Category: Seasonal Crafts

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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How to Make a Ribbon Pinwheel Tutorial


Ribbon pinwheels are festive decorations for the change of season to spring – light and airy and beautiful on a picnic table! The kids will get a kid out of spinning them. Make them in different colors. They can be made with one color or two-tone, as shown here.

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

Things you’ll need:
1 1/2″wide ribbon
Dowel rods
Sequin pins
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Piece of felt cut into a 1″ circle
Card stock
Ruler

Things to do:
1. First you’ll make a triangle template. Measure 1 1/2″ down from the corner of the card stock and make a mark.

2. Draw a line to form the triangle, and cut out.

3. Place the template on the ribbon as shown and cut the ribbon into a triangle.

4. Cut three more ribbon triangles. Warm up your hot glue gun.

5. Fold the felt circle in half, then in half again. Trim just a tiny corner off to make a hole.

6. Glue one triangle to the felt as shown, close to the middle, but don’t allow it to overlap the center.

7. Glue the remaining triangles to the felt.

8. Fold one corner of one triangle down toward the center and glue in place.

9. Fold the same corner down on another of the triangles.

10. This is what the pinwheel looks like when all ribbons are glued down.

11. Create a hole in the dowel by tapping the sequin pin into it. You might need to give it a light tap with a hammer.

12. Remove the pin from the dowel and place through the ribbon part of the pinwheel, then tap back into the dowel. The pinwheel should spin freely!

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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 Summer Time Cocktail Umbrella Wreath


This whimsical wreath will put a smile on anyone’s face! Assemble this umbrella wreath and hang over a bar area, or delight a child who would love to use it as room decor. However you display this, it will be a great conversation piece!

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

Things you’ll need:
Umbrella drink picks
Styrofoam wreath
Twine
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Open your umbrellas by removing the band.

2. Slide the smaller ring up as you raise the umbrella.

3. Place the umbrellas into the wreath at angles.

4. This is what the umbrellas look like when placed properly in the styrofoam.

5. Continue poking the umbrellas into the styrofoam in a pleasing color arrangement.

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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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Kid Friendly Popsicle Stick and Twine Spring Butterfly Tutorial


Create this cheerful little string butterfly in many different colors. If desired, you can draw a cute face on the wooden bead, or leave it blank as we’ve done.

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

Things you’ll need:
Baker’s twine
Small Popsicle sticks
Wooden bead
Pony beads
Pipe cleaner
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Place your popsicle sticks into a shallow X and glue together in the center. Don’t cut the twine. Glue one end of the twine to the center of the X and wrap it around a few times, as shown.

2. Start wrapping the twine in a figure-8 configuration, making sure you go around all four sides.

3. Continue wrapping, as shown.

4. As your approach the ends, you can begin wrapping straight around the sticks, as shown. Wrap as far out to the ends as you’d like. Shown here I’ve wrapped to the middle and later decided to add on to the wings – you can do whatever you’d like for the look you’re trying to achieve.

5. Add two pony beads to the center of the pipe cleaner.

6. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the center of the butterfly, as shown.

7. Thread both top ends of the pipe cleaner through the bead.

8. Pull the bead down to the top of the sticks as shown.

9. Twist the tops of the pipe cleaners to look like antennae.

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DIY ‘Spring’ Burlap Bunting Banner


Think S-P-R-I-N-G! Put the boots back into storage and hide your heavy coats deep into your closets until next winter. This reminder of the new season will brighten your mantel or desk. Bring some fresh cut daffodils inside as an added bonus!

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

Things you’ll need:
‘Spring’ template
Burlap fabric ribbon
Butcher’s craft twine
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Printer and paper

Things to do:
1. Cut out the triangles from the printable file. Cut out six pieces of the burlap fabric ribbon to about 4″ long each. They should be larger than the triangles, as shown. Warm your hot glue gun.

2. Carefully glue the triangles to the burlap. When secure, cut 1/4″ away from the triangle on two sides, but leave about 3/4″ to an inch at the top, as shown.

3. Fold down the top and crease.

4. Trim off the ears” visible from turning down the tops of the triangles.

5. Cut a piece of twine to the length desired and slide on the letters. Glue the tops in place so the twine won’t slip out.

6. Once you’ve added all the letters, get ready to hang your spring banner

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Pipe Cleaner and Pom Pom Spring Blossom Tree Tutorial


Spring is in the air, and one of my favorite parts of spring is seeing flowering trees bloom. Bring this indoors with a flowering blossom tree made of pipe cleaners and pom poms. Your tree will certainly be a conversation piece!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
9 to 12 – brown pipe cleaners
Small pink pom poms
Sheet moss
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Card stock

Things to do:
1. Fold a pipe cleaner almost in half, keeping it intentional uneven so that you’ll have branch variety later.

2. Twist the bottom at the fold, leaving about 1″ after the twist.

3. Bend this 90 degrees as shown.

4. Repeat for all the pipe cleaners.

5. Put all the pipe cleaners together, making sure the feet (roots”) are even at the bottom.

6. Twist these together, creating a trunk.

7. Divide the pipe cleaners slightly as shown.

8. Twist two or three pipe cleaners together, making a branch.

9. Leave some room at the top of each branch, then bend the pipe cleaners to look more like smaller branches.

10. Continue creating branches as shown.

11. This is what the tree will look like once complete. Warm up your hot glue gun.

12. Glue a small pink pom pom to one of the branches.

13. Complete the tree with several pom poms.

14. Cut a piece of card stock and glue the roots to it.

15. Cover with the sheet moss and trim the card stock. You can glue the moss in place if desired.

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Kid Friendly Popsicle Stick Flag Tutorial


Celebrate all of our patriotic holidays with this craft stick flag, perfect for you and your children or grandchildren to work on together. Magnets on the back allow you to hang this to a metal front door, refrigerator, or even a locker. Show your support for the U.S.!

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

Things you’ll need:
Jumbo wooden popsicles
Red acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Blue acrylic paint
Piece of cardstock
Pencil
Scissors
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Lay out 6 craft sticks next to each other and cut your card stock slightly smaller than this dimension.

2. Paint 3 of the sticks red, and three white.

3. Allow the craft sticks to dry and paint with a second coat, if desired.

4. Start glueing the sticks to the card stock.

5. Your flag should like this so far!

6. Paint a navy rectangle in the upper left side of your flag. Allow to dry.

7. After drying, paint 50 dots for stars.”

8. Your stars should look similar to this.

9. Glue magnets to the back.

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