Fun Winter Kids' Crafts

Don't let cold weather stop you from having some creative, crafty fun! Check out these 5 fun, easy activities kids will love.

  • Photograph by Doug Merriam

    Lovely Gloves

    Your child can change the look of her cold- weather gear with ease by adding buttons. Sew one to the back of each mitten or glove. Cut shapes from felt -- hearts, stars, rocket ships, cats -- and make a slit as wide as the button in the center of each. Then slip a shape (or two, or three) onto each button.

  • Photograph by Doug Merriam

    Birdseed Cafe

    This simple nature project lets you give feathered friends a treat during National Bird-Feeding Month (February). From corrugated cardboard, cut a large star with a circle inside. Poke a hole and add a loop of twine for hanging. Spread peanut butter on both sides of the star. Working over a rimmed baking sheet, coat the star with birdseed.

    Blog We Love: Our feeder was inspired by an idea on Cami Elias's blog, Full Circle ( Her family used this technique to make the word welcome.

  • Photograph by Doug Merriam, Idea by SE7EN

    Home Tweet Home

    These wee matchbox birdhouses make perfect canvases for your child's dollhouse dreams. To make one, use tacky glue to cover an empty matchbox with paper or other materials (we used cork sheets, foil, and twigs). With a craft knife (an adult's job), cut a doorway that folds open and provides a perch. (Cut the hole first if you're attaching twigs or other thick materials.) Decorate with markers. Cut paper to fit the matchbox's slide-out tray, and draw the inside of a house on it. Glue it in place. Tape on a roof made of sturdy paper, then glue on decorations, if you like. For the birds, draw faces on pom-poms with marker.

  • Photograph by Doug Merriam, Idea by Beth Moore

    Frosty the T-Shirt

    You don't have to save tie-dye for summer! Use it to add character to a winter wardrobe.

    See the next slide for instructions.

  • Photograph by Mark Mantegna

    How to Make It

    Find three small plastic or rubber balls in varying sizes (Ping-Pong balls, golf balls, and bouncy balls all work well). Place the smallest ball inside a white cotton shirt, smooth and cinch the fabric around it, and secure it with a rubber band. Do the same with the medium ball, then the largest, making sure the cinched balls are as tightly grouped as possible so that the circles will touch, as shown.

    Dye and rinse the shirt according to the dye package instructions. Remove the balls and dry the shirt, then add features with dimensional fabric paint. Sew on a few buttons to finish.

  • Photograph by Doug Merriam

    For Goodness' Snakes

    February 10, 2013, marks the start of Chinese New Year; it's the first day of the Year of the Snake. To celebrate, craft a slithery reptile that can bend and wiggle like an actual serpent.

    1. Use acrylic paint to coat six bathroom tissue tubes with a snakeskin pattern.

    2. After the paint dries, cut the ends of the tubes into points.

    3. Use a hole punch to make a hole in each point, except for the ones that will form the head and tail.

    4. Overlap two of the tube ends, then insert a 3-inch length of pipe cleaner through all four holes. Bend each end of the pipe cleaner flat against the tube to secure it. Repeat to assemble the rest of the snake.

    5. With tacky glue, add googly eyes and a red ribbon tongue.

    Did You Know?

    According to Chinese folklore, the color red scares away evil spirits. Be sure to add some to your snake!

    Originally published in the February 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine