Fun Crafts You Can Do With Popsicle Sticks

There are so many great things that you can do with popsicle sticks! Here are a few ideas to help you get started doing fun crafts with your kids.

American Flags

What You Will Need:

7 popsicle sticks per flag

Red paint

White paint

Blue paint

Silver sequins – 9 per flag

Red sequins – 16 per flag

Glue

How To Make An American Flag Out of Popsicle Sticks

  1. Use a hot glue gun to glue all of the popsicle sticks together on the longest side. You should end up with a thick rectangle.
  2. On the very 1st popsicle stick, starting from the left, pain 1/3 of the popsicle stick blue.
  3. Follow step 2 for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th popsicle sticks.
  4. Then, use white paint on the 1st and 3rd popsicle sticks on the remaining 2/3rd s of the popsicle sticks.
  5. Repeat step 4 with red paint for the 2nd and 4th popsicle sticks.
  6. Then, use white paint again on the 5th and 7th popsicle stick, painting the entire stick white.
  7. Use red on the 6th popsicle stick, painting it completely.
  8. By now, you should be able to clearly tell that this is an American flag.
  9. Use the sequins to add some bling to your flag. Starting with the silver sequins, glue three sequins evenly dispersed in the blue section, where the 1st and 2nd popsicle sticks touch.
  10. Follow step 9 for where the 2nd and 3rd popsicle stick touch.
  11. Then, follow step 9 again for where the 3rd and 4th popsicle sticks touch.
  12. Now, use your red sequins on your 2nd, 4th, and 6th, popsicle sticks.
  13. Place three sequins, as evenly as possible on the red part of the second popsicle stick.
  14. Follow step 13 for your 4th popsicle stick.
  15. Then, on the 6th popsicle stick, follow step 13, except evenly disperse 10 sequins.
  16. Let dry and enjoy!

craft time with popsicle sticks

Popsicle Stick Reindeer Ornament

The Christmas season is coming, which means many people will have Christmas trees and therefore need some ornaments. Reindeer ornaments are very simple to make.

What you will need to make reindeer ornaments:

3 popsicle stick  (per reindeer ornament)

googly eyes or a black sharpie marker

red craft balls

Glue

How to make reindeer ornaments out of popsicle sticks:

  1. Glue together two popsicle sticks so that they form a V. Then, use a 3rd popsicle stick and glue it horizontally on the V so that it is about 1/3 of the way down from the top.
  2. Glue on the googly eyes or draw them on with a sharpie marker on the original 2 popsicle sticks, that were used to make the V shape. Make these eyes about half way down on the popsicle stick.
  3. Glue on your red craft ball at the point where the two popsicle sticks overlap in your V.
  4. Tie a ribbon onto the horizontal popsicle stick so that you can hang it on the Christmas tree and enjoy! (And, you can write your name and the date on the horizontal part so that you can remember this ornament for years to come.
  5. Enjoy your new ornament!

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5 Great Winter Activities for Your Kids

5 Great Winter Activities for Your Kids

Winter is still here, and it’s going to be a while before the cold season leaves! If your children are still cold and wondering when spring will come here are a couple of awesome activities your children can do. Have fun!

Hot Cocoa Station

After coming inside from a cold day of play, what’s better than having hot cocoa to warm you up? Set up a hot cocoa station for your kids to enjoy. They can have their own mugs and even add their own fixings. A few examples are different colored marshmallows, nutmeg, a candy cane to put in it, and even cinnamon. It’s hard to go wrong with this little winter treat.

Build (or make) a Snowman

In some parts of the country it’s still snowing! If there’s snow where you’re at why not build a snowman? You don’t have to build one, you could make a snow dog, dragon, or anything your heart desires! The possibilities are endless. If you don’t have snow you can make a snowman out of materials around the house. You can draw one, or make on a giant poster board and cut it out. After that, you can pin your new friend in the window or the wall to admire until warmer weather comes in.

Ice Skating

Maybe you want to get a little colder? It’s usually not hard to find an indoor ice skating rink. If your children are looking to do something a little different why not try this activity? The entire family can enjoy it, but it may be difficult to master for some younger children.

Cut out Snowflakes

Even if Christmas has passed, you can still have fun with the cold season. There are plenty of ways to have fun with paper indoors. Teach your child how to cut out paper snowflakes. The possibilities are endless, and they can even decorate them if they want to. After the snowflakes are made you can hang them around the house or on the wall for you and your children to admire. So a little bit of the Christmas spirit still lingers in the New Year.

Read a Book

Still want to stay cozy? Read a book with your child. There are many books that have Christmas themes, or take place in winter. So snuggle up on the couch and read them a couple if you want. Even if you don’t want to read books about snow, you more than free to read some other books.

Finding a way to keep your child entertained during the winter is tough. It can get boring pretty quickly since they can’t stay outside to long. On the other hand it gives your child a chance to try out new activities. During this winter season have fun with them and explore new possibilities. Find other ways to help keep them entertained without resorting to turning on the TV. We wish you a happy winter, and remember to stay warm!

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How to Make Christmas Cards on a Budget

Making Christmas Cards

Christmas cards are wonderful to receive at the holidays but can be really pricey if you’re trying to do Christmas on a budget.

So what can you do?

Pick up some card stock or even heavy construction paper and get the kids involved to make one-of-a-kind Christmas cards to send to friends and family.

Snowflake Card

Using black construction paper, take a snowflake stamp and some silver or gold ink for an elegant Christmas card.  Even easier, pick up some already purchased small snowflakes and glue them on the front of a black card.

Remember when signing the card to use a Sharpie with either gold or silver ink.  Have the kids get involved with choosing the kind and number of snowflakes for the front of the card.

Christmas Present Card

Choose a light colored stock or construction paper as the card itself.  If your kids are old enough, have them help you cut out small squares in different colored pieces of construction paper.  Glue the squares on the front of the card and add a bow to the top.

Then put your family holiday letter inside and send it off.

Photo Card

Take some light colored construction paper, cut out family photos and glue them to the front.

Button Cards

These cards can be done with construction paper and thread for another elegant handmade Christmas card.  You can use any color construction paper you want and find interesting buttons to sew on the front in the shape of a Christmas tree.

Your kids can help you with this by choosing the buttons to use and you can even shape the buttons in the form of a wreath and tie it with a bow.

Fresh Wreaths

This is a great idea that helps you use up some end of the season herbs in your garden.  You’ll want to use herbs like rosemary, sage or thyme because they are sturdier than basil or mint.  These can be shaped into mini wreaths and attached to the front of a card with some string.

Using Rubber Stamps

Rubber stamps and ink are another way to create fun Christmas cards on a budget.  This is also the perfect activity for younger kids who are just starting to be interested in creating handmade gifts.

Find some fun Christmas themed rubber stamps at a local arts store or even a store like Wal-Mart that has a crafts section.  Pick up some different colored ink pads and start designing your cards.

Fabric Strips

This card is more for an older child or teenager to help with because a sewing machine is the best way to do this.  Take some attractive material and cut it into strips.  From top to bottom, the top strip will be the shortest and the bottom strip will be the longest and what you’re doing is creating a Christmas tree.

You will sew the strips onto the front of the card with a sewing machine so that they stay in place.

Try some of the ideas above for cards that will be remembered for a lifetime.

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