Easy DIY Winter Kids Craft, Felt Mitten Bookmarks

Snow Day Activity

I’m re-posting this Easy DIY Winter Kids Craft because it’s quick and creative. Though my K-2 After School Enrichment students enjoyed making their own Felt Mitten Bookmarks, pre-schoolers can also assemble them (Supplies for my Two’s are portioned out in our “Virtual Learning Bin.”) Don’t have suggested supplies? Use what you have. Set up a workstation, fill bowls with decorations, and invite kids to assemble, glue and decorate. Fun and done!

Gather supplies.
Measure ribbon and cut out mitten shapes.
Sandwich ribbon between back and front mittens. Decorate. Let dry.
Felt Mitten Bookmarks
Supplies:  
  • felt (or a thick fabric), small pieces will do
  • fabric glue
  • grosgrain ribbon (or satin ribbon), about 14 inches per bookmark
  • tiny pom-poms
  • small googly eyes
  • any other things to use for decorating such as glitter glue, thin ribbon, foam shapes, sparkly stars
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • marker
  • craft stick (or cotton swabs)
  • newspaper, wax paper, tin foil, or cloth (whatever you don’t mind getting glue-y)
Steps:
  1. Set up craft area with newspaper, wax paper, etc.
  2. What size book is the bookmark being made for? A picture book? A chapter book? Measure the book, then add 6 inches to that measurement, which will allow ribbon to stick out of the top and bottom of the book and to be sandwiched between the felt. For example, if a book measures 8 inches, I’d add 6 inches and cut a 14 inch piece of ribbon
  3. Draw mittens on the felt. Cut 4 mittens out of the felt, making sure they are the same shape so that when they’re glued together, they match up.
  4. Match up the felt mittens, figuring out which will be the fronts and which will be backs. Using craft sticks (or cotton swabs), spread fabric glue on the insides of the mitten. Sandwich 1 inch of the ribbon between the fronts and backs. Press to help glue adhere.
  5. Decorate mittens, either one side of each mitten or both, there’s no right or wrong.Let dry.

Tips:  Trim excess felt. Check seams for gaps and, using craft stick (or cotton swab), add extra fabric glue where needed.

Easy DIY Kids Crafts: Decoupage Pet Picture Frame

When I worked at Magic Windows, a high-end children’s boutique in Manhattan, the store’s owner added a tween section. She was game enough to sell my tie-dyed tee-shirts and decoupaged picture frames. First I painted them, then I added  inspirational words and gems and–guess what–they sold!

Fast forward to an After School Enrichment K-2 class that focused on pets. The kids loved making their own pet picture frames with magazines cut outs. Mod Podge is my go-to decoupage medium because it’s all you need to glue, seal and finish this project that’s, seriously, fun for any age kid!

Happy creating, hon!

Supplies:

  • wooden picture frame with flat surface
  • magazine cut-outs, photos, hand-drawn pictures
  • gems or beads, optional
  • Mod Podge
  • foam paint brush (preferred) or paint brush
  • cup off water for cleaning brushes, paper towel or rag for blotting

Instructions:

  1. Glue cut-outs, pics, etc to frame.
  2. Glue gems or beads.
  3. Brush Mod Podge over entire frame surface. Let dry about 15 minutes.
  4. Brush on three to four more layers, letting each layer dry about 15 minutes before reapplying.

Sources:  local craft stores such as A Paper Hat Art + Design Supply, national craft store chains such as such as Michael’s.

Easy DIY Kids Crafts: Multi Media Owls

Whoo Loved This Project?

All the kids enjoyed this project, which started with an almost blank canvas. Almost because each K-2 student received a canvas sporting the outline of an owl. How they painted and decorated their owls was up to them . Guess where I taught this After School Enrichment class? In the art room! The classroom had a creative vibe (no surprise), deep sinks for washing up, and light streaming in through the windows.

Happy creating, hon!

Supplies:
  • canvas (9 x 12 or whatever size desired)
  • pencil
  • water-based paint and paint brushes
  • objects for decorating–buttons, feathers, silk leaves, pom-poms, pipe cleaners, foil paper, wrapping paper, etc.
  • white glue
  • paper plate, paper bowl, or palette or paints
  • cup or bowl w/water (for rinsing brushes)
  • paper towels or rags (for blotting paintbrush)
  • newspaper (for protecting art area)
Steps:
  1. Find an image of an owl, or whichever animal desired.
  2. Using the pencil, copy the outline and a few details of the owl onto the canvas.
  3. Set up work area, including paper plate, bowl, or palette for paints, cup or bowl with clean water, and paper towel or rags for blotting the paint brush.
  4. Choose paint colors.
  5. Paint owl. Let dry.
  6. Once paint is dry, glue decorative objects to canvas. Let dry.
Source: 

Materials can be found in the house and/or purchased at local art stores (A Paper Hat in Maplewood) or craft stores (Michael’s). During quarantine, many local stores are filling orders over the phone and offering curbside pick up.

 

Easy DIY Kids Crafts: Spring Felt Bookmarks

Fun with Felt!

K-2 students made these cute, Spring-themed, animals bookmarks using the same steps as the Easy Winter Kids Crafts, Felt Mitten Bookmarks. Pick an animal and get creative with whatever decorative supplies you have on hand. Possible animals and insects besides puppies and birds? Cats, horses, unicorns, lions, butterflies, caterpillars, etc.

Happy crafting, hon!

Gather supplies.
Spring Felt Bookmarks
Suggested Supplies:  
  • felt (or a thick fabric), small pieces will do
  • fabric glue
  • grosgrain ribbon (or satin ribbon), about 14 inches per bookmark
  • tiny pom-poms
  • small googly eyes
  • any other things to use for decorating such as glitter glue, thin ribbon, foam shapes, sparkly stars
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • marker
  • craft stick (or cotton swabs)
  • newspaper, wax paper, tin foil, or cloth (whatever you don’t mind getting glue-y)
Sourcing supplies: Michael’s, Oriental Trading, Target or any local crafts store.
Steps:
  1. Set up craft area with newspaper, wax paper, etc.
  2. Measure ribbon. What size book is the bookmark being made for? A picture book? A chapter book? Measure the book, then add 6 inches to that measurement, which will allow ribbon to stick out of the top and bottom of the book and to be sandwiched between the felt. For example, if a book measures 8 inches, add 6 inches and cut a 14 inch piece of ribbon
  3. Create a paper pattern by drawing animals. We drew a profile of a puppy head and  a whole bird. Also draw a coordinating pattern for the bottom of the bookmark. We drew a bone to go with the puppies and eggs and nests to go with the birds.
  4. Cut out paper patterns.
  5. Trace shapes on felt: two side of the animal and two sides of the coordinating object. Make sure the two sides are the same so that they line up when glued together.
  6. Match up animals and objects, figuring out which will be the fronts and which will be backs. Using craft sticks (or cotton swabs), spread fabric glue on the insides of the cut-outs. Sandwich 1 inch of the ribbon between the fronts and backs. Press to help glue adhere.
  7. Decorate bookmarks, either one side of each animals or both, there’s no right or wrong.Let dry.

Tips:  Trim excess felt. Check seams for gaps and, using craft stick (or cotton swab), add extra fabric glue where needed.

Easy DIY Kids Crafts: Garden Snack

Ida Frosk’s pretty plate.
Ida Frosk’s adorable birds.
Garden Snack.

Fun With Food!

The last Food Art project my K-2 After School Enrichment students created was inspired by Ida Frosk’s pretty plate and adorable birds. So fun assembling Garden Snacks and then, of course, eating them!

Ingredients:
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • cucumbers
  • red and green peppers
  • sugar snap peas
  • cream cheese colored with green food coloring
  • any other fruit and veggies you want to add to your “garden”
Directions:
  1. Slice green peppers into stems, cut strawberries in half, and cut up red pepper into petals.
  2. Using cream cheese as “glue,” layer ladybugs and create a picture.
  3. Eat and enjoy!

Easy DIY Kids Crafts: Picasso Inspired Food Art

Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937
The Art Toast Project by Ida Frosk.

Another Food Art project for my K-2 After School Enrichment students was inspired by Ida Frosk’s The Art Toast Project and her interpretation of Picasso’s cubism. I love how the kids used the ingredients to make their own cubist portraits of a woman.

Ingredients:
  • bread
  • butter or cream cheese
  • cheese slices
  • raisins
  • yellow pepper
  • roasted red pepper
  • lettuce or parsley
  • black licorice string
Directions:
  1. Discuss Picasso and cubism.
  2. Using butter and/or cream cheese as “glue,” create a cubist portrait.
  3. Eat and enjoy!

Easy DIY Kids Craft: Mondrian Inspired Food Art

Piet Mondrian, Composition A, 1923
Painterly Plate

One of the After School Enrichment classes for K-2 that I taught focused on food: a combination of easy recipes and “food art” inspired by blogger, Ida Frosk. I became enamored of “The Art Toast Project” which consisted of “edible remakes of major works by famous artists, using a piece of toast as the canvas. The idea was based on the literal interpretation of ‘food art’ and the desire to make art more accessible.” Frosk said the main purpose of the project was “spreading the love of art.”Another cool source of inspiration is Laleh Mohmedi as seen on My Modern Met.

Though my students made dessert versions of “Mondrian Inspired Food Art,” healthier versions can be constructed. Use your imagination to include whatever combination of sweet, salty and healthy ingredients you want. Rather than making these “pictures” on toast, my kids spread icing on wax paper, but toast would give the food art a natural border.

Happy creating, hon!

Mondrian Inspired Food Art

Ingredients:

  • white icing (or cream cheese)
  • Life cereal (Chex cereal, graham crackers, small crackers)
  • Starburst (colorful sliced carrots or peppers cut into squares)
  • Air Heads Extremes (string cheese, linguini noodles cooked, celery, cucumbers or zucchini sliced into thin strips, pretzels)
  • sour candy belts (peppers, tomatoes, or strawberries cut into squares or rectangles)
  • wax paper or toast depending on chosen “canvas”
  • knife for spreading

Directions:

  1. Discuss Mondrian.
  2. Cut candy or veggies into shapes and lengths so that they’re ready to be assembled.
  3. Spread icing or cream cheese on wax paper or toast.
  4. Apply pieces of food into an abstract, graphic piece of “art.”
  5. Eat and enjoy!

 

Easy Winter Kids Craft, Felt Mitten Bookmarks

Got kids?

Are they stuck inside because of snow, ice, and the polar vortex? Do they have a case of cabin fever? Do you need an idea for an activityHere’s an easy craft that my K-2 After School Enrichment class made. My list of supplies is a suggestion. Get creative and use what you have on hand.

Ooh–I have another idea! This craft would be a great winter birthday party activity. Pre-cut felt mittens and ribbon. Set up a workstation. Place mini pom-poms, googly eyes, foam shapes, sparkly stars, etc. in bowls. Let the kids assemble, glue and decorate their bookmarks. Fun!

Happy crafting, hon!

Gather supplies.
Measure ribbon and cut out mitten shapes.
Sandwich ribbon between back and front mittens. Decorate. Let dry.
Felt Mitten Bookmarks
Supplies:  
  • felt (or a thick fabric), small pieces will do
  • fabric glue
  • grosgrain ribbon (or satin ribbon), about 14 inches per bookmark
  • tiny pom-poms
  • small googly eyes
  • any other things to use for decorating such as glitter glue, thin ribbon, foam shapes, sparkly stars
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • marker
  • craft stick (or cotton swabs)
  • newspaper, wax paper, tin foil, or cloth (whatever you don’t mind getting glue-y)
Steps:
  1. Set up craft area with newspaper, wax paper, etc.
  2. What size book is the bookmark being made for? A picture book? A chapter book? Measure the book, then add 6 inches to that measurement, which will allow ribbon to stick out of the top and bottom of the book and to be sandwiched between the felt. For example, if a book measures 8 inches, I’d add 6 inches and cut a 14 inch piece of ribbon
  3. Draw mittens on the felt. Cut 4 mittens out of the felt, making sure they are the same shape so that when they’re glued together, they match up.
  4. Match up the felt mittens, figuring out which will be the fronts and which will be backs. Using craft sticks (or cotton swabs), spread fabric glue on the insides of the mitten. Sandwich 1 inch of the ribbon between the fronts and backs. Press to help glue adhere.
  5. Decorate mittens, either one side of each mitten or both, there’s no right or wrong.Let dry.

Tips:  Trim excess felt. Check seams for gaps and, using craft stick (or cotton swab), add extra fabric glue where needed.

Halloween Kids Craft, K-2

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of the crafts from my After School Enrichment K-2 class. So easy, so fun, so festive!

Halloween Kids Craft

Supplies: thick paper, crayons, markers, black yarn, scissors, toy spider, white glue, hot glue

Steps:

  1. Outline Halloween scene with markers. We did a night sky with a full moon and leaves. Color in with crayons or markers.
  2. Measure, cut and glue black yarn, creating a spiders web. Tip. It’s helpful to have one person hold yarn in place, while other glues yarn to picture.
  3. Using hot glue, glue toy spider to web.
  4. With hot glue, secure any spots of yarn that are popping up.
  5. Let dry.

Happy Halloween, hon!