Category: Kid's Arts and Crafts

Retro-Inspired Candy Tin Shadow Box Tutorial

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Create a fun vintage inspired tin assemblage box using a mint tin and all of your winter or Christmas themed bits and bobs! This is a great project for kids and adults alike!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes + dry time
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Tin mint box/tin craft box
Aleene’s True Snow
Glitter (optional)
Paint brush
Christmas/Winter themed miniatures (mini bottle brush trees, plastic reindeer, etc)
Vintage Paper Scrap (cards, etc) or Scrapbook Paper

Things to do:
1. Using a paintbrush in your open mint tin, dollop/paint your Aleene’s True Snow all over the inside, top and sides of your box. Thickness and design is up to you, but be sure you have covered all of the silver area of your box that will be visible.
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2. Add your miniatures. We like to add the miniatures while the True Snow is still wet, so that the pieces will dry in place and look as though they are part of the scene. (You may have to come back after the snow has dried and hot glue pieces to the top and sides of the box ).
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3. Adding extras such as vintage cut outs or scrapbook paper add charm, as does rick rack and any other various same themed additions that strike your fancy!
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4. Allow to fully dry.
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5-Minute Jingle Bell Wreath Tutorial

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Spread holiday cheer with a musical ornament that complements any Christmas decor! This project is simple and easy, so the kids can help too!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Wire
Jingle bells
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. Cut an 8-inch piece of wire.
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2. Slide jingle bells into the wire, varying sizes for dimension.
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3. When the wire is covered with jingle bells, twist the ends together, creating a wreath shape.
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4. Slide a piece of wire through the top of the wreath and wrap the ends together, creating a hanger.
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5-Minute Snowball Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

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Looking for a modern way to adorn your tree this holiday season? These pom pom ornaments are a great space filler and inexpensive to make. Play with different color combinations to find a look that complements your home decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Large pom poms
Cord

Things to do:
1. Cut a 10-inch piece of string and knot the ends together.
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2. Apply a drop of hot glue on the knot.
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3. Separate the pom pom and press the knot firmly down towards the center.
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4. Let the glue dry before hanging your pom pom ornament.

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Cinnamon Stick Snowflake Ornament Tutorial

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This cinnamon stick snowflake makes a great addition to your Christmas tree and smells absolutely amazing! Play with different sized cinnamon sticks to vary the look.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Greenery
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
String
Scissors
Cinnamon sticks (two long, four short)

Things to do:
1. Attach your four short cinnamon sticks to a long cinnamon stick using hot glue. They should make a star shape.
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2. Use hot glue to attach the final long cinnamon stick across the middle seam where they all meet.
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3. Trim off a piece of greenery and use hot glue to attach it to the center of your ornament.
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4. Trim a 10-inch piece of string and knot the ends.
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5. Use hot glue to attach the knot to the back of your cinnamon stick ornament.
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DIY 3D Felt Snowball Ornaments

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For those who love winter, bring a little of it indoors with felt snowballs. Basic hand-sewing techniques are all that you’ll need!

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

Things you’ll need:
White felt square
Scissors
Circle to trace
Pencil
Needle
Thread

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Things to do:
1. Thread your needle and knot the end. Trace 6-8circles and fold the first one in half.
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2. Sew the very top edge with a couple of stitches, tacking it in place. This helps keep the circle folded in half.
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3. Lay this on top of another circle, with the first one folded and the second one flat.
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4. Open up the folded circle and stitch with a running stitch down the center.
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5. Tack the ends in place, tying off the thread with a knot. Clip the thread. The snowball should look like the one shown.
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6. Repeat with another circle.
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7. Continue with the remaining circles.
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8. Once all circles are attached, create a loop at the top for hanging. Fan out the circles so they make a ball shape.
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Christmas Ornament Cone Tree Tutorial

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Both modern and beautiful, this fiberboard cone tree can be decorated in ball ornaments of any color. Make several for holiday table decor or make just one for a side table, paired with other silver and gold decorations.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour, includes drying time
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Fiberboard cone
Mini assorted ball ornaments
Larger assorted ball ornaments
Silver metallic spray
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks

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Things to do:
1. Spray your cone with the silver spray – outside, of course! Protect your painting area with newspapers. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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2. Glue a larger ornament onto the bottom of the cone, making sure to leave a little space at the bottom so the cone sits properly.
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3. Continue gluing the larger ball ornament around the bottom of the cone.
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4. Glue the smaller ball ornaments in place above and between the larger ones.
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5. Continue gluing the smaller ornaments above the previous ones. If desired, use more ornaments for an even fuller look.
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Spool Snowman Christmas Ornament Tutorial

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A spool snowman is a great way to use leftover spools, but it’s also convenient to buy a pack of wooden spools so you can make several snowmen! Hang from your tree and keep the spool snowman around after the holidays for some winter cheer.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour, includes drying time.
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Spools
White acrylic paint
Black acrylic paint
Orange acrylic paint
Small paint brush
Tiny acrylic top hat
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
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Things to do:
1. Paint 3 spools with the white paint.
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2. Allow the spools to dry.
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3. Paint on a face with the black paint
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4. Add a painted carrot nose. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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5. Glue two spools together and add the buttons.
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6. Glue on the snowman’s head.
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7. Add the top hat for the extra touch of personality! Add a piece of twine for hanging, or allow the snowman to stand on his own.
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Simple Snowman Clothespin Ornament Tutorial

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Keep this cheerful snowman after the holidays – he’ll bring winter cheer to any decor. Experiment with different expressions or different colors for the scarf. These snowman clothespins make the perfect gifts for neighbors and teachers!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Wood clothespins
White acrylic paint
Black acrylic paint
Orange acrylic paint
Small paint brush
Tiny acrylic top hat
Mini check dish towel
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Twine

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Things to do:
1. Paint the clothespin and allow to dry.
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2. Paint eyes with a small paintbrush and black paint.
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3. Add some buttons for the snowman.
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4. Paint the nose with the orange paint.
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5. Cut the towel in a half-inch strip, the width of the towel. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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6. Tie the twine around the clothespin and create a loop for hanging.
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7. Glue on the top hat.
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8. Tie the strip of the towel around the neck as a scarf. Add a bit of hot glue to keep it in place.
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Recycled Paper Tube Glitter Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

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There’s nothing better than glitter for the tree. Paired with a recycled product, you can create an ornament that’s environmentally friendly and beautiful at the same time! This glitter tube ornament is perfect for teacher gifts.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 4-6 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Glitter
Mod Podge
Paint brush
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Twine
Paper towel tube
Ruler
School glue
Pencil
Paper bowl

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Things to do:
1. Mark your tube in five 1/2 -inch increments.
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2. Cut the tube into five pieces as shown, and shape into petals. Warm up your hot glue gun.
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3. Glue the petals together as shown.
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4. Continue gluing until you have a flower or star shape like this.
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5. Pour the Mod Podge into the bowl and add glitter
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6. Mix the glitter into the Mod Podge.
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7. Paint this onto the tube, making sure to paint all the surfaces.
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8. Before the Mod Podge dries, shake more glitter onto the ornament.
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9. Allow to dry. You might need to add some school glue and re-apply glitter to any bare spots later. Add a piece of twine and hang when the glitter tube ornament is dry!
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No-Sew Felt Lollipop Christmas Ornament Tutorial

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Perfect for little ones to join in the fun, create these retro inspired Candy Lollipop ornaments from felt.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 10+ minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Felt
Small dowel rod or skewer stick
Mod Podge
Glitter
Ruler
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks or
Craft glue
Some type of ribbon, string or wire to create hook

Things to do:
1. Cut out three rectangular strips of felt, equal in size.
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2. Layer your pieces of felt and glue them together securely, making sure that the edges are sealed together. Tip: This craft is great for kids, however, if they are young they may need assistance with the hot glue steps if you are not using craft glue.
3. After your strips are glued together, begin to roll your felt as pictured here. Gluing together as you go.
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4. Cut your dowel to your desired stick size.
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5. Paint a thin layer of mod podge onto your stick.
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6. Sprinkle with glitter and allow to dry.
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7. Using glue, attach your stick to your felt roll.
8. Cut a small strip of felt in your desired color to create a bow. Notch the ends, and gather together in the middle and glue.
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9. Using glue, attach your bow to the bottom of the felt roll/top of the stick area.
10. Using ribbon, sting, etc. Create a loop, and attach to the top of your “lollipop” to create a hook.
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