Summer Crafts Project

Summer is full swing! While most of us are busy everyday with events, some days-like the rainy and stormy ones recently- are perfect for some fun summer crafts.

clip_image002These simple pinwheels can be made for decorations, party favors, or just for fun. We made ours with colored card stock, but you might try cereal boxes, or you could use plain paper and let the kids draw or paint a design. You could put them on skewers and decorate a cake with them, plant them in your garden, or make a garland of pinwheels. You could use sticks from your yard instead of the dowel rods for a natural look. And you could draw faces on the circle to make flower people.

 

clip_image002Supplies:
-Card stock
-Jumbo paper clips
-Scissors
-Pliers (helpful, but not necessary)
-Dowel rods, approximately 12″ long
-Beads

1. Gather your supplies.
2. Cut card stock according to template: Download file
3. Fold down corners along one side of each flower petal.
4. Unbend a paper clip and slip a bead on it. Bend at the end to secure the bead.
5. Assemble the pinwheel with the circle next, then the pinwheel flower, and finally another bead.
6. Wrap the end of the paper clip tightly around the top of the dowel rod, making sure to bend in sharp points.
Spin and enjoy!

clip_image002DIY Metal Can Lanterns

Set your yard aglow with DIY metal can lanterns!

This is a great project to upcycle metal cans! For this project we used tomato cans, a hammer and a nail. If you want to hang the can lanterns you will also need a coat hanger or piece of wire. Just make clip_image003a hole at the top on each side for hanging, and fasten on the wire.

Instructions for Metal Can Lantern Tutorial

First, fill the cans with water and freeze. This will keep the cans from collapsing when hammering.

If you are worried about fingers getting smashed, a pair of vice grips or pliers can hold the nail. (obviously, adult supervision and common sense judgment should be used here.)

clip_image001USA Banner Instructions

http://www.easy-kids-crafts.com/usa-banner-instructions.html

Items Needed:

-Red, White and Blue Construction Paper
-Ribbon
-Scissors
-Glue or tape or stapler

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut out a star using the blue construction paper
  2. Cut out a slightly smaller star using the red construction paper
  3. Cut out an even smaller star using the white construction paper
  4. Paste the white star on the red one and paste the red one on the blue on. Set aside for now
  5. Cut out the letter “U” using the blue construction paper
  6. Cut out the letter “S” using the red construction paper
  7. Cut out the letter “A” using the white construction paper
  8. Cut the ribbon roughly 5 feet. Fold it in half and make a bow in the middle of the 5 feet, so that the tails on either side are roughly 2 1/2 feet.
  9. Using a stapler, tape, or glue (I found the stapler holds it better but the glue looks better) attach the star about 6 inches from the bow. Attaching one of the tails to the outsides of the star.
  10. Then proceed to attach the “U” below the star in the same way, then the “S” and then the “A”. If you have to much ribbon hanging down, cut it.

Easter Crafts

Easter’s almost here! Busy little hands love cutting, gluing and getting messy with Easter kids crafts. We have found the best, prettiest, most adorable crafts to do with your kids. Keep reading to see our favorites!

shaving eggShaving Cream Painted Easter Egg Cards
You will need:
A tray of some sorts
Shaving cream
Cardstock or construction paper
Acrylic paints
Squeegee
A toothpick, paintbrush, or spoon (something to swirl the paint)

  1. Squirt enough shaving cream on the tray to cover the surface.  Spread it around to make the surface relatively even, it won’t be smooth.
  2. Once you have your shaving cream on the tray, squirt some acrylic paint onto it.
  3. Then using a toothpick, paintbrush, spoon, or something similar, zigzag gently though the paint to give it a marbled effect.
  4. Using cardstock, cut out egg shapes to paint. You can try a few pieces of construction paper that worked just fine too.
  5. Press your paper into the paint/shaving cream and let it sit for a few seconds.
  6. Remove the paper by lifting it straight up.  Let the paint/shaving cream sit on the paper for a couple of minutes before squeegeeing it off the paper.
  7. Gently and smoothly squeegee the shaving cream off the paper.  It will remove the shaving cream, but not the paint.

tissue eggStained Glass Easter Eggs
Materials:
Construction paper
Clear Contact Paper (find at Walmart)
Glue or glue stick
Scissors
Hole punch
Suction cup hanger
Colored tissue torn into approx. 1″ pieces

  1. Cut out an egg shape from the center of a piece of construction paper. Repeat, using the first sheet as a guide so the sheets are identical.
  2. Cut out a piece of clear contact paper about an inch larger than the egg shape and attach it to one of the pieces of construction paper making a “window”.
  3. Have an assortment of torn tissue paper ready to use in various colors.
  4. Attach pieces of tissue paper to the sticky side of the “window” of the egg shape until it’s fully covered.
  5. Using glue or a glue stick, glue down construction paper #2 to construction paper #1, lining up the eggs to match exactly. Be sure to glue right up to the edge of the egg shape. Allow to dry if using glue.
  6. Cut another piece of contact paper a little larger than the egg shape and carefully press it down on top of the tissue covered egg to seal everything.
  7. Trim around egg leaving about 1/2 inch of the construction paper for a border.
  8. Punch a hole at the top of the egg and hang in a window.

eggsTissue Paper Mache Easter Egg Sculptures
Materials:
Torn tissue paper
Glue mixed with water (2 parts glue to one part water)
Balloons

Start by:

  1. Tearing the tissue paper.
  2. Set the balloon in an old container while working on it so it won’t roll around.  For the water balloon, such as a small plastic cup.  Use two parts glue to one part water for the mixture to put the tissue paper on the balloons.
  3. Make sure to get off the excess glue mixture before applying it on the balloon.
  4. Do a layer, let dry, and repeat this process for at least 2-3 layers.  When they are dry, you can pop the balloon. They may be a little flimsy in some areas.

(the last craft was tested at the wfla home office and turned out really well!)