Community posts tagged with 'kids corner'

Kids Corner: Paper Muffin Flower Pop

Here's a sweet Valentine's Day idea to do with the kiddos.

1) Fold four paper baking cups into half and lay two out flat.

2) Punch a hole 1/4 inch from the edge on the four folded papers. Fold the other two papers in half and punch off the edge to make a hole in the center of the baking cup (see below), unfold the two with center holes.

3) Place four folded papers onto sucker stick, overlapping 1/4 of the baking cup each time a paper is added. Then place two open papers.

4) For the leaves, lay out two pieces of green masking tape about 7 inches long, sticky side facing up. Place a piece of wire in the center of one piece. Put sticky sides together with wire sandwiched in the middle. Cut a leaf shape at each end with 1 inch trimmed in the middle (see below). Twist leaves underneath paper baking cups.

Materials used:

Green masking tape
Regular hole punch
Paper baking cups (6 for each flower)
Tootsie Roll Pops or Dum Dum Suckers

Kids Corner: Valentine's Paper Heart Wreath

Here's a sweet and super-easy Valentine's Craft to do with the kids:

It's a great Valentine’s Day heart wreath decoration your child can make for home or their classroom. Anything goes, so let the kids get creative!

1) Using a plain white 8.5" x 11" piece of paper (cardstock works great), fold one corner over and trim the excess to make it square.

2) Cut around the edges and round it off along with the inside. Don't worry about being perfect (as you can see in my photo), you will be pasting hearts over it.

3) Use your glue stick to attach your hearts in any way you desire. You can cut out hearts from pretty paper or use pre-cut hearts. Wrap a ribbon around the wreath to hang. It's that easy.

Materials needed:

White cardstock

Assorted papers

Cut-out hearts

Glue stick


Kids Corner: Paper Straw Christmas Projects

Here are two projects, one for the kids and one for you, using red-and-white striped paper straws to create candy cane-inspired crafts.

Paper Straw Snowflakes

- Cut two 1 1/2" circles from white cardstock.

- Cut straws into 2 1/2" lengths (8 or 10 straws are needed for each snowflake).

- Cut a 1/4" section of straw.

- Glue the 1/4" straw in the center of the cardstock circle. 

- Glue straw pieces around small straw center as shown.

- Finish by gluing a wooden or other circle embellishment.

TIP: Use these snowflakes for present toppers.

Materials needed:

Paper Straws
White cardstock
Circle paper punch or scissors to cut circles
Wood buttons or any other round embellishment
Glue gun or white craft glue


Starburst Paper Straw Wreath

- Cut 50 of the 120 straws to 6 1/2″ and leave the rest of the straws at their full length. 

- Wrap a foam wreath form with white or grey ribbon. The form can rub off and get a bit messy, so you will want to cover it.

- Apply a dab of hot glue near the center of the wreath form. Adhere a full length straw so that the end is flush with the center edge of the wreath form, then continue gluing and affixing straws, alternating short straws with long ones until the wreath form is completely covered. 


- Once you have the first layer down, you can start with the second layer with the straws affixed in between each of the first layer.

- Tie a bow with ribbon of your choice and glue in place. 

TO HANG: Glue a small loop of matching ribbon to the back of the wreath form.

Materials needed:

- Small foam wreath form 
- Approximately 120 red stripe paper straws 
- Satin ribbon for bow (optional)
- Satin ribbon for wreath wrapping 
- Hot glue gun & glue sticks 
- Scissors 
- Ruler

Kids Corner: Santa Tissue Box

Here's a super easy project you can help the kids with. We've created a cute Santa option, but let the kids' creativity take over!

Here's how to do it:

- First paint the tissue box with your sponge brush with the red acrylic paint.  I used 2-3 coats.  Let dry.


- Cut the pieces of white fur material to a size you desire and use Elmers glue to attach.  Let dry.

- Paint the belt with black acrylic paint with a finer brush.  Let dry.

- Add embellishments of bells, glitter, gold border ribbon or whatever your style. 

Materials Needed:

Tissue box

Red acrylic paint

Black acrylic paint

White fur

Elmer’s school glue

Gold glitter

Kids Corner: ‘Stained Glass’ Leaves Project

You’re sure to fall for these sweet autumn leaves and their “stained-glass” look. Little fingers can help with tearing the tissue into tiny bits and pressing them into the glue.

1. Tear the tissue paper into small pieces. Tissue papers go a long way, so you won't need much, so save the rest for another project.
2. Print out or draw your own template of fall leaves. Click here for the printables pictured below.

3. Lay out the wax paper, approximately 20 inches long.
4. Spread a thin layer of glue and use the popsicle stick to spread using only half of the sheet.

5. Lay the tissue paper one at a time on the glue making a nice stained glass look. I like a lot of mixed colors.

6. Fold the wax paper over and press down and let dry.

7. Cut the leaves out and either use the colored papers as a border or just have them shaped in leaves.

So much fun for school projects and even at home on a rainy day.

The supplies you’ll need:

Tissue Paper (fall colors)
School glue
Waxed paper
Popsicle sticks to spread the glue
Fall Leaves Template (or you can draw your own)
Craft knife (to cut out the border center)
Paper (Fall colors)