Ready to get crafty? Here you can have fun with our favorite do-it-yourself (diy) arts & crafts and party ideas (think: favors, decor and more). If you are searching for something specific try our nifty search box on the right side of this page or at the top of our site. Don’t forget to share these projects with friends!
These magnets are super easy to make. Use scraps of thick art paper or magazine paper, cut to the size of glass stones or pebbles. Use Scotch scrapbooking glue to glue the paper to the pebble (place the glue on the side of the paper that you want to show up and through the glass pebble). Watch the HOW-TO VIDEO.READ MORE…
These wood blocks are fun and easy to make. All you need are some scrap pieces of wood. If you don’t have any lying around then you can buy some at the hardware store. They can even cut them to the size you want there. In this post you’ll see some blocks my friend, Darcey, and I made to decorate our rooms. And, don’t forget to check out the How-To-Video.
All photos except the one of us together taken by Darcey and myself. READ MORE…
The rosemary & wood block make great party favors.
In my family, I’m the one in charge of making name cards (some people call them “name plates”) for dinner parties. This year, I went with some super easy, quick ideas. These are great for Thanksgiving, winter holidays or even New Year’s Eve parties.
We love No-Carve Pumpkin crafts. Here are a few we made this week. Most of these are easy enough for young kids to handle and hardly take any time at all. The first idea below starts with a white or orange mini pumpkin. If you like you can spray your pumpkin with black chalkboard paint, but it is not necessary. Using leftover ribbons, glue pieces in between every crease in the pumpkin. You can use any glue that dries clear. We usually use Modge Podge, Elmers or Tacky glue.
This design only takes a few minutes.
PUNK ROCK PUMPKIN
This next idea involves a lot of silver tacks, chalkboard paint and attitude! Check out the video to see how easy this one is to make:
Challenge Level: Easy
Did you know that smart phone boxes can waste up to 1 billion square feet of landfill (landfill is a section of earth that has been reserved for trash) every year? But they don’t have to. If everyone reused their boxes, they could help avoid taking up landfill and reduce waste. Here’s how I reused a few iPhone boxes I collected from family and friends. When I take something ordinary and recycle it into something cooler, I call it “upcycling”. Make sure you check out my how-to video, too. And, please share this post or video to encourage others to reuse boxes and packaging.
We were inspired to make these confetti push-pops after seeing Thimble Press’s version on DesignLoveFest.com. They’re actually super easy and simple to make and customize and, as you can see from the VIDEO & photos, they are super fun to use. For this craft, friends and 5th graders, Airis & Francesca, came over to help and Parker (4th grade) directed the episode.
I made these with my friend, Parker (who you’ve seen a lot on Wondermint) and my friend Fiona (this is her first time on Wondermint). I’ve been friends with Fiona since we were 18 months old when we took a drumming class with our dads and an art class with our moms. Now, Fiona and I go to the same school and are in the same class. She is really amazing at soccer and she just co-founded a club at our school with our friend, Isabel. The club is called CAMAC (Club Against Marine Animal Cruelty) and I am the Public Relations Officer/Journalist. One day I’ll write a post about CAMAC. Anyways,for this craft, we decided to create OWLS using recycled paper. Hope you enjoy it!
CHALLENGE LEVEL: MEDIUM
Does require hot water and using dye which can stain clothes or furniture.
IMPORTANT TIP: Buy shoes one size larger than your actual size because they will shrink slightly. SEE THE VIDEO HOW TO.
The great thing about being a DIY’er (Do It Yourselfer) is that when you can’t find something the way you like it, you can try to make it yourself. That’s what we did with a pair of plain Toms canvas shoes. I love Toms’ slip-on canvas shoes because they are comfortable and flexible. I use them to dance in and play in. I also love them because every time we buy a pair of their shoes they give a pair of shoes to a child who needs a pair but cannot afford any. And, that’s just plain nice.
We think owls are adorable and fascinating animals to look at. They were even depicted in cave paintings in France 15,000 to 20,000 years ago and appeared in Egyptian hieroglyphics. We are not cave-painting today but we are rock painting! I first made this craft with my aunt Frances and friends Elizabeth and Mason for our friend Markala’s baby shower. All you need are some smooth rocks. Black or white RIVER ROCKS seem to work best and if you don’t have any in your garden you can usually find them on Amazon, at Home Depot or at Michaels. SEE VIDEO HOW TO.
My family and I love the concept of making something from nothing. Or, taking something ordinary and making it extraordinary. Earth Day is coming up and that is always a great time to be reminded of all the great things you can make to honor nature or recycle something around the house and transform it into art.
I really want to make this DIY Terrarium project with friends. You can use dinosaur figurines, or horses or fairy figurines to change the look and theme.
In celebration of the first day of spring, my friends Flora, Kiera and I made FLORAL FRUIT KABOBS. These are perfect for picnics and kid parties and are easy to make. Just follow the steps below. READ MORE…
LEVEL: EASY WARNING: Parents or an adult must supervise edible flower choices.
Today on Wondermint Kids, my friend Asha and I made adorable edible flowers pots inspired by some we saw when we had tea at American Girl. You’re probably wondering how you can eat these flower pots…well, you can’t eat the pot, but we found some *edible flowers and added crumbled brownies and chocolate cake to create “dirt”. Herbs like mint and wheat grass can make for some really neat-looking pots, too. See the instructions and photos below.
Usually on Wondermint, kids teach you how to create, cook, & explore. But this week, a dad (a really big kid at heart) shares tips on how to make really awesome sandwich bag art. Inspired by his two sons, David Laferriere (the sandwich bag artist) draws the greatest cartoons, from worms to robots to even burping blue jays on his kids’ sandwich bags every day. He’s been doing it since 2008 and will keep doing it until they finish high school. Enjoy my interview with David below for some interesting facts & helpful tips for drawing fun Ziploc art!
These paper mache hearts make a great party favor, birthday craft or Valentine’s Day decoration or gift. Today I made them with my friend Asha. They are a super easy and quick craft to make. If you know a teacher send them this idea. They’ll love it.
Hi! Today on Wondermint we are making holiday wreaths. These make great decorations for a door or on a wall. And, if you want you can also use this idea to decorate small photo frames or mirrors. In the photo above I glued paper straws to a cardboard wreath frame from Paper Source. On the HOW-TO VIDEO I glue paper straws onto a small round wood frame that I found at Target. Below, are the directions on how to make that type of paper wreath. READ MORE…
Level: Easy Tip: You might want to wear an apron for this project.
Today, my friend, Mayan, and I made cool animal party favors and place cards. Place cards are used during dinner parties to help your guests know where to sit at the table. They also make a table look amazing. I met Mayan through my friend, Remy (see a photo of Remy in the My Trip To Paris post), and I’ve known her since I was about 2 years old. As you can hear on our video Mayan likes to ride horses. And, like me, her family is very multicultural. She is part Chinese and part Native American. (I am mostly Chinese, Irish, Mexican with a little bit Native American) Hope you have fun making these and don’t forget to check out our HOW-TO VIDEO! READ MORE…
lavender & rosemary make the table smell, great too
Level: Easy Materials: Reusable glass or jar; strip of burlap or ribbon or fabric; string; name card flags (free template provided below): glue stick; pen; herbs.
Holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah, are a great time to get fancy with decorating a table for family and guests. And, this week’s craft can help kids make professional-looking table settings! This craft is super easy & quick and it doubles as name cards for your guests and party favors that they can take home. You can read this post for directions or watch me make one of these place cards on How To Make Cool Place Cards VIDEO.
With my mom, we searched CraftGawker.com and chose our three favorite no-carve pumpkin designs. These are great project ideas because no knives are necessary, which is much safer for kids. If you make any of these we would love to see them. You can visit our Wondermint Facebook page and post your photos!
Boooo! Hello, today on Wondermint Kids we are making Edible Halloween Decorations. These are creepy looking decorations that you can also eat! This craft/recipe only needs a few ingredients to make and it looks super cool (and scary). And, don’t forget to watch our short how-to video for this recipe if you need more help. READ MORE…