Kids Crafts On A Budget

Floral Pom Poms
Tools & Materials:

  • Tissue paper in desired colors (8 sheets per pom-pom), by Martha Stewart Crafts, available at Michaels
  • 24-gauge white cloth-covered floral wire
  • Scissors
  • Monofilament

Tissue Paper Pom-Poms Pom-Pom How-To
Kids age 5 and under should not play with dowels or pom-poms made with them.Begin by placing four sheets of tissue paper on top of each other. Fold them in half, and cut 1-inch-wide strips through all layers, stopping just short of fold so that strips will hold together (left top). Next, starting at one corner, roll folded edge tightly around one end of a short 1/4-inch-diameter dowel. Use vinyl tape to secure the bottom of the pom-pom to the dowel. Repeat entire process, beginning with the four sheets of tissue paper, at least two more times, to make the ball fluffy.Source:  http://bit.ly/fDyp7M

Bead Bunnies

  • Round wooden beads in different sizes
    (the holes need to be large enough for
    double pipe cleaners to fit through)
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Acrylic paint
  • Mini pom-pom
  • Fine-point pen

  • Paint two beads (one larger and one smaller)
    with acrylic paint.
  • Bend a pipe cleaner into an M shape.
  • When the beads have dried, bend the ends of the
    pipe cleaner under the larger bead to form two
    big feet, and adjust the loops above the smaller
    bead for ears.
  • Glue on a mini pom-pom tail.
  • Use a fine-point pen to draw on eyes, nose, and whiskers.

Bouncing Love Bugs
  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Balls, several of each size: 2-1/2″; 2″; 1″
    • Eggs, 2-1/2″, one or two per bug
  • Acrylic paints: pink; red; white; purple
  • Coordinating craft foam hearts, assorted sizes
  • Coordinating chenille stems
  • Coordinating pom poms, 1/8″ (optional)
  • Wiggle eyes, 1/4″, one pair per bug
  • White elastic cord
    Serrated plastic knife
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Wooden items: toothpicks; skewers; 1/4″ dowel rods
  • Round paintbrush
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Extra-long straight pins
  • Craft knife (for adult use only)
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
Note: Some adult supervision required; read instructions before beginning. Encourage kids to mix and match foam shapes and embellishments to make their own delightfully creative critters.
  1. Place assorted foam balls and eggs in center of work surface. Refer to photo as assembly guide.
  2. Select balls and eggs to use for the head, tail and body. Use serrated plastic knife to cut thin slice from one side only of head and tail pieces. Cut a thin slice from opposite ends of each body segment.
  3. Glue and twist cut edges of foam pieces together until snug. If desired, apply glue along length of a wooden toothpick and push all the way through bug body to secure pieces. For feet, cut smallest foam balls in half or use whole. Let glue dry completely.
  4. Insert skewer into bottom of each bug to use as handle. Holding skewer, paint bugs as desired. If using foam balls for feet and antennae ends, paint these, too. Place skewer in heavy glass or jar to dry. Remove skewer when dry.
  5. For wings, refer to photo as guide and glue together assorted craft foam hearts. Adult should cut tiny slit in back of bug for wings. Apply dot of glue to slit and insert tips of wings.
  6. Cut chenille stem legs and antennae as desired; glue ends into bodies and heads. Glue craft foam hearts or small foam balls onto opposite ends of legs and antennae.
  7. Adult should cut 12″ to 18″ length from elastic cord and knot one end. Pin knot to bug to determine best placement. Adjust as needed. Use skewer tip to poke small hole into foam by knot. Remove pin and glue knot into hole, using skewer to push it in securely. Let dry completely.
  8. Tie free end of elastic to end of dowel or skewer so bug “flies.”
Egg Carton Critters
  • Cardboard egg carton
  • Tempera paint and brushes
  • Glue
  • Googly Eyes
  • Hole punch
  • Pipe cleaners
1.  Cut 12 cups out of the egg carton bottom. Trim the edges and then paint the outsides.
2.  Glue on googly eyes and punch a hole for the mouth, centered on the edge.
3.  To create each set of legs, begin by cutting the pipe cleaners into 4-inch sections. Then punch three leg holes in each side and insert a pipe cleaner piece through each one. Bend the center up inside the shell and shape the ends for the legs and feet.
4.  For antennae, use a pushpin or the end of a paper clip to poke two holes above the bug’s eyes. Push a pipe cleaner through and bending it into shape.
Butterfly Cards
  • Card stock or cardboard (optional)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Colored card stock
  • Old-fashioned candy stick, in a wrapper
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Color-coding sticker dots
1.  Download the Butterfly Template (To view the .pdf file, you’ll need Adobe Reader which is available for free from the Adobe site.)
2.  Print the template onto card stock, or cut out the template and have your kids trace around it onto colored paper. Cut out the butterfly pattern and spots for the wings.
3.  Cut the slots for the candy-stick body.
4.  Open the wings and weave the candy stick down into one slit and up through the other.
5.  To make the antennae, wind the pipe cleaner tightly around one end of the candy stick so that two equal lengths extend upward and then curl the ends.
6.  Finally, decorate your butterfly with the dots and write your message on the back
Giant Hairy Spider
  • Scissors
  • 4 12-inch-long black bumpy pipe cleaners
  • Tacky glue
  • Disk-shaped magnet, 1 inch in diameter
  • 1 1/2-inch black pom-pom
  • 2 googly eyes

1.  Cut each pipe cleaner in half to create the spider’s 8 legs.
2.  Keep the stems straight and use a generous amount of glue to attach the ends of all 8 pieces to the magnet, arranging the pieces in 2 groups of 4.
3.  Apply a small amount of glue to the center of the magnet and attach the pom-pom.
4.  Glue the googly eyes to the pom-pom.
5.  After the glue dries (about 2 hours), bend each pipe cleaner up and back down to create legs. Place in a suitably frightening spot and enjoy.
Valentine Pencil Toppers
  • Scissors
  • Craft foam
  • Permanent markers
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Pencil

1.  Cut a 1- to 2-inch heart from craft foam. With a permanent marker, print a short message on the front and the name of the giver on back.
2.  Now poke an inch of the pipe cleaner through the bottom of the heart, bend it down, and twist it back around the remaining length of pipe cleaner.
3.  Coil the pipe cleaner tightly around the pencil. Then gently pull up on the heart so that part of the coil bobs freely above the pencil, with several loops anchored around the eraser end.
Milk Jug House
  • Plastic milk jug
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Fabric scaps
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Modeling clay
  • String
  • Thimble
1.  For either structure, first cut a 3 1/2 inch square door opening in one of the container’s flat sides with a craft knife (a parent’s job). Cut out windows, if desired.
2.  Glue craft-paper roof shingles around the top of the jug.
3.  For a chimney, use a black marker to draw a few rows of bricks on a strip of red craft paper. Wrap the paper around the jug spout and glue it in place. Stuff a puff of cotton “smoke” into the spout.
4.  Add paper window boxes or business signs.
5.  To make a floor that fits inside the jug, set the jug on a piece of cardboard and trace around the base. Trim the edges of the floor so it will slide easily through the doorway. Decorate the floor by gluing on craft-paper tiles.
6.  For home furnishings, your child can fashion curtains and scatter rugs out of fabric scraps.
7.  Create a houseplant by turning a thimble open end up and filling it with short snips of a green pipe cleaner.
8.  With modeling clay, mold a miniature sofa (pom-poms make great throw pillows) and add building-block end tables.
9.  For a tiny table lamp, start with a round wooden bead for the base. Bend up the lower end of a pipe cleaner and push it into the bead. Shape the upper end into a frame for a shade. Wrap a strip of paper around the lamp shade frame and glue the ends in place.
10.  If you’re making a garage, add a fuel pump or air hose by poking a hole in the side of the jug and tying on a piece of string. A thread-spool car lift finishes off the interior.
Paper Puppets
  • Letter-size sheet of paper
  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Colored paper (optional)
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Tacky glue (optional)

1.  Fold a letter-size sheet of paper in thirds lengthwise (A).
2.  Tape the seam closed (B).
3.  Fold the paper in half. Fold the ends in half, in the opposite direction, so that the paper ends up accordion-folded into four equal sections (C).
Create a face with markers and, if you like, colored paper pieces attached with tacky glue. Slip your thumb and fingers into the two ends of the folded paper to bring your puppet to life.
Easy-Weave Newspaper Print
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Transparent tape
  • Paper towel roll
  • Rubber band
Cut newspaper into 5-1/4- by 21-1/2-inch strips. Fold each strip lengthwise to about an inch wide. We used 3/4-inch strips for the short basket, 1-1/2-inch strips for the taller ones.
To make the basket’s base, lay two strips in the shape of a plus sign and tape them together. (Tip: For taller containers, double the length of each base strip by taping two strips together.) Add four crosspieces to form an asterisk, as shown, taping after each.
Center the strips on the paper towel roll, then fold them down and use a rubber band to secure them, as shown.
Starting at the base of the basket, tuck a folded strip under one paper rib and secure it with tape. Begin weaving around the form, pulling tightly as you go. Tape the end in place. Continue adding strips in this way to achieve the desired height, leaving about 1 1/2 inches unwoven at the top.
Remove the rubber band and take the basket off the paper towel roll. Fold the raw edges inside the basket and tape them down.
Source:  http://bit.ly/eqZB6Y

Chicken Easter Card
What you’ll need:
Chicken Easter Card Tracer (PDF)
* 2 sheets of yellow construction paper
* 1 sheet of orange construction paper
* 2 paper fasteners
* 2 large wiggle eyes
* White craft glue
* Scissors
* Pencil
* Black permanent marker or dark crayon
How to make it:
1. Trace child’s hands onto yellow construction paper and cut out.
2. Use the oval pattern or draw an oval onto the other yellow piece of construction paper. Cut out.
3. Lay the oval on the table and position the wings (hand cut outs) behind it, using the photo as a guide.
4. When the wings are where you want them, carefully poke the fasteners through the construction paper to attach the wings. Using fasteners allows the wings to flap up and down.
5. Using the pattern provided, cut out beak and legs from the orange construction paper.
6. Fold the diamond in half to create the beak and glue one side of the diamond to the yellow paper so that the beak is three dimensional and can open and close.
7. Glue wiggle eyes above the beak.
8. Position the legs under the oval. When you have them where you want them, glue them in place.
9. Use the marker or dark crayon to write a message on the front of the card.

Just Ducky Tennis Ball Chick

  • Tacky Glue
  • Orange craft foam
  • 1 tennis ball
  • 2 googly eyes
  • 1 2-inch yellow pom-pom
  • Yellow and orange craft feathers
  • Black permanent marker
To hatch your own duckling decoration, first use tacky glue to glue together two 4-inch squares of orange craft foam.
When the glue is dry, cut out a 1-piece set of webbed feet, then glue a tennis ball to the feet.
Next, glue 2 googly eyes and 2 duck bill shapes cut from more orange craft foam to a 2-inch yellow pom-pom, then glue the pom-pom to the tennis ball.
For wings and a tail, glue yellow and orange craft feathers to the sides and back of the duck.
Finally, dot nostrils on the top of the bill with a permanent marker.

Have Fun!

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  • You have the cutest crafts here! Thank you for stopping by my Friday blog hop. Additionally, I’d love to have you guest post a craft on my site, if you’d be interested.

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