Button Crafts: 6 Fun And Simple Ideas For Kids

button crafts

Button crafts can turn a drab, boring afternoon with kids into a lot of fun. These  are cool crafts using buttons for kids of ages 4  years and upwards. Collect or buy lots of colorful buttons in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Use your imagination and creativity to come up with lots of ideas. It could be anything from button bookmarks or button flowers or even button puppets. Check out these lovely button crafts to begin with.

6 Easy Button Crafts

Button Tree

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Draw a simple tree design on a plain chart paper or an old cardboard sheet. Color your tree. All you need to do is to glue on these button as leaves on the tree you just made. This makes for a lovely piece of wall art once framed!

Cute Button Bookmarks

Check out these super cute button bookmarks. This is a simple button craft project even preschoolers can make. Simply glue on a cute button on a paper clip with some felt strips.

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Cool Button Cards

Greetings with lovely button designs can put a smile on everyones’ faces. Make a nice little card with a cute design. Glue on buttons in place of flowers, balloons etc.

button card

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Lovely Button Flowers

Cut out a basic petal from fabric or felt pieces. Sew on buttons. You can also sew buttons on top of buttons to create a cascading look. Glue these flowers onto pipe cleaners (stems) and you have a lovely bunch of colorful button flowers.

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Button Caterpillar – Ain’t he cute?

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Buttons are so simple yet you can craft so many beautiful projects out of them. These DIY button crafts are kid friendly. You can keep them busy this weekend by taking up any one project. What do you think? Do you have any idea that you can share with us here?

Paper Quilling Basics – How to do paper quilling?

paper quilling - animal shapes

Paper Quilling is an interesting paper craft for kids. FYI, it is also known as Paper Filigree! Summer workshops for kids often incorporate Paper Quilling as part of their programme. You can make all sorts of  wacky paper quilling designs with colorful paper strips.

How to do paper quilling?

Paper Quilling is the art of rolling colorful strips of paper into beautiful three dimensional patterns. The technique of making basic shapes and patterns is discussed here. Finally you have to assemble the different shapes to form awesome designs. It is so simple, my 7 year old son could do this with ease. Of course, I had to pick up the nuances first and then teach him. At the end of this tutorial you will know how to do paper quilling with basic designs.

Paper quilling techniques  – for kids

Paper quilling kit

How to do paper quilling - for kids

Slotted Tool - How to do paper quilling - for kids

For very basic quilling you need a slotted tool, colorful paper strips and a glue stick, that is all.

Paper quilling – How to use the slotted tool?

How to do paper quilling - for kids

Now the slotted tool is like a pen with a slit in its nib. Look at the picture above. Place one end of the paper strip in the slot of the tool and slightly turn this end. Hold the tool in your right hand. Next, place the slotted end with the paper strip between the index finger and thumb of your left hand. Keep rolling till the strip of paper ends. You get a coil. To increase or decrease the size of the coil, leave it loose and vice versa. Finally paste the open end of the coil with glue. This is a closed coil. You can leave this end without gluing it to get an open coil.

Basic quilling patterns

Basic Closed Coil, Arrow and Tear Drop Patterns

How to do paper quilling - basic designs

The basic shape is a closed coil. To get a teardrop, pinch one end of the closed coil. To get an arrow, first make a tear drop. Now make a depression by pinching the rounded corner of the teardrop, twice(Refer the pictures above).To get an eye, first make a teardrop. Then pinch the other rounded corner of the teardrop. So a coil and a teardrop are the simplest of all shapes. Once you master these shapes, the remaining shapes can be made easily.

More quilling patterns

Shapes - Paper Quilling

 

Paper quilling designs

You can use paper quilling patterns for a variety of designs. Make a beautiful scenery by quilling flowers, sun, clouds etc. and frame it. You can ask your kid to narrate a story based on this picture. My little one made a rabbit eating a carrot. Look at the picture below.

Paper quilling – Scenery

How to do paper quilling - designs

Paper quilling – Envelope design

How to do paper quilling - Envelope design

Use paper quills to decorate ornate envelopes and wedding cards.

Quilling Cards

How to do paper quilling -  Card making Photo Credits: Yamunah2002

Make beautiful greeting cards with paper quilling. You can also use paper quilling for scrapbook embellishments.

Paper Quilling – Animals

How to do paper quilling  - animal shapes

Check out these cute animals made by paper quilling techniques. Make paper quilling patterns from different colored strips. Draw a beautiful design or scenery on a thick sheet of chart paper and paste these patterns in accordance with quilling designs.

Advanced paper quilling requires a quilling needle, quilling comb, quilling board, tweezers and pins. Once you master the basics, you can learn advanced paper quilling techniques all by yourself using these  materials.

 

Activities for kids – physical activity and educational games

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To find creative and fun activities for kids  is not an easy job especially when it  rains i-Pads, i-Pods and what nots. Kids are hooked onto online games, TV and mobile games. The point is how to make these naughty little chaps appreciate  the goodness of outdoor activities, educational games, cycling and reading books (of course not on a kindle!) among others.

activities for kids

Being a mom, I know how difficult it is to cash in on the 4-5 hours break kids get after they come back from school. We end up scheduling  snacks, home work and  play within this time frame, leaving kids exhausted. So here is my list of fun activities for kids which can be taken up one day at a time. This ensures overall child development and gives you some pure family fun.

Outdoor activities for kids

Gardening
This is the best activity to get kids to love nature. Lack of space in urban areas need not be a hurdle to begin gardening at home. You can place flowering pots and planters in window sills, or in your balcony. Take old plastic sippers, transparent plastic containers, or a medium sized wooden box. Add potting mix and plant seeds or saplings. Teach them the importance of herbs and spices like growing ginger, turmeric, basil etc. Allow them to plant sprouts. Teach them to make self watering planters. You can come up with a colorful landscape with plants having different colored leaves. Use shells, pebbles or stones to give an attractive fencing to your kids miniature garden. Get a glimpse of several miniature gardens for kids here.

Physical activity – Field day games and fitness activities
Enroll your kids in professional training centers for skating, martial arts, swimming, football, cricket or badminton. These activities are conducted weekly. Some schools conduct these activities as part of their daily schedule. You can search your local yellow pages for these training centers. Enrolling your kid in any one of these will ensure overall development of your child. It also makes your kid confident, plan strategies well and able enough to combat stress in later life.

For Badminton and Cricket coaching in Navi Mumbai contact  NMSA – Vashi,  and DY Patil Sports Academy, Nerul. For basketball, swimming and football coaching contact Fr Agnel Sports Complex-Vashi. Swimming camps are also conducted at NMMG, Vashi.

Music & Dance
Learning music and dance has many benefits. It teaches children a thing or two about your tradition and culture. It improves motor skills and makes kids confident to perform before many people. Music and dance also inculcate discipline in kids, as it requires a lot of patience and training.

Indoor fun  for kids
Every day may not be great to pursue an outdoor activity, especially during monsoon. So let your kid take up DIY craft projects, pursue a hobby or become an entrepreneur.

Art, Crafts,Hobbies and educational games
Let kids create a bottle piggy bank to their pocket money. This will teach kids the value of money. Teach them to make a bubble blower, popup cards, bottle cap or button jewellery, leaf printing art etc. Projectsforpreschoolers.com has a wide range of art & craft project for kids. Get kids to make their own board games with a new set of rules and funny looking dice. They can play educational games like word games, monopoly, General Knowledge games and the like. Encourage kids to be little entrepreneurs and earn some money. Help them to start their own Rent-a-Book  library  or organize a kids garage sale.

Cooking
You heard right! Engage kids in baking cakes, breads and muffins. Let them beat the eggs and mix stuff. Make them create smiley faces for the icing using candies, chocolate chips or fruit jam. You will love the smile on their faces when they see that their freshly baked cakes and muffins  are ready to eat.

Activities for kids must be a proper mix of physical activity, educational games and family fun. These are sure to sky rocket your kids’ overall performance in academics as well as in sports.

 

Pop up cards for Diwali and Christmas

Pop up Diwali cards

Making pop up cards for Diwali and Christmas can be fun for kids. Just give them some basic art & craft materials, a few creative ideas and let them get going. Mail pop up cards for Diwali and homemade Christmas cards, made by your kids to near and dear ones. They will love it!

For making beautiful 3D pop up cards, You will need

pop up cards diwali Art & Craft materials

1. A4 size – Tinted paper / Hand made paper
2. Small squares of  colored paper / colored fabric
3. Glue
4. Scissors
5. Oil Pastels
6. Glitter pens (Silver)

Here is how you do it.

First, fold the tinted paper or hand made paper in half. Cut the folded paper in the form of a lantern for  Diwali  or a star for  Christmas.

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Next fold a square shaped colored paper in half. Paste and fold the edges as below. Cut long strips till the folded line. pop up cards diwali

Paste this colored and patterned strip of paper as shown below and close the Diwali card.

kandil pop up cards diwali

Now we will make paper flowers or fabric flowers that pop up when you open the greeting card. Take a square shaped colored paper or colored fabric. Look at the pictures below.

paper flowers pop up cards diwali

paper flowers pop up cards diwali               Repeat folding the two points of the paper triangle 3 times. Then fold each sides backward as if you are making an aeroplane(as seen in the last part above).

paper flowers pop up cards diwali

Make a circular flowery pattern for marigold flowers. Marigold is considered auspicious for all festive occasions in India.

marigold paper flowers pop up cards diwali

Open the flower. Cut a slit. Pull the slit a little over the other edge and paste to get a slightly cone shaped paper flower. Make 3-4 such paper flowers or fabric flowers in alternate colors. Paste one over the other at the center. You get a big flower as shown below.

paper flowers pop up cards diwali

Paste this big flower in the center of your pop up card. Paste the sides of the flower to the sides of the pop up card. Now close the card. Decorate it with oil pastels and other decorative materials.

paper flowers pop up cards diwali

Pop up diwali cards

And your pop up card for Diwali is ready.

Follow a similar procedure for the Christmas card. Fold an A-4 size tinted paper into half. Cut the folded paper in the shape of a star as shown below.

 

Pop up christmas cards

Give a pointed cut to the folded paper for star shaped paper flowers as shown below.

Pop up christmas cards

Decorate the card with holly leaves and all things Christmassy!

Pop up christmas cards And your pop up Christmas card is ready!

Teach kids to make many more pop up cards for other occasions like birthdays, anniversaries etc. on similar lines. Just remember the outline of the main card must be cut according to the theme. For Diwali, we gave the card the shape of a lantern and for Christmas, we made a star card.  Aren’t they lovely?

 

 

 

Clay modelling for kids – Sleeping Ganesha Idol

Ganesha idol - clay modelling for kids

This is a beautiful clay model of Ganesha, made by a std.II kid particpating in a clay modelling for kids competition, on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. This idol is very easy to make. Moms can teach their kids to make a  Ganesha idol out of modelling clay.
Ganesha idol - clay modelling for kids Resting Ganesha- Ganpati Bappa Morya.

Clay modelling ideas for kids – Sleeping Ganesha

Here is what you need:

1. Modelling clay – any color – preferably brown
2. Decorative materials like pearls or small sequins
3. Ice cream sticks for the mat
4. Acrylic colors
5. 2 toothpicks

For the mat

Take a few ice cream sticks. Paste them together with glue in a criss-cross fashion or in a chequered pattern. Let it dry. Paint the mat using acrylic colors.

For the clay Ganesha idol

Make balls out of clay. A small sized one for Ganesha’s head, a medium sized one for the torso, two for the legs, four small balls for the hands and one for the trunk. Fix the head to the torso with the toothpick. Keep this aside.

Make cylindrical pieces of the clay balls meant for the legs. Make the left leg rest on the ice cream stick mat. Curve the right leg at the knee and make it touch the left leg at the foot. Attach the torso to the legs. Make sure the stomach has a paunch and the legs are quite fat.

Make a crown out of some clay. Attach the crown to the head. Make cylindrical  pieces of clay  for hands and a curved piece for Ganesha’s trunk. Attach these hands to the body. Fix  the trunk to the face. Use tiny pieces of modelling clay for the tusks, modak and a shankh(conch shell) to be placed in any two of the four hands. Note that sleeping Ganesha must rest on one hand as in the picture above.

Use a toothpick to carve three horizontal lines and a trishul on Ganesha’s forehead. Carve eyes and a few folds on the trunk. Paint these carved lines using dark colors.

Paint Ganesha’s dhoti with bright acrylic colors. Paint the folds in the dhoti with a darker color. For the jewellery, use tiny pearls or plain pulses like yellow tuar dal (split pigeon pea). Paint the crown in metallic gold or silver acrylic colors. I had metallic bronze color. On adding yellow, we got a neat golden yellow shade.

Allow your kids Ganesha idol to dry under the ceiling fan for a day or so.

Wishing you all a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

 

Paper mache bowls-Best out of waste

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This is a quick paper mache project for kids from best out of waste. We all have old newspapers to spare at home.  Using paper mache, you can make a wide range of crafts. A paper mache bowl for holding knickknacks is one of them. You can even use this bowl as a home fragrance accessory – Just put in some potpourri and you can place this paper mache bowl on your living room center table.

paper mache-bowl-best out of waste ideas

How to make a paper mache bowl

1. Old newspapers or waste paper (preferably thin)
2. Glue and water mix
3. Acrylic colors
4. 1 Balloon
5. Scotch tape and a plastic cup
6. Flat brush – size 15 or above

paper mache-bowl-best out of waste ideas

Inflate the balloon to a size you want your paper mache bowl to be. Fix the balloon to the plastic cup with scotch tape – The mouth of the balloon goes into the cup. Make a glue (Fevicol) and water mixture – 3 parts glue and 1 part water. Cut newspaper or waste paper to 1 inch by 2 inch strips.  Apply the glue water mixture to a paper strip and paste it evenly on the balloon, leaving no room for air bubbles. Continue doing this, till you get a layer of newspaper strips pasted on the inflated bottom of the balloon. Let this layer dry. Then repeat the procedure. Do this till you have 9 – 10 layers of paper strips firmly glued to the balloon.

Leave it to dry. Once this dries up completely, prick the balloon. Once the balloon pops, you have the neatest looking paper mache bowl you’ve ever seen!

Now you just have to trim a little bit off the edges and color it.

paper mache - bowl - best out of waste

Also, the paper mache bowl will not stand alone. It needs a base. Cut a round piece of cardboard from an old cardboard box. Cover it with strips of paper like you did with the balloon. Let it dry.

acrylic colors - fevicryl

Now comes the coloring part. Use acrylic colors for coloring the paper mache bowl instead of poster colors. Acrylic colors are  plastic like colors, are permanent and last long just like oil paint. I mixed red and violet to get  dark pink, purple and wine shades. My little one calls this paper mache bowl the strawberry cream milk shake bowl!

paper mache bowl - best out of waste ideas

paper mache-bowl-best out of waste ideas

Now color the round cardboard base with acrylic colors on both sides. When the base is dry, just paste it to the bottom of the paper mache bowl with glue-Fevicol. Highlight the bowl with golden or bronze acrylic paint  designs like spirals or motifs. Or better still, use sparkling 3D outliners to give an embossed effect. Let the paper mache bowl dry completely.

paper mache-bowl-best out of waste

Use your creative paper mache bowl to hold sketch pens, crayons and other art and craft material. You can use it to hold dry perfumed petals or potpourri on the center table or side table in your living room.

A very important thing is practicing patience with kids when they attempt to do this. My little boy was a bit slow and clumsy while coloring the paper mache bowl. So much so that, I was tempted to stop him and finish it all by myself. This is an attempt to let kids learn creativity. So let them do it all by themselves with only a little guidance and supervision from you.

 

Best of waste kids craft – Alien Spaceship from waste materials

A recycled  alien space ship made from waste materials  is a great best out of waste kids craft idea. Not only is it easy to make, but the materials used are waste materials found easily at home. This is an excellent idea for kids craft competition at school.

Alien spaceship - best of waste

 

You will need:

An old CD
Old magazine cover
Glue – (Fevicol or any other strong kid friendly glue)
Waste paper cup/transparent plastic cup
Clay dough – 2 different colors
Glitter – 2 different colors
A pair of scissors
3 matchsticks
Black marker pen

Best of waste – An alien spaceship from old CDs

Place the CD on the old magazine cover. Cut out a circle in the shape of the CD. Paste this paper circle on the printed side of the CD(not on the glossy surface).

Alien spaceship - best of waste

How to make an alien?

Make 3 small balls from the play dough, in decreasing sizes. 2 of one color and 1 of a different color. Place the largest play dough ball at the bottom, a different colored one in the middle and the smallest one at the top. Insert a matchstick thru all the three clay balls, to keep them in place. The striking tip of the matchstick must protrude from the topmost clay ball – resembling an alien antenna. Insert the other two matchsticks on the sides of the middle clay part, resembling alien arms. Make 2 eyes and a nose with a black marker. Paste this alien in the centre of the glossy side of the CD.

Apply glue to the rim of the transparent plastic cup and paste it, inverted over the alien, on the glossy side of the CD. The dome of your spaceship is ready with an alien sitting inside! Allow it to dry.

Alien spaceship - best of waste

Now for some decoration!
Take out your glitter tubes and make large circular dots near the rim of the glossy surface of the CD, a little away from the inverted plastic cup. This adds some bright lights to the spaceship. Apply a differ colored glitter on the top of the dome i.e. the plastic cup.

This is an easy to make craft idea from waste materials, for kids craft competitions.

Note:

You can cover the matchsticks with glitter.
You can even make a landing spaceship with an inverted bottle cap pasted below the CD for the lander and a small ladder made of old rope or an old toy ladder.
If using paper cup for the dome, color it appropriately and cut out a window to show the alien inside.

There are many more kids craft ideas for best of waste competitions here – Kids Crafts