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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.

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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

Ring Toss Game - Make rings and stakes for the game of ring toss. Find out how far and how accurately you can throw a set of rope rings with the classic game of ring toss. Play it inside at a party, or outdoors at a picnic or cookout! Aunt Annie includes a set of rules so everyone knows how to play.

EASY

Clip-Art or Photo Stick Puppets - Nothing is off-limits in this creative puppet project. Craft simple stick puppets from magazine photos, clip art, coloring book cutouts, or other paper images! You can even use photos you’ve taken to put on a special play starring you and your friends—just make sure to ask Mom first.

VERY EASY

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 a fundraiser.

VERY EASY

Cookie Cutter Felt Ornaments - Simple and durable ornaments can be made with cookie cutters, felt and imagination. No sewing is required! The cookie cutters are used as templates for making the ornaments or use Aunt Annie's printable pattern with Christmas-themed templates.

VERY EASY

Miniature Christmas Tree Ornament - A simple cone of green paper can be made into an ornament in the form of a Christmas tree that everyone will enjoy. With just a few common craft supplies, you and your children can make and decorate these little paper Christmas trees. Make cones from other colors of paper to create bell and Santa hat ornaments.

EASY

Shaped Cards for Christmas - Make simple and fun holiday cards in the shape of a pine tree, Santa, or an angel. These cards are easy enough for younger children and people with special needs to make. While the cards are very simple to make, they are easily enhanced with glitter, cotton balls, sequins, and other creative touches. Let your imagination soar!

VERY EASY

Picture Puzzles - Turn drawings, photographs or any image you love into a picture puzzle. This is a simple craft for groups of children. Why not have each child make a puzzle and then trade the puzzles back and forth so everyone has the chance to work several puzzles.

VERY EASY

Fall and Thanksgiving Refrigerator Magnets - See how easy it is to make seasonal refrigerator magnets for fall and Thanksgiving with Homemade Modeling Dough. Make the dough in less than 15 minutes, and then use your fingers to shape magnets using ideas in the project or design your own creations.

EASY

Miniature Turkeys - In this project, you'll make miniature turkeys modeled from Homemade Modeling Dough, or air-dry clay, to use as playing pieces for the game of Turkey Trot. Or make the turkeys for a diorama, to decorate for Thanksgiving, or just for fun!

EASY

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 bump chenille stems (or pipe cleaners) and glue magic, turn them into little turkeys.

EASY

Halloween Trick or Treat Bags - It's quick and easy to make trick or treat bags in any size you like to collect treats as you go from door to door. All it takes is a stack of books and a sheet of paper to make the basic bag. You can also create smaller bags for Halloween party goodies or to hand out to the trick-or-treaters who come to your door!

EASY

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 color accents.

VERY EASY

Creepy-Crawly Spider Bracelet - Make a creepy, crawly spider that can wiggle and twist about with a few movements of the wrist. Traced fingers are the basis for this animated spider toy, and a paper fastener allows it to swivel around. This is a fun and easy Halloween project that is especially good for mixed-age groups of children. 

VERY EASY

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