Category: Kid's Arts and Crafts

How to Make a Popsicle Stick Marble Run Tutorial

When the rain pours and the “I’m bored” comments come tumbling out of your kids’ mouths, it’s time to get them involved in a project! Plan and create this popsicle stick marble run with your kids, and let them enjoy it when you’re finished.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 30-45 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Shoebox lid


Things to do:
1. First you’ll need to cut several sticks in half. I did this by finding the half-way point, drawing a line on both sides, then scoring the stick with scissors on the front and back.
2. Soon you’ll be able to easily snap those sticks in half.
3. Next, plan your marble run with a couple of entry points and one exit point. Make sure the “lanes” are wide enough for your marble or rubber ball, and create some twists and turns so it’s not too easy.
4. Once you’ve planned the marble run, warm up your hot glue gun. Keep the sticks in place, but when gluing, turn each up on on its edge and glue in place in the lid.

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How to Make an Ice Cream Cone Clip Tutorial

Invite summer inside a bit early with this fun and quirky ice cream cone clip. Add a pin back and wear on your favorite shirt with a smile! Kids will enjoy decorating themselves with ice cream (and you won’t even have to clean up any mess).

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 10

Things you’ll need:
White and pink pom poms
Burlap ribbon
Pin back
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks


Things to do:
1. Cut the piece of burlap to about 3″ wide and roll as shown. Trim the excess. Warm up your hot glue gun.
2. After rolling the burlap, trim the top evenly.
3. Glue the “cone” in the back.
4. Glue the first pom pom to the top of the cone.
5. Glue the second pom pom on top of the first.
6. Glue the pinback to back of the cone.

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How to Make a Popsicle Stick Airplane

Have an airplane lover in your family? While this popsicle stick airplane won’t fly, you’ll have fun constructing and painting it. This is perfect for a child’s room – you can even add some string and hang several of these from the ceiling.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 hour (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Small popsicle sticks
Large wood clothespin
Acrylic paint
Jumbo popsicle sticks
Small wooden bead
Paint brush
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks


Things to do:
1. Paint your clothespin in any design.
2. Paint the two large popsicle sticks as shown.
3. Allow to dry, then add any fun dots or designs! Warm up your hot glue gun.
4. Glue the small popsicle stick to the top of the back of the clothespin (not to the pinch side)
5. Glue the two large popsicle sticks near the pinch side of the clothespin, as shown.
6. Glue another small popsicle stick to the pinch side of the clothespin. For a final touch, add the small bead to the center of this stick, as the propeller motor.

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DIY Sweet Summer Button Watermelon Greeting Card

Give a warm summer greeting to your favorite family member or friend. Creating this watermelon card is fun for older children who can safely use a hot glue gun with guidance. They’ll have fun writing a personal message!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Pink buttons
Red and green buttons
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Card stock


Things to do:
1. Fold the card stock in half to form a card. Draw a watermelon shape in one corner, as shown. You’ll want to take a “bite” out of the watermelon! Warm up your hot glue gun.
2. Start gluing the green buttons along the bottom of the watermelon shape.
3. Glue the pink and red buttons in the center of the watermelon.
4. Cover the inside with a single layer of buttons.
5. Add another layer of buttons on top, to fill in the gaps. Write (or have your child write) a greeting on the card and give to your favorite person!

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DIY Summer Camp Friendship Bracelets

It’s the season of friendship bracelets – girls won’t always be seeing their friends during the summer, so need something to remember them by! And with summer camps just around the corner, this is an easy new twist on the old-style favorite friendship bracelet.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
String peal beads
Baker’s twine


Things to do:
1. Decide how long to make the bracelet, depending on the recipient’s wrist. Cut two pieces to this length.
2. Butt the two pieces next to each other and tie together with the twine, allowing at least 5″ on the short end to help with tying together later. Keep the long part of the twine on the spool – don’t cut it yet. Wrap the long end on a diagonal around the two bead strands, as shown.
3. Continue wrapping on a diagonal all the way down the strands.
4. Tie the twine off at the end to keep the wraps in place

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Kid Friendly Clothespin and Paper Doily Butterflies Tutorial

This doily butterfly is a good rainy project and can be made with larger or smaller doilies, depending on how large you want the wings to be. Add a magnet to the back if you’d like to hang this project on the refrigerator!

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

Things you’ll need:
2 – Paper doilies
Paint brushes
Acrylic paint
Pipe cleaners
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Cup of water


Things to do:
1. Fold the doily in half, then in half again – partially, so that there’s extra visual appeal. Repeat with the second doily.
2. Paint the doilies with watered-down acrylic paint. Allow the colors to run together!
3. Paint the clothespin and allow to dry. Warm up your hot glue gun.
4. Cut a piece of pipe cleaner and bend in the middle. Curl the ends and glue to the clothespin. Glue the wings to the back of the clothespin and finish off with a sequin in the center.

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Upcycle Scraps of Cardboard into a Fun Optical Spinner

This cardboard optical spinner is the ideal way to work on a project with your little one! He or she can draw the spirals and you can help with the more difficult tasks of cutting out the cardboard and punching the holes.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+ (adult will need to help with punching holes and cutting cardboard)

Things you’ll need:
Craft twine
Glue stick
A circular item to trace
A way to punch holes through cardboard


Things to do:
1. Trace and cut out one cardboard circle and two paper circles.
2. Make two holes in the center of both paper circles as shown.
3. Color festive circles on one side of both paper circles.
4. Cover both sides of the cardboard with the glue.
5. Glue the paper circles to the cardboard and punch holes through the cardboard after. I used a hammer and a small spike to create the holes.
6. Cut the twine to 28. -30. and feed through the holes as shown.
7. Tie the twine at both ends.
8. To use, twist both sides of the twine and then pull!

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DIY Felt Lollipops Tutorial

Looking for a fun rainy-day craft project to do with your kiddos? Get creative with different patterns and colors to create bright lollipops you can use as photo booth props, or just a fun toy!

Things you’ll need:
Felt sheets
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Dowel rods

Things to do:
1. Fold a piece of felt in half and cut a half circle shape. Unfold the felt and clean up the edges of your circle, leaving you with a symmetrical look.

2. Trace the circle onto two different colors of felt and cut out the shape.

3. Cut a swirl design out of a circle, creating a pretty pattern for your lollipop.

4. Use glue to secure the design onto one of your felt circles.

5. Cut your dowel in half.

6. Sandwich the dowel between your two circles, creating a lollipop. Secure it with glue.

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How to Make Popsicle Stick Bracelets

I’ve made this version of a popsicle stick bracelet for children, with the bright pink and yellow, but you can create your own more sophisticated versions. Bending the popsicle sticks is a bit of a tricky process, but you’ll avoid breaking them if you work carefully and with some patience!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 24 hours (includes drying/curing time)
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Jumbo wood popsicle stick
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Coffee mug
Cup with a smaller diameter than the coffee mug
Bowl large enough to fit the popsicle sticks

Things to do:
1. Fill up your bowl water and add 3 popsicle sticks. Because the popsicle sticks can break easily, plan to soak 3 the first time in order to make sure you have one to work with. As you make more of these, you’ll learn how far to bend the sticks without breaking them.

2. Allow the sticks to soak in the water for 3-4 hours. To start bending them, work them around the outside of a coffee mug carefully, bending the sides and center evenly. If you bend too much at the center, the stick will snap.

3. Once you’ve got a smooth bend, bend it a little more to fit the stick inside the mug. Allow this to cure” for about 2-3 hours. While it’s still damp but molded in place, put the stick into a smaller cup to decrease its size even more. You’re less likely to break the stick if you complete this two-step process for making the bracelet for smaller wrists. Allow the stick to dry completely in the smaller cup, 8 or more hours.

4. This is what the bracelet looks like once you’ve removed it from the smaller cup.

5. Warm up your hot glue gun and glue one piece of ribbon to the inside part of the bracelet. Wrap it around 2-3 times, glueing at the back and then trimming the excess.

6. Repeat with another color, and continue adding ribbon until you reach the other end of the bracelet.

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Kid Friendly Popsicle Stick and Paper Fan Tutorial

As the weather heats up, it’s nice to cool off a little with a cute paper fan. This fan is static and the base is glued in place, but if you don’t mind operating a drill, you can drill a hole in each stick and attach with a brad rather than using hot glue.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Colorful popsicle sticks
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scrapbook paper

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Glue the four sticks together as shown.

2. Lay the sticks on scrapbook paper, placed face down. Draw a fan shape as shown, making sure you’ll be able to glue all four sticks onto this shape.

3. Cut out the shape and trace it again.

4. Glue one side to the popsicle sticks, then glue the other side. Glue around the edges of the paper to enclose the sticks completely.

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