20 Incredible Pokémon DIYs That Will Help Your Kids Catch 'Em All
Since its launch in 1996, Pokémon has become a worldwide phenomenon. In the late nineties and early noughties, in particular, the trading card game was the ultimate trend, with people vying to obtain coveted cards like Mew and Charizard. And in 2016, it suddenly regained the popularity of its glory days thanks to the launch of the mobile app Pokémon GO!
As a result, the game is now a cross-generational phenomenon, and when people aren't playing it, whether it's on their phone or a classic device like the almighty Gameboy, they still want to make their love of the animated world known. But they don't have to look far to find some truly pokétastic DIYs, and we've compiled a list of the ones you'll want to catch!
1. Poké Ball Suncatcher
This is a great craft because it simultaneously looks fantastic and is relatively easy to make. All you need is contact paper, tissue paper (red and white, obv), cardstock and a permanent marker. Then simply follow this tutorial! It's fun for all the family.
2. DIY Poké Ball and Pokémon
This is another brilliantly simple craft, and it's a great way of allowing your kids to get their favorite Pokémon without having to buy countless packs of cards in search of them. All you need is a paper plate, a Pokémon cut out and some colored card. Get your kids to color in the pokemon of your choosing, stick it to the plate and create the Poké Ball as shown above.
3. Felt Snorlax DIY
The bigger the Pokémon, the better it will be for cuddling, so Snorlax really is the perfect Pokémon to turn into a felt plushie. Follow this surprisingly simple DIY and you'll be able to rest your head on his belly in no time.
4. DIY Poké Balls
What makes DIY crafts so great is that you can customize them, so this is a fantastic idea if, say, you're holding a kid's birthday party and want to encourage your little ones to get creative. You could, for example, hold a competition to see who can come up with the best Poké Ball design. Simply buy some styrofoam balls and permanent markers and you're good to go.
5. Pokémon Stationary Holders
Need to clean up the clutter on your desk? Then have some fun while you're doing it (or get your little monsters to have some fun).Create the nerdiest stationary holders around with some spare tins and these free Pokémon printables.
6. Pikachu Origami
The most iconic Pokémon in existence has to be Pikachu. Star of the TV series and Ash's trusty companion, he's adorable and, for Ash at least, a very powerful Pokémon. So why not create a little Pikachu of your own with nothing more than yellow card and felt tip pens? Simply follow this origami tutorial and you'll be pika pika-ing in no time!
7. Pikachu Mug
Have you got a yellow mug lying around? Well, you can easily create your own Pikachu mug with nothing more than sharpies and this simple design. And, let's face it, if you don't have a yellow mug, they're available in most dollar stores.
8. Pokémon Flower Pots
There's a lot of things which differ from Pokémon to Pokémon, but one of their most distinctive features are their faces, so if you're wanting to add some character to your garden, why not create these DIY Pokémon plant pots? Looks perfect for Bulbasaur - and why not try Ivysaur or Oddish?
9. Pokémon Lanterns
These are a great DIY to make as a family and once, complete, you can watch as your favorite Pokémon float off into the night sky.
10. Pokémon Stress Balls
As any hardcore Pokémon fan will tell you, catching them all is a stressful job, but it turns out that you can calm yourself down with Pokémon themed stress balls when you lose your local gym to your neighbor in Pokémon GO!
11. Pokémon Candle
This is the perfect DIY for older Pokémon fans. And just like the other DIYs on this list, it's incredibly simple to make and can be created by melting down candles from the dollar store. The estimated total cost for this nerdy DIY is just $5. Bargain!
12. Pokémon Bath Bombs
If you're a particularly ambitious Pokémon fan, you can make your own themed bath bombs which cost just under $1 each to make. They're the perfect treat if you've spent a long day running around your neighborhood playing Pokémon GO!
13. Pokémon Bookmarks
This is a great DIY for kids which, with any luck, will encourage them to read. Better still, they can be made from something which parents have in abundance: lollipop sticks. The only additional items you need for this DIY are pens, craft foam, and glue.
14. Pikachu Mask
Has your kid got a fancy dress party and wants to dress up as their favorite Pokémon? Don't worry, it's easier than you think. All you need to be Pikachu is felt, paper and a glue gun. Follow this simple tutorial to create one in no time.
15. Pokémon Planters
If you don't have any plant pots to hand but still want to add a little Pokéfun to your garden, fret not. You can do it with nothing more than plastic bottles, which is a great way of recycling, and unlike with plant pots, enables you to give your Pokémon ears! Look at this adorable Bulbasaur evolution chain!
16. DIY Pokémon Cards
This is another great hack if your kid is struggling to find certain Pokémon cards, or if you're short of cash and they're nagging you to play the game. It's also a great way to encourage them to be creative. All you need is this printable.
17. Crochet Jigglypuff
The cutest Pokémon in existence is, hands down, Jigglypuff, and as a result, it's the perfect Pokémon to turn into a cuddly toy. So if you're feeling ambitious, why not crochet one? If you're a parent or know any young kids, it'll make the perfect homemade gift.
18. Pokémon Valentine's Card
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so why not let your bae know that you choose them in the best way possible?! Personally, we're all for cards that have the personal touch, and if they're a Pokémon fan, this is guaranteed to be a hit.
19. Pompom Pikachu
If you have kids who love playing with small toys, then this DIY is for you. Not only is it incredibly cheap to make, but it will provide them with hours of fun. To discover how to make one of these adorable toys for yourself, check out the following tutorial.
20. Pokémon Scarf
Keep your little Pokémon trainer warm with this crochet scarf. All you need to do is follow this pattern.
So there you have it - 20 incredible Pokémon DIYs that will help you catch 'em all. Which one is your favorite? And do you know of any other Pokémon DIYs that we might have missed? Let us know in the comments section below. Oh, and have fun catching 'em all!