Articles tagged with: crafts

Mar11

Kids Crafts | St Paddy's Day

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Kids Crafts | St Paddy's Day

St Paddy's Day Crafts

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St. Paddy's Day is a great time to enjoy some fun craft projects. Share the holiday with your friends and family by sending fun cards. Make sure that you remember to wear something green on St. Paddy's Day. If you want to really go wild, make sure to wear lots of green.

Jul25

Kids Crafts | Christmas Tree Ornament

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Christmas Tree Ornament

You will need:
- scissors
- green construction paper
- glue
- popsicle sticks
- glitter and other decorations
- string

Start by laying the popsicle sticks in a triangle on top of the green paper. Put a loop of string at the top of the triangle. Put a dot of glue on top of the two ends of the string. Then glue the popsicle sticks down over the string, in a triangle. Next cut out a tree shape from the green paper, start by cutting around the edges of the popsicle triangle, and cut out a rectangle at the bottom of the triangle. This gives you a tree shaped ornament.

The next step is to color the rectangle at the bottom brown to represent the trees trunk. Now you can decorate your tree however you want. Be as creative as possible, using glitter markers and any other fun craft supplies you might have.

May03

Crafts | Homemade Candles

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Crafts | Homemade Candles

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A Handmade Gift for Mom | Candles | Mother's Day is an important opportunity during the year for you to make something special for your Mom.

Sep01

Kids Crafts | Crafts for Grandparents Day

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Kids Crafts | Crafts for Grandparents Day

Celebrate Grandparents Day

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Each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day we have an official day to celebrate our grandparents.

Although we should celebrate our grandparents more often than once a year, it is fun to have an official day to celebrate how great your grandparents are. Here are a few suggestions to help you have a wonderful Grandparents Day this year.

Jun22

How to Make a First Aid Kit on a Ribbon

Categories // Nature Crafts

How to Make a First Aid Kit on a Ribbon


Supplies
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.

Directions
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.
Jun22

How to Make Beaded Safety Pins

Categories // Nature Crafts

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.

Supplies

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!
Jun09

How to Make Luminarias

Categories // Paper Crafts

How to Make Luminarias


Luminarias are candle lanterns that are used to line walkways for nighttime parties and get-togethers.  Your luminarias can be very simple or complicated.  It's up to you!

Supplies
votive candles
paper bags
scissors
sand

With your scissors, cut designs in the sides of the paper bag that will allow light to shine through.  Smaller shapes work best, and many small holes will let light scatter all around your lantern.

When you're satisfied with the look of your luminaria, pour a few cups of sand into the bag.  This weighs it down and keeps the bag and candle from blowing away.  Nestle your votive candle in the sand and set the luminaria in place along a walkway.  When night falls, light the candle.
Jun09

How to Make a Flower Sachet

Categories // Nature Crafts

How to Make a Flower Sachet


Supplies
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.
Dec19

Kids Cooking | Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

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Kids Cooking | Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

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How to Make Gingerbread Ornaments, Cookies & Houses

One amazing winter tradition is making gingerbread with your friends and family. You can make gingerbread cookies, gingerbread houses and more. Depending on what you want to do you can make gingerbread that is great for eating, or make structural gingerbread which will make your gingerbread house last for a long time in a nice dry environment. When you make your gingerbread make sure to bring along your fun loving and creative spirit and you will be sure to have an amazing gingerbread experience.

Dec10

Kids Crafts | Christmas and Winter Crafts

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Crafts to Brighten the Holidays

When the weather turns chilly and it's too damp to go outside, why not stay in and create your own homemade holiday decorations?  The whole family will love these kid-friendly crafts and activities, and they'll help you add a festive touch of holiday sparkle to your home.

Sep09

Fall Kids Craft Project | Leaf Print Painting

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Painting with Leaves

As summer changes to fall it becomes time to start planning more exciting indoor activities for days when the weather is poor. One great way to combine the beauty of fall with a good indoor and outdoor activity is to enjoy some leaf painting crafts. Painting is a fantastic and creative indoor activity for bad weather days and using leaves allows you to combine the fun of your indoor craft with enjoying the outdoors on good weather days. Here are some fun leaf painting crafts for kids of all ages.

Feb02

New Year Confetti Eggs

Categories // Painting

New Year Confetti Eggs


For this project you will need:
Eggs
Tissue Paper
A variety of colored paper and glitter for the confetti
Scissors
Glue

1. Crack your egg very carefully at the top, so there is a hole at the crown of the egg shell. Empty the contents of the eggs. The eggs can be set aside to use for cooking omelets or some other tasty snack. Carefully clean out the egg shell, making sure not to break it, then set aside to dry thoroughly.

2. While the egg shells are drying, cut up the decorative paper to make confetti. Mix all the confetti bits and glitter together in a bowl.

3. Now, cut circles out of the tissue paper. These circles should be large enough to cover the hole in the top of the egg shell.

4. When the egg shells are completely dry, carefully fill them with the confetti through the hole in the top.

5. When the egg is filled, spread glue around the edge of the hole in the shell. Place the tissue paper circle over the top of the hole and smooth it over the glue. Allow the glue to dry and you have fun confetti eggs!

When you eggs are dry, you can determine how you will celebrate with them, but in the end you have to smash them so the confetti will explode out like a mini confetti fire cracker (minus the fire)!
Jun22

How to Make a Yule Log

Categories // Nature Crafts

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!

Supplies
a small log or branch, suitable for burning in your campfire
leaves
flowers
twigs
vines
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.
Jun09

How to Make a Yarn Octopus

Categories // Nature Crafts

How to Make a Yarn Octopus


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

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!
Jun09

How to Make Garden Stakes

Categories // Painting

How to Make Garden Stakes


Garden stakes are markers that you place at the head or foot of a row to show what's planted there.  You can make stakes for every vegetable type in your garden.

Supplies
old wooden spoons
paint
markers
glue
seed packets
scissors

Begin by painting your wooden spoon in one solid color.  With scissors, cut out the picture on the front of your seed packet.  You might decide to cut out just the vegetable photo, or you may want to use it as a model and paint a picture of vegetable directly onto the spoon.  Use the glue to stick the packet onto the spoon.  When you're finished, "plant" your spoons handle-end first into the ground.
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