Top 10 DIY Craft Blog Posts from 2017

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As we head into 2018, we thought we could share with you our top craft blog posts from 2017 to ignite your creativity moving into the new year. From holiday DIY round ups to fun t-shirt making activities, we’re sure you will want to add at least one of these to your crafting list in 2018!

Here are the Top 10 Most Popular DIY Craft Blog Posts of 2017!

  1. How to Make Slime – A Safer Recipe for Kids – Slime was the most popular craft in 2017! Learn a safe way to make slime without using borax.
  2. Sensory Balls – DIY STEAM Activity – A fun sensory activity using balloons and polymer beads
  3. Easy Paper Hyacinth Flowers – use construction paper to make paper flowers in just a few simple steps
  4. Tricks & Tips for Tie Dye – learn tips and techniques on how to tie dye, plus watch the step by step video
  5. How to Make DIY Galaxy Shirts – create your own shirt that is out of this world! A great group craft for summer camp
  6. How to Make Prayer Jars – a religious craft activity that helps teach kids the meaning of prayer and can be used as a Bible lesson
  7. Top 10 DIY Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids – simple DIY craft ideas for kids to make for their Moms on this special day
  8. Top 10 Halloween Crafts for Kids – make ghosts, pumpkins, and more of your favorite Halloween characters
  9. Diffusing Watercolor Masterpiece – a great project for art therapy
  10. Top 10 DIY Easter Crafts for Kids – fun and easy DIY Easter craft ideas on a budget

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DIY Doily Santa Craft for Kids

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Doily Santa Holiday Craft

Kids can make a doily santa decoration using a few simple craft materials! Use this as a fun group craft project or a one-on-one activity. To make this craft even easier, we have created a Free Printable Download with each shape. Place the color construction paper you need behind each shape and cut along the lines.

Recommended Ages: 4-7

Materials:

  • Doily
  • Oak tag
  • Construction paper
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Cotton ball
  • Marker

1. Cut our your pieces

  • Cut a circle out of oak tag paper for the face.
  • Cut 3 small circles, for the nose and 2 rosy cheeks using red and pink construction paper.
  • Cut 2 wavy shapes out of white construction paper for the mustache.
  • Cut a hat out of red construction paper.

Tip: Pre-cut the pieces for young kids and lay them out in piles on a table for easy access.

2. Glue the pieces 

  • Glue two wiggly eyes, nose, cheeks, and mustache to the face (large circle)
  • Glue the face to the center of the doily
  • Glue the hat to the back of the doily (this should overlap)
  • Glue the cotton ball to the end of the hat

3. Get creative!

  • Kids can add eyebrows, draw silly eyes instead of using wiggly eyes, add more cotton balls for a beard, glitter or gems to the hat, and any other fun craft materials they’d like.

Now you can hang Santa up!

  • Add a magnet to the back to hang it on the refrigerator
  • Hole punch the top of the hat to hang it from a string for a cute decoration
  • Glue Santa to a piece of paper for a background, then write Merry Christmas or use foam letters to spell it out!

Have kids write a letter to Santa after the craft activity to add to the holiday fun!



Fall Leaf Paper Craft – Library Storytime Activity

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leaf people craft

This paper leaf craft is a super easy activity for all ages for the Fall season! I used it for my Fall storytime at Dripping Springs Community Library. First, I started out with a silly rooster puppet named Doodley Doo that told silly jokes about Fall. We also enjoyed a wiggly song called It’s Time to Stand Up – Come and Make a Circle 3 by Susan Salidor.

After sharing the picture books, Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley, Little Tree by Loren Long, Fall Mixed Up by Chris Raczka, and Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, we enjoyed a very fun craft time making Fall leaf people.

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10 DIY Fall & Thanksgiving Craft Ideas

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Looking for some fun new crafts and decorations to help you with your Fall and Thanksgiving celebrations? Check out our top 10 DIY crafts that you can keep up all season long!

Thanksgiving Craft Stick Wreath

Our Craft Stick Wreath Craft Kit can be easily turned into a Fall and Thanksgiving themed activity! This simple wreath is made with regular and jumbo craft sticks that are colored with markers and water to give a blended look. Then simply glue the craft sticks to the included wreath shape. Everything you need to make the wreath is included in the kit.

If you want to get even more creative like we did, add a festive message using jute string, oak tag, and the markers which are included in the kit. We also thought it would be fun to have some of our wood leaves hanging in the center.

Pie Garland 

Who doesn’t love eating pie for Thanksgiving? Make a festive pie garland to hang up as a decoration for your Thanksgiving events. These Kraft Paper Pennants work great because they are made from heavy paper, the perfect pie shape, pre-punched holes, and the color makes it easier to decorate.

Fold a strip of white or tan paper accordian style to create the crust at the top. Glue the sides to the back of the kraft paper so you don’t block the holes. Then string jute through the kraft paper holes. You can choose which types of pies you’d like to create. Here’s how we made the 4 you see here: Continue reading



Library Storytime Activity – Craft Stick Families

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craft stick families library

Here’s a super fun popsicle stick craft for preschoolers (or any age for that matter) that I recently used for a “Families are Fun!” Storytime at Dripping Springs Community Library. I volunteer every other week to lead the Preschool storytime. Coming up with fun crafts to go along with the theme is always fun. There are many variations of this craft. You can even use the finished products as puppets, which is a fun idea. After a great storytime with books and songs about families and a silly puppet, we explained the idea for the craft to the moms and kids.

Materials:

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