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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.

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

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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

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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

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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

Tissue Paper Painting - Using  this super easy technique, make colorful tissue paper with designs that resemble Japanese shibori or tie dyeing. The painted tissue paper may be used in your paper crafts, to wrap packages, to line envelopes, and in greeting cards, suncatchers, collages, and much more.

EASY

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

Crayon Batik - Learn how to use crayons to create a batik-like drawing with the black cracks that are typical of batiks from Java. You can use the resulting pictures to make cards, decorate notebook covers, or hang on the wall.

EASY

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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

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

Jelly Bean Carrots - A sweet addition to your Easter treat basket, jelly bean carrots are simple to make and fun to eat! Orange jelly beans, plastic wrap, and a little creativity help kids and grown-ups create this satisfying springtime candy treat.

EASY

Jumping Origami Bunny - This funny bunny paper craft can be folded in just a few steps. Press down on his back to watch him "spring" up! The bunny is a twist on the traditional origami leaping frog.

AVERAGE

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 sealing 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

Purim Crown - Make this royal crown decorated with six-pointed stars for Purim. It is a fun party craft with a group of children. Just a few simple supplies are needed to create this very special crown featuring Stars of David.

EASY

Finger Paint Recipe - Why bother with a brush? Cavemen didn’t mind getting messy in pursuit of their art, and you won’t either with this simple finger paint recipe.

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

Valentine Garland of Hearts - Make this delightful tissue paper garland that is sure to brings smiles. Drape it over doors, in windows, over furniture, along stairs. It is quick and easy to make.

VERY EASY

Heart Shaped Cards - Make simple and fun Valentine cards in the shape of a heart or with a heart-shaped top. Most of the cards have a circus theme and one is especially designed for giving to your sweetheart.

VERY EASY

Trinket Box - Use recycled materials to make this trinket box. All it takes to make this cutie are empty cardboard tubes, a cereal box and scraps of ribbon or paper. You are sure to want to make more than one!

AVERAGE

Paper Doll Chains - Create a chain of paper dolls by cutting multi-folded paper strips. Learn this basic paper cutting technique with paper dolls then, let your imagination run wild! Cut paper chains with themes for every season and every special event. They make great decorations for parties, classrooms and your home.

VERY EASY

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