them on the go!
Here is what my boredom bag included. Keep in mind that there are lots of different options in each category! Black scratch art has loads of fun designs, and lots of necklace kits to choose from! You can customize for what your kiddo likes! If they like dinosaurs, grab more dino-themed things! Since we are using these for summer, I opted for fish, insects, and camping-themed stuff!
- Black Scratch Art
- Design your own paper fan
- Color your own slap bracelet
- Sand Art pictures
- Suncatcher windchimes
- Draw your own puzzle
- Bird Houses
- Foam Camping picture
- Tissue Paper Ladybug
- Color your own puzzle cubes
- Corner bookmarks
- Sand Art (we did flower pots but they took a ton of sand! I recommend the bracelets or the pens!)
- Foam lacing purse
- Flamingo glitter globe
- circus magnets
- Necklace kit
- Beaded Jelly Fish
- Clothespin sharks
- DIY kaleidoscope (out of stock right now!)
- Sun paper
- Fish bowl with tissue paper (this is the only kit that required us to get the glue!)
I tried to get a variety of things to draw on so the kids can be artistic and craft kits!
When they are all packaged up, they are pretty flat and don’t take up a bunch of room! Here are all the supplies laid out.
And here they are all painted and assembled!
Craft supplies to include in the Bored Box
You can also add fun kid-friendly craft supplies to let kids decorate with! Some fun things we included were:
- empty tape rolls
- pipe cleaners
- empty toilet/ paper towel rolls
- any stickers that we get along the way
- Popsicle sticks
- pom poms
- extra paint chips
- coffee filters
- empty spools of thread (or ribbon spools)
- bubble wrap
- Styrofoam balls
My daughter made this drink station using a cool whip lid, a paper towel roll, coffee filters, an old CD, and a pom pom!
How to use these boredom box printables
Printing them out
If you are looking for a great printer to use – I love my HP! I wrote up a whole post why The reasons I love the printer. This post also shows how you can make sure you are getting the best prints by adjusting your settings!
IF YOU DON’T HAVE A PRINTER: You can also upload the files to staples or office max and have them print them! Sometimes the local library has a printer for public use!
Cutting out the printables:
I love Fiskars! Nice sharp scissors or paper cutters will get you the best-looking edges! Almost 90% of the time use my Paper Trimmer to get nice straight cuts! It just looks so much more professional! You can also upload the image into your Silhouette or Cricut software and have your electronic cutter cut it out for you! I have a post if need help with the Print and Cut feature!
I just used hot glue to attach the sign directly to the box! I actually used wrapping paper to decorate the box as well!
Download the free Boredom Bag printable:
Click on the image below and the printables will automatically open in a new window.
If you want to use this as a cut file- It’s in my cut file library! 175 free cut files!
I printed it out on Printable Heat transfer vinyl from Expressions vinyl and Ironed it on a tote bag!
I’ve updated this post with a cuter printable- but here is the fun bored box before.
I love this fun reminder:
The BEST kid crafts and activities
and when I say kids, I mean kids of all ages!
- black glue art
- salt art
- hot rocks
- Yarn bracelets
- DIY window clings with puff paint
- Play dough activity mats
- Melted crayon art
- magic wallet
- Learn to make black scratch paper
If you are looking for more fun kids’ crafts- my craft camp has two weeks full of fun projects that you will love to do as well!
These trash robots would be super fun for them to create!
Here are some images to pin if you want to save this for later!
Good luck this summer keeping the boredom away and creativity bursting!
What a great idea! Definitely something I am going to try out. I am sure they’ll have loads of fun with a box like that.
This is genius! I’m definitely going to make one for my granddaughter. Thanks for all the great ideas!