Posts tagged easy kid crafts

When Is a Leaf Not a Leaf?

When they are adorable little animals instead:

Have you ever seen such a sweet and pretty craft with leaves? ko-ko-ko KIDS have a wonderful imagination.

Visit their website for more ideas. They also have a really lovely Etsy shop.

Images: ko ko ko kids
via Sara Strand

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Rainy Day Mobile by Mini Eco

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Mini Eco Cloud and Rain Mobile Tutorial

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Mini Eco Cloud and Rain Mobile

Kate over at Mini Eco made this rainy day mobile craft for Okido magazine. Her crafts are unbelievably adorable and impeccably styled. If you’re looking for fun, colorful craft inspiration, her site should be one of your first stops.

Images: Mini Eco

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14 Fun, Easy (and Cheap!) Easter Crafts for Kids

My easy-to-make spring baskets were featured on iVillage along with several other great Easter craft ideas.

Thank you, iVillage!

Find the original tutorial here.

Image: Charlotte’s Fancy

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Mini S’mores!

Elena and Rosa made mini s’mores using Golden Grahams cereal, mini marshmallows and chocolate chips, and then shared the fun on the Carson Wrapped Hersheys blog, a company that makes custom candy bar wrappers for your parties, weddings, etc. (I’ve used them for teacher gifts in the past, as well as party favors and birth announcements – they’re terrific).

This is a very easy little snack that kids can make. Come see how they did it, plus their ideas for new (good and bad) ingredients for s’mores.

(p.s. Total coincidence that yesterday was National S’mores Day. Who knew?)

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Easy Felt Art Pouches

I was puttering around this weekend, thinking about what crafts we might like to make, when Elena presented me with one of these little art pouches that she made out of felt from her DIY Kids book. They are simple to make and can be filled with all kinds of fun things.

Supplies

  • Felt (regular sheets of it from the craft store)
  • Ribbon (about 18″ – 20″ long)
  • Glue gun + glue
  • Buttons, trim, other decorations

To make a pouch with two pockets, fold the bottom flap up to get a sense of how tall you want your pockets to be (for this one, I folded the flap up about halfway):

Unfold the flap, and with your glue gun, draw three lines of glue – one on each outside edge and one in the middle (see pic below) – and then fold back up. Press down on the glue lines to make them stick:

Turn the piece of felt over so that your newly-made pockets are facing down. Hot glue a piece of cloth ribbon across the middle of the pockets you just made (that is, do not glue the piece of ribbon across the middle of the full length of felt because it will be too high when you fold up the kit):

Once the ribbon is glued down, flip the piece of felt back over so that pockets are showing.

Now comes the fun part: fill your pockets with whatever art supplies or trinkets you like. We used colored pencils, a mini notepad and stickers:

To finish, fold the top flap down over the pockets, and fold the whole kit in half:

Tie your ribbon and you’re done!

These little pouches take about 5 minutes each to make, unless you want to get fancy and decorate the outside of them a little more, like this ice cream cone pouch:

(Be sure to glue the ribbon on first, then glue your decorative felt, buttons, and other trim on top of the ribbon.)

The mini Moleskine notepads, which come two to a pack, and short colored pencils, or Toysmith’s mini crayon or mini marker sets, are the perfect size for these handy little pouches.

This green pencil pouch has one big pocket (in Step One, only glue the edges of the felt, and do not add the third, middle line of glue) so it can hold a lot more – bigger notepads, magnifying glasses, 3D glasses, a spy handbook, band aids, Monopoly money – whatever you can think of:

You can make some of these to stick in the car for roadtrips. They would also make great party favors – fill them with any treats or treasures to match your party theme. So many possibilities!

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[Crafty Monday] Spoon Friends

These Alexander Girard-inspired wooden spoon puppets are another kid friendly craft from Todd Oldham’s excellent Kid Made Modern. (See the Marimekko-inspired scarves we made which were also a project from this book).

Supplies

Wooden spoons (I got mine at Target – 3 for $1.99)

  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Masking tape
  • Plate or palette for paint
  • Sharpies

Todd Oldham suggests sketching out what you want your design to look like before you begin – an excellent suggestion…that I did not follow. I just took a look at the examples in the book and jumped right in. This is a simple craft: starting at the top, you tape off sections for horizontal stripes or vertical stripes or however you want to design it, and paint away.

Be sure to let each section dry before removing the tape.

When you’re all done painting, and the paint is dry, you can use paint to make the spoon faces, or do like I did and use Sharpies. I don’t trust myself to use a paintbrush to paint tiny eyes and mouths.

You can also add ribbons for decorations, or maybe yarn for hair and hats too, if you’re feeling ambitious. I used glow in the dark paint on the green Martian guy, so he’s fun for playing with at night under the covers.

Also, I have to give credit to the Small Object – I knew I wanted to draw a man with a mustache on one of the spoons, but I needed something to look at, so I turned to these Peg People stamps (which I own) for help. Elena has already determined that he and the woman with the pink and white polka dotted ribbon are married – she performed the ceremony.

When the girls and I were in Santa Fe last month (visiting my mom), we were bummed that the extensive Alexander Girard exhibit at the Museum of International Folk Art was closed for renovations. Next time, I guess.

Many of Alexander Girard designs have been reintroduced on an array of products – from bikes, to pillows, to rug collections at Flor – by máXimo, the official agent to his estate. As I sat with Elena and showed her who Alexander Girard was (in my ongoing effort to indoctrinate her with good design) she and I agreed that we loved the Alexander Girard collection at House Industries.

Do you have a favorite Alexander Girard design?

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[Crafty Monday] Pretty Paper Bunnies

My last Easter-inspired craft before Easter comes on Sunday. These super sweet bunnies are the easiest thing to make, and so pretty to hang as an Easter garland.

The idea came from “Crafting with Kids” by Catherine Woram – it’s a great book. I’ve made several of the crafts and recommend it.

In the book, she used different colored solid paper, but I decided to dress up the bunnies a little more with some patterned paper.

The supply list for this very kid-friendly craft is ridiculously short. You need:

  • Colored/patterned paper (heavier paper/cardstock is best)
  • Six metal fasteners per bunny (I call them “brads”)
  • Scissors

There’s really not much to this tutorial. You don’t need a pattern. You just need to cut out a few pieces and then fasten them together with the brads. See the picture below for the pieces to each bunny.

Cut out:

  • Two ears
  • A triangle / A-shaped body
  • An oval for the head
  • Two small ovals for the feet
  • Two more small ovals: one for the nose and one for the tail

If you look at the picture below, you’ll understand easily how it fits together.

When I made my bunnies, I started at the top, attaching one ear to the head with a brad. Notice how the brad becomes the bunny’s eye, so when you attach the other ear to the head, make sure the second brad lines up with the first one so that the bunny doesn’t have crooked eyes.

When you attach the nose, you’re actually attaching the head to the body, using the brad that goes through the nose. This brad is a little more difficult to poke through the paper, because you’re going through three layers. You might want to take an awl or something sharp to poke a hole.

After you’ve attached the head to the body, then you can attach the feet and the tail.

It’s that simple.

You can play with all different colors and patterns. And it’s fun for kids because the bunny’s body parts are movable. You could make floppy-eared bunnies too.

I love how these turned out.

Did you have a good weekend?

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