FREE Holiday Craft Ideas

If you're a parent looking for something fun to do together, you and your children will enjoy making these quick and easy crafts.

If you're a teacher wondering what you'll do to keep the kids busy on the afternoon before a holiday, you'll love the ideas we present.

Crafts are cheap, easy to demonstrate, and cute enough to earn a spot on the fridge at home.


salt dough art project holiday craft

December 2006: Paper Loop Snowman

This adorable snowman is fun and easy to make.

Materials list (per child):

  • 1 9x12 inch sheet of white construction paper
  • 1 9x12 inch sheet of black construction paper
  • Markers or crayons
  • 1 brown chenille stem (for arms)
  • Glue stick, double sided tape, or stapler
  • White glue
  • White, silver, or blue glitter (optional)
  • Hole puch
  • a few inches of yarn or ribbon

Directions:

  1. Cut one strip of black construction paper 1-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches.
  2. Cut one circle of black construction paper 2 inches in diameter.
  3. Use the glue stick, double sided tape, or stapler to form the black strip into a loop.
  4. Place a circle of white glue on the black circle and place the loop into the glue to complete the snowman's hat. Allow the hat to dry while you continue.
  5. Cut three strips from the white construction paper to the following dimensions:
    - 2 x 9 inches
    - 1-1/2 x 9 inches
    - 1-1/4 x 7 inches.
  6. Use the glue stick, double sided tape, or stapler to form the largest strip into a loop.
  7. Fold the medium sized strip (the torso) as illustrated. The folds will be used to hold the arms in place.
  8. Draw buttons, a face, and anything else you want on the two smaller white strips, using the illustration as a guide for placement.
  9. Use the glue stick, double sided tape, or stapler to form the smallest strip (the head) into a loop.
  10. Fold the medium sized strip (the torso) as illustrated, and use the glue stick, double sided tape, or stapler to form a loop, as illustrated.
  11. OPTIONAL: Spread a thin layer of white glue on an extra piece of paper. Spread a layer of white, silver, or blue glitter on a plate or sheet of paper. Dip the edges of the loops in the glue, and then dip the edges of the loops in the glitter. Gently shake off excess glitter, and set aside to dry.
  12. Trim the brown chenille stem, and form each end into 'hands'. They should look like little tree branches.
  13. Glue the chenille stem in to the flap inside middle ring as illustrated.
  14. Using the glue stick, double sided tape, or stapler, assemble the three loops, and glue the hat on to the snowman's head.
  15. Punch a hole in the left and right side of the hat, and tie the ribbon through the holes so you have a way to hang your snowman. Make sure all the glue is dry before you hang him up.



December 2005: Jumbo Craft Stick Snowman

This snowman is cute and easy to make with kids of all ages.

Download a PDF of the instructions.

Materials (per child)

  • 7 Jumbo craft sticks
  • White and Black paint (you may want to spray-paint the sticks beforehand)
  • Decorative ribbon about 5in long (for hat)
  • 2 Large wiggle eyes
  • 5 small rocks (about 1/4 inch diameter) or buttons. Snow-plow cinders are the perfect size.
  • Orange craft foam, felt, or construction paper
  • Black Marker (optional)
  • Scrap of cardboard about 3-3/4in wide x 5in high
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun or white glue.

stick Snowman holiday craft

Directions:

NOTE: You can save time and mess by pre-painting the sticks. Complete steps 1, 2, 3, and 4 ahead of time.

If you plan to have the students paint the craft sticks, glue the sticks to the cardboard first (steps 6 and 7), then start at step 1

  1. Paint six craft sticks white.
  2. Allow the paint to dry.
  3. Paint one of the craft sticks entirely black.
  4. Paint the top 2in of the six white sticks black (to form the hat)
  5. Allow the paint to dry completely.
  6. Make two vertical cuts about 1in long in the top of the center of the cardboard. Fold slightly to make a flap as illustrated. Punch a hole in the center of the top of the flap of cardboard (to hang from a nail).
    cardboard flap
  7. Glue the six white craft sticks to the cardboard scrap as shown.
  8. Glue the black craft stick down to create the brim of the hat, as shown.
  9. Glue the wiggle eyes on to the snowman's face.
  10. Cut out a triangle of orange craft foam (the carrot nose)
  11. Glue the carrot on to the snowman's face
  12. Wrap the ribbon around the brim of the hat and glue the ends in place on the back.
  13. Glue each of the small stones or buttons to the snowman's face in the shape of a smile.

CAUTION: Hot glue guns and hot glue can burn skin. Only use a hot glue gun with adult supervision.

salt dough art project holiday craft

December 2005: Salt-Dough Ornament

Cooking is a great way to teach a variety of skills. Counting, Measurement, fractions, following directions, physical reactions, and states of matter are just a few. Have children help you make the dough, and then add scents of their choice. Once the dough has dried, you can decorate the ornaments with paint, glitter, ribbons, and other craft supplies. You can even glue on a picture of the child for a photo ornament.

NOTE: The no cook recipe is suitable for children of any age. For the cooked dough, children must be carefully supervised around boiling water. Both doughs are safe to eat, but are very salty and are not meant to be edible.

Dough can be stored in the refridgerator in an air-tight container for a few weeks. Bring dough to room temperature before using.

Download a PDF of the recipes.

Recipes (adjust quantities for the number of children):

No Cooking Required Salt Dough

1/4

Cup water

1

T. vegetable oil

1/2

tsp. food coloring

3/4

Cups flour

1/2

Cup salt

Combine water, oil, and food coloring. Add all dry ingredients and mix well. Kneed until smooth.

Cooked Salt Dough

1

Cup water

1/4

Cup salt

2

T. vegetable oil

1/2

tsp. food coloring

1

Cup flour

1

T. cream of tartar

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, combine water, oil, coloring, and salt. Stir until salt is dissolved and water comes to a soft boil. Add flour and cream of tartar. Stir constantly until dough forms a ball. Remove from heat and kneed until smooth.

How To Dry or Bake Salt Dough
Salt dough can be air or oven dried. To oven dry, place items on a foil lined cookie sheet. Bake for one hour at 125°. Remove items from the sheet and place directly on the oven rack. Slowly raise the temperature to 200°. Bake for several hours — until dry, checking periodically. Dried items will sound hollow when tapped.

Directions:

  1. Mix the dough as described above. Spices such as cloves, cinnamon, or oregano can be used to scent the dough. Extracts (such as lemon, vanilla, or peppermint) also work extremely well. Unsweetened drink powder will color and scent the dough, but note that some drink powders contain dyes that can stain clothing.
  2. Roll the dough out on a flat surface and cut with shaped cookie cutters or form shapes by hand or using dough tools. Use a coat-hanger wire to bore a hole through the shape for hanging. Note that the hole often shrinks during drying, so make it fairly large.
    To make large shapes, form a skeleton from crumpled aluminum foil. Mold the clay over the foil form.
    For hollow shapes (like a votive candle holder), mold clay over a plastic bag filled with dry rice. Once the clay dries, dump out the rice and carefully remove the bag.
  3. Air or oven dry the dough. Dried items will sound hollow when tapped.
  4. Decorate the shape(s) with paint, glitter, and other craft supplies. If you are making candle holders, make sure the embelishments are non-flammable.


December 2005: Pop-up Christmas Card with Stencil Cover

Pop-Up cards are really quite easy to make. For younger children, you may want to pre-cut the card (steps 1-6). With a little practice, you can easily and quickly create the pop-up card base freehand. Change the shapes to make a pop-up card for any holiday or even a book report or student of the week.

Adjust the project to the age and ability of your child(ren). Improvisation fosters creativity.

* NOTE: This project requires the use of our die-cut machine to cut out the shapes. Use of our die-cut machine is FREE.

Download a PDF of the instructions and templates for the banners.

Materials list (per child):

  • One piece of white cardstock (8.5 x 11)
  • One piece of sky blue card stock (8.5 x 11) (you only need one sheet per four children)
  • Several sheets of colored construction paper or cardstock for decorating the inside of the card as desired
  • Scissors
  • Ruler and Pencil
  • Glue stick or white glue
  • Paint, crayons, markers, glitter and other craft supplies (avoid thick or bulky items that will prevent the card from closing properly)

Pop Up Card Illustration holiday project

Directions:

  1. Fold a piece of white cardstock in half lengthwise. The folded paper will measure 4.25 x 11 in.
  2. Cut the card in half so the identical cut cards measure 4.25 x 5.5 in. one card will become the inside "mechanics" of the pop-up card. The other will be the outside of the card.
  3. Working with only the inside card, draw three lines parallel to the folded edge of the card. Draw the first line 1in. from the fold, another line 3/4in. from the fold, and a third line 1/2in. from the fold.
  4. Mark lines at: 1in., 1-3/4in., 2-1/4in., 3-1/4in., 3-3/4in., 4-1/2in. Extend the lines from the fold to the horizontal lines as illustrated.
  5. Make a total of six cuts along the vertical lines from step 4. Crease the paper as shown.
  6. Open the card, and then refold the card, reversing the creases to form the completed pop-ups as illustrated.
  7. Repeat steps 1-5 with sky-blue paper. Cut along the fold from step 1, and then cut the tabs away along the creases. Glue the blue paper to the card to form the sky.
  8. Decorate the background and pop-ups as desired. Decorations should measure no more than three inches tall to fit inside the card when folded closed.
  9. Decorate the outside of the card with stencils, die-cuts, crayons, markers and other craft supplies.
  10. Glue the inside and outside of the card together.


December 2005: Christmas Gift Bag

This holiday season present your gifts in hand-made gift bags, decorated with festive paper tiles. The fun of this project is deciding how to crop the shapes within the tile square. Sometimes artist choose to show only part of an image to make a more interesting composition. Encourage each child to explore different and interesting ways to crop the subject.

Adjust the project to the age and ability of your child(ren). Improvisation fosters creativity. You can make 1, 2, 3, 4, or more tiles according to the time you have available.

* NOTE: This project requires the use of our die-cut machine to cut out the shapes. Use of our die-cut machine is FREE.

Download a PDF of the instructions.

Materials list (per child):

  • 1 gift bag (any color)
  • Several sheets of colored construction paper
  • White glue or glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Crayons, markers, paint, glitter and other craft supplies to decorate the tiles.

Directions:

  1. Cut several square tiles from colored paper (the tiles shown are 2-1/2 in. squares).
  2. Use the die cut to create several holiday shapes from colored paper.
  3. Embellish the shapes (TIP: Cut the shape from multiple colors of paper and then cut out the desired parts. For example, cut the snowman from white, brown, and black paper. Trim the hat and arms and layer them onto the white snowman.)
  4. Experiment with different placements of the shape(s) on the tiles. Glue them down once you've found a pleasing composition.
  5. Trim off (crop) the excess shapes to form square tiles.
  6. Set the tiles in a pleasing arrangement.
  7. Glue the tiles onto a single sheet of paper to help them stand out from the bag.
  8. Glue your tile collage on to the gift bag.
  9. Decorate the bag with ribbons or bows, and line the bag with colorful tissue paper.


November 2005: I am Thankful for... die-cut Book

Books are fun to write. Shapes are fun to color and cut. So what could be a bigger blast than making shaped books? Take some time as a family to record the things you're most thankful for this year.

* NOTE: This project requires the use of our die-cut machine to cut out the turkey shape. Use of our die-cut machine is FREE.

Download a PDF of the instructions.

Materials list:

  • 1 sheet of brown paper or cardstock (for cover)
  • 1 or 2 sheets of white (or tan) copy paper (for pages of book)
  • Stapler with staples
  • Crayons, markers, feathers, wiggle eyes and other craft supplies to decorate the cover of your book.

Directions:

  1. Fold the cover stock paper in half like a book.
  2. Fold the pieces of paper in half like a book.
  3. Place the paper inside the cover. Do not staple yet.
  4. Place the book on the die so that a portion of the shape extends beyond the fold of the paper (see illustration). NOTE: to have the fold of the book on the left side, the shape should extend off the paper to the RIGHT when you are looking at the cutting side of the die.
  5. Push the die and booklet (face down) into the die-cut machine and cut out your shaped book.
  6. Remove the book from the machine.
  7. Open the book flat and staple along the crease of the spine of the book.
  8. Decorate the cover and write a story or poem, or record your thoughts in your shape book.
  9. Don't forget to write your name on your book.


November 2005: Woven Turkey Clothespin magnet

Adjust the project to the age and ability of your child(ren). Improvisation fosters creativity.

Download a PDF of the instructions.

Materials list:

  • 1 sheet of light brown construction paper or cardstock
  • 1 sheet of dark brown construction paper or cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick, large name tag sticker, contact paper, or lamination machine* (see step 4)
  • 1 jumbo craft stick
  • 1 clothespin (the type with a spring)
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun or white glue
  • About 3in. of magnetic "tape"
  • Crayons, markers, feathers, wiggle eyes and other craft supplies to decorate the project.

Directions:

  1. Glue the clothespin on to the jumbo craft stick.
  2. Cut one sheet of brown paper into strips about 1/4in. to 1in in width - depending on your child's age and ability, and depending on the size of the die-cut.
  3. Cut the second piece into strips, but do not cut all the way across the paper. Leave about 1in. uncut to form a simple loom.
  4. Weave the paper strips into the loom. It may be easier for your child if you tape the loom to the table.
  5. You need to make the weaving permanent so that when it is cut the strips won't fall out. Here are a few ways to accomplish that:
    • Place one or more large name-tag stickers or address stickers on the weaving (they'll be hidden on the back).
    • Lay contact paper down on one side (the back).
    • Cover another sheet of paper with glue stick. Then press the glue paper down to the weaving.
    • Laminate the weaving
  6. Cut the weaving out using the die-cut machine.
  7. Decorate the front of the die-cut weaving, or add other shapes and text of interest.
  8. Glue your decorated die-cut on to the clothespin.
  9. Decorate the craft stick.
  10. Adhere the magnetic tape to the back of the jumbo craft stick.


TIP: When you cut out the shape from the woven strips of paper, keep the "excess" material not used in this project. Glue it down on a sheet of dark paper and use as the cover of a card.


October 2005: Twisted Paper Bag Wreath

* NOTE: This project requires the use of our die-cut machine to cut out the required shapes. Use of our die-cut machine is FREE.

Adjust the project to the age and ability of your child(ren). Improvisation fosters creativity.

Download a PDF of the instructions.

Materials list:

  • 1 Brown paper shopping bag (for leaves and wreath)
  • Orange, brown, and red construction paper or cardstock (for pumpkins, turkeys, and apples)
  • Assorted craft supplies and ribbons
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun or white glue
  • A few clothespins
  • Stapler with staples
  • 1 large paper-clip

Directions:

  1. Cut the ragged top off the paper bag (about 1/2in. down from the top).
  2. Cut down one side of the bag from top to bottom.
  3. Holding the bag upright, cut from let to right to make three 3in. wide strips.
  4. Crinkle each strip so that it looks like a rope.
  5. If your students are old enough or know how, have them work in pairs to braid the three paper ropes. Younger students can simply twist the ropes.
  6. Working in pairs, form the braided ropes into a large circle. Glue the ends together and hold in place with the clothes-pins while the glue dries (or you can use staples).
  7. While the glue dries, decorate die cuts of leaves, pumpkins, turkeys, or other fall shapes.
  8. Remove the clothespins and decorate your wreath (hint, use the decorations to hide the seam where the two ends meet)
  9. Unfold the paperclip so it forms a hook. Hook one end of the clip around one of the paper ropes, and use the other end to hang on a nail.

* NOTE: Not intended for outdoor use

CAUTION: Hot glue guns and hot glue can burn skin. Only use a hot glue gun with adult supervision.

October 2006: Paper-Strip Pumpkin (an idea from Marcia Hansen)

One of our own Flagstaff educators brought us this great idea. The craft is simple and cute as can be!

Adjust the project to the age and ability of your child(ren). Improvisation fosters creativity.

Materials (per child):

  • 1 Sheet of orange construction paper (9x12 inches)
  • Scissors (fancy edge scissors make the pumpkin even cuter)
  • A sharp pencil
  • 2 Brass fastener brads
  • 1 thin strip of green construction paper (aproximately 1/4in x 3 inches) for stem/vine
  • 1 Small piece of green construction paper for the leaves
  • White glue
  • Assorted craft supplies for decorating the pumpkin

Paper-Strip pumpkin

Directions:

  1. Cut five strips aproximately 1 inch wide by 12 inches long from the orange paper.
  2. Fold one strip in half to find the middle (or measure 6 inches from the side).
  3. Poke a small hole through the center of all five strips with the sharpened pencil.
  4. Poke a small hole at each end of the strips about 1/2 inch from the end.
  5. Poke a brad through the center holes in the strips, and flatten the legs of the brad to hold the strips in place.
  6. Fan the strips out in a circle.
  7. Curve the strips up, one by one, and poke the second brad through the hole at the end of each strip, going in order around the pumpkin.
  8. Once you have all the strips on the second brad (the last couple might be a little tricky), flatten the legs of the second brad.
  9. Tear or cut out a couple of green leaves.
  10. Curl the strip of green paper around a pencil and hold it while you count to twenty.
  11. Uncurl the strip slightly and glue on top of the pumpin for a stem/vine.
  12. Glue the leaves on the top of the pumpkin to hide the second brad.
  13. Decorate your pumpkin as desired.

TIP: Adapt this craft to make a goofy spider. Use black paper. Cut four additional strips and glue on the bottom to form 8 spider legs. Attach wiggle or sticker eyes.


Mummy Candle Jar

October 2006: Glass Jar Mummy Candle or Pen Jar

This mummy candle will light up kids' faces. For children too young for candles, this spooky container is perfect for holding candy or pens.

Materials list (per child):

  • 1 washed and dried glass baby food or mason jar
  • 1 inch Masking tape
  • Permanent markers
  • 1 votive candle
  • Other assorted craft supplies (non flamable)

Directions:

  1. Throw away the lid to the jar.
  2. Wrap the masking tape around the outside of the jar.
  3. Draw a scary mummy face on the outside of the jar with markers.
  4. Decorate the outside of the jar with other craft supplies (optional).
  5. Place the votive candle inside the jar and have an adult light the candle. DO NOT LEAVE BURNING CANDLES UNATTENDED

CAUTION: Do not leave a burning candle unattended. Do not place tape or anything flamable inside the jar. Do not cover the jar. Do not place candles near flamable materials or within reach of children.

October 2006: Jack-O-Lantern Puzzle

This easy Jack-O-Lantern is fun to make and fun to put together! Have a pumkin-puzzle design contest, or see who can solve their neighbor's puzzle the fastest!

Adjust the project to the age and ability of your child(ren). Improvisation fosters creativity.

* NOTE: Be sure to write the child's name on the back of every piece of their puzzle.

Download a PDF of the instructions.

Materials (per child)

  • 6-8 jumbo craft sticks
  • Orange paint
  • Masking tape
  • Black magic marker
  • Zip top baggie large enough to hold the craft sticks.

Jack-O-Lantern Puzzle craft project

NOTE: You can save time and mess by pre-painting the sticks. Complete steps 1, 2 and 3 ahead of time.

If you plan to have the students paint the craft sticks, tape the sticks together first (step 3), then start at step 1

  1. Paint the craft sticks orange.
  2. Allow the paint to dry.
  3. Place the craft sticks next to each other, orange side down, and tape the sticks together with the masking tape.
  4. Help or have each child write their name on the un-painted side of every craft stick.
  5. Turn the craft sticks over, orange side up.
  6. Invite the child(ren) to draw a face on their Jack-O-Lantern. NOTE: Make sure the face is large enough that something is drawn on every stick of the puzzle. Avoid completely blank sticks.
  7. Remove the masking tape, and have the child scramble the pieces and solve the puzzle.
  8. Store in the zip-top plastic baggie.


October 2006: Spider Hat

Young spooks will love making this easy hat. Follow the specific directions below, or allow your child(ren) to design their own creations using an assortment of craft supplies.

Adjust the project to the age and ability of your child(ren). Improvisation fosters creativity.

Download a PDF of the instructions.

Materials list:

Directions:

  1. Fold the construction paper as illustrated.
  2. Cut the paper as shown to form an even bottom.
  3. Staple or glue the paper into a cone to fit your child's head.
  4. Allow each child to decorate their hat as shown, or using the craft supplies.
  5. Instructions for creating the spider shown:
    1. Paint the styrofoam ball or select a pom-pon.
    2. Gouge a hole in the bottom of the styrofoam ball using a pencil.
    3. Poke three chenille stems into each side of the styrofoam ball.
    4. Glue wiggle-eyes on the fron of the ball.
    5. Glue the top of the hat into the hole on the bottom of the styrofoam ball.
    6. Fold the chenille stems to form spider legs.
  6. Staple or glue the string to the bottom of each side of the hat. Place on the child's head and tie a bow under their chin.

CAUTION: Hot glue guns and hot glue can burn skin. Only use a hot glue gun with adult supervision.

October 2006: Pin-Hole Haunted House

This craft looks as frightening during the day as it does at night.

Adjust the project to the age and ability of your child(ren). Improvisation fosters creativity.

Materials (per child)

  • a few sheets of white drawing paper
  • Staples and stapler
  • 1 Sheet of black construction paper
  • Push-pin, paper-clip, or sharpened/mechanical pencil
  • Chalk or pastels (crayons work, but chalk is better).

Pin-Hole Haunted House

NOTE: You may need to find clip-art of a spooky haunted house.

  1. Have each child draw a haunted house or other spooky drawing on the white paper, or let each child choose from the clip art you've prepared.
  2. Staple the white p;aper on top of the black paper.
  3. Use the push-pin, paper-clip, or mechanical pencil to puch holes about 1/8th inch apart along the lines of the drawing. NOTE: This is easiest to do on the carpet. The carpet provides a soft surface for the pin to punch into. Be sure you do not damage the surface under the paper with your pin.
  4. Carefully remove the staples and take away the white paper.
  5. When you hold the black paper up to the light, you'll see your drawing like stars in the night sky.
  6. Invite each child to finish the design with the chalk or pastels.
  7. Hang the picture in the window for everyone to enjoy.


Mummy Candle Jar

October 2006: Leaf Book

See how many leaves each child can collect in his or her book. Who can find the redest leaf? or the biggest leaf?

* NOTE: This project requires the use of our die-cut machine to cut out the required shapes. Use of our die-cut machine is FREE.

More leaf ideas are in our Teacher Tips section

Materials list (per child):

Directions:

  1. Fold the construction paper cover and white paper pages in half to form a book.
  2. Place the paper and the die cut in the machine and press down firmly to cut out the shaped book (See turkey book illustration below).
  3. Staple the book along the fold of the 'spine.'
  4. Write the child's name on the back of their book.
  5. Have each child go on a leaf hunt outside. Glue or tape interesting leaves they find on each page of the book.
  6. Label or decorate each page with the pens, markers or crayons.


October 22nd, 2005: Halloween or Harvest Door Hanger

Crafts are easy when you let the Die-cut machine do your work for you. Holiday door hangers are popular all over town. Now your children can get in on the fun. These door hangers are fun and easy to make. Change the shapes and the text for any season of the year.

* NOTE: This project requires the use of our die-cut machine to cut out the required shapes. Use of our die-cut machine is FREE.

Adjust the project to the age and ability of your child(ren). Only steps 1,2,7-10,12,13 are required. Improvisation fosters creativity.

Download a PDF of the instructions.
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Materials list:

Directions:

  1. Cut three leaves from the paper bag using our FREE die cuts.
  2. Cut two pumpkins from orange paper using our FREE die cuts.
  3. Use the ripped sponge to dab yellow, orange, and red paint on the brown paper leaves.
  4. Use the white paint marker to decorate the edges of the black paper squares.
  5. Draw veins on the leaves with the brown marker.
  6. Allow all paint to dry completely.
  7. Choose a banner (templates included), and photocopy it on orange paper.
  8. Roll the banner into a scroll, and crumple it. Unroll, and repeat this process 4 times. The wrinklier, the better! Unroll the paper a final time and cut out the banner.
  9. Glue the three leaves to the craft stick. The bottom edge of the leaves should just touch the craft stick.
  10. Glue the two black squares to the craft stick below the leaves. The top edges should just barely overlap the bottom of the leaves.
  11. Decorate the pumpkins realistically or with Jack-O-Lantern faces.
  12. Glue the pumpkins to the bottom edge of the black squares.
  13. Glue the wrinkled banner to the collage so that it is centered between the leaves and black squares as shown. Form the banner into an arc as you glue it down.
  14. Curl the green floral wire around the screwdriver to make coils that looks like a spring.
  15. Remove the coil from the screwdriver and stretch it out a little and flatten it in a few places so that it looks like a twisting vine.
  16. Glue the each end of the wire to the back of each end of the jumbo craft stick. Hook the wire over a nail for everyone to enjoy.

* NOTE: Not intended for outdoor use

CAUTION: Hot glue guns and hot glue can burn skin. Only use a hot glue gun with adult supervision.

October 2005: Halloween Magnet Picture Frame Collage

Crafts are easy when you let the Die-cut machine do your work for you. Learn how three simple die-cuts come together to make a cute picture frame. Take a photograph of your little spookers and show it off on the fridge or at work.

* NOTE: These projects require the use of our die-cut machine to cut out the required shapes. Use of our die-cut machine is FREE.

Adjust the project to the age and ability of your child(ren). Only steps 1, 2, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16 are required. Improvisation fosters creativity. For an even simpler craft, cut out the shapes, decorate them, and glue each on craft sticks to make a fun set of puppets.

Download a PDF of the instructions for both frame designs.

Materials list (Ghost Frame):

  • 1 Sheet each of craft foam - Black, Orange, White (each sheet can provide 4 frames)
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun or glue that will stick to craft foam
  • Pice of cardstock 2-7/8 x 4 inches
  • White paint marker
  • About 6 inches of green floral wire
  • A small screwdriver or other rod for curling the floral wire into a spiral.
  • Fine point black sharpie
  • Glow-in-the-dark wiggle eyes (or regular wiggle eyes)
  • Scrap of cardboard about 4 x 6 inches (a cereal box works well)
  • Magnetic "tape" or cardboard picture frame stand die-cut*

Directions (Ghost Frame):

  1. Cut one each from craft foam using our FREE die-cut machine: Black Picture Frame, White Ghost, Orange Pumpkin.
  2. Create a pocket for the photo by glueing the 2-7/8 x 4 inch pice of cardstock to the back of the picture frame. GLUE ONLY THREE SIDES! You are making a pocket to hold the photograph.
  3. Use the white paint marker to write a message on the top of the frame and to draw spider webs on the bottom left corner of the frame.
  4. Use the paint marker to draw a white square on the pumpkin for the "patch".
  5. Allow the white paint to dry completely before using the black sharpie.
  6. Curl the green floral wire around the screwdriver to make a coil that looks like a spring.
  7. Remove the coil from the screwdriver and stretch it out a little and flatten it in a few places so that it looks like a twisting vine.
  8. Use the fine point black sharpie to draw "stitching" around the ghost and pumpkin. Add a patch as illustrated.
  9. Draw a jack-o-lantern face or write the date or child's name on the pumpkin (template included). (download a template of the type we used)
  10. Poke the ends of the wire coil through the pumpkin as shown and pinch the end into the back of the foam.
  11. Use the hot glue gun to connect the three shapes as shown. Try to make a level "bottom" between the frame and the ghost.
  12. Glue the glow-in-the-dark wiggle eyes to the ghost.
  13. Trim the 4x6 inch cardboard so that it is not visible from the front of the picture frame collage.
  14. Use hot glue to glue the cardboard backing to the picture frame collage. DO NOT block the opening for the photo pocket (from step 2)
  15. Attach magnetic "tape" or the picture frame stand die-cut to the backing.
  16. Trim a photo and slide it into the pocket formed in step 2.

Materials list (Fall Leaves Frame):

  • 1 Sheet each of craft foam - Black, Orange, Yellow (each sheet can provide 4 frames)
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun or glue that will stick to craft foam
  • Pice of cardstock 2-7/8 x 4 inches
  • Orange paint
  • Sponge for dabbing paint
  • Green paint marker
  • Copper or tan paint marker
  • One each length of green floral wire: 6 in piece, 8 in. piece, 16 in. piece
  • Small screwdriver or other rod for curling the floral wire into a spiral.
  • Fine point black Sharpie marker
  • Piece of cardboard about 4 x 6 inches (a cereal box works well)
  • Magnetic "tape" or cardboard picture frame stand die-cut*

Directions (Fall Leaves Frame):

  1. Cut one each from craft foam using our FREE die-cut machine: black picture frame, yellow leaf, orange pumpkin.
  2. Create a pocket for the photo by glueing the 2-7/8 x 4 inch pice of cardstock to the back of the picture frame. GLUE ONLY THREE SIDES! You are making a pocket to hold the photograph.
  3. Use the sponge to dab orange paint around the edge of the frame and leaf.
  4. Use the green paint marker to paint the stem of the pumpkin green.
  5. Allow all paint to dry completely.
  6. Curl each of the green floral wires around the screwdriver to make coils that looks like springs.
  7. Remove the coils from the screwdriver and stretch them out a little and flatten them in a few places so that they look like a twisting vines.
  8. Draw a jack-o-lantern face or write the date or child's name on the pumpkin (template included). (download a template of the type we used)
  9. Use a tan or copper paint pen to decorate the edges of the frame and to draw veins on the leaf.
  10. Wrap the 4 in. floral wire around the stem of the pumpkin, and hot-glue it in place on the back.
  11. Pinch a loop flat in the middle of the 6 in. wire. Hook and glue it in place behind the picture frame at the top.
  12. Pinch a loop flat in the middle of the 16 in. wire. Hook and glue it in place at the bottom of the frame.
  13. Glue the shapes together as shown. Try to make a level "bottom" between the frame and the ghost.
  14. Trim the 4x6 inch cardboard so that it is not visible from the front of the picture frame collage.
  15. Glue the 4x5 in cardboard backing to the picture frame collage. DO NOT block the opening for the photo pocket (from step 2).
  16. Attach magnetic "tape" or the picture frame stand die-cut to the backing.
  17. Trim a photo and slide it into the pocket formed in step 2.

CAUTION: Hot glue guns and hot glue can burn skin. Only use a hot glue gun with adult supervision.

February 2006: Patriotic Heart

This patriotic heart looks great in a window or on a bulletin board. As an extension activity for older children, have each child write a poem or essay on what they love about the USA. For president's Day, have each child choose a favorite president and write a short report about him.

Download a PDF of the instructions.

Materials (per child)

  • One sheet of white cardstock or construction paper
  • Red paint and sponge or brush, or a red Do-A-Dot marker
  • Blue card stock or construction paper
  • Small white star die-cuts or star stickers
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick

Directions:

  1. Have each child cut out a heart from the white paper, or have them trace a template you've prepared in advance.
  2. Paint the red stripes on the heart, and allow the paint to dry.
  3. While the paint dries, cut the top half of the heart from blue paper.
  4. Glue the white stars on to the blue paper.
  5. Glue the blue paper on to the striped heart.
  6. Laminate the heart for durability (optional).

February 2006: Heart-A-Tic-Tac-Toe

Use the red and white hearts to play a valentine tic-tac-toe.

Adjust the project to the age and ability of your child(ren). Improvisation fosters creativity.

* NOTE: This project requires the use of our die-cut machine to cut out the shapes. Use of our die-cut machine is FREE.

Download a PDF of the instructions.
Download a PDF of the template.

Materials (per child)

  • Game instructions template
  • Colored 8.5 x 11 inch paper for game board
  • Red, pink, and white construction paper for decorations
  • Light and dark brown construction for teddy bear
  • Black construction paper (optional) cut into 1-1/4 inch squares
  • One sheet each of red and white craft foam (for playing pieces)
  • Black pen or crayon
  • White glue
  • Hole punch
  • Heart shaped hole punch (optional, for teddy bear nose, ears and paws)

Heart-A-Tac-Toe valentine craft project

Directions Game Board:

  1. Print the game instructions on colored paper.
  2. Cut out the parts for the teddy bear using our free die cuts: 1 bear, 1 oval, one small heart.
  3. Use the heart shaped (or round) hole punch to punch two tan ears and four black paws. You can also draw the paws with a black pen or crayon.
  4. Cut the bottom point off the small heart to form the bear's muzzle.
  5. Glue and draw on the shapes to complete the teddy bear as shown.
  6. Cut out several heart or other shapes to decorate the card as desired.
  7. Glue the teddy bear to the game board. Glue the hearts and other shapes on the game board. Try not to cover very much of the squares.
  8. Glue the black squares of paper over the printed squares on the instructions sheet (optional).
  9. Laminate the game board for durability.

Directions Game Pieces:

  1. Use our free die-cuts to cut out 5 small red hearts and 5 small white hearts from craft foam.
  2. Store the small hearts in a small zip-close baggie.
  3. Tape the zip-close bag to the back of the game board.


February 2006: Handmade Valentine's Cards

Valentine's Tag holiday projectValentine's I Love You Sign Card holiday art project


January 2006: Fruit Tray Iceicles (chilli peppers)

January 2006: hand wreath (MLK day)

January 2006: 2 liter bottle penguin

January 2006: Ribbon banner with cards with letters cut out from them and shapes at each end


October 2005: National Fire Safety and Prevention Week

Come learn about Fire Safety and make a fire truck you can eat! Learn about traffic light safety while you create your very own edible traffic signal.

Download a PDF of the instructions

Materials list (Fire Truck):
- 1 Graham Cracker per child
- Red Frosting
- One Cheese cracker
- Three pretzel sticks (2 whole, and one broken in thirds)
- Two Hot Tamales per child
- Two Oreo® cookies per child (or one split in half)

Directions (Fire Truck):
1. Spread some red frosting on the graham cracker
2. Press the cheese cracker to the front of the truck
3. Build the ladder from the pretzel sticks
4. Put two hot tamales on the top for lights
5. Place the split Oreo's as wheels
6. Add two chocolate candies for hub caps
7. Add a Corn Pop for the head/tail lights

Materials list (Traffic Signal):
- One craft stick per child
- One 1/4 Section of Graham Cracker per child
- Chocolate frosting
- One Red M&M's® per child
- One Yellow M&M's® per child
- One Green M&M's® per child

Directions (Traffic Signal):
1. Spread some chocolate frosting on the craft stick
2. Press the 1/4 section of graham cracker onto the craft stick
3. Spread chocolate frosting on the graham cracker
4. Place the chocolate candies for the lights:
- Red on top
- Yellow in the middle
- Green on the bottom


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