Gift Box Truck
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Here’s an idea for a transportation craft project. It costs about $1.50 for both gift boxes and makes a pretty cool looking truck with no prep work at all. MATERIALS White gift … Read More

Snowman Pop Out Cards
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These snowman pop out cards are easy to make, even with a large room of kids. Just be sure to cut all the circles and flakes ahead of time. Don’t make the … Read More

Paper Cactus
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Thanks to craft paper punches, projects like this paper cactus are totally possible even for classrooms. I just recommend pre-punching the circles for a group of 25 or more. I learned the … Read More

Halloween Boxes with Sharpies
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My favorite part of these little Halloween boxes is the color combination. I love the soft orange and matte black and shiny silver. Fortunately, they all come from supplies that are very … Read More

Paper Plate Flower
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I was totally inspired by this Paper Plate Flowers project at Pink Stripey Socks and have it planned for my art camp kids tomorrow. The only catch is that I didn’t account … Read More

Simple Paper Sculpture
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This paper sculpture project I tried out goes in the “keeper” file. I challenged kinders to make curly, zig-zag and curvy lines, and then whatever else they could think of. MATERIALS • … Read More

Mom Pop Out Flower Card
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My students are learning how to make pop out flowers this week, which make a pretty nice Mother’s Day card. Last year I did this with hearts, but I like this flower … Read More

Magazine Bowls
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These magazine bowls are fun to make and truly about reusing that which just ends up in the trash. Roll them up neatly and then coat with Mod Podge to seal and … Read More

Instant Paper Mache Tiles
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Years ago I bought a huge supply of instant paper mache, thinking it was going to be my quick answer for 3D work. Well, I have since tried using it in all … Read More

Tissue Paper and Starch Tiles
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Here’s another take on my tissue paper tile project posted recently, I just wanted to share that there is an even easier way to make them. Use good old liquid starch as it … Read More

Student’s Cast Tissue Tiles
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Here they are, my student’s beautiful cast tissue paper tiles, taped on to some chipboard to make book covers. I love how the tissue paper made the all the colors bleed together in really … Read More

Cast Tissue Tiles
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I tried this wonderful Cast Tissue Paper project today. It worked really well for my range of kinder – 3rd graders. I just replaced the glue with liquid starch to keep things … Read More

Pop Out Valentine Cards
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I’m sure I first saw this Pop Out Valentine card project somewhere in on Pinterest, but I’m not sure where. All I know is that last year (almost) every kinder could make … Read More

Egyptian Jewelry
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One more paper plate project – Egyptian collar jewelry. Students cut out the center, painted it with Dick Blick gold watercolor, and glued some plastic rhinestones when dry. An easy way to … Read More

Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial
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  Need a pretty but inexpensive project for Mother’s Day? All you need is an old baby food jar, tissue paper, white glue and a couple of green pipe cleaners. This tissue … Read More

Dandelion Pop Out Card
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My Pop Out Valentine Card project got me to thinking about other shapes that could be folded and glued in the same manner. I found this scallop flower punch in my collection … Read More

Paper Lion
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My Black Paper Cat worked so well last fall that I wanted to try other color combos. I made this cat with Pacon Premium Tagboard, which had the color and quality I … Read More

Pop Out Cards on a Budget
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This is my 2nd year for making pop out cards with kinders, and I learned a few things about how to stretch my money. I still recommend using patterned paper from one … Read More

Coffee Filter Heart
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Want to make a big fluffy heart for Valentine’s Day? I found this great idea on Pinterest. All you need is a cardboard heart with poked holes and twisted coffee filters. I … Read More

Paper Chain Tree Card
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I call this paper chain tree my “minimalist” holiday card. Stores like Michaels have lots of pretty scrapbook paper these days; I prefer ones with a small scale print.   MATERIALS • … Read More

Gingerbread Matchbox House
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Here’s an adorable Gingerbread Matchbox made yesterday by Nya, a fifth-grader. I showed students how to draw a simple droopy roof line and some candy windows, but Nya took the idea to … Read More

Sticker Snowman Card
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Students can learn how to make their snowman card come to “life” by altering where the face and buttons are placed on the body. The fact that they can easily do this … Read More

Paper Chains
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Gum wrapper paper chains have been around for a long time, but the original size is rather tedious for small hands. I found that scrapbook paper cut into larger strips works for … Read More

How to Make a Mayflower Ship
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You can learn how to make a Mayflower Ship, using just a few inexpensive craft supplies and a leftover coffee sleeve. It has a wonderful wooden like look when turned inside out. … Read More

Black Paper Cat
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The credit for this Halloween Black Cat idea goes to an old Family Fun Craft book. I just worked out a few details about the size and materials, that I am happy … Read More

Halloween Black Cat
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The credit for this Halloween Black Cat idea goes to an old Family Fun Craft book. I just worked out a few details about the size and materials, that I am happy … Read More

Gum Wrapper Style Paper Chains
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Gum wrapper style paper chains have been around for a long time, but the original size is rather tedious for small hands. I found that scrapbook paper cut into larger strips works … Read More

Valentine Boxes
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I wish all my afterschool classes could go like the one today. I gave my students some supplies (cigar box, colored paper, paper punches, colored paper tape and metallic markers), one idea … Read More

Heart Collage Valentine
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If you can get your hands on some fancy colored paper, this simple layout can make a really nice card. I used some sample rice papers from an old scrapbook collection that … Read More

Paper Chain Art
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Paper chain art seems to be most commonly associated with gum wrappers, as was popular in the 1960s. I’ve found that the process of folding and linking paper chains to be extremely … Read More

Art Projects for Kids