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!
Washi tape comes in all kinds of colors and patterns.
We are not wishy washy about WASHI TAPE. We love it and use it for lots of things. Today, my friend Parker and I show kids how to use it to decorate pencils and school notebooks or journals. Just follow the easy steps below and WATCH OUR HOW-TO VIDEO. READ MORE…
Tired of plain old pencils? Use washi tape to design new ones. Just follow the simple steps below and watch my friend Parker & I on our HOW-TO VIDEO, which shows you how we designed our pencils AND some blank notebooks.
STEP ONE: Place washi tape on pencils in vertical strips or by just wrapping washi around pencils.
STEP TWO: Cut washi tape and, VOILA, you have a beautiful new pencil.
Today we are making do-it-yourself glitter banners. They are great for decorating rooms, parties, classrooms, events and more. You can spell out your name, or the name of your best friend, or a word that makes you happy (LOVE, DANCE, CELEBRATE). My parents used glitter banners to decorate my last birthday party. I think this is a cool project because you transform recycled brown grocery bags into art. And don’t forget to check out my How-To Video so that you can watch me do this step by step!
LEVEL: Medium (This craft does take a little more patience and more materials than our other crafts and requires adult help)
MATERIALS: brown paper bags, paint, paint brushes, modge-podge*, scissors, compass, string, clothes pins.
See more instructions and photos by clicking on “READ MORE.” READ MORE…
This craft was inspired by something I saw on Daily Candy Kids and a big bowl of fruit sitting in our kitchen. I call this craft FRUITASTIC FRUIT STAMPS. To make this project more fun I had my good friend, Grace, come over and help me. Grace is artistic, funny, and nice and we had a great time making art stamps from real fruit. Make sure you check out the HOW-TO VIDEO we made, too!
Pomegranate, apples, pears, and celery stalks dipped in Tempera paint
*Chocolate will need to be warmed in microwave or stovetop (parent supervision required)
Today on Wondermint Kids, my friend, Mia A., and I are making Chocolate Lovely Pops. Some people call these heart-shaped chocolate lollipops. We flavored ours with shredded coconut, M&Ms, Rice Krispies, sea-salt (for my Mom!), sprinkles (for me!), and almonds. You can also try dried fruit or other cereals. And, don’t forget to check out our How-To Make Lovely Pops Video to see Mia and I in action.
Look below to see the recipe my mom typed up and how ours turned out. Aren’t they cute?!
If you have a lot of old crayons or crayon bits laying around your room and you are a big fan of recycling, you’ll love this CUSTOM CRAYON HOW TO! When my mom first showed me this idea from Martha Stewart (Martha inspires us a lot!) I thought it would be pretty difficult. Turns out, it is not. Keep reading to see how my friend Flora and I find new ways to combine the amazing world of crayons and recycled crafts! And, don’t forget to check out our How-To Video!
Level: Easy Materials: Crayons, old muffin tin or silicone baking molds, creativity READ MORE…
Testing glitter party lips on my favorite drink. Must make a mustache one for Baxter!
Have you ever thought a straw could look more bright, happy, or fun? If so, this craft is just right for you! These homemade paper lips for straws are a great paper craft & d.i.y. (do it yourself) party favor for birthday parties or other celebrations. Also, they are really fast and easy to make. See our HOW-TO VIDEO for proof. READ MORE…
Adhesives are things that make things stick. We use different kinds of adhesives, like glue and tape, depending on the weight of the other materials in a craft or the look we want. Below is a list of the adhesives we use the most.
Washi tape We admit it: We are Washiholics! Washi tape originated in Japan and the best tapes are usually made from natural fibers, such as bamboo or hemp and from the bark of trees that are native to Japan, although now a lot of other companies are making their own version of Washi tape. Washi tape is a one-sided tape that is sticky on one side and decorative (colored/patterned) on the other side. As you will see on our blog, at Wondermint we use this tape to decorate blank notebooks, to make fun gift wrapping, and to decorate lots of other cool objects. Paper Source, Martha Stewart & Target sell washi tape, but some of the best prices and styles we have found have been on Etsy and at this online washi store, Happy Tape.
Modge Podge White paste-like glue that dries clear and comes in a matte or glossy finish or sheer gold glimmer finish. This adhesive is great for paper mache projects or coating projects that get a lot of fingerprints. There are homemade versions which we will be testing on our blog. And, here is a great Modge Podge Guide by blogger Amy Anderson that explains all the different kinds of Modge Podge formulas. Warning: we might go a little crazy with the modge podge!
Craft glue Some people call this white glue. It is water-based adhesive that dries clear. Elmer’s is a common craft glue.
Glue stick A solid stick of glue that comes in a push-up tube. This glue can be handy because it is easy for kids to use and does not wrinkle or over-wet paper.
Hot glue Hot glue comes in a solid stick that is inserted into something called a glue “gun”. When the glue melts, the liquid glue sticks to objects and cools as it dries. Great adhesive for when you need something stronger than craft glue. Warning: It is easy to burn yourself when using a glue gun, so we recommend parents use the glue gun or they carefully supervise older kids. Young kids should never do this alone.
PVA glue This is an “archival” quality white glue, which means it is great for art projects that you want to last a very long time. It is also water-based, therefore safe for kids. We use this glue when we make special book projects or invitations that we know we will want to frame and keep for a very long time.
Double-sided tape Like regular Scotch tape but it is sticky on two sides. Peel off one side and place it on your paper, then remove the other side to get it to stick to another piece of paper or surface. We love using this tape for D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) gift wrapping projects.
Glue Dots You can find these adhesive dots in rolls or sheets. These dots are also handy for gift wrapping because kids do not have to tear or cut the tape themselves. They can also add a three dimensional effect to art projects like collages or greeting cards when you add punched paper to a glue dot or glitter.
Liquid starch An adhesive used primarily on fabric during ironing, but it can also be used for arts & crafts projects like paper mache and collages. Liquid starch is thinner than most other kinds of adhesive, so the paper absorbs it very quickly. Sometimes we thicken liquid starch with craft glue or modge podge to prevent lighter weight papers from tearing too easily.
ARTS & CRAFTS: cutting & shaping tools
Decorative Paper Punch This fun tool punches a variety of shapes (think: letters, numbers, stars) in a bunch of different sizes. “Corner” punches shape corners and add decorative patterns to homemade greeting cards and more; “border” or “edge” punches do the same for the edges of paper. READ MORE…