Home improvement projects to tackle with your kids

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Sitting all day in front of the computer for Zoom meetings and online classes have us and the kids itching to do something different. So, it’s time to get creative on how to keep everyone in the family occupied with fun and productive activities indoors.

We have found some easy and cheap DIY projects to vamp up your home space, which you can do with your kids and require materials you probably already have at home!

Upcycling old furniture into a mini garden

Now is the perfect opportunity to transform old furniture you have lying around into unique plant holders for your garden. This is a great project to do with kids as it does not require any tools. It is also flexible enough to give them creative freedom to paint or decorate the furniture in any way they want.

Materials you need:

  • Old piece of furniture - preferably a bookshelf or bedside table
  • Potting mix or compost
  • Plant of your choice
  • Bin liner or a separate container for the plants to protect the inside of your furniture

Balcony Decoration has collected a plethora of ways to upcycle your old furniture into new plant holders. Check out others’ repurposed planters to get inspired and kickstart this gardening activity with the kids!

Marble mugs

If you have some mugs to spare and nailpolish that is no longer being used, jump on this DIY mug decor trend. This is an awesome activity to do with the kids as it is simple, free and safe. Every mug turns out different so each family member can take ownership of what they were able to create.

Materials you need:

  • Mugs
  • Nail polish
  • Warm water
  • Large container for the water and nail polish

All you will need to do is fill the container with the warm water, pour the nail polish into the water, dip your mug into the mixture and that’s it! Destination Decoration shares some additional tips to help you get the most optimal marble effects. A fun way to liven up your glassware with minimal effort.

Tote bag cushions

Most retail companies are now on-board with the plastic-free movement and have switched to providing customers with recyclable packaging, particularly canvas bags. If you have one too many canvas bags lying around the house, now is the time to master your sewing skills and transform them into cushion covers.

Materials you need:

  • Canvas or linen bags
  • Cushions - ideally one that fits in your chosen bag
  • Needle and thread
  • Buttons or a zipper

Whimsy Craft shares a detailed step-by-step guide on how to create these tote bag cushions. While this project involves the slightly more complicated step of sewing the buttons or zipper onto your new cushion cover, it’s a chance to pick up a new skill while tackling the subject of home economics for the students at home.


Staying at home isn’t so bad when you’re able to upscale unwanted stuff into something useful, while engaging every member of the household. Get crafting so that you and your children can show off all your self-made home improvements to friends in the hopefully not so distant future!

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