Easy Kid Crafts Made With String

String snowman
Alexandra Grablewski
Liberate a roll of humble cotton string from your pantry to make our two sweet projects.
Alexandra Grablewski
Alexandra Grablewski

Chick in Egg

It's not hard to hatch this fun project. The steps are easy and the supplies are cheap, cheap, cheap!

1. Make a chick by gluing together two yellow pom-poms. Glue on a felt beak and feet. Add eyes with dimensional fabric paint. Let dry.
2. Insert the chick into a prestretched balloon. Blow up the balloon until it's the size of a tennis ball. Knot the balloon and spray it with a light coating of cooking spray.
3. Cut perle cotton string into six or seven 2-foot lengths.
4. Pour white glue into a dish. Dip a length of string into the glue to coat it, then run it between your thumb and forefinger to remove the excess glue. Wrap it around the balloon. Add more crisscrossing strands until there are no gaps larger than the chick.
5. Clip the knot of the balloon to a hanger, and hang it up to dry (we hung ours from a shower curtain rod).
6. With scissors, carefully pop the balloon and remove it.

Originally published in the April 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

Alexandra Grablewski
Alexandra Grablewski

Wrapped Jars

Hold flowers, pencils, coins, and more in these attractive containers.

They make great gifts, too. Start with a clean jar or bottle. Glue about 1/2 inch of the end of a ball of butcher's twine to the side of the jar. Wind the string around the jar, cut the string, and glue the end to the jar. Decorate the twine with acrylic paint (kids can paint freehand or use stamps), or for a faded, ombre effect, layer on coats of watercolor.

Alexandra Grablewski
Alexandra Grablewski

Fuzzy the Stringman

Our twine snowman will keep smiling long after the snow melts. Make the three sections of the stringman's body by crumpling one, two, and three pieces of white paper into tight balls. Wrap each with string, tucking in the ends with a bit of glue.

Insert one end of a toothpick into the largest ball, then slide the medium ball over the other end. Do the same with a second toothpick and the smallest ball. Tuck twig arms into the string and glue on paper features, as shown. Display the stringman on a jar lid.

Originally published in the February 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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