Posts Tagged "crafts"

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...

Candy Cane DIY Christmas Ornaments

Handmade Christmas ornaments make a heart-felt gift or add that special sparkle to your tree. Before buying a bunch of glittering holiday décor, get crafty with the kids and make a few of your own! There are hundreds of DIY ornament options out there. Whether you spend your days on Pinterest or have a favorite crafting blog, finding easy-to-make tree decorations isn’t exactly a challenge. If you’re looking for something that is truly super-simple, but still adds beauty to your home’s holiday look, these candy cane trees are perfect. Materials: Candy canes Ribbon in Christmas colors (red and green) or...

Christmas Candy Cane Craft

Are you looking for an easy Christmas craft? Pipe cleaner candy canes are cute as can be, but super simple to create! Whether you want to craft up some Christmas spirit yourself or are on the search for a kids’ art activity, this project is perfect for both children and adults. What can you do with the crafty candy canes? Gather a group of them together, tie the center with a bow and make a holiday bouquet. What else can you do? Lots and lots! Add them mock candy to a wreath, decorate a pine garland with them, tie a...

Hanukkah Dreidel Garland Craft

Celebrate Hanukkah with some festive décor! Instead of buying holiday decorations, the kids can help you craft your own homemade ones. A dreidel garland is easy to create, but still adds a splash of holiday spirit. As a bonus, this art activity helps your child to learn basic shapes. After the crafting is done, hang the dreidel garland up on a wall, around a window or on the edge of the dining room table. Materials: Card stock paper Cardboard Markers Scissors A hole punch Ribbon or yarn Instructions: Make a dreidel template. Use one edge of a piece of card...

Thanksgiving Scented Pinecone Craft

The sweet scent of cinnamon, a pinch of allspice and the fragrant scent of cloves. These are the smells of Thanksgiving! That said, you don’t have to spend all day baking in the kitchen just to make your home smell like you did. Store-bought ‘autumn’ or Thanksgiving themed air fresheners don’t exactly smell real – and a plastic-covered container isn’t festive to look at. Instead of going with a chemical scent, make your own using natural materials and real spices. Thanksgiving scented pinecones bring the smell of fall into your home, while giving you a decoratively crafty display. Materials: Pinecones...