Category: Kid's Arts and Crafts

DIY Unicorn Monogram Wall Art


Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 hours plus drying time.
Age range: Adults

Things you will need:
Unfinished Wood Letter E
Iridescent Double Row Bling Sticker Roll
Hot Pink Foamies Foam Modeling Clay
Artificial Rose Heads in Purple and Pink
Mint Canvas Fabric Roses
Acrylic Paint in Fuchsia, Plum Kiss, Regency Blue, Lilac, White, Key West and Cameo Pink
Foamies Foam Sheets
Blush Pink Extra Fine Glitter
Palette Knife

Things to do:
1. Take some of the Hot Pink Foamies Modeling Clay out of the package. Flatten the clay in your hands. Then, pour some blush pink glitter on both sides of the flattened piece of clay.

2. Mix the glitter into the clay by rolling the clay around in a ball.

3. Roll the clay between your hands into a cone shape. Roll the stop part of the clay into a small cone then the rest of the clay. Gradually allow the clay to become larger towards the bottom.

4. Starting from the bottom of the cone, with a painting palette knife, gently press a line around the cone in a spiral shape. Set the clay aside to dry.

5. Paint the fancy wooden letter E with white paint. Allow the paint to dry between coats of paint. I used 2 coats of paint.

6. Paint the bottom of the E in rainbow colors. Allowing each color to dry before starting the next color, so the paints do not blend together.

7. Find the Center top of the wooden initial E, then hot glue on the pink artificial rose head.

8. On each side of the pink rose, add to mint canvas roses. The canvas roses have their own adhesive, which should work fine. If you would like a stronger hold, add hot glue.

9. In the bottom, left hand corner of the initial E, hot glue on a purple rose head.

10. Add the rhinestones along the edges of the letter E.

11. Once the clay unicorn horn is dry. Add some hot glue to the bottom of the unicorn horn, then gently hold it into place on top of the letter E

12. Glue two purple artificial rose heads to each side of the clay unicorn horn.

13. Cut out 4 unicorn ear pieces. You will need two larger outer ear pieces and two smaller inner ear pieces.

14. Glue the inner, smaller, ear pieces onto the middle of the larger outer ear pieces. Then, glue the ear pieces to the back of the initial E on each side of the clay unicorn horn.

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Kid Friendly Paper Plate Yarn Snowflake Art Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30-45 minutes
Age range: 5 and up

Things you’ll need:
Paper plate
Pencil
Ruler
Yarn (medium-weight yarn works best for this project)
Blunt yarn needle
Scissors
Tape
Push pin

Things to do:
1. Using a pencil and a ruler, draw a snowflake design inside the plate where you’d normally put your food. Kids can freehand this design, if they’d like. Don’t worry about messing up; the pencil marks won’t be visible.

2. When your design is finished, use a push pin to push holes in the intersection where each line meets.

3. Repeat this until you’ve poked holes in each intersection.

4. Using the blunt yarn needle, poke each hole that you made in step 3 to make it larger. This will make it easier later when you’re threading the yarn through.

5. Repeat this until you’ve re-poked each hole.

6. Cut a long strand of medium-weight yarn. We cut ours to about 151″ long, but the length will depend on how complex your design is.

7. Thread the yarn through the blunt needle, then tie several knots near the yarn tail. Since the yarn length is so long, it may also be helpful to slide the blunt needle down the length of yarn a bit farther so that you don’t have as much yarn to pull through each hole.

8. Begin by inserting the blunt needle through the center of the snowflake with the pencil side of the plate facing you. Be sure your knot doesn’t slide through the hole.

9. Insert the blunt needle through a nearby hole, pulling the yarn through.

10. Continue threading the yarn, tracing along the lines you’ve created. You may need to insert the yarn through the same hole more than once.

11. Continue until you have filled the entire design. Check the side opposite the pencil side of the plate to ensure the entire snowflake is outlined with yarn.

12. Flip the plate over to the pencil side. Cut the yarn tail close to the plate, then secure both the yarn end and the beginning knot with a piece of tape.

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Christmas Play-Doh Party Favors Tutorial


Looking for a cute favor to set out at your holiday party? These Christmas Play-Doh containers will keep your younger guests entertained and they look super cute on display! There are endless Christmas combinations, and all you’ll need is a few simple craft materials. Today, we’ll be showing you how to make the reindeer Play-Doh favor – Once you have the basics down, let your creativity run wild!

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

Things you’ll need:
Play-Doh
Construction Paper
Red and White Pompoms
Red and Blue Ribbon
Black and Brown Pipe Cleaners
Scissors
Craft Glue
Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks
Googly Eyes

Things to do:
1. Measure the sides of your Play-Doh container and cut a piece of red construction paper that will wrap around and fully cover the container. You’ll also need to cut a 1/8-inch white paper strip that will wrap around the rim of the lid and a black paper strip that will wrap around the center of the Play-Doh container.


2. Use craft glue to hold your paper strips in place.




3. Cut a small black square and use craft glue to secure it to the center of your black paper strip. This will be Santa’s belt.

4. Use craft glue to add two googly eyes to the center of the Play-Doh container.


5. Pull a cotton ball apart to create a small beard. Use glue to attach it under the eyes.

6. Roll a piece of red paper into a cone shape and measure it to fit on the top of the Play-Doh lid. Use hot glue to hold it in place.


7. Glue a white pompom to the top of Santa’s hat.

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Kid Inspired Wooden Spool Menorah Tutorial


This menorah is perfect for kids. It’s flameless, and kids can even help make it.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes active time, plus time for paint to dry
Age range: 6 and up

Things you’ll need:
Eight 2-1/8″ wooden spools
One 3″ wooden spool
1 1/2 ” high number stickers
Acrylic paint in Award Blue and Blue Bonnet
Foam brush
Woodless colored pencils

Things to do:
1. Using the foam brush, apply two coats of paint to each wooden spool, painting five spools with Blue Bonnet and six spools with Award Blue.

Tip: You may want to paint the top of each spool, then go back and paint the bottom of each spool. This will keep things less messy and avoid smearing the paint when you’re holding the spools.
2. Allow the spools to dry between coats, then allow the spools to dry completely after the last coat.

3. Line the spools up, alternating the light blue and dark blue spools. Place the large spool in the center.

4. Carefully apply number stickers 1-8 to each smaller spool. (Do not add a number to the large spool.) Center the number as best you can on each spool.

5. Place one colored pencil into the large spool. During Hanukah, instead of lighting a candle, add a pencil each night.

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DIY Wood Slice Snowman Ornament


Here is how to make your own adorable Wood Slice Snowman Ornament:

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 hours plus paint drying time.
Age range: 5+ (if you use kids glue)

Things you will need:
Small Birch Wood Slices
“Building a Snowman” Buttons
Red and White Baker’s Twine
White Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Bright Red Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint

Things to do:
1. Paint the outside edge of the small birch wood slice with the white Apple Barrel acrylic paint. Then continue painting towards the center until the circle is filled with paint. Repeat with the remaining two wood slices. Allow the paint to dry.

2. Glue two smaller buttons from the Holiday Collection “Building a Snowman” Buttons set onto the front of the smallest wood slice. I used hot glue for this tutorial, however for children under 10, Elmer’s glue would also work, however drying time would be increased.

3. Glue on the carrot button onto the middle of the wood slice, centered between the button eyes.

4. With the Bright Red Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint, paint a smile onto the wood slice, under the carrot nose.

5. Glue on top hat button onto the top of the wood slice. Since the top hat button has a curve, the hat fit best on the left side on the wood slice.

6. Place a drop of glue on one end of the middle sized wood slice.

7. Press the middle sized wood slice to the bottom of the smallest wood slice. Hold together for about a minute. Repeat with third (largest) wood slice and middle wood slice.

8. Place a large drop of glue on the back of the snowman ornament where the wood slices meet. For extra security, you could also glue on a popsicle stick to the back of the snowman ornament. Allow glue to dry completely.

9. Glue three larger buttons from the Holiday Collection “Building a Snowman” Buttons set to the front of the bottom two wood slices. Glue one button on where the two bottom slices meet for extra security.

10. Tie some red and white baker’s twine around the the neck of the snowman ornament. Before tying the twine in a bow, place a drop of glue in the middle of the tie. Allow to dry. This will help keep the bow twine in place and give a little extra security to the ornament.

11. Tie the red and white baker’s twine into a bow. Place another drop of glue in the middle of the bow, to keep the bow from coming undone. Trim the length of the excess twine. Allow glue to dry.

12. Thread some red and white baker’s twine through the top hat button hole. Then tie the string into a secure knot.

13. Trim down the edges of the excess string, then move the knot inside the button hole of the top hot button. Then, place a drop of glue onto of the knot inside the button hole.
Voila! You now have you own DIY Wood Slice Snowman Ornament.

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Popsicle Sled Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

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Paint a simple, rustic sled ornament to hang on your tree or give as a gift! Mix and match different types of pine and different adornments to give each its own unique look.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Mini popsicle sticks
Bakers twine
Paint
Fake pine sprigs
Bells
Hot glue
Hot glue gun

Things to do:
1. Paint 5 mini popsicle sticks a dark burgundy color. Layer as many coats as necessary to achieve the desired color.
2. Lie 4 popsicle sticks together, side by side.
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3. Glue the fifth popsicle stick across the top of the four sticks. As you are gluing the fifth on, move the four slightly so they don’t line up perfectly even.
4. Cut a sprig of pine and glue it on to the top of the sled.
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5. Glue a jungle bell on either side of the sprig.
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6. Create a bow out of bakers twine and glue it at the base of the pine sprig.
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7. Cut a length of bakers twine a couple inches long and glue one end on either side of the sled, at the top.
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Rainforest in a Jar Tutorial


This project is a fun activity and great teaching tool! Take time to tell your kids about different climates as they carefully craft their own terrarium.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up *Younger ages will need help with hot glue.

Things you’ll need:
Moss
Mason jar
Succulents
Scissors
Hot glue/glue sticks
Plastic animals

Things to do:
1. Use hot glue to cover the lid of your mason jar with moss.


2. Trim the stems of your succulents and use glue to secure them to the mossy mason jar lid.


3. Arrange your animals in the terrarium.


4. Flip the jar upside down and screw it onto your lid.

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Apple Block Print T-Shirt Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 45 minutes, plus 5 hours drying time for paint
Age range: 6 and up, with adult supervision using knife

Things you’ll need:
Apple
Kitchen knife
Foam brush
Paintbrush
Paper plate, wax paper, or another surface for paint palette
Cardboard to fit inside t-shirt
Crystal Gel Pacific Blue Scribbles 3D Fabric Paint
Iridescent Aloha Orchid Scribbles 3D Fabric Paint
Iridescent Shamrock Green Scribbles 3D Fabric Paint
White t-shirt
Leaves Stencil

Things to do:
1. Using a kitchen knife, cut the apple in half at the stem. (Resist eating one of the halves! You will need both for the project.)

2. Slip cardboard inside the t-shirt so that the paint won’t bleed through to the other side.

3. Add a dollop of Pacific Blue paint to your palette. Dip the foam brush into the paint, making sure it’s not too thick.

4. Paint the flat side of one of the apple halves with the paintbrush, covering the surface completely.

5. Press the apple onto the t-shirt firmly. Do not move the apple from side to side.

6. Lift the apple from the t-shirt.

7. Repeat steps 4-7 until you have added as many blue apples as you’d like.

8. Using the small paintbrush, go back and add a thin line at the top middle of each apple to create stems.

9. Repeat steps 3-7, this time adding Aloha Orchid to your palette and printing purple apples.

10. Using the small paintbrush, add a stem to the top middle of each apple.

11. Allow about an hour for the paint to dry – just enough that the paint won’t stick to your leaf stencil.
12. Choose a leaf from the leaf stencil. Place the leaf beside the stem of one of the apples.

13. Add Shamrock Green paint to your palette, then use the paintbrush to stencil a leaf. Don’t put too much paint on the brush, otherwise it might smudge.

14. Repeat step 14 for all the apples. We alternated the side of the apple that we stenciled the leaf for each row, but you can arrange it however you’d like.

15. Allow 4 hours for all the paint to dry, and allow 72 hours before washing the shirt as directed on the manufacturer’s instructions.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Treat Bags Tutorial

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These cute little turkeys make great party favors. Try adding a few different colors of tulle for a rainbow of feathers.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Tulle
Pipe cleaner
Googly eyes
Reeces pieces

Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of tulle about 12 inches long and fold it in half.
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2. Place a small handful of candy in the center of the tulle.
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3. Cut a piece of pipe cleaner about an inch long.
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4. Bunch the tulle with the candy in the middle and secure closed with the pipe cleaner. Fluff up the ends of the tulle and turn the bunch of candy slightly on its side so the ends of the tulle stick up in the back.
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5. Cut a piece of pipe cleaner a couple inches long. Fold the pipe cleaner to create three toes and a leg. Repeat for the second leg.
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6. Stick the legs into the bottom of the turkey.
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7. Cut a light brown piece of pipe cleaner a few inches long and fold the end over to create a head.
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8. Cut a small piece of orange pipe cleaner and wrap it around the base of the “head” to create a beak.
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9. Cut a small piece of red pipe cleaner and wrap it around the base of the head/beak with an end hanging down.
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10. Glue the eyes to the head, one eye on either side of the beak.
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11. Stick the head into the top of the turkey.
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How to Make a Thanksgiving Turkey Hair Clip

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Festive hair clips add that little bit of extra fun to your little one’s wardrobe. Make an easy turkey hair clip using this template and a few scraps of felt.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Hair clip
Felt
Hot glue
Hot glue gun
Googly eyes
Scissors
Template

Things to do:
1. Cut the pieces from felt.
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2. Line up the smaller feather piece over the large feather piece, along the bottom straight edge and glue them together.
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3. Position the turkey body over the feathers, lining up the bottom of the body with the bottom of the turkey feathers and glue in place.
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4. Glue on the google eyes.
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5. Glue on the beak.
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6. Line up the bottom, flat edge of the feathers with the edge of the hair clip and glue in place.
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