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

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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.

 

Recycled Frog Craft for Kids

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Our Recycled Frog Craft for Kids inspired by the super duper fun book Oi Frog.

Have you read it yet?

My kids LOVE Oi Frog!

Its simple story line is just plain silly and fun, with an emphasis on rhyme and word play.

Perfect for preschoolers!

It’s an incredibly engaging book from start to finish and my girls enjoyed predicting the rhyming words as they met each animal – I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you how great this is for language development!

If you’re on the look out for a new book for your preschooler, then I can guarantee this book will have them giggling throughout.

You can buy it from Amazon here: Oi Frog (US) / Oi Frog (UK) 

Now get your yogurt pots ready, let’s move onto the craft!

MATERIALS: Recycled Frog Craft for Kids

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Yogurt Pot
Acrylic Paint (US Link / UK Link)
Felt (US Link – A Handy Peel and Stock Version / UK Link)
X2 White Pom-Pom’s
X2 Black Buttons
PVA Glue
Scissors

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Paint the yogurt pot.

Dampen the brush with a small amount of water and then apply the paint. Luckily, acrylic paint tends to dry quickly and depending on the consistency, you should only need one coat. If a second is needed, that’s ok too!

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Once the paint has dried, glue the black buttons onto the pom-pom’s and glue them to the top of the painted yogurt pot.

Next, cut out a few circles from the sheets of felt and stick them onto the pot.

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Using green felt, cut out four feet shapes and stick them onto the pot.

Finish off with a nice red felt tongue!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our Recycled Frog Craft for Kids and make sure you come back for more, as we’ve been using our yogurt pots to make elephants, lions, spaceships and much more! 

So start collecting!

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Recycle Owl Craft Jar

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This little owl craft jar is all about making recycling fun.

We use jars for for our paintbrushes, sequins, buttons, pom-poms and  anything else that will fit in a jar!

They’re just so handy!

And super FUN  – let the kids give their craft jars names and create personalities to add another dimension to their crafting session.

This will not only help to make recycling fun, but also makes it easy for kids to identify the materials themselves and encourage independent creativity.

It also helps to keep the craft supplies in order, which is never a bad thing!

As you can see, there’s lots of reasons to make an Owl Craft Jar, shall we get started?

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MATERIALS: Owl Craft Jar 

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A jar with a flat surface  – With a strong glue, this craft is possible with a round jar!
Felt Sheets
PVA Glue
Scissors

Let’s Make it! 

Arty Crafty Kids - Craft - Craft Ideas for Kids - Owl Craft JarThe wings, eyes and beak are all made out of felt.

Measure and trim the felt to size.

If you don’t have any felt, maybe you can adapt the craft by using coloured paper?

 

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Position the wing onto the jar and secure using lots of glue!

TIP: For this craft, I used ordinary PVA glue. If you’re using a round jar, you may need to use a stronger glue! 


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Finish off with a pair of large round eyes and a beak.

Leave the Owl Craft Jar to dry and then fill it up!

Ours is storing googly eyes… I couldn’t imagine why!?!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this simple little craft and that it brings new life to your craft storage!

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Rainbow Small World Play

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My girls love small world play and frequently challenge me to come up with new and exciting ideas.

Angel requested something “magical” and after seeing a my little pony play scene from The Imgaination Tree, I knew Rainbows were the way forward and came up with this simple rainbow prompt to inspire small world play.

Made from a piece of recycled cardboard, I can hardly believe how successful this idea is. My girls (5 & 20 months) LOVE it! I’ve seen ponies jump over the arches, snails climbing the rainbow, cars driving underneath and so much more.

Angel has even folded it up and taken it out with her, making family meals at restaurants a little more ‘magical’.

Rainbow Small World Play: Materials

2 Large Pieces of Thick Cardboard
Red,Yellow and Blue Paint
Scissors

Rainbow Small World Play 

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Draw a rainbow shape on both pieces of cardboard. To ensure they’re the same size, draw and cut out one and then use it to trace around on the second piece of cardboard.

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Paint both sides of the arches in rainbow colours.

This is a great opportunity to introduce some colour mixing into the craft by encouraging the arty crafty kids to make the colours of the rainbow using the primary colours.

Arty Crafty Kids - Play - Rainbow Small World Play

Once dry, cut a slit into each piece cardboard – one slit at the bottom and the other at the top.

Connect the pieces of cardboard together and adjust as needed by increasing the length of the slit to ensure the rainbow prompt rests nicely on a work surface.

Hand over to your kids, with a few toys of their choice and watch the magic happen!

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Scrape Painting

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Scrape painting is a super art process for colour mixing! using just red, yellow and blue paint the kids created bold and colourful works of art with an amazing range of new colours.

They played with shapes and tried quick scrapes, slow scrapes, light and hard, adding depth and texture to their paintings.  Ultimately, they had a blast scrape painting and revelled in the chance to swap the paint brushes for something new – scrap cardboard!

To recreate this activity at home, all you need is paint, cardboard ( an old cereal box) and plain white paper!

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To get started, cut up lots of cardboard and simply add small amount of paint directly onto the paper.

Take a piece precut cardboard and drag it across the paper to push the paint in any direction.

Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Scrape Painting

Do the same again with a different colour and try scraping it over the previous colour to blend the paint.

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Add more and more colours, criss crossing and swirling to bring the scrape painting to life and make lots of wonderful colours and shapes!

Scrape painting is a simple art process with lots of educational scope that allows kids to freely explore and play.

I hope your children have fun creating their own colourful works of art!

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Wallpaper Handprint

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Having kept rolls and rolls of wallpaper for that inevitable rainy day, we challenged ourselves to create something special for the girls new playroom and I think we did just that, with our very simple Wallpaper Handprint  keepsake craft.

I am a huge fan of handprint crafts and keepsakes and this particular craft has been a real head turner, catching the attention of EVERYONE!

An ideal craft for a special Birthday, Mother’s Day of Father’s Day gift.

To make your own Wallpaper Handprint keepsake, very few materials are needed:

Foam (or card)
Wallpaper of various patterns and colours. If you don’t have any at home, why not collect some samples from the local DIY store!
PVA Glue
Sticky Tape
A Picture Frame

To get started, simply cut the wallpaper into strips.

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Next, draw around your crafty kids hand and cut the print out.

If you’re wondering why I’ve chosen foam as a base over card, I have a few reasons:

  • Foam comes in a range of gorgeous vibrant colours
  • It’s easier to cut and creates nice smooth lines
  • Doesn’t wrinkle when lots of glue is applied!
  • It’s also really cheap to buy!

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Using lots of glue, apply the first wallpaper strip.

Arty Crafty Kids - Wallpaper Handprint

Add further strips of wallpaper, alternating the patterns and layer the paper to avoid gaps.

Arty Crafty Kids - Wallpaper Handprint

Once the handprint is completely covered with wallpaper, secure the ends with two strips of sticky tape.

Arty Crafty Kids - Wallpaper Handprint

Now for the really fun bit, turn over and check out the results!

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I hope you love our Wallpaper Handprints as much as we do!

If handprints are not for you or would like to try something a little different, why not not try cutting out shapes of animals, cars or flowers?

 

 

 This post is our final instalment of #junkplay challenge

and we’ve had a great time playing with various junk materials!

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Messy Handprint Bowl

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Kids art and crafts come hand in hand with mess and of course, messy hands! I have many photos of my kids covered in paint, mud, flour, chocolate…and the list goes on. I’m sure you do too?

Our Messy Handprint Bowl is a keepsake that captures these precious, fondly remembered messy moments.

Inspired by a gorgeous Hand-shaped Ring Bowl by Mama.Pappa. Bubba, we’ve used broken wax crayons to create the messy hand effect.

I love how it turned out, evoking memories of Angel  painting her hands green to look like an Ogre and Cakes discovering she can make prints with her painted hands for the first time.

The Messy Handprint Bowl is surprisingly easy to make.

A perfect gift for Mothers day, Fathers day, Birthdays, Christmas or for ‘just because’ type of days.  Angel  reserved hers for Daddy’s desk to ‘help’ him look after his keys (the keys he’s always losing).

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 Messy Handprint Bowl: Materials

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Fimo Soft White Modelling Clay
Broken Wax Crayons
A Blunt Plastic Knife
Cheese Grater
An Oven Proof Large Bowl or Small Bowl/ Silicone Cupcake Case (anything that has some curves and can be placed in the oven).

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Messy Handprint Bowl

Begin by softening the Fimo Soft White Modelling Clay  with a good knead, then roll it out to about 1cm depth.

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Place your childs hand onto the clay and gently cut around their hand outline with a blunt plastic knife. I used this method to obtain an accurate shape of Angel’s  hand – as you can see, she has long slim ‘piano’ fingers!

If you have a younger child, try pressing their hand firmly into the clay to create a print and cut around the print.

Smooth the edges of the print and remove any loose bits of clay.

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At this point, if you would prefer to create a simple handprint bowl without using an oven and wax crayons, pop over to the Hand-shaped Ring Bowl by Mama.Pappa. Bubba to see how.

Next, grate the broken wax crayons into flakes directly onto the clay handprint, using a variety of colours. Gently press them into the surface of the clay without distorting the print. We used a rolling pin.

Arty Crafty Kids - Messy Handprint BowlPlace the clay handprint directly onto the bowl or silicone case (an ovenproof large bowl is preferred) and shape the fingers around the case as if the hand is holding it.

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Place the print directly into a pre-heated oven for around 5/10min on a high heat until the wax crayons begin to melt.

Once the wax has melted, remove from the oven.

The should still be reasonably soft and allow to air dry until firm. This could take up to 24 hours.

If you have used a smaller bowl or silicone case as I have, allow the clay to cool until its warm and safe to touch, and transfer the print onto a larger bowl covered in tinfoil.

To reshape and adjust the clay handprint to a larger bowl, gently place another bowl on top of the clay to secure its position.

Leave to dry until firm.

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This idea behind our Messy Handprint Bowl makes me smile. We all know that kids art and craft isn’t always neat and perfect; more often than not. it’s very messy.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our second instalment to the Junk Play Challenge – A challenge to creatively reuse unwanted materials and waste. For the Messy Handprint Bowl, we have reused the broken wax crayons that always seem to accumulate at the bottom of the pencil case.

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Upcycled Magazine Bangle

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I have to say, we LOVE how our upcycled magazine bangle turned out. It’s the perfect craft for giving some old costume jewellery a new lease of life; for kids to get creative and make something unique and very pretty. It’s incredibly easy for young children to master and great for developing fine motor skills.

Angel found herself completely absorbed in this craft and couldn’t wait to show her creations off. The method we applied to our bangles could easily be adapted to creating a trinket box, photo frame or perhaps some paper beads!

Versatile and super fun, I think we’ll be creating many more upcycled magazine bangles.

Upcycled Magazine Bangle: Materials

Plastic Bangle
Old Magazines
PVA Glue
Scissors
Added extras for decoration – Buttons, felt or any other materials you have available.

Upcycled Magazine Bangle

Begin by cutting out triangular strips from a page of an old magazine, cutting up a range of images and written text.

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Apply some glue to the entire strip of magazine and then begin wrapping it around the bangle, starting from the thickest part of the strip. Make sure your crafty kids keep the strip fairly tight as they wrap it around.

Apply a little extra glue to the tip of the strip (if needed) and secure onto the wrapped area of the bangle.

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Continue wrapping different coloured strips onto the bangle, ensuring that no spaces are left. For the best effect, encourage your crafty kids to slightly layer the strips of magazine.

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Once your crafty kids have covered the bangle, extra ‘bling’ may be added. We used some old white stickers, combined with some scrap felt and buttons.

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I hope your kiddies have enjoyed making our upcycled magazine bangle. We really had a blast with this activity and my girlie has been asking make them for her friends, Nanny and anyone else who might like wearing bangles.

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