Minecraft was first released in 2011 and since then has become one of the best selling video games of all time. Its aesthetic is instantly recognizable and the blocky voxels allow for some easy crafting adaptations for a wide range of skills. There are many blogs and Pinterest pages with crafts, many of which are too complicated for children. This collection of crafts use common materials with simple steps that children with a range of skills can complete.
Using just a simple print out and an adhesive magnetic sheet and a pair of scissors you can create a wide range of Minecraft creations (especially using the 8 bit designs listed below).
Steve and Creeper Heads
These cross over into costume/dress-up too. The link provides directions for making Steve and Creeper heads out of cardboard boxes. The labor intensive part for the adult is going to be making the grid lines.
8 Bit/Perler Bead Patterns
These patterns are perfect to use with perler beads. Younger crafters can follow these designs and create their favorite characters. These designs are not limited to beads, and can be used for a range of crafts for more experienced crafters. Some additional crafts include: Friendship bracelets, quilt squares, knitting or crocheting.
Armor and swords
This design is longer and thin which is intended as a friendship bracelet, but could easily be used for other crafts.
Characters on canvas
For kids that like to paint and (mostly) can stay in the lines, this is a great painting activity. For younger kids an adult would need to paint the grid and indicate the color to use. For older kids, they may still need assistance creating the grid. These could also become bedroom decorations for a Minecraft fan.
DIY Shrinky Dinks
This craft uses glass gems (found in most craft sections of stores) creeper face printouts and adhesive magnets. The blog link also has directions for Minecraft Sticker Block art and Construction Paper Pixel Art
Creeper Made with Toilet Paper Rolls and a Small Box
Creeper Construction Paper Art
This blog details a Minecraft Themed birthday party. The paper torch was one activity for the kids to enjoy. Directions for the torch are about near the bottom of the page.
Tin Can Containers
Creating a pencil tin using paper and an old tin can is a classic craft. This simple activity takes a Minecraft print out and attaches it to a tin can to decorate. For the younger crafter this is nice and simple. For a more skilled older child, they could use grip paper to design their own image.
No Sew Pillows
This blog details how to make Minecraft pillows without sewing at all! The pillows are held together with fusible bonding, which you iron to bond it, or fabric glue. The Minecraft characters are painted or glued on with felt. This is a more involved craft, but being no sew it is safer for crafters of all ages.
Minecraft is wildly popular and in the game Creative Mode allows the players to use their imaginations. The crafts listed above allow them to tap into their interest of Minecraft and be creative in the real world. There are crafts that have a wide range of skills, depending on the child and the level of support desired by the adult. Crafts are a fun ways to connect the love of creation in Minecraft to making real objects.