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Simple Craft Projects for Kids

For fun family time, try one of these sweet and easy projects made from everyday materials.
Two silver cans animals, decorated with nuts and bolts Nutty Animals

Turn nuts and bolts (and a few other hardware store leftovers) into a metallic menagerie. Here's how:

  1. Collect several empty cans. For each animal, you can keep one end open, or nest a slightly smaller can inside.
  2. Use 1/2-inch round magnets to attach nuts, corner brackets, hex bolts, machine screws, and more to the cans. For extra sturdiness, use 1/2-inch permanent glue dots to adhere the pieces to the magnets.
  3. Create feet for legs by screwing nuts on the ends of machine screws. For whiskers, place screws at the edge of a magnet; the magnetic attraction will hold them on.

For safety's sake, keep magnets and small hardware items away from young children.

Originally published in the February 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.