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Full Friday Fun Index

Simple projects for craft time

Full Friday Fun

Simple projects for craft time
 
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Craft project list by date

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. Why not join in the fun?

Greeting cards for kids: For pop-up cards and more easy to make greeting cards that children can create, see the projects listed in Greeting Cards Kids Can Make.

Also, check out Gifts Kids Can Make for Dad and Gifts Kids Can Make for Mom.

The projects range in difficulty from VERY EASY to AVERAGE.

Browse down this page for descriptions and illustrations of the projects in date order, then select a project and have some crafting fun! Or jump to the category index for a listing of crafts by category.

Artwork Bookmarks - These bookmarks are simply made from artwork that you are willing to cut up,  along with two pieces of clear contact paper. This is a great way to recycle your less-than-perfect artwork or preserve your child's treasured drawings.

VERY EASY

Floral Wire Mobile with Origami Flying Birds - Mobiles make terrific decorations in the home, office or classroom and are a great way to display and enjoy your craft creations. In this project, see how to use floral wire to make a mobile of easy to fold Origami Flying Birds or other lightweight items.

AVERAGE

Recycled Crayons - In this project, make new crayons out of old broken ones. Your kids will have fun making these crayons that are better than new. The recycled crayons also make a good gift when placed in a cellophane or plastic bag tied closed with pretty ribbon or yarn.

EASY

Straw Bead Necklace - In this project, you'll see how to take the classic drinking straw bead necklace and step it up a notch! You'll use decorative paper strips to cover the soda straws before cutting them into beads. This is a great way to recycle your leftover paper scraps. Suitable for all ages!

VERY EASY

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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.

EASY

Paper Angel Chains - Create a chain of paper angels by cutting folded paper strips. It's just like folding and cutting paper doll chains! The angels stand on their own and can be used to add some sparkle anywhere you are doing some holiday decorating!

VERY EASY

Recycled Tin Can Candle Holders - Imagine quiet conversation on a patio or porch in the light of flickering candles. These simple candle holder luminaries are made from recycled cans that are left plain or painted.  The candle holders are fun to make as a family or group project.

AVERAGE

Multicolor Binoculars - Make binoculars from recycled toilet paper tubes and squares of colored cellophane for lenses. Wrap the tubes in black construction paper (or paint them black) for an authentic look or let your imagination loose by decorating the cardboard tubes any way you like!

EASY

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Quick Napkin Rings - Having a party or a family gathering or a holiday get together? Follow the simple steps in this project for a quick way to make colorful napkin rings. Use the rings to add a festive touch for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any special or themed occasion.

VERY EASY

Apple Turkey - Make a turkey for displaying Thanksgiving dinner place cards. The turkey is made with an apple (or a pear), a paper napkin, some nuts and candy, and googly eyes. It’s fun and easy to do and all your guests will be delighted with this colorful turkey.

EASY

3D Refrigerator Magnets - In this project, learn how to make refrigerator magnets out of painted molded shapes created by pouring plaster of Paris into candy molds. This is an ideal project for groups of varying ages and skills, and the finished magnets make great gifts!

EASY

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 Sewing Cards craft. Great for group, family and classroom crafting!

EASY

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Halloween Treat Bags - Give your Halloween trick-or-treaters a colorful handmade bag filled with treats! Each bag holds several pieces of candy, two cookies, some caramel corn or a small toy. They are great for Halloween party favors, too!

VERY EASY

Halloween Mobile - Mobiles of ghosts, jack-o'-lanterns, witches, bats and black cats make great decorations for Halloween. Follow the instructions in this project to make a quick and easy mobile using simple materials. After completing this project you will be able to make mobiles for any holiday or theme. 

EASY

Kids' Halloween Spook House Dangler Cards - In this project, kids make a spook house 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 Halloween.

EASY

Magazine Holder - Here’s a craft that is fun to do, recycles empty cereal boxes, and organizes those stacks of magazines, paperback books and miscellaneous papers around the house or in your child’s bedroom.

AVERAGE

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Vegetable and Fruit Printing - Learn how to make simple relief prints using vegetables (and fruits). This printing technique is simple enough for very young children, while being versatile enough for older children and adults. The project features the classic potato print, as well as, vegetables and fruits that are a bit less traditional in printing.

VERY EASY

Quick Papier-mâché Pulp - Use this craft recipe to quickly make a colorful papier-mâché pulp that can be molded into shapes. This paper pulp doesn't require glue and you can skip painting the finished pieces. This is a great craft material to use for family, group or classroom crafting time.

EASY

Square Petal Envelope - Learn a surprising technique for making square petal envelopes. These simple envelopes are inspired by Japanese gift wraps and require little or no adornment. They are great for wrapping flat packages or gift cards.

AVERAGE

Homemade Modeling Dough Recipe - Squishable, squeezable, and versatile, this easy to make modeling dough can be crafted into paintable masterpieces or reused many times as a play dough. Add color with a few drops of food coloring and see what sculptures you can create!

EASY

Homemade Bubble Solution - Playing with soap bubbles is pure fun and fascinates even the youngest child—cats and dogs, too. It's amazingly simple to mix a bubble solution from just a few ingredients.

VERY EASY

Sponge Stamps and Art - Do you know that ordinary kitchen sponges can be used to make stamps? Children will want to make a variety of stamps to create artistic masterpieces for display in the refrigerator door gallery. Follow these simple instructions and you will be able to make stamps of your own design in minutes.

EASY

Children's Craft Box - Make it easier for your children to 'create' by filling a box with craft supplies that's just for them. The box is theirs to use however they wish. The only rules are they must lay out the small plastic table cloth before starting and when finished they must clean up the mess.

VERY EASY

Yarn Octopus - See how easy it is to make a little yarn octopus that is the perfect size, about 5", to hang on your backpack.  These little cuties are just right for your yarn leftovers. It also makes a terrific gift or craft bazaar sale item.

EASY

Origami Flying Bird - A bow isn't the only way to top off a gift package. All it takes is a square of paper and a few folds to make an origami bird to decorate your present.  The flying bird has fewer folds than most origami birds. This makes it an ideal origami craft project for beginning folders and children.

EASY

Washcloth Bath Bags - Sew up a nifty bag for your bath from a washcloth and ribbon. Put soap or bath salts inside and relax in a sudsy tub of warm water. But don't stop there! The bath bags also double as bath mitts for the kids. They also make great gift bags for handmade soaps!

VERY EASY

Sticker Fun - Not only does every child love stickers, but stickers are also an easy way to decorate and personalize any of your handcrafted cards or printed output. Whether it's a card, letter, certificate or photo, a sticker is a fun way to liven things up! Use Aunt Annie's sticker sheets or design your own stickers to use, share and trade!

VERY EASY

Paper Mosaic - Learn how to make paper mosaics to decorate crafts and give as gifts, while recycling the paper scraps from other projects. Make one for Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa.

VERY EASY to EASY

Recycled Milk Carton Gift Boxes - In this project, learn how to recycle milk and juice cartons, or any size gable top carton, into strong gift boxes. You can either wrap the boxes in your favorite way or transform the carton into a house or a cuckoo clock using Aunt Annie's patterns.

EASY to AVERAGE

Ice Cream in a Bag - What goes best with kids and a hot summer day? Well, ice cream, of course! With this recipe and technique each child gets to make an individual serving of ice cream, and it only takes a few minutes from start to finish. Go ahead, get going—you’ll have a ball!

EASY

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