Wood Craft Letter Collage

I recently added Wood Crafts for Kids to my after school classes, and loved this collection of odds and ends wood scraps I found at dickblick.com. The question of what to do with these scraps resulted in a couple of ideas. One was to just stack the larger shapes to make little building towers. That was fun, but the full collection of scraps is about 50% of assorted little skinny dowels. My solution was … Read More

Paper Mache Holiday House

One of the coolest Christmas craft ideas I’ve recently seen was a simple house painted white with a glitter roof. I made my own version here that cost about $5. I want to share this amazing website that I recently found while looking for after school class ideas. I wanted little paper mache things to paint, as seen often in Michael’s, but was stumped when trying to get 30. I found this site, Consumercrafts.com that has … Read More

How to Draw a Star Banner

My favorite way to show students how to draw a star is to connect the dots. Have the dots touch the edge of a paper to get stars that fill up the page. I describe the star as having a head, two arms and two legs. Yes, much like Patrick Star from Spongebob if that helps. Instruct students to make a head dot at the center top of the paper, two hand dots across … Read More

Oil Pastel Candle Drawing

If you need Christmas drawing ideas for kids, this one is works for many different religions. It’s made of simple shapes that are easy for all to draw. I recommend drawing the candle and tracing all the lines several times with a black pastel so they are really thick. When you color in the shapes at the end, you will probably get smudges of black, but in this case it only adds to the … Read More

Make Olaf the Snowman

It doesn’t take a genius to see how easily Olaf the Snowman could be made out of Model Magic. Add some googly eyes, twigs, beans and bam, he’s done! I’ve been creating Model Magic with students for years now, and it’s ease of use never ceases to amaze me. The biggest tip I can give to newcomers, is to try to make things that can go inside a plastic cup or food container so … Read More

Zentangle Art Snowflakes

Zentangle art is drawing with repetitive patterns. My snowflakes may look complex, but they are made from just adding lots of “V”s to my star template. I tried out some new Stabilo markers for this drawing, and totally love the pointMax set. The tips are nice and firm, so it makes them a pleasure to draw with. The company makes other super fine markers, but I think this size is perfect for trying to … Read More

How to Draw a Menorah

When showing students how to draw a menorah, have them start with light lines to plan all the arms. This will help to space things evenly. Menorahs come in all sizes and colors, but they do need to start with this basic shape. My tutorial is good for maybe 3rd graders on up, but if you want to do this with lower grades, I would give them a drawing with the arm “spine” lines … Read More

A Santa Claus Drawing

Keep your Santa Claus drawing easy by making him with symmetrical shapes. It really helps students see and draw him in a logical kind of way. My tutorials always have grid lines on them so students can target where to place their lines. A quick option is to have students fold the paper to make crease lines to follow. I find that by the time they are done coloring the background, the creases have … Read More

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Dear Reader, Today, myself and many other bloggers are taking a break from our usual content to take a stand and fight for your right to access our sites. WHY ART PROJECTS FOR KIDS.ORG IS IN DANGER  I’ve been blogging here for 17 years and sadly, I could watch it all die a relatively quick and painful death. This business that supports my family is in jeopardy and so is your access to the … Read More

Winter Tree Drawing and Tissue Paper Skies

You can make this winter tree drawing with the help of bleeding tissue paper. Just apply water to small squares and they leave behind amazing swirly winter skies. This worked for a series of art trading cards today, but I can’t wait to try it on a larger format. You would think that a bunch of tissue squares would leave geometric patterns behind, but instead, they swirl together and make a very soft mix … Read More

Easy Snowman Drawing

My students needed some easy snowman drawing directions, so I make this diagram. Simple adjustment of the face and buttons can add a lot of dimension. Consider making a snowman art show with lots of these guys all lined up looking around and in different directions. So much more fun than every one just looking straight ahead. MATERIALS Drawing paper, 18″ x 24″ Black marker, chisel tip Crayons or Crayola Color Sticks   DIRECTIONS … Read More

Tissue Paper Poinsettias

 Poinsettias are always a good theme for Christmas art projects. Try tearing red and green tissue paper for a more natural petal shape. MATERIALS Multimedia paper Tissue paper: green, red and yellow White glue Water and container Brush Oil pastels DIRECTIONS Rectangles of red, green and yellow tissue paper are needed (the craft kind, NOT any that says ‘bleeding paper‘). There is a grain to the paper which makes it easier to tear in … Read More

Snowman Handmade Greeting Cards

Make your own handmade greeting cards with my sticker snowman project. Animate your snowman by moving the arms and hat and adjusting placement of the face. These snowman trading cards make use of a trading card sleeve to line them up for display, but you always just glue the cards to a folded sheet to make a card. I love how the sleeves make the art have an instant laminated look, but the idea can … Read More

Papel Picado Holiday Card

Try using colorful Post-its for this papel picado project. The squares come in very festive colors and can be found at your local office supply store. Papel picado is a Mexican folk art craft. It is the art of cutting paper into beautiful and elaborate designs for holidays and celebrations. What I liked about making this picado card with Post-its was that the built-in sticky side meant I could adjust the placement until the squares … Read More

Pop Up Christmas Cards

These pop up Christmas cards are easy to make, thanks to the fact that you can now get circle paper punches in a variety of sizes. Just be sure to cut all the circles and flakes ahead of time. Don’t make the mistake I did which was to think I could punch out plenty while students worked. Stress is when students are using circles faster than you can make them. An alternative is to … Read More

How to Draw a Poinsettia

Here’s how to draw a poinsettia, which my students are turning into decorations for our holiday show in a couple of weeks. We’re making em big, on 12′ square heavy paper, and cutting the poinsettias out so they can be arranged on the wall of the auditorium. I’m proud that I was able to sneak in a little bit of math and measuring as it really helped to draw the center guidelines before drawing. … Read More

Step by Step Elf Drawing

Need a step by step Elf drawing tutorial? Here’s a pretty cute guy to draw (which could easily be turned into a girl, by the way.) MATERIALS Draw Elf PDF Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Draw guide lines on paper or fold in half to make creases. Students follow the tutorial to draw the elf in pencil. The elf is traced with a black marker. The … Read More

Recycled Craft with CDs Wreath

I’ve been scouring for recycled craft with CDs ideas, due to a stash that just keeps growing. Glueing yarn to make an ornament or wreath is one way to go. MATERIALS • Old CDs • Bernat Blanket Yarn • Scissors • Craft glue in a cup • Craft glue in a bottle • Popsicle stick for spreading glue • Pom poms • Ribbon   DIRECTIONS Students start with spreading glue around the center hole … Read More

How to Draw a Giant Nutcracker

      My school had a nutcracker theme for their holiday show one year, so I showed students how to draw a giant nutcracker on butcher paper. Now you can download your own diagram to help you make your own. Folding the paper to create guide lines really helps with the proportion. • View and download Giant Nutcracker Tutorial MATERIALS • White Kraft Paper, 36″ wide, such as this Pacon brand • Scissors • … Read More

Popsicle Stick Ornament

Sometimes the simplest supplies can make the sweetest decorations, like this popsicle stick ornament. Start with a layer of paint to make it more glittery. MATERIALS Popsicle sticks Craft glue Silver acrylic paint Paint brush Fine silver glitter Ribbon, optional Clear sealer spray, optional   DIRECTIONS Make a diagram on the board showing the four steps it takes to “build” the stars. Glue the star together as shown with craft glue. Let dry for … Read More

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