Easy Bird Treat

Crafts, Green Crafting, Kid's Crafts, Spring 1 Comment

By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.

Easy Bird Treats for Spring

Earth Day is coming soon and I can’t wait for Spring to finally show up, so we made a quick bird feeder to entice some feathered friends to visit our yard. It is a bit of recycling as well as helping out birds during this unseasonably cold weather.

Supplies

Supplies:

  • Cardboard tube
  • Peanut Butter
  • Bird Seed

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Beaded Butterflies

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Tracey, from the blog We Made That.

Beaded Butterfly

With spring finally here I wanted to do a fun craft that would get us in the spring spirit.  And what better craft than a butterfly craft to do that?  So we decided to make some beaded butterflies that the girls could play with.

This was a great fine motor skill activity for my youngest daughter since it takes a lot of hand eye coordination to put the beads on the pipe cleaners.  Younger children may take a little more time with this project but it is great practice for them so let them do it themselves if you can.

After the girls each made a butterfly, my oldest daughter was feeling really inspired and decided to make a horse.  I posted a picture of it at the bottom of this post so you can see how it turned out.  That is the great thing about this project is that really you can make any animal you want using just pipe cleaners and pony beads.

Supplies

Directions

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Bunny Chain Garland

Crafts, Easter, Holidays, Kid's Crafts, Paper Crafts, Spring 2 Comments

By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.

Bunny Chain Garland

I made this project with my daughter to help decorate our house for Easter. It is a simple paper doll idea just using a bunny instead. It hangs in our living room and makes us smile every time we see it.

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Hoppy Bunny Basket

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By Scrapbooking & Card Making Contributor

Peg Rounds

Peg’s Crafting Corner

Hoppy Bunny Basket

Who doesn’t love a cute little bunny basket in the spring?  Of course, they are a must for Easter to put those small pieces of candy in.  This box is the perfect size for the little candies and the little hands that carry them.

If you would like a bunny on both sides of the box, use the directions and double the number of items that are cut.

Begin by punching using an oval punch, dies or template 2 ovals from white card stock and 2 smaller ovals from patterned paper (Secret Garden Paper Pad by Graphic 45 used here).  The ovals shown were traced using the template and then cut out by hand with a pair of scissors.  Attach the patterned paper onto the card stock using a tape runner and the lay them aside for later.

Trace Die

Patterned Paper

Create a circle from white card stock using a circle die (Spellbinders used here) and die cut machine for the body and use a smaller circle for the head.

White Circle

Add texture to the body of the rabbit by using an embossing folder (Swiss Dot folder by Provo Craft used for this) and run it through a die cut machine.  Lay both pieces aside with the ears.

Emboss

For the box, cut an 8” x 5” piece of card stock (white was used here, but you can also use another color) and score it using a scoring board at 1” on both of the longest sides.  Score the short sides 2” in from each side.  Cut the end tabs that were created just up to the score line using a pair of scissors as shown in the picture.  Next, score the center tabs at 1”.  Fold all of the score lines to get crisp folds.

Cut and Score Box

Turn the box over so that the outside is facing up and add a piece of tape to one of the end tabs.  Fold both end tabs inward and attach them.  Repeat this step for the other end of the box.

Fold Tabs

The box should now look like this.

Box Progress

Add a piece of tape to each end of the remaining tabs and fold them over the top of the side and then down into the box.  This will hide the end tabs and create a more finished look to the box.

Tape Edge

Cut 3 strips of patterned paper (Secret Garden by Graphic 45 shown here).  Two strips should measure 1” x 4” and one strip should measure 1” x 6”.  Cut the 1” x 6” strip in half.  Use a pair of fringe scissors to create the blades of grass and attach the strips to the sides of the box.

Fringe

Add a line of tape near the bottom of the rabbit’s body and attach it to the side of the box.

Tape

Now, attach the ears to the back of the head and bend one year slightly forward.  Use a small circle punch to punch 2 eyes from black card stock and attach them.  Punch a heart using a heart punch and turn it upside down and slide a small strip of white card stock that has been divided in half by drawing a line down it in marker to represent the teeth behind the heart shape.  Cut a piece of black card stock that measures ¼” x 1 ½” and use the fringe scissors to cut it into the whiskers.  Attach the 3 pieces to the center of the head using a tape runner.  Punch a hole into the point of the heart and add a brad for the nose.  Slightly fold each side of the heart upward to add a little dimension to the face.  Use a hole punch (Crop-A-Dile Big Bite was used) to punch 2 small pieces of the patterned paper from a scrap piece for the center of the eyes.

Attach Ears

Attach the head to the body on the box.  Punch a small circle from the patterned paper and cut it in half for the foot and attach it to the body.  Add a small amount of a cotton ball on for the tail.

This little bunny is now ready to bring some fun to someone’s day this spring.  Add some jelly beans or favorite small candies for a special treat.  The small box can make a great little gift for a child or an adult!

 

Spring Pop Out Card

Cardmaking, Crafts, Paper Crafts, Rubber Stamping, Spring 1 Comment

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

Peg’s Crafting Corner

Spring Pop Out Card

The outside of this card can be decorated beautifully, but the inside of it is what really gives it the “wow” factor.  This pop out card is as fun to make as it is to receive.  It looks complicated, but it’s easy to make and can be adapted to any card size.

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Bunny Garland

Crafts, Easter, Holidays, Home Decor, Kid's Crafts, Seasons, Spring No Comments

By Home Decor Contributor Jennifer from Brave New Home.

DIY Bunny Garland - Brave New Home

This is a really simple craft but it worked so well with my three-year-old and those to me are some of the best crafts—the ones that are truly kid-centric!

materials for DIY bunny garland

arranging a pattern

I found these adorable foam bunnies in a dollar bin.  My son and I arranged them and talked about pattern and repetition.

taping string to bunny ears

Then I simply handed him little bits of tape and let him tape the ears to the string.  Using foam is great because unlike paper, it won’t bed or wrinkle which means they’re very little hand friendly.

DIY Easter Bunny Garland
I set up our garland in the window that connects our kitchen to our dining room so the decoration is optimized.  I love how neutral and modern the garland turned out!

Washer Flower Necklace

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Tracey, from the blog We Made That.

Washer Flower Necklace

The other day my oldest daughter came home and told me that she wanted to make a necklace for her friend at school.  Since we have made a few Washer Necklaces in the past, that is the first thing I thought about doing.  However, I wanted to do something a little different so I took my daughter to the hardware store with me and we started playing with all the different washers.

We decided to make a flower since it is Spring and designed this pretty flower using one large washer and 6 small ones.  I just love how they turned out and my daughter can’t wait for Spring Break to be over so she can take this one in to her friend.

Supplies

  • 1 Large Washer
  • 6 Small Washers
  • Yellow Nail Polish
  • Pink Nail Polish
  • String
  • Glue Gun

Directions

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