Category: Kid's Arts and Crafts

5-Minute Spooky Spiderweb Tealight Luminaries

Get spooky this Halloween with the spiderweb candle! These little jars make great centerpieces for a themed dinner or add an eerie look to windowsills at night.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Small mason jar
White yarn
Battery-operated tealight
Small spiders
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Hot glue a piece of yarn to the top of your mason jar, just below the rim.
2. Wrap the yarn around the jar in random patterns, using hot glue occasionally to secure it in place.
3. Use hot glue to secure the end when you have enough “cobwebs.”
4. Hot glue the spider onto the side of the jar.
5. Place the battery operated tealight in the jar and replace the lid.

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Quick and Easy Yarn Ghost Garland Tutorial

Looking for a Spooktacular craft to do with your kids this fall? This ghost garland is the perfect pick! All you need is a few basic supplies for an afternoon of fun!

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

Things you’ll need:
White yarn
Black yarn
Scissors
Googly eyes
11-inch book

Things to do:

  1. Wrap white yarn around a book 100 times.
  2. Cut the yarn at both ends, creating two separate bundles of yarn (This will make two ghosts). Repeat steps 1-2 until you have created your desired number of ghosts.
  3. Next, measure the length you want your garland to be and cut a piece of jute.
  4. Fold the yarn bundle in half over the jute. Tie it together with a piece of black yarn, 1″ from the top.
  5. Peel and stick your google eyes to the front of your ghost.
  6. Finish adding all of your yarn bundles until the length of jute is full of ghosts.
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DIY Memory Game Tutorial

Keep the little ones busy with a craft and a game! This project is perfect for all ages and provides hours of fun, even after the paints have been put away.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 45 minutes
Age range: 6 and up

Things you’ll need:
24 Wood disks
Acrylic paint (12 colors)
Paint brush
1/2″ Alphabet stencils
Muslin bag
Stencil brush

Things to do:

  1. Paint your wood disks with 12 different colors of paint. There should be two disks painted with every color.
  2. Use the end of a paintbrush to add polka dots on the blank side of your wood disk.
  3. Spray the painted disks with clear coat spray.
  4. Stencil “memory” on the muslin bag and let the paint dry before adding disks to the inside.
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Thanksgiving Pinecone Turkey Tutorial


For this tutorial I used hot glue, however if you are working with young children, you may also use Elmer’s Glue. My three year old daughter crafted along with me with Elmer’s glue, however the drying time is significantly longer with Elmer’s glue. Here is how to make your own DIY Pinecone Turkey:

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour plus paint drying time.
Age range: 10+ (3+ if using kid safe glue)

Things you’ll need:
Pinecones
Googly Eyes
Orange Felt Sheets
Orange Feathers
Dark Brown Feathers

Things to do:
1. The googly eyes already have a sticky back, so you may stick them directly to the front of the pinecone. For extra security, I highly recommend placing some glue on the back of the eyes.

2. Cut a small triangle from the Orange Stiffened Felt Sheets. Place a small amount of glue to the back of the felt, then stick the orange felt piece to the front of the pinecone.

3. Place a small amount of glue on the back of the pinecone, then place a few Orange Natural Loose Turkey Feathers into the glue.

4. Continue placing on the back of the pinecone, then adding more feathers until desired amount of feathers has been reached.

5. For additional security, add a big drop of glue covering all the feathers ends. Then allow the glue to dry.

7. Place a small amount of glue on the bottom of the Dark Brown Natural Loose Goose Satinette Feathers. Then, slide the brown feathers behind the pinecone, sandwiching the brown feathers between the pinecone and the feathers.

Here is my 3 year old’s version with Elmer’s glue. We left it out to dry overnight. She decided upon more colorful feathers.

Voila! You now have your own DIY Pinecone Turkey.

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How to Make a Galaxy Pumpkin


Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes, plus 5 hours for drying paint
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Painter’s tape
White pumpkin
Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Flat Black Spray Paint
Paint brush (stiff bristles work best)
Acrylic paints in blue, purple, pink, and white
Natural Sea Silk Sponge
Old toothbrush

Things to do:
1. Using the painter’s tape, tape the stem of the pumpkin until it is completely covered.

2. Using the black spray paint, paint the pumpkin, holding the spray paint about 6-8″ from the pumpkin. Allow the spray paint to dry for 1 hour.

3. When the paint is dry, spread a small amount of blue acrylic paint onto a palette. Dip the stiff paintbrush into the paint, then brush the paintbrush back and forth to remove some of the paint.

4. Using the paintbrush, paint large blue circles onto the pumpkin. For a galaxy-like look, try not to paint circles that are too solid in color; the stiff, dry brush will help with that.

5. Allow the paint to dry for 1 hour.

6. Repeat step 4, this time with purple paint, adding the purple paint on top of the blue paint in a few places. Do not cover the blue paint completely. Allow to dry for 1 hour.

7. Using the sponge, apply pink paint, adding the pink paint on top of the purple paint. You can also add pink paint on solid black parts of the pumpkin. This should look random, so use your creative judgement. Allow to dry for 1 hour.

8. Using an old toothbrush, tap gently onto the white paint. Hold the toothbrush near the pumpkin, then rub your finger across the bristles, sending tiny dots of paint onto the pumpkin.

9. Apply the white paint all over the pumpkin for a real outer space look. Allow the white paint to dry for 1 hour.

10. Remove the painter’s tape from the pumpkin stem.

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DIY Felt Owl Mask Tutorial


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

Things you’ll need:
Paper Mache Domino Mask
Scissors
Sewing pin
White elastic jewelry cord
Tracing tool such as pen or marker
Glue gun and glue sticks
Charcoal Felt Sheets
Gray Felt Sheets
Yellow Felt Sheet

Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of elastic that fits snugly from one edge of the mask to the other around the back of your head.

2. Using the sewing pin, poke a hole in the mask on the outside of the eye, close to the edge. You may need to wiggle the pin around just a bit to make the hole bigger.

3. Insert the elastic into the hole, then knot it.

4. Pull so that the knot rests against the mask.

5. Repeat steps 2-3 for the opposite side of the mask.

6. Using the tracing tool, draw a feather shape onto the light gray felt and cut it out. We drew two different feather sizes: Our feather shapes measured about 7/8″ wide and were 1 1/4 ” and 1 3/4 ” tall. The feathers do not have to be perfect!

7. Using the cut feather as a template, trace additional feathers onto the light gray and charcoal sheets.

8. Cut out all the traced feather shapes.

9. We drew around 13 feathers in each size and color, but if you need more feathers later you can always cut out more. Set these feathers to the side for now.

10. Place the mask flat on the gray felt. Using the tracing tool, trace around the top of the mask, tracing just above the eyes. You do not need to tilt the mask as the top part will not be covered.

11. Trace the eyes of the mask.

12. Trace around the sides and the bottom of the mask, this time tilting the mask to make sure you’re tracing the entire surface. It’s best to trace a larger outline, since you can fold over the excess felt later when you’re attaching it to the mask.

13. Cut around the outline of the mask.

14. To cut the eyes, fold the felt over and use the scissors to create a small snip in the fold.

15. Insert the scissors through the slit and cut the eyes. Set the felt outline aside for now.

16. Begin layering the felt feathers by hot gluing the first layer across the top of the mask. Glue feathers side by side without any space between them.

17. Add a second layer of feathers just below that, again gluing the feathers side by side.

18. Add two more rows of felt, this time overlapping the feathers as you glue.

19. When you are happy with the feather placement, glue the felt mask onto the paper mache starting with the top part of the mask.

20. Hot glue the felt mask around the eyes.

21. Hot glue the felt mask around the bottom.

22. If you have excess felt along the edge, hot glue the excess felt to the inside of the mask to hide it.

23. To create the owl’s nose, use scissors to clip across the corner of the gold felt.

24. Hot glue the nose to the mask.

25. Remove any excess hot glue from the mask.

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DIY Flowers and Leaves Halloween Mask

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

Things you’ll need:
Paper Mache Mask
Meadow Green acrylic paint
Paintbrush
Scissors
Wire cutters
Purple Mum Bush
Mauve Mum Bush
Green artificial rose leaves
Glue gun and glue sticks
Sewing pin
White elastic jewelry cord

Things to do:
1. Using the green acrylic paint and a paintbrush, paint one coat of paint onto the mask.

2. While the mask is drying, begin cutting the flower petals. Cut petals close to the stem, cutting about 32 purple petals and 7 mauve petals. (You can always cut more later if you need them.)

3. Using wire cutters, trim the stems away from the rose leaves.

4. When the mask is dry, hot glue the rose leaves to the mask one at a time, making sure the right side of the leaf is facing out. Start by filling in the top of the mask, filling from the outside edges in toward the middle.

5. When you reach the inside edge of the eye, begin to glue rose leaves from the outside in on the other side of the mask.

6. When you reach the inside edge of the eye, hot glue two rose leaves in the top center of the mask.

7. Begin to hot glue leaves along the bottom of the mask, starting from the inside and working your way outside on one side.

8. When one side is full, repeat step 7 on the opposite side of the mask.

9. Glue purple petals around the one eye, again making sure the right side of the petals is facing out so that the petals lie flat.

10. Repeat step 9, gluing petals around the opposite eye.

11. Hot glue flower petals until you have covered the entire circumference of both eyes.

12. Hot glue three mauve petals to the center of the mask between the eyes.

13. Using the mauve petals again, hot glue two petals to the outside edge of each eye.

14. Use your fingers to remove the excess hot glue from the mask.

15. Cut a length of elastic that’s long enough to fit snugly around your head, measuring from one outside edge of your eye, around the back of your head, and to the other eye.

16. Flip the mask over and using the sewing pin, punch a hole through the mask just beside the top outside edge of the eye. You may need to wiggle the pin around just a bit to make the hole bigger.

17. Insert the elastic from back to front through the hole, then tie a knot in the end of the elastic to secure it, then pull the elastic so that the knot rests on the front of the mask.

18. Repeat steps 16-17 on the opposite side of the mask.

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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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