Category: Kid's Arts and Crafts

Dandelion Nail Wall Art Tutorial

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Who knew wood and nails could be so beautiful! This DIY takes minimum materials and maximum creativity-You’ll love the way your rustic piece of home decor turns out!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Large log slice
Nails
Embroidery floss
Scissors
Hammer
Pencil

Things to do:
1. The first step is planning how you want your art to turn out. Use a pencil to mark your wood in places you want the nails to be. For this project, I’m creating a dandelion!
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2. Hammer your nails in place, following the pencil markings you sketched. Be sure to hammer them in pretty far to make sure they are secure and can’t be pulled or bent.
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3. When the nails are in place, it’s time to start adding some color! Knot the end of your embroidery floss around a nail and begin wrapping it around your design. This is the time to get creative and have fun!
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4. When you’ve finished wrapping your design, knot the end of the embroidery floss securely and admire your handiwork!
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How to Make a Wooden Bead Panda Necklace

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Celebrate the birth of baby pandas in August and September with this adorable panda necklace. This is a perfect project for kids for parties!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 2 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Two sizes of wooden beads
Black acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Paint brush
Rattail cord
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Pencil

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Things to do:
1. Paint the largest bead in white and allow to dry.
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2. Paint the two smaller beads black. Allow to dry and warm up your hot glue gun.
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3. Draw eyes onto the white bead as shown.
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4. Paint them black. Allow to dry and warm up your hot glue gun.
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5. Glue the ears onto the head.
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6. Thread the cord through the bead and knot the end. Make sure the cord is long enough to get around the head, and clip and tie in a knot.
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How to Make a Sock Bird Tutorial

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Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 45 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Felt squares
Styrofoam ball, at least 2 1/2 ”
Google eyes
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Sequin pins
Sock

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Things to do:
1. Start to cover your ball with the sock. You’ll need to cut the sock and sometimes create notches to keep the seams smooth. Add pins to keep it in place.
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2. Make the seams as neat as possible on both ends. They’ll be covered later but try to keep them fairly flat.
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3. This is what the ball should look like.
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4. Cut out teardrop shapes from two colors of felt for wings. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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5. Glue in place.
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6. Glue the eyes and a beak to the front.
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7. Cut out a shape for the tail and create slits to make it look like feathers.
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8. Cut a smaller shape and glue on top of the tail
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9. Glue in place on the back of the bird.
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DIY Road Monogram Wall Art

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Perfect for a little (or big!) boy’s room! Paint this in any color you’d like. You can also add other types of traffic lines, parking lots, small buildings… you’re only limited by your imagination!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1-2 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Miniature cars
Wood letter
Acrylic paint
Nylon paint brush
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Sawtooth hanger

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Things to do:
1. Paint your letter in any color you’d like.
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2. Allow it to dry.
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3. Paint traffic lines on your letter and allow to dry. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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4. Hot glue the cars to the letter and add your sawtooth hanger to the back.
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DIY Simplistic Modern Weave Wall Hanging

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This bohemian DIY is great to do with kids on a rainy day. The steps are simple and easy to follow, giving your tiny tots an easy introductory to weaving.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Large metal ring
Small metal ring
Cotton twine
Scissors
Wire cutters
Gold jewelry wire

Things to do:
1. The first step is attaching your metal rings. Cut a 2-inch piece of gold jewelry wire and wrap it tightly around the top of both rings. Cut any excess.
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2. Cut 20 pieces of string that measure 20 inches long.
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3. Next, it’s time to start connecting the string to the metal rings. Fold a piece of string in half and slide the center under the bottom hoop. Pull the ends up through the loop of string and back down through the other side, creating a knot.
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4. Repeat step 3 until all 20 pieces are secured to the largest metal ring.
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5. Next, cut ten 5-inch pieces of string.
6. Knot them onto the top ring, just like you knotted the longer strings onto the bottom ring.
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7. Display your work of art on a nail or tack and enjoy!
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How to Make Custom Crayons with Cookie Cutters

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It’s so fun to create cookie cutter crayons – you’ll be surprised about how beautifully they marble. The most important part of this project is to watch the wax after you take it from the oven – it needs to be hard enough to hold its shape when cut, but not so hard that it’s brittle and will crack.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 2 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Cookie Cutter
Old crayons, any type
Shallow pan for the oven
Parchment paper
Oven

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Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of parchment paper to the size of your pan. Warm your oven to 350 degrees.
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2. Place your crayons in a single layer in the pan. Place the pan in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Watch the wax – take it out when it’s just finished melting.
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3. This is what the wax looks like once melted.
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4. Allow it to cool for about 15 minutes, then put in the refrigerator. Keep checking on it. When it’s solid but still presses under your finger, you can cut it with the cookie cutter. Be gentle!
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5. Press the cutter into the wax and remove the cutter. Make a few more shapes with the cutter. Wait to remove the pieces until the wax is completely dry. Then simply pull it out of the pan and snap the pieces off. Your pieces should come out whole, and ready to color with!
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How to Make a Spiral Felt Ball Ornament

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Get an early start on your holiday crafting, or create this felt ball in multiple and add to bowls, shelves and other areas for a kitschy decor item. This is easy enough for kids to help you with. Add a string to the top for hanging if desired.

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

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam ball
Felt sheets
Scissors
Sequin pins

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Things to do:
1. Cut 4 pieces of felt strips the short length of the felt rectangle by 2″ wide.
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2. Wrap the first strip around the Styrofoam ball. Trim the end and pin into place as shown.
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3. Repeat with a second strip.
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4. Finish with two more strips.
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5. Cut strips from another color and repeat the process in between the original strips. But this time, twist them as you place them on the ball. Pin into place.
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Popsicle Stick Alligators Tutorial

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Keep your kiddos busy with this fun and simple craft project! All you need is a few materials to create your own exotic alligator. The little ones will love cutting and gluing the pieces together.

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

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
White foam sheet
Google eyes
Hot glue gun *For kids, use white glue
Hot glue sticks
Pipe cleaners
Scissors
Pen

Things to do:
1. First, lay a Popsicle stick on a piece of foam and trace around the edge.
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2. Cut around your tracing lines, leaving little triangle teeth around the outside rim.
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3. Use hot glue to attach the foam teeth to your popsicle stick.
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4. Use hot glue to attach another Popsicle stick to the other side of your teeth.
5. Add google eyes to the front of your alligator using hot glue.
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6. The final step is adding legs! Wrap a pipe cleaner securely around your Popsicle sticks, trimming it so the legs are about 1-inch long.
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7. Wrap another popsicle stick down the body of your alligator and add another pair of legs at the bottom.
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How to Make a Simple Felt Flower Hair Clip

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Enjoy creating this double-layered hair clip made of felt and a cute button. Use the provided template for the largest flower, then make the next flower just a bit smaller. You can make these a multitude of colors!

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

Things you’ll need:
Flower template
Felt squares
Button
Barrette
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Pins

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Things to do:
1. Cut out the template and pin to one of the pieces of felt.
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2. Cut out the flower.
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3. Cut the second flower out of another piece of felt. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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4. Glue the flowers together.
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5. Glue a button to the top.
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6. Glue the barrette to the back of the flower hair clip.
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Popsicle Stick Scarecrow Craft for Kids


This quirky little scarecrow will put a smile on your face and is the perfect, simple decor for autumn. Experiment with different colors and different expressions.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour (includes drying time)
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished wood craft sticks
Orange paint
Magnets
Raffia ribbon
Paint brush
Cardstock
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Permanent marker

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Cut your card stock slightly smaller than the size of 8 sticks lined next to each other. Glue the first two sticks the card stock, as shown.

2. Finish gluing all 8 sticks to the card stock. Here’s what it looks like from the back.

3. Cut a bit of the raffia and glue about 2″ down from the top of the group of sticks. Glue the final craft stick on top, at an angle – or not! You can decide. This represents the hat and hair.”

4. Glue the magnets to the back.

5. Draw a face on the scarecrow.

6. Paint the hat, and allow to dry.

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