Construction Paper Crafts


Double line drawing
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Construction paper crafts for kids bring out the creativity in even the youngest kids. They offer fun for the whole family, even in a group with varied ages. Kids can make drawings as simple or as complex as they want, and these crafts still give a rewarding result.

"Keep it simple" could be the motto of these crafts, as you draw with two crayons, experiment with sponging in flower art, or make transparent pictures that the sun will flood with light. Gather a few materials, round up the kids, have them rev up their imaginations, and get ready to enjoy an impromptu art experience.

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Keep reading to find out how you can make your own construction paper crafts:

Double Line Drawing

Draw pictures that may make you think you're seeing double.

Sponge Flower Art

Discover how to use sponges to create a vase of colorful flowers.

See-Through Pictures

Let the sunshine make your vibrant pictures bolder and brighter.

Two crayons can be better than one for double line drawing. Go to the next page to find out how to do this art technique.

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Double Line Drawing

Double line drawing with two crayons

Double line drawing may make you think you're seeing double, but you're not. You're actually seeing a colorful design drawn with two crayons, markers or pencils at once.

What You'll Need:

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  • Masking tape
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils or markers
  • Construction or drawing paper
  • Watercolor paints and paintbrush (optional)

Step 1: Hold two crayons, colored pencils, or markers side by side and tape them together with masking tape. You can use two of the same color or two different colors.

Step 2: Draw a picture on a piece of paper. Your picture will have double lines. Write your name a few times or make the same design, such as a heart, over and over in different colors and sizes. Change color combinations often.

Step 3: After you've finished drawing your picture, color the space between the lines to create a bold design. If you use crayons to draw your picture, color the spaces with watercolor paint to create a resist effect.

Ready to try some sponging? Look on the next page to discover how you can create pictures with sponged flowers, leaves and fruit.

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Sponge Flower Art

If you thought sponges were only for cleaning up messes, you're in for a surprise with this colorful sponge flower art project.

What You'll Need:

  • Construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Blunt scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Heavyweight paper
  • Newspaper
  • Poster paints
  • Paper plates
  • Sponge

Step 1: Fold a piece of construction paper in half. Draw half of a vase shape at the fold.

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Step 2: Cut along the lines of the shape, and unfold the paper. Glue the vase shape on a piece of heavyweight paper.

Step 3: Cover your work surface with newspaper. Place poster paints on paper plates. Dip a damp sponge in the paint, and then sponge paint "flowers" on the paper above the vase.

Step 4: Twist the sponge to create swirled flowers, or press the sponge on the paper for stamped flowers.

You can use this technique to make a bowl of sponged fruit, a tree with sponged leaves, or a cornucopia with sponged vegetables.

Keep reading to learn how you can make see-through pictures with colors that are brighten in the sunlight.

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See-Through Pictures

When the sun shines through see-through pictures, the colors become bolder and brighter. This construction paper craft is easy to make and doubles as a holiday decoration.

What You'll Need:

  • Construction paper
  • Blunt scissors
  • Transparent tape
  • Clear plastic wrap
  • Permanent markers

Step 1: Fold a piece of construction paper in half, and then fold it in half again.

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Step 2: Cut out a square from each quarter section, leaving enough edge to frame the cutout. You'll have a single frame that holds four pictures.

Step 3: Unfold the paper, and tape a piece of plastic wrap behind each cutout square hole.

Step 4: Draw pictures on the plastic wrap with permanent markers. Add dark outlines to bright colors.

You can use see-through pictures to make holiday decorations for your front window.

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