Category: Kid's Arts and Crafts

Rainbow Peg Dolls Tutorial

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These DIY Rainbow peg dolls are simple to make. They are perfect for pretend play and color matching games.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2-3 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
6 unfinished male peg dolls
6 unfinished female peg dolls
Paint brush
Acrylic paint (white, pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
Acrylic sealer *optional

Things to do:
1. Mix each color of paint (separately) with 3-4 drops of white paint to create the
pastel shade.
2. Apply a coat of white paint to each doll and wait for it to dry completely.
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3. Apply 2-3 coats of one color of paint, completely covering the white paint.
Repeat for each of the 12 colors.
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4. Optionally, spray each peg doll with acrylic sealer to coat.
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DIY Felt Bookmarks

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Make these simple felt bookmarks with your children as a great way to encourage more reading! Mix and match colors for endless designs. Or, you could use initials for a personal, monogram effect.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 20 minutes per bookmark
Age range: 4+

Things you’ll need:
Stiffened felt bookmarks
Felt letter stickers
Ribbon

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Things to do:
1. Decide on a color scheme and choose your embellishments.
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2. Peel off the felt sticker back and press firmly on to the bookmark.
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3. Fold your ribbon in half and insert the loop end through the hole in the top of the bookmark.
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4. Wrap the ribbons ends around the top of the bookmark and insert through the loop before pulling taut.
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Bumblebee Peg Doll Tutorial

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Springtime is here and with the blooming flowers come bumblebees! Create a sweet little peg doll to celebrate.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1-2 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished peg doll
Black acrylic paint
Yellow acrylic paint
Masking or painter’s tape
Paint brush
White felt
Yellow embroidery thread
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Embroidery needle
Wing template
Acrylic sealer *optional
Pencil *optional

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Things to do:
1. Paint the body of the peg doll yellow. Apply 2-3 coats of paint for a deeper color. Allow to dry completely.
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2. Apply two strips of tape to the body to create a solid line (about 1/4 inch thick) all the way around the body and paint in between the tape lines. Allow to dry completely and remove the tape
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3. Paint the head of the peg doll black, leaving the face exposed (the shape will be similar to the peg doll wearing a hood.) Tip: it is helpful to trace the face shape out lightly with a pencil before starting to paint. You can paint over or erase any stray pencil marks.
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4. Create 2-3 more black lines on the body of the peg doll, using the method in step two.
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5. Optionally, spray the peg doll with acrylic sealer to coat.
6. Using the template, cut two wing pieces from white felt
7. Sew the two wing pieces together using a blanket stitch and yellow thread.
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8. Apply a line of hot glue down the center of the wings, as indicated in the photo, and hold firmly to the back of the peg doll until the glue is dry.
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Heart String Art Tutorial

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String art is a fun project you and your kids can do together, and it’s a perfect gift for a parent, grandparent or teacher, or to keep and hang on your wall.

Once you have the basics down you can use all sorts of shapes in the center, from the outline of your state to your child’s initial letter or the first letter of your last name. Keep the string winding in a regular pattern or go wild with multiple colors wrapped haphazardly.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 to 2 hours
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Round wood slice
White distressed nails
Cotton embroidery thread
Scissors
Tack hammer
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Decide which side of the birch slice is the front and which part you want to be the top. Use something heart-shaped as a guide or freehand draw a heart shape at the center of the wood slice.
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2. Beginning at the bottom of the heart, hammer in nails around the heart shape. There are 48 nails in a pack, so I used 24 on the heart and 24 around the outside edge, but you can space them however you like.
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These nails have a portion toward the tip that looks like a screw; that’s a good guide to how deep your nails should be. You can mark out in advance where you want each nail to go or just eyeball it like I did. Banging on the nails will cause some of the paint to chip off, which gives them an even more weathered look. The nails don’t have to be perfectly straight.
3. Hammer the remaining nails around the outside of the birch slice. I started by putting them in the positions of a clock face, then filled in between them until I was out of nails.
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4. Choose the thread you want to use and tie it to one of the nails.
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5. Begin wrapping the thread as you like, first around a nail on the outside, then a corresponding nail on the inside. Because I had the same number of nails in each section, I could wrap around each nail once all the way around. You may need to do something different if you have a different number of nails or if you want a different look.
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6. When you’ve made it all the way around, cut the thread, leaving a couple inches of tail. Tie the thread to the nail, then tie the thread ends together and trim.
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7. Just for fun I added a second color, starting at a different place and from the inside instead of the outside. You can continue to add colors, work in different directions, wrap double instead of single, whatever you like. It’s hard to decide when to stop!
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DIY Dog and Cat-Themed Photo Booth Props

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Whether you’re planning a birthday party for kids, a fun wedding or just a silly afternoon in the backyard, these easy to make animal photo booth props are a perfect thing to make and use.

Kids can help with the painting and advise on colors, but don’t let younger kids use hot glue without close supervision.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes to an hour, plus drying time
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished wood dog mask
Unfinished wood cat mask
Paint in colors of your choice; we used purple, brown and black
Paintbrushes
Assorted felt
Headbands
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. I let my daughter paint the cat mask, and she chose solid purple. Paint and allow to dry.
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2. For the dog mask, I went with classic brown. Paint and allow to dry.
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3. If you want to add more details, do so now. I opted for painting my dog’s ears black and adding a few dots to the face. You could also add whiskers or other embellishments as you like.
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4. For the cat ears, cut two pieces of felt the color you want for the outside of the ear (I went with light brown) in a triangle shape with an inch or so tab at the bottom for gluing.
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5. Cut two smaller pink (or color of your choice) triangles to make the inside of the ear. Use hot glue to attach the inner ear to the outer ear.
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6. Use hot glue to attach the ear to the headband. Fold the felt at the bottom of the ear around the headband and glue securely.
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7. Repeat with the second ear.
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8. For the dog ears, I cut elongated ovals, again with a flat tab at the top, out of dark brown felt.
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9. Use hot glue to attach the ears to the headband, this time rolling the top of the ear around the headband sideways so the ears hand down.
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10. Allow glue to dry.
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11. Photo shoot time!
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Pompom Monogram Letter Tutorial

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Looking for an inexpensive way to decorate for a birthday party or baby shower? These monogram letters are super cute and only take a few minutes to make! They also make great party crafts. Give every child a letter and let them decorate it however they’d like!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8 and up *For younger ages, use white glue

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache letter
Paint
Foam brush
Pompoms
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is painting your cardboard letter. I recommend using a foam brush, because you can get a nice thick coat. Don’t forget to cover all of the edges. Let it dry completely before moving on.
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2. Next, decorate your letter with pompoms! You can place them in any pattern you’d like and use hot glue to hold them in place. I started at the corners and worked my way in, spreading the pompoms out the closer to the center I got. Don’t forget to vary the colors and cover the back of your letter if it will be sitting on a table, because you’ll be able to see both sides.

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DIY Cone Party Hat

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Looking for an activity that will keep the little ones busy at the next birthday party you host? These DIY party hats are the perfect project! Bring out the paint, glue, and glitter and get ready for some fun!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 6 and up *Younger children will need help with the hot glue gun

Things you’ll need:
Plastic headband
Cardboard cone
Pompoms
Paint
Foam brush
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Glitter

Things to do:
1. The first step is painting your cardboard cone. Use a foam brush to apply a thick layer of acrylic paint and let it dry completely.
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2. Next comes the glitter! Use your hot glue to draw a pattern and sprinkle a thin layer of glitter over it. If you want to reuse the excess glitter, sprinkle over a sheet of paper so you can pour it back in your container after.
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3. To add some color, use glue to attach pompoms around your cone. Don’t forget to put a pompom on top for a more polished, finished look!
4. The final step is attaching your cone to a headband. Apply a thick line of hot glue on either side of the cone and slide the headband up in place. Hold it securely until it dries.
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Popsicle Stick Shelves Tutorial

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Whether you prefer shabby chic decor or more modern, Scandinavian design, you can create a beautiful shelf using only popsicle sticks! Grab your hot glue gun, and let’s get started!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Popsicle sticks
Wood stain
Foam brush

Things to do:

Triangle Shelf
1. The first step is staining your popsicle sticks. Use a foam brush to apply a thin layer of stain. Let them dry completely.
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2. Lay your popsicle sticks in a triangle pattern. Make sure all of your angles are sharp.
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3. Use hot glue to secure the popsicle sticks, making a frame.
4. Continue building out from the frame by adding popsicle sticks with hot glue. For my shelf, I added 10 layers, which gave me about 2 1/2 inches of depth.
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Hexagon Shelf
1. First, create the frame for your shelf. It’s important the angles are straight, so take the time to make sure your hexagon shape is perfect before you start gluing.
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2. Build out your self by adding layers of popsicle sticks. For my hexagon shelf, I added 10 layers of popsicle sticks, which gave me about 2 1/2 inches of depth.
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DIY Stuffed Animal Fairy Wings

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Dress up your beloved stuffed animals with fun and sparkly felt fairy wings! This fun craft encourages creativity and imaginative play. Make them as a gift for your favorite child or make them with your child!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 6+

Things you’ll need:
2 sheets of felt
2- 12″ length of cord
Tacky glue
Glitter glue or glitter paint
Paint brush
Hot glue *optional
Hot glue gun *optional
Template

Things to do:
1. Fold your sheet of felt in half (with the short ends touching) and align the flat edge of your template on the fold.
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2. Cut out two wings with your template and unfold to reveal the full wing.
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3. Decorate your wings and allow any paint or glitter glue to fully dry before proceeding.
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4. Place the two lengths of cord together and knot both ends together. Center the cord BEHIND one of the wings, with one knot at the top and one at the bottom.
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5. Apply a short line of hot glue at the top and bottom of the wings (kind of where they make a “v” shape) and fold the knot over the top/bottom of the felt to secure it in the glue. You may also use tacky glue here but I like hot glue because I know it’s not going to come loose.
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6. Apply tacky glue to the entire top of the wing and place the other over the top, sandwiching the knots in the center. Apply pressure to ensure the glue holds and allow the glue to dry completely.
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Color-Block Popsicle Picture Frame Tutorial

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I love how inexpensive, simple, sweet, and versatile a popsicle stick photo frame is. And it’s the type of gift a mom will treasure forever! Of course, this isn’t just a great gift for Mother’s Day … it’s perfect for Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, a special person’s birthday, Christmas, Teacher Appreciation Day … any time you need a heartfelt, handmade gift.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1-2 hours
Age range: 6+

Things you’ll need:
Jumbo popsicle sticks
Embroidery thread or yarn
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Magnets *optional
Photo

Things to do:
1. Place a drop of hot glue at each end of two popsicle sticks
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2. Create a square by placing two more popsicle sticks across the dots of glue.
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3. Tie the embroidery thread around the top popsicle stick and then continue
wrapping loops of yarn around the stick, keeping the thread taut and each
loop touching.
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4. Every inch or so, turn the frame over and secure the loops of thread with a
dot of hot glue. Secure the end the same way.
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5. Wrap the opposite side with pink thread and the remaining two sides with
yellow thread.
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6. Place your chosen photo behind the frame and draw lines to correspond with
the edges of the frame. Cut inside the lines.
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7. Place the photo behind the frame and hot glue in place.
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