Create beautiful and unique butterfly designs with this adorable summer butterfly craft for kids!
We love a good summery craft and my kids had so much fun designing their own beautiful little butterflies. We used paints to decorate our butterflies but you and your kids can get as creative as you like! why not decorate them with some gluing and sticking? or how about using coloured pencils? Either way we just love seeing how your home crafting turns out – did you know that we are now on Facebook? You can share your photos with us there!
Take the lollipop stick and glue a large pom pom at one end. Cover the rest of the stick with a row of slightly smaller pom poms and set it aside to dry.
Take your free butterfly wings template and cut it out (as you can see we printed our template directly onto our yellow card but you can always just use the template to draw around). Once the wings are cut out use your markers, paints or embellishments to decorate them with.
One dry, take the pom pom covered lollipop stick. Twist a pipe cleaner securely around the body of the stick just below the butterfly’s pom pom head. trim the two ends of pipecleaner to the desired length before curling each end slightly to make the antennae. Glue on two googly eyes and optionally a mouth.
Stick the Butterfly’s pipe cleaner body down in place on its wings and leave until completely dried. The butterflies are then ready to show off and display – Aren’t they just the cutest!?
These lollipop stick pals are our favorite kind of craft, each child creates their own designs and at the end you have a variety of different ideas – each one awesome and unique! The kids loved making these and were using them to put on puppet shows from under the table before finally deciding to use them as homemade bookmarks. This little craft is great for groups, simply put out a variety of materials for the children to use!
Here’s what we used
Wide lollipop stick
Paint or felt tip pens
Optional decoration bits and pieces
How we made our lollipop stick pals
Using pens or paint colour in the lollipop stick and leave it to dry.
Take the pipe cleaner and shape the ends as desired to make the hands before twisting it on to the lollipop stick.
To make the hands for this bookmark we bent three bumps into the end of the pipe cleaner then twisted the length of the pipe cleaner between one of the bumps to secure before shaping with our hands. We then repeated this on the other side.
Add some fun facial features to the top of the lollipop stick bookmark
And finish off by adding any extra customisations such as hats, clothes or any other decorations!
We’d love to see how your little one’s lollipop stick pal turns out. Did you know you can share them with us on Pinterest or Facebook?
When it comes to Christmas movies the fist one we usually watch as a family is home alone, the kids think it’s hilarious and we think it’s hilarious listening to them laughing at it! For me though I think the most cosy and nostalgic film to cuddle up with at Christmas is Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory. I’ve watched it every single year since I can remember. I love a good musical and something about it is just so magical and in my opinion Gene wilder is nothing short of enchanting. So after watching it together I thought it would be nice to follow on by making some sweet little Willy Wonka inspired Christmas decorations and after a while we came up with these adorable polymer clay lollipop ornaments. It took a little bit of practice but after a few tries my little boy was making them in minutes!
Here’s what we used
Eye pins (optional!)
How to make our polymer clay lollipop ornaments.
Take equal portions of your chosen colours and roll them into individual balls.
Roll your colours into sausages of equal length and thicknesses. Press the colours together, if you have multiple colours stack them in twos.
Squeeze the ends of the colors to secure them together and then twist the stick of colors round and round to give you this fun stripy pattern!
Take one end of your clay and begin twisting it around into a spiral lollipop shape. Insert a cocktail stick in to the bottom of the lollipop. you’ll also need to make a hole to thread the string through so that you can hang it. We used eyelet rings so we made a small hole in the top edge to place one in but if you don’t have these you can simply use a cocktail stick to pierce a hole in the front of the outer ring so that you can attach some string once baked. Place it in to the oven to bake, times will vary depending on the brand you use, for us it was 130 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Once baked place on the side to cool slowly.
Once cool Glue a bow onto the bottom of the spiral and then thread through the string to hang your ornament with. Your super sweet Lollipops are ready to hang on the tree!
After making our polymer clay lollipops I thought that I would upload these simple pipe cleaner lollipop ornaments too. Clay is fab and great for crafting but it’s something that until recently we never really kept in the house, plus it can be quite expensive if you buy the better brands. Pipe cleaners however are so cheap and easy to find (most pound shops sell them) so I thought they would make for a great alternative option. To be honest I’m not even sure which ones I prefer, they both look super sweet and perfect for a Willy Wonka themed Christmas! These little cuties only cost a few pence to make and once you get the hang of them they’re quick to make too, my 4 yo managed to master twisting and rolling them after a few tries!
Here’s what we used
How to make our pipe cleaner lollipop ornaments
Take your chosen pipe cleaners and twist them together at one end.
Twist the pipecleaners around each other all the way along to give this awesome stripy effect.
Take one end of your pipecleaner and begin rolling it around into a spiral, ensure that you pull it tight enough to hold position. Once you get to the end wrap the loose end around the previous ring which it is next to.
Add a small length of pipe cleaner to the back of the lollipop to make the stick. Finish off your sweet decoration by adding a bow to the bottom of your lollipop spiral.
If you would like to hang your lollipop on the tree, simply add some yarn to your decoration. We found that the easiest way was to glue a loop to the back but you could always thread it through the top ring of your spiral and then tie it into a knot! Aren’t these just the sweetest little sweets?
When it comes to the holidays we love to have as many of our decorations handmade as we possibly can. so naturally with Halloween right around the corner we’ve been trying to come up with as many fun creepy crawly themed crafts as possible. I’d seen some really cute Popsicle stick spiderwebs online where the Popsicle sticks are glued into a star shape but when we actually came to make them my 4yo son found it too tricky to twist the yarn around the sticks. He was pretty disappointed as he really wanted to make a spiderweb after seeing them online so we decided to come up with our own easier version. After a good amount of time (and a little frustration) playing around with the Popsicle sticks we eventually came up with this cute diamond shaped Popsicle stick spider web craft. My little guy found them really easy to make and had tons of fun with them too!
Here’s what we used
Black Pom pom
Here’s how we made our popsicle stick spider web craft
Take four popsickle sticks and glue them together into a diamond shape, ensure that the two points at the widest part overlap slightly as you can see above. Then take one end of your yarn and tie it on to one of the sticks.
Wrap the yarn all around the outside of the stick frame. Little ones may need some help to ensure that the yarn is pulled tout.
When your happy with your web, take your yarn and wrap it around the longest part of your diamond 2-3 times. It should sit nicely between the lollipop sticks that you overlapped. Once finished chop your yarn and then tie the loose end to your stick frame. Next it’s time to make your little spider! To make ours we cut out four long paper strips and glued them together in the centre to make 8 legs. We then added some googly eyes to a pom pom before sticking it down onto the legs.
Glue your spider on to the front of your string web. Tie a loop through under the string between the overlapped Popsicle sticks and your decoration is ready to hang!