Category: Kid's Arts and Crafts

Fur Pet Tutorial

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These adorable fur pets make great last minute gifts or a sweet companion for your desk. Sew one up in a few minutes but, be warned … you won’t want to stop at just one!

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

Things you’ll need:
Faux fur
Safety eyes
Scissors
Sewing machine
Thread

Things to do:
1. Trace a simple shape on the back side of the fur and cut two, mirrored pieces of fur. I used the bottom of a bowl for the circle. The shapes do not need to be perfect. Just a rough outline works great.
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2. Mark two spots for eyes and cut a small “x” in the spot you marked (for sticking the safety eye through). Keep the eyes at least a inch from any edges so the eyes don’t get in the way when sewing.
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3. Insert the safety eyes into the holes.
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4. Place the pieces of fur right sides together and sew all the way around the shape, leaving a 2 inch gap for stuffing.
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5. Stuff the critter and sew the gap closed using a ladder stitch.
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DIY Waldorf Inspired Ladybug Peg Doll

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Consider us completely charmed by this little ladybug. Let literacy opportunities take flight. Where does ladybug live? How about we build her a home? Is it really a ladybug or someone dressed in a ladybug costume? Whether a child writes a story, acts it out or builds the world they see, this sweet doll invites endless imaginary tales and creative activities. Plus, it’s perfect for sneaking into a child’s school backpack or lunchbox as a fun way to let them know you’re thinking of them.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1-2 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished peg doll
Black acrylic paint
Paint brush
Red felt
Black felt
Acrylic sealer *optional
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Wing template
Pencil *optional

Things to do:
1. Paint the body of the peg doll black. Apply 2-3 coats of paint for a deeper color. Allow to dry completely.
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2. Optional: spray the peg doll with acrylic sealer to coat.
3. Using the template, cut one wing piece from red felt and two circles from black felt.
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4. Glue the black circles on to one wing piece.
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5. Apply a dab of hot glue on the front flap of the wings and wrap the wing piece around the dolls neck, before pressing the two front flaps together.
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Felt Jewelry Pouches Tutorial

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Make some cute jewelry pouches for storing and protecting jewelry while traveling.

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

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

Things to do:
1. Cut one 3″x7.5″ rectangle of felt (for the ring size pouch – size up as desired for other types of jewelry).
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2. Fold one end of the felt up about 2.75″ and hold in place.
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3. Fold the other end of the felt down about an inch, slightly overlapping the bottom piece and sew a line up both sides of the pouch.
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4. Optional: Paint (or embroider) the jewelry type on the flap.
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How to Make Q-Tip Firework Flowers

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Bring the fireworks indoors – or onto your outdoor patio – with this Anthropologie-inspired centerpiece of fireworks flowers. It’s fun to bring your kids into this project by having them poke the swabs into the Styrofoam.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 3 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam ball
Cotton-tipped swabs
Gold spray paint
Scissors
Dowel rods
Green pipe cleaners
Bottle

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Things to do:
1. Cut the swabs off one end of the cotton swabs.
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2. You’ll need about 180 for two Styrofoam balls.
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3. Begin poking them into the Styrofoam.
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4. Continue all over the ball.
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5. This is what your balls will look like when you’re done with step 4.
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6. Spray the balls in a well-ventilated area (preferably outside). Allow to dry.
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7. Wrap two pipe cleaners around each other.
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8. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the dowel rod and insert into the balls for stems.
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DIY No-Sew Rainbow Bean Bags Tutorial

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Beanbags are a versatile toy and learning toy. Make your own set with this no-sew tutorial!

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

Things you’ll need:
Red felt
Orange felt
Yellow felt
Green felt
Blue felt
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Scissors
Ruler
Beans

Things to do:
1. Cut two 3″x3″ squares from felt from blue felt.
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2. Repeat for red, orange, yellow, and green.
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3. Apply a line of glue close to the edge on three of the four sides of one square. Place the matching square over the glue, aligning the sides, and press firmly to secure the glue.
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4. Fill the bean bag with beans through the open side.
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5. Apply a line of glue on the fourth side and press the two sides together to seal the beanbag shut.
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6. Repeat steps 3-5 for the remaining colors.
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Washi Tape and Popsicle Stick Coasters Tutorial

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Popsicles aren’t just for kids crafts! Use up some of those rolls of washi tape you’ve been collecting by making these cute coasters!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1-2 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Green stripe washi tape
Pink dot washi tape
Gold sparkle washi tape
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Modge Podge (hardcoat)
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. Glue three popsicles together in a “stack”. Repeat until you have three stacks of three. Set aside.
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2. Take a single popsicle stick and press a strip of washi tape to the top of the stick.
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3. Trim the tape around the edges of the popsicle stick and repeat until you have a total of 7-9 tape-covered sticks.
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4. Using two of the “stacks” created in steps 1-2, and two of the tape-covered stick from step 3, create a square. Make sure your “stacks” are on the bottom, on opposite sides of the square. Glue the sticks together in the corners.
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5. On the underside of the square, Add the third “stack” going across the middle of the square as shown.
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6. On the top side of the coaster, add the remaining tape-covered popsicle sticks, gluing in place as you go.
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7. Apply a two coats of modge podge hard coat to the entire coaster and allow to dry thoroughly before using.
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No-Sew Tooth Fairy Pillow Tutorial

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This cute tooth fairy pillow has a dedicated pocket for the little tooth. Make it yourself, even if you don’t know how to sew!

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

Things you’ll need:
White felt
Light blue felt
Pink felt
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Stuffing
Tooth template

Things to do:
1. Cut the pieces from felt. You will need 1 pocket, 1 tooth, and 2-6″ squares.
2. Apply glue to the round edge of the pocket piece.
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3. Press the pocket to the front of the tooth piece.
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4. Apply glue to the back of the tooth piece, leaving the top open, as shown in the photo.
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5. Press the tooth to one of the squares.
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6. Apply glue to three sides of one of the squares and press the matching square over the top, securing until the glue is dry.
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7. Stuff the pillow with stuffing.
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8. Apply glue to the fourth side and press the sides shut to close the pillow.
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Monster Face Corner Bookmarks Tutorial

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Everyone will love making some little monster reading buddies. The finished felt monsters slide over the edge of your page to hold your spot!

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

Things you’ll need:
Felt
Google eyes
Ribbon
Hot glue
Hot glue gun

Things to do:
1. Cut two, 2″ square pieces of felt per bookmark.
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2. Cut circles of various sizes in a contrasting color *optional
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3. Create a bow from ribbon *optional
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4. Apply a line of glue along two touching edges, as shown in the photo, and place the matching square over the glue.
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5. Embellish the bookmark as desired. The possibilities are endless!
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Popsicle Stick Barn Tutorial

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It’s pretty amazing what you can make with some popsicles sticks and a hot glue gun! This popsicle stick barn is a great addition to a miniature fairy garden. Style it with pops and add it to your new display!

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

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Moss
Wood stain
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. The first step is staining your popsicle sticks. Use a foam brush to apply an even coat and let them dry completely before moving on to the next step.
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2. When your popsicle sticks are dry, it’s time to build, starting with the back wall. Lay two popsicle sticks perpendicular to each other and glue six popsicle sticks in between them. To finish the wall, glue two popsicle sticks in an “X” shape over the back.
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3. Next comes the two side walls. Lay two popsicle sticks perpendicular and glue four popsicle sticks in-between them. Repeat this step, so you have two walls.
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4. Now you need to make two roof pieces. Glue popsicle sticks side by side until you reach your desired size. Make another roof piece that is the same length.
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5. Use hot glue to attach moss to the roof pieces.
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6. The final step is assembling your barn. Use hot glue to attach the sides and the back. When the glue is dry, the three pieces should be able to stand on their own.
7. Complete the project by attaching the roof. Run a thick line of hot glue down a popsicle stick and attach it to the two roof pieces. When they’re secure, use hot glue to attach the roof to the barn.
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Rainbow Peg Dolls Tutorial

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These DIY Rainbow peg dolls are simple to make. They are perfect for pretend play and color matching games.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2-3 hours
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
6 unfinished male peg dolls
6 unfinished female peg dolls
Paint brush
Acrylic paint (white, pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
Acrylic sealer *optional

Things to do:
1. Mix each color of paint (separately) with 3-4 drops of white paint to create the
pastel shade.
2. Apply a coat of white paint to each doll and wait for it to dry completely.
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3. Apply 2-3 coats of one color of paint, completely covering the white paint.
Repeat for each of the 12 colors.
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4. Optionally, spray each peg doll with acrylic sealer to coat.
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