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10 Ways to Get Creative with Household Items

If there’s one thing that being in quarantine has taught us, it’s how to get creative the resourceful way! Whether you’re on day one or day ten of social isolation, staying at home is not something that many of us are used to, so we tend to get…well, a little imaginative with our entertainment!

Paint with CoffeeSo we bring you our favorite crafts from Yaymaker artists across the US and Canada! Perfect if you’re looking for ways to keep the kids busy or even if you’re looking for new ways to entertain yourself! And guess what? They’re made with materials you ALREADY have in the house.*

Paint with Kool-AidSee what you have lying around, get inspired, and learn how to get creative with household items using our online virtual events. Just remember to tag @yaymaker when you share your photos!

Paint with Coffee or Kool-Aid

Get creative with household items like Kool Aid

No paint in the house? No problem. You can invent your own! Our favorite DIY paints are coffee and Kool-Aid. Check out our events page for some really quirky designs (not just for kids).

Toilet Paper Characters

Toilet Roll Unicorn | Get Creative with Household Items

Running out of toilet paper is a big concern right now. So once that sacred paper is gone, keep the center and repurpose it. You went through blood, sweat, and tears to find that roll—don’t throw it away now! Turn it into a unicorn or another fun character.

Yarn Wall Hangings 

Boho Wall Hanging

The boho trend isn’t going anywhere soon, and if you’re anything like us, you’ve probably looked at wall hangings and thought, “I don’t wanna pay that much”! Head out (while keeping a safe distance), find a stick, and gather some yarn. We have a version for adults and for kids.

Fluffy Slime

Make fluffy slime

This is, quite frankly, genius! All you need is PVA glue, shaving foam, saline solution, and baking soda. Then BOOM! You have hours of entertainment for your little ones. Making the slime is only the beginning.

Cactus Rocks

Indoor activities | Paint Rocks

While you’re finding the sticks for your wall hangings, pick up some rocks too. We’ll show you how to make them into easy-breezy plants that require zero care, but look just as cool as the real deal (maybe cooler)! Your rocks can also be turned into ladybugs, bumblebees, and much more.

Reusable T-shirt Bag

Reusable t-shirt bag

Another genius way to get creative with household items: turn a t-shirt into a reusable bag. No sewing required! Now kids, don’t go rummaging through mom’s closet without permission. We don’t want you to get in any trouble!

Wine Cork Art

Cork Art

If there’s one thing we’ve not been short on recently, it’s wine! And now, you have a unique way to use up all those leftover corks. The only other materials you’ll need for this project are cardboard, glue, and a marker pen.

Upcycle Your Furniture

Paint a Breakfast Tray

Now, doesn’t this look better than the plain old tray you currently have? Take your regular household items and give them a makeover. One guest even decorated a nightstand at a Virtual Paint Nite! Are you that brave?

Paper Flower Bouquet

Paper Flowers


So pretty, and oh so simple to make! All you need is paper, glue, and a stick of some sort. While you have the paper out, why don’t you see what else you can origami?

Draw Fun Characters

Learn to draw a dragon

Have you got paper? How about some colors? Then you’re ready for our final way to get creative with household items! Surprise yourself with your drawing skills, as you follow a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw dragons, princesses, castles, and more.

BONUS Activities

If arts and crafts aren’t your jam, but you’re looking for things to do in quarantine, these next ideas are for you! Keep an eye out for our online games nights and virtual mixology classes. Connect with people across the country and around the world over an interactive night of fun. It’s really quite extraordinary! 

*Please note: Virtual events are subject to availability and are frequently being updated. If you can’t get your hands on one of these experiences, we guarantee you’ll find something else to love!

We also want to add a special thanks to those of you who have already attended our virtual events. Our hosts are completely reliant on them during this pandemic, and each ticket truly makes a difference. Stay safe and keep creating! We hope to “virtually” see you soon.

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