From Flower Pots to Styrofoam Balls, 5 Fun, Easy and Cheap Craft Ideas for Kids for ANY HOLIDAY!
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Holidays are agreat time for kids to get crafty. But what should you make? And what if you're short on cash, or your little one doesn't have a long attention span? No worries! The following crafts are not expensive or difficult - plus they're fun to make!
Not only that - these crafts have a twist! The BASIC THEME for each one can be tailored to fit ANY HOLIDAY!
That's right! This is your go-to FIVE POINT SYSTEM for any kid/craft/holiday situation!
In a nutshell, it goes: FLOWER POT, MAGNET, POLYMER CLAY, PLACEMAT, STYROFOAM BALL!
Whaaat? Am I speaking in some weird code? No, I am not! Well maybe...a craft code.
So...are you ready to get crafty with your kids? Read on:
1).FLOWER POT CRAFTS:
You will need: Flower pots, paint, paint brushes, (google eyes, sequins and glue, if desired) and pipe-cleaners (for some things, such as bunny ears or doodle bug antennae)!.
Flower pot crafts are very cost effective, since flower pots can be bought "dirt cheap" at any home store (pun intended)! Or...you might just have some extras hanging around the garage!
You can use the painted flower-pots to keep things in (like jelly-beans or chocolate kisses) or just use as decoration. You can even add a fake plant, if you want - or give as a gift!
For Halloween, you could suggest your child make a Frankenstein, pumpkin, or mummy flower-pot - or perhaps paint a candy-corn design, or the word 'BOO!". For Christmas, your child can turn the flower pot into a snowman or angle, or paint a red, green, and gold design. For Valentine's Day, it's pink and red hearts all the way! And for Easter, sunny spring-time designs with bunnies and chicks. Fourth of July? Red, white and blue stars!
2).FELT OR FOAM MAGNETS:
Felt or foam magnets are a quick and easy craft, suitable for even the youngest children!
You will need: Sheets of foam or felt, google eyes, sissors, glue, magnet backings (glitter and sequins, if desired).
This craft is fun AND practical. After all, you can never have enough holiday magnets to hang up all that great holiday artwork! You can even find craft bags for sale with assorted shapes and cut-outs of foam already available. This makes the project even easier - and perfect for those budding designers who love to "layer!"
3). POLYMER (FIMO OR SCULPEY) DOUGH JEWELRY, CHARMS, FIGURINES, AND ORNAMENTS:
Polymer dough is a fantastic media to have around. Kids love to shape and mold things. And when their creatiion is turned into a finished product, it will give them a sense of pride and accomplishment.
You will need: Polymer dough (or Model Magic), paint, paint markers, embellishments such as google eyes, beads, sequins, materiall for making hats and scarves, buttons, etc....and Mod Podge. For jewelry, you will also need jump rings, organza ribbon, and needle-nose plyers.
Your child can create many wonderful crafts with polymer dough. (It will need to be baked, in order to harden - unless you use Crayola's Model Magic, which air dries). Girls will enjoy making polymer heart pendant necklaces or blank round pendants or tiles, with holiday pictures painted on.
Painting on very small surfaces can be frustrating for young children (or anyone, for that matter - yours truly, included)! Here is the solution: Use PRANG PAINT PENS! They will offer kids the abilitiy to make a more detailed picture on a small scale, minus the frustration.
Your child can also embelish her picture with glitter or sequins, if desired. When the picture is complete, coat pendant with Mod Podge clear or matte gloss.
There are also charms to be made with polymer dough, as well miniature holiday sculptures, gifts for grandma, ornaments cut out with cookie cutters...the possibilites are endless!
4). CONSTRUCTION PAPER PLACEMATS:
Construction paper placemats are another project that is appropriate for even the littlest crafters.
You will need: Colored construction paper, sissors, pencils for drawing, glue, contact paper, glitter if desired.
This craft is REALLY simple and cheap, and little kids love it. Besides, it makes them feel important when the family is served dinner on top of a placemat they made! Simply offer each child two different color pieces of construction paper. Then have them draw an outline of their holiday picture. After the picture is cut out, it can be glued onto the second piece of construction paper. To complete the place mat, seal with clear contact paper.
A special Christmas place-mat to make is the one that will be underneath Santa's cookies and milk! Don't forget to suggest the "classic place-mat craft" - collecting pretty fall leaves! You can simply seal the leaves in clear contact paper, or suggest your child glue the leaves onto construction paper and draw a tree to go with them, or a picture of himself about to jump into a giant pile of leaves!
5). START WITH A STYROFOAM BALL
Stryrofoam balls are a magical item loaded with creative possibilities! If you have not discovered the magic of the plain styrofoam ball yet, you've been missing out. You can paint them different colors, glue google eyes, felt, and sequins onto them, wrap yarn around them, and stick beads, push pins and pipe cleaners into them. Just don't let your kids start throwing them around, or tossing them for the dog. It's craft time!
You will need: Styrofoam balls, pipe-cleaners, paint, paint-brushes, google eyes, glue, and any embelishments you desire, such as sequins, push pins, beads, pom-poms, etc....
Starting with a plain Styrofoam ball, your child can create a snowman head Christmas ornament, complete with pipe-cleaner and pom-pom earmuffs....a cute Easter bunny with pipe-cleaner ears and a cotton-ball tail....or a scary Halloween spider with 8 different size google eyes!
EXTRA BONUS (for Halloween): TISSUE PAPER GHOSTS
You will need: Lolli-pops, white tissues, ribbon, string or yarn, black markers
Whip up a bunch of these cute ghosties and give them out as Halloween treats - or use as decoration! Have the kids help! Simply cover lolli-pops with a white tissue. Now tie a long string around the "neck" of the ghosts, so you can hang them up. Or - tie a thin orange, purple or green ribbon around the "neck" of the ghosts, and hand out as a fun treat. Don't forget to add a scary, cute, or silly face on your ghost with black marker.
EXTRA, EXTRA BONUS IDEA FOR GIFT GIVING, A HOLIDAY-THEME PICTURE FRAME:
Home-made holiday theme picture frames make great gifts for kids to give - especially if they include a picture of themselves inside!
You will need: A cheap picture frame (The Dollar store sells oodles of these things - or you can go to Michael's Crafts), paint (if desired), stickers and embellishments, glue.
This craft is also really easy - and it produces a nice finished product! Simply allow your child to add embellishments all around the picture frame. Children enjoy being able to choose their own adornments. They will feel like a top designer! (Pssst...grandparents love this gift)!
THERE YOU HAVE IT! I've taken all the guess-work out - without taking all the money out of your wallet! Armed with these 5 basic, easy, fun, yet INEXPENSIVE holiday craft ideas (Remember: Flower pots, Magnets, Polymer Clay Items, Placemants, and Styrofoam Ball) you will always be ready for any occasion - your child's party, a school event, babysitting, play-dates, or simply a cozy rainy (or snowy) day at home!
So take a look at the other holiday crafts utilizing this "5 Craft" theme, and get your creative juices flowing!