Make a Note Keeper Keepsake with your kids where they can keep prized possessions.
Make a Note Keeper Keepsake with your kids where they can keep prized possessions.
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Craft Projects for kids are great activities for parties or everyday fun. Teach your kids to make delightful gifts for family and friends, and enjoy the time you spend together completing these creative projects.

Learn to make personalized keepsakes or art projects that everyone will appreciate. Craft Projects for Kids give children the opportunity to express their tastes and create something beautiful at the same time.

On the following pages, you'll find a wide variety of craft projects that are sure to inspire your children's imaginations.

Net Scape

Teach your children to make a Net Scape, a vibrant collage from images they find on the Internet.

Leonardo Da Salty

Adding salt to watercolor paints creates a unique look for the pictures your children paint. Spice up your kid's art projects with Leonardo Da Salty.

Note Keeper Keepsake

Help your kids build a Note Keeper Keepsake to hold sentimental objects.

Sandy Shore Candle

When you make the Sandy Shore Candle with your kids, you don't need to worry about hot wax. Find out how to make this innovative candle.

Motor Mat

Help your kids create a Motor Mat map of your neighborhood that's both useful and fun during playtime.

Clothespin People

Watch your kids make Clothespin People who resemble friends and family.

Multicolored Crayons

Don't throw away old crayons! Turn them into unique art tools with this Multicolored Crayons craft project.

Canada Day Flag

Celebrate our neighbor's national holiday, July 1, by making a Canada Day Flag with your kids.

Flittering Butterflies

Create a Flittering Butterflies mobile with your kids that's perfect for a sun room or nursery.

All That Glitters

Make shimmering All That Glitters ornaments with your kids and hang them where they will catch the light.

Candle Shield

Learn how to make a Candle Shield, an artistic keepsake that makes a great gift for friends and family.

Making Money

Challenge your kids to think about what's valuable to them with the Making Money craft project.

Hair-Clip Holder

Put an end to lost barrettes and hair ties when you and your kids make a Hair-Clip Holder.

Turn your kids' time on the Internet into a productive, creative exercise. Read about Net Scape, an innovative craft project, on the next page.

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Net Scape

Net Scape is an interactive indoor craft project for kids.
Net Scape is an interactive indoor craft project for kids.
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Net Scape is a craft project that encourages kids to use the Internet to express their creative side. Why not surf the Internet for a few interesting images and turn those discoveries into art?

How to Make Net Scape:

What You'll Need:

  • Computer with Internet Access
  • Printer
  • Blank Paper
  • White Glue
  • Pen

Step One: Go to your favorite Internet search engine. Type in a fun topic (a name, a band you like, a country in Asia, a flavor of ice cream), and see what comes into view.

Step Two: If you find a picture, statement, or logo that really makes you smile, print it out and set it aside.

Step Three: Once you get 4 or 5 great printouts, turn them into an expressive cyber collage. Be sure to date the back of the page and put it in a safe place. Pull it out in weeks or years to enjoy it all over again.

Help your kids create innovative art projects. Read about Leonardo Da Salty, a craft project for kids, on the next page.

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Leonardo Da Salty

Leonardo Da Salty is an indoor craft that teaches kids to make innovative art.
Leonardo Da Salty is an indoor craft that teaches kids to make innovative art.
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Leonardo Da Salty is a craft project that lets kids use science and salt to make amazing pictures! Salt and food color will both dissolve in water, which is a physical change.

If the water evaporates, the salt and the food color are left behind, which is also a physical change. Use these physical changes (which make a substance look different but don't change the chemistry of the objects) to make great art!

How to Make Leonardo Da Salty:

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Warm Water
  • Salt
  • Several Containers
  • Food Coloring
  • Paper
  • Paintbrushes or Cotton Swabs

Step One: Cover your work surface with newspaper. Mix warm water and salt together in several containers; add as much salt to each solution as it will hold -- until no more salt will dissolve.

Step Two: Add a few drops of different food color to each container, and mix well.

Step Three: Paint a picture on paper using the colored salt solutions. Put it on thick so that when it dries a lot of salt will be left behind.

Step Four: Let the painted paper sit for several hours until the water evaporates, and then observe. Notice how the color and salt remain on the paper. The interesting patterns of color around the salt crystals create a beautiful picture.

Note Keeper Keepsake is the perfect place for kids to keep precious objects. Learn how to make this craft project for kids on the next page.

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Note Keeper Keepsake

Teach kids to make a Note Keeper Keepsake to store precious objects.
Teach kids to make a Note Keeper Keepsake to store precious objects.
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Note Keeper Keepsake is a craft project for kids that helps them create a special place to keep special things. Have you ever found a feather that was so beautiful it took your breath away? Have you ever been given a note that was so sweet you just couldn't throw it away?

Note Keeper Keepsake is the perfect place to keep all those treasures. In fact, it will wind up being a treasure itself.

How to Make Note Keeper Keepsake:

What You'll Need:

  • Small Wooden or Paper Box (a shoe box is okay)
  • Old Magazines and Newspapers
  • Photographs
  • Scissors
  • Craft Glue
  • Paintbrush

Step One: Go through boxes of family photos, old magazines, and newspapers, and cut out pictures and words that are special to you.

Step Two: Glue those pictures on the lid of your keepsake box. With the paintbrush, paint a thin coat of glue over the lid. (Be sure the glue you use will be clear when it dries.)

Step Three: Your box has become more than just a box -- it's a reflection of who you are. And it's the perfect place to keep your most private possessions.

Make a Sandy Shore Candle with your kids without worrying about hot wax. Find out how to create a safe, fun craft project for kids on the next page.

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Sandy Shore Candle

A Sandy Shore Candle brings the beach into your home.
A Sandy Shore Candle brings the beach into your home.
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Make a Sandy Shore Candle with your kids. This new technique using wax crystals is much safer than making traditional candles. Simply pour the crystals into a container, insert a wick, and you're ready to glow!

How to Make a Sandy Shore Candle:

What You'll Need:

  • Clear Small to Medium Drinking Glass (heat resistant)
  • Sand
  • Shells
  • Candle Wax Crystals: Mystic Blue, Cornflower Blue, Soft Teal
  • Wax-Coated Candle Wick
  • Waxed Paper
  • Tacky Glue
  • Craft Stick
  • Scissors

Step One: Cover the work surface with waxed paper. Using the craft stick, spread a layer of glue around the bottom edge of the glass, going 1/4 to 1/3 of the way up the glass. Pour some sand onto the waxed paper and roll the glass in the sand. Let glue dry completely.

Coat the outside of the glass with glue. Coat the outside of the glass with glue.
Coat the outside of the glass with glue.
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Step Two: Decide where you will place the shells around the sandy area of the glass. Attach the shells with glue. You may have to hold a shell in place for a short time while the glue sets.

Decorate the glass with sand and shells. Decorate the glass with sand and shells.
Decorate the glass with sand and shells.
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Step Three: Pour mystic blue crystals in the bottom of the glass until you reach the top of the sand. Tilt the glass and add about 1/2 inch of cornflower blue crystals. Tilt the glass the other way and add about 1/2 inch of soft teal crystals. Keep tilting the glass and alternating all 3 colors to make a wave pattern.

Fill the glass with the colored wax mixture. Fill the glass with the colored wax mixture.
Fill the glass with the colored wax mixture.
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Step Four: Insert the wick into the center of the wax crystals until it reaches the bottom.

Lower the wick into the candle. Lower the wick into the candle.
Lower the wick into the candle.
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Step Five: Cut the wick off 1/2 inch above the surface of the crystals.

You and your kids can make a Motor Mat filled with landmarks from your own neighborhood. Read about this craft project for kids on the next page.

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Motor Mat

Let your kids draw your neighborhood on their Motor Mat.
Let your kids draw your neighborhood on their Motor Mat.
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Make a Motor Mat with your kids so they can find all their favorite places in your neighborhood. With your motor mat, your kids can find their way to the movies, the mall, or any other place they want to go.

How to Make a Motor Mat:

What You'll Need:

  • 1-1/4 yard of vinyl fabric
  • Blunt scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Cord
  • Permanent markers

Step One: Cut a 40-inch square of vinyl fabric. Cut holes in the fabric and string cord in and out of each hole as shown in the illustration.

Step Two: Use permanent markers to draw roads, rivers, and railroads on one side of the vinyl fabric. Start in the middle and work out. Let the markers dry before your kids play. Make roads just like the ones in your neighborhood.

Step Three: Add parking places, a pond, and squares where wooden buildings might be placed. Use a green marker to draw trees and bushes. Let the markers dry.Step Four: Draw traffic signs, gas stations, and important buildings on your mat. When your kids are done playing, pull the cord to close the mat into a bag.

Clothespin People are fun to make and share with friends. Learn how to make Clothespin People with your kids.

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Clothespin People

Teach your kids to make Clothespin People, and enjoy the characters they create.
Teach your kids to make Clothespin People, and enjoy the characters they create.
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Clothespin People are an ideal rainy day craft project for kids. Help them create their own action figures -- family members, super heroes, or even an Olympic ski team!

How to Make Clothespin People:

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Slotted Round Wooden Clothespin
  • Acrylic Paints and Paintbrush
  • Fine-Point Markers
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Craft Glue
  • Felt Scraps
  • Construction Paper

Step One: Cover your work surface with newspaper.

Step Two: Paint on clothes for your clothespin person, letting the paint dry between each section. Paint the bottom 1/2 inch for the shoes.

Step Three: Paint the slotted "legs" for the pants.

Step Four: Paint the top part of the clothespin body for the shirt. (Leave the knob unpainted.)

Step Five: Draw a face on the knob of the clothespin using fine-point markers.

Step Six: To make the arms, wrap a pipe cleaner around the middle of the shirt and glue it in place.

Step Seven: Cut a hat from felt, and glue it on top of the head.

Step Eight: Cut small paper skis, and glue them to the bottom of the clothespin legs.

Make Multicolored Crayons that your kids can use for art projects. Learn how to recycle old crayons with this indoor craft project for kids.

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Multicolored Crayons

Teach your kids to make Multicolored Crayons, a great indoor craft project for kids. Don't throw away your old crayons. Recycle them into new multicolored crayons, and draw pictures that change colors with each stroke.

How to Make Multicolored Crayons:

What You'll Need:

  • Old Crayons
  • Microwave-Safe Container
  • Paper Cupcake Liners

Step One: Peel off the wrappers from old crayons. Break up the crayons into 1/2-inch pieces. Put the pieces into a micro­wave-safe container.

Step Two: Melt the crayons in the microwave on a high setting for 3 to 4 minutes. Watch the crayons until most of them are melted.

Step Three: Pour the melted crayons in a double-layered paper cupcake liner. Be very careful -- the crayon wax will be very hot.

Step Four: Let the wax cool. (You can put it in the freezer for a few minutes.) Pop the new crayon out of the liner to make great multicolored art.

Celebrate Canada's national holiday by making a Canada Day Flag with your kids. Find out how to make a Canada Day Flag on the next page.

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Canada Day Flag

Make a Canada Day Flag to honor our neighbors.
Make a Canada Day Flag to honor our neighbors.
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Make a Canada Day Flag with your kids. It's an ideal craft project for kids -- even more ideal on July 1, Canada Day. Wave the Canadian flag you created together using construction paper and paint.

How to Make a Canada Day Flag:

What You'll Need:

  • Red Paint
  • Paint Tray or Pie Tin
  • Large Maple Leaf
  • White Construction Paper
  • Paintbrush
  • 12-Inch Stick
  • Tape

Step One: Pour some paint into a tray or pie tin, and dip the leaf into the paint to coat 1 side of it thoroughly.

Step Two: Press the leaf in the center of the white paper, and carefully lift the leaf up.

Step Three: Paint the outside ends of the paper to make the Canadian flag (see illustration).

Step Four: When the paint is dry, tape your flag to the stick. Proudly wave the Canadian flag to celebrate Canada Day on July 1!

A Flittering Butterflies mobile is perfect for a sun room or nursery. Learn how to make this craft project with your kids on the next page.

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Flittering Butterflies

Paint the craft sticks you will use in the mobile.
Paint the craft sticks you will use in the mobile.
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Flittering Butterflies is a challenging craft project for kids, but the results are more than worthwhile. No need to have a drab room anymore! Follow these simple instructions to make a colorful mobile with your kids that will brighten up a corner of your house.

How to Make Flittering Butterflies:

What You'll Need:

  • 1/4-inch Dowel Rod, 13 to 18 inches long
  • Two 1/8-inch Dowel Rods, 7 to 10 inches long
  • Acrylic Paint: Bright Yellow, Fuchsia
  • Craft Foam: Light Blue, Rose, Pink, Turquoise, Purple, Black
  • 6mm Chenille Stems: Azalea, Orange, Orchid, Gold, Pink
  • Fishing Line
  • 1-inch Brass Macrame Ring
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • White Paper
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Tacky Glue
  • 1/8-inch Hole Punch

Step One: Cut the dowel rods to the lengths specified. Sand the ends and paint. For the butterfly, paint the 1/4-inch dowel yellow and the other 2 fuchsia.

Step Two: Trace butterfly patterns onto white paper and cut out. Draw around patterns onto craft foam with the pen. Cut a butterfly wing and 3 detail pieces (butterfly wing dots) from each color of foam. Cut 10 black bodies.

Trace and cut out the butterfly shapes. Trace and cut out the butterfly shapes.
Trace and cut out the butterfly shapes.
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Step Three: Using the hole punch, make 2 holes in the top of each butterfly's head. Cut each chenille stem into a 6-inch length. Fold the stem in half and thread each end through the holes. Bend ends up and coil to form antennas.

Shape the antenna using colored chenille stems. Shape the antenna using colored chenille stems.
Shape the antenna using colored chenille stems.
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Step Four: Lay pieces on a table, arranging and rearranging the detail pieces on the different color wings until you find the combination you like. Glue the pieces in place. Let dry. Turn wings over and glue matching pieces to opposite side. Glue front and back head pieces together to hold the antennas upright. Let dry.

Glue the colored cutouts onto the butterfly shape. Glue the colored cutouts onto the butterfly shape.
Glue the colored cutouts onto the butterfly shape.
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Step Five: Thread a needle with a piece of fishing line about 24 inches long. Stick the needle and thread through the center top of a butterfly, pull the thread through and tie a square knot close to the top. After making sure the knot is tight, cut off the short length of fishing line. Repeat for each piece.

Attach clear thread to the butterfly. Attach clear thread to the butterfly.
Attach clear thread to the butterfly.
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Step Six: Working on a flat surface, lay painted dowels and butterflies where you would like them to hang when the mobile is finished. One butterfly will hang from the center of the large dowel, 2 from each of the smaller ones.

Attach the butterflies to the painted craft wands. Attach the butterflies to the painted craft wands.
Attach the butterflies to the painted craft wands.
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Step Seven: Starting with the center butterfly and the large dowel, tie the butterfly to the dowel with a square knot. Leave a long tail of fishing line at the top of the dowel and tie the macrame ring to it, also with a square knot.

Attach the metal ring to the top of the mobile. Attach the metal ring to the top of the mobile.
Attach the metal ring to the top of the mobile.
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Step Eight: Cut a length of fishing line and tie the smaller dowels to the ends of the large dowel, using square knots. Tie butterflies, using square knots, to the smaller dowels, one from each end. Cut the ends of fishing line off about 1/8 inch from the knots.

Hang your Flittering Butterflies mobile and watch them fly. Hang your Flittering Butterflies mobile and watch them fly.
Hang your Flittering Butterflies mobile and watch them fly.
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Step Nine: Hang mobile. To balance, slide pieces along the dowel until the mobile is hanging straight.

Create another mobile with flying fish. Create another mobile with flying fish.
Create another mobile with flying fish.
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Step Ten: To make the fish mobile you'll need: ocean reef blue, lime green acrylic paint; red, royal, orange, lime, yellow craft foam; and 10mm wiggle eyes.

Make shimmering ornaments with your kids to hang where they will catch the light. Read about All That Glitters, a craft project for kids, on the next page.

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All That Glitters

Make window ornaments that show your family's holiday spirit.
Make window ornaments that show your family's holiday spirit.
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All That Glitters is a great craft project to share with your kids. Reflections of light turn the glitter art you make together into sparkling masterpieces.

What is glitter? Most glitter is made up of hundreds and hundreds of tiny metallic plastic bits. Glitter is often made of the same material as those sparkling mylar balloons you see at birthday parties and grand openings. The material's reflective quality catches the light in a dazzling way.

How to Make All That Glitters:

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Stiff Paper or Card Stock
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • White Glue
  • Glitter
  • Waxed Paper
  • String

Step One: Cover your work surface with newspaper. Cut your favorite shapes out of stiff paper or card stock. Punch a hole in the top of each shape, and cover one side of the shapes with a fine layer of glue.

Step Two: Sprinkle your favorite color of glitter over the shapes. Place the glittered shapes on waxed paper.

Step Three: As soon as the glue dries, shake the loose glitter onto a sheet of paper. Put the excess glitter back into the bottle to recycle it.

Step Four: Flip the shapes over, and repeat the process for the other sides of the shapes.

Step Five: Once the glue is dry, thread string through the holes to hang your glittering objects in the sunniest window. You'll soon discover all that glitters is not gold -- but it can be pretty stunning. (Be careful not to get bits of glitter in your eyes. Be sure to wash your hands as soon as you have finished this activity.)

A Candle Shield is a craft project for kids and makes a great gift. Learn how to make Candle Shields with your kids on the next page.

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Candle Shield

A Candle Shield is a creative gift for any home.
A Candle Shield is a creative gift for any home.
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A Candle Shield is a craft project for kids that makes an ideal holiday gift. Since you can't see the candle behind your shield, it will seem as if your picture is glowing all by itself.

How to Make a Candle Shield

What You'll Need:

  • Heavy-Duty Aluminum Foil
  • Blunt Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Permanent Marker
  • Pushpin
  • Candle

Step One: Cut three 8-inch squares from the aluminum foil. Place the 3 foil squares on top of each other. Fold the edges over about 1 inch on each side.

Step Two: Use a permanent marker to draw a design, such as a jack-o'-lantern, on the foil. Place the foil on a soft surface such as a rug or a piece of foam. Following the lines of the drawing, punch out the jack-o'-lantern design using a pushpin.

Step Three: Curve the foil so that it stands up about 3 inches in the front of the candle. (Make sure there is a base under the candle to catch wax drips.)

Step Four: Light the candle and the Candle Shield with your family.

Have fun Making Money with your kids. This craft project for kids allows them to express their values in a creative exercise. Read about it on the next page.

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Making Money

Making Money challenges kids to express their values creatively.
Making Money challenges kids to express their values creatively.
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Making Money is a creative craft project for kids that's educational and fun. Real money reflects the culture of the land from which it originates. It tells you what is important to the people of that country. U.S. currency features American landmarks, leaders, and spiritual symbols.

Who and what would you honor if you could create paper money of your own?

How to Make Money:

What You'll Need:

  • Paper
  • Markers
  • Real Money to Study
  • Scissors

Step One: What would your money say about you if you had a land of your own? Why not design your own paper money and find out?

Step Two: Which heroes -- both male and female -- would you feature on the bills? Why? What landmarks best reflect who you are? Why?Step Three: What color would your money be? Make your own money to find out more about yourself -- so get out your art supplies and draw!

Make a Hair-Clip Holder with your kids that's so cute you'll never lose a barrette again! Read about this craft project for kids on the next page.

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Hair-Clip Holder

Learn to make a Hair Clip Holder that displays your kid's barrettes.
Learn to make a Hair Clip Holder that displays your kid's barrettes.
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A Hair-Clip Holder is a craft project for kids that helps them keep their hair -- and their rooms -- a little neater. If your kids are always losing their hair clips and scrunchies, they need someplace to keep them.

This fun project is a great idea for organizing "hair things."

How to Make a Hair-Clip Holder:

What You'll Need:

  • Stiff Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Yarn
  • Craft Glue

Step One: Cut a 4-inch circle from stiff cardboard. This is your hair-clip holder's "face." Draw on eyes, lips, freckles, dimples -- anything that makes you smile.

Step Two: Cut sixteen 20-inch pieces of colored yarn to make your hair-clip holder's "hair." Tie the yarn pieces in the middle with a small piece of matching yarn to form the "part."

Step Three: Glue the part to the top of your cardboard face. You can either braid the dangling strands of yarn hair or leave them loose.

Step Four: Now you can keep all your hair ties and barrettes safely clipped in your holder's hair until you're ready to use them!

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