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Homemade Christmas Ornaments

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Easy Christmas Ornaments for Kids to Make

During the holiday season one fun craft project you can try is to make your own Christmas Ornaments. If your family does not celebrate Christmas, but a different holiday season you can still have a lot of fun making these crafts. These projects can also make excellent gifts for your parents.


Leaf Art

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Fall Leaf Arts and Crafts | Make a Leaf Book

As Autumn approaches and the leaves begin to fall off the trees, we start to think about fun fall crafts. Leaf art is a great fall activity, but you don't have to wait for the leaves to fall off the trees to make some leaf art. Below you will read about how to create a leaf print book. To make a little book like this, you will be able to combine a few different types of leaf crafts.


Kids Crafts | Paper Chain Garland

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Paper Chain Garland

You will need:
- scissors
- glue or double stick tape or stapler
- red, white and green construction paper


How To Make Lavender Wands

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How To Make Lavender Wands

This May, if you are looking for a new craft project, try making Lavender Wands. These delightful crafts are fun to make and when  you're finished you have a fresh-smelling lavender wand. Lavender wands can be used to freshen you drawers and closets while also keeping away the moths. Even better, lavender wands also make fabulous gifts. If you find that you enjoy making these wands you can make enough to give to all your friends and neighbors as springtime gifts.

You will need:

1/2" to 5/8" ribbon

Step 1. Pick between 12 and 14 stems of fresh lavender. Make sure to cut the stems long -- to make a nice lavender wand you need to have plenty of stem. When you cut the stems you may have some leaves left on the stem -- carefully remove the leaves before starting to make your wands. It is also best to allow the lavender to sit for a bit, in order to allow the stems to wilt slightly.

Step 2. Once you have picked your lavender, bundle the stems together with all of the flowers together on one end. When you have the lavender bundled together, tie the bundle together with a small piece of string at the base of the flowers. Make sure you tie the bundle together very tightly. Then tie one end of your ribbon around your bundle in the same place you tied the string.

Step 3. Holding the the bundle upside down, with the stems facing up, begin bending the stems down. You want to bend the stems down so the are evenly distributed around the flowers, creating a sort of cage around the flowers. Once you have all of the stems folded over, hold the stems together below the flowers.

Step 4. Pull the long end of the ribbon from inside the cage. Once you have the ribbon on the outside of the cage you are ready to start weaving the lavender wand. Weave the ribbon in and out of the lavender stems. The technique is to carefully weave the ribbon over one stem then under another, then over again. You want the ribbon to be woven tightly around the stems, but be careful during the weaving process not to pull out any of the flowers from the inside. As you are weaving down around the stems you will want each round of ribbon to touch the round before it, but not overlap. Continue weaving down, until the ribbon has reached the bottom of the flowers.

Step 5. Make sure the woven ribbon around the stems and flowers is tight.  Now tie a knot with the ribbon. At this point you can use the remaining ribbon to make a decorative bow, leaving the remainder of the stems unwoven. Or you could wind the ribbon down around the stems until you reach the bottom of the stems, then wind the ribbon back up the stems until you reach the flowers again and tie a decorative bow at the base of the flowers.

Step 6. As the lavender flowers and stems dry, your woven ribbon may loosen, so you will need to tighten it up again. At this point you have a finished lavender wand and can put it in your drawers, hang it in you closet, or give it away as you choose.

How to Make a July 4th Rock

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Rockin' July 4th

Paint your own rock -- 4th of July style! Your rock will make a great table decoration, door stop, paper weight, or memento of the trip.


a large, clean, and smooth stone
a pencil
red, white, and blue tempera paint
paint brushes
varnish or other glossy finish (not required)

Begin by using your pencil to sketch out the flag.  Make a square in the upper left for stars and paint that blue.  While you let that paint dry, paint all the rest of your rock white.

Let the paint dry.  Next, use your pencil to lightly draw stripes in the white paint (if you can, fit all 13 stripes.  Hint: the top and bottom stripes should be red.) You might consider using a pencil or straight stick as a guide to help you make the lines.  Paint in the red stripes.

Paint some white stars on the blue area.  In the real US flag there are 50 white stars that represent the 50 U.S. states, but you might consider having fewer, especially if your stone is on the small side. If you'd like a shiny finish, coat with an acrylic varnish after the paint has dried completely.

How to Make a Yule Log

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Yule Log

Burning a yule log in the fire is a holiday tradition in Britain and other parts of Europe, but it's actually a fun thing to do during any season.  You'll find everything you need in the great outdoors - no need to bring anything from home!

a small log or branch, suitable for burning in your campfire
and anything else you find that can go into your campfire (no plastic or metal)

Lay your log down flat and use your leaves and flowers to decorate it however you like.  If you have vines, these can act as string to hold things on.  If there aren't any vines, long dandelion and other flower stems can work just as well.  That night, when your fire is going well, toss your yule log into the fire while you make a wish for the coming year.

How to Make a Yarn Octopus

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How to Make a Yarn Octopus

a skein of yarn
a pair of old socks (balled) or a Styrofoam ball

Cut off ten 6-inch pieces of yarn to use as ties.  Then cut 70-100 2-foot pieces of yarn (depending on how large you want your octopus to be).  Line up all of your pieces so that their ends are together.  If needed, trim off the end to even them up.  Take one of your short pieces and tie the 2-foot lengths together, about two inches from the end.  

Insert your balled sock or Styrofoam ball right under this tied end.  This forms the head of your octopus.  Arrange the yarn so that it covers the ball completely on all sides.  Use another tie to close the yarn under the head (forming a neck).  

Separate the remaining yarn into eight even sections.  Braid each one and tie off the end with one of your short strips.  Your octopus makes a great gift!

How to Make Bird Seed Pine Cones

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How to Make Bird Seed Pine Cones


How to Make Bird Seed Pine Cones | Appropriate for kids of all ages with adult supervision. Feed the birds at home or at your campground.


Making Apple and Potato Stamps

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Making Apple and Potato Stamps

Apple and Potato stamps are an easy way to have fun and create some beautiful art. This project requires relatively few supplies, but will require supervision for younger children.

You will need:
Fresh apples and/or large potatoes (each apple or potato will make two stamps)
Clean-up Supplies

Start by washing your potatoes and apples well. The first part of this project is the creation of the stamps, which requires the use of a sharp knife. It is important for younger children to be well supervised at this point, it may even be a good idea for an adult to do the steps that involve using a knife.

Step one is to cut the apples and potatoes in half. Make sure the cuts are nice and clean, as any mistakes will be apparent when the apple and potato halves are used as stamps. At this point you can leave the apples halves whole and use them just as apple shaped stamps. You can also use the halves to create more complex stamps.

In order to create a more complex stamp, you start by drawing the outline of the shape into the center of the apple or potato half. Once the outline is clearly drawn in, use the knife to cut the outline into the apple or potato, the cut should be about a quarter of an inch deep. After the outline is cut, carefully carve away the outer edge of the apple or potato away from the outline cut. Make these cuts from the outside in, until you reach the cut of the outline. You will want to cut away about a quarter inch of the apple or potato, leaving just the shape that you drew into the apple or potato as a stamp.

When your stamp is made, pour a small layer of paint into a plate. Spread the paint throughout the base of the plate. You can dip the stamp or apple half into the layer of paint, or you can use a paint brush to apply the paint to the stamp. Then, place the stamp paint side down onto the object you are decorating.

You can use these stamps to decorate clothing, create pictures or anything else that could use some decoration and absorbs paint. When you are planning your project, make sure that you decide what type of object you want to decorate and also make sure you have the correct type of paint for that object.


Kids Crafts | Tie Dye

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How to Give Tie Dye a Try

Tie Dying is a great way to spend a day. You have the opportunity to be creative and create a truly unique piece of art. Even better than having a one of a kind piece of art, this is a piece of art that you can wear. When you are preparing to tie dye, you first have to choose what you want to create.  You can make t-shirts, handkerchiefs, sheets, pillow cases and more.


Kids Cooking | Sugaring Flowers

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Learn How to Make Sugared Flowers - Yes you can eat them!

Summertime is a great opportunity to practice some new flower crafts. It's amazing how many different crafts use fresh flowers. You can press flowers, but if you have access to edible flowers, you can enjoy a much sweeter flower craft. Sugaring flowers is a simple, delicious, and fun way to preserve and enjoy edible flowers. Once you have perfected your skills, you can use them to decorate delicious cakes and other food items.


How to Make a Clove-Orange Decoration

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Clove-Orange Decoration

This little decoration is fun to make and smells amazing. Traditionally called pomanders, clove-stuck oranges were popular among medieval nobility.  You will need some adult supervision to make these, but for the most part you can do this project all on your own.

You will need:
An orange
Lots of cloves
A ribbon

Take the cloves and begin sticking them, stem first, into the orange. You can put the cloves into the orange in any pattern you want. The cloves can be arranged in spirals, in lines, or any other shape you can think of. If you're having trouble with the cloves breaking, try using a blunt needle to make holes in the orange peel first, then stick the clove in.  When you are finished, your orange will be completely covered in cloves. After you have all of the cloves in, use the ribbon to hang the orange as an ornament.

At this point you will probably need some help from an adult. The best way to attach the ribbon to the orange is to sew the ribbon together; otherwise it is very difficult to get the ribbon to stay on the orange. Once your ribbon is sewed together around the orange with a loop on top for hanging, you are ready to find the perfect place for your new holiday ornament. Make sure you find a place where everyone can enjoy the delicious smell of the cloves and orange.


How to Make a First Aid Kit on a Ribbon

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How to Make a First Aid Kit on a Ribbon

a film canister with lid
two arm-lengths of ribbon
first aid supplies: band-aids, antiseptic wipes, safety pins, money for a phone call, tiny flashlight, and/or piece of hard candy.

Punch holes in the sides of the film canister and run your ribbon through the holes, then tie it off at the right length to wear around your neck.  Cut off the extra ribbon.  Fill the canister with your first aid supplies.

How to Make Beaded Safety Pins

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How to Make Beaded Safety Pins

You can add a pretty design to your jacket or backpack when you decorate safety pins with differently colored beads.  Make single pins to give away to friends, or line up a number of pins to make a block design.


Colored beads
Safety pins (medium or small size)

To make a single pin, just open the pin, slide on the beads you want, and lock it closed.  For a block design, use a paper and pens to map out a small, square picture you want.  Draw a grid (or use graph paper) and color in the blocks with different colors.  Try drawing a tree, a campfire, a moon, or a sailboat.  When you're finished, open a number of safety pins.  Each pin represents one column (up and down row) of the grid.  Load on beads that match the colors on your grid, taking care to always start from the same end of the grid, so all your pins line up in the same direction.  Pin them onto your backpack!

How to Make a Flower Sachet

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How to Make a Flower Sachet

cloth fabric (large pieces)
pinking shears (regular scissors will work if you don't have pinking shears)
string or ribbon
dried flowers
bowl or mug to use as a pattern

To dry your flowers, pick them and tie them together in bundles.  Hang the bundles upside down in a cool area that doesn't get much sunlight, such as a closet or pantry.  When the petals are dry enough to crumble in your hand, take the bundles down.

Remove the flower heads (you might want to do this outside) and place them in a bowl.  Place the small bowl or large mug mouth-down on your fabric and trace around it with a pencil.  Then use your pinking shears to cut out the circle.  Drop a few spoonfuls of dried flower petals into the middle of the circle and pull the edges together.  Tie it shut with the ribbon.
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