Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Halloween Kid Crafts - Costume Accessories

Kids love to play dress up making Halloween an especially fun holiday for kids of all ages. When they can take an active part in creating their own costume, the whole event becomes even more fun. Although a young child probably can not make their entire costume, they can certainly make an accessory or two.

The following Halloween kid crafts focus just on costume accessories that can be used well after the holiday for other dress up fun.

pipe cleaner crown

This pipe cleaner crown by Kiwi Crate is an easy to make accessory that just takes one item - pipe cleaners!

Ikat Bag shows how easy it is to make safe swords with empty wrapping paper cardboard tubes. If you save your tubes, you are in luck. If not, you can always use any type of cardboard, from a box, and cover that with the tin foil. Check out the sword tutorial for more ideas.

For this Halloween craft, have your kids go outside and start collecting some branches. All they need to do is decorate the branches with beads like this idea from Playful Learning or simply paint them with some glitter paint like the idea below from Kids Activity Blog.

Now for hats!

A jester hat is fun and colorful and just takes some construction paper, cutting and gluing. It's easy with this jester hat pattern.

This princess cone hat is another fun one that little girls will love. Check out the tutorial at First Palette.

A popular character to be on Halloween is either a witch or wizard, so I had to include a witches hat.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Homemade Christmas Ornaments For Kids To Make

When kids are little, they enjoy helping out with all of the tree trimming activities. Now is the time when you want to take advantage of that interest and let them experiment with some home Christmas ornaments that you can enjoy for years to come. Because, believe me, when they get into those teen years, most will no longer have an interest in such matters.

There are plenty of homemade Christmas ornaments for kids to make that are fairly simple, creative, and highly personalized. These little keepsakes will be treasured for many Christmases as they are brought out each year along with all of the memories.

 Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1.  Button Tree Ornaments by Things To Share And Remember

I love button crafts - probably because I have a suitcase full of old buttons! 

2.  Paint Brush Ornaments by Mud Pie Studio 

Who would have thought that a paint brush could make such a cute ornament?

3.  Icicle Ornaments by Happy Hooligans

Pipe cleaners and beads are all that are needed for these sparkly and colorful icicle ornaments.

4.  Snowmen Ornaments by Whatever...

These snowmen ornaments are so adorable.  You can see the kids in action putting these together in the step by step tutorial shown.

5.  Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments by Nest Of Posies

And, everyone needs a handprint ornament!  These are especially fun to pull out after the kids have grown.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Pumpkin Crafts For Preschoolers

Halloween is just a couple of weeks away and there is no doubt that by now your preschooler is "all in" on getting involved with the pumpkin decorating activities.

Most of us are not ready to hand over a knife to our little ones for the basic pumpkin carving tradition, though, so I have come up with some safer alternatives.

Your kids are sure to have just as much fun, if not more, with this collection of pumpkin crafts for preschoolers.  All of them are easy to do, creative, and, of course, very safe.

1.  Baby Food Jar Pumpkins Craft by One Plus One Plus One Equals One

These baby food jar pumpkins are adorable.  Kids only need to fill the jars with orange paper.  There is minor gluing on the outside to make the project complete.

2.  Painted Pumpkins by Holly's Art Corner

Why not just let your kids decorate real pumpkins with paint or ribbon?  Chances are, if you are decorating your own real pumpkin, they are going to want to get in on some of that action!

3.  Halloween Butterfly Pumpkin by Spoonful

Oh my!  What child wouldn't want to turn a pumpkin into  a cute insect?  This project is sure to be a hit.

4.  Lunch Bag Pumpkin by Family Crafts

A paper lunch bag can quickly become a cute pumpkin with some added embellishments and paint or marker.  This could even be filled with treats to have later!

5.  Pumpkin Mask by Michelle's Journal Corner

And finally, this adorable pumpkin mask from a paper plate is something kids will enjoy making and then playing with.

I hope you have been inspired!

Happy Crafting!