Category: Kid's Arts and Crafts

Kid Friendly Clothespin and Paper Doily Butterflies Tutorial

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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
Clothespins
Paint brushes
Sequins
Acrylic paint
Pipe cleaners
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Cup of water

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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.
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2. Paint the doilies with watered-down acrylic paint. Allow the colors to run together!
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3. Paint the clothespin and allow to dry. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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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

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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
Scissors
Cardboard
Paper
A circular item to trace
A way to punch holes through cardboard

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Things to do:
1. Trace and cut out one cardboard circle and two paper circles.
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2. Make two holes in the center of both paper circles as shown.
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3. Color festive circles on one side of both paper circles.
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4. Cover both sides of the cardboard with the glue.
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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.
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6. Cut the twine to 28. -30. and feed through the holes as shown.
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7. Tie the twine at both ends.
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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
Scissors
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:
Ribbon
Jumbo wood popsicle stick
Scissors
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
Scissors
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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Glittered Flat Marble Critter Bugs Tutorial


These adorable glitter bead bugs can be cute decor on their own, pieces for a homemade game of checkers, or magnets if you’d like to add magnets to the back. Nice for gifts, and will make everyone smile!

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

Things you’ll need:
Clear glass gems
Google eyes
Mod podge
Paintbrush
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scrapbook paper

Things to do:
1. Cut out different papers to the size of the bottom of each of your glass beads.

2. Apply Mod Podge to the bottom of each bead.

3. Adhere the paper to the bottom of the bead, colorful side facing up. Warm up your hot glue gun.

4. Hot glue google eyes to the front of the bead.

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DIY Rock Succulent Garden


This is such a fun project to do with your little ones and you’re sure to love the finished product! You’ll enjoy playing with paint and patterns to create a cute and trendy rock garden that looks like little succulents.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 6 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Pot
Potting soil
Rocks
Green paint
White paint
Foam brush
Paint brush

Things to do:
1. First, paint several large rocks in different shades of green. For my rock garden, I used three different greens.


2. Use a paintbrush to add white patterns to your painted rocks. Polka dots, x” shapes, and lines look best.

3. Fill your pot halfway full with potting soil.
4. Add a layer of small rocks on top.

5. Arrange your painted rocks in the pot, creating a cute display.

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How to Make a Bumble Bee Ribbon Hair Clip

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Bzz! Bzz! Spring time brings out the first bumble bees of the season, but you can make your own adorable (and safer!) bees yourself from ribbon. Add this to a barrette as shown, or glue to a pinback and wear on your lapel.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Yellow grosgrain ribbon
Black grosgrain ribbon
French barrette
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Wood burning tool
Piece of glass from a picture frame

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun and wood burning tool. Cut a piece of ribbon to the size of the barrette and glue in place.

2. Cut a piece of black ribbon to 4-5 inches long and glue into a long teardrop shape as shown.

3. Cut a piece of yellow ribbon and a piece of black ribbon to 4″ long. Lay the ribbons on the glass and cut in half the long way using the wood burning tool.

4. Cut one black and one yellow piece to 3″ long and form into circles, gluing together as shown.

5. Glue these around the large part of the tear-drop shape you previously created.

6. Cut one black and one yellow pice to 2″ and glue into circles. Glue those around the thin part of the teardrop as shown.

7. Cut a piece of black ribbon to 3/4″ and glue to the top as shown.

8. Wrap the ends around the back, creating a head for your bee.

9. Cut two very thin pieces of black ribbon with your wood burning tool and glue to the top for antennae. Trim them to the size you desire.

10. Cut a piece of yellow ribbon to 5 inches long and form into a figure 8, gluing in place.

11. Glue the wings to the body of the bee, between the large and small circles.

12. Glue the bee to the barrette.

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Kid Friendly Sea Shell Crab Tutorial


If you’ve just come home from the beach and don’t know what to with the shells your kids have collected, then is is the project for you! Shell crabs can be painted in any color, and you can change their expressions” with the size and placement of their google eyes. If you don’t have spare shells around, you can purchase a package to experiment with.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Seashells
6 – pipe cleaners
Google eyes
Acrylic paint
Paint brush
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Paint the exterior of the shell.

2. Pull out 6 pipe cleaners and cut 5 of them in half.

3. Wrap the 5 around each other to make legs. Warm up your hot glue gun.

4. Once your shell is dry, glue the legs under the shell.

5. Cut your sixth pipe cleaner in half and set one half aside for another shell crab. Cut one of the halves in half again.

6. Attach these to the two front legs, forming claws.

7. Glue the google eyes to the wide, front part of the shell.

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How to Make a Ribbon Tassel Keychain


A ribbon tassel keychain is a great teacher’s gift when created in school colors. You can make this with as many or as few ribbons as you’d like, and with any length of ribbon. If you keep this for yourself, you’ll always smile when you look for your keys!

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

Things you’ll need:
Key ring
6mm split ring
Various ribbons, with at least one that’s no wider than 3/8″
Pony beads
Scissors
Seam sealant
Needle and thread

Things to do:
1. Cut your ribbons to 15-18″ long. Slide the split ring to the middle of your narrowest ribbon.

2. Fold the ribbon in half, and slide your pony beads over both cut edges until they meet right over the split ring, as shown.

3. Stack your other ribbons on top of each other and fold in half to find the middle. Thread your needle and take a couple of small stitches in the middle so all the ribbons stay together. Don’t cut the thread yet.

4. Nest this group of ribbons under the narrow ribbon containing the beads. Tie the beaded ribbon around the group of ribbons.

5. After you’ve tied the ribbon, take a couple of stitches in the knot to secure it. Slide the key chain ring onto the split ring, and your keychain is complete!

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