The official first day of Spring has arrived and Spring breaks are in progress! The weather may be a little chilly, but here are some springtime crafts for your family to enjoy.
Crayon Critters – ages preschool to school age
This craft is a great way to have children use their imaginations…and to use up crayon pieces!
- Wax Paper
- Bits of crayon
- Warm iron (under adult supervision)
- Fishing line or yarn
- Tacky glue (optional)
- White paper (construction or copy)
- Cloth (optional)
- Black construction paper (optional)
- Create your pattern by drawing it on the white paper (draw it large enough to use up the entire piece of paper). Some spring ideas: butterfly, caterpillar, lady bug, bird.
- Place a piece of wax paper over created pattern.
- Sprinkle crayon shavings (sparingly!) on wax paper
- Place another piece of wax paper on top of shavings and a blank sheet of paper or a cloth over that. Gently press down with a warm iron. The crayon will melt quickly.
- Staple pattern to the crayon melted wax paper outside of the design area and cut out. This may be enough for the littlest crafters.
- (Optional for older children) Create a black outline with construction paper for your critter to make it even more dramatic. To do this, take a pencil and outline the critter on top of the black paper. Cut out holes or shapes in the black paper so the crayon design shows through.
- Glue the black paper to the wax paper. A little tacky glue will go a long way, so use a little at a time.
- Punch a hole in the top of the critter and thread fishing line or yarn through to enable it to be hung in the window.
Egg Carton Wreaths – ages preschool to school age
At some point most of us will have an empty egg carton…instead of throwing it away, this is a great project to recycle it!
- Egg Carton (1)
- Watercolor paints
- Paint brushes
- Tacky glue
- Ribbon or yarn
- Cut a ring (about 12″ in diameter) from a small piece of cardboard to be the base for the wreath.
- Tear apart all the egg cups so they are individualized.
- Make cuts in each egg cup to create petals. (So it will have slits going all around the cup)
- Decorate each cup using watercolors (or markers) to create all the flowers. Feel free to add any other type of decorating technique (glitter, feathers, pipe-cleaners, etc)
- Use tacky glue to attach each flower to our cardboard ring.
- Make a small hole in the cardboard base and use ribbon to hang.
Here is a great project that helps your child or teen feed the birds that have ended their hibernation and are ready or spring, just like us!
- Toilet paper roll
- Peanut butter (or shortening if there is a peanut allergy)
- Bird seed
- Paper plate
- String or pipe-cleaners
- Hole punch
- Cheerios (or a cereal with a hole in the middle of each piece)
- Take a pipe-cleaner and bend one end bend one end (so the Cheerios don’t fall off), and thread the Cheerios on. Make a loop at the top to hang it on the tree.
- Use a hole-punch to make a hole at the top of your toilet paper roll.
- Spread peanut butter or shortening on the toilet paper roll.
- Pour birdseed onto a plate so you cannot see the bottom of the plate
- Roll the peanut butter-covered TP roll in bird seed until it’s fully covered.
Options for hanging:
–Hang on the end of a tree branch.
–Put a string through a punched hole and hang it on a branch.
–Use the pipe-cleaner with Cheerios to hang on a branch
Bottle Feeder – for older kids
- One- 1 liter bottle of soda
- One- 2 liter bottles of soda. (bottles should have straight bottom sections, rather than curved ones)
- 5′ of thick wire, at least 2mm gauge.
- Sharp scissors or x-acto knife
- Paint (acrylic or tempera)
- Paint brushes
- Wooden spoons (2-3)
- Bird seed
- Remove the labels and all glue.
- Save the bottle cap from the 2 Liter bottle.
- Cut the 1 liter bottle at roughly the halfway point between where the neck widens out and the bottom of the bottle. Keep the lower portion of the bottle.
- Cut the 2 liter bottle at the widest part of the neck. Keep the upper/neck portion of the bottle.
- Cut a 1.5-2″ hole in the side of the smaller bottle, roughly 1″ up from the top of the feet, no less than 1/2″ away from the top edge.
- Test the bigger bottle (this is the roof) over the smaller bottle (main part of house) If the top section looks too big, trim the edges so that the top part is shorter and looks more like a roof.
- Use the hammer and nail to add 2 holes, on opposite sides of the smaller bottle. They should be 1/2″ away from the top edge of the bottle but not on the same side as the entry hole.
- Next add four holes in the bottle cap not too close to the edge of the cap.
- Paint the bottle pieces and let dry a couple hours or until no longer wet.
- Cut two pieces of the wire (about 2′ long) and thread it through the top of the bottle cap. Continue to threat the wire through the outside of the smaller bottle and then back up through the next hole. Repeat for the other side with a second length of wire.
- Making sure all of the wires ends are even, overlap their ends by about 2″. Twist the ends together and hang!