Monday, April 1, 2013

April fool’s Day crafts for kids to make

Since my Grandmother Whitman was born on April fool’s Day I decided to do a April Fool’s day blog.  She always said, “Her life was one big joke.”  So here I go trying to do some decency to her day.

Talking Doorknob
Materials:  Talking Doorknob Template, Scissors, Craft or scrapbook paper (black and two shades of yellow or gold), Glue stick, and Tape or removable glue dots


Print the template and use it to cut out the shapes from the specified colors of paper. (Do not cut out the center hole in the doorknob plate yet.)

Glue the keyhole plate to the doorknob plate, positioning it about 2 inches from the top and 1¼ inches from the bottom.

Place the doorknob plate template piece atop the assembled gold paper door plate and now follow the lines to cut out the center hole, as shown.

 Fold back the side tab on the plate. Then glue the plate trim in place. Glue on the keyhole "mouth," eyes, eyebrows, and screws.
Once you've chosen a doorknob to hang the plate on, gently separate the paper at the slit on the side and slide the plate onto the knob base. Then secure the tab to the back of the plate with a removable glue dot.

Prank Gift Box

Materials:  Small gift box with lid, White craft glue, Wrapping paper, Ribbon or bow, and Marker


Place something inside the box to give it some weight. Anything will do, 5 or 6 pennies surrounded by cotton balls will work well. 

Glue the lid to the box and let dry.  Wrap the box in wrapping paper and add a bow or ribbon.      With some scrap paper or card stock, make a small card that says "Happy April Fools' Day!"    Give gift to a friend or family member. When they try to open it and can't, tell them you found the card for the gift and then hand them the card with the April Fools' message!

Since my Grandmother always had popsicles in her freezer; I thought this would be appropriate.

Popsicle Paperweight

Materials:  Lightweight cardboard, such as a cereal box, Masking tape, Dry beans or rice, Cotton balls or packing peanuts, Craft stick, Craft glue, Scissors, Tape, Paintbrush, Colored tissue paper, and Glitter

To make one, cut 2 matching 3- by 4-1⁄2-inch ice pop shapes and two 1 ⁄ 2-inch-wide strips (one 3 inches long and one 10-1⁄2 inches long) from lightweight cardboard, such as a cereal box. Masking-tape the long cardboard strip between the 2 pop shapes, as shown, leaving the bottom of the pop open. (Tip: Cut the strip into smaller sections, if necessary.)

Bend the pop shape slightly and fill the top of it with dry beans or rice for weight. Fill the remaining space with cotton balls or packing peanuts. Slide one end of a craft stick into the bottom of the pop and secure it in place with craft glue. Tape the remaining cardboard strip across the bottom of the pop, making a small cut to accommodate the craft stick.

Next, trim a small piece of cardboard into a puddle shape and tape it to the bottom of the pop. With a paintbrush, apply a thin layer of glue to the pop and the puddle, then press on pieces of colored tissue paper to completely cover them. For a frosty look, brush on more glue, then sprinkle on some glitter. Allow the glue to dry.

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