Category: Kid's Arts and Crafts

How to Make Popsicle Stick Car Ornaments


Looking for the perfect snow day activity for kids? These popsicle stick ornaments are simple and a whole lot of fun to make! Give the kids different colored popsicle sticks or pieces to decorate the car and make it all their own.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Colored popsicle sticks
Black buttons
Green pipe cleaners
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Tacky glue
Glitter paper
Scissors
Cinnamon sticks
Bakers twine

Things to do:

  1. Hot glue a button to the end of two popsicle sticks. These will be the wheels of your car.


  2. Next, create the sides of your car by hot gluing two popsicle sticks horizontally on either side of the wheel bases.
  3. Using wire cutters or strong scissors, shorten the vertical popsicle (car sides) sticks.
  4. Measure the distance between the sides of your car and cut a popsicle stick to fit in the middle. Use hot glue to attach it.
  5. Trace the shape of the center of your car onto a piece of glitter paper. Cut out the shape and glue it inside.
  6. Break off a cinnamon stick to measure roughly the size of the roof of your car.
  7. Wrap pipe cleaner around the stick in a spiral, getting bigger towards one end to create a Christmas tree. Use glue to hold the ends of the pipe cleaner in place.
  8. Glue the tree to the top of the car.
  9. Cut a 6-inch piece of twine and tie the ends together, creating a loop. Glue the loop to the car to create a hanger for your ornament.
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Christmas Clothespin Angel Ornament Tutorial


These clothespin angels add a lovely, handmade touch to your holiday decor. Add string to the back and hang them as ornaments or run ribbon through the clothespin to create a present topper.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Clothespins
Black and red markers
White yarn
White boa
White pipe cleaners
White felt
Scissors
1-inch wood doll head
Tacky glue
Gold paint
Paint brush
Wire cutters

Things to do:

  1. Paint hair on your wood doll head.

  2. Color the bottom 1/2 ” of the clothespin black to look like feet.
  3. Wrap white yarn around the clothespin to make the body. Tie a knot in the back to hold the yarn in place.
  4. Glue a short piece of the boa around the center of the clothespin to make the angel’s tutu.
  5. Make a pair of angel wings by folding a piece of felt in half and cutting a 2″ wide half heart shape.
  6. Glue 3 1/2 ” of chenille wire on the back of the clothespin and glue the heart shape on the back of the wire.
  7. Push the head onto the top of the clothespin and draw on the eyes in black and the mouth in red.
  8. Make a little loop with the chenille wire to create a halo.

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Rock and Pebble Flower Nature Art Tutorial


Use natural elements around you to make art. We are camping in Vermont this week and I wanted a memento to remember the trip by. So I gathered up some goodies from around our camp site and got crafty. Now, I won’t lie, I got so into this one, I ended up not taking as many pictures as I normally would, so I do apologize for that, but I will walk you through it!

Things you’ll need:
Rocks and pebbles
Stick
Piece of wood/driftwood for backdrop
Glue
Scissors (optional)

Things to do:
1. Acquire all found materials: rocks, sticks, pieces of flatter wood; get creative, have fun.
2. Work on placement of how you want to place all your found objects. I went with a flower theme, but work with the rocks you have. Maybe robots for the kiddos or butterflies, play with the shapes you have.

3. Once your placement is figured out, start gluing. I used Gorilla glue, which worked just fine, but you can use other kinds as well.



4. After making the 2 smaller flowers, I decided to keep going. You could leave them as is, or, like me, make a bigger piece of art.

5. I was able to find an old piece of board that had been outside and weathered. I then attached my small pieces with the flowers and added more rock art.

6. Voila! We have a souvenir from our camping trip and I never had to worry about social distancing at a store or anything.

– Daneen Doggett-Wolfe

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How to Make a Pompom Fairy Peg Doll

This adorable pompom fairy is cute as an ornament or present topper. Use it in place of a bow for a pretty and unique gift that your little ballerina is sure to love.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 45 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Pink tulle
3/16″ Pink and white ribbon
Wood peg doll body
Black fine line sharpie
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Pompom maker
Scissors
String
White pearl acrylic paint
Paint brush

Things to do:
1. Paint the fairy body white and let it dry. Don’t paint the head.
2. Make a pompom out of pink tulle.

3. Use a sharpie to draw eyes on the fairy head.
4. Use hot glue to attach the body to the tulle pompom. It should slide down in the center, so the pompom looks like a skirt.
5. Use hot glue to attach a pink ribbon bow to the head.
6. Make a loop with white ribbon for hanging and use hot glue to attach it behind the pink bow on the head.

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How to DIY Yarn Dandelion Bouquet

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. These Dandelion flowers may be a bother in your yard, but they look super cute on your shelves or table!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Pipe cleaners
Yarn (yellow and green)
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Fork

Things to do:
1. Tie a piece of yellow yarn two inches below the end of the pipe cleaner.
2. Place a fork next to the pipe cleaner and wrap the yarn around the fork until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Cut the yarn.
3. Fold both sides of the pipe cleaner around the yellow yarn bundle and twist it to secure.
4. Knot a piece of green yarn 1/4 inch up the yellow yarn bundle and start wrapping until the bottom portion of yellow yarn is covered with green yarn. Cut the yarn and use hot glue to secure.
5. Use scissors to get open the yellow yarn bundle, revealing your flower.

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Upcycled Milk Carton Birdhouse Feeder Tutorial

As everyone is working on social distancing and some of you, even quarantined, this birdhouse from a milk carton is a great project to do with the kiddos as you finish your milk. You can make this all from items found around the house, let your imagination run wild!

Things you’ll need:
Milk carton (2 liter would work too!)
Xacto knife or scissors
Paint
Paint brush
String (shoe laces, rope, ribbon, etc.)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks *optional
Sticks *optional
Stickers *optional

Things to do:
1. Start by collecting sticks found in your backyard. These can be used to decorate the outside of the birdhouse or as a natural perch for your feathered friends.
2. Figure out the design for the cutouts in your carton. Be creative!
3. Decide if you wish to have a perch. If so, measure the perch in order to make a hole for placement and cut.
4. Insert stick perch. Depending on the length of your stick, it may need to be cut to size with adult supervision. Secure with glue, as needed.
5. Paint the carton, then let dry.
6. Decorate however you wish, stickers, buttons, etc. Have fun with it!
7. Cut a hole at the top of the carton and insert hanging string.
8. Fill with feed and hang for birds to enjoy.

– Daneen Doggett-Wolfe

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Upcycled Egg Carton Flower Mobile Tutorial

As we eat more during our time at home, you are sure to have an egg carton ready to go into the trash. Instead of pitching it, turn it into a beautiful mobile that is sure to brighten your home.

Things you’ll need:
Egg carton
Scissors
Paint – I used watercolor, but anything will work
Paint brush
String – shoe laces, rope, ribbon, etc.
Stick, dowel rod, hanger… something to use for your hanging base

Things to do:
1. Start by cutting the lid and closure piece off the carton.
2. Cut out the individual egg holders. Trim any uneven pieces as needed.
3. Make a small slit on each holder, to give the flower effect, creating each petal.
4. Once all cut out and in their flower shape, paint. I used watercolors, but any paint you have will be fine. Just have fun with it.
5. Once dry poke a hole in the center of each flower.
6. Use your string, in my case, old shoe laces and knot the end. Put a flower on and then make another knot, so each flower has a placement on the string.
7. Once the string is full, tie to your base stick… in my case, an actual stick from a hike we took the other day.
8. Once all flowers are strung and on your stick, add another string to use as a hanger. Voila… a bright, cheerful piece!

– Daneen Doggett-Wolfe

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How to Make a Spring Bunny Planter

Spring has sprung! Celebrate the season with this cute bunny planter! This decor looks adorable on your dinner table or displayed on a shelf.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 9 and up

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Flower pot
Greenery
Paint
Paint brush
Pen
Chalk pen
Chalkboard sign
Large pom pom
Small pom pom
Decorative eggs
Floral foam
Felt
Scissors
Wire cutters

Things to do:

  1. Cut a piece of foam to the size of your pot and slide it inside. Use hot glue to hold it in place.
  2. Arrange your greenery in the foam. Add in flowers with hot glue.
  3. Cut two felt circles and paint bunny paws on them.
  4. While you’re waiting for the paint to dry, use hot glue to add eggs to the greenery.
  5. Use hot glue to attach the paws to your pompom.
  6. Use hot glue to attach the bunny to the greenery in your pot.
  7. Write a message on your chalkboard sign and slide it down in the foam.
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How to Make a Tutu Easter Basket

Your little ballerina will be delighted when she finds her tutu Easter basket filled with candy! This adorable project is easy to make and you can customize the colors for your favorite little dancer!

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

Things you’ll need:
Easter basket
Tulle (pink, lavender, purple)
5/8″ Ribbon
1 1/2 ” Ribbon
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Self-Stick rosettes

Things to do:

  1. Measure your basket to determine how long your tutu tulle needs to be. Your tulle should be roughly double the height of your basket.
  2. Cut roughly 100 pieces of tulle.
  3. Measure the circumference of your basket. Cut a piece of ribbon to wrap around the basket.
  4. Next, we’re going to cover the ribbon with tulle. Fold your tulle piece in half, lay the ribbon across it, tuck the ends of the tulle up through the loop and pull it tight. Repeat this step until the ribbon is completely covered.
  5. Use glue to attach your ribbon with tulle to the edge of your basket.
  6. Stick on your rosettes around the edge of the basket.
  7. Tie a large bow on the handle of the basket.
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DIY Bunny Headband

Your little one will look adorable in this bunny headband! In just a few simple steps, you can create a cute costume that’s perfect for Easter or a great addition to your dress up bin!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Headband
Felt
Pom pom
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Thread
Lavender tulle
Scissors
Pencil

Things to do:

  1. First, make a pattern for your ears. Our pattern was 4 1/4 ” tall and 1 3/4 ” across. The smaller pattern is 3 1/4 ” tall and 1 1/4 ” across.
  2. Trace your patterns onto two different colors of felt and cut out the shapes.
  3. Use hot glue to attach the smaller ears to the larger ears.
  4. Cut a 1″ slit up the center of the ear.
  5. Run a line of glue just above the slit and fold the base of the ear in half, giving it dimension.
  6. Use glue to attach the ears to the headband.
  7. Cut ten 2″ strips of tulle and stack them. Tie a piece of thread around the tulle and knot it tightly so the tulle stays together, creating a bow.
  8. Use glue to attach the tulle bow to the headband, between the ears.
  9. Glue a pompom to the center of the tulle bow.

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