Category: Kid's Arts and Crafts

Kid Approved Ice Cream Cones Tutorial

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Whether or not it’s summer, ice cream is always a treat! Craft adorable ice cream cone treats that will never melt. These can be used as package toppers, kitschy lapel pins, or string a bunch together to create a mouth watering bunting for your next party.

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

Things you’ll need:
Burlap sheet
Large craft pom poms
Small craft pomp poms
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Ruler
A plate
Pencil
Needle with a large eye, and thread *optional
Rotary cutter *optional

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Things to do:
1. Cut 4-inch square pieces of burlap for cones.
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2. Either trace the curve of a plate onto the corner of the burlap and cut with scissors, or use a rotary cutter on a protected surface. Warm up your hot glue gun, unless you plan to sew your cones.
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3. Fold the cone as shown, and either glue or sew into place.
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4. Fill the cone with burlap scraps, and glue a large pom pom to the top.
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5. Add a small pom pom for a cherry on top!
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Popsicle Stick Fairy Garden Doors Tutorial

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Create several of these whimsical using different colors and notions. Go for fun and quirky! You may add magnets to these, or attach them to a canvas for a fun piece of artwork to hang on your wall.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour, includes drying time
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Acrylic paint
Buttons
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Card stock

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Things to do:
1. Decide on the shape of the doors you’d like to make.
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2. Paint the craft sticks as desired.
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3. Warm up your hot glue gun. Cut out a piece of card stock slightly smaller than the shape of the door you’re creating, so that the card stock is hidden behind the sticks as much as possible.
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4. Glue the sticks onto the card stock.
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5. Trim and paint some other craft sticks and attach to the doors.
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6. Glue on buttons for door knobs.
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7. Add other embellishments, such as glitter, beads, or sequins.
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How to Make a Frozen-Themed Snowflake Hair Clip

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Let her accessorize with this adorable snowflake hair clip as eek out the last bit of winter fun.

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

Things you’ll need:
Two colors (light and dark) of narrow blue ribbon
Snowflake ornament
Barrette
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Cut 9 pieces of one color of ribbon to 3 1/2 inches, and cut 9 pieces of the other color to 3 inches each. Thread your needle. Put the needle through both pieces, with the smaller on top, but don’t pull the needle all the way through yet.
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2. Loop the shorter ribbon onto the needle as shown.
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3. Loop the larger ribbon onto the needle as well.
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4. Continue looping the other pieces onto the needle, pulling the finished ones down as you work.
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5. After you’ve completed all nine loops, your flower will look like this. Don’t trim the thread yet.
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6. Sew the last petal to the first petal. Tie off the thread and clip. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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7. Glue a piece of ribbon to the top of the barrette.
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8. Glue the flower to the barrette.
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9. Glue the snowflake to the middle of the barrette.
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DIY Sea Creatures Banner Tutorial

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They just keep on swimming! No matter where you hang this sea creatures banner, you’ll be transported to feelings of the ocean and, maybe, the beach.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 – 2 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished whale cutouts
Unfinished dolphin cutouts
Unfinished octopus cutouts
Blue acrylic paint
Paint brush
Scissors http://factorydirectcraft.com/catalog/products/1302_2533_2473-41429-stainless_steel_scissors.html
Cotton twine
Drill and bit

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Things to do:
1. Decide on the size of the banner. Drill holes in the top of the cutouts.
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2. Paint each sea creature with your favorite color of paint. You’ll need to paint a coat, allow to dry, and paint a second coat. You may also choose to paint the back of the cutouts if desired.
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3. String the cutouts on the twine, and hang!
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How to Make a Decorative Felt Valentine Envelope

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This faux envelope is a great way to organize your valentines or keep them on display. Your kids will love taking them to class on Valentines Day and passing out notes to all of their friends.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Felt sheets
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Embroidery needle
Embroidery floss
Foam heart stickers
Buttons

Things to do:
1. The first step in making your envelope is folding the top two corners down, so they meet in the center. Secure this fold with hot glue.
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2. Next, it’s time to add the button and closure. Start by using your needle and embroidery floss to create a small loop at the bottom center of your envelope.
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3. Use embroidery floss to attach a button to the top center of the “V” on the side that will be facing out.
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4. Now you get to decorate your envelope! Start by cutting a felt square to use as a stamp. Use hot glue to attach it to the front corner and add a foam heart sticker to the center.
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5. To create an “address label,” cut a rectangle out of felt and use embroidery floss to add initials. Use hot glue to attach it.
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6. Add embroidery details around the edges of your envelope.
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DIY Valentine Heart Ornaments Tutorial

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These 3D hearts look lovely hanging on a seasonal tree or scattered on a table to celebrate love. If you’re looking for a unique, inexpensive way to decorate this Valentines Day, this is the project for you!

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

Things you’ll need:
Red, white and pink felt
Embroidery floss
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Needle
Flaxseeds or cotton

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting out your heart shapes. You can either make a paper pattern and use it for all of your heart ornaments, or you can cut each heart by hand so they vary in size and shape. You need two identical hearts for every ornament you make.
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2. Next, use hot glue to attach two hearts. Run the glue around the very edge of the hearts, leaving a 1-inch gap so you can fill your heart.
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3. Fill the heart with flaxseeds or cotton.
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4. Seal the gap with hot glue.
5. Use embroidery floss to add a decorative stitch to the outside edge of your ornament.
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6. Run a piece of embroidery floss through the top center of the heart and knot it to create a hanger.
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Kid Friendly Fox Valentines Tutorial

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This fun, festive project is perfect for rainy, winter afternoons. Your little ones will love assembling their own little fox and giving them away to friends on Valentines Day.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Red paint
Felt
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Buttons
Heart stickers

Things to do:
1. Start by painting your popsicle sticks. For a festive valentine fox, use red. For every fox, you’ll need 3 painted popsicle sticks.
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2. Next, glue the popsicle sticks together, forming a triangle.
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3. Lay your triangle on top of a piece of felt and trace around the edges. Cut out the shape.
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4. Glue your felt to the back of the popsicle stick form.
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5. Cut two small, felt triangles and glue them to the top of your form. These will be the ears of your fox!
6. Cut two small white circles of felt and glue them halfway down the sides of your triangle. These will be your eyes! Add foam heart stickers to the center to complete the look.
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7. The final step is using hot glue to attach a button to the bottom point of your triangle, creating the nose.
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DIY Burlap “Love” Banner

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Welcome your guests by hanging this burlap “Love” banner in a prominent place in your home. You may either create this as shown, or add the burlap to a large wooden plaque for a firmer surface.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 – 2 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Burlap fabric
Stencils
Stencil brush
Black acrylic paint
Red acrylic paint
Scissors
Ruler
Large-eyed needle
Twine or embroidery floss

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Things to do:
1. Punch out the stencils for L, O, V and E.
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2. Cut the burlap to 14 inches square.
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3. Carefully measure and draw faint lines to divide the square into quarters. Stencil the “L” in the upper left corner.
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4. Repeat with the remaining letters as shown.
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5. Paint a red border around the edges of the burlap.
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6. The banner should look like the one shown here.
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7. Thread your needle and add the twine or heavy floss to hang the banner. Alternatively, you may nail the burlap to a large wooden plaque and add a sawtooth hanger to the back.
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DIY Fabric Flower Hair Barrette

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This fabric flower barrette is easy to make, and requires only basic sewing skills. It can be made with either 5 or 6 petals, depending on the look you’re trying to achieve. We’ve attached it to a barrette, but you can also attach it to headband or a pinback.

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

Things you’ll need:
Towels
Ruler
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Buttons
Barrette
Needle
Thread

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Things to do:
1. Cut 5 or 6 pieces of the towel into 1 1/2 ” wide by 3 1/2 ” long strips.
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2. Fold the strips in half. Thread your needle and knot one end of the thread.
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3. Using a medium-sized running stitch, stitch the raw edges of one of the folded strips as shown. Don’t clip your thread.
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4. Repeat for another piece of folded fabric, adding it to the same piece of thread. Continue to chain the remaining pieces on in the same manner.
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5. Pull the thread so that the pieces gather together.
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6. Sew the last strip on the chain with the first one, in a circle, tie off the thread and clip. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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7. Glue a large button to the middle.
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8. Add a smaller button on top of the larger one.
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9. Glue the barrette to the back of the fabric flower.
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Kid Friendly Popsicle Stick Hot Chocolate Mug Tutorial

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Ward off the cold with this cute craft stick mug decoration. Add a magnet and display it on a refrigerator, door, or inside a locker and think chocolatey goodness all season! It’s complete with “marshmallows.”

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour, includes drying time
Age range: 6+

Things you’ll need:
Acrylic paint
Paint brush
10 popsicle sticks
Small white pom poms
Acrylic snowflake
Craft foam sheet
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Magnets
Card stock

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Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun and attach the craft sticks to the card stock as shown.
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2. Continue until all 10 have been glued onto the card stock.
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3. Cut the card stock around the sticks and paint. You’ll need to use two coats, allowing it to dry in between.
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4. Warm up your hot glue gun. Glue the pom poms to the top of the “mug.”
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5. Repeat with all the pom poms.
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6. Glue the acrylic snowflake to the front.
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7. Cut a piece of the foam into the shape of a handle and glue to the side of the craft stick mug. Glue the magnets to the back.
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