Category: Kid's Arts and Crafts

Foam Fun Octopus Kids Craft Tutorial

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Go under the sea with this adorable foam octopus. Decorate him any way you’d like – we used sequins on his tentacles here, but you can mix it up with different embellishments. Vary the eye size for more silliness!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 90 minutes (includes drying time)
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Purple craft foam sheet
2″ Styrofoam ball
Acrylic paint
Paint brush
Google eyes
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Sequins

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Things to do:
1. Paint your Styrofoam ball.
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2. Set the ball aside to dry. To speed up the process, you can use a hair dryer.
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3. From the foam, cut out a “blob” with 8 different-sized tentacles. Make sure the center is large enough for the Styrofoam head. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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4. Glue your sequins or other embellishments onto the tentacles.
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5. Glue the googly eyes onto the head, then glue the head into the center of the craft foam tentacles.
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Boredom-Buster “Busy Sticks” Activity Jar Tutorial

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You’ve heard it before “I’m bored!” As much as kids love being out of school for the summer, it isn’t long before they yearn for something to do.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Large popsicle sticks
Ribbon
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Mason jar
Permanent marker

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Things to do:
1. Decide groups of activities you’d like to arrange and select ribbons for each. I decided on indoor and outdoor activities. Cut each of your ribbons to 2″ long and glue one ribbon onto each popsicle stick as shown.
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2. Continue until you have several sticks covered.
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3. Tie a ribbon around the mouth of the jar as decoration.
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4. Write your activities on the sticks. Ask your kids for suggestions! Next time they say they’re bored, have them select a stick at random.
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How to Make Pipe Cleaner Flowers

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Create some flowers that will never fade! This are sturdy and whimsical pipe cleaner flowers that you can make in many different colors – create enough for a small bouquet.

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

Things you’ll need:
Assorted pipe cleaners, in petal colors and green for stems
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Take one pipe cleaner and create a loop, wrapping it around itself as shown.
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2. Form another loop of equal size next to the first one. Bring the tail down in front.
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3. Wrap the tail up and around the back.
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4. Create a third loop between the first two, bringing the tail around in the front.
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5. Set the first one aside and repeat steps 1-4 for a second set of petals.
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6. Place both sets of petals together, on top of each other as shown.
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7. Twist the tails together.
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8. Open up both sets of petals, revealing a 6-petal flower.
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9. Cut a third pipe cleaner in half. Roll it into a spiral, leaving about an inch unrolled.
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10. Turn the unrolled tail upward as shown.
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11. Insert the tail into the center of the flower.
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12. Wrap all the tail around the other two.
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13. Wrap a green pipe cleaner around the other three tails until it’s secure.
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How to Make a Pony-O Streamer Hair Bow

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Decorate your ponytail with this easy and fun Pony-O streamer! Ribbon hair ties are a great way to accessorize your outfit or show your support for your favorite school or professional sports team. Perfect for cheerleading troops as well.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Ribbon
Scissors
Elastic ponytail holder
Seam sealant *optional

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Things to do:
1. Cut your ribbons to the length you desire for the child’s hair. Here I’ve cut them to about 18″ long. If desired, seal both ends with seam sealant to prevent fraying.
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2. Tie the ribbons around the ponytail elastic.
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3. Continue tying ribbons onto the elastic until the ponytail holder is as full as you’d like.
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Kid Approved Styrofoam Ladybug Tutorial

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Enjoy creating this whimsical Styrofoam lady bug – just some paint, pipe cleaners and little imagination and this cute bug becomes an adorable toy for an older child or part of nursery room decor!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1-2 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
3-inch Styrofoam ball
2-inch Styrofoam ball
1-inch Styrofoam balls
Red acrylic paint
Black acrylic paint
Black pipe cleaners
Paintbrushes
Scissors
Medium google eyes
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Paint larger ball red.
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2. Paint the 2-inch ball black. Allow both to dry and warm up your hot glue gun.
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3. Glue the balls together.
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4. Glue two, 1-inch balls to the black on, for eyes.
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5. Glue the google eyes to the small balls you just glued on.
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6. Bend a piece of pipe cleaner as shown.
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7. Insert this into the top of the ladybug’s head.
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8. Cut two pieces of pipe cleaner in half, then in half again. Bend the lower part of each, forming feet.
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9. Insert these into the bottom of the red ball as shown.
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10. Cut another pipe cleaner in half.
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11. Roll these into tight spirals.
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12. Glue these to either side of the ladybug’s body.
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Kid Approved Mini Minion Painted Rocks Tutorial

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Looking for a craft to keep the kids busy on a rainy afternoon? These mini minions are super fun and so easy to make! Grab the paint and glue and let’s get started!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
River rocks
Yellow paint
White paint
Blue paint
Foam brush
Paint brush
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Google eyes

Things to do:
1. The first step is painting your pebbles. Use a foam brush to paint the bottom half of your pebble with a thick coat of blue paint. Let the paint dry thoroughly.
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2. Cover the top half of the pebble with yellow paint. Let the paint dry and apply a second coat if necessary.
3. The next step is adding google eyes! Use glue to attach a larger, single eye or two smaller eyes. Let the glue dry completely.
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4. Use a small paintbrush to paint a thin line of white paint across the center of the pebble, creating a belt.
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Kid Friendly Seashell Fish Tutorial

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Create this adorable fish made of shells (a shell fish of a different variety!). A little paint and glue goes a long way, and the google eye tops off the cuteness factor!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+ (younger children will need assistance with hot glue)

Things you’ll need:
Assorted seashells
Googly eyes
Acrylic paint
Paint brush
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Select a fan-shaped shell as shown for the fish body.
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2. Paint the shell and allow to dry.
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3. Select a small fan-shaped shell and a spiral shell. Paint and allow to dry. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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4. Glue the small fan-shaped shell to the larger shell.
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5. Glue the spiral shell to the back of the fish body.
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6. Glue an eye to the front of the shell, creating a cute fish face.
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How to Make a Fourth of July Firecracker Hair Barrette

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With summer patriotic holidays on their way soon, dress up your little one with this adorable firecracker barrette. You can embellish it with different buttons or use a variety of patriotic ribbons for added appeal!

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

Things you’ll need:
1 1/2″ wide satin or grosgrain ribbon
1/4 or 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon
Barrettes
Wood burning tool
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Piece of glass from a photo frame
Buttons **optional

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Things to do:
1. Warm up the wood burning tool. Cut the red ribbon to 2 1/2″ long. You can use scissors or the tool, which will cut and seal the ends at the same time.
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2. Cut two pieces of the yellow ribbon to 2″ long.
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3. Carefully use the wood burning tool to cut each yellow piece in half width-wise. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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4. Roll the red ribbon the long way and glue in place, forming a tube.
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5. Hot glue one of the yellow ribbons inside the tube as shown.
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6. Repeat with the other pieces of yellow ribbon.
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7. Hot glue another piece of yellow ribbon, cut to the length of the barrette, to the top of the barrette.
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8. Glue the firecracker to the barrette.
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9. If desired, hot glue a button to the center of the firecracker.
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How to Make a Popsicle Stick Marble Run Tutorial

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When the rain pours and the “I’m bored” comments come tumbling out of your kids’ mouths, it’s time to get them involved in a project! Plan and create this popsicle stick marble run with your kids, and let them enjoy it when you’re finished.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 30-45 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Shoebox lid

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Things to do:
1. First you’ll need to cut several sticks in half. I did this by finding the half-way point, drawing a line on both sides, then scoring the stick with scissors on the front and back.
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2. Soon you’ll be able to easily snap those sticks in half.
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3. Next, plan your marble run with a couple of entry points and one exit point. Make sure the “lanes” are wide enough for your marble or rubber ball, and create some twists and turns so it’s not too easy.
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4. Once you’ve planned the marble run, warm up your hot glue gun. Keep the sticks in place, but when gluing, turn each up on on its edge and glue in place in the lid.
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How to Make an Ice Cream Cone Clip Tutorial

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Invite summer inside a bit early with this fun and quirky ice cream cone clip. Add a pin back and wear on your favorite shirt with a smile! Kids will enjoy decorating themselves with ice cream (and you won’t even have to clean up any mess).

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 10

Things you’ll need:
White and pink pom poms
Burlap ribbon
Pin back
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Cut the piece of burlap to about 3″ wide and roll as shown. Trim the excess. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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2. After rolling the burlap, trim the top evenly.
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3. Glue the “cone” in the back.
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4. Glue the first pom pom to the top of the cone.
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5. Glue the second pom pom on top of the first.
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6. Glue the pinback to back of the cone.
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