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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.

Marbled Eggs - Here’s a technique for making marbled eggs that requires no special materials, and produces beautiful results with very little effort.

VERY 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

Easter Chick Cards - See how easy it is to make an Easter card by tracing your child's hands. This is a fun project for kids of all ages. Even toddlers will enjoy this project since cutouts of their traced hands are used for the wings.

EASY

Stuffed Felt Names - Kids love to see their names spelled out! In this craft project, see how to cut out, sew, and stuff individual felt letters, and then join them together to create a bright and cheerful personalized wall hanging that's perfect for the bedroom door, on the wall, or over the crib.

AVERAGE

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Clay Charms and Pendants - Make charms and pendants for necklaces and bracelets using Homemade Bread Clay or commercial air-dry clay. Make the heart and flower pendants and heart charms for yourself or to give as gifts. When strung on cord or a chain, they make perfect gifts for Valentine's Day.

EASY

Shamrock Flag Banner - Show off your St. Patrick’s Day spirit with a shamrock banner. Make this easy paper flag banner using construction paper and the printable shamrock pattern. Hang the banner in a doorway, over the mantel, or in the window—anywhere you want to show your Irish green!

VERY 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

Seed Catalog Garden - Make a garden in the middle of winter by cutting up seed catalogs. Cutting up the catalogs, making the garden, and playing with it will keep kids busy for hours.

VERY EASY

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Finger Painting Basics - The kids (and grown-ups, too) will have great fun smearing paint on paper and creating fanciful pictures. This craft project goes over the basic steps for doing finger painting and gives tips to enhance your finger paint masterpieces.

VERY EASY

Valentine Flag Banner - In this craft, simple to cut flags are decorated with
hearts, then strung together to create a banner. Hang
the banner in a doorway, over the mantel, or in the window, or use
it to decorate a Valentine-themed bulletin board. No pattern
required—just cut, glue and string.

VERY EASY

Valentine's Day Pins - Create plaster of Paris pins using simple candy molds, pin backs and paint. Choose a candy mold with heart shapes to create beautiful Valentine's Day pins to give as presents to your loved ones.

EASY

Simple Valentines - This project features quick and easy Valentine designs that are simple to make and perfect for classroom giving! Select from printable Valentine's Day card patterns with either six or nine Valentines to a sheet. You likely have everything on hand needed to make these Valentines!

VERY EASY

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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

Kids' Four Patch Birthday Cards -  See how easy it is for kids to make birthday cards from simple materials. These cards feature fancy paper that the kids make, and are finished off with a hand drawn cartoon stick figure and a message balloon. Every card is unique and showcases the creative ideas of the child artist!

VERY EASY

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

Seal Gum Recipe - Learn how to make homemade seal gum (lick and stick glue) for stickers and envelopes. With this adhesive you will be able to make your own stickers from ordinary paper. Make stickers from drawings or stamped images, clipart or pictures cut from wrapping paper—the sky's the limit! This lick and stick adhesive also works great on handmade envelopes.

VERY EASY

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Paper Cup Party Favor - Half the fun of giving a party is selecting a theme and making the decorations. You can easily and quickly make party favors for any theme by decorating paper or foam cups with ribbon and images printed from your computer.

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

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 standard 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

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

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

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

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

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 some pipe cleaner and glue magic, turn them into little turkeys.

EASY

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

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

Easter Pennant Banner - Make colorful pennant flags then string them together to make a banner for Easter. Use these banners to decorate around your home or in the classroom. The pennant flags are also a nice addition to an Easter basket.

VERY EASY

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