Category: Kid's Arts and Crafts

Kid Approved Plastic Bottle Penguin Tutorial

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It might be sweltering outside, but this cool cucumber of a penguin bottle will make you smile and feel cooler at the same time! After all…it’s winter in the Southern hemisphere!

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

Things you’ll need:
Plastic bottle
White pom poms
Black felt
Orange craft foam
Black feathers
Google eyes
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Fill your bottle with the pom poms.
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2. Cut out wings. For the head, cut out a rectangle that can fit around the neck of the bottle. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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3. Hot glue the rectangle in place as shown.
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4. Glue the wings to the sides of the bottle.
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5. Cut out a beak from the orange foam. Glue on the head along with the eyes.
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6. Cut out feet from the orange foam. Glue to the bottom of the bottle.
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7. Glue feathers to the back of the head.
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Kid Approved Stitching Foam Cards Tutorial

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Keep your little ones busy on a rainy day with this foam busy craft. The pre-punched holes will help them keep their stitching even, and they’ll enjoy how easy it is to “sew!”

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

Things you’ll need:
Foam sheets
Bakers twine
Embroidery needles
Scissors
Ruler
Pencil

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Things to do:
1. Create your shape using your pencil and a ruler, or finding objects to trace around.
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2. Cut out all your shapes.
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3. Punch holes between 1/4 ” and 1/2 ” apart.
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4. This is what your shapes will look like when complete.
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How to Make a Butterfly Ribbon Hair Clip

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Craft this small ribbon clip that can be interpreted as a butterfly or as a flower. It’s dainty enough for smaller girls, but older girls will enjoy wearing this embellishment as well. The center bead makes this ribbon clip extra special.

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

Things you’ll need:
3/8″-wide ribbon
Barrette
Bead
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Needle and thread

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Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Thread your needle and knot one end. Trim the ribbon to fit the barrette and glue in place.
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2. With the ribbon on the spool – don’t cut it yet – loop it into two loops as shown.
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3. Make progressively larger loops on both side. You can make as many as you’d like – I’ve chosen a total of 4 per side.
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4. Take a stitch up the center of the butterfly and clip the end when you’ve finished, to hold the embellishment in place.
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5. Glue a bead to the center and then glue this onto the barrette.
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Kid Approved Summertime Beaded Bubble Wands Tutorial

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Don’t settle for boring bubble wands! These are fun to make and easy for the kids to do themselves. They make perfect party gifts as well – try larger sizes to make even bigger bubbles!

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

Things you’ll need:
Pipe cleaner
Beads
Small dowel rod
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Start threading beads onto the pipe cleaner.
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2. Check to see how many bead you need by wrapping the pipe cleaner into a loop.
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3. Once you’ve decided on a size, wrap into a final shape and twist the end of the pipe cleaners around each other near the loop.
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4. Add the pipe cleaner to the dowel rod. Fill up a shallow container with bubbles and have fun!
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How to Make Cornstarch Clay Charms Tutorial

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Make clay charms and ornaments with your child or grandchild, and keep them busy for hours! They’ll get to use their fine motor skills and create a project they’ll be proud to show off. These can be used for ornaments or even chunky necklaces for kids.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 12 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 6+

Things you’ll need
Cookie cutters
Corn starch
Multi-purpose glue
Acrylic paint
Paint brushes
Spoon and bowl

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Things to do:
1. Combine two parts corn starch with one part multi-purpose glue. You can make 2 charms from 1/2 C of starch and 1/4 C of glue. Stir together.
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2. After stirring, form into a ball.
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3. The clay should look like this.
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4. Flatten the ball on a smooth surface.
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5. Use your cookie cutter to create a shape.
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6. Peel away the excess and use to form more balls and shapes.
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7. Punch a hole at the top of the charm.
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8. Allow to dry overnight.
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9. Decorate your charms as desired.
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DIY Big Simple Ribbon Flower Headband

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Whether you have an older girl who loves hair bling, need a large hair accessory for a special occasion, or just love the look of “big bows,” you’ll love this big flower headband.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
White plastic headband
Wide ribbon
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue
Button
Needle and thread

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Things to do:
1. First, make a ribbon headband based on this tutorial: http://factorydirectcraft.com/factorydirectcraft_blog/how-to-make-a-ribbon-headband/
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2. Cut a 15″ piece of wide satin or grosgrain ribbon. If the ribbon is wired, remove the wires. Thread your needle and knot one end.
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3. Take large running stitches with your needle and thread along one long side of the ribbon, as shown.
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4. Pull the thread at one end to gather.
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5. Form the ribbon into a circle in the shape of a flower. Sew up the short sides of the ribbon, where they meet. Stitch them up to the top. Clip your thread and warm up your hot glue gun and glue.
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6. Glue the flower to the top of the headband, off to one side but not too far down. You’ll want to check the placement on your child’s head. Glue the button into the center of the flower.
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How to Make a Cellphone and Tablet Stand out of Cardboard

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Sometimes you need a phone stand when you’re watching a video, chatting on the phone, or simply storing it for awhile. Use a cardboard tube and decorate with ribbon for this simple, yet effective, eco-friendly phone stand.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Ribbon
Cutting mat and knife set
Cardboard tube
Push-pin style thumb tacks
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Cut your tube to the length desired (I used a cardboard tube from wrapping paper). Draw a long rectangle large enough to fit your phone into, with a bit of room to spare.
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2. Carefully cut the rectangle out with the craft knife.
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3. Place your push pins into the tube so that it will stand up. You’ll have to play with this a bit to get them just right.
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4.Try out the holder with your phone inside to make sure the pins are in the right place and the tube stands properly. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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5. Glue one piece of ribbon along an edge. You won’t need to glue the entire length of the ribbon – just glue at each end after wrapping. For the next ribbon, glue at the top of the ribbon, then carefully remove the push pin and re-pin through the ribbon in the same place. Continue wrapping around the tube and glue in place.
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6. Glue the ribbons at each edge along the cut rectangle as shown.
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7. When you get to the next end with the push pins, carefully glue the ends, then place the push pins into the ribbon in their original holes.
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8. Complete the tube with a final piece of ribbon.
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Felt Napkin Ring Holder Tutorial

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Craft this whimsical felt napkin ring out of felt, to match your cloth napkins and plates. This project is easy enough for young children to make – they’ll feel like they’re an important part of your special dinner!

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

Things you’ll need:
Piece of felt
Glitter craft foam
Fabric glue
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Cut your felt 2″ wide by the length of the felt. Cut the glitter craft foam the same length by 1/2 ” wide.
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2. Cut snips into one long end of the felt, making sure you don’t cut too deeply.
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3. Repeat on the other side.
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4. This is what the felt should look like when you’re done.
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5. Decide how long your felt sheet should be, by wrapping around the napkin. Trim the felt, making sure there’s enough to overlap.
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6. Trim your foam to the same length as the felt. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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7. Glue the felt in place with fabric glue, and wrap the foam around and glue it in place with hot glue.
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8. Slide your felt napkin ring onto your rolled cloth napkin.
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Hand Print Flower Bookmark Tutorial

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This is a cute way to memorialize your child’s hand – and turn it into a flower that you’ll reach for as you read. You can also improvise by making a smaller version of your own hand.

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

Things you’ll need:
Red and green craft foam sheet
Wood popsicle stick
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Pencil

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Things to do:
1. On the red foam, trace your child’s hand or improvise and trace the fingers of your own, shortening them and the palm area.
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2. Cut it out.
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3.Draw petals on the green foam and cut out. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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4. Glue the hand-flower to the popsicle stick.
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5. Glue one petal onto the stick.
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6. Glue the second petal onto the stick.
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How to Make a Pipe Cleaner Flamingo Tutorial

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While this pink flamingo may be a little too small to stake proudly in your yard, there’s no doubt that it will bring a smile to your face! With a few simple steps you’ll be able to craft a perfectly cute pipe cleaner flamingo.

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

Things you’ll need:
Pink pipe cleaners
1 white and 1 brown or black pipe cleaner
Scissors

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Things to do:
1. Shape one pipe cleaner as shown, with a long neck and a body.
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2. Wrap another pipe cleaner around the neck, winding it tightly.
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3. Keep winding it down into the body of the flamingo as shown.
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4. Adding more pipe cleaners as needed, continue winding them around the bird’s body.
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5. Fold one pipe cleaner in half and stick it through the body, bending the bottom for feet.
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6. Cut one pipe cleaner in half, then in half again.
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7. Insert these into the flamingo’s sides, as a framework for wings.
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8. Wrap another pipe cleaner around each wing to fill it in. Leave the end to hang out off the top to extend the shape of the wing.
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9. Cut two small pieces of pipe cleaner for toes.
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10. Wind the toes around the bottoms of the feet.
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11. Wrap a small piece of white pipe cleaner around the head, followed by a small piece of the black or brown pipe cleaner.
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