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Craft Stick Stamped Thanksgiving Turkey

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Craft stick stamped turkey for Thanksgiving and fall. Art and crafts for kids - painting with Popsicle sticks - preschoolers

My daughter loves to create and will do it with anything that is at her fingertips. Yesterday, she grabbed a pair of scissors and cut out two squares. She told me that she was going to make a jelly sandwich. She went and got some paint and a craft stick and spread her two squares with paint and made a grape jelly sandwich.

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Watching her paint with the craft stick gave me an idea. With Thanksgiving nearing, I thought that we could use the craft stick as paint stamp to create a cute turkey craft.

Craft Stick Stamped Turkey

We squeezed acrylic paints in the color of our choosing onto paper plates and then dipped half of the craft stick into the paint.

We pressed the paint covered stick onto a piece of paper. We continued to dip and stamp the craft stick around the paper to form the turkey’s feathers.

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Once we stamped on all of the feathers to our liking, we set our paint aside to dry. If the paint is very thick in spots, you can blot the paint to help it dry.

While the paint dried, we cut two circles. We made one of the circles larger than the other and then cut out a small triangle for a beak and a waddle to go under the beak.

We just slightly overlapped the smaller circle over the larger circle and glued it into place. We each glued a pair of googly eyes onto the top of the smaller circle and then glued the beak and waddle underneath it.

Once the paint dried, we glued the turkey’s body in front of its feathers.

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Craft stick stamped turkey for Thanksgiving and fall. Art and crafts for kids - painting with Popsicle sticks - preschoolers

Craft stick stamped turkey for Thanksgiving and fall. Art and crafts for kids - painting with Popsicle sticks - preschoolers

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Popsicle Stick Nature Fairy House

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Popsicle Stick Fairy House Nature Craft - Kid's Arts & Crafts

Fairies are all the rage these days & my daughter, like many other little girls, loves them. Another thing that she loves is making nature crafts. We love making them & gathering the supplies together. We walked through the yard & picked some flowers, leaves & rocks.

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We glued some craft sticks together to form our houses. We cut out a few foam pieces for the windows & a door.

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Then it was time to decorate. We drew lines on our windows & knobs on our doors & glued them to each of our houses.

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My daughter carefully picked through each of the flowers.

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She smelled all of them along the way & asked me to smell them with her.

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We used tacky glue to glue all of our nature pieces onto our house & add a little magic.

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My daughter even drew a small fairy in the window to finish it off.

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Popsicle Stick Fairy House Nature Craft - Kid's Arts & Crafts.

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Craft Stick Crayon Craft

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We are a family of readers. Mom loves books, dad loves books & our 4 year daughter loves books. We frequent the library every 2 weeks & load up on new books, but we still have our old standby favorites.Craft stick crayon crafts inspired by the book The Day The Crayons Quit - Popsicle stick arts & crafts for kids..

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‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ is one of our all time favorites. My daughter loves it.

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This craft was inspired from this wonderful book.

Choose your crayon colors & grab the coordinating paint. Add a touch of white to the paint color. Paint the stick in the lightened color. Add the original paint color to the tips of both ends.

My daughter wanted to make a brown crayon & white. I went with red, blue & green.

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Set your painted sticks aside to dry.

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Cut a piece of foam sheet to form the crayon tip. Glue your tip to the back of your stick. Use a Sharpie to draw on the face & jagged lines at the bottom.

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Finish it off with pipe cleaners for arms.

They came out so cute & would be great for a bookmark.

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Popsicle Stick Art Journal

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My little girl loves to draw, doodle & write. I have drawings and such all over the house. Very often, she will draw a series of pictures & have me staple them together to make little books & she loves to make up stories to go with all of them. I think this is amazing & just love how imaginative & creative she is.

We were playing with craft sticks the other day & came up with the perfect craft for my little artist.

Popsicle Stick Art Journal for the kids. This is an adorable craft idea made out of craft sticks.

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What you will need:

Jumbo Craft Sticks

Hot Glue Gun

White Copy Paper

Cardboard

Decorative Masking Tape

Buttons

Yarn

Directions:

Line up 7 craft sticks in a row & glue 2 sticks perpendicular as shown & then duplicate this process.

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Glue a stick to one end of each of the above. Use the masking tape to connect the two sticks as shown. You should be able to fold the two pieces together like a book.

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Fold the two pieces with the taped portion inward. Add more tape to the opposite end of those same two sticks. Make sure that you are still able to fold the two pieces together like a book. Trim plain white copier paper so that it will fold & fit nicely inside of the Popsicle stick book. Add a bead of glue into the seam of each piece of paper & bind the pages at the crease.

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Cut a chunk of rigid cardboard & glue the pieces around the Popsicle sticks on the bottom side of the book. This will make it a easier surface to draw on. Glue the last page of the pages to the cardboard.

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Fold the journal closed & glue a piece of yarn with a button over it to both the top & bottom of the journal. Glue the last page of the pages to the cardboard on the back.

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Close & tie the strings together to close your journal.

My little Picasso loves her new art journal. I hope you do too.

Popsicle Stick Art Journal for the kids. This is an adorable craft idea made out of craft sticks.

Popsicle Stick Art Journal for the kids. This is an adorable craft idea made out of craft sticks.

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Popsicle Stick Art Journal for the kids. This is an adorable craft idea made out of craft sticks.

Salt Dough Mosaic Frames

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Diy salt play dough mosaic frames - a great gift idea for the kids to make- clay crafts

We love clay & play dough projects in our house. My daughter just can’t get enough of it. We make new dough every week, sometimes even a couple of times a week. We are just about settled into our new home, but are still missing pictures on our walls. I thought it would be fun for us to make some homemade frames together.

We started with a simple clay recipe.

2 1/2 cup of flour

1 1/4 cup of water

1 cup of salt

1 Tbsp of oil

1 Tbsp of cornstarch

Mix all the ingredients together & then knead with your hands. My daughter always loves this part. You may need to add less or more water.

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Roll out your clay.

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Cut a few long strips out of your dough & then cut into small squares.

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Cut out a shape for your frame & then cut out the inside window. Use a photo as a template to know how big to cut your window.

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Lightly wet the top of your frame. Press the squares on top until the frame is covered. Press the squares in enough so that they stick. For my frame, I etched designs in with a toothpick. Since Mother’s Day is nearing, I thought that a Mother’s Day themed frame would be a good choice. Mai chose to draw in her designs after.

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Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Bake for 1 hour & then flip your frame & bake for another hour. Depending on the thickness of your frame, you might need more or less bake time. When hardened, remove from the oven & let cool.

Paint your squares with acrylics or glaze.

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After the paint dried, Mai used a marker to draw in her designs. She wanted to write letters & numbers on hers.

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Glue yarn or a ribbon to the back to hang & glue a picture to the back. (We used crazy glue. Let adults apply crazy glue.)

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Diy salt play dough mosaic frames - a great gift idea for the kids to make- clay crafts.

My daughter was so proud of her finished project. She asked that both be hung in her room.


Diy salt play dough mosaic frames - a great gift idea for the kids to make- clay crafts

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Button Wind Chimes

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Button Threaded Wind Chimes - Great for fine motor skills -spring craft for kids

My daughter is obsessed with threading buttons.  When she is bored she will just grab the box of buttons and thread one pipe cleaner after another.  I have a drawer full of button necklaces made by my sweet little girl. With spring around the corner, I thought that we could put those button stringing skills to some good use and make a new wind chime for our new home. For our purposes, we used pipe cleaners. You may do this with yarn or string as well.

What you will need:

2 paper bowls

A variety of buttons

Pipe cleaners –

A small Play-doh lid

A foam sheet in any color

Glue

Directions:

Poke holes around the top of the paper bowl forming a circle. Poke one more hole through the center.

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Pull a pipe cleaner through the center hole and bend at the top to secure. Poke a hole through the small Play-Doh lid & slide it up the pipe cleaner.

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Cut 2 identical pieces of foam in any shape & glue the pieces together around the bottom part of your pipe cleaner.

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Cut some of the pipe cleaners so that you have different lengths going around.

It did not take much convincing to get my daughter to start stringing up some pipe cleaners with the buttons for our wind chime. I had her only fill about 1/4 of the pipe cleaner& then we spread the buttons out. Poke each pipe cleaner through the hole in the bowl & bend at the top to secure.

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Poke two holes in the other paper bowl & make a loop with another pipe cleaner like shown. Bend to secure underneath. Glue this bowl over the top of the other bowl. This will cover up all of the pipe cleaner knots on top of the other bowl & just make it look cleaner.

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Find a spot to hang your wind chime.

Button Threaded Wind Chimes - Great fine motor spring craft for kids

 

 

 

 

 

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Craft Stick Easter Basket

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Why buy an Easter basket? If you have craft sticks and a glue gun, you can make your own craft stick Easter basket.

My daughter must be getting just as excited for the spring as I am. She has been laying out picnics on our living room floor for the past couple of weeks. I was impressed when she made herself a picnic basket out of a tissue box and pipe cleaners to carrying her food in. I was very proud of her for being so inventive.

Popsicle Craft Stick Easter Basket Craft - a pretty project that you can make with your kids

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Seeing her clever tissue box project inspired another basket creation. This is sweet basket craft for a spring picnic or for Easter.

Popsicle Craft Stick Easter Basket Craft - a pretty project that you can make with your kids

What you will need:

Jumbo craft sticks

Hot glue gun

Ribbon

Optional: buttons, foam & pipe cleaners

Directions:

Lay 5 Popsicle sticks down.

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Lay 5 more Popsicle sticks perpendicular over the top of the other 5.

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Build 3 more exactly like this. Use the the original to line up the sticks so that all sides are identical.

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Construct the bottom by gluing 8 sticks together side by side. Glue two sticks on the two perpendicular edges like shown.

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Glue your pre-formed sides to each side. Make sure to glue at the corners as well.

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Use ribbon to weave in & out of the square openings formed by the sticks. Glue the ends in place.

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Glue 3 sticks together to form your handle. Add flowers or another design of your choosing to add a finishing touch to your basket.

Popsicle Craft Stick Easter Basket Craft - a pretty project that you can make with your kids

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Cardboard Art Display

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Kid's Play & Art Room Display Wall

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It has been a long couple of months for my family. After months of construction, my husband’s childhood home was renovated. We were eager and ready to move into our new home. The majority of our holidays were spent moving furniture & boxes and unpacking. It was a lot of work, but it was so exciting to watch it all come together. There was none more excited than our daughter. She was ecstatic.

She has a lovely new bedroom & most excitingly, a playroom of her very own. Since my daughter loves arts & crafts, I just had to make a craft corner for her & if we are being honest, for me too.

I have always wanted a display area in our house to showcase my daughter’s artwork.  Mai loves showing off her most recent drawings or crafts & would often hang them on the refrigerator or tape them to the walls.

We have an abundance of cardboard boxes (obviously) & I wanted to put them to good use.

Cardboard Art Display

I drew out & cut the letters to spell the word create.

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I used several different craft materials to decorate each letter. For the C, I covered it in pom poms using a glue gun. The R was made with school glue & glitter, the E was covered in buttons. The A was made with swirls of yarn, the T was covered in pieces of tissue paper & for the E, I just used paint. After each letter dried, I glued a strand of yarn around the edge.

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Since we have new freshly painted walls, I hate to mar them up with nails or hooks. I am a huge fan of using 3M Command strips for displaying wall hangings & our family photos.

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I hung our letters high up on the wall.

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I cut another piece of cardboard into the shape of an artist’s palette & painted it white. When the white dried, I added splats of different colored paint around the edges. I lined the palette with yarn too.

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I cut two paint brush sticks out of cardboard & painted them. Foam sheets were used to form the paint dipped bristles.

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Clothespins were glued around the outside of the palette in between each color splat.

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The palette was mounted under the letters using 3M strips again.

Mai picked out her favorite artwork & asked me to hang them on her new display board.

Kid's Playroom Art Display Wall

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Paper Plate New Year’s Clock

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Paper Plate Clock with movable hands & pendulum - A great way to teach time & a cute craft for New Year's Eve

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Before my husband & I had our daughter, New Year’s Eve was a whole lot different from it is today. We used to have a big New Year’s party every year complete with a New Year’s back drop. Our celebration has changed over the last few years. It is a far quieter evening, but has still remained festive and fun only in a much different way.

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Last year we celebrated with friends & the kids almost made it to 11 o’clock.

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11 o’clock last year meant nothing to my daughter as she had very little concept of time, but this year she understands it a bit more & we have been working on our time telling skills. With New Year’s fast approaching, it seemed fitting to make a New Year’s clock. It would be a great craft for the holiday & allow us to continue with our teachings on time.

What you will need:

Paper plates (2 for each clock made)

Construction paper

Paint

Markers

Split pins

Glue

Directions:

Paint inside of the bottom of a paper plate avoiding the outside edges. Let the paint dry.

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Use a marker to write in your hour numbers around the clock.

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Cut out clock hands. Make one larger than the other.

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Push a split pin through the hands & the paper plate. Secure loosely so that the hands move easily.

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Cut a pendulum shape & another shape like shown to house your pendulum. Glue the pendulum housing to the back of the clock face. Center it under the 6 o’clock.

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Use another split pin to insert the pendulum to the middle of another paper plate.

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Glue the paper plates together while avoiding the area that houses the pendulum.

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Use your new clock to teach your child how to tell time. Hopefully they love changing the time & moving the pendulum as much as my little girl does.

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Paper Plate Clock - a time telling craft & activity

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Footprint Bowling Craft

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Footprint Bowling Pins - Cute footprint craft - would make a great gift for the bowler in your life.

We have taken our daughter bowling for the past two weekends. She loves family bowl & get really excited when she knocks down the pins.

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I have to be honest, she is almost better than me, but let me clarify by telling you that I stink at bowling. Her reaction when the pins fall down is priceless. She is such a joy to watch.

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Last night’s bowling adventure turned into a perfect craft idea. Since you know I love me some footprint crafts, it should not surprise you to see another one.

This is a pretty simple one. If you have a bowler in your family, this would be an adorable gift idea.

Paint your child’s foot white & press onto a brown piece of paper.

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We made 4 pins, so we did this 3 more times. You can choose to make more or less if you like.

Let the feet dry & then cut around the feet.

Draw in or paint two red lines below the heel.

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Cut a black circle out of construction paper & draw 3 circles

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Glue down the ball & pins onto another brown piece of construction paper.

Footprint Bowling Pins - Cute footprint craft - would make a great gift for the bowler in your life.

This is the only way that I could ever actually get a strike.

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