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(Another egg carton craft.  After making spiders, caterpillars, and bugs {I’ll get to those at another time}, I wanted to make something other than a bug for once.  So I came up with this turtle.  This is another easy craft where you can pick how you want to decorate the carton.  The boys loved making them and playing with them.  The first time I didn’t even want to throw out the turtles until an unfortunate smooshing accident.  Remember Styrofoam egg cartons cannot be colored or painted on, so use cardboard.)

Things you need:

  • Cardboard egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Crayons, markers, and/or paint
  • Pen
  • Green construction paper or green craft foam
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Optional: things to glue on to decorate the shell

Cut out a cup from the egg carton. 

Egg carton cup (again)

Egg carton cup (again)

Trace four feet, using a dime, on the green construction paper.  Make a “U” shade using the dime for the head, and make an obelisk shape for the tail. 

The body parts

The body parts

 Cut out the shapes.  Have the child draw eyes on the head.  Have the child decorate the shell. 

So I used the photo.  We made them on the same day.

So I used the photo. We made them on the same day.

Have the child glue on the feet on each corner of the cup. 

Adding the feet

Adding the feet

Then glue the head between two feet, and glue the tail on the opposite end of the head.

The turtle brothers

The turtle brothers

 

One of the first turtles

One of the first turtles

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(Another favorite craft medium of mine is the egg carton.  You can make lots of things with it.  You can paint them, color them, glue them.  But you have to get the cardboard kind because you can’t do anything with the Styrofoam kind.  I like to let the boys’ imagination run wild sometimes, so I let them make any kind of “bug” they wanted.  We have painted our bugs in the past, but I let them use markers and then dive into my goody box of randomness.  Evan chose to use little tiles from a stepping stone kit.)

Things you need:

  • Cardboard egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Markers, crayons, and/or paint
  • Googly eyes
  • glue
  • Any decoration you want to use (shells, buttons, marbles, noodles, etc)

Cut a cup from the egg carton. 

Egg carton cups

Egg carton cups

Have the child color the egg carton cup. 

Coloring the master piece

Coloring the master piece

With the opening down, have the child glue the eyes on the carton. 

It has eyes!

It has eyes!

Have the child glue on extra decorations.

Evan's is the right one, the "lady bug."  Sean's is the left, going for minimalism

Evan's is the right one, the "lady bug." Sean's is the left, going for minimalism

(This is a great craft with lots of variety.  The boys and I did this one last year.  They had a blast.  The husband loved it.)

What you need:

  • Unfinished thick picture frame (the thicker the better to give room for toddler creativity)
  • black or white paint
  • finger paints
  • paint brushes
  • sealer or top coat
  • sand paper
  • smock

First sand and prep the picture frame.  Next paint the background color with white or black paint.  Once the background paint is dry, have the child paint the frame.  After the painting is dry, paint the sealer or clear top coat to protect the painting.

Variations:

For older children, a regular unfinished frame works well too.

The child can stain the frame.

The child can paint it black and the sponge paint it with gold, silver, or any other favorite color.

The child can paint it black and put stickers on it.  Glow-in-the-dark stars look really cool.

The child can paint it a solid color and glue rocks, shells or buttons on the frame.

The child can decoupage the frame with material, color paper, magazine articles.

(My boys are into pirates.  So we had to make a pirate craft.  We made spyglasses.  The boys loved painting them, stickering them, and playing with them.  Some stickers don’t bend well around the paper towel, which is just silly, so you can have some freak outs.  My boys had the plastic wrap off within seconds of playing with them.  Arrrr!)

Things you need:

  • Empty paper towel roll
  • Smock
  • Paint or markers
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Scissors
  • Rubber bands

Have the child decorate the paper towel roll with the markers or paint. 

Finger painting?  Didn;'t I give you a brush?

Finger painting? Didn;'t I give you a brush?

If the child uses paint, let the roll dry. 

Drying

Drying

Have the child decorate it with pirate stickers. 

Looks more pirate-y!

Looks more pirate-y!

Cut a piece of plastic wrap big enough to cover the end of the paper towel roll.  Wrap a rubber band around the plastic to make it stay.  Repeat with the other end.

There be a mighty fine spyglasss, mateys!

There be a mighty fine spyglasss, mateys!

(I got this idea off of Family Fun.  But I decided to do it using coffee filters, which was more fun and messy.  The boys loved building these and playing with them.  It makes walking to get the mail more fun.)

Things you need:

  • Smock
  • 2 coffee filters
  • Markers
  • Bowl of water
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Yarn

Have the child color the coffee filters with markers.  The more color, the more fun. 

Colored coffee filters

Colored coffee filters

After the child is done decorating the filters, have the child paint them with water, making the colors run. 

Water painting filters

Water painting filters

Let the filters dry.  Fold the filters in half to cut out half a butterfly making the wings even on both sides.  (I wish I could have found a template.)  Do not make a head or tail because the pipe cleaner will do that. 

Butterfly cutouts

Butterfly cutouts

Have the child fold the pipe cleaner in half and slip the butterfly wings between it. 

The bodies are forming

The bodies are forming

Cross the ends of the pipe cleaner to form antenna.  You can bend them into little nubs if you like. 

Almost done.  Now where's that yarn?

Almost done. Now where's that yarn?

Tie a piece of yarn to the pipe cleaner, long enough to fly the kite behind the child.  If the child wants to flutter the kite, tie two short pieces of yarn to the pipe cleaner.

(Nothing like a little gardening to get the kids interested in the great outdoors and possibly vegetables.  Before I dug a hole, I thought the boys would like to paint their own special pot.  This would also make a great gift.  The boys loved doing this.)

Things you need:

  • Terra Cotta Pot
  • Primer
  • White paint
  • Washable paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Smock
  • Sealer (optional)

Primer the pot, and then paint it white (or any color you or your child would prefer as the background). Allow the pot to dry.  Have the child paint the pot with the washable paints. 

Sean decided to paint the inside of the pot

Sean decided to paint the inside of the pot

 

Because Evan did

Because Evan did

 Allow the pot to dry.  If you want this work of art to last, seal the pot.

The finished product

The finished product

 

The inside of the finished product

The inside of the finished product

(This project may be a bit advance for younger children as I used a stencil to decorate the tote.  Of course, I’m all for handing over the fabric paints and letting kids go wild.  I made this tote for my nephew’s birthday to replace a gift bag.  Evan liked it so much that he wants one.  You can make one with any theme or let the child do it.  I liked how it turned out.  And yes, it was fun.)

Things you need:

  • Tote
  • Stencil
  • Fabric paints
  • Paint brushes

Note: I used red, blue, and black fabric paint.  You can add water to dilute the paint if you would like.  Any type of stencils would work.

Lay the tote flat.  Place stencil down on tote.  You may tape it to keep it from moving.  Holding the stencil firmly paint within the stencil. 

I hope a black skull looks as good as a white one.

I hope a black skull looks as good as a white one.

It is easy for paint to soak under the stencil, so you must hold it firmly. 

Well, I wish I had yellow paint.

Well, I wish I had yellow paint.

It is best to let the print dry before using another stencil in case you have to overlap. 

Hmm, not bad, but it's missing something.

Hmm, not bad, but it's missing something.

I used the tip of the handle of the brush to write the words.

Do the letters look straight?

Do the letters look straight?


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