3 Creative Craft Ideas for Kids for Spring Decorations or Gifts (Includes Photos and Tutorials)
Creative Art Ideas for Kids
Use these spring-themed creative craft ideas for kids to make decorations or gifts that are perfect for Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day and Easter. If you have kids and enjoy doing crafts, you probably have most of the supplies already.
Valentine's Day Lots of Love Wreath
It's easy to get caught up in the merchandising of Valentine's Day and become focused on getting. Here's an easy to make St. Valentine's craft for kids, which they can give to friends or family as a wonderful reminder it really is as much fun to give as receive. Depending on the age and motor skills of the kids, this craft takes about one to three hours to complete.
Supplies You'll Need
- Cardboard (recycled cereal boxes save money)
- Wreath template (use a large bowl and a small jar lid if you don't have a wreath)
- Construction paper in Valentine's day colors such as red, pink, white or purple
- Heart-shaped cookie cutters or heart templates
- Scraps of yarn in red, white and pink plus enough yarn of your choice of color to wrap wreath (about two to three ounces)
- Hot glue gun (use only with adult supervision)
- Kid-friendly scissors
- Rubber cement
Steps for Making Your Valentine's Day Wreath
- Trace around wreath template or a large bowl onto cardboard. If using a bowl as your pattern, trace around a smaller bowl or jar lid for the center of the wreath.
- Let your child use the scissors to cut out the wreath. For young preschoolers, adults may need to make the first few cuts to get them started on the outside and inside of the wreath pattern.
- Alternatively, adults cut out the center portion of the wreath using sharp scissors or an art knife.
- Put a drop of hot glue on wreath and glue down the end of the yarn. (This is best done by adults if working with preschoolers, while older elementary and middle schoolers could probably do this with adult supervision).
- Wind yarn around the wreath, covering the cardboard as completely as possible. (Tip: This part of the craft takes the longest. As the adult, you may want to wrap at least part of the wreath while the kids trace and cut heart shapes out of the construction paper).
- When finished wrapping the wreath, use another dab of hot glue to secure the end.
- Trace and cut heart shapes from the colored construction paper.
- Let the children decorate them as they choose. We used a heart-shaped hole punch and then layered the hearts for a dimensional effect. We added a recent school picture as this is a gift for an out-of-town relative.
- If you are layering several hearts together, use rubber cement. Paper adheres to paper better and with less puckering and wrinkling if you use rubber cement instead of white glue.
- Arrange the decorations on the wreath in a pleasing pattern.
- Use hot glue to affix them to the wreath.
- Cut three strands of 18 inch yarn and braid together to make a hanger for the wreath and a decorative bow. If preferred, store-bought ribbon could be substituted for the braided cords.
St. Valentine's Day Wreath Picture Tutorial
St. Patrick's Day Paper Chain Garland
Usher in your St. Patrick's day celebration with this quick and inexpensive craft decoration for your home. Kids can complete this craft in about 30 to 40 minutes and experience almost instant gratification for their efforts.
St. Patrick's Day Craft Supply List
We made this art project with craft supplies we already had on hand with the exception of the shamrock. We found some awesome, glittery shamrock cut-outs at the local discount store for a dollar, so we splurged on those. If preferred, use a shamrock-shaped cookie cutter or cut a pattern from cardboard and make your own shamrocks.
While you're working with your kids on this art project, have some fun and interject some learning by talking about why we celebrate St. Patrick's day or who St. Patrick was. An interesting piece of trivia is St. Patrick used the shamrock as an object lesson to help people understand the mystery of the Trinity of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
You'll also need:
- Green construction paper
- Yarn in color of choice
- Hot glue gun
- Kid-friendly scissors
- Hole punch
Making Your St. Patrick's Day Paper Garland
Use the ruler to mark off twelve, one-inch strips of paper across the width of the construction paper. We stacked three sheets of construction paper atop each other, and traced the lines for four strips. That way, we saved time by cutting out the strips faster. However, this does require some degree of hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills for the child to hold all the sheets of construction paper together and cut. If you are working with preschoolers, you may prefer to just draw twelve equidistant lines on the paper.
- Join ends of paper strips together to make a circle, joining circles as you go to make a paper chain.
- Punch a hole in the top of each shamrock.
- Cut the yarn into twelve, 12-inch strips.
- Thread the yarn through the hole in the shamrock.
- Tie each shamrock to one of the chains of the garland.
- Hang and enjoy!
Photo Tutorial for St. Patrick's Day Paper Craft
Which Craft Suits You Best?
Which spring holiday are you most likely to celebrate by making a craft?
Easter Resurrection Rock Paperweight Craft
You can do this kid's Easter craft in a couple of days or stretch it out over a week or more to suit your needs. We used rocks we collected during the previous summer, which had already been washed and prepared for painting. If weather permits, you might want to do a nature walk and let the kids look for intriguing rock shapes as day one of the craft.
As you work on this project, talk to your kids about Easter and the resurrection. Suggest to them that whenever they look at their rock, it's a reminder of the rock being rolled away from Jesus' tomb.
You'll also need the following supplies to complete your craft:
- Easter themed stickers or clip art
- Acrylic craft paints in Easter colors (pastels, white or purple)
- Mod Podge (we used a matte finish)
- Sponge brushes
- Clear acrylic spray sealer
- Permanent marker in choice of color
Step by Step Tutorial for a Rock Paperweight
- Wash the rocks to remove as much surface debris as possible and let dry for four or five hours or overnight.
- Paint in colors of choice using the acrylic craft paint.
- Let dry overnight for best results. Place the rock on an empty container (from yogurt, for instance) to make it easier to paint it from all sides.
- You can paint the bottom or leave it plain.
- After applying the Easter decoration of choice, apply one or two coats of Mod Podge to glue and to seal the decoration to the rock.
- Let dry for at least twenty minutes or overnight.
- Let the child write his or her name on the bottom of the rock. Adding the date is a nice touch if the paperweight is a gift. It's always fun to look back on a craft and see when a child made it.
- Use the spray sealer according to package directions to finish the project.
Note: As a test, we used one sticker and one paper cut-out to decorate the rock. The sticker was easier to affix to the stone and the colors stayed bright when the Mod Podge was applied. The paper cut-out wrinkled and we had trouble working out the air bubbles. The colors faded, which was disappointing.
Focus on the Product, not the Process
Whether you decide to use one or all of these creative craft ideas for kids with your family, remember art is more about the product than the process. Let your kids enjoy experimenting with different art media and techniques. They will be proud of their work, and if you choose to give a project away as a gift to a friend or family member, the recipient is sure to be pleased with the end result.
Easter Paperweight Art Project in Pictures
© 2013 Donna Cosmato