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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.

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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Patriotic Star Garland - Cut five-pointed stars from red, white and blue paper and string them to make a garland! Use the garland to decorate for Memorial Day, Flag Day or the Fourth of July.

EASY

Punched Bookmarks - You've been cutting, folding and pasting to make your crafty creations, but now there are bits and pieces of paper left over. Recycle that leftover paper to make simple and beautiful bookmarks using a hole punch.

VERY EASY

Kids' Serendipity Squares Father's Day Cards - This craft project is a kid version of the grown-up Serendipity Square Cards tutorial. Like in the adult version, scraps of paper are used to make colorful serendipity squares that can be combined in many ways to make one-of-a-kind greeting cards for dad!

VERY EASY

Layered Soaps - In this project, learn how to make soaps with different colored layers using the melt-and-pour soap making technique. You can create guest soaps in colors to match your kitchen or bath decor or to give as a special gift. The whole family can have fun making soaps.

EASY

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Clip Art Bag Puppets - More puppet fun! This time using clip art to make paper bag puppets. Quick, easy and fun activity for families and groups.

VERY EASY

Memory Game - Make a set of cards for the game of memory. This is a fun and very easy project that young kids really love doing! It is great for families or groups, and with a little preparation by the adult or teen leaders, this project is fast and fun.

VERY EASY

Keepsake Booklets - Gather those stacks of school papers together and make them into a quick and easy booklet. This simple technique can be used to make booklets of all sorts—diaries, collections of articles and clippings, school reports and more.

EASY

Suede Leather Pendant Necklaces - In this project, create a necklace from scraps of suede leather and a length of plastic lacing. This is a simple leather craft suitable for beginners and children.

AVERAGE

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Kids' Pocket Mother's Day Cards - This craft project is a kid version of the grown-up Pocket Greeting Cards Tutorial. These fun and unique cards for Mother's Day feature a pocket on the front that the kids can fill with little gifts for Mom.

VERY EASY

Mexican Yarn Painting - The crafts of Mexico are renowned for bright colors and bold designs especially the nierika made by the Huichol people. In this project learn how to do Huichol-inspired yarn paintings then use the technique to make decorative plaques or to enliven the surfaces of boxes, cards, notebooks, and more.

AVERAGE

Paper Flowers - See how easy it is to make paper flowers. It requires no patterns and uses simple materials. This is a skill well worth learning!

EASY

Handwoven Bookmarks - Make a handwoven bookmark simply and easily while learning the basic concepts of weaving using a cardboard loom. The bookmark makes a wonderful gift, or maybe use it as a rug in a doll house. Make the loom in different sizes and sew the fabric into coin purses, coasters, hot pads—whatever you can imagine!

EASY

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Peek-a-boo Easter Egg - Learn how to make a magical world inside an Easter egg with real eggshells, cutouts or stickers, and your imagination! Smaller crafters may need help snipping their eggs.

AVERAGE

Basic Egg Dyeing - Aunt Annie teaches you how to make a dye bath for brightly colored Easter eggs. Dye your eggs a solid color, or marble them for added oomph!

VERY EASY

Tissue Paper Painting - Make colorful tissue paper with this super easy technique. Simply pleat a piece of tissue paper and paint the folded edges.  The painted tissue paper may be used to wrap packages, to cover box lids, line envelopes, and in greeting cards, suncatchers, collages, and much more.

EASY

Crayon 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.

EASY

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

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 like.

EASY

Snow Scene in a Jar Snow Globe - Whether you have snow where you live or not, you can have wintertime fun by making a wintry snow scene in a jar. All it takes is a few plastic toys, rocks, glue, glitter and water to turn a small jar into a winter wonderland where a gentle shake makes it snow.

AVERAGE

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.

EASY

Valentine Crown - Make this royal Valentine crown for that special someone, or as a fun party craft with a group of children. Just a few simple supplies are needed to create this very special Valentine. This craft can be used for any holiday.

EASY

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 Paper 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.

VERY EASY

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.

VERY EASY

Chocolate Spoons - It's easy and fast to make these tasty treats, then wrap them up with ribbon and cellophane. Use these fancy spoons to add a special touch to a dinner party, make a unique Valentine's Day gift, or brighten someone's day! Make mocha coffee in a flash by using a chocolate spoon to stir hot milk into your coffee!

EASY

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!

EASY

Pencil Toppers - It’s fun and easy to make original pencil toppers with 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.

EASY

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