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Sparkly Paper Lanterns Craft

Sparkly Paper Lanterns Craft

Ages 5 to 8

Every year Rapunzel spent locked away in the tower, her parents sent beautiful floating lamps into the night sky in hopes that their daughter was out there somewhere to see them. Fashioned from pretty scrapbook papers and covered with stick-on gems, these paper lanterns are fun to fold and decorate, and will add a glittery flare to your child's bedroom. Hang them in front of a window to catch the light, or string them together for a wall-to-wall garland.

by Cindy Littlefield

What you'll need

  • Assorted scrapbook papers
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue dots
  • Faux gems
  • Thin beading cord or decorative thread
  • Buttons (2 per lantern)

How to make it

1. For each lantern, cut a paper rectangle from scrapbook paper. It should measure 24 inches wide and between 6.5 to 8.5 inches high (depending on how tall a lantern you want).

Sparkly Paper Lanterns Craft step 2

2. Set the rectangle down with the long edges at the top and bottom. Fold the top down half an inch and use the ruler to smooth the crease. Then fold the top a second time (another half an inch) to create a paper "hem." Do the same with the bottom edge of the paper.

Sparkly Paper Lanterns Craft step 3

3. Next, fold the left side over half an inch (do not fold it a second time).

Sparkly Paper Lanterns Craft step 4

4. Fold the paper sideways so that the right edge just meets the fold you made in step 3. Press this new fold to create a sharp crease.

Sparkly Paper Lanterns Craft step 5

5. Unfold the paper and refold it, this time bringing the left edge to the crease you made in step 4.

6. Fold the left side of the paper toward the crease, as you did the right side. At this point, you should end up with four equal-size lantern panels.

Sparkly Paper Lanterns Craft step 7a

7. Now form the lantern box by tucking the half-inch fold on the far left panel between the top and bottom hems of the far right panel, as shown.

Sparkly Paper Lanterns Craft step 7b

8. Use glue dots to secure the connections in the corners.

9. It's time to add some sparkle. Let your kids adorn the lantern with lots of faux gems.

10. Finally, fashion a hanger for the lantern by tying a button on each end of an 8-inch length of thin beading cord or decorative thread. Use glue dots to attach the beads to opposite sides of the lantern top

Conversation Heart Mailbox Craft

Conversation Heart Mailbox Craft

Ages school-age

by Amanda Formaro

Need a creative way to collect your Valentine's Day cards this year? Try making this great conversation heart mailbox, perfect for a girl or a boy--your friends will love it!

What you'll need

  • Cereal box
  • Construction paper: red, blue, white and pink
  • Glitter glue: blue, pink, purple, orange, red
  • White craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter (optional)
  • Heart-shaped craft foam

Helpful Tip:

1. Craft foam is available in sheets or in packs of precut shapes. 2. Save cardboard snack and cereal boxes for hundreds of different craft projects! 3. Buy construction paper in large variety packs to have on hand for impromptu projects.

How to make it

  1. Cut cereal box in half, keeping the bottom half. Reserve the remaining cardboard for another project.
  2. Cover the entire box with red construction paper using white craft glue.
  3. Trace cookie cutters, or draw freehand, to create hearts from blue, white and pink construction paper. You will need two of each color for a total of six.
  4. Use glitter glue to write short phrases or acronyms on the hearts. Some examples might include "kiss me," "BFF," "luv you," "hug me," "be mine," and "cutie."
  5. Allow the glitter glue to dry completely, this can take several hours.
  6. Glue three hearts, one of each color, to one side of the box, overlapping the hearts, tops of the hearts should stick out above the top of the box. Repeat on the other side.
  7. Glue foam hearts to the sides of the box.

Bodacious Pirate's Belt Craft

Bodacious Pirate's Belt Craft

Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

When you're outfitting a character as hip as Jack Sparrow, no ordinary belt will do. In fact, this fashion-blazing pirate donned two for good measure. The first was so long he had to tie it around himself. The second, no doubt his favorite, featured the fanciest of buckles and a strap adorned with zany doodads -- a chicken's foot included! Made from cardboard and paper, and adorned with choice treasures and trinkets, this snazzy belt is the perfect fit for the would-be pirate in your household.

Download Bodacious Pirate's Belt Template

by Cindy Littlefield

What you'll need

  • Template for Bodacious Pirate Belt
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Thin cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Paper doily
  • Glue stick
  • Small container (for mixing paint and glue)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • White glue
  • Small paintbrush
  • Non-toxic gold leaf pen or paint
  • Black heavy-weight paper cut into strips or black paper ribbon*
  • A few trinkets
  • String

Helpful Tip:

If you don't have black paper, you can use another color and paint it.

How to make it

1. Print the template and cut it out (use the craft knife to cut out the inner sections). Trace the template onto cardboard and then cut out the tracing.

Bodacious Pirate's Belt Craft step 2

2. Cut strips from the ornate edges of the doily and glue the pieces onto the face of the buckle, as shown, leaving the center strip uncovered. Trim the edges of the doily flush with the buckle.

3. Mix together 2 tablespoons or so of black paint and 1 tablespoon of white glue or Mod Podge. Paint the front and back of the doily-covered buckle. Let the paint dry completely.

4. Brush the raised surfaces of the buckle with gold leaf and again let it dry.

Bodacious Pirate's Belt Craft step 5

5. For the strap, glue together strips of black paper or paper ribbon to create a belt that's 3-inches wide and about 4 feet long.

Bodacious Pirate's Belt Craft step 6

6. Fold the strap an inch from one end and glue the folded section around the center bar of the buckle, as shown.

Colorful Macaroni Can Craft

Colorful Macaroni Can Craft

Ages school-age

Show off your favorite colors and store your pencils and pens at the same time. Make this adorable pencil holder from a recycled can and pasta noodles.

by Amanda Formaro

What you'll need

  • Empty vegetable can
  • White craft glue
  • Gesso (recommended: Liquitex Basics Gesso) or white craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic paints in your favorite colors
  • Acrylic sealer spray
  • Several different shaped pasta noodles
  • Sand paper

Helpful Tip:

1. Many aluminum and tin cans come with pop tops these days, eliminating the use for a can opener. However, some brands still require a can opener and these may produce sharp edges around the brim that can cut fingers. 2. Check your local discount department store for can openers with a safety edge that will not produce sharp edges. 3. Liquitex Basics Gesso is a craft medium that has a nice thick texture that not only covers well and only requires one coat; it also preps the surface for glue adhesion. 4. Apply glue liberally to allow the pasta noodles to grab, but excessive amounts will cause your pasta to slide. 5. Simply readjust the noodles as the glue dries to combat this issue.

How to make it

  1. Wash and dry vegetable can. If opening has sharp edges, be sure an adult sands them down with sand paper before starting this project.
  2. Paint entire outside surface of can with gesso or white paint. If using paint, you will most likely need a second coat to cover. Let dry completely before moving on to the next step.
  3. Sort out pasta noodles into piles according to shapes.
  4. Use white glue to attach the pasta shapes to the can in whatever pattern you like.
  5. If you use too much glue, your pasta shapes may start to slide or even fall off. Check up on the can now and then and readjust the noodles as the glue begins to dry.
  6. When can is completely dry, paint pasta shapes in different colors of your choice. Let dry.
  7. Spray entire surface of can and pasta with acrylic sealer spray.

Coiled Cardboard Tube Caterpillar Craft

Coiled Cardboard Tube Caterpillar Craft

Total Time 2 to 3 hours Ages preschooler

Painting a cardboard tube does amazing things! You can shape the tube however you like, then let it dry. Once it's dry, the paint hardens the cardboard and it will hold its shape!

by Amanda Formaro

What you'll need

  • 4-inch cardboard tube
  • Yellow paint
  • 10 medium yellow pom-poms
  • Large orange pom-pom
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Gold or yellow pipe cleaner
  • Tools: Scissors, white craft glue, paintbrush

How to make it

Coiled Cardboard Tube Caterpillar step 1

1. Paint the cardboard tube with yellow paint, inside and out. Allow it to dry long enough to where you can handle it without getting wet paint on your fingers, about 30 minutes or so. Don't let it dry too long, or you won't be able to mold it!

Coiled Cardboard Tube Caterpillar step 2

2. Start from the bottom and cut into the tube, cutting it into one really long strip, about 1/2-inch wide. Coil the cardboard around your a small bottle to help it hold its shape. Let the tube dry completely, about two hours or when the cardboard feels stiff.

Glue five pom-poms in a row along the length of the coiled tube. Remove the coiled tube from the bottle.

Coiled Cardboard Tube Caterpillar step 3

3. Glue the other five pom-pom to the tube. To find out where to glue them so that your caterpillar will stand up, place the tube onto the table so that the first five pom-poms are touching the table. Glue one in place while holding it on the table. Then you can lift up the tube and glue on the rest.

Coiled Cardboard Tube Caterpillar step 4

4. Now that your caterpillar can stand on its own, glue on the large orange pom-pom for the head. Cut the pipe cleaner into two pieces, about 2-inches long each. Glue to the top of the orange pom-pom head. Glue on googly eyes.

Bird and Bark Card Craft

Bird and Bark Card Craft

Ages school-age

With this card, no binoculars are necessary to spy a pretty fowl! If your father loves the great outdoors, he'll really appreciate this bird-covered craft

What you'll need

  • Cardstock (colored)
  • Tree bark
  • Pictures of birds (from magazines or computer print outs)
  • Twigs (small)
  • Design paper
  • Glue stick
  • Double-sided padded tape

How to make it

  1. Step 1: Cut 6" W x 12" L card using colored card stock.
  2. Fold every 4" (into an accordion shape).
  3. Cut out pictures of birds (one large and several small birds).
  4. Cut out 2½" W x 4½" L rectangle shape using design paper.
  5. Step 2: Glue large piece of bark to left side of first card panel.
  6. Apply double-sided padded tape to back of bird pictures.
  7. Affix one picture of a large bird on bark.
  8. Step 3: Place smaller birds on middle panel.
  9. Glue rectangle shape to center of third panel.
  10. Glue small twigs on all four (4) corners of rectangle shape.
  11. Glue a piece of bark to the top of the rectangle shape.
  12. Glue a piece of bark to the top of rectangle and a bird to the bottom right corner
  13. Optional: You can glue bird seed on card as well to give some added texture.

Classic Camp Craft Pouch

Classic Camp Craft Pouch

Total Time 2 3 Hours Ages School Age

Gear up for future wilderness explorations with this versatile belt pouch based on a classic camp project.

What you'll need

  • Template
  • Scissors
  • Stiff brown felt
  • 1/16-inch hole punch
  • Embroidery needle and embroidery thread
  • Glue
  • Button
  • Adhesive Velcro dots

How to make it

  1. Print our template and use it to cut the three pouch pieces from stiff brown felt.
  2. For the belt loop, use a 1/16-inch hole punch to make guide holes for the thread along the short ends of the rectangle. With an embroidery needle and embroidery thread, sew two ends of the rectangle to the full oval, lining it up to match the height of the partial oval as shown.
  3. Place the partial oval on the other side of the full oval. Punch guide holes along the curved edge of the two pieces, then whipstitch the pieces together.
  4. Whipstitch around the edge of the flap.
  5. Glue or sew a button on the flap. Keep the pouch closed with adhesive Velcro dots.