12 Stunning Arty Crafty Snowflakes

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | 12 Stunning Arty Crafty Snowflakes

I absolutely adore this collection of stunning arty crafty snowflakes. Such amazing colours and shapes, as well as a whole variety of techniques to choose from!

Have your  kids ever explored quilling?

Watercolour resist?

or bleeding tissue paper doodle art?

They can all be found here, along with so much more!

Shall we take a look?

 

12 Stunning Arty Crafty Snowflakes

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | 12 Stunning Arty Crafty Snowflakes | A stunning collection of 12 Arty Crafty Snowflakes to try this Winter. Presenting a variety of techniques, from an easy winter craft to something more challenging for older kids!

Oil pastel and Watercolour Resist Snowflake | Arty Crafty Kids

Big Painted Snowflake Art | Hello Wonderful

Coffee Filter Snowflakes | Happy Hooligans

Exploring Symmetry with Snowflakes  | I heart Crafty Things

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | 12 Stunning Arty Crafty Snowflakes | A stunning collection of 12 Arty Crafty Snowflakes to try this Winter. Presenting a variety of techniques, from an easy winter craft to something more challenging for older kids!

Snowflake Wall Hanging | The Crafted Sparrow

Pop- up Snowflakes | Krokotak

Quilled Snowflake Patterns | Red Ted Art

Melted Crayon and Homemade Clay Snowflakes | Arty Crafty Kids

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | 12 Stunning Arty Crafty Snowflakes | A stunning collection of 12 Arty Crafty Snowflakes to try this Winter. Presenting a variety of techniques, from an easy winter craft to something more challenging for older kids!

Snowflake Window Clings | One Little Project

Playing with Snowflakes | Alisa Burke

Button Snowflake Craft  Snowflake Craft |Kids Craft Room

Bleeding Tissue Paper Snowflake Art | The Pinterested Parent

Now that you have seen all 12 Stunning Arty Crafty Snowflakes, do you have a favourite?

With every round-up, I take great care to show you art and craft ideas that will inspire creativity, introduce new techniques and ideas, and present something a little different to try with the kids.

Many of the ideas are super easy – perfect if you have younger children!

However, if like you me you have an older child who likes a challenge, then I try to offer ideas to appeal to those needs too!

I hope you agree and if you’re looking for more creative Winter fun, then you will LOVE our 16 Winter Crafts Ideas for Kids and 14 Winter Art Ideas for Kids!

Happy Crafting!

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Scrap Paper and Button DIY Christmas Cards

Arty Crafty Kids - Seasonal - Scrap Paper and Button DIY Christmas Cards

These gorgeous DIY Christmas Cards are incredibly easy to make and are perfect for kids to make themselves.

We set up our own creative station at the dining table using  pre-made cards, buttons and scrap paper and turned our Christmas card making into an activity for the whole family.

It was great fun and if you intend to send multiple homemade Christmas Cards, then this might be the way forward.

MATERIALS: DIY Christmas Cards 

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Pre-made Cards and Envelopes
Buttons
Sequins
A selection of scrap paper
PVA Glue
Scissors

DIRECTIONS: DIY Christmas Cards 

As my family live far and wide, all of our Christmas need to be posted rather than hand delivered and for this reason, I used a pack of coloured pre-made cards and envelopes.

Arty Crafty Kids - Seasonal - Scrap Paper and Button DIY Christmas Cards

Using straight strips of scrap paper, we created four designs: A Christmas Tree, Bauble, Star and Snowflake.

This tutorial will show you how to make a snowflake, which will give you the basic method to create the other designs.

To begin, simply cut a four strips of coloured scrap paper.

Arty Crafty Kids - Seasonal - Scrap Paper and Button DIY Christmas Cards

Using PVA glue, stick the paper onto the card to create a cross and then a star.

Arty Crafty Kids - Seasonal - Scrap Paper and Button DIY Christmas Cards

Using a selection of buttons , stick them directly onto the snowflake.

Arty Crafty Kids - Seasonal - Scrap Paper and Button DIY Christmas Cards

Add as many buttons as you like and maybe a few sequins for some extra sparkle!

Arty Crafty Kids - Seasonal - Scrap Paper and Button DIY Christmas Cards

While my elder daughter favoured simplicity, my preschooler preferred a colour and some random positioning, which highlights the beauty of this simple craft – it’s open-ended and inclusive!

Whether you’re a toddler, preschooler, tween or a bigger kid (aka an adult), it’s one that everyone will enjoy.

And if you need any more convincing, our DIY Christmas Cards will give those little hands a fine motor work out!

For more Christmas inspiration, take a look at our gorgeous Rudolph, Paper Roll Elves and Easy Paper Plate Bauble Craft! 

 

Arty Crafty Kids - Seasonal - Scrap paper and Button DIY Christmas Card

Our DIY Christmas cards forms part of a gorgeous series of Kid-Made Christmas cards hosted by the wonderful Jenny at Mum In a Mad House.

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Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Christmas Tree

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Chrismas Tree

I am really excited to be sharing our Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Christmas Tree activity with you today.

It strikes me as funny that this activity evolved from girls balancing pebbles at the dinner table rather than eating their meal!

Sometimes you just to have to go with the flow and actually, while they were playing there was some serious learning going on.

The aim of the game is the stack all the pebbles, fill the “branches” with sequin baubles and finish off by balancing a pom-pom on top.

It’s trickier than it looks!

Through play, they were developing reasoning and fine motor skills. Hand and eye-coordination, as well as problem solving skills.

All applied using a little creativity, with a pinch of patience and determination – as there was a lot of trial and error involved!

This is one those activities, we’ll be bagging up and taking it out and about with us. It’s a great to keep the kids entertained with something fun, but I have to warn you…

You will find yourself having a go or two yourself!

MATERIALS: Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Activity Christmas Tree 

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Pebbles
Acrylic Paint
Sequins or Buttons
Pom-pom

DIRECTIONS: Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Activity Christmas Tree

Start with a trip to the local beach.

Have a play and search for flat smooth pebbles of various sizes and when you get home, either leave them as they are or paint the pebbles using some acrylic paint.

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Christmas Tree | This pebble stacking fine motor Chrismas Tree activity is an awesome challenging game that encourages problem solving, hand eye-cordinaton and fine motor skills!

Lay the pebbles out, along with sequins and pom-pom.

At this point, I left my three old to play without any instruction.

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Christmas Tree | This pebble stacking fine motor Chrismas Tree activity is an awesome challenging game that encourages problem solving, hand eye-cordinaton and fine motor skills!

She quickly worked out that she needed to start with the biggest pebble and work her way up.

Shape was also important and cakes adjusted the positioning of each stone to find the best fit.

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Christmas Tree | This pebble stacking fine motor Chrismas Tree activity is an awesome challenging game that encourages problem solving, hand eye-cordinaton and fine motor skills!

The sequins add to the fine motor development and enhance the challenge!

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Christmas Tree | This pebble stacking fine motor Chrismas Tree activity is an awesome challenging game that encourages problem solving, hand eye-cordinaton and fine motor skills!

The pom-pom is the trickiest element and I can assure you, the pebbles all came crashing down time and time again.

But that’s ok, because ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again!’

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Christmas Tree | This pebble stacking fine motor Chrismas Tree activity is an awesome challenging game that encourages problem solving, hand eye-cordinaton and fine motor skills!

It’s a game of perseverance and as you can see, Cakes had so much building her Christmas Tree.

It’s amazing that such a simple game can have so many developmental benefits and it can be varied in a number of ways. For example Emma at Adventures of Adam adds a colour sorting element with her rainbow pebbles – perfect for colour recognition!

I hope your kiddies enjoy our fine motor pebble stacking Christmas tree and if you a need a reason to visit the local peach or park, then here’s a good one!

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Cardboard Tube Christmas Elf Craft

Arty Crafty Kids | Cardboard Tube Christmas Elf Craft | Christmas Crafts do not get cuter than these cheeky little Elves! A super easy Christmas craft for kids.

I absolutely adore how this Christmas Elf craft turned out.

Cute with a pinch of cheekiness; exactly how an Elf should look!

As always, I like to keep crafts simple and our elf craft is definitely simple, using materials you’re likely to already have stashed away in the recycling or craft box.

So shall we get started?

MATERIALS: Christmas Elf Craft 

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Cardboard Tube
Acrylic Kid Friendly Paint
Coloured Paper
Pom-pom’s
Yellow felt (or paper)
Stappler
PVA Glue
Fine tipped paintbrush (or sharpie)
Scissors

DIRECTONS: Christmas Elf Craft

rty Crafty Kids - Seasonal - Cardboard Tube Christmas Elf Craft

During our trial run of this Elf Craft, we painted the the cardboard tube and then snipped into the tube.

I would advise not doing this as the paint chipped and it was much harder to cut!

So, to begin… let’s make some elf ears!

Cut into the top of the tube at a slant and then fold the cardboard to create a triangle shape in the middle.

Repeat on the otherside of the tube.

Arty Crafty Kids - Seasonal - Cardboard Tube Christmas Elf Craft

Next paint the cardboard tube using some kid friendly acrylic paints.

Arty Crafty Kids - Seasonal - Cardboard Tube Christmas Elf Craft

Add some detail.

We used a fine tipped paint brush to create facial features, however this could easily be swapped for some fine tipped sharpies!

Arty Crafty Kids - Seasonal - Cardboard Tube Christmas Elf Craft

As you can see, you should  have two disinct Elf ears by folding the cardbaord tube into itself.

Arty Crafty Kids - Seasonal - Cardboard Tube Christmas Elf Craft

Using a piece of coloured paper, draw and cut out a large circle and cut the circle in half.

Fold half of the circle round to create a cone shape and before stappling together, make sure it fits snuggly onto the cardboard tube, with the ears sticking out and the two triangles in middle section covered.

Add a pom-pom to the tip of the hat using some PVA glue.

Arty Crafty Kids | Cardboard Tube Christmas Elf Craft | Christmas Crafts do not get cuter than these cheeky little Elves! A super easy Christmas craft for kids.

To finish off  our Chritmas Elf Craft we added a collor, using a  strip of yellow felt stuck with PVA glue.

And that’s it!

Since Father Chrstmas needs the help of more than one, why not make a few more and perhaps create an entire scene with a cardboard tube Rudolph and some snowmen?

If you’re feeling eally creative, you could attempt a Santa using the same technique.

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Arty Crafty Kids | Cardboard Tube Christmas Elf Craft | Christmas Crafts do not get cuter than these cheeky little Elves! A super easy Christmas craft for kids.

 

36 Awesome Christmas Ornaments

Arty Crafty Kids | 36 Awesome Christmas Ornaments - Fun to make and seasonably jolly kids crafts christmas ornaments, decorations and keepsakes

Deck the halls with bells of holly and decorate your home with these 36 Awesome Christmas Ornaments!

There really is something for everyone in this collection of Christmas ornaments, decorations and keepsakes with all of them adding that extra bit of Christmas cheer to your arts and crafts activities.

36 Awesome Christmas Ornaments

Arty Crafty Kids | 36 Awesome Christmas Ornaments - Fun to make and seasonably jolly kids crafts christmas ornaments, decorations and keepsakes

Clay and Melted Crayon Snowflakes – Arty Crafty Kids

Christmas Stocking Ornament Craft for Kids – KCEDVENTURES

Curious George Christmas Ornament Craft – Stir the Wonder

Baby Footprints Christmas Tree – Arty Crafty Kids

Rustic Wooden Sled Ornament – Fire Flies and Mud Pies

Fine Motor Skills- Christmas DIY Wreath Ornament J Daniels 4 Mom

 

Arty Crafty Kids | 36 Awesome Christmas Ornaments - Fun to make and seasonably jolly kids crafts christmas ornaments, decorations and keepsakes

DIY Harry Potter Potions Ornaments – Lemon Lime Adventures

Guess how much I love you? Christmas Tree Ornament – Emma Owl

Dried Pasta Ornaments – Cutting Tiny Bites

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Trees Decorations – Zing Zing Tree

Christmas Crafts for Kids: Yarn Wrapped Ornaments – The Inspired Tree House

 

Arty Crafty Kids | 36 Awesome Christmas Ornaments - Fun to make and seasonably jolly kids crafts christmas ornaments, decorations and keepsakes

Homemade Christmas Ornaments for Kids – One Creative Mommy

Kid-Made Felt Train Ornament – Play Trains

Homemade Mod Podge Photo Ornaments – Redefining Mom

Bath Bomb Christmas Ornaments with Surprise Inside! – Adventure in a Box

Traditional Walnut Babies – Red Ted Art

Kid Made Crystal Wreath Ornaments – Steam Powered Family

 

Arty Crafty Kids | 36 Awesome Christmas Ornaments - Fun to make and seasonably jolly kids crafts christmas ornaments, decorations and keepsakes

Salt Dough Snowman Keepsake for Kids to Make – Learning and Exploring Through Play

The Ultimate Christmas Cranberry Play Dough Ornaments – Natural Beach Living

Kid Made Carpenter Tree Ornament – Bambini Travel

Gorgeous Baby Handprint Keepsake – Mama Smiles

Easy Angel Ornaments for Preschoolers – Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Name Candy Cane Craft for Kids – Fun a Day

No Bake Clay Christmas Ornaments Scented with Essential Oils – Growing Up Gabel

Totally Cute Christmas Craft Stick Ornament Crafts for Kids – Sunshine Whispers

Gingerbread Pirates Craft – Adventures in Mommy Dom

DIY Silhouette Christmas Ornament for Kids – Buggy and Buddy

Cute DIY Christmas Tree Decorations Tutorial – Apple Green Cottage

Salt Dough Fingerprint Christmas Tree – Messy Little Monster

Glue & Salt Ornaments {Easy Christmas Craft} And Next Com ESL

 

Arty Crafty Kids | 36 Awesome Christmas Ornaments - Fun to make and seasonably jolly christmas ornaments, decorations and keepsakes

Handprint & Photo Keepsake Ornament – Teach Me Mommy

Elf Peg Doll Ornaments for Christmas – Rhythms Of Play

Mess-free Ornaments Kids Can Make – No Cleanup Required – Uno Zwei Tutu

Yarn Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornaments – Easy Peasy and Fun

Handprint Snowmen Christmas Ornaments – Simple Fund for Kids

Jar Lid Baubles Easy Christmas Craft – Arty Crafty Kids

I hope this collection of 36 Awesome Christmas Ornaments helps to inspire your little ones creativity this Christmas, and we would love for you to share your Awesome Christmas Ornaments on our Facebook Page.

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3d Paper Plate Christmas Tree

Cute, simple and perfect for toddlers and preschoolers! this simple 3d Paper Plate Christmas Tree craft is perfect for developing fine motor skills while getting into the festive spirit! An easy Christmas craft for preschool or group craft sessions.

With Christmas just a few weeks away, we’ve officially got our Christmas craft on and today I’m showing you this rather cool 3D Paper Plate Christmas Tree.

This simple craft was a HUGE hit with the girls.

They adored every element of glittery sticky process and if you are considering trying this craft out with a toddler or preschooler, then it’s a great activity for fine motor skills!

Excluding a small amount of help assembling the Christmas Tree, this Christmas craft is entirely child-led and would be perfect for group craft sessions at school, preschool or playgroup.

My girls couldn’t resist balancing their Christmas Trees on their heads, so perhaps they could be adapted and used as Christmas party hats?

MATERIALS: 3D Paper Plate Christmas Tree

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Paper Plate
Green Paint 
PVA Glue
Sequins / Pom-poms / Buttons etc
Glitter
Stapler
Glue Stick


DIRECTIONS: 3D Paper Plate Christmas Tree

Cute, simple and perfect for toddlers and preschoolers! this simple 3d Paper Plate Christmas Tree craft is perfect for developing fine motor skills while getting into the festive spirit! An easy Christmas craft for preschool or group craft sessions.

Paint a Paper Plate green and leave to dry.

Once dry, cut it in half.

Cute, simple and perfect for toddlers and preschoolers! this simple 3d Paper Plate Christmas Tree craft is perfect for developing fine motor skills while getting into the festive spirit! An easy Christmas craft for preschool or group craft sessions.

Gently fold the paper plate round, align the straight edges to create a ‘Christmas tree’ point and staple together (avoiding gaps).

Cute, simple and perfect for toddlers and preschoolers! this simple 3d Paper Plate Christmas Tree craft is perfect for developing fine motor skills while getting into the festive spirit! An easy Christmas craft for preschool or group craft sessions.

Now for the messy fun!

Load a glue stick or brush with lots of glue and allow it to dribble around the Christmas tree.

Cute, simple and perfect for toddlers and preschoolers! this simple 3d Paper Plate Christmas Tree craft is perfect for developing fine motor skills while getting into the festive spirit! An easy Christmas craft for preschool or group craft sessions.

Next cover the glue with lots of glitter.

 

Cute, simple and perfect for toddlers and preschoolers! this simple 3d Paper Plate Christmas Tree craft is perfect for developing fine motor skills while getting into the festive spirit! An easy Christmas craft for preschool or group craft sessions.

Add additional sequins, Pom-Poms, scrunched  tissue paper or any other embellishments you have to hand.

Cute, simple and perfect for toddlers and preschoolers! this simple 3d Paper Plate Christmas Tree craft is perfect for developing fine motor skills while getting into the festive spirit! An easy Christmas craft for preschool or group craft sessions.

The kids should have now have a super cute, glittery bombshell of a 3d Paper plate Christmas Tree.

I hope they love their trees and enjoy the process!

If you would like to adapt the Christmas Trees into party hats, simply create to holes on opposite sides and attach and piece of elastic.

For more simple Christmas Crafts, take a look at our Toddler Christmas Trees, Paper Plate Baubles and Jar-lid Glitter Baubles.

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Cute, simple and perfect for toddlers and preschoolers! this simple 3d Paper Plate Christmas Tree craft is perfect for developing fine motor skills while getting into the festive spirit! An easy Christmas craft for preschool or group craft sessions.

14 Wonderful Winter Art Projects for Kids

16 Winter Art Projects for Kids - A selection of gorgous snowy Winter art projects for kids using various process art tehniques to keep the kids busy this Winter.

The changing seasons are a wonderful source of arty crafty inspiration and to ease us into Winter, I have put together this gorgeous collection of 14 Winter Art Projects for Kids.

As always, I love simplicity and variety.

And as you progress through this post, you will find an eclectic range of techniques including: Splat painting, painting in the snow, bleeding tissue paper art, resist methods, winter collage, painting with bubble wrap and much much more.

There will be something to suit every fancy and all age groups, with the emphasis placed on the process rather than the end result.

I have a few favourites of my own, what will be yours….

Shall we take a look?

14 Winter Art Projects for Kids 

16 Winter Art Projects for Kids - A selection of gorgous snowy Winter art projects for kids using various process art tehniques to keep the kids busy this Winter.

Bleeding Tissue Paper Winter Scene |Art Projects for Kids

Snowy Woods Art | The Crafty Crow

Bubble Wrap Winter Tree | Arty Crafty Kids

Melted Snowman Painting | Kids Craft Room

Painting on Tinfoil | Messy Little Monster

16 Winter Art Projects for Kids - A selection of gorgous snowy Winter art projects for kids using various process art tehniques to keep the kids busy this Winter.

Stary Night Sky | Buggy and Buddy

Snowflake Resist Art | Fun at Home with Kids

Winter Handprint Tree | Arty Crafty Kids

Snowy Day Tissue Paper Art | Fireflies and Mudpies

16 Winter Art Projects for Kids - A selection of gorgous snowy Winter art projects for kids using various process art tehniques to keep the kids busy this Winter.

Mixed Media Christmas Village | The Pinterested Parent

Alpine Trees | Painted Paper Art

Watercolour and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflake | Arty Crafty Kids

Christmas Tree Scene | I heart Crafty Things

Colourful Abstract Trees | Mary Making

Art is a wonderful way to observe and explore seasonal change, and I hope you have an idea or two to try with the kiddos!

And if you have enjoyed Winter Art Projects for Kids and would like even more inspiration, you should take a look at our collection of 16 Winter Crafts for Kids, where you will find a variety of snowman, animal and snowy wintery crafts.

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Watercolour and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflake

Watercolour and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflake Kids Art - This watercolour and oil pastel resist Snowflake art idea for kids is perfect for the Winter season. Children will love discovering the secret snowflake, while playing with and mixing the watercolour paints to create a pretty Winter scene.

I adore this watercolour and oil pastel resist snowflake.

Isn’t it gorgeous?

Oil pastels have become one of my favourite materials for resist art.

For one, it takes a mere few minutes to set up. So if you have young children with short attention spans, then this process is perfect for them!

So far we’ve used this technique for a spider web and spooky ghost reveal. Both concepts have proven popular.

Kids love the secret reveal and with respect to our snowflakes, the watercolours against the white pastel works tremendously well, creating a gorgeous winter scene.

MATERIALS: Watercolour and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflake

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White Oil Pastel
Watercolour Paper
Water

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DIRECTIONS: Watercolour and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflake

Watercolour and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflake Kids Art - This watercolour and oil pastel resist Snowflake art idea for kids is perfect for the Winter season. Children will love discovering the secret snowflake, while playing with and mixing the watercolour paints to create a pretty Winter scene.

Using a white oil pastel, draw a snowflake design onto the watercolour paper.

To draw the snowflake, start with four criss-crossing lines of equal lengths (it should resemble a star shape).

From a couple of cm from the centre of the snowflake, join the branches with a zig-zag and draw another connecting line from the lowest point of the zig-zag to the centre.

At the end of each of the long lines, draw 3 (or more/less) V shapes.

The snowflake should begin to take form now and if you have an older child, this is a great way to get them thinking about symmetry.

Watercolour and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflake Kids Art - This watercolour and oil pastel resist Snowflake art idea for kids is perfect for the Winter season. Children will love discovering the secret snowflake, while playing with and mixing the watercolour paints to create a pretty Winter scene.

Next, begin covering the snowflake with watercolour paints.

If your child is new to watercolours, simply encourage them to apply their brush with water before selecting their colour.

Once the brush is wet, add colour and apply.

This method will create sharper colours and lines.

For softer shades and to make the spread of the paints a little easier, dampen the paper with a sponge before applying the watercolours and then continue as before.

Watercolour and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflake Kids Art - This watercolour and oil pastel resist Snowflake art idea for kids is perfect for the Winter season. Children will love discovering the secret snowflake, while playing with and mixing the watercolour paints to create a pretty Winter scene.

Use the centre of the snowflake as the starting point for each application of paint and follow the line away form the centre.

My 6 y/o alternated between the blue and purple, adding more or less water to create varying shades.

My preschooler on the otherhand, applied the paint all over the place, not caring for any lines or colour pattern and the enjoyed the process just as much!

Watercolour and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflake Kids Art - This watercolour and oil pastel resist Snowflake art idea for kids is perfect for the Winter season. Children will love discovering the secret snowflake, while playing with and mixing the watercolour paints to create a pretty Winter scene.

Watercolours and oil pastels are not typical candidates for the kids craft cupboard, however in the  spirit creative exploration, I think it’s hugely important for kids to have the opportunity to explore different mehods and techniques.

And these additional supplies are not expensive and practically last forever!

If you are new to these materials, then an art project like this watercolour and oil pasel resist snowflake is a good place to start!

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Watercolour and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflake Kids Art - This watercolour and oil pastel resist Snowflake art idea for kids is perfect for the Winter season. Children will love discovering the secret snowflake, while playing with and mixing the watercolour paints to create a pretty Winter scene.

Easy DIY Art Journal

I think most people are in agreement, that when it comes to gifts, whether it’s for Christmas or a Birthday, or ‘just because’ days, home-made gifts are the best!

This cute DIY Art Journal was made entirely by my six-year-old!

And she had the best time rummaging through the recycle bin and scrap paper draw looking for the perfect pattern to include in her collage.

Art Journals are a super way to encourage creativity and can be used as a simple scrap-book, note-book, for doodling and anything that inspires your little artist.

What sets this DIY Art Journal aside from shop bought, is of course the personal touch.

My daughter poured her heart and soul into this creation, while thinking about her best friend.  I hope that when she finally gets to pass her gift on, it is treasured and filled with many drawings and keepsakes.

MATERIALS: Easy DIY Art Journal

Cereal Box
Scrap Paper
Sugar Paper
Buttons, Sequins – No need to buy extra embellishments, use what you have a get creative!
Paints (optional)
PVA Glue
Ribbon, String or Yarn – Again, use whatever you can find at home!
Scissors
Hole Puncher


 

Directions: Easy DIY Art Journal

Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Easy Recycled Art Journal

Cut up the cereal box into two A5 sized rectangles or into the size of your choice. These will form the Art Journals covers.

Gather numerous sheets of paper, hole punch and tie with some string.

We used some spare coloured sugar paper.

Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Easy Recycled Art Journal

Begin cutting up or tearing the scrap paper and glue directly onto the cereal box, covering both sides!

With one of the cereal boxes, my daughter decided to do a little sponge painting first and then covered parts of the paint  with paper.

alternately, paint could be added once the collage is complete.

Either way, this is a great way to introduce mixed media techniques and can add texture and depth to the finished piece.

In addition to the paint, if you have any embellishments, add those too!

They could range from sequins, to glitter, to bottle tops!

Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Easy Recycled Art Journal

Continue cutting and sticking until both pieces of card are completely covered.

As an optional extra, spread a thin layer of PVA glue over the entire design. This will help to seal the covers and add sheen.

Once the both covers are dry and firm, use the hole punch to create the holes for binding the DIY Art Journal together. It might be helpful to mark where you would like the holes to be before committing!

Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Easy Recycled Art Journal

To finish off, remove the string from the content paper, add the Art Journal covers either side and thread it all together using string or ribbon.

TIP: Do not tie all together too tightly, leave some slack so the DIY Art Journal can be easily opened and used. 

Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Easy Recycled Art Journal

And that’s it!

You should have your very own DIY Art Journal.

There are many things that I love about this idea:

  • It’s personal
  • Made with love
  • Made using recycled materials
  • Encourages creativity
  • Brilliant for developing fine motor skills!

If you have you been inspired by our DIY Art Journal and try this out with your kids, I would love to hear how they get on!

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DIY Art Journal - Using recycled materials, kids can make their own Art Journals! This is a super Kid Gift idea for Christmas, Birthday's or 'just because' occassions and will inspire creativity!

Our DIY Art Journal forms part of a gorgeous series of Kid-Made gifts hosted by Teach-me -Mommmy.

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Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Easy DIY Art Jounral

 

Easy Paper Roll Rudolph Christmas Craft

Easy Paper Tube Rudolf Christmas Craft- the perfect craft for toddlers and preschoolers! they will love using their collection of twigs to help transform their paper rolls into reindeers.

Today i’m showng you a super easy (and super cute!) paper tube Rudolph Christmas Craft that will get the kids into the festive spirit!

As part of the preparation for our Rudolf’s, we needed twigs and not just any old twig.

We needed “antler-esque” twigs and when I mentioned this to my  eldest daughter I initially received that ‘Mum, are you crazy look?’

But, we had the best time and spent an entire afternoon rumaging around the autumnal foliage seaching for twigs and grading their antler potentional.

We must have looked a little crazy to everyone else in the park as my kids were running around, with leaves thrown everywhere!

It must have looked really fun, as a few other kids joined in!

Can you image doing this with an entire toddler or preschool group?

MATERIALS: Rudolph Christmas Craft

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Paper Tube – Toilet Roll/Kitchen Roll
Brown Paint
Googley Eyes
Red Pom-Pom
PVA Glue
Sticky Tape

Twigs!

Let’s Make It!

Start with a trip to the local park or woods and have a blast searching for antler twigs!

For very young children, it might be helpful to show them some pictures of reindeers and a Rudolf.

 Easy Paper Tube Rudolf Christmas Craft- the perfect craft for toddlers and preschoolers! they will love using their collection of twigs to help transform their paper rolls into reindeers.

Next, paint the paper tube brown.

Instead of using brown paint, try encouraging the kiddies to do some colour mixing.

In my experience, kids seldom have problems making brown!

 Easy Paper Tube Rudolf Christmas Craft- the perfect craft for toddlers and preschoolers! they will love using their collection of twigs to help transform their paper rolls into reindeers.

Tape the twigs into the inside of the paper tube.

Very young children may find this a little tricky to do themselves.

 Easy Paper Tube Rudolf Christmas Craft- the perfect craft for toddlers and preschoolers! they will love using their collection of twigs to help transform their paper rolls into reindeers.

Finish off by sticking the googley eyes and pom-pom onto the paper tube to create a face!

And that’s it!

Easy peasy, right?

This Rudolph Christmas Craft is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, and if you’re planning on a group activity. then this is one to add to the list!

For other easy Christmas crafts, take a look at our Paper Plate Baubles, Jar Lid Ornaments and Toddler Christmas Tree’s! 

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 Easy Paper Tube Rudolf Christmas Craft- the perfect craft for toddlers and preschoolers! they will love using their collection of twigs to help transform their paper rolls into reindeers.