Friday Fun is all about simple craft projects for family, classroom and group craft time. Some families
are setting aside a time each week for family crafting fun. In some communities Friday Craft Nights have become
quite popular. Why not join in the fun?
Browse down this page for descriptions and illustrations of the projects, then select a project and have
some crafting fun!
Easy Paper Snowflakes - Learn an easy way to make
snowflakes from tissue paper. With this technique you can make a whole
flurry of snowflakes in a hurry! Using tissue paper makes cutting
through many layers easier, but you can use any lightweight paper you
Snowflake Window Stencils - Paper snowflakes and a little dab of paint go together to decorate your windows.
Even the youngest children in a family or group can help with this project by dabbing paint on the stencils.
Easy Valentine Cards -
Simple, easy, and effective. Draw hearts freehand for this Valentine
card, and just fold, cut and glue! Cutout cards are a great Valentine’s
Day craft for children and classroom groups.
Valentine's Day Pins
- Create plaster of Paris pins using simple candy molds, pin backs
and paint. Choose a candy mold with heart shapes to create beautiful
Valentine's Day pins to give as presents to your loved ones.
Paper Heart Chains - Create chains of paper hearts by cutting accordion-folded paper
strips. You can easily make paper heart chains for Valentine's Day.
It's just like cutting
Doll Chains—only easier! Use strips of red paper, plain
or patterned, to decorate for a party, in the classroom, around the
house or for a special dinner with your loved ones.
Valentine's Day Candy Jar
- It is easy to recycle an empty jar into a wonderful container for
Valentine’s Day candies. Just add some cutouts from old Valentine’s
Day cards or leftover Valentine's Day napkins to make a decorated
jar nice enough to give as a gift.
Batik - Learn how to
imitate on paper the fabric decorating technique from Java called
batik. The process uses crayons to color a design on paper, that is
then wadded and painted with black to make the cracks that are
typical to batiks. You can use the resulting pictures to make cards,
decorate notebook covers, or hang on the wall.
Candy Cane Reindeer
- Children will enjoy transforming a candy cane into a reindeer
using a few craft supplies and a bit of glue. This reindeer is a great
decoration for the tree or a fun party favor. It's a craft that
has long been a holiday favorite for kids and teachers alike.
Gift Tags from Recycled Cards
- Recycle greeting cards and paper scraps into fun and unique gift
tags. The whole family can join in on the cutting and pasting to
make these special additions to your holiday gifts. The tags can
even be grouped into packages for sale at a Christmas bazaar or for
Pumpkin Seed Poinsettias
- Poinsettias are the flower of the Christmas season. These
brooches or Christmas ornaments made of pumpkin seeds will bring out
the holiday cheer in all who see them. Make one for yourself or make
several to give as gifts. Grandma will cherish a cheerful
brooch made by the kids.
Cinnamon Clay Recipe - This recipe makes a sweet
smelling dough that can be made into ornaments or package
decorations. Just mix together applesauce, cinnamon, and a bit
of glue to create a clay that is perfect
for rolling out and cutting shapes with cookie cutters.
Pencil Toppers - It’s fun and easy to make original pencil
Homemade Modeling Dough. Make a simple dough in less then
15 minutes, and use your fingers to shape fun, fanciful, or beautiful
creations of your own design. Aunt Annie has included suggestions for
creating easy, silly and cute pencil toppers.
Stained Glass Leaves - The colors of fall are warm and cheerful.
Capture these colors with this stained glass-like decoration that is
created using recycled crayons!!
Combine the craft with a walk through the woods for an enjoyable fall
Thanksgiving Napkin Rings -
Thanksgiving is a time for the family to gather and share
experiences. You can start the sharing by making these simple
napkin rings with your child. Not only will you have fun, but you will
also make something special for the Thanksgiving table. Use the same basic idea with simple variations for other holidays.
Pine Cone Turkey
- Turn a pine cone into
a colorful turkey to brighten your Thanksgiving table. This is an
easy craft project for children that can be combined with some
outdoor fun. Take a walk in the woods to find pine cones; then, with
some pipe cleaner and glue magic, turn them into little turkeys.
Sew-a-Pumpkin Halloween Favor - Create these truly
unique pumpkin-shaped Halloween party favors filled with candy corn.
This is an easy craft that's a twist on the traditional
craft. Great for group, family and classroom crafting!
Kids' Halloween Spook House Dangler Cards - In this
project, kids make a house spook from black construction paper with
an opening to peer inside at the ghostly residents. This craft
project is a kid version of the grown-up
Dangler Cards with jack-o'-lantern danglers for
Colorful Tissue Ghosts - What could be cuter than
little ghosts in a bowl? Tissue ghosts are an easy, inexpensive way
to decorate for Halloween. In this project, you'll see how to make a
colorful version of the traditional tissue ghost by adding fading
Shiny Paper Beads - See how easy it is to recycle paper scraps and magazines to make
colorful paper beads. After winding the paper into beads and varnishing
them for a shiny finish and durability, the beads can be strung into
bracelets, necklaces and even beaded room dividers!
Dracula's Blood Recipe - Here's a recipe to make fake blood for Halloween. Drip some from the
corners of your mouth, and in your best imitation of Dracula say, "I
want your blood."
Mini-movie) - Kids will have fun making this spinning
toy known as a thaumatrope (or mini-movie.) It appears to magically
create one picture from two and demonstrates one of the visual concepts behind