arts and cultureDIYIssue 23

DIY: Crafts for Kids

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Some days, it might seem impossible to get kids and grandkids to sit down for anything—but summer is the best time to try! Squeeze in some quality crafting time before school starts with these fun ideas from Parents.com.

Forever Flowers

It’s the bouquet that never quits!

Needed:

  • Egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Tempera paint (colors of your choice)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Pipe cleaners (green)
  • Craft needle
  • Scrap Paper
  • Pom-poms (size of your choice)

 

Directions:
Take the egg carton and cut off the top half. Then, separate the individual egg cups and trim the outside edges— whether they’re rounded or pointed is your choice! Then select a color of paint and coat the cup, using a needle to create a hole at the base once it’s dried. Thread a pipe cleaner through the hole and bend it before hot-gluing a pom-pom in the center. Make as many flowers as you want to create a bouquet that’ll last forever.

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Crawly Critters:

Every kid loves bugs—and these actually look nice around the house.

Needed:

  • Egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Tempera paint (red, green, black)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Pipe cleaners (black, brown)
  • Craft needle
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Googly eyes
  • White tissue paper

Directions:
Your bugs can either be one cup or several, depending on if you want to make a ladybug or a caterpillar. Paint the outside of the cups in the colors of your choice. Single egg cups can be red ladybugs, two cups together can be black beetles, or three cups together can be a caterpillar. Once the paint dries, use markers to draw on details and glue two googly eyes on each of the bugs. Then, cut the pipe cleaners to the desired lengths and use them as legs or antennae, using the craft needle to punch holes where needed. Use the tissue paper to make wings!

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Guitar Box

Make music the fun way

Needed:

  • Paintbrushes
  • Glue
  • Cereal box
  • Spaghetti box
  • Craft knife
  • Rubber bands
  • Corks
  • Straws
  • Paint

Directions:
Paint the cereal boxes, cutting out a circle on one side of the box and then stretching the rubber bands over the middle. Glue a painted spaghetti box to the cereal box to form the guitar neck, and then draw strings onto it. Make sure to have a parent or guardian cut some holes in the side of the spaghetti box and pop in corks for the tuning keys, then glue in place. Then all you have to do is place a piece of straw under the rubber bands [beneath the hole] to finish the bridge.

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