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Welcome to Crafts for Kids.

Feel free to introduce yourself below, tell us a little about the crafts you personally like to do and anything else you'd like to share. Then drop by with some posts of things you've done and projects you've tried or would like to try.

Welcome and have fun.
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I like this project, because it's more or less just recycling things I'd got around the house anyway. Be warned though, it's messy and takes more than one session to complete - but while we made snowmen, the options are pretty limitless. If we'd got more time, I'd have made hats and noses for our snowmen rather than just painting them onto the final model, but we only had a couple of hours left on the day before Christmas Eve, so time was short and I also needed them to have dried enough that I could pack them away/wrap them as gifts.

What we needed - empty plastic drink bottles (we used three 500ml Evian bottles and three 750ml, sand, newspaper and a paste - we used something akin to wall paper paste that can be bought at the local craft supplies store - wall paper paste works fine but be warned that some of these contain an antifungal ingredient which is not always good to use with children.

I did this project with a three year old and a nine year old.

Under the cut are the details and photos of the project )

So has anyone else been up to anything fun, while the kids have been off-school?
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My apologies for not having posted any ideas but it's been one of those kind of years, but over the last few days we've done something more than just baking!

Last year, I made covers for notebooks by marbling A4 sheets of paper with enamel paints (see here for the post about that). This year, I was working with a three year old and so we used normal ready mix paints and straws and tried two different techniques. One word of warning - Make sure that children are able to blow through a straw - particularly if trying the second technique - you don't want anyone swallowing paint!

Two Simple Painting Techniques )

Hoping to be back early next week with another project that we've been have fun working on to make snowmen!
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So Sunday is Mother's Day or Mothering Sunday in the UK and I'm hunting for ideas of very quick, cheap and simple ideas that I could do with a two year old to make something for her Mom.

I'm thinking maybe of the old butterfly paintings we used to do by folding a piece of paper in half and then painting half a butterfly on it and squidging it down to print the second half - might even be able to get that to work with flowers as well...

Another possibility (if I can locate some) would be to paint some large stones as paperweights/doorstops - turning them into ladybirds maybe...

I'll only have about an hour in which to create something. Does anyone else have any ideas to share?


Dec. 14th, 2013 09:16 pm
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We had fun 'marbling' the other day and with the right stuff, it's really simple and effective.

I was working with a 7 year old. All we needed was paper, enamel paint, water, cocktail sticks and an old paint tray (any bowl or container large enough to lay a piece of paper in flat will do - just be prepared for it not being guaranteed to come completely clean afterwards).

We part filled the tray with cold water, shook up the paints to mix them and then dipped a cocktail stick into each paint. A mix of brighter colors works best - too many dark ones and you just end up with a bit of a sludgy looking end result. We used the cocktail sticks to drizzle paint over the top of the water where it will float. We then gave a bit of a stir to mix the puddles of color.

Once satisfied with the spread of the colors, we carefully laid a sheet of paper on top of the water over the paint, gently pressing it down far enough to push out the majority of air bubbles, but trying not to 'drown' the paper.

We then lifted the paper out and set it to dry before starting the process over again.

Marbled paper

Cut for further pictures and explanation )
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It may be winter here, but in some respects it made it a good time for this project. I got some cheap terracotta flowerpots and some acrylic paints and this was the result.

The 7 year old I was working with drew stripes and then patterns in each stripe with white chalk. Any mistakes were easily rubbed out but as a guide that wasn't going to show up once the paint was on it was ideal.

Painted Flower Pots

I don't know how these will stand up long term to exposure to the weather but I have hopes that they'll at least last the year. An alternative would be to use them for inside plants where they might last longer.

We used new pots, but old ones cleaned up and scrubbed down would work just as well.
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This project took a few old boxes (we used cereal bar boxes and kitchen roll inner tubes and one piece of thick cardboard from a box that had come through the post) and some paint and paper and was done with a two year old.

I cut the crenelations along the top of the boxes and tubes and also cut and bent in flaps at the base of the tubes to make them easier to stick. My niece then painted all the boxes brown and the base green. She then stuck on a gate/doorway of blue paper. Once the paint was reasonably dry, we put glue on the base of the largest box and stuck it to the base and then to the back side of the front box and base attaching that to the big one. More glue on the base flaps and the side of the tubes that was going against the main building. Although I helped to make sure there was enough glue on each one in the right areas, she was able to do this and then put them in place. I held them together and pressed in areas where contact needed to be a little heavier to ensure they would stay together.

Then with mixed pieces of yellow paper, she glued and stuck them on randomly to give a 'brick' look to the outside and also to make a path up to the entrance.

And for the result....

Cardboard Castle Pencil Holder
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So it's taken me a while to get around to posting any more of the things that we've been doing, but here we go with one that was very simple and lots of fun. All you really need is some paint, some paper and some glue.

We made 'owls' (really they could be any bird of your choice I suppose, but owls worked well for us). At their simplest, they're a handprint of brown paint with an orange beak and a pair of eyes stuck on. We used googly eyes because I happened to have some hanging around, but they'd be just as good with cut out paper eyes. In this case I did the cutting out because I was working with a two year old, but she did all the sticking and painting her own hand etc, a slightly older child could do the cutting out themselves.

Owl Handprints

A Step Further )
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The other day we were doing some impromptu painting with Jensen and Gracie. We'd collected a few dry leaves and made some nice collages out of them.

All we did was place the leaves on the paper, paint over them with poster paint and voila! Perfect outlines of leaves. If you paint the leaves in loads of different colours, it makes a wonderful little picture, perfect to hang on the wall :)

Of course, once the leaves are covered in paint, you can turn them over and press them to the paper, making nice leaf prints, another pretty collage idea!
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Handprints are easy and great fun. Handprints can be put together to make the leaves on a tree, the tail of a peacock, even jellyfish.

They can also make great keepsakes. We all know how quickly children grow up, and handprints are a good way to remember just how small they once were. One of my favorites is to take a pair of handprints and combine it with a poem. This is my favorite, but others can be found also at the Activity Village site. My niece and nephew both made sets of their handprints last year, that put with the poem and framed (in cheap dollar store frames) made a great gift for parents and grandparents. Unfortunately I didn't remember to take photos of them before the children gave them.

I shall be back in the coming weeks with more handprint ideas (and hopefully some actual photos!).
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My "Crafts for Kids" Pinterest board. Anybody else want to share their favorite pins? Anybody ever tried any of  these?

I really wanted to make one of the little upcycled-kitchens. But now I think maybe my daughter would enjoy making it with me as much as just having it? 
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Finger Knitting is cool and cheap -- all one needs is yarn, and FINGERS!

How to do finger knitting:

I thought I had a photo of the finger-knitting thing that I made, but I couldn't find it.

(I tried to add tags to this entry, but it appears only the mod has the ability to do that)
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This is based on an idea I saw done by a work colleague with adults but I adapted it for child friendly audiences. It's a Santa but I'm sure people could come up with other characters who would fit to make this more of a year round idea, although for those who wanted it, now's not a terrible time to start planning for Christmas.

Santa Faces

To clarify what we did, they are logs and twigs in a variety of sizes, planed to a flat base and a sloping top and filed to get rid of splinters. We then painted 'Santa faces' on them. Word to the wise - these were done by a very eager 5 year old who wasn't having the idea of 'waiting for the paint to dry' - hence the runs in some of the paint!

We made them in a variety of sizes and he had enough to give a set of three (one each in small, medium and large) to both his parents and grandparents as well as two small for himself and I.
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