Category Archives: Beading

Kids’ Crafts: Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Make mom feel extra special this year with one of these thoughtful, beautiful hand made gifts. For the older kids I’ve included some multi-step artistic projects which can be modified for younger children (or made with a little help from older siblings and dads 🙂

These shabby chic picture frames are inexpensive to make and the finished product is lovelier than any frames I’ve seen in stores. Kids can even choose their own favorite pictures of themselves for mom.

Shabby Chic Picture Frames 

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Kids’ Crafts: St. Patrick’s Day

Crafting and creating with young people is a learning experience for kids and adults. I like to use the prep-time as teachable moments. I might tell a background story about St. Patrick’s Day, how the tradition began etc. If they’ve never been to Ireland or seen pictures I might bring out my laptop and show pictures first of where Ireland is on the map and then of photographs of the landscape. Kids seem instinctively interested in geography, place, contrast, and of course, pictures, so I like to nurture these interests from a young age. Then I’ll introduce the activity and ask my little ones what they think might work and what might not. If we’re using something new I always like to model using the materials. Then I sit back and watch them discover and learn from their experience.

Kids can make this St. Patrick’s Day special with a lucky name plate for every member of the family.

St. Patrick’s Day Name Plate

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Kids’ Crafts: Feathers

Feathers are one of the staples of our kids’ crafting supplies because they are inexpensive, versatile and soft and easy for small hands to create with. Here are some of our favorite projects that utilize feathers.

Here’s a feather painting project that is simple enough for kids but the end result is so cool it would even be fun for teens.

Golden Feathers

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Kids’ Crafts: Perler Beads

Perler Bead Crafts are a long time favorite of ours. Once you have a few inexpensive materials on hand all you need is inspiration to create almost anything you’d like with these versatile plastic beads.

Perler beads can be made into a variety of your favorite animals to create logos, keychains, pendants and keepsakes.

Perler Animals

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