Why just watch a 90’s movie, when you could craft it up at the same time?? As part of our 90’s Week “Movies and TV day”, I put together a list of over 50 nineties family movie and craft combos! Super fun kids crafts, delightful art projects and movie-themed STEM challenges you can pair with your favorite 90’s classic, before, during, or after the show!
PS…be sure to visit our Halloween family movies & craft suggestions too!
Our favorite family movie and craft combination ideas:
Watch Beauty and the Beast
MAKE: A Storybook Cardboard Castle from In the Playroom – complete with clusters of turrets, a drawbridge, classic castle touches, and plenty of creative room to give it your own fanciful twists!
MAKE: DIY Paper Plate Pig Masks from Creating Creatives for Red Ted Art. That’ll do pig – that’ll do. 😉
Watch Sister Act
MAKE: DIY Faux Stained Glass from Babble Dabble Do. Who among us hasn’t secretly brought the house down with a car-commute or hot shower rendition of “Hail Holy Queen”? To set the optimal lip-synching atmosphere, find yourself awash in the glow of your very own stained glass with this clever DIY! Hark…’tis the voice of an angel!
Watch The Mighty Ducks
MAKE: A DIY Tabletop Ice Hockey Rink from Handmade Charlotte. Quack, QUACK, Mr. Ducksworth! This takes your average penny hockey board and raises you REAL frozen ice! For a true 90’s night hat trick, watch the movie, make your own rink, and win the game by implementing the stealthy “Flying V”. 😀
Watch Toy Story
MAKE: Potato Heads from Handy With Scissors. DIY everyone’s favorite cantankerous spud with this Picasso-like project using your very own REAL potatoes. No small plastic parts here folks – suitable for ANY age!
Watch Mrs. Doubtfire
MAKE: DIY Kids Homemade Face Masks from Mom Junction. As much as I really wanted to find a DIY silicone mask kids craft – it felt a little beyond what can be accomplished during a two-hour movie. Instead, pour yourselves some cuppa’s, add sugar as desired, and go full Euphegenia Doubtfire/Daniel Hillard-style with a whipped cream facial. One lump or two, dearies?
Watch A League of Their Own
MAKE: DIY Peanut Piñata from Handmade Charlotte
Watch Apollo 13
MAKE: Build a recycled rocket from Rose & Rex. The movie that introduced “Houston, we have a problem…” to a whole new generation.
Watch Fern Gully
MAKE: Rainforest in a Jar from The Crafting Chicks
Watch The Secret Garden
MAKE: Tabletop Secret Garden (with printable) from Lotta Magazine. This just might be the sweetest, most pure movie & craft pairing on the whole list. Build your own (real!) secret garden with the help of this perfectly charming printable while you watch a classic English story.
Watch Home Alone
MAKE: A 3-D cardboard Home Alone House from Three Busy Boys!
MAKE: DIY Dog Paper Craft from Alpha Mom.
MAKE: Lion Dance Craft from Oh Creative Day.
Watch Jurassic Park
MAKE: Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils from Kiwi Co. Palentology became about 10,000% cooler the year Jurassic Park was released.
MAKE: A DIY Library Book Tote from hello, Wonderful.
Watch Space Jam
MAKE: A DIY Cardboard Basketball Hoop from Caitlin Betsy Bell. Well, everything old is new again because I hear this is going to be remade! Get ready to jam with a fly cardboard b-ball hoop.
Watch Lion King
MAKE: DIY Cardboard Lion Mask from barley & birch
Watch The Sandlot
MAKE: DIY Tabletop S’Mores from Polka Dot Chair. After all these years, the Sandlot is still the official first movie of summer in my house. Baseball, bubblegum, campouts, fireworks, and S’mores – it has it all. Hitch up a bedsheet, break out a projector and fire up this DIY tabletop campfire – Ham will instruct you on the rest.
MAKE: A Cardboard Camel and Flying Carpets from Brainy Beginnings Network. If your childhood was filled with dreams of Arabian Nights, you are in major luck. Flying carpets and an amazing cardboard camel craft are ready to transport you a whole new world…
Watch Stuart Little
MAKE: Paper Race Cars from Little Monster Blog.
Watch The Three Musketeers
MAKE: Cardboard Musketeer Swords from Parents Magazine. You might remember this movie more for classic its song than the movie itself. And if you don’t remember the tune, grab a sword and fire up Spotify. “‘Cause when it’s all for one – it’s one for all.” *Sigh* I miss 90’s Bryan Adams.
Watch The Parent Trap
MAKE: DIY Flameless Camp Lanterns from barley & birch.
MAKE: A Full Pirate Play Set from Creativebug. Bangarang!
Watch My Girl
MAKE: A DIY Mason Bee House from Natural Beach Living. I’d love to know the exact number of slumber parties that were made and subsequently ruined by the traumatic turn of events this OG dramedy took. If you’ve never seen My Girl, I’ll save the spoiler alert and let you watch yourself to find out why a DIY bee house is a heart-breakingly perfect craft accompaniment to this tear-jerker.
Watch Cool Runnings
MAKE: DIY Play Bobsled Track from Along Came Cherry.
Watch Homeward Bound
MAKE: A DIY Dog Collar and Leash from Cucicucicoo.
Watch Muppet Treasure Island
MAKE: DIY Cardboard Pirate Ship from MollyMoo Crafts
Watch Father of the Bride
MAKE: DIY Button Rings from ART CAMP. If you’ve always wanted a house just like the one in Father of the Bride, you probably suffer from Unrealistic 90’s Movie Goal Syndrome. For a more attainable goal, try this adorable button ring craft on for size. And if you can keep your eyes dry watching your mini-me discover, George, Nina, Annie, and Franc for the first time, you win a sentimental slice of KEK!
Watch The Rocketeer
MAKE: A Rocket Pack Backpack from Little Button Diaries.
Watch Little Women
MAKE: Orange Pomanders from The Blue Barn
Watch Dick Tracy
MAKE: A DIY Comic Strip from Picklebums.
Watch The Borrowers
MAKE: A Hat Box Dollhouse from Sweet Paul.
Watch Free Willy
MAKE: An Orca Popcorn Pocket from Creating Creatives. Ok, so these are technically shark popcorn pockets, but I won’t tell if you won’t!
MAKE: A Jumanji Movie Night collection from Handmade Charlotte
Watch While You Were Sleeping
MAKE: A DIY Family Portrait Snow Globe from A Kailo Chic Life.
MAKE: Real Flubber! from Little Bins for Little Hands
Watch 101 Dalmations
MAKE: Dalmation Spot Painted Planters from homedit.
MAKE: DIY Iron-On Clueless Shirts from Let’s Mingle.
Watch Wayne’s World
MAKE: A Cardboard Rockstar Guitar from La Maison de Lou Lou. My entire junior high experience was one long Wayne’s World quote. Party on Wayne, Party on Garth!
Watch Austin Powers
MAKE: DIY Lava Lamps from Sweet Paul.
Watch Joe Versus the Volcano
MAKE: A Slime Volcano from Monster Kids.
Watch 10 Things I Hate About You
MAKE: DIY Play Microphone from About A Mom. Oh Heath, how do I miss thee…let me count the ways…
Watch The Wedding Singer
MAKE: 80’s Shades from barley & birch.
Watch Sleepless in Seattle
MAKE: A Collaged Cardboard City from ART CAMP for Rose & Rex. Back when I was a youthful pre-teen living in the country, the only thing more romantic than a story about love & destiny was the Big Apple. As the co-star of one of my favorite movies, a corny little slice of my heart will always beat for the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day. Pass the joys of Nora Ephron + NYC on to your little with this timeless pairing.