Category: Kid's Arts and Crafts

Draw Your Own Felt Monster Tutorial

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Design and sew your very own stuffed felt monster in just a few simple steps! This project is easy enough for kids learning to sew.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1-2 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt colors
Scissors
Stuffing
Thread
Sewing machine

Things to do:
1. Sketch a simple outline for the monster’s body. Have fun! This can be any shape with any number of arms, legs, or random appendages. There is no “right” answer.
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2. Cut two of your monster’s body shape from felt.
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3. Decide on eyes, nose, mouth, and whatever extra embellishments you would like for your monster. I chose to do a mouth and a single eye (made up of two circles). Your steps 4-6 will vary depending on the facial features you choose.
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4. Sew the white eye piece on the monster.
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5. Sew the black inner eye piece overlapping the white eye piece.
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6. Sew the mouth on the monster.
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7. With wrong sides together, sew all the way around the monster, leaving a 1-2 inch gap for stuffing.
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8. Stuff the monster and sew the gap shut.

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Simple No-Sew Felt Playmat Tutorial

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Playmats are awesome and simple DIY toys. They provide hours and hours of entertainment when combined with any small toys.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: one hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt colors
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut a circles and ovals of various sizes in blue, green, and brown (I used one large blue oval, one large brown oval, and several small brown circles).
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2. Glue the blue oval in the top corner of a sheet of green felt.
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3. Glue the larger brown oval in the opposite corner.
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4. Glue some of the smaller circles across the mat in a pathway pattern.
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DIY Space-Themed Felt Activity Board

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Let their imaginations run out of this world wild with this fun DIY felt activity play set! These are great for independent, quiet play or group activities.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1-2 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt colors
Craft foam (optional)
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Scissors
Template

Things to do:
1. Cut a background piece of felt to the desired size.
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2. Optional – Cut a piece of craft foam the same size as your background felt and hot glue the felt to the back of the craft foam (for stability).
3. Cut the pieces from felt using the template provided.
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4. Glue the corresponding pieces together (center of the sun on the sun, face on the astronaut, window on the spaceship, eyes on the alien).
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Felt Play Dollar Bills Tutorial

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Play money is a crucial part of pretend play! Quickly make your own stash of durable bills with this simple tutorial.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt colors
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Scissors
Ruler or other measuring device

Things to do:
1. Cut a rectangle of green felt 2.5 by 4.5 inches.
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2. Cut a circle of white felt about 2 inches in diameter and glue it to the front of the green rectangle.
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3. Cut a number from the green felt (I used a “5” but you can make any denomination you desire) and glue it to the top of the white circle.
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4. Repeat to make as many bills as you would like!
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Pretend Play Felt Popsicles Tutorial

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Summer is coming! Make these cute popsicles to play with or decorate a garland.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt colors
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Popsicle sticks
Scissors
Stuffing
Template

Things to do:
1. Cut the pieces from felt.
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2. Embellish one of the popsicle pieces.
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3. Glue the popsicle stick in the center of the other popsicle piece.
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4. Apply a layer of glue to the outside edge of the popsicle, leaving the bottom open.
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5. Place the front popsicle piece over the glue and press in place.
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6. Stuff the popsicle and glue the bottom shut.
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DIY Summertime Watermelon Coin Pouch Tutorial

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Sew a cute, summery watermelon coin pouch for storing your loose change.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: one hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt colors
Scissors
Thread
Sewing machine
Template

Things to do:
1. Cut the pieces from felt.
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2. Sew the pink inner watermelon piece to one of the green watermelon pieces.
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3. Sew a rectangle in the pink part of the watermelon, about a half inch from the top.
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4. Cut the center of the rectangle from the watermelon.
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5. Place the two watermelon pieces together and sew all the way around the edge.
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DIY Block Puzzle Tutorial

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Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Your little ones will love making a puzzle for daddy! Let them choose the photo and help them with the rest. It’s a super thoughtful present that he’s sure to love.

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

Things you’ll need:
Wooden blocks
Printed photo
Scissors
Pen
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Sandpaper

Things to do:
1. Choose a photo to print. In my experience, scenery photos transfer best. DIY_Block_Puzzle_Tutorial1
2. Lay your blocks over the section of the photo you want on your puzzle. Trace around the outside edge of the shape and cut it out. DIY_Block_Puzzle_Tutorial2
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3. Flip the image over, trace around your individual blocks and cut out the pieces.DIY_Block_Puzzle_Tutorial4
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4. Cover the top of your blocks with a thin layer of Mod Podge and place the pieces of the images on top. Let it dry.DIY_Block_Puzzle_Tutorial6
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5. Use sand paper to sand the edges of the blocks. This will remove any excess paper and give your photos a nice vintage look.DIY_Block_Puzzle_Tutorial9
6. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of the blocks and let it dry completely.
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Simple No-Sew Felt Food

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Whip up a delicious felt treat for your little chef in a matter of minutes, with this simple, no sew felt food recipe!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour (depending on dry time)
Age range: 5+

Things you’ll need:
Various Colors of Felt
Scissors
Fabric glue
Pencil/Pen
Felt food patterns (many free options are available on-line), push pins for holding your pattern in place **optional

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Things to do:
1. Draw out or use a pattern to create the shapes of the food you wish to create. Many free patterns are available online, however, with a little creativity, these are not necessary.
2. Carefully cut out your shapes using your scissors. Felt can be a little tricky to cut and keep neat, taking your time and being as precise as possible, creates neater more uniform food pieces.
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3. Choose which embellishments you wish to be permanent, such as the yolk on a fried egg. Felt clings well, and it is not necessary to glue and of the components together, and it can be extra fun for your little one to be able to add a pat of butter to their felt toast.
4. Add glue to the backs of the pieces you wish to secure. Place pieces together and smooth out the pieces as well as apply a bit of pressure. Let dry. Tip: adding glue to the side that has any left -over pen marks makes your project look tidier.
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Pretend Play Band Aids Tutorial

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Pretend play doctor kits aren’t complete without some band aids! Make some to tend to your furry friends.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Light brown felt
White felt
Scissors
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Template

Things to do:
1. Cut the pieces from felt.
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2. Glue the white pad of the band aid to the middle of the tan band aid piece.
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3. Repeat to create a whole collection of band aids for you little friends.

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DIY Felt Superhero Mask

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Make a no-sew superhero mask for your caped crusader! These are quick and simple and make great DIY party favors!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1-2 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt colors
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Black baker’s twine
Scissors
Template

Things to do:
1. Cut two outer mask pieces and one inner mask piece from felt and two 10 inch pieces of baker’s twine.
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2. Glue the inner mask piece to one of the outer mask pieces.
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3. Tie a knot in both ends of both pieces of twine and secure one end of each knot in opposite sides of the other mask piece, using a dab of glue.
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4. Glue the mask piece from step 2 on top of the piece from step 3 (wrong sides together), securing the ends of the twine between the two pieces of felt.
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