Category: Kid's Arts and Crafts

How to Make a Felt Sunflower Tutorial

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Add this showy felt sunflower to a special package or secure to a stiff backing and add a barrette for a large hair clip for photo shoot. This fabulous flower takes time to craft, but it’s worth it!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
2 yellow felt sheets
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Large black button
Pencil
A cup or bowl approximately 4″ round

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Things to do:
1. Trace and cut the circle and cut squares as follows: Cut 16 two-inch squares, 12 one-and-one-half inch squares, and 8 one-inch squares. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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2. Fold two corners of your large square and glue in place as shown. Glue the corners and glue the flap to the square, so it’s flat.
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3. Repeat for all the large squares.
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4. Repeat for the smaller squares.
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5. Cut off the bottom of each piece so one side is pointed and the other is flat, as shown.
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6. Glue the large petals around the circle.
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7. Repeat with the smaller petals.
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8. Finally, add the smallest petals.
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9. Glue the black button into the middle.
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DIY Button Cluster Key Ring

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Don’t settle for a boring keychain! Find your keys easily in your purse after you’ve created this button cluster keychain. Perfect for your own use or to give as a gift!

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

Things you’ll need:
Buttons
Split key ring
Mini split rings
Wire
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Wire cutter

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Things to do:
1. Slide the small split key ring onto the larger one, as shown.
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2. Start attaching the wire to the buttons by carefully sliding it through the holes. Be sure to twist the wire on the back and cut close to the button so you won’t be scratched by the wire later.
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3. The keychain should look like this. Continue by adding more wire and buttons. If your buttons are small enough, you can also add buttons with the mini split rings, or use hot glue to add them to the larger buttons.
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DIY Rustic Felt Trees

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Make an entire forest of these rustic felt trees, or create just one for a tree for a dollhouse or train set for an older child. Perfect for either decor or imaginative play!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Tree template
Green felt
Cinnamon stick
Round birch wood slices
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Drill and drill bits
Sewing pins

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Things to do:
1. Drill a hole in one of the wood slices, making sure it’s largest to insert a cinnamon stick. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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2. Add some hot glue to the base of the cinnamon stick and glue inside the hole.
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3. Fold a piece of felt and pin the template along the fold as shown.
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4. Cut out the tree shape and unfold.
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5. Repeat for at least 5 more trees, but more if you want a fuller effect.
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6. Refold the tree shape and carefully add hot glue along the fold.
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7. Attach to the cinnamon stick as shown.
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8. Repeat for another tree shape, placing it opposite of the first one.
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9. Continue for the remaining tree shapes. The top of the final tree should look as shown.
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Clothespin Christmas Angel Ornaments Tutorial

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Looking for a fun, rainy day project for older kids? These clothespin angels combine painting, cutting, and gluing to create a cute little doll your kids will enjoy.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up *Younger kids may need help with the glue gun

Things you’ll need:
Clothespins
Paint in black, red, and gold
Paint brush
Hot glue gun
Feather boa
Pipe cleaners
Felt
Scissors
Wood head bead

Things to do:
1. The first step is painting the face of your angel. Use a small paintbrush to add hair, eyes, and a smile. Let the paint dry completely before moving on to the next step.
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2. Next, paint two black slippers on the bottom of your clothespin. The straighter your lines are, the better they will look.
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3. Cut a piece of boa and use hot glue to secure it to the middle of your clothespin.
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4. To make the halo, wrap a pipe cleaner around the lid of your acrylic paint and wrap the end of the wire to keep the circle shape. Cut the straight wire about 1-inch from the halo and use hot glue to attach it to the back of your angel’s head.
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5. Attach the angel’s head to the clothespin body with hot glue.
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6. Fold your piece of felt in half and cut out a half heart shape. Unfold the felt to reveal a perfectly symmetrical heart. Run a line of hot glue down the middle and attach the wings to the back of your angel.Clothespin_Christmas_Angel_Ornaments10
7. Complete your angel with pipe cleaner arms. Cut a 5-inch piece of pipe cleaner and wrap it tightly around the angel body, twisting it in the back to hold them in place.

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How to Make a Wood Rocking Chair with Clothespins Tutorial

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This rocking chair is the perfect addition to your little girl’s dollhouse. The best part? All you need is a few clothespins and a hot glue gun to create this vintage-inspired project!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
14 Clothespins
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is prepping your materials. Twist your clothespins until the metal piece pops off.
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2. Assemble the anchors of your rocking chair by gluing four sets of clothespins together.
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3. Next, make the rockers by gluing two clothespins together, end to end, with the flat sides facing up. You’ll need two rockers.
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4. Create the back of your seat by placing two clothespins parallel and securing them with three clothespins. This should look like a ladder.
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5. Now we get to start putting the pieces together! Glue four clothespins to the four anchors of your rocking chair, creating a cube.
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6. Make a seat for your chair by gluing three clothespins across the center of your cube.
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7. Next, make a set of arm rests by cluing two clothespins together. Secure them to the top of your cube.
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8. Finish your rocking chair by adding your seat back and rockers with hot glue.

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DIY New Year’s Eve Party Headband

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Ring in the new year with the fabulous, sparkly and fun star headband. The metallic pipe cleaners add plenty of sparkle and are easy to use and attach to the headband.

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

Things you’ll need:
Silver metal headbands
Gold metallic pipe cleaners
Silver metallic tinsel pipe cleaners
Wire cutters or scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Star template

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Things to do:
1. Form a pipe cleaner into the shape of a star. Arrange the points inside the lines of the star template, using it as a guide to form the bends and points.
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2. The star should look like this when complete.
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3. Repeat with two more pipe cleaners.
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4. Wrap the headband with another pipe cleaner. You don’t need to cover every part of the headband – the silver of the headband adds interest.
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5. Cut pieces of pipe cleaner to about 3 inches each.
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6. Use these pieces to attach the stars to the headband. Consider adding a drop of hot glue to keep everything in place for the big celebration!
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How to Make a Felt 3D Christmas Ornament

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Hang this fancy spiral of health from the ceiling or above a doorway. Great for holiday decorating or to add some interest at parties.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Felt squares
Ruler
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Pencil
Needle and thread

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Things to do:
1. Cut the felt to 8″ square. Draw a diagonal line between two corners.
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2. Make lines 1″ from each other vertically and horizontally. Use these to draw squares 1″ apart.
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3. The felt sheet should look like this.
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4. Carefully cut along the lines from one corner to 1/2 ” from the diagonal line. Do not cut all the way to the diagonal line, or you’ll cut the entire piece apart.
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5. Note how to cut: From one corner to 1/2 ” from the diagonal line.
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6. The felt should look like this.
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7. And drape like this. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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8. Fold the center section as shown.
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9. Repeat with the next section.
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10. Fold the next section toward the back.
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11. Fold the final section back toward the front.
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12. Hang with needle and thread.
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How to Make Minion Inspired Christmas Ornaments

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Create any type of character ornament with some paint and google eyes. Which characters are your favorite? Here we create ornaments based on some of your favorite minions.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Yellow paint
Black paint
Googly eyes
Paint brushes
Clear glass ornaments

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Things to do:
1. Remove the top from the glass ornament and set aside.
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2. Squeeze some yellow paint into the ball.
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3. Rotate the ball to coat the inside.
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4. Make sure the entire inside is covered. If not, add some more paint. Replace the top.
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5. Paint a black band for glasses, as well as some strands of hair.
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6. Add a smile, and allow to dry. Add the google eyes with hot glue once the ornament is dry.
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Kid Friendly Felt Christmas Tree Garland Tutorial

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Have your child help you create this whimsical and fun felt tree garland. Make a few to cover just one part of the tree, or make enough to trim the entire tree in this garland!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt sheets
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Twine
Card stock
Needle with large eye

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Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of cardstock into a triangle.
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2. Trace this shape onto the felt.
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3. Cut strips from other colors of felt for decorations and glue either using hot glue or fabric glue.
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4. Yellow circles are fun! They don’t have to be perfect; the idea is whimsy.
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5. Admire all the different combinations of trees!
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6. Thread the twine through the tops of the trees.
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Cinnamon Stick Manger Christmas Ornament Tutorial

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This representational manger is made using cinnamon sticks, giving it a lovely aroma. The cinnamon stick manger ornament delicately shows the reason for the season, and is quick to make.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Cinnamon sticks
Tin star
Baker’s twine
Raffia ribbon
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Break one of the sticks in half; they will be used for the sides of the manger. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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2. Glue the short sticks to the edge of one long cinnamon stick.
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3. Glue two long sticks to the top, crossing them and also allowing them to overhang over the short side pieces.
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4. Cut some of the raffia and tie it around the middle with another piece of raffia.
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5. Glue the raffia to the bottom stick.
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6. Tie the baker’s twine around the top.
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7. Glue the star to the top of the manger. Hang with pride!
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