Category: Kid's Arts and Crafts

Squid Toilet Paper Roll Craft for Kids

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 5 and up, with some adult assistance required for younger children

Things you’ll need:
Upcycled toilet paper roll
Acrylic paint
Foam brush
Cardstock in a color close to the acrylic paint shade
Ruler
Googly eyes
Scissors
Hole punch, awl, or anything else to punch holes
Yarn

Things to do:

  1. Protect your work surface, then paint the toilet paper roll with two coats of acrylic paint.
  2. While the toilet paper roll dries, cut eight 10″-long strands of yarn.
  3. Create a triangle hat by first measuring the distance across the center of the toilet paper roll, adding about 1″. Using a pencil, draw a straight line across the cardstock that is the length of that measurement.
  4. Next make a mark at the top center of the triangle about 2″ from the bottom.
  5. Draw a line that’s 3/4 ” high from the bottom of the triangle up. [squid-5]
  6. Draw a diagonal line that connects the top of the 3/4 ” line and the center top of the triangle.
  7. Repeat the diagonal line on the other side of the triangle.
  8. Cut out the triangle.
  9. When the paint is dry, cut two slits into the toilet paper roll straight across from each other.
  10. Insert the triangle by pushing it into the slits. If your triangle wiggles out, you can add an optional dot of glue on each side to hold it in place.
  11. Punch a hole at the bottom of the toilet paper roll, about 1/4 ” from the bottom. You can use a hole punch, or you can use a needle or other sharp tool. Insert the yarn through the hole halfway. Note that if you used a hole punch, you can probably slide the yarn through the hole without any problems.
  12. Tie the yarn in a double knot at the bottom of the toilet paper roll.
  13. Repeat steps 11 and 12 around the bottom of the toilet paper roll, spacing eight holes evenly. If you’d like you can add more or less holes.
  14. Add two sticky googly eyes to the toilet paper roll, centering them with the triangle top as best you can.

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How to Make a Finger Knit Bracelet

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Super bulky yarn
Scissors
Blunt tapestry needle

Things to do:

  1. Grasp the end of the yarn with your thumb. Wrap the yarn behind your forefinger and in front of your middle finger.
  2. Wrap the yarn behind your ring finger and in front of your pinky finger.
  3. Working in the opposite direction, wrap the yarn behind your pinky, in front of your ring finger, behind your middle finger, and in front of your forefinger.
  4. Push the yarn down on your fingers.
  5. Repeat steps 1-3 to wrap a second row of yarn.
  6. Starting with the forefinger, pull the bottom loop over the top loop and off your finger.
  7. Repeat step 6 on your middle finger.
  8. Continue across your fingers, pulling the loops over until only one row of loops remain. Push the loops down onto your fingers.
  9. Repeat steps 3-8 again. Note that after you have worked a few rows, you can let go of the yarn tail.
  10. The bracelet will begin growing behind your fingers. As you work, pull the bracelet down to elongate the loops.
  11. Continue to repeat steps 3-8 until the bracelet is the desired length.
  12. To fasten off the bracelet, place the loop from your forefinger onto your middle finger.
  13. Pull the bottom loop over the top loop and off your finger.
  14. Continue across the row, moving the loop from one finger to the next, until you have one loop left on your pinky finger.
  15. Remove the loop from your finger. Trim the yarn, leaving a tail that’s about 6″ long. Slip the yarn tail through the loop and pull to secure it.
  16. Thread the yarn tail through a blunt needle. Sew the ends of the bracelet together to form a circle.
  17. Weave the ends of both yarn tails through the bracelet, then trim the ends. The bracelet will stretch slightly, so you can slide it over your hand and onto your wrist.

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How to Make Cupcake Liner Butterflies

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes
Age range: 3 and up, with adult supervision for hot glue gun

Things you’ll need:
Wood clothespin
Cupcake liners
Scissors
Washi tape
Pom poms
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Pipe cleaners

Things to do:

  1. Fold a cupcake liner in half.
  2. Fold the liner in half again.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to create a second folded cupcake liner.
  4. Open the clothespin, then add a dot of hot glue at the edge where the two pieces meet.
  5. Place the cupcake liners inside the clothespin, one on each side, lining them up as evenly as possible. Close the clothespin.
  6. Add a length of washi tape to the clothespin, trimming the washi tape about 1/4 ” from the edge of the clothespin.
  7. Fold the tape under the clothespin edge to secure it.
  8. Hot glue small pompoms to the cupcake liners on each side.
  9. Cut two 4″ lengths of pipecleaners. Open the clothespin slightly, then add a dot of glue just inside.
  10. Place the pipe cleaners inside the clothespin, making a V shape. Close the clothespin to glue the pipe cleaners inside.
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Cactus Easter Egg Pot Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour, including drying time
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Small terra cotta pot
Wood eggs
Meadow green acrylic paint
Foam brush
Black paint pen
Scissors
River pebbles
Fuchsia tissue paper

Things to do:
1. Paint two coats of acrylic paint onto the wooden egg. Allow the paint to dry between coats.

2. Using the black paint pen, cover the entire egg with angled lines. These don’t have to be perfect, so don’t worry about placement.

3. Using tissue paper, cut 7 circles that are about 3/4″ in diameter. Again, these do not have to be perfect circles.

4. Add a dot of hot glue to the center of one circle.

5. Immediately layer another tissue paper circle on top of the glue dot.

6. Repeat steps 4-5 until you have layered all 7 circles.

7. Fold the circles into the center, creasing it in four angles.

8. Carefully unfold the layers, using your fingers to ruffle the sides so that they look like a flower.

9. Hot glue the flower to the top of the cactus.

10. Add river pebbles to the terra cotta pot, filling up about 3/4 of the pot.

11. Place the cactus inside the pot with the flat bottom facing the pebbles. Begin adding pebbles to the sides of the pot to fill it in.

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DIY Bunny Tail Planters Tutorial


Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Tracing tool such as a pen
Oval and circle templates (we used household items like lotion and glue bottles)
4-inch jumbo pom pom
1-inch pink pom pom
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
White felt
Pink felt

Things to do:
1. Using the tracing tool, trace two oval shapes onto the white felt. We used the bottom of a lotion bottle as our templates. You can also draw the feet freehand.

2. Cut the two oval shapes from the felt.

3. Using the tracing tool, trace eight small circles onto the pink felt. We used a glue bottle as our circle template. You can also draw the paws freehand.

4. Cut out the circles.

5. Flip the white felt ovals over so that the tracing marks are not visible. Begin hot gluing the tiny pink circles around the bottom of the foot. Be sure the pink felt is flipped over so that the tracing marks are not visible. You will need four pink circles on each white oval.

6. Continue to hot glue the pink circles until you have four circles on each white felt piece.

7. Hot glue a small pink pompom to the center of the large white pompom.

8. Hot glue each white felt foot to the large white pompom, slightly below the pink pompom.

9. Push the white pompom into the side of the planter.

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DIY Yarn Pom Pom Pencils


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

Things you’ll need:
Pencil (preferably one without an eraser)
Yarn
Small pompom maker
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Grab the pompom maker and connect the two pieces, if they are not already connected. Begin wrapping your yarn around one half of the pompom maker.

2. Continue wrapping until the pompom is nice and thick, then fold the half circle into the pompom maker center.

3. Repeat steps 1-2 on the other side of the pompom maker, then trim the yarn.

4. Cut the loops of the pompom on both sides of the pompom maker.

5. Cut a strand of yarn that’s about 5″ long. Pull the long strand around the center of the pompom maker, then tie a double knot to secure it.

6. Remove the pompom from the pompom maker.

7. Give your pompom a trim, cutting any longer strands including the yarn tails you used to tie the pompom together.

8. Add a dot of hot glue near the end of the pencil, then place the yarn tail on the glue dot. We left a bit of room at the end for sharpening the pencil.

9. Begin wrapping the yarn around the pencil. Pause every few centimeters to push the yarn down the pencil. This will help you avoid any gaps and get a tighter wrap.

10. When you reach the edge of the pencil, add a dot of hot glue to secure the end.

11. Trim away the yarn, cutting as close to the pencil as possible.

12. Trim the yarn tail on the opposite end of the pencil, if necessary.

13. Add a dot of hot glue to the flat end of the pencil.

14. Place the pompom on the hot glue to secure it.

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Spring Chick Wooden Spoon Tutorial


Looking for a fun project to do with your kids? These Spring chick wooden spoons are simple to make and oh-so-cute!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 8 and up *Younger ages will need assistance with hot glue gun

Things you’ll need:
Scissors
Wooden spoon
Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks
Google eyes
Yellow paint
Paint brush
Orange foam sheet

Things to do:
1. Paint your wooden spoon with yellow acrylic paint and set it aside to dry.



2. Cut a triangle out of an orange foam sheet and fold it in half. Apply hot glue to the end and attach it to the front, center of your spoon. This will be your chick’s beak.



3. Use hot glue to add two google eyes just above the beak.

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Kid Friendly Spring Bunny Tutorial


Celebrate the season with this festive and fun craft project! These adorable bunnies are simple to make, so they’re perfect for kids! Just swap out the hot glue gun for craft glue and you’re ready to go!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 6 and up

Things you’ll need:
Wooden plaque
Acrylic paint
Paint brush
Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks or craft glue
Google eyes
Foam sheets (white and pink)
Buttons
Ribbon
Scissors

Things to do:
1. First, paint your wooden plaque with cream or black acrylic paint. Set it aside to dry.


2. Next, cut your foam shapes. You’ll need a pink heart and two white rectangles. These pieces will be your bunny’s nose and teeth.
3. Use hot glue to attach two google eyes, your heart nose and teeth to the front of your painted plaque.

4. Cut a 14-inch piece of ribbon and tie it in a bow. Use glue to secure the bow to the top of your bunny’s head.

5. Add a button to the center of the bow.

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DIY Pom Pom Easter Bunny Pallet Board Wall Art


Hop into spring with this pompom bunny decoration! This project makes a great rainy day activity for kids – Just swap out the hot glue for craft glue and let your kids great creative!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Pallet canvas
Grey acrylic paint
Paint brush
White pom poms
Pink pom pom
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Pencil
Bunny pattern

Things to do:
1. Paint your pallet canvas with grey acrylic paint. Set it aside to dry before moving on to step two.


2. Trace the outline of your bunny pattern onto the front of the pallet board.

3. Use hot glue to secure white pompoms along the outline of the bunny. Don’t forget to add in a pink pompom for the tail!

4. When you’ve finished your outline, use hot glue and fill it in with white pompoms. Try to place the pompoms as close together as possible.

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Wood Spool Easter Bunnies Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes
Age range: 8 and up, with adult supervision for hot glue gun

Things you’ll need:
Washi tape
Assorted pipe cleaners
Scissors
Sharpies
2 1/8″ wooden spools
1″ pink pom poms
Hot glue and hot glue gun

Things to do:
1. Wrap the washi tape around the spool one time, overlapping the ends. Continue to wrap the spool, always overlapping the ends in the same spot.

2. Wrap until you have covered the entire spool.

3. Using a Sharpie, draw a sweet bunny face on the tape. We drew ours on the opposite side of the spool from the overlapped tape ends so it would look neater.

4. Cut two pipe cleaner lengths that are each 4 1/2 ” long.

5. Bend the two lengths in half so that they are shaped like bunny ears.

6. Place both pipe cleaner ears inside the wooden spool, spacing them evenly apart and making sure they are the same height.

7. Place a dot of hot glue in the center to hold the two ears together and to secure them in the spool.

8. Place another dot of hot glue on the back of a pompom.

9. Press the pompom onto the spool, on the opposite side of the spool from where you drew the bunny face. The pompom can hide some of the overlapped washi tape, too.

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