Thanksgiving Craft Ideas for Kids

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas for Kids

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas for Kids

Celebrate Thanksgiving with crafts for kids that let them give thanks while being creative. I love the “Thankful Turkey” where kids can write down what they are grateful for.

Here’s a look at some more Thanksgiving crafts to try with the kids. With so many great ideas, there’s sure to be one or two that your kids will love.

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Pipe Cleaner Crafts for Halloween

Halloween Pipe Cleaner Crafts

Halloween Pipe Cleaner Crafts

These cute critters are a fun and easy craft for Halloween. Perfect to make with the kids and to personalize just the way you want. From cute to scary, you can create any look you want for Halloween.

Image source: Wendy Piersall on Flickr CC 2.0

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Paper Purse Party Favors to Make With Kids

Paper Purse Party Favors Tutorial

Paper Purse Party Favors Tutorial

These little paper purses are so cute and are perfect for kids to make. They can be used as party favors for a birthday party, or for kids to take into school for Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion. Kids will have lots of fun embellishing these purses and giving it a style all their own. So if you want kids at the party to make their own, you could prep the basic paper purse in advance and then let the kids decorate it.

Supplies Needed to Make Paper Purse

Scrapbook Paper
Ruler
Scoring tool (a toothpick works just fine)
Ribbon
Scissors
Embellishments or Stickers
Small Hole Punch

How to Make Paper Purse Party Favors

Amy Locurto sure does make these paper purses look so fun and easy to make. I hope you give it a try for your next party.

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Finger Print Flowers and Butterflies

Finger Print Flowers

Finger Print Flowers

Here’s a craft idea that is perfect to do with the kids. Make a flower and butterfly canvas piece of art by using your finger prints. You’ll love getting your hands dirty to bring out your inner child. A fun craft that’s perfect to make for Valentine’s Day, Easter or Mother’s Day.

Supplies for Finger Print Flowers and Butterflies

Another reason why I like this craft is that you don’t need many supplies. This example was made using canvas, but you could certainly use paper stock too.

Canvas
Paint
Artist Pens like Faber-Castell

How to Make Finger Print Flowers

1. Squeeze paint into tray and mix colors around until you get a mix that you like.
2. Dip fingers in paint and then press finger prints onto canvas to make the flowers and butterflies.
3. Use pens to add the stems and detailing to the print
4. Use your fingers to smudge the lines and blend the paints as needed.

Step by Step Tutorial by Krista Vantol

I hope you have fun making your own finger print art.

Finger Print Flowers Butterflfies

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Tissue Paper Crafts for Spring

Spring Crafts for Kids

Spring Crafts for Kids

Spring Craft Ideas for Kids

Let kids explore the colors of spring with fun tissue paper crafts.  These Spring craft ideas let kids crumple, scrunch and glue to their hearts content.

This video shares 3 quick and easy crafts.  Nothing says Spring like a cheerful tissue paper flower, blooming tree, or DIY kite that gets kids outdoors after being cooped-up inside all winter.


Video by InnerChildFunMedia

Tissue Paper Flowers

Tissue Paper Flowers

I hope you enjoy giving these Spring crafts a try.  The great thing about these crafts for kids is that there’s never a right or wrong way to do things.  Anything creative and made with a child’s imagination is beautiful!

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A Fun Sewing Pattern for Kids

Owl Sewing Pattern

Owl Sewing Pattern

This adorable little owl is the perfect sewing project for kids. If your son, or daughter wants to learn how to sew, they’ll have fun learning all the basics when they make this little guy. There’s nothing more rewarding than learning a new skill and seeing your finished project. This free owl sewing pattern is sure to be a winner with your child or student.

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Owl Christmas Ornament for Kids to Make

Owl Christmas Ornament

Owl-Ornaments

Christmas ornaments aren’t just a fun craft to do with the kids, but they are also great keepsakes to cherish for years to come. Every year that I open up our box of ornaments, I see the ones that I made as a child. Each one tells a story and reminds me of the year I made it. With each year you can see how my crafting skills improved and my expertise improved as a I got older. It’s what I love about crafts. They are perfect for all ages and imperfections are just our creative differences.

Hop on over to Ucreate to get the full tutorial on how to make these adorable Owl Christmas Tree Ornaments.

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DIY Christmas Card Ideas to Make This Year

Snowtop Mountains Card

Making your own Christmas Cards is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit. Whether it’s a photo card that puts together a collage of your favorite family photos from throughout the year, or a homemade card with your own creative touches, a hand made Christmas card is a fun craft project for the whole family.

Christmas Card Ideas

There are a wide variety of Christmas cards that you can make. There are simple designs that are quick and inexpensive, and there are more elaborate designs that layer paper and accessories to create a magical keepsake for family and friends. One of the best things about a Christmas card is that you can make them with your kids. They may not have the attention span to help with them all, but I’m sure that there’s a step or two where they can lend a hand. Or, let the kids make a special card for their Grandparents or teacher.

Here’s a look at the types of Holiday Cards that you can make for Christmas this year.

Snowtop Mountains Card

This snowy mountain card by lindsay.dee.bunny (via Flickr CC 2.0) shows what you can do with a little paper. If you don’t have a die-cut machine to make the trees, you could cut some out by hand or use tissue paper to glue down your own trees. Or another idea would be to make a needle felted tree and glue that to the card. I love adding texture and depth to a card.

Bike Chain Christmas Tree

I love the creativity and ingenuity used to make this card. The Christmas tree is made from a bike chain that has been painted green and then shaped into a tree. What a brilliant idea shared by Richard Masoner via Flickr CC 2.0

Photo Ornament Christmas Card

Are you newlyweds celebrating your first Christmas together? Or maybe there’s a new baby in the house? This photo ornament card is a great way to show-off your news. All you have to do is make a photo ornament, take a picture of it and then add a greeting. You’ll enjoy working on every step of this project. Photo courtesy of njt1982 via Flickr CC 2.0

Kids Christmas Card

Kids love getting involved with Christmas and want to help whenever they can. Let them get involved with the family card, or let them make one for someone special. I’m sure that this adorable card would be loved by all. You can also make copies of your kids artwork and turn it into a card. I did this with one of my son’s drawings when he was too young to write. I made a card using a photo I took of the drawing. I then used Send Out Cards to make Thank You notes with his drawing on the front and my writing on the inside. A frame-able card that we still have on display! Photo via Brentwood Borough Council via Flickr CC 2.0

Here are a few more ideas. All of these cards were made with scrapbook paper, card stock and and lots of creativity.

starshaped-card
Photo by starshaped via Flickr CC 2.0

Holiday Card
Photo by amy.gizienski via Flickr CC 2.0

Embellished Card
Photo courtesy of WordRidden via Flickr CC 2.0

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DIY Halloween Trick or Treat Bucket

DIY Halloween Bucket

Halloween just wouldn’t be as much fun if you didn’t have a fun bag or bucket to carry your candy. Sure, the older kids are partial to a pillow case because it can hold so much. But for the younger kids, a cute little bucket is a must-have accessory for any Halloween costume.

Here are some of my favorite DIY Halloween treat bags and candy containers.

DIY Silly Halloween Bucket

DIY Halloween Bucket

This cute bucket is so easy to make.  All you need is a cheap orange pail that you can buy at the dollar store, party store, hardware store or Home Depot.

Use styrofoam balls for the eyes, pipe cleaners for the eye lashes and the silly mouth is an upside down picture cut out of a magazine.  Add whatever additional accents you’d like for hair, or to give it your own personality.  This cute craft was created by belen junquera

Painted Halloween Candy Bucket

You can also use paint to decorate an orange bucket to create a cute trick-or-treat bucket.  This is a fun Halloween craft idea for kids.  In addition to painting, kids can also decorate the bucket with stickers, washi tape or stencils.

DIY Halloween Bucket

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Fun Halloween Lantern Decorations

Halloween-lanterns

I love all of the fun and easy lighted Halloween crafts that you can make for the holiday.  These ideas can be used to decorate the inside and outside of your home to welcome trick or treaters.  Use these ideas as a starting point and then personalize each one to give it your own twist.  This way you can make friendly, or spooky, Halloween decorations to fit your style.

Halloween Lanterns

Halloween-lanterns

Image Source: frykitty on Flickr CC 2.0

You can make pretty Halloween lanterns and displays using milk cartons, or by simply building your own design using cardboard and paper.  Here are a few ideas for how to create your own Halloween Lanterns or decorations using milk cartons.

  1. Use a clean and dry milk carton, juice carton, or cardboard box.
  2. Cut out a rectangle on each side of the box, leaving about a 1″ border all the way around.  You are essentially creating a picture frame on each side of the box and your Halloween scene will go in the middle .
  3. Paint the outside of the box black, or whatever dark color you’d like.  Black paint is ideal because it adds to the Halloween scene and gives it the evening silhouette you want.
  4. Cut out a piece of wax paper, parchment, or transparent paper that will allow light to shine through it.
  5. Stencil a design onto the paper, or you could also cut out a design and glue that to the paper.  This is where you can use your imagination to create a spooky or fun design.  Some ideas include making a jack-o-lantern face, or a witch riding a broom. Black construction paper is perfect for creating cut-out designs and a sharpie marker can be used to hand-draw a design too.
  6. Tape or glue the paper with the design to the inside of the box.  You put the paper on the inside of the box so that the carton creates a frame around it.
  7. Add an electric tea light, or LED light to the inside to light-up your decoration.

TIP:  Do you have solar powered garden lights along your front walkway?  Charge the lights during the day and then on Halloween night go out and add the milk carton decorations over the light for a glow-in-the-dark Halloween decoration that will look really cool!

Milk Carton Halloween Village

You can use the same technique outlined above to create your very own Halloween village.  This project is lots of fun to put on display on your front porch or entrance way.  It will be the first thing that visitors see when knocking on your door for trick or treating.

Milk Carton Halloween Display

Image source: puuikibeach on Flickr CC 2.0

I hope you enjoy making your own Halloween lanterns and light-up decorations.  These are fun projects to do with the kids and you can make these crafts as easy, or complex, as you’d like.  Get creative and build your very own Halloween light-up display.

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Halloween Mason Jar Candles

Bat Candle for Halloween

Candles are a fun way to decorate the inside and outside of your house for Halloween.  You can make your own Halloween decorations using glass jars and a little creativity.  Add a spooky ghost, or witch on a broomstick to the mason jar to create a Halloween mason jar candle that will add just the right touch of spookiness to your decor.

Halloween Mason Jar Candles

Supplies Needed to Make a Flaming Glass Jar Halloween Candle:

  • Any clean glass jar.  This can be a mason jar, food jar, or jelly jar that has been thoroughly cleaned and dried.
  • Mod Podge
  • Food coloring
  • Masking Tape
  • Tea light or candle

Instructions for making a Glass Jar Halloween Candle

  1. Paint the inside of the jar orange.  You can do this easily by mixing a little bit of mod podge and food coloring in the jar.  Mix it right in the jar and then swirl it around to cover the inside of the jar.  Let dry overnight.
  2. Rip of pieces of masking tape (varying the length and width of each piece) and attach to the outside of the jar.   You’re trying to make it look like flames.  Place the tape along the bottom half of the jar, with the masking tape placed vertically to resemble the flames.
  3. Paint the outside of the jar with black spray paint.  Let dry.
  4. Remove the masking tape.
  5. Insert a battery-operated tea light, or candle, into the jar and you now have a candle that has the black and orange colors of Halloween, plus it looks like flames.  Very cool!

You can also add some ribbon to the top of the jar, or any additional design elements that you think jazz it up a bit.  I’ve outlined the basic steps, but you can get really creative with this one.

Here are a few pictures to show you how easy it is to make this flaming Halloween candle.

Here is a video from expertvillage that shows you all of details for how to make these great candles.

Here are a few more of my favorite Halloween candle ideas.

Halloween Jar Lanterns

Halloween jar lanterns photo courtesy of frykitty on Flickr.

Mummy Candles

DIY mummy candles photo courtesy of Cy-V on Flickr.

Bat Candle for Halloween

Image of bat candle courtesy of slgckgc via Flickr.

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Ghost Milk Jug Craft for Kids

Milk-Jug-Ghosts

Light up your walkway this Halloween with cute Halloween luminaries made with milk jugs.  This is a fun Halloween craft for kids.  With recycled milk jugs and a little creativity, these outdoor decorations are a fun and inexpensive way to decorate your home for the holiday.

Milk-Jug-Ghosts

How to Make a Milk Jug Ghost Luminary

Supplies Needed:

Steps Involved:

  1. Rinse out the milk jug and let it dry.
  2. Use a black marker to draw a ghost face.
  3. On the back of the milk jug, right underneath the handle, cut out a hole to insert the tea light.
  4. Turn on the electric tea light and insert into milk jug.

The face, or decoration, on the milk jug can be any design.  So kids can get creative and design a black cat, a jack-o-lantern face, or any Halloween picture they like.  Just be sure to use an electric tea light for this project, as a real candle would certainly be a fire hazard.

Happy crafting and Happy Halloween!

Video Tutorial for Milk Jug Craft

This video by BunnieClaire walks you through all of the steps for creating these Halloween decorations.

Supply Ideas

Battery Operated Tealight CandlesBattery Operated Tealight Candles

Remote Controlled Rechargeable Tea LightsRemote Controlled Rechargeable Tea Lights

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