Posts Tagged "crafts"

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...

Valentine’s Day Heart Pillow Craft

Valentine’s Day crafts are all about the heart. Literally! This easy no-sew fabric project is simple enough for children as young as 3-years to try. Use craft felt to make a pretty pillow for a doll’s bed, a decoration or a sweet treat holder. Create a basic version or dress up the heart pillow with glitter, sequins and more! Materials: Craft felt in Valentine’s Day colors (pink, red or purple) Scissors A marker A hole punch Optional: Clear school glue, glitter, sequins, fabric pens Instructions: Fold an 8x10-inch sheet of craft felt in half. Make the heart any size that...

Christmas Tree DIY Craft Card

There’s still time to get your Christmas wishes in! If sending store-bought card seems somewhat impersonal, a hand-crafted one is an option for even the novice artist (kids included!). If you’re looking for a simple DIY answer to your Christmas card quandaries, this cotton swab paint print card is perfect for beginners. You can also trim down the card, making festive holiday gift tags too! Materials: 8x10-inch card stock paper (use white or a light-colored hue) Green tempera paint A few more colors of tempera (for the ornaments) Cotton swabs Scissors Instructions: Fold the card stock in half, from top...

Pine Cone Christmas Tree Ornaments

You picked up pine cone after pine cone when the fall weather started get chilly. Now that it’s almost Christmas, you can use these fall finds to make your own decorative ornaments. With a little bit of paint and a special snowy sparkle, both adults and kids alike can craft cute Christmas ornaments from plain pine cones. Materials: Pine cones Green and white tempera paints A paintbrush Glitter in silver or opal and any other colors that you choose (at least two or three different colors) Clear-drying school glue Fishing line or yarn Scissors Instructions: Paint the entire pine cone...