Art Craft Ideas

Arts and Crafts Ideas for Kids and Adults

Art Craft Ideas - Arts and Crafts Ideas for Kids and Adults

Chinese New Year Crafts Ideas

Chinese New Year is a very important holiday especially in China. It is celebrated in late January to early February (depending on the year). It is also called the Spring Festival because it marks the end of the winter and the beginning of the spring in the Chinese calendar. Chinese New Year starts on a New Moon and ends with the lantern festival on the full moon 15 days later.

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There are many ways for quick and easy Chinese New Year crafts for kids. You may also use red packets to make Chinese New Year ornaments to hang in the house or at the Cherry Blossom tree.

First, we may start with making origami Goldfish using red packets. In Chinese culture, the goldfish means having an abundance of gold, so it’s great to make some to decorate your surroundings during this festive season to welcome in wealth, prosperity and Harmony. First, Draw a line in the middle across of the red packet, connecting the top left corner to the bottom right corner. Draw the tail and cut. Cut a small square as the mouth too. Then glue the tail together, you may staple it if you want. Use a needle to put a thread through a fin and hang it.

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Next craft is another easy one too, a DIY paper lantern. Get an A4 paper, fold it into half to make a long rectangle shape. Draw a line across the top, the open end of the paper. Then cut strips up to that line from the bottom. Open it up and glue both ends together. Done. You may pop a jar or glass in the center and light a candle!

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To make a Chinese New Year fan,  prepare a wrapping paper, some gold thread and Red Packets. For the paper according to accordion style. Fold it in half and glue together. Tie a gold thread at the bottom of the fan.
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Fun Art Craft For Kids

If your child is loves sticking things on papers and if you have piles of leaves, sticks or shells, you would like the idea of making a button tree. To make a button tree, all you need are some sticks and buttons. However, if want to be more creative, you can stick some leaves or shells too. You can also make a Christmas Tree by using pine leave and fold some star-shapes as ornaments to the tree.

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Another way of having a fun craft is doing stamps using vegetables, leaves or items that have textures. What you need to prepare are just some watercolors, and textured items. You can make beautiful botanical cards or prints and enjoy spring greenery year-round. Examples of vegetables that you can use are ladies fingers or okra, cut potatoes, carrots, and banana leaf stalk. This is another art technique that we used to do during our first grade. You can even use your thumbs as stamps.

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You can also do shape collages with your children. Simple cut out colored papers with a lot of shapes such as triangle, circle, square, rectangle etc. Create an object and start your imagination to paste those shapes to make it into that object. You don’t need anything special as children will be very happy making collages with the simplest of materials, and magazines and catalogues are always a good start. Collages are an excellent way to fill a wet afternoon and use up the odds and ends in your craft box.

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Another interesting craft is doing the paint and Fold Art. What you need to do with your children is to get them to put paint / oil pastels in random blobs onto a paper. It can be a creative design or simply messy blobs. Fold the paper into half when it’s done. Then you use your hand or a pencil to squish the paint. Unfold, and then you have a piece of an abstract art.  Everyone sees something different in your art, so it’s pretty cool. You can frame it up too.

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Christmas Art and Craft Ideas

Christmas is the perfect time to settle down and spend time to do some good art and craft. The days are short and some places with winter discourages kids from playing outside, thuscrafting will keep your kids busy and take away some of their impatience and excitement while they wait for Christmas With families and friends visiting your house there is no better time to showcase some of your children’s crafty talents proudly.

Handmade wreath is pretty easy to be done. Historically, wreaths were used a sign of importance and victory. In ancient Rome for example, wreaths were placed on the heads of leaders like Julius Caesar, while the Greeks likes to place wreaths on the heads of athletes who were winners in the original Olympic Games. The tradition of hanging wreaths on walls most likely happened when someone decided to keep his/her head wreath as a decoration, instead of throwing it away and today, wreaths of all sorts are used to decorate homes throughout the year especially during the Christmas season.

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You can also make a growing collection of snowflake crafts with your children. Most people make snowflakes with four or eight points real snowflakes in nature form with six points so you may choose to make one with six points. Making paper snowflakes are often taught in schools. Grace your panes with paper snowflakes, attaching them with poster putty. Or make a wreath of snowflakes by sticking them one at a time to a wall with poster putty. With this, your children can happily occupy themselves cutting out dozens of paper snowflakes. Then adults can step in with thread and tape, and together you can watch your family’s own gentle blizzard materialize.

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Last interesting art is the famous Christmas stockings. Using your needle and thread — or your sewing machine, stitch up these festive holidays with nice Christmas stockings. These stockings, made from wool fabric, knit cord, and a shrunken sweater, are easier than they look – so an afternoon’s effort will be cherished for years to come.

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