Kids Korner: Winter Crafts

Thanks to Kaboose.com for the  fun winter crafts for children!

Craft Stick Sled

By: Amanda Formaro

Difficulty: Average

Age: 8 and up

 Make this fun replica of an old wooden sled. The starburst design and beautiful colors make this little sled an adorable winter activity.

What you’ll need:

  • 5 jumbo craft sticks
  • 2 craft sticks
  • 2 miniature craft sticks
  • White craft glue
  • Yarn
  • Light blue and white acrylic paint
  • Toothpick

How to make it:

  1. Paint three of the jumbo craft sticks light blue and let dry.
  2. Paint the other two jumbo craft sticks with silver paint and let dry.
  3. Paint the two craft sticks with white paint and let dry.
  4. Decorate the light blue craft sticks with snowflakes. Dip a toothpick in white paint and draw starbursts with it, then dot the end of each line.
  5. Glue the three light blue sticks together, side by side, the outer two should line up and the middle one will stick out above the other two by about ½”.
  6. Glue the two white craft sticks, one on each side of the light blue craft sticks. Line the white sticks up in the center of the light blue.
  7. When dry, turn over and glue the two miniature craft sticks in the opposite direction of the larger ones. This will help reinforce the sled and hold it together better. Glue one at each end.
  8. Take the two silver jumbo craft sticks and glue them to the bottom of the sled as the blades. These sticks should be standing on end, see photo. You may need to hold these for a minute or so as the glue grabs and sets up.
  9. Glue a piece of yarn to the bottom side of the sled as the pull cord. 

Tips:

  • You can paint the craft sticks after putting the sled together if you prefer more of a challenge.
  • Change the design to your liking; perhaps try painting a snowman instead of snowflakes.
  • Craft sticks are available in your local craft supply store in a variety of sizes.

Snow Globe

By: Amanda Formaro

Difficulty: Easy

Age: 6 and up, though younger children can assist with adding water and glitter.

Parental supervision is recommended

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! This darling little craft is made from recycled baby food jars, or any other type of jar you have sitting around collecting dust. We suggest making more than one, or you won’t want to give up this little keepsake to your child—they’re great to keep around your own home, perfect for your computer desk. Give your globe a theme and make it a gift for Christmas, Halloween, birthdays or any occasion. Or, you can make a snow globe featuring your favorite characters or animals such as Dinosaurs, Spiderman or Barbie. Enjoy! 

What you’ll need:

  • Baby food jars (medium or large) or any other type of jar with a lid
  • Florist clay (can be found at any craft supply store)
  • Small figurine (see “Choosing your figurine” under “Helpful Hints”)
  • White and/or silver glitter or fake snow
  • Hot glue gun or aquarium sealing glue (hot glue is less expensive)
  • Ribbon or felt (optional)
  • Garland plastic greenery (see “Getting your greenery” under “Helpful hints”)

How to make it:

  1. Wash and dry your jar completely, including the lid.
  2. Attach figurine to inside of jar lid using florist clay. If you are using a small object, it’s a good idea to build up the clay so the object will appear taller. To preview, simply place empty jar over the top of your figurine to see if you have the height where you want it. Attach any optional items with the clay (greenery, berries, etc.). Important:Use your imagination, but make sure whatever you use is waterproof and won’t dissolve.
  3. Fill jar with water to within 1/2 inch (1 cm) of top. Use cold water, warm water tends to cloud. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon of glitter, or “ snow” into water. This measurement is based on a medium to large baby food jar. Adjust glitter amount according to your size jar.
  4. Using hot glue gun, line inside of lid with glue. Insert figurine in water and screw on lid.
  5. Dab lid dry if any water dripped or spilled. Apply a layer of hot glue around the rim of the lid to seal shut.
  6. Let stand and dry overnight — lid side up.
  7. Decorating the lid rim is optional, and there are several ways to do it. Attach decorative ribbon with glue, use plastic holly berries for a holiday feel, or use colored felt as we have. This can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. Use white or craft glue to run a squiggly line around the felt then sprinkle with glitter and let dry. Glue on buttons, use stickers, or personalize your globe by writing your name in glue and sprinkling with glitter. You may also paint the lid rather than use ribbon or other embellishments. The possibilities are endless so have fun!

 

Snowmen Fence

Difficulty: Average

 If one snowman ornament just isn’t enough, try this snowmen fence. This Popsicle stick craft is a fun winter or Christmas activity for kids.

What you’ll need:

  • Five paint stir sticks (you get them free when you buy a can of paint)
  • Six wide craft sticks (about 3/4 inch wide by six inches long)
  • White craft paint
  • Rub-on snowmen faces (or paint them on yourself)
  • Yarn, felt, buttons, pom poms, etc. for making outfits
  • Tacky glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wood hot glue sticks
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Wire or string
  • Wire cutters, if using wire

 

How to make it:

  1. Paint the paint stir sticks white. Let dry. You may have to add more than one coat.
  2. Paint the craft sticks white. Let dry. You may have to add more than one coat.
  3. Rub on the snowmen faces according to the directions on the package. Note: You may also paint the face using thin permanent or paint markers, paintbrush and craft paints.
  4. Create scarves for each of the snowmen and glue in place around the “neck” (the part of the paint stick that curves in). Try felt shawls, scarves, and try braiding yarn for scarves too.
  5. Cut out hats for your snowmen and glue on their heads. Try making different kinds, using our pictures as ideas. Glue on pom poms for a fun look.
  6. Glue on buttons, pom poms, or whatever you have on hand for their buttons.
  7. Click here for the picture of the back of the snowmen.
  8. Glue the craft sticks to the back of the snowmen using the wood glue. Our bottom stick was about three inches from the bottom of the snowman. The upper stick was about three and a half inches above the bottom stick. Be sure to use a ruler to get it close to being straight. If it doesn’t appear straight, don’t worry. Look around your neighborhood and see how many wood fences are actually straight! 
  9. Add extra wood glue to help strengthen the sticks. You may also wish to glue additional sticks where they touch end to end to give them more strength.
  10. Hang on a couple of nails, or tie wire or string on the ends so you can hang on one nail.
  11. Have fun and enjoy creating your Snowmen Fence!

 

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