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Archive for the Category ‘Arts and Craft’

A Garden Playhouse

A Garden Playhouse

By Family Fun September 6, 2009 Practicality and whimsy are perfect playmates in this outside-in room. CRAFT MATERIALS:   Plywood   Wallpaper sample   Hot glue gun   Wooden birdhouses   Fabric   Cedar shake   Masonite   Molding   Fake plants   Craft board   Rope   Screws   Time needed: Weekend Project 1. […]

Start a Book Club with Your Friends

Start a Book Club with Your Friends

  By Family Fun Sept. 5, 2009 A kids’ book club can provide relief from winter boredom on two fronts. First, it offers a fun weekly (or monthly) occasion to look forward to, and second, it is a great incentive to read stories that jump-start the imagination. To make lighter work, partner up with a […]

Pastel Portraits

Pastel Portraits

  By Family Fun August 22, 2009   Expressionist artists use soft lines and color to create a mood — in addition to the actual image they’re drawing. Try this simple technique for making your own expressionist portrait or self-portrait.   CRAFT MATERIALS Wide-tip black marker 8 1/2- by 11-inch sheet of paper Clear tape […]

Craft of the Week – Charm Bags

Craft of the Week – Charm Bags

  Family Fun August 22, 2009   These rustic-looking pouches are inspired by those used by Native Americans to carry good-luck trinkets. (They make great carriers for portable music players too!)    CRAFT MATERIALS Shrink art (available at craft stores) Colored pencils Hole punch 4- by 11-inch piece of felt Embroidery floss and needle Small […]

Rooms for Preteens – They Grow Up So Fast

Rooms for Preteens – They Grow Up So Fast

By Better Homes August 14, 2009   It seems to happen overnight — one moment your child is just a tiny swaddle of blankets and diapers, and the next he’s listening to crashingly loud music and talking in unrecognizable lingo. Just as suddenly, the bedroom decor he loved as an 8-year-old has become completely uncool […]

Make Musical Instruments

Make Musical Instruments

  by Emily Miranda July 25, 2009 Have fun assembling and decorating instruments, then see what beautiful music you can make together.   For Toddlers and Preschoolers:     MARACAS Make your own maracas to shake and dance to! Materials: 2 empty yogurt cups, plastic cups, or Styrofoam cups Dried beans or dried peas Duct tape […]

Fish Swivel Bracelet

Fish Swivel Bracelet

  By Family Fun July 21, 2009   This jingly bracelet is literally a snap for kids to put together.   CRAFT MATERIALS:    # 10 brass fishing swivels   Seed beads   Small (6 mm) jingle bells Time needed: Under 1 Hour     1. Unclasp a swivel and bend the prong to straighten […]

Classic Camp Craft: “Leather” Pouch

Classic Camp Craft: “Leather” Pouch

By Family Fun July 11, 2009 Gear up for future wilderness explorations with this versatile belt pouch based on a classic camp project.   CRAFT MATERIALS:   Template Scissors Stiff brown felt 1/16-inch hole punch Embroidery needle and embroidery thread Glue Button Adhesive Velcro dots Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours   1. Print […]

How to Make Friendship Bracelet

How to Make Friendship Bracelet

By Family Fun July 11, 2009 To prove to each other that their bond will last, your child and her pal can fill up their arms with a batch of best friend bracelets.   CRAFT MATERIALS:     Colored embroidery thread Tape Time needed: Under 1 Hour   1. To make each bracelet, gather six 24-inch […]

4 of July Patriotic Punch Cups

4 of July Patriotic Punch Cups

by Family Fun July 4, 2009 Look-alike plastic cups have a way of losing themselves in a crowd. Reduce mix-ups (and waste) with guest-decorated designs.   CRAFT MATERIALS:   Plastic cups Large and small star stickers (red, white, and blue) Placard Marker Time needed: 30 Minutes or Less     1. Add a large red, […]

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