Posts Tagged "crafts"

DIY July 4th Party Decor

You’re getting ready for July 4th. You’ve planned a holiday party, come up with a few cute kids’ crafts and have created a red, white and blue menu. But then you realize something – you forgot the party decorations. The holiday décor is what makes your family picnic or BBQ so very festive. And right now you have nothing. On top of that, it’s the day of the party and you have no time to run out to the store and buy centerpieces, tablecloths and streamers with the stars and stripes on them. What now? Check out these last-minute DIY...

3 Fun Father’s Day Card Crafts for Kids

It’s time to celebrate dad! That’s right, it’s Father’s Day. So what can your kids do for dad on this special day? Check out these easy-to-make kids’ card crafts. Paint Print Your child can draw a special picture just for dad, but not onto paper. What? Use the edge of a craft stick to draw the image onto a Styrofoam sheet or plate. Don’t use letters/words, as they will print as mirror images. Cover the drawing with a thin coat of paint, and then press a piece of paper on top. Pull the paper up to reveal the picture print....

Everyday Items to Recycle Into Earth Day Art Materials

Help your child to learn about her planet and celebrate Earth Day! April 22nd marks this eco-friendly holiday. If you’ve got a crafty kid, a few recycle and reuse art activities are in order on this special day. But, the Earth-focused fun shouldn’t stop there. Go on a house-wide scavenger hunt, collecting these eco-smart arts and crafts materials. Not only can your child use them on Earth Day itself, but she can use them throughout the year too! Cardboard Tubes Let’s start with which cardboard tube you should look for. Search for tubes that come from clean products/areas. Skip the...

Holiday DIY Felt Board Travel Craft

With the Christmas countdown in full swing you’re running all over the place getting last-minute gifts and prepping for the holiday meal. With all of your errands, the kids are getting stuck in the car more often than not. It seems like every car ride gets longer and your child’s whines (which are completely understandable) get louder. Instead of expecting your young child to sit patiently in that long line of mall traffic, keep her busy with this totally non-messy DIY car-ready felt board holiday craft. Materials: Colorful craft felt sheets A piece of cardboard (reuse the front of a...

Kids’ Halloween Pumpkin and Ghost Paint Prints

Kids can create cute Halloween paint prints to decorate cards, gift bags, trick-or-treat bags or almost anything else. This is an easy art activity that lets the kids get in on the holiday action, and create their own décor. Add the prints to crepe paper, cardboard, card stock, tissue or even fabric. Make pumpkins or ghosts—or have the kids alternate the two in a spooky pattern! Materials: Paper (any kind your child wants, or fabric) Tempera paint (white for ghost and orange for pumpkins—plus a few accent colors) A thin paintbrush Instructions: Pour the paint onto a palette. You can...

Reused Cardboard Tube Crafts for Earth Day

You’re feeling eco-friendly and are ready to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd! Get crafty and put all of those used cardboard tubes (from your paper towels) to re-use. How? Check out these easy Earth Day recycling art activities. Make an animal. Paint the tube, add a pair of googley eyes and craft a favorite creature. Glue on feet made from the side of a reused cardboard box (such as a cereal box) or add felt for texture. Build a castle. Cut the tubes into different sizes, tape or glue them to a large box and paint the castle! Draw...

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Card

Send a St. Patrick’s Day greeting with a sparkle! Whether you’re the crafty type, or you’ve got an art-loving child, this DIY is super-simple for everyone at almost every age. Send the greeting to family and friends or use it as a glitzy way to invite quests to a St. Patty’s Day party! Materials: Card stock paper – white, dark/bright green and light green Scissors A pencil Clear-drying school or craft glue A paintbrush Glitter – green and gold Instructions: Fold the white card stock in half from top to bottom (tent style). Fold the dark/bright green paper in the...

Mardi Gras Parade Mask Craft

Celebrate Fat Tuesday and through your own Mardi Gras parade – at home! If you can’t get to New Orleans for the festivities, you can have your own carnival with handmade costumes and crafty masks. Use the official Mardi Gras colors (gold, green and purple) as the focus of this easy-to-make art activity. Materials: Craft felt (in yellow, green or purple) A hole punch Ribbon (in metallic gold, green or purple) Glitter and craft feathers (again, in gold, green or purple) Clear-drying school glue Scissors A marker Instructions: Draw the mask design onto the felt. Create a football shape, an...

President’s Day Kids’ Coin Crafts

Put the commanders-in-chief on display in this artsy President’s Day activity! Celebrate historical giants such as Abraham Lincoln and George Washington with a crafty coin creation. How? If you have a penny and a quarter, you’re half way there. Start by showing your child the coins. Ask her to take a good look at them, noting the picture on the front. Talk about the pint-sized portraits on the coins (make sure that your child understands that these are our past presidents). Grab a piece of paper and a few markers or crayons. Cut the paper into a circle and invite...

Glitter Heart Valentine’s Day Card

Get crafty with your greeting cards for Valentine’s Day. Send your sweetie a handmade note or give your best friend a holiday wish that comes from the heart. Whether you’re a novice crafter, are looking for a project that your child can create or are simply searching for something simple, a glitter heart card is easy for everyone to make. Materials: White or light-colored card stock paper Clear-drying school glue A sponge-tipped paintbrush Glitter in two different colors Scissors Instructions: Cut a piece of card stock in half. Use half to make the card. Save the other half as scrap...