Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees

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Cupcake liners have become an unexpected favourite when it comes to crafting and the inspiration for these charming cupcake liner Christmas Trees came from my five-year-old, who turned stacking the cupcake liners into a game.

With a little imagination we transformed her stacked cupcakes liners into a Christmas Tree garland that hangs in our window. We also used a few as ornaments to decorate the tree, either way, we love them and they’re so easy to make!

Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees: Materials

Cupcake Liners
Pipe Cleaner
PVA Glue
Scissors
String ( If you would like to make a garland )

 

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To make our cupcake liner Christmas trees, we used 5 cupcake liners and started by threading the pipe cleaner through the centre of the cupcake liner and securing with a small knot at the end of the pipe cleaner.

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We then threaded the next two cupcake liners.

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With the remaining two cupcake liners, cut out two triangles of different sizes.

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Glue the cupcake liner with the smallest triangle directly onto the pipe cleaner and then repeat with the remaining pipe cleaner. Finish off by creating a hoop with the pipe cleaner.

You should now have a gorgeous little cupcake liner Christmas tree to hang on the tree or the beginnings of a garland!

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Paper Plate Baubles

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This year, my kids are totally into making their own Christmas decorations, which means everything is shiny, sparkly and very colourful! Inspired by several readings of Elmer’s Christmas, the kids put together these gorgeous paper plate baubles – as you can see they’re multi-coloured, just like Elmer’s colourful patchwork body.

The baubles are super easy to make and a perfect activity for multiple children of different ages. My girls immersed themselves into every element; cutting, sticking, making patterns and most importantly, they had an amazing time getting creative together.

Paper Plate Baubles: Materials

Paper Plates
Multi-coloured paper/foil/tissue paper or even felt
Pipe Cleaner
Black paper
PVA Glue
Scissors

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To get started, simply set the kids up with paper plates, a selection of colourful paper and glue.

It might be an idea to remove the rims off the paper plates before the kiddies start sticking. As you can see, we didn’t and it would have been much easier if we had!

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Pierce a small hole into the collaged paper plate, attach a pipe cleaner and secure to create a loop for hanging on the tree. Cover the hole with a little black square.

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And that’s it! Kids’ craft doesn’t get easier than that and from my perspective, there’s nothing better than giving the kids the opportunity to take the lead and let their imaginations flow.

Can you believe, this particular craft was initiated by 2 year old Cakes!?! I had no idea what she was up to until her big sister got involved with the cutting and sticking, making their paper plate baubles the perfect craft to include in the 10 Days of Kid-Made Christmas hosted by the wonderful Mama-Miss.

Arty Crafty Kids - Craft - Christmas Craft for Kids - Paper Plate BaubleFor more simple crafty Christmas ideas, take a look at our Toddler Christmas Trees and Christmas Doodle Art!

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Toddler Christmas Trees

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Here’s a toddler craft that’s all about the process and my goodness, our toddler Christmas trees have so much to offer! exploration of paint and colour, playing with different materials to decorate their trees and lots of fine motor work to strengthen the hands.

Cakes was so proud of her creations and absorbed from start to finish – I can’t wait to see her first Christmas decorations on the tree!

It couldn’t be easier for your toddler or preschooler to make their own Christmas trees. With minimal set-up, it’s an activity where you can take a step back and let the magic happen.

Toddler Christmas Trees: Materials

An old cardboard box
Paint
An array of different materials for decorating – sequins, pom-poms, tissue paper, yarn etc
PVA Glue
Scissors
Ribbon
Sticky Tape

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To get your toddler or preschooler started, simply cut up an old cardboard box into large triangular (Christmas Tree) shapes. Set them up with some paint and step back.

Cakes loved exploring the range of colours and mixing them up. It was fun to watch her master the paint brush and experiment with different techniques.

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Once the Christmas trees have dried, it’s time for phase two – DECORATING!

Cakes was fascinated by the sticky texture of the glue. She carefully selected her decorations and once she grasped how the glue worked, she was away. It was great to see her pincer grip in action and she often took a break from the sticking to sort and arrange the materials available, which is exactly what this craft is all about – exploration, freedom and creativity.

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To finish off, attach the ribbon with some sticky tape and proudly display your toddlers gorgeous work!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed our toddler Christmas trees and if you’re looking for more activities or crafts for your toddler, take a look at our process focussed ideas: Bubble Wrap Stamps and Sensory Art for Babies and Toddlers.

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Day of the Dead Mask

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When our ChalkOla chalk makers arrived through the post, i’m not sure who was more excited – me or the kids!

The bright neon colours are so inviting and inspired an abundance of creative ideas.

Having learnt about about the Mexican Day of the Dead festival at school, Angel suggested making a Day of the Dead mask.

I didn’t need convincing. Given the vibrancy associated with the festival, the craft seemed like a perfect match with the neon chalk pens, and lets face it, when it comes to craft – kids know best! 

Day of the Dead Mask: Materials 

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A sheet of black card
Neon Chalk Ola Chalk Markers (UK Link/ US Link)
A stick
Black Paint

Day of the Dead Mask 

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Step 1: Paint a black stick and leave to dry.

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Step 2: Draw a basic skull outline.

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Step 3: Using your Neon Chalk Ola Chalk Markers (UK Link/ US Link), decorate the skull with different patterns and colours.

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Step 4: Decorate the stick using the Neon Chalk Ola Chalk Markers (UK Link/ US Link).
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Step 5: Cut out the Day of the Dead Skull Mask and attach to the decorated stick.

I love how our Day of the Dead Skull Mask turned out. Angel had a blast making it. She loves using the chalk marker pens against the black and we have since made magical stick wands and decorated leaves!

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About ChalkOla Markers: 

I’m all about bright, engaging colours and the ChalkOla chalk markers are incredibly vibrant. We used them on paper, sticks, glass, slate and the colours were consistent on each and every surface we used. My kids couldn’t wait to get their hands on them and from a parents perspective, they’re durable and easy for kids to use. As an added important bonus, they’re also ECO-friendly, non-toxic and EASY to wash off! It’s been a pleasure to have the opportunity to have a play with the these chalk marker pens and I would be happy to recommend them as an art supply to anyone, especially if you’re teacher looking for a slightly alternative medium for your students to explore within their art projects.

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Paper Plate Owl

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If you take a look around the blog, you may notice that we LOVE colour – the brighter the bolder the better! And my kids paper plate owls are certainly colourful, and probably the craziest looking owls you’ve ever come across.

They had so much fun making their funky owls and as a mum, it’s great when you find a suitable craft idea for a toddler and older sibling. Using different techniques, they absorbed themselves into the process and paint!

Super easy to make and with just a few materials, our paper plate owl craft can be recreated at home or within a kids craft group or preschool setting.

Paper Plate Owl : Materials 

Paper Plates x2 per Owl
Paint
Sponge
Split Pins
White Card or Paper
Marker Pen
Scissors

Paper Plate Owl: 

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1. Set the kids up with paint of various colours and a small sponge for each. I simply cut a sponge up into small pieces. 

2. Apply the paint onto the front of the first paper plate (PP1). The kids can apply the paint using any method, my yougest used her hands and my eldest stuck with the sponge.  

For this particular craft we opted for sponge painting to create a feathered affect.  It’s also a nice change from the typical paint brush and creates some great colour blends when layered with different colours.

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3. Paint the back of the second paper plate (PP2) – this will become the owls wings!

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4. Leave to dry before moving onto the next step.

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5. Cut two wing shapes from the PP2 and secure onto PP1 using split pins. This will create movable wings, which adds a little personality to the owl and turns their craft into a fun toy!

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6. To finish off, add two eyes and a triangular beak using white card or paper.

I hope your arty crafty kids have fun making their own paper plate owls!

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Calming Watercolour Art

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One of the things I love about being a parent, is introducing my girls to the art and craft activities I did as a kid. I can vividly recall making squiggles and colouring in all my notebooks, on scraps of paper and losing myself in the random lines. It was calming then and remains calming now.

My little girl was focused to the point of forgetting I was there. She fully immersed herself in the calming watercolour art, carefully applying the paint as she explored the medium and pallet.

If you’re looking for an art process for young or older children, with minimal prep and heaps of open-ended possibilities, then give calming watercolour art a go!

Calming Watercolour Art: Materials

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Watercolours US Link / UK Link

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Depending on the age of your arty kid, you may have draw the squiggles or let them do it themselves.

Simply draw the squiggles in one continuous motion, swirling and twisting, using as much of the paper as possible.

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Supply the watercolour paint, step back and see where they’re creativity takes them.

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I was amazed at how much care Angel took, taking her time and carefully considering each colour. It was lovely to see.

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And here’s the completed piece. Does’t it look wonderful?

For older children, once they paint has the dried, they could try drawing different patterns within the swirls and squiggles (zentangle US Link / UK Link), enhancing their work.

I hope you and your children have enjoyed our calming watercolour post and if you’re looking for more arty ideas, check out our arts section!

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20 Amazing Animal Paper Plate Crafts

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I love animal paper plate crafts and the aim of the this round-up is to leave you feeling super inspired and wanting to do each of every one of this amazing collection!

They’re all easy to make, seriously cute, colourful, fun and they put a big smile on my face.

You’ll find snakes, lions, birds, fish and much much more, and most importantly, they’re all totally do-able for kids to make!

20 Amazing Animal Paper Plate Crafts 

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1.  Easy Preschool Butterfly Craft by Arty Crafty Kids

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2.  Rockin Paper Plate Shark Craft by Artsy Momma

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3. Paper Plate & Cupcake Liner Fish by Easy Peasy and Fun

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4. Paper Plate Hippo by I Heart Crafty Things

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Arty Crafty Kids - Kids Craft - 20 Amazing Animal Paper Plate Crafts6. Paper Plate Owls by Happy Hooligans

Arty Crafty Kids - Kids Craft - 20 Amazing Animal Paper Plate Crafts7. Paper Plate Snake by Crafty Morning

Arty Crafty Kids - Kids Craft - 20 Amazing Animal Paper Plate Crafts8. Make a Frog Mask by Kids Craft Room

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9. Paper Plate Sheep by Housing a Forest

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10. Paper Plate Lady Bugs by Crafts by Amanda

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11. Paper Plate Crocodile by Easy Peasy and Fun Arty Crafty Kids - Kids Craft - 20 Amazing Animal Paper Plate Crafts

12. Paper Plate Dragons by Learn with Play at Home

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13. Paper Plate Snail by Arty Crafty Kids

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14. Paper Plate Mouse by Housing a Forest

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15. Paper Plate Giraffe by Crafty Morning

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16. Paper Plate Birds by Happy Hooligans Arty Crafty Kids - Kids Craft - 20 Amazing Animal Paper Plate Crafts

17. Paper Plate Black Cat by Crafts by Amanda Arty Crafty Kids - Kids Craft - 20 Amazing Animal Paper Plate Crafts

18. Paper Plate Chickens – By Molly Moo

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19. Rocking Paper Plate Crab by Pink Stripey Socks

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20. Fingerprint Paper Plate Peacock by I Hearts Arts and Crafts

With a little something for kids of all ages and abilities, I hope you’ve loved each and every one of these 20 Amazing Animal Paper Plate Crafts! Do you have a favourite?

 

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Bubble Wrap Stamps

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With a set up time of less than five minutes, these Bubble Wrap Stamps kept toddler Cakes entertained for hours. She loved them!

Perfect for tiny hands to hold, Cakes didn’t waste any time exploring the capabilities of the bubble wrap stamps. She tried light stamps, firm stamps, small amounts of paint and huge splodges of multiple colours.

Free to explore, Cakes was absorbed from start to finish as her mind whirled away, switching between little artist to scientist – an aspect of process art that I love to see.

Using just a few materials, this is a great activity for at home or within the classroom.

Bubble Wrap Stamp Materials: 

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Elastic Bands
Paper
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Using a range of different wooden shapes, wrap them in bubble wrap and secure with an elastic band.

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Present your arty kids with paint, the bubble wrap stamps and paper, and take a big step back!

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Bubble wrap is an incredibly tactile material to use and as you can see, Cakes loved to hold and touch the bubbles. She was intrigued by their texture and the prints they made, with each looking and feeling  slightly different depending on the amount of force she applied.

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For toddlers who are wanting to ‘do stuff’, bubble wrap stamps couldn’t be more perfect for their stage of development. It’s also great if you have multiple children of various ages. My five year old recently used this technique to create home made wrapping paper and then scales on her crocodile painting!

I hope your children enjoy exploring bubble wrap as much as Cakes!

We love process art and have many simple and fun art ideas to try!

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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.

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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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Toddler Fingerpainting on Tinfoil

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Process art doesn’t get better than Toddler Fingerpainting on Tinfoil. My toddler had a blast dipping her fingers into the paint, swirling it and sliding her hands across the entire tinfoil canvas to create a wonderful spread of brightly coloured art!

I could see Cakes’ little mind whirling away as she explored the texture and experimented with paint. Completely absorbed in the fingerpainting, she really enjoyed the sensory element; the feel of the paint, the sliding motion across the tinfoil and the visual delights of the merging colours, which is what process art is all about!

Taking a few short minutes to set up, this is a great sensory art activity for very young children.

Toddler Fingerpainting: Materials 

A chopping board – I used a small wooden board
Tinfoil
Paint
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To prepare, I simply wrapped a sheet of tinfoil around a wooden chopping board and added three dollops of paint using the primary colours.

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First Cakes tentatively placed her finger into the paint. I love how she switched glances between her finger and the tinfoil canvas, taking in the cause and affect.

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Getting into the fingerpainting, Cakes used her fingers with swirling motions to mix the paint.

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And to finish, both hands were in!

Watching Cakes explore was a real delight. She was completely absorbed from start to finish and requested “more!”

Fingerpainting on tinfoil would be a really hands-on and fun way to further explore colour mixing, shapes and could even be used for the beginnings of forming letters and numbers!

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