You won’t believe all the craft recipes you can make from pantry staples.  No need for elaborate craft supplies when these fun crafts can be made with items you probably already have at home!

Keep a few key ingredients on hand to be able to whip up some fun anytime.

craft recipe printable chart


——> printable shopping list, just add these items to your shopping list

——> printable list of activities for your refrigerator

Craft Recipe Supplies

Here is the list of items to have on hand in your pantry:

  • Liquid Food Coloring
  • Paper towels (coffee filters, or napkins)
  • Salt
  • Cornstarch
  • Liquid starch
  • Flour
  • Self-rising flour
  • Alum
  • Cream of tarter
  • Oil
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Corn Syrup
  • Paper towels
  • Flavoring

Add in these crafty supplies and you are all set!

  • Crayons
  • Paint (tempera and acrylic)
  • Fine Sandpaper
  • Paintbrushes (regular and foam)
  • Paper
  • White School Glue
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Balloons

Also, be sure to save clean packaging! Paper towel rolls, cereal boxes, plastic yogurt containers, egg cartons all can be recycled into magnificent sculptures. Plastic cap lids can be used to make the homemade watercolors.

Craft Recipes

Keep kids busy and entertained with these crafty recipes.

collage of craft recipes

Puffy Paint

if you end up with extra self-rising flour use it to make easy brownies or 3 ingredient pancakes.

puffy paint on cardboard

Salt Painting

salt painting

Paper Towel Butterflies

Paper Towel Butterflies
Paper Towel Butterflies

Salt Dough

cutting salt dough with heart cookie cutter

2 Ingredient Slime

safe slime



Marbelizing Paper

Marbleizing Paper

Homemade Stickers

While I haven’t tried it I would think jello might be a good substitute for

homemade stickers


DIY Shrinky Dinks

shrinky dinks

Paper Mache

From paper mache bowls to elaborate birds this is good messy fun!




The above recipe is great but you might also like kool-aid playdough or aromatherapy playdough.

child cutting playdough

Homemade Watercolors

watercolor hearts painted on white paper

Chalk Paint



DyeD Eggs

Of course, you will have to grab some eggs, but simple liquid food coloring can make beautiful eggs. We boil the eggs first so we can eat them later.


food coloring eggs

Sandpaper Prints

child wearing rainbow sandprint shirt

While most people don’t keep sandpaper in their pantry head to the garage for this ingredient.

Invisible Ink


Scratch Art

scratch art paper



This list does omit crafty projects made with pasta (for necklaces) and dried beans or rice (for mosaics) and fruit and veggies for printing.  Years ago when I was student teaching for my Art Education degree I worked in a school that had many students with food insecurity. It felt disrespectful and a bad example to use items in craft projects that could provide a meal for someone. Sensory bins filled with grains or beans could often feed a family. Now having said this, when food is out of date, or you have scraps of fruits and veggies that will be thrown away. I think it makes sense to make good use of it.



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  1. AWESOME Web Site !!! Would like to Download the Video of the Folding of The Origami Crane With Your Permission PLease Advise Thanks Karen

  2. You are awesome! Your site and all it’s glory have saved this working mom! I don’t know what I would be doing if I didn’t have all these awesome suggestions to keep my kids entertained and learning at the same time. You are a blessing! You’ve given me inspiration and motivation that is much needed right now. Thank you!

  3. This is a great list!! I love the little print you made with all the different crafts & what is needed from the pantry! It’s so helpful! My kids will love doing these!

  4. I love all these ideas. We tried the marbelizing paper and it was so much fun! Thanks.

  5. The chalk paint looks fun! My kids would love that! We’ll have to try it tomorrow!


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