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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.

Christmas Ornaments, Magnets and Figurines - Make Christmas-themed creations with easy-to-use Homemade Modeling Dough! This fun and festive project is perfect for families and groups of children of all ages. Shape the modeling dough into our imaginative Christmas shapes, or personalize your creations with your own unique designs! Get started today and make your own Christmas keepsakes!

EASY

Thanksgiving Napkin Rings - Create Thanksgiving memories with these easy-to-make napkin rings! This simple craft project is a great way to involve children (adults, too!) in the holiday festivities. Not only will you have a blast crafting together, but you'll also make something special for the Thanksgiving table. And the best part? You can use the same basic idea with simple variations for other holidays throughout the year.  

EASY

Apple Turkey - These adorable apple turkeys are a fun and easy way for kids to add a touch of whimsy to the Thanksgiving table. Perfect for place cards or as a centerpiece, this easy-to-make craft is sure to delight your guests. With just a few simple steps, kids can create these colorful turkeys.

EASY

Floating Wing Glider Paper Airplane - Make your own paper airplane glider that flies like a dream! This easy-to-fold glider is perfect for kids of all ages. It can fly long distances and do amazing stunts. Launch it down a long hallway or in a large room and have a blast!

AVERAGE

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Dracula's Blood Recipe - Want to make your own Halloween costume even scarier? With just a few simple ingredients and a little help from an adult, kids can create a realistic blood effect that will make your costume even more spooky.

VERY EASY

Kids' Halloween Spook House Dangler Cards - Make your own haunted house dangler card for Halloween! This fun and easy craft is perfect for kids of all ages. Just follow the instructions to create a spooky house with jack-o'-lantern dangler and ghostly residents inside. Your spooky Halloween dangler card is sure to be a hit!

EASY

Halloween Mobile - Make your own spooky Halloween mobile! This easy craft is perfect for kids of all ages, and you only need a few simple materials. Follow the instructions to create a unique mobile with ghosts, jack-o'-lanterns, bats, black cats, and more. After you're finished, you can hang your mobile in your room or give it as a gift to your friends.

EASY

Stained Glass Leaves - This easy and fun craft is perfect for kids of all ages, and it's a great way to recycle crayons. Simply collect some fall leaves to trace and follow a few simple steps to create your own stain glass-like masterpiece. Once your craft is finished, you can display it in your home or give it as a gift to a friend or loved one.

EASY

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Homemade Modeling Dough Recipe - Make your own modeling dough today and let your imagination run wild! This easy recipe makes a soft and squishy dough that you can air dry and paint, or use again and again as play dough. Create anything you can imagine! Make silly animals, colorful flowers, or even jewelry, backpack mascots, and keychain fobs. The possibilities are endless!

EASY

Sponge Stamps and Art - Do you know that ordinary kitchen sponges can be used to make stamps? Kids will love making their own unique stamps to create artistic masterpieces for display in the refrigerator door gallery. Follow these simple instructions and you'll be able to make stamps of your own design in minutes.

EASY

Sewing Cards - For generations, children have been playing with sewing cards. In this project, see how easy it is to make your own sewing cards out of cardstock, then sew on them with colorful yarn. Adults can take the sewing cards a step further to make scrapbook and greeting card embellishments.

VERY EASY

Children's Craft Box - Give your kids a craft box filled with craft tools and supplies, and let their creativity run wild! With a few simple rules (cover the work area with a plastic tablecloth before starting and clean up after yourself), kids can create whatever they can imagine.

VERY EASY

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Sticker Fun - Learn how to make your own custom stickers with kids! This fun and easy craft is perfect for a group activity. Kids can use their imaginations to create all sorts of stickers, and they can even use their own drawings or photos. Once the stickers are made, they can be used to decorate cards, letters, and other projects.

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

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 church, house, cuckoo clock, or Valentine's Day mailbox using Aunt Annie's patterns.

EASY to AVERAGE

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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

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

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

Paper Mosaic - Recycle your paper scraps into a colorful mosaic with this easy-to-follow tutorial. All skill levels can enjoy this project, and it's a fun way to use up leftover paper. You can even make a one-of-a-kind gift for Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa! Get started on your own paper mosaic today!

VERY EASY to EASY

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

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

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

Mexican Huichol 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

Stenciled Stars Patriotic T-Shirts - Take a plain T-shirt or a tired old T-shirt and perk it up with stenciled designs. Use the printable stars stencil pattern to make star-spangled T-shirts for Independence Day. The whole family can pitch-in to make custom T-shirts in patriotic colors.

AVERAGE

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

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

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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