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!
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 Downloadwith each shape. Place the color construction paper you need behind each shape and cut along the lines.
Recommended Ages: 4-7
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!
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.
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.
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 →
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.