• Crafts For All Ages

    Swimming Goldfish Craft

    This goldfish craft is so fun for kids to make and play with. I love that kids can design their very own “fishbowl” made from a paper plate and then color their fish and make it “swim” all around. Your kids are going to love this activity. Here are the supplies I used to make this craft: White cardstock (download and print the free printable) Paper plate Popcicle stick Markers Blue and tan paint Yarn Craft gems Scissors Tacky Glue Glue Stick Get started by printing the free printable on white cardstock. Your kiddo can color and cut out the goldfish and rock arch. Next, paint the paper plate “fishbowl”…

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    Perler Beads: Craft Kit Of The Month

    This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you purchase something using my links, I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. A friend recently reminded me of this favorite craft from my childhood. Do you remember making designs with these plastic beads that melt together? Perler beads are so much fun for kids (and parents, and grandparents) to play with. My kids enjoy spending time placing beads on the plastic pegboards in just the right pattern for their design. Time spent crafting is always quality time! I debated for awhile about which kit to get us started on our Perler Bead journey. There are…

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    Build A Box Fort

    Building a fort is an inexpensive and creative STEAM activity for kids. My kids have never met a cardboard box that they didn’t try to transform and recently they were inspired to build a box fort. Unfortunately, we had no big boxes for them to use. Luckily, we happened to be going to Home Depot so we decided to check out their moving supplies. I was excited that they had large boxes for under $2 each. We bought 5 large boxes and a $5 roll of packing tape. So, this activity cost about $15 for us. Side note: we probably could have sourced free boxes elsewhere and were all out…

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    Paper Doily Butterfly

    Butterflies are a sure sign that summer is in full swing. We have been seeing so many butterflies outside lately. So, I was inspired to help the kids create a butterfly of their own. Since trips to the craft store are few and far between lately, I thought we might be able to use some items we already had at home. I am a bit of a craft supply hoarder, so this challenge was right up my alley. First, I came across some old-style clothespins I had saved. They were the perfect thing to make into a butterfly bodies. Then, I found a package of paper doilies that I bought…

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    Swimming Shark Craft

    If there’s one animal my son loves (besides cats 😹), it’s sharks. After all, sharks are pretty cool. So, after making the Swimming Mermaid with my daughter, I thought it would be fun to make something geared toward my son. This Swimming Shark Craft is fun to create with the added bonus of being able to make the shark “swim” around. First, cut one of the paper plates in half. Cut across the middle in a wavy pattern. This halved paper plate will form the front of the water. The other paper plate will form the background. Next, paint the paper plates. I used acrylic paint, but tempera or washable…

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    Tulle Pom-Pom Wand

    Isn’t this tulle pom-pom wand the cutest? My daughter has been playing with her new pom-pom wands since we made them. I love making pom-poms because they are super easy and inexpensive to create. Plus, I had some rolls of tulle in my craft supply stash and I was glad to finally put them to use for this fun and adorable craft. First, paint your wooden dowel and set it aside to dry. Then, use my free printable template to cut your own cardboard pom-pom maker. The template is the exact same size as the one I used. Be sure to use strong cardboard. Get the free template here: Make…

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    Fun & Easy 4th of July Crafts

    Happy 4th of July! Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. My hometown puts on one of the most fabulous fireworks displays ever. Plus, the summer weather this time of year in Michigan is just perfect. We usually head up north to the lake and spend lots of lazy days hanging out on the water. Lots of sun, fun, and memories made! Are you looking for a fun craft idea to celebrate the 4th? Here are three patriotic crafts you can do with the kids. Click on the pictures to get to the tutorial for each craft:

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    Patriotic Star Wand Craft

    Patriotic crafts are so fun for summer time. Kids love learning about celebrations and traditions, and what better way to teach them and help them celebrate than creating something together! First, paint the wooden dowel. I used red acrylic paint. Set it aside to dry. Next, use my free printable to cut out your felt stars: Use a different color for each size and cut two of each. Make two stars using the cut-outs. Assemble the stars together largest to smallest, with the smallest star on top. Finally, assemble the wand by tying the ribbons to the wand and gluing the stars back-to-back over the top of the wand. When…

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    Gift Wrap Fireworks

    Am I the only one who buys too much new gift wrap only to discover a stash at home that I forgot I had? My gift wrap collection continues to grow with each holiday season. So, when I was looking for something to make fireworks from, gift wrap seemed like the perfect medium. It’s shiny, sparkly, and festive – perfect for fireworks! First, cut strips of gift wrap from the parts you want to use for your fireworks. I used the sparkly parts of the striped red paper I had. Cut strips about 1/4 inch wide and 4-5 inches long. Use the glue stick to glue them to the black…

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    Father’s Day Bobblehead Craft

    Looking for a cute Father’s Day craft your kids can make for dad? Look no further! This Father’s Day Bobblehead Craft is a unique and inexpensive way for your kids to show dad some love. Ready to get started? You’re in luck! I made a free printable with the pieces you’ll need to make this craft. Download it here: This craft is sure to bring a smile to any dad’s face this Father’s Day. I hope you and your kids enjoy making it as much as we did. I would love to see your finished project! See others’ creations and share your own in the Kids Craft Studio Community on…