Community posts tagged with 'Kid crafts'

Summer Fun Week 5: Craft at the Beach!


This is a fun beach craft--great for recording something special like your little one's hand or footprint in the sand.

Project Steps:

1. Before leaving for the beach, measure out the appropriate amount of Plaster of Paris and put it into a resealable plastic bag. Check the directions on your plaster, but normally, the ratio of water to plaster is 1:1.5.

2. In your beach  bag, bring the bag of plaster, a measuring cup for water, and a pail to hold water.

3. Find a spot of clean, damp sand at the beach.

4. Press a hand or foot firmly down into the sand, then lift it straight back out. If your child is having trouble making a firm impression into the sand, till it up and smooth it back down to make it easier to shift. You may also need to press gently on their hand or foot to help.

6. Fill your pail with seawater and measure the appropriate amount to pour into the bag of plaster.

7. Knead and agitate the sealed plastic bag until the plaster is completely mixed. 

8. Open one end of the plastic bag, then pour the plaster to fill the hand or foot molds.

9. Pay attention to the directions from your plaster to determine how long to wait before unmolding the hand/foot print. 

10. Gently excavate the print, rinse in the ocean, and you're done!

Materials Used:

Plaster of Paris

Resealable plastic bag

Measuring cup

Watertight pail 


Summer Fun Week 3: Crafting Mixed Media Masterpieces

Here is a perfect way to repurpose empty egg cartons. Andrea Atwater shows us how to create this Mod Podge Rocks project.

Project Steps:

1. Paint your canvas with several coats of a color of your choice.

2. Cut up your egg carton so each egg spot will be a flower bud. Cut down the middle of the carton and trim the excess areas. You can trim each egg carton spot (flower) to have petals. The rest of the egg carton can be used to hold the paint.

3. Paint the egg carton flowers with several coats of colors of your choice. Let dry.

4. Once the flowers are dry, coat with Sparkle Mod Podge. Extra coats will provide more sparkle.

5. Trim the pipe cleaners to the correct length for the stems. Tie them together and glue the "bouquet" to the canvas with craft glue.

6. Add a button to each flower to resemble a bud. Glue the flowers to the canvas. Let dry before hanging.


Materials Used:

9'' x 12'' Canvas

Egg carton (not foam)

Americana acrylic paint

Mod Podge Sparkle

Pipe cleaners (green)

Ribbon (coordinating color)

Buttons (white suggested)

Craft glue



Summer Fun Week 2: Lounge at the Beach with Crab Cups

Are you taking a beach vacation this summer? These crafty critters can take the journey down to the shore with you. Andrea Atwood shows us how.


Project Steps:

1. Prepare your cups by cutting off about an inch and a half off the top. Paint the outside of the cups (might require 2 coats).

2. Cut a beige colored pipe cleaner into 5 equal pieces for the crabs' eyes. Repeat with another pipe cleaner for a total of 10 pieces (enough for 5 crabs). Add a dab of white craft glue to the tip of each pipe cleaner piece to attach a googly eye. Set aside to dry.

3. For the crab forearm claws, cut a pipe cleaner in half. Bend one piece in half. Starting at the bend, twist the pipe cleaner together, leaving the last 3/4-inch open. Bend those two open pieces into a curve to create the claw. Repeat with the other pipe cleaner half. You will get 2 forearm claws from 1 pipe cleaner.

4. For the crab legs, cut 2 more pipe cleaners into 6 equal pieces. You will get 3 pieces from 1 pipe cleaner. Bend the pieces in three places (like the picture) into an S-shape.

5. Use a toothpick to poke 2 holes in the front of the cup and insert the forearm claws. Secure with white glue. Poke 3 more holes in each side of the cup. On each side you will insert the legs, one pointing forward, and the other two poining backward. Secure with white glue.

6. At the top of the cup, directly above the front claw arms, poke 2 holes for the eyes. Add a dab of glue atop the holes and insert the pipe cleaner eyes (with googly eyes on top).

7. Let everything dry before displaying.

Materials Used:

Styrofoam cups

Americana acrylic paints

Pipe cleaners (to match paint colors)

Googly eyes

White craft glue

Paint brushes