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GPLD CONNECTS

While we’re staying safe in our homes we look forward to seeing you online, where you can receive a variety of Library-approved services designed to educate, inform, entertain, and more! Going forward, we’ll offer an array of virtual events and services from storytimes to lectures to crafts and an in-depth look at the online resources we provide that include homework help, genealogy records, online language courses, job search assistance, and so much more. The GPLD Connects links will be available here.

GPLD CONNECTS CRAFTS

Paper Bowl Scarecrow

Looking for a fall-themed craft? This paper bowl scarecrow is simple and cute!

Supplies:
• scarecrow template (provided)
• paper bowls
• tan paint
• paintbrush
• black buttons
• raffia (or yellow construction paper strips)
• yellow tissue paper
• orange, pink, and brown cardstock
• black and brown marker
• scissors
• stapler
• glue


Handprint Fox

This handprint fox craft is fun and easy to make!

Supplies:
• orange paper
• scissors
• pencil
• glue
• white paint
• googly eyes or wiggle eye stickers


Egg Carton Garden

An empty egg carton transforms into a gorgeous flower garden that kids will love to play with.

Supplies:
• flower garden template (provided in comments)
• egg carton
• green paint
• sponge paintbrush
• green cardstock
• green jumbo craft sticks
• cupcake liners (regular size and mini)
• buttons
• scissors
• glue stick
• craft knife


Caterpillar Craft

Paper circles add a fun 3D effect to this caterpillar craft.

Supplies:
• caterpillar template (provided)
• green cardstock
• colored cardstock or paper
• sticker googly eyes
• pipe cleaner
• scissors
• markers or crayons (optional)
• extra strength glue stick
• hole punch
• tape


DIY Monster Bookmarks

Make reading extra fun by making some of these DIY monster bookmarks. These cute and colorful monsters are super easy for kids of all ages to create.

Supplies:
• template (provided)
• colored cardstock
• googly eyes
• markers
• glue dots
• hole punch (optional)
• pencil
• scissors
• glue stick


Shape Monsters

Enjoy this fun and easy sewing craft for kids, creating shape monsters.

Supplies:
• felt in assorted colors
• embroidery thread
• sewing needle
• scissors
• shape monster (patterns provided)


Melted Crayon Seashell Art

Melted crayon seashell art is a great way to turn keepsake seashells into custom pieces!

Supplies:
• seashells (available at craft stores too)
• crayons


Glitter Gems

These glitter gems also make great magnets.

Supplies:
• glitter
• large and small round glass stones (flat on one side)
• glue
• mod podge or other sealant
• foam brush
• cardstock
• magnets (optional)


Paper Cup Music Craft

Do you have paper cups lying around? Create some paper cup music crafts!

Supplies:
• paper cups (assorted sizes)
• rubber bands
• duct tape
• string
• beads
• rice, dried lentils, beans or similar to make shakers
• sponges, cut into squares
• straws
• balloons to make drums ( you could also use paper and tape)
• metal skewer to poke holes


DIY Bouncy Ball

Have some fun making this DIY bouncy ball craft.

Supplies:
• Borax
• white glue
• food coloring
• hot water
• corn starch


Seahorse Black Glue Craft

This seahorse black glue craft is a fabulous ocean-themed craft that is perfect for the summer.

Supplies:
• seahorse template (provided)
• mixed media paper (or watercolor paper)
• glue, 4 oz. bottle
• black acrylic paint
• food skewer (or stick for stirring)
• liquid watercolors
• paint brush
• napkins


Wattle Art Stamping

Create some gorgeous stamped wattle (or flower of your choice) art using cotton buds (Q-tips) and sponges cut into a leaf shape.

Supplies:
• Q-tips
• sponge
• paper
• paint (deep yellow and green for wattle flowers)
• paint brush


Bottle Top Shakers

These easy bottle top shakers let you accompany your favorite song!

Supplies:
• plastic milk bottle caps washed and dried (2 per shaker)
• small plastic beads
• duct tape
• scissors


DIY Cereal Box Board Game

A DIY cereal box board game is a great way to have fun when you're hanging out at home!

Supplies:
• large cereal box
• permanent markers or washable toddler markers
• scissors
• dice
• game pieces (they used plastic dinosaurs in this example!)


Funny Face Rock Puzzle

Let’s make a funny face rock puzzle!

Supplies:
• rocks
• paint
• brushes
• optional: a sealer such as mod-podge


Toilet Paper Roll Kaleidoscope

Learn how to make a kaleidoscope – it’s such a fun way to explore light, reflections, and symmetry!

Supplies:
• toilet paper roll
• mylar sheets (thicker sheets, not rolls of thin paper) or mirrored sheets
• scissors and/or paper cutter
• tape
• white cardstock
• bendy straw
• markers, stickers, or other materials for decorating your spinning circle
• optional: paint for decorating your cardboard tube


Felt Lily Pad

Learn how to make a cute lily pad that you can use in play with your other stuffies or figurines that might live in a pond!

Supplies:
• lily pad template (provided)
• felt
• sewing scissors
• scissors
• embroidery floss
• needle
• bead
• stuffing
• tape


Paper Plate Jellyfish

This swimming jellyfish craft is a ton of fun to create!

Supplies:
• paper plate
• small piece of cardboard
• blue paint
• pink paint (or color you’d like to paint your jellyfish)
• colorful yarn
• googly eyes stickers
• jumbo craft stick
• craft knife
• tacky glue
• scissors


Sponge "Cake"

Make some adorable DIY sponge cakes for pretend play! This is a fun and easy sponge craft for kids of all ages.

Supplies:
• sponges in a variety of colors
• craft glue
• mini pom poms
• glitter
• felt in different colors
• cake shape template (provided)


3D Paper Hot Air Ballon

Are you ready to make the cutest hot air balloon?

Supplies:
• 3D hot air balloon template (we've provided the template here)
• light blue cardstock (12-inch x 12-inch)
• colored paper
• white paper or cardstock
• tan cardstock (You can also use construction paper or a brown paper lunch sack)
• twine
• scissors
• glue


Straw Bendy Snake

This paper straw bendy snake craft is simple to make and it’s fun to play with!

Supplies:
• paper straws in varying colors
• pipe cleaners
• cardstock paper
• googly eyes
• scissors
• glue


Button Fish

Use spare craft buttons to create this simple button fish craft.

Supplies:
• buttons
• cardstock - blue and other colors
• paper lunch sack (or light brown cardstock)
• green tissue paper
• white hole reinforcement labels
• small googly eyes
• fine tip black marker
• scissors
• glue stick


Koala Masks

The printable template for these cute koala masks make them easy to decorate.

Supplies/directions:
• template (we give you four options)
• cut out the strips at the bottom of the page, they become the head strap
• cut out the mask and eyeholes - staple one strip to each end of the mask next to the eyeholes
• measure around the head of the person who is going to wear it and staple to fit at the back
• color, add stickers, etc.


Paper Sunflower

This folded paper sunflower craft is a colorful summertime decoration.

Supplies:
• light blue cardstock
• yellow and green construction paper
• black tissue paper squares
• 2-inch circle (for tracing)
• paper cup (for tracing)
• scissors
• glue stick


DIY Fox Felt Purse

This DIY felt fox purse is a great beginning sewing project for kids.

Supplies:
• orange, off-white and pink felt (9″ x 12″)
• white embroidery thread
• sewing needle
• black buttons
• lace ribbon
• adhesive Velcro
• ruler
• marking pen
• scissors


Butterfly Craft

This creative butterfly craft is perfect for a colorful summer craft!

Supplies:
• butterfly wings template (available for download in the comment section of this post)
• paper plate
• blue paint
• green paint
• paintbrush
• colored cardstock
• pom-poms
• pipe cleaner
• small googly eye
• wooden scoop stick
• jumbo craft stick
• hot glue gun
• markers
• flower punch (optional)
• craft knife
• scissors


Ocean Animal Coloring Sheets

Too hot to go outside? Learn about ocean animals while decorating these fun coloring pages inside where it’s cool! Just download the image or images you want, print, and design.


Sponge Sailboat

All this warm weather means you need to cool down, and you can enjoy this sponge sailboat too - whether in the tub or a pool!

Supplies:
• sponges
• wood skewers (8″ or 12″)
• construction paper
• scissors
• wire cutters
• glue


Shark Bookmark

Keep track of your Summer Challenge reading with this fierce shark corner bookmark!

Supplies:
• square blue paper (best if it’s blue on both sides)
• white paper
• pink paper
• wiggle eyes stickers
• glue
• scissors
• marker


Agamograph

Have you ever made an agamograph? They're really cool - it’s two pictures in one and depending from which side you view it you will see one picture appear. You can use your creativity to design the pictures. We'll provide a template, but feel free to create your own!

Supplies:
• summer agamograph template (we offer 3 template choices; a summer scene and two for Fourth of July!)
• pencils, markers, or crayons
• scissors
• ruler
• printer
• paper (heavier paper is best)


Ice Painting

Here’s a way to have fun and stay cool - try painting with ice!

Supplies:
• 1 cup of water
• red, yellow, green, and blue food coloring
• short popsicle sticks
• ice cube tray


Natural Play-Doh Stamps

Have fun using natural items like seed pods and pine cones to make a rolling impression in Play Doh.

Supplies:
• Play Doh (we show you how to make your own here)
• seed pods, feathers, pine cones, and other discoveries from your yard or nature walk


Natural Painting

Take advantage of what’s available in your back yard and collect nature objects for painting. Look for objects that are not too small or too big, have different textures, and are easy to roll.

Supplies:
• wooden tray
• a paper that can handle rolling rocks and other solid parts
• finger paint
• natural loose parts (rocks, pinecones, berries, wood chips, etc.)


Coathanger Catapult

These coat hanger catapults take less than 5 minutes to make and double as a STEM/STEAM activity.

Supplies:
• a wire coat hanger
• pom poms
• elastic
• paper cup
• ribbon
• hole punch
• scissors


Tie Dye

These easy tie dye patterns are a fun activity for warm weather days! Learn how to make swirls, sunbursts, and stripes.

Supplies:
• a tie dye kit
• washing soda for pre-soak
• rubber bands
• disposable or rubber gloves – enough for each person to have a pair
• white, 100% cotton T-shirts or tote bags (or whatever you want to dye!)
• soaking bucket
• plastic table cover, and if dying indoors use a drop sheet for the floor
• large plastic zip lock bags or cling wrap
• paper towel for cleanup


Stretchy Hand Bubbles

This simple three-ingredient recipe creates stretchy hand bubbles that are guaranteed to keep the kids entertained!

Supplies:
• 2 1/3 cup water
• 1 cup dishwashing liquid – the brand of dishwashing liquid you use can make a difference with bubble mixtures. Try Dawn. If you use a different brand and your bubble mixture fails, it’s probably the reason why.
• 1/2 cup glycerine


Bubble Wrap Printing

Bubble wrap printing allows you to play with colors and patterns to create frame-worthy works of art or transform them into snakes, lizards, fish, collages, mosaics, or more!

Supplies:
• cardstock
• paint
• bubble wrap
• double-sided tape
• scissors


Mini Banjos

Make some mini banjos from old jar lids and loom bands with a craft stick handle.

Supplies:
• jumbo craft sticks – one per banjo
• loom bands – four per banjo
• washi tape
• duct tape
• sequins
• craft glue


Felt Flower Hair Clips

These fun and easy felt hair flower clips are perfect for keeping hair in place during the summer, and they make great gifts!

Supplies:
• soft felt – felt scraps are perfect
• plain hair clips
• embroidery thread
• sewing needle and needle-threader
• double sided tape
• the flower template


4th of July Windsocks

Windsocks are a great summer craft and decoration, and July 4th is getting close!

Supplies:
• toilet paper roll
• red, white, and blue paint
• white paper
• glue stick
• red, white, and blue ribbon
• scissors
• red, white, and blue star stickers (optional)


Dad Rocks Paperweight

If you are looking for a Father’s Day gift, your kids can make this Dad Rocks Paperweight!

Supplies:
• 1/4 cup salt
• 1/2 cup flour
• 1/4 cup water
• bowl
• cookie sheet
• 1/2 cup pea gravel or rocks


Scratch Art!

This scratch art craft includes using silhouette pictures to create beautiful designs.

Supplies:
• cardstock
• black paint
• wooden rods
• dish soap
• oil pastels (regular crayons work too!)
• wax paper
• silhouette designs


Pool Noodle Boats

These pirate pool noodle boats are a fun DIY water toy.

Supplies:
• 1 pool noodle
• white and black foam sheets
• glue
• straws
• scissors


Flying Super Hero Craft

How about making a flying superdad for Father’s Day?

Supplies:
• superhero template
• colored pencils
• scissors
• glue
• bendable drinking straws


Light Up Reef Craft

Let’s make a tropical reef craft that lights up in the dark!

Supplies:
• egg carton
• tissue paper in various colors
• rubber bands in different colors
• pipe cleaners
• printable tropical fish
• glue stick
• scissors
• metal skewer
• LED tea light candles (optional)


Paper Strip Art

Discover how to transform colorful magazine pages into Paper Strip Art with our Library Associate Christine.

Supplies:
* piece of cardboard
* template (bird, butterfly, heart, etc.)
* scissors
* pencil
* paint brush
* glue
* wax paper
* paper cutter
* old magazine


DIY Refridgerator Scrabble Game

Create an ongoing Scrabble game on the refrigerator where everyone can play when they have time!

Supplies:
• letter tiles
• round magnets
• white craft glue


Marshmellow Edible Paint

Marshmallows, water, light corn syrup, and food coloring are all you need to make the most fun paint for kids (or grown-ups) ever. Decorate cookies, marshmallows, bread, and even plain old paper.


Lightsaber Bookmarks

Keep your place in your favorite books by making glittery lightsabers in different colors!

Supplies:
• craft sticks
• white, black, silver paint
• glitter paint
• toothpick


Watercolor Painting With Angelica

Discover some cool watercolor painting techniques with our Learning & Innovation Coordinator Angelica!


Twirling Ladybugs

These adorable ladybugs swirl and twirl and look so cute, all you need is a little breeze.

Supplies:
• card stock or construction paper, various colors
• pencil
• something round for tracing (jar, can, etc)
• scissors
• black craft paint
• small round sponge
• paintbrush
• 8 large (approximately 1-inch) googly eyes for each ladybug
• string
• white craft glue
• hot glue gun (optional but recommended)


Make Bracelets From Recyled T-Shirts

These colorful t-shirt bracelets are an easy to make.

Supplies:
• T-shirts
• bangle bracelets
• craft glue
• scissors
• hot glue gun


How to Make Clothespin Dragonflies

Make a beautiful dragonfly using clothespins and pipe cleaners!

Supplies:
• 2 pipe cleaners
• clothespin
• 2 googly eyes
• paint
• glue


Fire Breathing Paper Roll Dragon

This fire breathing, paper roll dragon craft is so fun!

Supplies:
• pom poms tion paper
• pom poms
• tissue paper


3D Cube Bugs

3D cube bugs are not only adorable, they are also a great way to help kids to learn about 3D shapes!

Supplies:
• printable template
• cardstock
• scissors
• glue stick


Garden Nature Art

Create simple and beautiful nature art using items from your garden.

Supplies:
• leaves
• petals
• twigs
• pebbles
• berries
• small branches of greenery


Paper Teacup Printable & Tea Party Games

These adorable paper teacups will make your next tea party a big hit!

Supplies:
• scissors
• glue or hotglue gun
• decorative stickers or pens (optional)
• teacup printable


Teddy Bear Card

How about a cute teddy bear card for Father’s Day?

Supplies:
• printable bear craft pattern
• colorful card stock
• child’s photo
• red stamp ink pad
• glue stick
• scissors
• black marker
• google eyes


Leaf Printing Mandala Art

We’ll create beautiful mandala art with this simple leaf printing technique!

Supplies:
• bright colored scrapbook paper
• paint
• leaves in assorted shapes and sizes


Dandelion Shape Boards

Try this fun fine motor activity! Just grab a fistful of dandelions and start threading them on your DIY shape board.

Supplies:
• dandelions
• cardboard
• something sharp to puncture holes in the cardboard
• scissors or X-Acto knife


Paper Plate Frog Puppet

How about a paper plate frog puppet? It’s fun to make and play with.

Supplies:
• one paper plate per frog
• construction card stock in two shades of red or pink – note, if you are using a large paper plate you’ll need a larger than standard piece of card stock, heavy scrapbook paper would probably be perfect. If you’re using paper plates in the smaller size ordinary A4 or US Letter sized card stock is fine
• a piece of egg carton for the eyes
• tissue paper
• acrylic paint in white
• pva glue
• paint brush
• scissors
• lead pencil
• stapler
• black sharpie marker
• a small scrap of yellow paper


Leaf Mosaic Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatchers are simple to make, especially when your supplies come from your back yard.

Supplies:
• gum leaves, or other flat leaves – see what you can find in your yard!
• mod podge – if you don’t have this you can create a mix of 50% PVA glue (school glue) to 50% water for a DIY version
• a round plastic lid – like takeout food container lid or a plastic yogurt tub lid


Handprint Doodle Art

Handprint doodle art is a fun and relaxing art activity.

Supplies
• construction paper
• a sharpie marker or pen
• scissors
• glue stick


Finger Knit Bookmark Craft

Finger knit bookmarks are fun for all ages and make a lovely handmade gift too!

Supplies:
• yarn
• felt
• printable bookmark shape templates (or you can design your own shape)
• needle and needle threader
• embroidery thread
• bead or button


10 Minute Paper Roll Shaker

This 10-minute paper roll shaker is a fun musical instrument craft.

Supplies:
• toilet paper rolls (1 per shaker). Paint them beforehand for colored shakers.
• duct or electrical tape (the thin kind)
• milk bottle caps (2 per shaker)
• permanent markers
• dried beans, rice, coffee beans or similar to make the shaking sound
• paints (optional)


Butterfly Printing With Sponges

Butterflies make beautiful decorations, and you’ll love printing butterflies with sponges!

Supplies:
• paint (acrylic or poster paint)
• kitchen sponges – 1 per butterfly design
• hair elastics – 1 per butterfly
• paper.


Geometric Chicken Craft

Here’s a fun and easy geometric chicken craft.

Supplies:
• construction paper in yellow, orange, red and one other color for the background. White paper for the eyes.
• glue stick
• scissors
• shredded paper
• black pen or marker


Puffy Sidewalk Paint

Let’s up our sidewalk chalk game and make some Puffy Sidewalk Paint.

Supplies include:
• flour
• water
• dish soap
• sidewalk chalk – the leftover remnants of old chalk are perfect for this!
• plastic squeeze bottles


Egg Carton Sugar Glider Craft

Let’s make a fun egg carton sugar glider!

Supplies:
• an egg carton
• scissors
• acrylic paint
• hot glue gun
• a scrap of paper
• black marker
• glue stick


Grow a Rainbow Experiment

Let’s grow a rainbow! Supplies: paper towel, water, and washable markers.


Potato Stamping

If you’ve got potatoes and cookie cutters (or good carving skills!) you can create potato stamps! You need potatoes, a cookie cutter, and paint.


T-Shirt Bleach Pen Craft

Discover how to rejuvenate old T-shirts with new designs! Join our Library Associate Christine for this fun T-shirt bleach pen craft. Supplies: wax paper, tape, bleach pen, cardboard, 100% cotton T-shirt (recommended)


Easy Cardboard Circle Weaving 

Discover the fun of cardboard circle weaving.

Supplies:
• various colored yarns in different textures (we used both thin and chunky yarn)
• cardboard
• pencil
• scissors
• tape
• assorted colorful and wooden beads


Frog Craft

Here’s a fun spring craft that’s easy to make – water lilies and frogs!

Supplies include:
• paper plates
• colored cardstock
• for the water lilies – white, purple or pink.
• for the frog – red, white and black.
• a dark green cardstock for the frog
• black sharpie
• yellow tissue paper
• green paint


Flower Template

These cute flowers make a great Mother’s Day gift when you add a photo to the center.

Supplies include:
• white cardstock
• paint, colored pencils, or markers
• popsicle sticks
• green paint
• clothespins


Rock Candy

Let's have fun making rainbow rock candy.

Supplies:
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• 1/2 cup light corn syrup
• 1/2 cup water
• 1/2 tsp. or 1 fl. dram of flavored oil
• food coloring
• powdered sugar for dusting


Cosmic Suncatchers

Take advantage of sunny days with Cosmic Suncatchers.

Supplies:
· white glue
· food coloring or liquid watercolors
· toothpicks
· plastic lids (lids from tubs of yogurt, hummus, sour cream etc. work best, although metal lids also work)
· hole punch
· string


DIY Galaxy Jar

Make a galaxy jar that’s out of this world!

Supplies:
• clean glass jar with a lid
• tempera paint (at least 2 colors)
• cotton balls
• fine glitter
• water


Spring Leaf Experiment

Here’s a project that adds a little science to the mix: All you need are leaves from your yard and food coloring to create some fun new colors. Then you can find creative ways to display your leaves in your home!


Spring Stained Glass

Create a colorful stained glass craft using flowers and leaves from your yard!

Supplies include:
• transparent contact paper or tissue paper
• flowers and leaves
• scissors
• hole punch
• string
• tape
• glue


Butterfly Lacing Card

Make a beautiful butterfly and work on dexterity by threading it.

Supplies include:
• Scissors
• Cardboard
• Crayons or markers
• Hole punch
• Long string or shoelace


Spring Flower Rock Stamps

These spring flower rock stamps are fun and easy to create! All you need are rocks, paint, paper, and imagination!


Paper Loop Wreath

All you need are strips of paper and a stapler to make an eye-catching paper loop wreath.


DIY Rainbow Bubble Snakes

These DIY Rainbow Bubble Snakes are fun to make. When you add food coloring, you get cool colors too!

Supplies include:
· empty water bottle
· duct tape
· a sock that is missing its match
· dish soap
· food coloring


DIY Funny Face Flip Book

Need something to make you smile? How about a Funny Face Flip book?

Supplies include:
– white cardstock paper
– cardboard
– 3 metal book rings (or yarn, ribbon, bread ties)
– hole punch
– markers
– scissors
– glasses stickers or googly eyes (optional)


Flight School Paper Plane Game

This fun paper plane project only requires paper and cardboard; paper to make plane and cardboard to make a target to fly the planes through.


Personal Diorama

How about making your own museum at home? Create a diorama that includes family photos carefully placed on the walls, handmade pottery, or sculptures made from trinkets found within the home, and more.


Glass Pictures

Discover how to transfer beautiful images from magazine pages onto glass. This fun and easy project is a great way to brighten up your home!

Supplies include:
* water basin
* wax paper
* glossy catalog or magazine
* heavy duty packaging tape
* sturdy tool (used for smoothing down tape)
* scissors
* smooth-sided vase, votive, jar, or drinking glass
We'll walk you through the steps to make your own creation to enjoy in your home or give as a gift.


Origami Finger Puppets

Create some cute Origami finger puppet characters! Supplies include square sheets of paper. You can use pen, paint, crayons, glitter, and more to decorate your puppet.


Glitter Glue Counting Sticks

Combine fun colors and learn to make Glitter Glue Counting Sticks.

Supplies include:
• Craft Sticks (or Popsicle Sticks)
• Glitter Glue
• Marker


May Day Baskets

These are called May Day Baskets, but the fun colors and design make them perfect for spring!

Supplies include:
• Colored paper (text weight—not too thick since you are making cones)
• Double-sided tape (a good-quality tape that really stays)
• Paper doily (You can buy paper doilies or make your own with a doily punch)
• Hole puncher
• Scissors
• Ribbon


DIY Paper Pinwheel

The original fidget spinner: Paper pinwheels. They are fun and easy to make!

Supplies include:
• Scissors
• Pencil
• Craft paper or recycled paper (squares)
• 1 straw per pinwheel
• 1 pushpin per pinwheel
• Optional: ruler


Mini-Cereal Box Puppets

Here’s a simple way to make fun, colorful puppets with old cereal boxes!

Supplies include:
• cereal boxes
• safety scissors
• glue or tape
• imagination


Homemade Clay

Take basic ingredients you have at home and make clay!

Supplies include:
• 2 cups baking soda
• 1 cup cornstarch
• 1¼ cups water
• Food coloring
• Wiggle eyes, feathers, chenille sticks, craft sticks, pompoms (optional)


Nail Polish Marble Art

Have nail polish colors you don’t use? Transform them into Nail Polish Marble Art.

Supplies include:
• nail polish
• room temperature water in a pan (that's deep enough for your item to be submerged in, such as a disposable baking pan)
• scrap paper (to cover your work area)
• watercolor paper (or you could try marbling other items too)
• disposable gloves or nail polish remover
• toothpicks
• popsicle stick


Fireworks in a Glass

Let’s create “Fireworks in a Glass” – you only need three ingredients: food coloring, warm water, and oil (vegetable, olive, peanut – any oil will work).


Paper Plate Tropical Fish

Add some color and fun designs to your home with these paper plate tropical fish.

Supplies include:
• 8 miniature paper plates
• brightly colored acrylic paints
• paint brushes
• 4 large wiggle eyes
• white craft glue
• glue stick
• scissors


Folded Paper Bracelet 

Ready for some new spring fashion? Let’s make DIY Folded Paper Bracelets. You need 16 to 22 strips of paper. The widths can vary, as long as the size ratio is 1:4. Have fun!


Easy Bird Feeders

Attract more birds to your yard with these easy-to-make bird feeders. There are several options for supplies, from a coffee cup, bread, milk cartons, apples, and more.


Tissue Box Monster

If we have tissue boxes all over the house, why not put them to good use before recycling and make Tissue Box Monsters?

Supplies include:
• paint, crayons, or markers
• glue
• googly eyes – or draw your own!
• pom poms or paper, yarn, or other material you can glue to your monster


A Birthday Party Fit for an Artist

Create mixed media monograms – if you don’t have chipboard, try cardboard or any thicker material (think packaging) that you can cut and decorate with paint, then use tacky glue to attach sequins, tissue paper scraps, pom-poms, feathers, and more.


Bubble Paint with The Chilled Palette

Our friends at The Chilled Palette in Geneva have put together this fun project for us!

Supplies include:
• Dawn
• paints
• plastic cups
• brushes
• straws
• canvas
Have fun, and please try to remember not to add too much water into the paint! Oh, and don't forget the paper towels! You can also paint the canvas white prior to the bubble paint so it doesn't soak in to the canvas.


Finger Knitting

Discover how finger knit chains of yarn can be turned into necklaces, bracelets, garlands and much more. All you need is yarn!


Knotted Necklace

Knotted necklace: Discover how to take strips of jersey fabric and turn them into a statement necklace that will add casual sophistication to any outfit.

Supplies: jersey fabric (t-shirt), scissors.


Easter Hatching Chick Paper Craft

This cute and easy Easter Hatching Chick Paper Craft will liven up your Easter table!

Supplies include:
• scissors
• ruler with circle shapes (or use a circular item to create a template)
• pencil
• a color paper of your choice for the egg (or color the page yourself!)
• yellow color paper (or color the page yourself!)
• orange color paper (or color the page yourself!)
• white cardstock
• circle puncher (or use circular items to create different-sized templates)
• glue
• split pin
• googly eyes (or draw your own eyes!)


Paper Flowers

How about a bouquet of flowers? All you need is cardstock, crayons, buttons, and wire to create some pretty bouquets.


Glow-in-the-Dark Jellyfish Craft

These jellyfish can be glow-in-the-dark if you have the supplies, but if not, you can use crayons, markers, stickers, glitter – and anything else you like – to create these colorful creatures to brighten up your home.

Supplies include:
• paper bowls
• yarn
• crayons, markers, colored pencils, paint, including glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint
• scissors
• zipper sandwich bags
• skewer or sharp pencil
• your imagination!


Art with Rocks

Here are some fun and easy ways to decorate rocks, which you can then use to decorate your yard for spring!


Plarn

Ready to make some plarn? If you’ve got plastic bags in the house, you can upcycle them to make plastic yarn – and we’ll give you some ideas on how to use your new item!


Fold-Up Book

All you need is a single piece of paper and some scissors to create your own book. The story and designs are up to you!


Playdough

Make your own Playdough (aka Play-doh) at home! Discover how to easily make a non-toxic version with custom colors and fragrances.


Recycled Crayons

Turn broken crayons into colorful new tools you can use for coloring, crafts, and more!


Easter Coloring Pages

Get ready for Easter with these fun coloring pages! We'll post some additional activity sheets in the comments to add some fun to this cloudy, windy day!


Sea Creature Coloring Pages

Let’s color along with author and illustrator Ben Clanton (best known for the Narwhal and Jelly books). Visit Ben's website, and check our comments below for printable coloring pages!


Spring Flower Decorations

Add color and other decorations to these fun spring-themed printables! Check our comments for a word search and dot-to-dot activity.


Easy Origami Butterfly

Let's celebrate spring and add some color to our homes with these easy to make origami butterflies. All you need is paper. Use what you have on hand or add doodles, stickers, and more to make your butterflies stand out!


48 Easy DIYs

See how much your family can create with basic items including crayons, markers, cling film, nail polish, straws, tissues, chalk - and more!