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14 Christmas Snowman Crafts for Kids

14 Christmas Snowman Crafts for Kids

We live in the southeast, so it’s rare that we get to make an actual snowman. (Although it has happened!) But matter what the weather is like, snowmen are an icon of winter and the Christmas season. So if you can’t make one outside (and […]

Christmas Snowman Craft for Preschoolers

Christmas Snowman Craft for Preschoolers

Do you ever use store-bought pasta sauce? How about salsa? Jelly? Olives? Pickles? Applesauce? If so, I bet you’re throwing away all those jar lids when you and your kids could be making a cute winter snowman out of them. After reading this post, you’ll […]

Easy toilet paper roll crafts for toddlers & preschoolers

Easy toilet paper roll crafts for toddlers & preschoolers

Toilet paper rolls: We all have them. We’re constantly getting more of them.

You might as well put them to good use, right?

Here are 12 fun and easy crafts using toilet paper rolls that are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, either at home or in the classroom.

Some of them are as easy as printing, cutting out, and gluing on templates. Others involve things like coloring, painting, or gluing on googly eyes or pipe cleaners.

By the way, some people are grossed out by using toilet paper rolls for crafts, and in fact some preschools don’t even allow it, for sanitary reasons.

If for whatever reason you don’t want to use a bona fide TP roll, then you can buy a pack of craft tubes for making any of the these projects.

Have fun!

Toilet paper Roll Crafts for Kids

 

Toilet Paper roll crafts for preschoolers

Easy Winter Sensory Bottle (with Snowflakes!)

Easy Winter Sensory Bottle (with Snowflakes!)

This snowflake sensory is both beautiful and easy to make — plus it kind of doubles as DIY winter home decor.   So what’s a sensory bottle? If you’re not familiar with sensory bottles (also known as discovery bottles or calm down jars), they’re basically […]

Paper Straw Christmas Tree Craft for Preschoolers

Paper Straw Christmas Tree Craft for Preschoolers

This is an easy Christmas craft that perschoolers could do (probably with a little assistance), but that looks nice enough that it doesn’t scream “a little kid made this!” It can obviously be used as a tree ornament … but you can also skip the […]

Dinosaur Nail & Wood Craft (Easy String Art for Kids)

Dinosaur Nail & Wood Craft (Easy String Art for Kids)

This dinosaur string art is a unique craft that has the benefit of teaching your kid the real-life skill of hammering (depending on their age.)

If you’ve never done string art before, this post has everything you need to know to get started. Not only that, but I’ve included some tips about string art in general so that you can continue making more projects on your own.

Now I don’t pretend to be a string art expert, but I did a little research to find the answers to common questions which may come in handy, especially if you want to continue doing more string art, and/or if you want to customize this project a little.

What is the best wood for string art?

The website Nevaska.ca had some good tips about choosing your wood:

  • Any type of softwood (such as cedar, fir, pine, or redwood) works best. Not only are they sturdier and don’t crack, but they’re easier to hammer nails into.

    (What’s not a softwood, you may ask? Oak, maple and walnut are all hardwoods.)

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  • Your wood should be thick enough to “withstand at least half of the nails hammered into its surface.” This is usually going to be about 2cm, or a little under an inch.
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  • Don’t use wood panels with any kind of melamine coating. It cracks very easily and you’ll end up with marks and holes when you start hammering in the nails.

I’ll also add that, if you’re considering your string art to be something you can set on a bookshelf, you’ll want to choose a thicker, more “chunky” piece of wood so that the finished project can stand up.

 

Can you use a nail gun for string art?

No, and you’ll see why when you scroll down and see the process photos. Nail guns are too big to get the nails as close together as they need to be.

 

What kind of string do you use for string art?

A ball of cheap crochet yarn works just fine.

The Creative Folk says you can also use cotton embroidery flossif you want a thinner, more delicate look.

(NOTE: I included the link so you can see what it looks like, but do not buy it from Amazon because it is way overpriced. You could get that amount of DMC floss for under $5 at Michael’s.)

Other recommended strings include:

 

String Art Craft Kits

Of course, you can always save yourself the trouble of finding the right piece of wood and painting it — and just buy a string art kit instead. (Or, ideally, you can both!)

There are some really cute ones out there. Most, if not all, of these kits include 3 different canvases.

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Okay … now that you’re officially a string art wizard, let’s go ahead and make this dinosaur!

First of all, you’re going to need the stegosaurs dinosaur template. (Unless, of course, you just want to draw your own freehand dinosaur, which is always an option.)

You can find the template (and a lot of other cool things, I might add) in my free printables library.)

If you don’t already have the super-secret password to access the library, just fill out the form below and I’ll send it to you within minutes:


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Materials Needed for Dinosaur String Art

  • Yellow, Orange, and Green Craft Paint
  • ½”x7”x12” piece of smooth flat wood (we used scrap wood that was leftover from home projects, but you can also get these at a craft store)
  • Craft Paint Brushes
  • 17×1” Wire Nails, or any small hardware nail
  • (we used 86 nails to make our dinosaur, but your mileage may vary)

  • Hammer
  • Green Yarn
  • Pencil
  • Dinosaur Template (see note above)
  • Scissors

 

String art supplies

 

Dinosaur String Art Directions

  1. Paint the outer edge only of the wood with the orange craft paint. We just painted it freehand, but it you want to be extra careful, you can line the edges with painter’s tape first.
  2. Painting wood edge orange

     

  3. Paint a second coat after the first one dries.
  4. Painting edge of wood orange

     

  5. Paint the front side of the wood with the yellow paint.
  6. Painting wood yellow

     

  7. Again, paint a second coat once the first one dries. If you want a really solid color, you could go on to give it 3 or even 4 coats, but we stopped at 2 because we wanted to still see the wood grain behind the paint.
  8. Second coat of yellow paint

     

  9. Use scissors to cut out the dinosaur from the template provided.

    Cut out dinosaur template

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  11. Place the template centered on the yellow painted side of the wood, and outline with a pencil. If you make any stray marks, you can always cover with additional yellow paint.

    Set djnosaur template on wood

     

    Trace dinosaur template with pencil

     

    Dinosaur drawn in pencil

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  13. Paint the outlined dinosaur with the green paint. Again, paint a second or third coat depending on your preference.

    Painting dinosaur green

     

    Dinosaur all painted green

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  15. After the green paint is dry, begin hammering your nails along the outline of the dinosaur.

    Adding nails

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  17. When you’re going around the spikes on the back of the dinosaur, make you’re placing the nails close enough together to outline the shape of the spike. If they’re too far apart, then the shape of the spikes will be distorted.

    Adding nails to dinosaur spikes

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  19. Once you get to the tail and legs you can begin to space them a little further apart.

    Adding nails to dinosaur legs

     

    All nails on dinosaur

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  21. Tie the yarn in a double knot around one of the nails.
  22. Green string on nail

     

  23. Start outlining the dinosaur with the yarn, making sure to wrap the yarn all the way around the nail before moving to the next one.
  24. Wrapping green strings around nails

     

    Wrapping green strings around nails

     

    Tying string

     

  25. Once you make it all the way around the dinosaur with the yarn, start crisscrossing the yarn back and forth across the nails in any pattern you choose. There’s no right or wrong way to do this, so just have fun with it.

    Criss crossing string art

     

    Stringing dino tail

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  27. Once you have finished, tie the yarn in a double knot again around one of the nails. Use scissors to cut the yarn close so that where you tied off is not noticeable.

    Cut string with scissors

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    Knot tied in string

     

    Now you’ve got a cool dinosaur you can give as a gift, display on a table or hang on your wall.

    Dinosaur string art craft for kids

     

    If you haven’t already discovered Command Picture Hanging Velcro Strips, I suggest you check them. It’s an easy way to hang art projects, and they won’t damage your wall.

     


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    Dinosaur string art craft for kids

    Dinosaur String Art

    Active Time: 30 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes

    Materials

    • Yellow, Orange, and Green Craft Paint
    • ½”x7”x12” piece of smooth flat wood
    • 17×1” wire nails
    • Dinosaur template

    Tools

    • Craft Paint Brushes
    • Pencil
    • Hammer
    • Scissors

    Instructions

    1. Paint the outer edge only of the wood with the orange craft paint. Let it dry, then paint a second coat.
    2. Paint the front side of the wood with the yellow paint. Paint a second and even third coat, depending on how you want it to look.
    3. Cut out the dinosaur template, then place it centered on the yellow painted side of the wood, and outline with a pencil.
    4. Paint the outlined dinosaur with the green paint. Again, paint a second or third coat depending on your preference.
    5. After the green paint is dry, begin nailing your nails along the outline of the dinosaur.
    6. Tie the yarn in a double knot around one of the nails and then start outlining the dinosaur with the yarn, making sure to wrap the yarn all the way around the nail before moving to the next one.
    7. Once you make it all the way around the dinosaur with the yarn, start crisscrossing the yarn back and forth across the nails in any pattern you choose.
    8. Once you have finished, tie the yarn in a double knot again around one of the nails. Use scissors to cut the yarn close so that where you tied off is not noticeable.
    9. Hang your dinosaur on the wall or place him on a bookshelf!

    Notes

    When you’re going around the spikes on the back of the dinosaur, make you’re placing the nails close enough together to outline the shape of the spike; otherwise the shape of the spikes will be distorted.

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    Dinosaur String art

Free Printable Halloween Word Searches

Free Printable Halloween Word Searches

Whether you love the spooky, scary side of Halloween, the dressing up in costumes, or just the candy, you can get into the spirit of the season with these word searches. I made 3 word searches, with two of them being fairly easy and the […]

Free Printable Penguin (and Penguicorn) Coloring Pages

Free Printable Penguin (and Penguicorn) Coloring Pages

  Penguins are sooo cute. I remember when our family went to the Gatlinburg Aquarium years ago, the penguin exhibit was our favorite part.   Here are two penguin coloring pages, plus one with a penguicorn (penguin unicorn). I’ve also included some penguin books and […]

5 Free Printable Christmas Tree Templates and Cutouts

5 Free Printable Christmas Tree Templates and Cutouts

Here are 5 printable Christmas tree templates for can be used for all kinds of art projects.

What kinds of art projects, you might ask?

Well for starters, you could do something as simple as print out one of more of the templates, set them down on the table with a box of crayons, and let your kids decorate the trees.

Or you could cut them out on green construction paper or cardstock, then set up a little craft station with things like:

 

But you don’t have to stop there. (Although you certainly can if you want to.)

There are also tons of crafts you can make using these Christmas tree templates. Here are just a few to get your imagination going:

  • Glue curled strips of colored paper to them to make a paper Christmas tree

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  • Cut out several copies on green paper, fold, and glue back-to back for a 3D Christmas tree

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  • Make Christmas tree ornaments out of fabric scraps

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  • Wrap a cardboard tree with colored yarn and decorate with sequins to make a homemade ornament

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  • Make layered Christmas Tree Cards

 

Christmas Tree Picture Books for Kids

You know I always love to pair a craft, coloring page — or really anything! — with a great kids’ book.

Here a few highly-rated picture books with a Christmas tree theme.

Pick a Pine TreePick a Pine TreePick a Pine TreeWhy Christmas Trees Aren't PerfectWhy Christmas Trees Aren’t PerfectWhy Christmas Trees Aren't PerfectThe Biggest Christmas Tree EverThe Biggest Christmas Tree EverThe Biggest Christmas Tree EverMr. Willowby's Christmas TreeMr. Willowby’s Christmas TreeMr. Willowby's Christmas TreeTomie dePaola's Christmas Tree BookTomie dePaola’s Christmas Tree BookTomie dePaola's Christmas Tree BookThe Littlest Christmas TreeThe Littlest Christmas TreeThe Littlest Christmas Tree

 

 


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Small Christmas Tree Cutouts

Small Christmas Tree Cutouts

 

Medium Christmas Tree Cutouts

Medium Christmas tree cutout

 

Large Christmas Tree Cutout

Large Christmas tree cutout

 

Potted Christmas Tree Template

Potted Christmas tree template

 

Christmas Tree with Star Template

Christmas tree with star template

 


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More Printable Craft Templates

 

Christmas tree templates and cutouts

6 Free Printable Gingerbread Man Templates (small & large)

6 Free Printable Gingerbread Man Templates (small & large)

  Here are 6 different gingerbread man templates (well, actually 5 gingerbread men and 1 gingerbread woman) that you can use for all kinds of activities. The beauty of templates is that you can create activities that are as simple or as complex as you […]