This holiday season, make the most out of your kid’s spare time by engaging them in these easy DIY home craft ideas. The steps are easy to follow and will provide a great learning experience for the kids as well.
1. Photo Scrapbook
Gather together your developed photos and take a day to organize them in a scrapbook. Kids can help decide which photos will go in the scrapbook and create fun page layouts. It’s an easy and beautiful way to preserve your favorite family memories.
Keep your photos out of direct sunlight or unfiltered fluorescent light. Display them in shady areas, or have copies made and store the originals.
Use archival-grade materials. Regular papers, plastic sheets, adhesives and mounting boards contain acids that damage photographs.
Don’t store photographs near plumbing, in extreme temperatures or in areas prone to damp or high humidity, like basements, attics and garages.
Stash photographs individually, rather than in a stack, as they can stick together.
Document your photos. Use a soft pencil on the back of each image to note who is in the picture and where and when it was taken.
Make backup discs of digital photos in case your computer is damaged or stolen.
Store negatives and prints separately. Spread special ones around by sending selections to friends and relatives. Don’t handle negatives.
2. Tin-Can Wind Chime
This beautiful craft is a great way to let little ones explore their creativity, while making something that’s a treat for the ears and eyes.
5 or 6 tin cans in different sizes Acrylic paint or latex wall paint Paintbrushes Painter’s tape Hammer Nail Twine Scissors 10″-wide embroidery hoop Hot-glue gun
1. Rinse cans in hot water and remove any labels. Let dry. Paint cans a solid color, applying two coats (TIP: Semi- or high-gloss paint gives cans a great shine.) Paint geometric designs on cans. For stripes, use painter’s tape to mask off sections. Let dry.
2. Using a hammer and a nail, tap a small hole through center of a can bottom. Cut a 3′ length of twice and thread through hole. Knot end inside of can. Repeat for remaining cans.
3. Tie cans to embroidery hoop using simple square knots. Space evenly around hoop. Vary lengths so they can hang at different heights. Make sure they care close enough to one another to collide when wind blows, so they will make a sound. Apply glue to each knot to keep it in place.
4. Glue one end of twine to hoop, then wrap twine around hoop until completely covered. Glue end in place. To make a hanger, cut three 2′-long pieces of twine. Tie each piece to hoop, spaced evenly around hoop. Tie pieces together in a single knot, making sure hoop hangs level.
3. Stuffed Sock Toy
Keep kids busy with this toy that they’ll enjoy long after they’re done crafting it. Concerned about it getting dirty? Luckily you can throw this guy in the washing machine and he’ll come out like new.
Materials: Sock (an anklet works great Scissors Polyester fiberfill stuffing Straight pins String or embroidery thread 2 gloves (a pair or mismatched) Felt-tip marker Needle Thread 3 buttons 1′ thin ribbon (1/4″ or thiner)
1. If sock isn’t an anglet, cut off leg just above heel; discard. Fill sock with stuffing and close opening with pins (this it top of head). To form neck, tie string around stuffed sock, about 1/3 down from heel end (heel is back of head).
2. Cut two fingers off each glove, cutting into stuffing. Mark where you want arms attached to body. Cut a slit for each arm, slightly smaller than width of stuffed glove finger. Repeat for legs. To attach limbs, insert tab of glove finger into hole and sew, working around edges of limb.
3. For ears, cut two more fingers off a glove. Trim each to 1″ long. (Do not stuff.) Unpin top of ead. Fold material under so raw edges are inside. Insert an ear at each end of opening; pin in place. Pin together top of head. Sew closed.
4. Position buttons for eyes and nose. Sew buttons to head. Tie ribbon around neck, then trim.
4. Straw and Paper Airplanes
They may not look like regular paper airplanes, but they are guaranteed to fly every time. Assemble several in different colors and let the flying competitions begin.
With just a few straws, some construction paper, scissors, and tape, you can make a paper airplane that looks like a real plane.
Paper straws Card stock Clear tape
Step 1: Assemble all your items
Step 2: Cut the Card Stock
Step 3:Tape the Strips
Once the strips are cut, tape two of the strips together at the ends. You now have one 5-inch strip and one strip that is approximately 10 inches long.
Step 4:Create Two Circles
Tape the ends of each strip together to create a circle. Repeat this step on the other strip.
Step 5:Assemble the Plane
Once both circles are made, use a piece of tape to secure the end of the straw inside the large circle.
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