Illustrate a scene with a diorama.
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Exercise your imagination by working on an art craft for kids. These projects are simple and fun, but you'll be impressed with what you've accomplished when you see the results.

Whether you want to decorate paper with mysterious designs or make models of scenes from your wildest imagination, these art crafts will inspire you and show you how to make your ideas a reality.

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Color-Changing Chalk Drawing

You'll be surprised at how a little water adds unexpected colors to your chalk drawings.

Bubble Print Paper Art

Create an effervescent pattern on paper, just by blowing bubbles.

Spin Art

Wild designs result from rapid rotation when you create spin art.

Marbled Paper Art

Make a sophisticated, stone-like texture by marbling a piece of paper.

Diorama Craft

You can model the world in a shoe box with a diorama craft.

Paper Mosaic Art

Put the pieces together and create a cool work of art.

Sun-Drawn Design Art

The sun will trace the pattern that you lay out in this art project.

Mood Music Drawing

Draw along to your favorite song.

Model Space Station Craft

Explore the outer reaches of space and time by building a model space station.

Thank-You Card Craft

Express your gratitude in a heartfelt way with a homemade thank-you card.

Letter Designs Craft

Practice your alphabet and make art at the same time with the letter designs craft.

Acrylic on Acrylic Craft

Make awesome decorations for your bedroom with this fun acrylic craft.

Buckskin Craft

Celebrate the heritage of Native Americans when you make these buckskins.

Keep reading to learn how you can add new shades to a chalk drawing with just a little water.

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Color-Changing Chalk Drawing

Unlock new colors from your old chalk with this color-changing chalk drawing. A little water is the secret that adds new shades to your color schemes.

What You'll Need:

  • Sponge
  • Pastel chalk
  • Construction paper
  • Hairspray (optional)

Step 1: Lightly dab a moist sponge on one half of a sheet of construction paper to dampen it.

Step 2: Draw a design on both the wet and dry halves of the paper with pastel chalks. Make a squiggle picture by drawing a continuous curvy line all around the paper. Add more squiggles, and color in the spaces. Now compare the colors on the wet and dry surfaces of the paper.

Step 3: When the paper dries, have an adult seal the picture with a fine mist of hairspray.

For the next art craft you'll blow bubbles to create a design that might just blow your mind.

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Bubble Print Paper Art

Decorate paper by blowing bubbles.
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Usually when you blow bubbles, they pop and disappear. Now you can save your bubbles as a cool two-dimensional pattern on a piece of paper by making bubble print paper art.

What You'll Need:

  • Baking sheet
  • Plastic cup
  • Plastic drinking straw
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon dish soap
  • Food coloring
  • White drawing paper
  • Markers

Step 1: Mix the water, dish soap, and a few drops of food coloring in a plastic cup.

Step 2: Place the plastic cup on the baking sheet. Place the straw in the cup, and blow bubbles through the straw until they spill all over the baking sheet.

Step 3: Remove the cup and place a piece of paper down over the bubbles. Lift the paper off. The colored bubbles will create a light design on the paper.

Step 4: Let it dry, and then draw in a picture, or outline shapes in the design. Use this bubble-printed paper as wrapping paper, book covers, or stationery.

Keep reading to learn how to spin your way to a cool piece of art.

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Spin Art

Assemble the spinner to make a design.
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This art project will have your head spinning. Watch as paints mix and swirl to become new colors.

What You'll Need:

  • Cardboard box (with high sides)
  • Nail
  • Cork or small wood block
  • Hammer
  • Newspaper
  • Blunt scissors
  • Drawing paper or construction paper
  • Removable tape
  • Poster paints
  • Water

Step 1: With an adult's help, carefully push a nail through the middle of the bottom of the cardboard box so that it pokes through. Then push a cork onto the nail. (Or use a hammer to gently tap a wood block onto the nail.)

Step 2: Cover your work area with newspaper. Cut a piece of paper to fit inside the box. Tape the paper inside the box to hold it in place. Put dabs of slightly watered-down poster paint all over the paper.

Step 3: Hold the cork (or block) and spin the box. The paint will fly toward the sides of the box. Untape the paper from the box. Place it on your work surface to dry.

What can you make that's as light as a feather, but has a pattern of solid stone? Keep reading to find out.

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Marbled Paper Art

Create paper art that looks like swirled marble. Use the paper to make note cards, book covers, or smoky backgrounds for pictures.

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Craft stick or paintbrush
  • India ink
  • Construction paper
  • Blunt scissors
  • ­Drawing paper
  • Markers

Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper. Fill a sink or basin with 1/2 to 1 inch of warm water. Use a craft stick or paintbrush to swirl the water around, and add 2 drops of ink to the water while it's still swirling.

Step 2: Place a sheet of construction paper on top of the water for about 3 seconds. Slowly lift the paper out of the water. The wet paper will curl a bit. Turn it over, ink side up, and lay it flat on newspaper to dry.

Step 3: To make a note card, cut a sheet of drawing paper smaller than the inked paper. Glue the drawing paper on the blank side of the inked paper; fold the card in half.

If you want to make more marbled ink designs, drain the sink and repeat the steps. Make sure you clean the sink when you're done.

On the next page you'll learn how to create a miniature world where your imagination can run wild.

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Diorama Craft

Imagine what you can put in a diorama.
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A shoe box becomes a window into a world of imagination when you build a diorama. Make a scene out of your wildest dreams by following these easy steps.

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Shoe box
  • Poster paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Blunt scissors
  • ­Construction paper
  • Craft glue

Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper. Make a jungle scene on the inside walls of your shoe box. Paint the ceiling blue and the floor brown. Let the paint dry.

Step 2: Cut out trees from construction paper, making sure to leave tabs in the bottoms. Cut a small slit in the center of each tab. Fold the two tab pieces in the opposite direction, and glue the trees standing in the jungle.

Step 3: Put some trees in the back and some in the front of the box to create depth. Cut out jungle animals such as lions, snakes, and monkeys, and glue them in place.

The next art craft is like a puzzle that you put together from pieces you make yourself.

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Paper Mosaic Art

Have you ever tried to create a big design by starting small? You can use little colored pieces of paper to create a mosaic of a realistic picture or an abstract pattern. It's a cool effect and a great art craft for you to do.

What You'll Need:

  • Assorted colors of construction paper
  • Blunt scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Drawing paper
  • Craft glue

Step 1: Cut assorted colors of construction paper into 1/2-inch squares. The easiest way to do this is to gather a stack of same-color papers, measure and mark 1/2-inch increments on the top sheet, then cut the 1/2-inch-wide strips. Gather the strips and snip them into squares. Continue with the other colors, keeping the colors separate.

Step 2: Draw an outline of a simple picture on a piece of drawing paper. Start by covering the outline of your picture with the paper squares. Glue the squares down one by one, leaving a little space between each piece. Then fill in the design and the background, following the shape of your outline.

The next art craft captures the power of the sun for your own creative purposes.

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Sun-Drawn Design Art

How can you make a design without drawing? It's easy -- just use the sun to "draw" a picture.

What You'll Need:

  • Dark-colored construction paper
  • Household objects

Step 1: Gather several household objects such as a wrench, a key, or a small bowl. Place a piece of dark-colored construction paper in a sunny spot outside or near a window. Arrange your objects on the paper.

Step 2: Leave the paper in the sunny spot for a week. After a week, remove the objects and you'll notice that the areas where the objects were are darker than the other areas. Now you have a sun-drawn design.

If you want, you can add some drawing to your picture to make the objects into something specific such as a person from the wrench or an alligator from the key.

Let the music set the mood for the next art craft.

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Mood Music Drawing

Let the music guide your pencil as you create artwork that matches the mood of the music.

What You'll Need:

  • Radio
  • Drawing paper
  • Coloring tools such as markers, pastel chalks, and colored pencils

Step 1: Listen to a song on the radio. As you listen to it, draw the way it makes you feel. Use several coloring tools such as markers, pastel chalks, and colored pencils to experiment with colors. Think about the colors you would use with fast, slow, or marching music.

Step 2: After you finish that picture, change the station on the radio to find another song with a different tempo. Draw another picture.

Step 3: Keep experimenting with various types of music. Compare the pictures you made for the different kinds of music such as jazz, country, classical, and rock 'n' roll.

Keep reading to find out how to explore outer space without leaving home.

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Model Space Station Craft

Make science fiction a reality by building a model space station. It's a fun way to explore the outer reaches of your imagination.

What You'll Need:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Boxes
  • Clean foam food trays (from fruits or vegetables only)
  • Paper cups
  • Scrap paper
  • Transparent tape
  • Craft glue
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Oatmeal cartons
  • Paper plates
  • Paper tubes

Step 1: Cover boxes, foam food trays, and paper cups with aluminum foil and white paper. Hold the foil and paper in place with tape or glue.

Step 2: Design a space insignia and draw it on some of the pieces. Have an adult cut out windows and landing pads. Tape all the pieces together to create a space station.

Step 3: Have an adult help you hang your space station with string in a doorway. Tape or glue foil around paper towel tubes, oatmeal cartons, and paper plates to make space shuttles and flying saucers. Have an adult cut out the bay doors, and add the wings, the tail, and the nose. Fly your spaceships in and out of the space station.

The next art craft is a creative way to express your appreciation for the important people in your life.

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Thank-You Card Craft

Say thanks with a handmade card.
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When someone brings you an extra special present, you can say "thank you" in an equally special way. Make a picture thank-you card to thank someone for a birthday or holiday present.

What You'll Need:

  • Construction paper
  • Markers

Step 1: Fold a piece of construction paper in half. Write the words thank you on the front. Make one letter in "thank you" into a picture of the gift you received. (For example, if you received a doll, then draw a doll with her arms up for the letter y.)

Step 2: Write the rest of the letters in colorful markers. You can also make birthday, congratulations, and get well soon cards with pictures as the letters. Draw birthday candles to make some letters in Happy Birthday, or make the word soon into a sickbed for a get well card.

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Letter Designs Craft

Letter Designs Craft
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Use your imagination to make your own personalized nameplate for your bedroom door or to create a fun alphabet game with the letter designs craft.

What You'll Need:

  • Colored pencils or markers
  • Drawing paper
  • Ruler
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn

How to make a letter design: Step 1: On a piece of drawing paper, draw an object in the shape of its first letter. For example, the word snake starts with an s. Draw a snake in an s shape, and then write out the rest of the letters. Step 2: Color in your letter design. Try making a poster of all the letters in the alphabet with letter designs.

How to make a nameplate:

Step 1: Cut one 3×8-inch rectangle from a piece of paper and one from cardboard. Draw an object in the shape of each letter in your name on the paper. Then color in each letter design.

Step 2: Glue the paper on the cardboard, then punch a hole in the top two corners of the nameplate.

Step 3: String it with a piece of yarn to hang it up on your door.

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Acrylic on Acrylic Craft

Acrylic on Acrylic Craft
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If you color outside the lines with the acrylic on acrylic craft, it really doesn't matter. They're your guide for coloring in a design, and then you erase the lines anyway.

What You'll Need:

  • Scrap paper
  • 1/8-inch-thick sheet of clear acrylic (available at hobby stores or home
  • centers; cut to fit your desk top)
  • Grease pencil
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper towels

How to make the acrylic on acrylic craft:

Step 1: Cover your work surface with scrap paper.

Step 2: Use the grease pencil to draw a design on the sheet of acrylic. Create a theme to match your room, hobbies, or interests.

Step 3: Turn the acrylic sheet over on the paper with the drawing side down. Using the grease pencil outlines as your guide, fill in the design with acrylic paints. Start painting in the middle of the sheet first, then work toward the edges. Let the paint dry.

Step 4: Turn the sheet over and wipe off the grease pencil using a paper towel.

Step 5: Place the acrylic sheet on your desk, paint side down.

Learn more about Native American culture with the next art craft.

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Buckskin Craft

Buckskin Craft
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Explore the history of Native American symbols by re-creating their beauty on pretend pelts with this buckskin craft.

What You'll Need:

  • Brown grocery bag
  • Blunt scissors
  • Pencil
  • Pastel chalks
  • Hairspray (optional)
  • Craft glue or transparent tape

How to make a buckskin:

Step 1: Cut a brown grocery bag in the shape of a pelt.

Step 2: Crumple up the paper until it becomes very soft. Flatten it, then draw a buffalo, sun and moon, or feathers.

Step 3: Color in the picture using pastel chalks. If you want, have an adult spray it with a very light coat of hairspray to set the chalk.

How to make a ceremonial shield:

How to make a ceremonial shield:

Step 1: Cut the brown paper bag in a circle instead of a pelt shape.

Step 2: Crumple the paper, then flatten it and draw a Native American design on the paper.

Step 3: Cut out paper strips to create fringe. Glue or tape the paper strips to the paper circle.

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