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Spring Crafts for Kids: Easy, Fun Ideas
When I began to research spring craft ideas for kids, I knew that I would find a wealth of resources. However, I still wasn't prepared for the variety of different topics and amazing selection of tutorials that I would get. I have done my best to provide an overview and representative sampling of what is out there. This is by no means a comprehensive list but will still provide hours of creative entertainment for you and your children throughout the spring.
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Cardboard-Button-Felt Flowers: If the cutting and assembling process is too complicated for your particular age group of children, consider assembling the toilet paper flowers and cutting the felt leaves ahead of time. Your kids will still have fun choosing detail colors and putting it all together.
Tissue Cherry-Blossom Tree: There are many variations out there for this project. As long as you can find enough branches, this is about as simple as it gets. Dress up your tree with leaves and more elaborate flowers or keep it simple with a plethora of these little tissue paper cherry blossoms.
Felt Flower Bouquet: I'm sure that many of you already know how much I enjoy buttons. They make the perfect touch for any kind of crafty flower center. Exercise caution when using a glue gun around children, even when you're the one controlling the gun. This blog author used felt flowers that she'd purchased, which works just fine. You and your kids can also cut out your own.
Felt Spring Vase: Save a tin can or two so that you can make these fun vases with your kids. If you don't want to use a glue gun, I would opt for Tacky glue instead of Elmer's. The spring pastel color palette is beautiful, but you can mix it up any way that you like. The ribbon and buttons add a fun touch. Look for ribbons that have some sort of dots or other detail.
Fabric Wrapped Spring Containers and Pretty Pots: Fabric and decoupage medium will dress up just about any type of metal pail or flower pot. These tutorials keep the pails pretty simple with patterned fabrics, but you can customize this idea any way that you like with embellishments, written messages, etc.
Paper birds: This is a great way to use up extra little bits of scrapbook paper. Let your kids have fun sorting through your stash left over from other projects. The paper clip feet idea is great. Hopefully you won't have too much trouble bending them so that the birds can stand up on their own. Check out FamilyFun's Curly Birds, too.
Handprint chicks: It never fails to amaze me what people come up with for craft projects. Who knew that hand prints would be perfect for chicks? The paint prints and beak give this simple little guy great character.
Polymer Clay Bird Ornaments: You can easily customize these ornaments for any season or holiday, including Easter or spring. Simply change up the colors and/or messages. The personalization options here are endless.
Cross-Stitch Bird: Generally I stick to free tutorials and patterns for these type of craft articles, but I couldn't resist including this here. The price is very reasonable and will be well worth it. This is a great beginner cross-stitch project. Once the bird is finished, you can frame it, turn it into a pillow, attach it to a bag, etc. There are so many possibilities.
Put a Bird on It - Portlandia
Speckled Easter Eggs: At some point I made write a separate hub with egg decoration ideas, but for now, I wanted to include a few here, as this is such a classic kid Easter activity. This tutorial includes separate instructions for tea-stained eggs, blue eggs, and speckled eggs.
Marbleized Easter Eggs: Martha recommends blowing out the inside of the eggs first, although if you want to use regular hard boiled eggs, I don't see why you can't. (It's easy enough to make these again next year, right?) This marbleized effect is simple and stunning. The nesting idea included in this tutorial is great, too.
Recycled bird feeder: Just about any type of medium-large juice or milk container will perfectly for a recycled bird feeder. If you don't use a waterproof decoration, I would recommend finishing it with a spray acrylic medium to waterproof it.
Heart Shaped Bird Seed Cakes: Do you still have your heart shaped molds from Valentine's Day? Pull them out one more time this year to make these bird seed cakes with your kids. The blog author has some great bird resources to share with your kids before or after making these cakes, too.
Spring Baby Grass Wreath: There are tutorials for wreaths for just about every season and occasion. Spring is no exception. The effect here with the fun fur yarn and the pinned daisies is so easy and effective. This bright decoration will add a bit of cheer to your front door, living room, or kitchen throughout the spring.
Pinwheel Wreath: If you're in the mood to make some pinwheels with your kids, have them make a few extra so you can also put together this wreath. There are instructions for both the regular pinwheels and the wreath in this post. All you'll need to add for the wreath are buttons, pins, a strip of ribbon, and a wreath form.
Rag Wreath: I shared this tutorial in a different hub, but the color palette is perfect for any time in the spring, so I'm sharing it here, too. This rag wreath concept is simple and a perfect way for using up lots of extra scraps. Let your kids have fun sorting through your fabric stash and picking out the perfect pieces for their wreath.
Paper Caterpillar: This little guy will make any shelf or windowsill more cheerful during the spring. Younger kids will be happy simply cutting, punching, and threading their circles while older kids may want to make more elaborate caterpillars with any variety of decoration and embellishment.
Butterfly Canvas Art: I am not a big proponent of purchasing lots of niche craft supplies, but paper punches are generally a good investment because they are more versatile than some scrapbooking supplies. You can use them for card making and just about any other type of paper art project. A butterfly punch will make this project much easier. If your kids enjoy these type of projects and want to make of them, look for sales on bulk packages of canvases at Michael's.
Toilet Paper Roll Butterflies: Transform old toilet paper rolls and scraps of patterned papers and ribbons into adorable butterfly decorations. Check dollar stores for inexpensive glass vases or containers to use as perches for these guys.
In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
Lion and Lamb Nameplates: This is such a cute party theme idea for any little kid spring event. You can follow the place card/name display idea here or simply create them as an adorable table decoration.
Lion and Lamb Cupcakes: I'm sure that it's not a surprise that Martha Stewart would design a lion/lamb cupcake idea. This is a little time intensive and does require some baking ingredients that you might not have on hand all the time. However, the instructions are very easy to follow and of course the effect is adorable.
Lion and Lamb Masks: Never underestimate the importance of imaginative play for children. Even the simplest props can go such a long way. There is no end of possible stories that children will concoct for these two animals. If they really get into it, consider making additional play components for their stories such as costumes and scenery elements.
Simple Wall/Window Art
Flowers Behind a Fence: For the first tutorial, the bubble wrap and masking taped white fence give this painting idea some neat texture. You can customize colors and flower detail any way that you like. Encourage kids to be creative with adding personalization (i.e. a sun in the sky, people, other plants, etc.). For the second tutorial, the blog author shares a great book suggestion to go with the art project.
Spring Window Art: I honestly have no idea how readily available liquid leading and clear gallery glass window paints are at major craft stores (or exactly what sections you'd find them), but they are readily available online. I had never even heard of these window paints before. However, the effect is really cool. This was not designed as a kids' project tutorial. However, it's fun for just about any age.
General Home Décor
Golf Ball Vase Fillers: This tutorial includes a handful of ideas for decorating golf balls that range from easy to complex. You'll be able to find at least one idea that suits you and your kids. The clip on chalk board sign is a great touch. If you don't already have a vase on hand, check the floral section of your local dollar store.
Glue Yarn Balls: I'm sure that many of you are familiar with this concept of using a balloon as a round form and then popping the balloon when the craft is complete. You won't need to blow up your balloons very much at all to get the perfect size for these decorative balls. They will be right at home in just about any basket or vase.
Bunny Pops for Spring: Candy molds are a lot of fun. If you don't already own some type of spring mold (bunnies, chicks, flowers, Easter eggs, etc.), it's worth investing in at least one. You can use the same molds for a wide variety of sweets.
Cake Pops - Chicks and Flowers: There are a handful of really cute spring cake pop ideas out there. These were two of my favorites. These are both a little time intensive and definitely kid/adult team projects, but they are well worth it. This would be a great dessert option after Easter dinner or for any type of special event in the spring (birthday party, bridal shower, etc.).
Get some great cake pop tips right here.
More kid friendly spring craft ideas from the author.
- Spring Greeting Cards: Homemade Card Ideas to Make
This article is about spring greeting cards. It has over ten different ideas for homemade cards to make. There are lots of photos and resources.
- Felt and Paper Flowers Tutorial: DIY Craft Project
This article is a tutorial for felt and paper flowers. It includes a supply list, step by step directions for making bouquets, and lots of photos. It also includes other suggestions for felt and paper flower projects.
- Easter Crafts for Kids: Easy Ideas for Homemade Projects
This article is about Easter crafts for kids. It contains over a dozen easy ideas for handmade projects. There are lots of photos, links, and resources.
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