Crafts from the Closet

Give your family's old clothes a second life -- transform them into fun projects for kids.

Shiny Snake

Dad's worn-out tie makes a great snake.

shiny snake
Alexandra Grablewski

What You'll Need

  • Old necktie
  • Craft dowel
  • Floral wire
  • Filling
  • Fabric glue
  • Felt
  • Scissors

Make it: Use a craft dowel to stuff the tie with filling. Add extra stuffing to the larger end of the tie for the head. To make the snake coil, insert a length of wide-gauge floral wire. Glue both ends shut. Cut out two eyes and a tongue from felt. Glue the eyes onto the top of the head and the tongue onto the tie's underside.

Pocket Book

Create an extra-cool kid's notebook for school by attaching a pocket from an old pair of jeans.

pocket book
Alexandra Grablewski

What You'll Need

  • Pair of jeans
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Fabric glue
  • Notebook

Make it: Snip off the back pocket. Cut out your child's initial from a piece of fabric and glue to the front of the pocket. Then glue three edges of the pocket to the notebook, leaving only the top open. Fill with supplies like pencils, erasers, and stickers.

Glove That

Bring mateless winter gloves to life with buttons, yarn, and other junk-drawer finds.

glove that!
Alexandra Grablewski

What You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Buttons
  • Cork
  • Yarn
  • Hair elastics
  • Fabric glue
  • Polyester stuffing

Make it: Stuff glove, except for the thumb. Fold the thumb back and glue to the glove. To make faces, glue on buttons, mini corks, yarn -- get creative with your supplies! Close the glove by tying a hair elastic to the bottom.

Copyright 2007. Reprinted with permission from the August 2007 issue of Parents magazine.

Updated by Alexandra Grablewski
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