Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Spring Crafts for kids

Here are a few ideas to make with children.  Some do need adult supervision.

Festive Felt Flower Napkin Ring

Material:  Felt - green plus at least one other color, Scissors, Pencil, Printer - optional


Either print out the template here (click here to go to the template) or draw a similar one on paper. Cut out the three templates.

Cut out the leaves from green felt and the other two pieces from another color or colors. Make a 1 inch slit on the leaves piece and the other petals piece (but not the bone-shaped piece).

Slip the green piece onto the bone-shaped piece. Then slip the petal piece onto the same end.

Slip the other end of the bone-shaped piece through the green piece and the petal piece. The bone-shaped piece should form a loop. 

Slip a rolled-up napkin through the loop in the bone-shaped piece and you're done.

Pencil Decoration Flower Craft

Materials:   Construction paper, gift wrap (2-sided is best), or any paper, Scissors, Tape, A pencil, and Markers (optional)


Cut a long strip of paper (about the size of half a piece of notebook paper).

If the paper is plain, decorate it with markers (on both sides).

Fold the paper in half, and then in half again.

Cut a series of slits in the folded paper - do not cut all the way through to the ends, leave a small section uncut.

Unfold the paper. Tape one end of the uncut portion to the eraser end of the pencil.

Roll the paper around the pencil. When you've rolled it all, tape the end of the paper to the pencil.

Gently push the pieces of paper away from the eraser, making it look like a flower.
You now have a cute, decorated pencil.

Note:  This is for an older child; so, if you want a younger child to make this craft adult supervision is advised.

Caged Bird Craft

Materials:   A lot of string or yarn, A balloon, Scissors, Flour and water glue, and Construction paper


Make a simple, thin glue from flour and water (boiling gives it a nice consistency). Mix 1/4 cup of flour into 1 cup of water until the mixture is thin and runny. Stir into 1 cup of boiling water. Simmer for about 3 minutes, then cool. (You can make this glue without cooking it, but it isn't as smooth that way.) Have an adult do the cooking.

Blow up a balloon. Dip a few feet of string or yarn into the flour glue, let the excess drip off, and wrap it around the balloon. Repeat until you have wrapped enough yarn around the balloon to look like a cage.

After the glue has dried (this can take a few days if the humidity is high), pop the balloon and throw it away.
Attach a length of string to the cage (you can hang it from this string).

Either print out the bird template or draw your own bird on construction paper. Cut the bird out along its outlines and color it (on both sides of the paper).
Cut a few inches of string - tape one end to the bird's neck. 
Hang the bird inside the string cage. (You may have to roll the bird up to get it in the cage.)

You now have a paper bird in a string cage.

Waxed Paper Stained Glass Butterfly

Materials:  Waxed paper, Crayon shaving (crayons shaved with a scissors or a knife - by an adult), Scissors, An iron, Hole punch and A few inches of string


Fold a piece of waxed paper in two.  Draw half a butterfly with the body at the fold.  Flip the paper over and draw the other half of the butterfly (using the original as your template).  Open the waxed paper and put it on a flat surface.

Put some crayon shavings on the waxed paper (and inside the butterfly).  Cover the waxed paper with another piece of waxed paper. Have an adult iron the two layers of waxed paper together on low heat (protect your iron by putting a paper towel on top of the waxed paper while ironing).

Cut out the butterfly. Punch a hole near the top. Put a string in the hole for hanging it. This butterfly looks beautiful hanging in a window.

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