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| September 1, 2011 | 48 Comments

boy craft ideasGet Crafty! Welcome to Boy Get Crafty! So many people tell me that their “boys just aren’t that interested” or that they “wished they had a girl to sew for” or “what on earth to give hubby for Christmas”… So I thought a Boy Get Crafty may be a good idea. Though this post ostensibly is about boys, it doesn’t mean that girls would not enjoy some of these activities too. I have one of each – 6yrs old boy and a 4yrs old girl and we do all our crafts together. The kids share their toys and they have had no particular gender bias upbring. And yet… they are different! And like different things. I think it is just the way it is. It is all about personal preference of course! I created this list to help parents who feel that their “boy” may enjoy crafts more if the crafts were more gender specific.

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Boy Crafts for Kids to Make

boy craft ideasMini Skateboard Craft

As you may already know, I love se7en’s website. Not only does she come up with beautifully colourful crafts and ideas, but she usually makes them with ALL seven or her children! Now there is a challenge for you… crafting with seven kids, keeping your hair on and having fun. Check out these adorable mini Skatboards. Love them!



boy craft ideasMonster Shooting

Now come on.. which boy would not LOVE this craft and activity? I know my neighbours boys (6yrs & 8yrs) as well as Red Ted (3.5yrs) and Pip Squeak (21mths) would love love love these: Make some monsters, then get our your squirty gun for some monster shooting by What I Live For! What a great activity for a party of playdate too. These, are SO on our to do list!




ice boatsIce Boats

Another lovely idea I first saw on My Oat Meal Kisses are these Ice Boats. They combine science with fun fun fun, whilst being kind to the environment! Make your boughts, float them on the lake and all that remains is a little wood and paper! Hooray!




crafts for boys colour theoryIce Experiment Colours

I absolutely ADORE this very simple and yet clever “ice experiment” and colour theory – you freeze some ice cubes (and get to talk about freezing water” and then you pop them into a glass and see what happens as they melt. Science and colour theory in one from The Preschool Experiment!



crafts for boysPlanet Picture

Aaaah what a lovely way to explore the universe – by making your own! I love how I Heart Crafty Things started off with a fun “splat painting” and then added the details. Perfect for all solar enthusiasts!




Crafts for boys footprint rocketsFootprint Rocket

Whilst on the topic of space, why not make one of these BRILLIANT footprint rockets – I love the fact that you have a footprint for the rocket itself AND that you add your children’s pictures in the peep holes. So cute and so fun! A fabulous keepsake. Fun Handprint Art shares their idea!




fire truck crafts for boysFootprint Fire Engine

Or… you could make a Footprint Fire Engine? What a great craft to go with any lovely fire engine book. A brilliant one for little boys (and girls). Sweet and Lovely Crafts share their crafts.





blue truck crafts for boysLittle Blue Truck

Or… if foot print craft isn’t quite your thing, check out this lovely Little Blue Truck book and craft post by I Heart Crafty Things (again). Isn’t it cute and fun??





bathtub fishing activity for kidsBathtub Fishing

Now, if you have had enough of all that mess… why not head for some clean crafty fun and make you own Bathtub Fishing craft. Crafts and Art For Children share a lovely lovely post!




crafts for boysStacking Cups

Or why not keep things simple, whilst still having lots of fun – Little Wonder Days shows us exactly what you can do with stacking cups!




boy craftsCardboard Box Police Car

Rebecca has a pretty new blog and she submitted this police car – isn’t it amazing – it has so much detail -from the tires to the headlights to the walky talky. Simply brilliant. Go and visit her blog and give a new blogger some love!




playdough monsters crafts for boysPlaydough Monsters

Now I love Monster crafts for any age groups – as you can really let your imagination run wild and littliest can have a go without worrying about where the “correct parts” go… just fun. Happy Home Fairy had just that fun with their Playdough Monsters. Aren’t they cute?


Loo Roll Monsters

Or.. if you want them slightly more permanent, why not try our own Loo Roll Monsters? We had lots of fun making ours and it was a great way of using up bits and pieces from around your craft boxs! Lovely!




crafts for boys robotsRecycled Robots

Another one of our favourite crafts on Red Ted Art are our Recycled Robots! We took our recycling box peared inside and took a good look about what we could make. Use some bubble bottles from arms and legs.. and you are on your way.




crafts for boys dinosaursSaltdough Dinosaurs

We also love making things out of Saltdough – had some colour and it is magically transformed… so we made our saltdough and then got crafty with these little dinosaurs. Aren’t they cute?




Boy Crafts for YOU to make for your Kids

crafts for boysLacing Cards

Recently we gave sewing a go sewing with Red Ted and he loved it! However the best way to get really young kids sewing is to start with lacing cards. I love how What I Live For made their own lacing cards – check out how!



boy craftsToy Ball

I always look forward to Aly’s submissions for Get Crafty – she always comes up with some different and ” very her”. For Boy Get Crafty, she made this fabulous baby ball – how cute is that? I adore the pirate fabric… This would make a brilliant new baby gift too.



craft ideas for boysStory Stones

I love crafts that involve stones – they are so beautifully tactile and when you store them in  bag, make a great clinking sound too. I also love storytelling and what better than to combine the two. He is a clever “applique” stone story telling craft by Pre School Play. Beautiful and fun!



crafts for boysStory Cubes

Or if you fancy something “less heavy” and that you can also stack…check out our wooden story cubes. You can even get a copy of my pdf for ideas of what to draw on them. Make them wonderfully personal and encourage imagination, talking and story telling in your house!




crafts for boysBoy Pegs

I absolutely ADORE these “boy pegs” – how cute cute cute are they? Here you can see “Harry Potter Pegs”, but the wonderful Simple Simon and Co made a whole range of “boy pegs”. Really worth a look and having a go!





crafts for boys

Shark Towelling Hoodie

I love this “Towelling Hoodie” – a wonderful towel for going to the beach or the pool. Your boys (or girls) will most certainly be the envy of the other kids. Check out Kissed by A Frog to see how they are made!




crafts for boys monster teeMonster Tee

I hear so many people say “aaah but what clothes can you make for a boy”? Look no further! This Tee is soooo simple in design and yet sooooo effective. I love it. Fun fun fun all round. I Heart My Glue Gun shows us her Monster Tee!




batman how toBatman Costume

Use an old pair of Men’s Trousers to make this cute and fun Batman Costume! Your kids will love it…





crafts for boys dino teeDino Tee

And if monsters are not quite your thing… why not try out this adorable Dino Tee… you could always use Bondaweb, if sewing isn’t quite what you like doing either… Roca And Company share her post! I love it!



Keepsake Teddy Bear

I have made a number of dolls for both my little girl and friend’s girls recently – and I really wanted to make something that my 4yrs old boy would like too – so I took one of his tees, one of my old jumpers and some old jeans and made him this Teddy Bear – I adapted the doll pattern to make the bear. Easy! We love him! A real keepsake toy! And my son has already asked for another made with one of his other t-shirts.



craft for boys sewingsOnesie Baseball Cap

Now here is a different way to reuse those Onesies.. you know I am a great fan of making dolls or bunnies out of baby clothes, how about a baseball cap? The idea is from Me Sew Crazy. Go check it out!





craft for boys sewingsUpcycle Shorts

Or recycle those old boy clothes and make some fun shorts? You cannot go wrong with these! Scattered Thoughts of A SAHM, came up with this How To.




craft for boys sewingsSimple tunic

And yes.. the boy clothe list goes on. Here we have a fabulous Simple Tunic from Show Tell Share. You see.. you can make Tees, shorts, caps, towels… and now tunics for your boys! Surely your must be inspired to have a go?




Duvet Cover

Now here is a wonderful labour of love – a patchwork Duvet Cover. Not only is it gorgeous and very very personal, but you get to use some many different beautiful fabric.. you can even work in some of your child’s old clothes and make it truly special. Check out The Gingerbread House for more!



crafts for boysNautical Banner

I have to say, I rather like this nautical banner. It looks so effective! And you know, the individual flags are PAINTED on. Don’t they look great? Three Scoops Of Love shows us their process and idea.




crafts for boysBug Book

Bugs are sure something that my son adores.. actually so does my little girl, but I digress.. Not sure whether I could manage this, but isn’t Grandma fab? And it is her first try! Easy Peasy Grandma shows us her post!




crafts for boys making dollsSpace Dolls & Rocket

Who says that dolls are just for girls? You can make a great Space Trio Doll set – with these astronauts and rocket. Make them for your own children or as a gift. Brilliant. Me Making Do shares the patterns.




craft for menMoustache Soap

And if these don’t make you smile, I don’t know what will – Moustache Soaps!!! Sure made me giggle. Soap making is something I am yet to try… but in the meantime read all about it with The Green Bean Crafter




Boy Crafts in the Kitchen

boy crafts foodCrab Snack

Oooh these little crab snacks are cute cute cute! The Seven Year Cottage came up with the idea. Nom nom nom.




shark melonShark Melon

And I have seen a number of shark melons on the web this summer… not sure who came up wtih them first, but there is one from Wendy In Florida and one from Sun Scholars. Take your pick!




crafts for boysApple Frogs

What are little boys made of? Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails.. well in that case how about a froggy apple for supper? Cute and fun by Clean And Scentsible.




crafts for boysShark Attack Snack

And more sharks to get your boys excited. This time by Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons




craft ideas for boys partyMonster Cupcakes

I also LOVE these simple and fun Monster Cupcakes. Brilliant. Its Talor Made these fun monsters as part of a whole Yo Gabba Gabba birthday party!




Like all of the above? Maybe you would also like Transport Get Crafty or check out all the other “Get Crafty” Titles:

transport crafts

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  1. se7en says:

    Would you look at that!!! What a lovely surprise!!! Thank you for the shout out that I just wasn’t expecting at all!!! You just totally made my day!!!

  2. Red Ted Art says:

    Aaah my pleasure! Surprises are always best and you know that I adore your blog!!!!

  3. Agy says:

    Thanks for such a lovely post. My favourite is the upcycled patchwork shorts.

    Boys do craft especially when you get dad involved. My son loves to help!!

  4. Jude says:

    Ooh don’t get me started on this one, I did a whole rant of a blog post about this early on in my blogging days. Of course boys don’t seem to be ‘interested’ when they’re a little older especially, when so many creative kits are aimed squarely at girls. Grrr…!

  5. Hollie says:

    I have a girl and a boy, so I’m very aware of the imbalance in cute crafts, clothes, parties, etc… thank you so much for including my sand crabs!

  6. Red Ted Art says:

    Jude – I hope I didn’t offend.. but I do think, we are thinking along the same line… and yes, Hollie, now that you say it, all the craft kits do seem to cater for girls. Grrr. Luckily, I am not a massive fan of craft kits, so hopefully will be able to counter that!

  7. Thanks for featuring our stacking cups! I can’t wait to read your features. This is a great round up of “boy” activities and crafts.

  8. I love these. I made a shark melon for playgroup that went over big.

  9. Ticia says:

    Ha! My comments on those sites are more “I wish my daughter wanted me to sew for her……” My boys have a list a mile long of things they want to make or me to make.

  10. artsy_momma says:

    Awesome list! Found so many ideas I can’t wait to try. Thanks for including us :)

  11. April says:

    These all look like wonderful crafts for boys, I will have to keep this in mind when thinking of crafts to usein my Sunday school, it is sometimes very hard to engage the boys during craft time. Thanks for sharing this list! ~April

  12. Judy says:

    You are so sweet! Thanks for featuring my monster shootout and lacing cards…I can’t wait to go do a bunch of these with my boys…just what I needed :).

  13. Carmen says:

    THanks for the feature of my dino tee shirt. it was quite a nice Sunday surprise.

    Carmen @ RoCa and Company

  14. Thank you for linking up!

  15. Mark Lloyd says:

    Hi, I used to be a little boy who loved making things and i’m now a big boy who still likes making things and as a teacher and dad i’ve just started my own site where i hope to get kids inspired ( I still trying to get my head around the whole world of blogging and social networking but i just wanted to say having stumbled across you site how much i like it and it inspires me. I look forward to getting more involved when i’ve figured out just what i have to do.

  16. Great Round-up!!! I’m featuring this post on this week’s For the Kids Link Party!! Thanks for sharing Maggie!

  17. Red Ted Art says:

    Aaah thank you Rachel!! Much much appreciated and always really pleased when people love the round ups!!!

    Mark – welcome to the blogging fold!! Hope to see you around some more!

  18. The monster tee is fab! I love it, will definately have a go at doing one of these for my little boy, I shall let you know how I get on!

  19. Elisa says:

    Awesome post (I have 3 boys). I will have to bookmark it.
    Thank you!

  20. People say the same thing to me! Most of our posts are boy themed (cars, trucks, blocks, dinosaurs, etc.), but if I ask my son if he wants to do a project, he usually says no. If I start doing something, he always wants to join in- especially if it is messy!

    This is a great round up! I love all of these ideas! Thanks for sharing. I am going to pin a lot of them right now.

  21. Wow! I found some crafts I want to do with my sons and daughter. This is a GREAT collection. Thank you! I found this post at We Teach, and I’m sharing this post in a few places. I’m sure others will find some fun crafts here too.
    I really like the monsters to shoot with squirt guns!

  22. Red Ted Art says:

    Thank you Michelle – much appreciate the lovely lovely comment and of course the sharing!!!

  23. Wendy says:

    Oh, honey—you saved my hide tonight! I have my first \”art lessons\” tomorrow and needed a bevy of boy-friendly crafts to choose from. What a gorgeous selection…we\’ll be making story stones, I think.

  24. Twiggy says:

    This is the just the job it is a cold and wet Sunday afternoon, I\’m off to craft with my little boy and his Daddy !!
    twiggy x

    PS I agree that 90% of craft kits are very very girly.

    • Red Ted Art says:

      Hooray for rainy days and crafting with boys! Have fun! Would love to hear what you ended up making!

  25. Cindi T says:

    Hi, I am a stay at home grandma and we do dinosaur quilts. I iron on the dinosaur designs and then we color them with plain ole crayons. Iron and then sew them together! ALL the kids love doing this and then bragging on the fact that they made the quilt!!!

  26. Jean Oram says:

    What a fun idea! Kids will get such a kick out of playing with these and watching them slowly melt.

  27. Great round up. Loved it! Thanks. Debs :)

  28. Jessica says:

    I had no idea that you had given me a link back! Your site just popped up in my stats and I had to investigate. :) Thank you so very much! Sorry I didn’t thank you sooner. :) LOVE all these ideas.

  29. Anna says:

    Wow, thank you for a great list. I can’t wait to get going on some of these, no, all of these!

  30. Liz S. says:

    This list is AWESOME! I have two preschool boys and I can’t WAIT to do every. single. one. of these with them!! I found you through Pinterest, and I can’t wait to read more. Cheers! :)

  31. Brendma says:

    another great boy craft (yes girls love it too) is to drive toy cars through paint. monster trucks with lots of tread are the most fun. keep the ideas coming!

  32. Lisha says:

    Eeeeks – this is JUST the thing I was looking out for, to get busy with my boys during the coming holidays. Thank you so much for this – and I also hope to share this with my Facebook parenting page fans at – inviting you to come say Hello to us! :-)

  33. Great ideas maggy I love the foot print rocket!

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