DIY Projects for kids
(23 Jun 2016)

DIY projects for kids Expresso

DIY Projects for kids

Schools are out tomorrow! If you're starting to tremble at the thought of the kids moaning “I’m bored!” five seconds into the first day of the school holidays, fear not! Our DIY princess Zoe has two fun DIY’s up her sleeve that’ll keep them busy!

No sew DIY emoji pillows

DIY no sew emoji pillows Expresso

What you need:
Glue gun
Yellow, black, white and red felt
Pillow stuffing
Emoji reference sheet


1. Choose a large circle template or bowl to use as your tracing template. Use your pencil to trace the circle onto your yellow sheet of felt. Now layer one yellow sheet of felt on top of another and cut two circles out at once.

2. Look at an emoji symbol sheet for ideas and the emoji face that you'd like to create. Cut out some black facial features along with shapes for the eyes, mouth and any additional shapes in the other coloured felt sheets you have in had.

3. Use the hot glue gun to glue the individual felt pieces into place on top of a single felt sheet. You can then lay the second yellow felt circle on top of the completed face and used hot glue to glue the circumference of the circle, making sure to leave about a 3inch opening in order to turn the pillow inside out after gluing.

4. Turn the pillow form inside out. Gently pull at the pillow edges in order to make the circle shape more uniform. Next take small handfuls of fiber fill and begin to stuff the pillow. Continue until you find the shape and fluffiness to your satisfaction.

5. Carefully fold in the felt near the pillow opening and use the hot glue gun to close it up.

DIY storage and display unit for toy cars

DIY toy car garage Expresso

What you need:
Wooden crate
Small PVC Piping or firm cardboard tubes
Glue Gun
Box cutter
Toy cars for display


1. Sand your crate to make sure all the rough spots are smoothed out.

2. Cut your tubes, making sure they are the same depth as the wooden crate. If you are using PVC tubes, make sure to also sand the ends of the tunes to even them out.

3. Cut a piece of poster board to go behind the tubes, to make sure that they don't fall out the back of the tubes.

4. Glue down your tubes, attaching the poster board to the backs of the tubes as you go. Tip: start at the bottom of the crate and work your way up.

5. Make the sign. For the parking garage sign, used a 12 inch strip of pine. You can paint it whatever colour you like, or leave the wood bare. You can then decorate the sign as you please, and then screw or glue it on to the top of the crate.


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