Paper Bag Star | Source: Crayola

Happy Crayola CIY Craft Month! CIY stands for “Create It Yourself,” and Crayola is helping families tap into their creative sides to do just that with a craft recipe website. Kids will never be bored again thanks to, an inspirational hub where kids can find hundreds of craft ideas for colorful art projects they can make at home.

Each project features a list of necessary supplies, step-by-step instructions with photos, and a tutorial video. The list of supplies also includes links so parents can buy the necessary products in advance (like the Crayola 64-Count Crayon Box, which BTW, is turning 64 years old this year!) if they don’t already have something they can use at home. Some projects also list helpful tips from the CIY staff.

Whether your kids are crafting newbies or DIY connoisseurs, their creativity will shine bright as they browse The website is user-friendly with neat rows of square images to scroll through until something catches your eye, and a search function so that visitors can narrow down the crafts by tools, occasion, or age to find a project their kids would like. Parents can even hide the images in the instructions with a click of a button to make the page look more compact so that they don’t have to scroll as much.

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Artists can also click the heart button if they love a project. One of the most-loved projects on the site right now is the Paper Bag Star, with more than 1,600 heart ratings. With this upcycled craft project, kids can create colorful, hanging star decorations from leftover brown paper bags, Crayola washable paint, Crayola markers, a glue stick, a hole punch, paintbrushes, scissors, and ribbon. Kids can follow nine steps to turn an old paper bag into a fabulously colorful star that they can hang as a party decoration or use as everyday décor!

Cardboard Dinosaur | Source: Crayola

Some other awesome projects include a Cardboard Dinosaur, a Raindrop Suncatcher, Animal DIY Bookmarks, a DIY Marble Maze, a DIY Ring Toss, DIY Jewelry Dishes, a Popsicle Stick Superhero, a Cardboard Tube Mermaid, a Galaxy Paint Pour Canvas, Tin Can Pencil Holders, Name Keychains, and Watercolor Salt Paintings. Search any of those items to get started! There are always new projects joining the site: Look for the Melted Crayon Shamrock and the Crayon Shaving Giraffe launching later this month.

The best part about the craft website is the variety, giving kids (and adults) of all ages hundreds of projects to choose from, so there’s bound to be something that will fit their interests and skill level. Just like primary colors (red, blue, and yellow) are the source of all other colors, is the source of all inspiration when it comes to crafting.

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Jackie Cucco

Jackie Cucco

Jackie Cucco was a Senior Editor of The Toy Book, The Toy Insider, and The Pop Insider. She covered toy trends, pop culture, and entertainment news, and made appearances on national and regional outlets, including CBS, WPIX, News 12, and more. Jackie spends her time watching horror movies and working her way through every Stephen King novel out there.