Category: Kid's Arts and Crafts

DIY Snowflake Window Clings

Grab the little ones and add a glittery glow to your glass in the just a few minutes.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 5 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Puff paint
Ziplock bag

Things to do:
1. Use your puff paint to draw snowflake patterns on a plastic bag.
2. Sprinkle your snowflakes with fine glitter. If you’re making multiple snowflakes, try using several different glitter colors.
3. Let your snowflakes dry completely.
4. Dump the excess glitter off and slowly peel your snowflakes off the plastic bag. If you have a hard time removing them, put them in the refrigerator for several minutes and try again.
5. Stick the snowflakes to your window and start dreaming of a white Christmas!

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How to Make Popsicle Stick Christmas Sleigh Ornaments

This is a wonderful Christmas craft to do with kids! All you need is a few basic supplies that you probably have in your craft closet. Your little ones will love painting the sled boards and assembling the pieces to create a precious, keepsake ornament.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 6 and up *Younger ages may need help assembling

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Acrylic paint
Paint brush
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Start by painting five Popsicle sticks with your acrylic paint. For my project, I used barn red by Apple Barrel.
2. Next, we’re going to assemble the sled! Use your hot glue gun to attach four Popsicle sticks. The two in the middle should be slightly higher than the two on the outside.
3. Use hot glue to add a blade to both sides of your sled. They should sit half an inch higher than the sled boards.
4. Add a little decor to your sled by trimming a runner to adorn the top. Popsicle sticks can be tricky to cut, so try breaking it in half before using your scissors to create a clean line. Attach your board to the top of the blades with hot glue.
5. The last step is adding a jute hanger to the top of your sled. Cut a 4-5 inch piece of jute and use hot glue to secure both sides to the runner board.

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How to Make a Pipe Cleaner Reindeer

Make one pipe cleaner reindeer, or create enough to lift a tiny sleigh! You’ll be delighted with your cute fleet of reindeer. Go, Rudolph!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Brown pipe cleaners
Red felt

Things to do:
1. Bend a loop at one end of a full pipe cleaner. This will be the reindeer’s face.

2. Create a figure-8 shape above the face by twisting the pipe cleaner in place. These will be the ears.

3. Bend a portion of the pipe cleaner for the neck, and make another bend for the reindeer’s body.

4. Create a tail at one end.

5. Cut a pipe cleaner in half. Twist them around the body for legs.

6. Twirl one pipe cleaner around a pencil, then remove it from the pencil.

7. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the neck and the body.

8. Repeat steps 6-7 with another pipe cleaner.

9. Cut a piece of another pipe cleaner to 2 1/2 inches. Wrap this behind the reindeer’s ears – this forms the structure of the antlers.

10. Cut two pieces of pipe cleaner to 1 inch each. Wrap one around each tip of the pipe cleaner that you attached in Step 9. These add additional points to the reindeer’s antlers.

11. This is what the antlers look like when you’re finished.

12. Cut a very small bit of felt and glue to the reindeer’s face – you now have an adorable red nose!

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Kid Friendly Popsicle Stick Angel Christmas Ornament

This popsicle stick angel is the perfect craft to do with your child, though you’ll have to help with scoring and cutting one of the sticks. Leave the face plain, or decorate with an angelic expression.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 8+ (children will need you to cut the small popsicle stick)

Things you’ll need:
Jumbo popsicle sticks
Small popsicle sticks
Foam sheets
Glitter bows
Tinsel pipe cleaner
Page from a book
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun and glue. Place two large popsicle sticks next to each other, and glue one on top, making sure there’s glue on both of the first-layer sticks to hold them in place.

2. Score the small popsicle stick at the half-way point with a knife, then bend back and forth carefully to snap it. You’ll need to score both sides so that the popsicle breaks neatly.

3. Cut a circle out of the foam sheet for the angel’s head.

4. Glue the head and two small sticks, for arms, onto the body you made in Step 1.

5. Snip off a piece of tinsel pipe cleaner and glue it to the top of the head.

6. With the rest of the tinsel pipe cleaner, create a loop and glue it to the back of the angel’s body.

7. Fold the book paper in half and cut out half of a wing shape. When you open it, you’ll have the full set of wings.

8. Glue the paper to the back of the angel.

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How to Make a Popsicle Stick Sled Ornament

Make a primitive sled from simple popsicle sticks, paint, and glue. The perfect touch for the tree as you reminisce about your days pulling your own sled up the hill and sliding back down!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Wood craft sticks
Brown acrylic paint
Paint brush
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Utility knife

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Find the center of one stick and draw a line.

2. Use a utility knife to score the stick along the line, so it will be easier to snap cleanly in half.

3. Glue the short sticks to two upright sticks as shown, and glue another stick on top in the center.

4. Glue four more sticks in the shown pattern to make the center of the sled.

5. Glue one final horizontal stick to the top, as shown.

6. Paint your sled with brown (or red) paint. Add a bit of twin and hang on your tree!

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How to Make a No-Sew Burlap Chain Christmas Garland

Drape this garland on the tree or on the mantel – it’s an upgraded and elegant way to make a chain you’ll cherish for years to come!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 8 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Red jute burlap ribbon
Green jute burlap ribbon
Natural burlap ribbon
Fabric stiffener
Paint brush
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks


Things to do:
1. Cut pieces of burlap to 9″ long each. Cut as many as you’ll need for your chain. If decorating a tree, you’ll need at least rolls of each ribbon. Warm up your hot glue gun.
2. Roll one strip and glue in place. Be careful about your fingers!
3. Slide another strip into the first and glue in place.
4. This is what it should look like – basic chain. Keep going!
5. When complete, paint on the fabric stiffener and allow to dry overnight.

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DIY Felt Pinecone Tutorial

Pinecones are telling sign of autumn and winter, but sometimes we can’t find them near our houses or when we do, they’re not the right size for decorating. Create your own pinecone using felt and a Styrofoam egg. No one will be fooled, but everyone will appreciate your kitschy creativity!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Brown felt sheet
Styrofoam egg
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks


Things to do:
1. Cut several pieces of felt lengthwise, making each 2″ wide. I used 5 pieces for this project but you can use more if you’d like more layers.
2. Cut scallops into one side of each piece as shown.
3. Carefully snip between each scallop, making sure you don’t accidentally cut the scallop off. Warm up your hot glue gun.
4. Roll the first piece of felt tightly as shown, just a few inches down the piece. Glue in place after a few wraps.
5. Glue this to the top of the egg, then continue wrapping this piece to the egg, glueing as you go. Take another piece of felt and wrap it adjacent to the first, continuing to wrap down the egg.
6. Add all the pieces to the egg, wrapping down to the bottom. There will be an open spot at the base, so cut a piece of felt as shown to fill it.
7. Glue the final piece to the bottom of the egg, completing the pinecone.

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DIY Frosty the Snowman Christmas Treat Jar

He’s a very jolly, happy soul! Frost the jar with the special glass window color and enjoy this wintry, frosty snowman jar.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 9-10 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar
Clear frost glass window color
Mini carrots
Christmas twine
Craft pom poms
Acrylic paint
Paint brushes
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Large black buttons


Things to do:
1. Apply the frost window color to the jar.
2. Create a design to make the glass look like it’s actually frosty! You won’t want to color the whole jar with a solid coat. Set aside.
3. Paint the lid black.
4. After about 8 hours, the window color will have dried.
5. With pliers, snip off the back side of the carrot. Warm up your hot glue gun or consider using E6000 glue.
6. Twist two pipe cleaners around each other.
7. Glue the twisted pipe cleaners to one pom pom.
8. Cut the pipe cleaner to the size needed to arc over the lid. Glue the other pom pom to the other side of the pipe cleaner.
9. Glue the eyes to the jar.
10. Glue the carrot to the center of the jar, for a nose.

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Felt and Bead Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

A cute tree ornament…for the tree? Or wherever! This is an inexpensive and fun ornament to make that won’t take a lot of time. It can be a little tricky to get the felt and beads on without everything wiggling out of line, so keep the work on the table and it will go much smoother.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Green felt sheet
Round red wood beads
Threaded needle with knot one end


Things to do:
1. Cut two strips of felt, less than 1/2 ” each, from the long side of the felt. Stitch them together along the short end. Then fold up one side as shown, with two loops.
2. Slide your threaded needle up from the bottom and slide a bead onto the needle, dropping it down on top of the loops.
3. Fold another loop on one side, and stitch another bead in place. Continue with another fold on the opposite side.
4. Continue all the way up the tree.
5. Top with a tri-color or any other bead of your choice. Tie off the thread and clip it, as well as the end of the felt.

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How to Make a Pipe Cleaner Octopus Tutorial

Twist some pipe cleaners around a small Styrofoam ball and you’ll start to see how this adorable pipe cleaner octopus comes to life! Use 1 or 2 colors or more to make this an original.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 8-10 hours (includes soaking time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam ball
Pipe cleaners
Googly eyes
Hot glue gun
Hot glue


Things to do:
1. Loop a thicker pipe cleaner and a thinner one around the ball.
2. Twist the pipe cleaners around each other as shown.
3. Repeat with a second set of two pipe cleaners, going across the first set.
4. Repeat the process with third set of pipe cleaners.
5. Fill in the spaces with two more pipe cleaners, bringing them up from the bottom so the ends stick up from the top. This will create the top of the head.
6. Fold the ends down as shown.
7. This is what the octopus looks like once you’ve turn the tops down on the head. Warm up your hot glue gun and glue.
8. Hot glue the google eyes to the front of the ball to recreate the octopus’s face.

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