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5 Fun and Easy Holiday Crafts for Kids

Time is the thing we need most during the holidays. Keeping kids entertained while keeping up with holiday preparations is challenging. So, here are a few of our favorite low-mess, no-stress holiday crafts to entertain kids with minimal supervision while you prep for festivities.

As always, all of our crafts are kid-tested and approved. Plus, you probably have most of the supplies around the house. If not, they’re inexpensive and easy to find at your favorite stores like Dollar Tree, Michael’s, and Walmart.

1. Snowflake Chandeliers

Supplies:

  • Fun wire
  • Beads
  • Gems
  • Foam or paper snowflakes
  • Curling ribbon

How:

Cut wire into 12″-16″ legnths and loop one end.

Place beads in a bowl. Kids will love searching for beads to string onto wire.

Add a snowflake with some gems to the bottom using tape or poking through foam.

Hang in a window or on a tree!

2. Marshmallow Snowmen

Supplies:

  • Marshmallows – one bag each of jumbo, standard and mini
  • Food markers
  • Coconut flakes
  • Pretzels
  • Blue food spray or blue sugar
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper plates
  • How:

Place marshmallows on plates.

Kids select marshmallows and assemble snowman using toothpicks.

Add pretzel arms and marshmallow mittens.

Draw a face and clothing using food markers.

Speinkle cocunut on plate, add blue spray (or sprinkles) for color.

3. Pom-pom Jewelry

Supplies:

  • Pom-poms in assorted sizes and colors
  • Spiral wire bracelet

Create a loop at one end of wire bracelet. Carefully push pom-poms onto wire – the trick is to get the wire through the center of pom-pom. Continue varying sizes. Loop the other end and tuck into pom-pom.

4. Painted Pizelles

  • Pizelle cookies – store-bought or homemade.
  • Sparkle gels in assorted colors

How:

This is a favorite Art Truck party activity – kids love it! Note that Pizelles have two different designs on either side, so kids can paint several cookies. Simply place cookies on plates and let kids paint in the shapes using sparkle gels. Encourage them to create wreaths, stained glass windows and snowflakes.

6. Scribble Ornaments 

  • Sharpies in assorted holiday colors
  • Plastic ornaments with silver, gold or white coating.
  • Ribbon

Simply arrange Sharpies and ornaments on a table using paper plates as work stations and watch kids delight in scribbling and swirling abstract designs using all the different colored markers. Add a ribbon and hang on a tree or in a window.

Happy Holidays!

 

Celebrate Mardi Gras with DIY Masks and Let the Good Times Roll

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An assortment of supplies in purple, green and gold.

You don’t have to head to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. Gather your family and friends and create your own celebration by making fabulous masks.  This project has everything that people love: magic markers, coloring, glitter glue and bling.  Plus, it’s low-cost, low-mess and guaranteed fun for all ages.  Slice up a tasty, colorful King Cake  and see who finds the surprise to become king or queen for the day. Let your creativity roll!

Supplies

All supplies can be purchased at Michael’s stores.

  1. One package of Creatology  paper masks. We like these because they’re sturdy and come in fun shapes. I love butterflies and jesters for Mardi Gras.
  2. One package of Crayola Metallic Markers

    Metallic Markers are Magic
    Metallic Markers are Magic
  3. One small container of green, purple or gold sequins.
  4. A selection of gemstones in green, purple and gold.
  5. Green and purple glitter glue.
  6. One roll of Glue Dots.
  7. Small bag of green or purple feathers.
  8. One package of colored craft sticks.

Create

1. Color the masks with in Mardi Gras colors green, purple and gold. Create a pattern of color bands or a unique design using the three colors. Let younger children just color as they wish. (Coloring is so much fun and the metallic markers have wonderful texture)

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Color masks with metallic markers

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Add sequins and gems around the eyes with glitter glue. (Note that using glue snd sequins can be challenging for little fingers, but younger children will love coloring with the metallic markers. Once mask is colored they can apply gemstones using glue dots.

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Use fine lines of glitter glue to adhere sequins and gems

3. Outline the edges with green and purple glitter glue.

4. Add feathers to top left and right tips. Secure them to the mask with Glue Dots, placing  feathers in the back of mask.

5. Add gemstones to the mask using Glue Dots.

6. Once mask is dray (2 hours), place a Glue Dot on a craft stick and secure to back of mask.

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Use Glue Dots to secure feathers, gems and craft stick

 

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Embellish mask with glitter glue edges and gemstone bling
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Make patterns with glitter glue and gems.
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Place glue dot on craft stick and adhere to back of mask (once dry).
Finished Mardi Gras Mask
Finished Mardi Gras Mask

As always, we invite you to share photos with us.

Enjoy your celebration!

Maura O’Shea, Owner. Founder, The Art Truck, maura@thearttruck.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let it Snow! Kids Love Making these Glitzy Snowflake Garlands

Kids love making these snowflake garlands to wrap around trees or hang from windows and ceilings. We’ve made hundreds of them at Art Truck events and they are always a hit. You decide the length and number of flakes. Best part? No mess, easy-to find supplies make it a cinch. It’s super easy – here’s how:

Project Duration: 20 minutes to two hours

Supplies

  1. White cardstock (pastel blue or grey are nice, too)
  2. Curly ribbon – we like silver, white and blue.
  3. Glue sticks – try Elmer’s Washable brand.
  4. Gems or sequins from Michael’s, Hobby Lobby or S&S.
  5. Snowflake punch -we love Martha Stewart for great  design and quality.

Assembly

  1. Punch out 10 snowflakes using puncher;
  2. Cut ribbon length at least 2 feet (a little longer is better);
  3. Take one flake, place glue in center;
  4. Leaving 6 inches at top of ribbon strand, place ribbon in center of flake;
  5. Now, turn it over, add a bit of glue to center and “sandwich” another flake on top;
  6. Repeat until you have at least 5 snowflakes on your chain;
  7. Once flakes are on ribbon, adhere gems or sequins to center of flakes with glue.

Hang on or around a favorite tree or anywhere you’d like to add some bling and sparkle.

What is your favorite garland-making craft? We invite you to share your photos, ideas and follow our blog.

Creatively yours,

Maura

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