The sky's the limit when deciding on the perfect craft for your child's birthday party. Use your imagination, and have some fun!
Young girls who are into prince charming and fairy tales will adore the idea of decorating their own tiaras; all you'll need are several plain, shiny crowns to adorn with plastic jewels, feathers and beads. To wind down after craft hour, have a tea party fit for all of the pretty young princesses in attendance.
Another great idea is to have children make or embellish an item that doubles as a party favor, like a wooden picture frame. As guests arrive, take pictures of each child with the birthday boy or girl, and print them in your home office. In the meantime, have children adorn plain picture frames with stickers, shells, buttons, ribbons and felt balls for a keepsake to take home and enjoy after the party.
If the kids you're entertaining are older, have a knowledgeable friend give a brief, five-minute lesson on a famous artist, like Jackson Pollock, and display two or three pieces of the artist's work on easels for inspiration. Set up paints and large sheets of paper for kids to create their own splatter works of art in Pollock's style.
For edible art fun, host a cookie decorating party, where guests also design their own aprons. Pass out plain, canvas aprons when kids arrive, and allow everyone to personalize their own with fast-drying markers and paints. Afterward, move everyone to the kitchen in their new aprons to decorate baked goods.
Need more inspiration? How about paper plate portraits? Provide party guests with several old magazines so they have pictures of plenty of noses, mouths, eyes and ears to cut out, and supplement the activity with lots of yarn, furry fabrics, glue, scissors and wooden ice cream sticks. Put a twist on the activity by dividing kids into pairs and instructing them to create each other's portraits instead of their own.
Other arts and crafts activities perfect for birthday parties include weaving friendship bracelets, baking clay ornaments, creating stained glass, stringing beaded jewelry and making tie-dye T-shirts.
On the next page, we'll share three of our favorite arts and crafts birthday party themes and give you a checklist of supplies so you can plan one for your child's next celebration.