Articles tagged with: kids crafts

Jun22

How to Make Paper Plate Art

Categories // Painting

How to Make Paper Plate Art


You can make a variety of fun paintings and pictures out of a simple paper plate.  Use your imagination!

Supplies
Paper plates
Paints
Newspaper to put underneath your plate as you work
Glue
Pens

Directions for a watermelon picture
Paint the flat, inner circle of your plate red.  Using another plate, color a big patch black and cut out teardrop shaped seeds.  When your red paint dries, glue on the seeds.  Then paint the outside rim of the plate green.
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.

Sep27

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.

Dec13

How to Make a Baker's Dough Hand Print

Categories // Painting

Baker's Dough Hand Print

Baker's dough can also be used to make childhood handprints. Little handprints in baker's dough will be a true treasure for your parents.

You will need:
Flour
Water
Salt
Cookie cutters
Paint (acrylic paint works the best, but you can also use tempera paints or watercolors)
Ribbon

To make the dough:

Boil 3/4-cup water, put 1/2 cup salt in a bowl, and pour boiling water over the salt and stir. Cool the salt-water mixture; add 2 cups flour and mix. Knead the dough for approximately five minutes or until the dough is smooth and workable.

Instead of rolling it out thin, shape it into a large, thick circle. Press your hand into the dough to make a nice, clear, deep hand print. Once you have your hand print, you can write your name into the front or back of the dough along with the year that you made the print, so everyone will know whose hand print it is and how old you were when you made it.

You can also poke a hole into the top of your hand print dough.  This will allow you to add a ribbon to the hand print decoration, so your parents can hang it on the wall. You can also help younger siblings put together one of these hand print ornaments.

Adult supervision is still needed for the baking of the dough. The thicker hand print ornament will take much longer to bake than the thing cutout ornaments. If you don't want to bake the handprint, the dough can be air dried, but this will require that you leave the dough alone in a place where it can dry for multiple days.

Jun30

Decorated Napkin Rings

Categories // Paper Crafts

Decorated Napkin Rings


This is a great holiday activity!

Supplies:

White paper
Crayons
Tape
Scissors

Directions:

Cut each piece of paper into four long strips.  Color each strip on one side.  Roll each strip into a ring and tape it.  To use it, roll up your napkin and slide it inside the ring.  
Jun30

July 4th Campground Invitations

Categories // Paper Crafts

July 4th Campground Invitations

Whether you're having everyone over or are taking part in your campground's July 4th celebration, you can have a great time making Independence Day invitations.

Supplies:

Paper
Pens or crayons
Other decorations
Tape

Cut each piece of paper in half.  Using one sheet, fold it in half to make a book.  Decorate your invitations with stars and stripes, and tape them on the RV doors of people you want to invite.
Jun30

How to Make Glitter Fireworks

Categories // Drawing

Glitter Fireworks

Make your own fireworks with paper and glitter!  The black-paper background makes your "glitter"works pop like bombs bursting in air.  

Supplies:
black construction paper
red, blue, and white or silver glitter
white glue
newspapers for underneath the project
a straw (optional)

Working on top of newspapers, use the glue to make fireworks stars on your paper.  If your glue is soft, try dropping a blob on the paper and blowing on it through the straw.  See what kinds of shapes you make.

Sprinkle glitter onto the glue. Tip your paper up and slide the excess glitter off your picture and back into the glitter container.
    
Let the glue dry and display your picture!
Apr24

How to Make a Coconut Postcard

Categories // Nature Crafts

How to Make a Coconut Postcard

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You've heard of the coconut telegraph now there is the coconut postcard.  And yes they really are coconuts and the really can be mailed.

Feb03

Kids Crafts | Making Your Own Valentines

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Kids Crafts | Making Your Own Valentines

Share Your Heart With Your BFFs With a Homemade Valentine

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One fantastic way to really get into the spirit of Valentine's Day is to make your own Valentine's. These are great gifts for your loved ones, as well as your classmates. Use this fun holiday to show all those important people in your life how much you care about them by making personalized Valentines.

Oct04

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)
Knife
Pen
Paint
Plate
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.

Feb02

How to Make a Chinese Lantern

Categories // Paper Crafts

Chinese Lantern


For this craft project you will need:
1 piece heavy red paper, such as construction paper
Ruler
Scissors
Pencil
Stapler

1. Use a pencil and ruler to draw a straight line across the short edge of the paper, about 3/4" to 1" from the edge. Cut the strip off this line; this piece of paper will be the handle for your lantern.

2. Fold the paper in half lengthwise, a hot dog fold. Make sure all the edges line up straight. The side that will be on the inside of your lantern will be on the outside of the fold right now.

3. Use your ruler and pencil again to mark a line about 3/4 to 1 inch in from the open edge of the paper, just like the line for the handle, except on the long side this time.

4. Use your scissors to start cutting strips from the folded edge to the line you just drew. Each strip should be about 3/4 to 1 inch. These strips will not fall apart; the paper should still be attached along the far edge.  

5. Unfold the paper and refold it lengthwise, but inside out, so the line you drew on the paper will not show on the outside of the lantern.

6. Unfold your paper again, and roll it into a tube, so the edges just overlap. Staple the edges together. When it is assembled and you stand the lantern up, the strips you cut should be vertical.

7. Now, using the first strip you cut, staple one edge of the strip to the top edge of the lantern and staple the other end of the strip to the opposite side of the lantern. Your lantern now has a handle.

8. To finish you lantern press down on the top of the lantern so the cut strips balloon out at the fold.

You can hang up your finished lantern or even make a few and turn them into a garland for your New Year celebrations.
Dec13

Baker's Dough Ornaments

Categories // Painting

Baker's Dough Ornaments

Baker's dough is similar to cookie dough, but it is made only with water, flour, and salt. Although Baker's Dough seems like cookie dough, it cannot be eaten. The dough can be cut into shapes, painted, and - once cooked - will last forever. This project will require adult supervision and help since you need to use the oven.

You will need:
Flour
Water
Salt
Cookie cutters
Paint (acrylic paint works the best, but you can also use tempera paints or watercolors)
Ribbon

To make the dough:

Boil 3/4-cup water, put 1/2 cup salt in a bowl, and pour boiling water over the salt and stir. Cool the salt-water mixture; add 2 cups flour and mix. Knead the dough for approximately five minutes or until the dough is smooth and workable.

After you have the dough made, roll it out as you would regular cookie dough. Use holiday cookie cutters to cut the dough into the shapes you want. You can also cut out shapes by hand. Poke a hole into the top of each shape.  This will allow you to thread a ribbon through the ornament so it can be used as a hanging decoration.

Have an adult preheat the oven to 350 degrees and, when you are finished shaping your decorations, have your adult supervisor place the ornaments in the hot oven on a cookie sheet. Bake the decorations for approximately one hour or until they are hard.

Once the dough is baked, it can be painted. You can use whatever type of paints you want.  The decorations provide a great opportunity to express yourself through art. After you are finished decorating and the paint has dried, spray the ornaments with a clear shellac or polyurethane to preserve the paints and make the decorations shiny.
Jun30

Paper Fans

Categories // Paper Crafts

Paper Fans


Supplies:
paper
crayons, pens, or colored pencils

Color both sides of your paper.  Then, starting at one end, fold the paper over by about an inch.  Flip it over and fold that same amount again.  Work back and forth until your whole paper is folded like an accordion.  Let it spring open and grasp it by one end.  This fan is perfect for waving at the Fourth of July parade - or for shooing away bugs around the campfire.
Jun30

How to Make Beaded July 4th Safety-Pin Art

Categories // Painting

Beaded July 4th Safety Pin Art


Supplies:
13 medium (inch long) safety pins
red, white, and blue beads

Separate out six safety pins.  Slide beads along the pin of each one until you have three full pins of red and three of white beads.  Take the remaining pins and fill each one about two-thirds of the way, three with white beads and four with red.  Fill the rest of each pin with blue beads, adding in a white one from time to time to represent the 50 stars.  For an advanced challenge, try to design a circle of white beads into your blue patch.

When you're finished, pin the beads in the right order to make a downward-hanging flag on your backpack or jacket.  The blue goes in the upper left-hand corner, and the full red and white pins go to the right of that.  (Hint: Both the far left and far right edges are red.)
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