Category: Kid's Arts and Crafts

Kid Friendly Sea Shell Crab Tutorial


If you’ve just come home from the beach and don’t know what to with the shells your kids have collected, then is is the project for you! Shell crabs can be painted in any color, and you can change their expressions” with the size and placement of their google eyes. If you don’t have spare shells around, you can purchase a package to experiment with.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Seashells
6 – pipe cleaners
Google eyes
Acrylic paint
Paint brush
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Paint the exterior of the shell.

2. Pull out 6 pipe cleaners and cut 5 of them in half.

3. Wrap the 5 around each other to make legs. Warm up your hot glue gun.

4. Once your shell is dry, glue the legs under the shell.

5. Cut your sixth pipe cleaner in half and set one half aside for another shell crab. Cut one of the halves in half again.

6. Attach these to the two front legs, forming claws.

7. Glue the google eyes to the wide, front part of the shell.

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How to Make a Ribbon Tassel Keychain


A ribbon tassel keychain is a great teacher’s gift when created in school colors. You can make this with as many or as few ribbons as you’d like, and with any length of ribbon. If you keep this for yourself, you’ll always smile when you look for your keys!

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

Things you’ll need:
Key ring
6mm split ring
Various ribbons, with at least one that’s no wider than 3/8″
Pony beads
Scissors
Seam sealant
Needle and thread

Things to do:
1. Cut your ribbons to 15-18″ long. Slide the split ring to the middle of your narrowest ribbon.

2. Fold the ribbon in half, and slide your pony beads over both cut edges until they meet right over the split ring, as shown.

3. Stack your other ribbons on top of each other and fold in half to find the middle. Thread your needle and take a couple of small stitches in the middle so all the ribbons stay together. Don’t cut the thread yet.

4. Nest this group of ribbons under the narrow ribbon containing the beads. Tie the beaded ribbon around the group of ribbons.

5. After you’ve tied the ribbon, take a couple of stitches in the knot to secure it. Slide the key chain ring onto the split ring, and your keychain is complete!

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Kid Friendly Styrofoam Lighthouse Tutorial


Find your way home with this whimsical styrofoam lighthouse. Perfect for your lake house or just for a lighthouse lover, you’ll be able to make this craft in many different colors and designs.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam cone
Acrylic paint http://factorydirectcraft.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=acrylic+paint
Paint brushes
Scissors
Sequin pins
Battery operated candle
Rubber bands
Piece of white fabric or muslin large enough

Things to do:
1. Start to cover the styrofoam with the fabric, pinning in place.

2. Wrap the fabric around carefully, cutting where needed, and pin neatly as shown.

3. Place the rubber bands around the cone as shown. You’ll be painting inside the the bands, so choose your placement carefully.

4. Paint between the rubber bands, creating crisp stripes.

5. This is what the cone will look like. Wait for the paint to dry .

6. Paint around the base of the tea light.

7. Paint some windows – as many as you’d like!

8. Add a door, and when the cone is completely dry, remove the rubber bands and place the tea light on top.

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How to Make Pipe Cleaner Flower Fashion Rings


Craft this quirky, fun ring to go with a fun outfit or costume, or give to a child who will have fun playing dress up with a fantastic pipe cleaner rose ring! This is a funky and playful conversation piece.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Six flower colored” pipe cleaners and one green pipe cleaner
Scissors
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Twist all 6 flower-colored pipe cleaners (I’ve used red) around each other in the middle as shown.

2. Wrap this around your finger and then remove the ring.

3. Fan out all of the pipe cleaner pieces.

4. Roll the edges of each piece as shown.

5. Using a pencil to assist you, coil a piece of pipe cleaner all the way to the middle.

6. Coil all of the pipe cleaners toward the middle.

7. Once you’re done coiling, the top should look like this.

8. Wrap the green pipe cleaner just underneath the flower.

9. Create leaves” with the green pipe cleaner and adjust the flower petals into a pleasing shape.

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DIY Decorative Jellyfish Mobile


Jellyfish are at times beautiful and also whimsical. This jellyfish is perfect for an older child’s room – wouldn’t it be fun to make several of these and hang them, pretending to be in an underwater paradise?

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam ball
Ribbon
Pom poms
Felt sheets
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Needle and thread

Things to do:
1. Cut your styrofoam ball in half. Trace this onto a piece of felt, and cut out the circle.

2. Decide the length of ribbon needed to cover the top of the ball, as shown. Cut 7-8 pieces this length. Pin the first in place.

3. Pin the second piece of ribbon as shown.

4. Finish until the styrofoam is covered.

5. Hot glue the pom poms around the edge of the styrofoam.

6. Cover the bottom with the felt.

7. Cut your ribbons into 24″ pieces.

8. Fold the ribbons in half and pin them in the center to the bottom of the styrofoam. You will have to use 2-3 pins.

9. Use the needle and thread to add a hanger to the top of the jellyfish.

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Kid Friendly Popsicle Stick and Twine Spring Butterfly Tutorial


Create this cheerful little string butterfly in many different colors. If desired, you can draw a cute face on the wooden bead, or leave it blank as we’ve done.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Baker’s twine
Small Popsicle sticks
Wooden bead
Pony beads
Pipe cleaner
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Place your popsicle sticks into a shallow X and glue together in the center. Don’t cut the twine. Glue one end of the twine to the center of the X and wrap it around a few times, as shown.

2. Start wrapping the twine in a figure-8 configuration, making sure you go around all four sides.

3. Continue wrapping, as shown.

4. As your approach the ends, you can begin wrapping straight around the sticks, as shown. Wrap as far out to the ends as you’d like. Shown here I’ve wrapped to the middle and later decided to add on to the wings – you can do whatever you’d like for the look you’re trying to achieve.

5. Add two pony beads to the center of the pipe cleaner.

6. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the center of the butterfly, as shown.

7. Thread both top ends of the pipe cleaner through the bead.

8. Pull the bead down to the top of the sticks as shown.

9. Twist the tops of the pipe cleaners to look like antennae.

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How to Make Your Own Fairy Wand


Your little girl will love to use this fairy wand as she plays dress up! The curled ribbons, sparkly star and pretty pom poms all add to the wand’s “magic.” Though this is a project for a child, it’s best for an adult to make this (though feel free to allow her to help!).

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Star template
Wood dowel rods
Pink curling ribbon
Red curling ribbon
Glitter foam sheet
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Print your star from the template and cut it out. Trace onto the glitter foam and cut.

2. Curl your ribbons by running the ribbon over the edge of a pair of scissors. Each strip was can be about 18″ long or longer before curling. There are no strict rules here! Warm up your hot glue gun.

3. Tie your ribbons onto the dowel rod. Hot glue them in place.

4. Thread your needle and knot the thread at one end. Start sliding mini pom poms onto the thread.

5. Continue adding pom poms the length that you want this part of the wand decor to be.

6. Tie your pom pom tail” onto the wand and hot glue in place. Finally, hot glue the star to the top to finish the project.

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Pipe Cleaner and Pom Pom Spring Blossom Tree Tutorial


Spring is in the air, and one of my favorite parts of spring is seeing flowering trees bloom. Bring this indoors with a flowering blossom tree made of pipe cleaners and pom poms. Your tree will certainly be a conversation piece!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
9 to 12 – brown pipe cleaners
Small pink pom poms
Sheet moss
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Card stock

Things to do:
1. Fold a pipe cleaner almost in half, keeping it intentional uneven so that you’ll have branch variety later.

2. Twist the bottom at the fold, leaving about 1″ after the twist.

3. Bend this 90 degrees as shown.

4. Repeat for all the pipe cleaners.

5. Put all the pipe cleaners together, making sure the feet (roots”) are even at the bottom.

6. Twist these together, creating a trunk.

7. Divide the pipe cleaners slightly as shown.

8. Twist two or three pipe cleaners together, making a branch.

9. Leave some room at the top of each branch, then bend the pipe cleaners to look more like smaller branches.

10. Continue creating branches as shown.

11. This is what the tree will look like once complete. Warm up your hot glue gun.

12. Glue a small pink pom pom to one of the branches.

13. Complete the tree with several pom poms.

14. Cut a piece of card stock and glue the roots to it.

15. Cover with the sheet moss and trim the card stock. You can glue the moss in place if desired.

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How to Make a Lady Bug Hair Clip Tutorial


Ladybugs are the most adorable of the bug family, and they delight all children. Create this ladybug for your daughter or granddaughter, and put a smile on her face! Polka dot ribbon is best, but you can also use plain red ribbon.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Red ribbon with polka dots
Black ribbon
French barrette
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Cut a piece of black ribbon to the length of the barrette and glue in place.

2. Cut a piece of the red ribbon to 4 1/2″ and another to 3 1/2″ inches. Cut a piece of black ribbon to 1 1/2″.

3. Fold both red ribbons into teardrop shapes and glue at the top, as shown

4. Nest these together with the smaller one on top, and glue in place.

5. Wrap the black ribbon around the top and glue in the back.

6. Cut two narrow pieces of black ribbon as shown.

7. Glue these to the back of the ladybug, making sure they look like antennae. Trim them as desired.

8. Glue the bug to the top of the barrette.

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How to Make a Springtime Ribbon Tulip Hair Clip


Think spring with this easy and whimsical ribbon tulip clip. You can add this to a barrette, or to a pinback to pin on your winter coat. This tutorial demonstrates a 3″ tulip, but feel free to experiment with different sizes!

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

Things you’ll need:
Yellow, red or orange grosgrain ribbon
Green organza ribbon
Barrettes
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun and hot glue. Cut your flower petal ribbon into three, 4″ strips, and the green ribbon into one 6″ strip.

2. Fold the petal ribbon into the shapes as shown, and hot glue each one at the base.

3. Glue two petals together as shown.

4. Glue the third petal behind the first two petals.

5. Loop the green ribbon about an inch from one end as shown.

6. Loop the other end of the green ribbon as shown, and glue into place. Trim the bow tails as desired.

7. Trim the ends off the flower so the edge is neat.

8. Hot glue a piece of green ribbon to the barrette or pin back.

9. Glue the three petals to the top of the clip.

10. Finish by gluing the green bow under the petals.

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