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If you ever watched your average kid ages 5 and under, they are generally curious and like to do things. This is why, at the end of the day, we are just as tuckered out as they are, because a big day for them is almost always a big day for us.
Now, unlike some of us adults, who don’t mind staying in and basically inert as can be, kids still enjoy playing, ie. having fun through being active. This idea of “fun” can involve almost anything, from unstructured play time (running and jumping and interacting), to projects that make some of us look fairly under-motivated by comparison, that are definitely of the craft variety.
Encouragement and Safety
Yes, kids have lots of energy, and some kids who will become future wood workers have a clearly obvious inclination towards playing with wood, and making crafts out of it. In fact, some kids, from a very young age, like to undertake projects that are downright impressive, not to mention highly creative.
It is our job to encourage these tendencies in our children, and this is why we want to share a few different wood crafting ideas for kids in this article.
These little projects we’ll be sharing are by no means dangerous to make, as we won’t be suggesting that you and your kids grab some saws and hammers and nails and get cracking. No, these crafts for kids are much more innocent, not to mention will add some beauty to your home in one way or another.
There are no failed projects, right? At the same time, you definitely want to keep an eye on your kids while they are working, because you never know what they’ll get up to.
Read our feature article, The Importance of Unstructured Play In Early Childhood Development
Inspiration and Quality Time
One good thing about children is that they’re rather easy to please when it comes to craft making, since they might never have tried it. Kids enjoy putting together crafts that are made from things like gluing together two popsicle sticks made out of wood, in order to construct their own doll or aeroplane.
Even folding paper is good stuff for kids, who can learn the basics of origami by making things like snowflakes, or a beautiful flower made out of folded paper with a stick attached.
If you tell your child that they can help decorate the house with their very own art, and this can be a very big deal for them, and they might just want to get started right away – with you! Take this opportunity to teach your child something new as a way to spend some quality time with them, even if you yourself are not so adept with wood.
So often, parents are too tired to engage in such activities with their kids, either because the parent is bored or tired or both. Or, you might even think that you are too inept to handle a simple project yourself, which can be slightly humiliating for some of us to admit.
Luckily, with just a few twigs, branches, small pieces of wood, some paper, some glue, crayons, pencils, and you too can ignite your own creative spark which might be slightly neglected at this point, and soon you’ll be having just as much fun as your child making their project with them.
Who knows, maybe it’s a school project for them, or it could simply be an artistic creation for your home, or your yard. It can even be a crown for your French Poodle. Does it really matter? Get that team spirit going and your child will certainly appreciate it!
The best part is the preparation time for these wood crafts is not long at all. Let’s get started!
DIY Milk Carton Birdhouse
Materials needed for a homemade birdhouse:
- Empty and clean milk cartons
- Black, grey, or brown paint
- Wooden planks (small sizes)
- Ruler and Pencil
- Measure 3″ from the bottom of the milk carton and cut into two pieces, saving both the top and the bottom.
- Then, cut a 2″ circle in the middle front of the top piece and cut the bottom piece about 1″ high.
- Then, make a roof with the other parts aof the cut up carton and stick them together in the adjacent manner with glue.
- Gather the wooden planks and cut them or break them into similar lengths.
- With the glue, stick them carefully over this carton birdhouse and leave the circle in the middle front open.
- Place one stick perpendicular to the circle as the place for the birds to sit and examine the house.
Cover the entire house along with the roof with these twigs, and then paint it with dark colors. The reason being, birds take refuge in these little birdie homes, and so painting them in a rainbow of colours defeats the purpose of what birds need to use the house for. Keep it subdued, and birds will flock to it.
Keep the birdhouse on a tree or anyplace in the garden and wait for those little birds to make it their home.
If you’re having trouble following any of these directions, have a look at this video from Howcast showing how to make a milk carton birdhouse.
Fan of birds? Read our article about Backyard Birdwatching Tips!
Popsicle Stick Decorative Centerpieces
- Popsicle sticks (they’re back!)
- Craft glue
- Markers or crayons
- To make an artistic centerpiece, you need to arrange two sticks in the form of an inverted V and apply glue on one side of both of the sticks.
- Then, arrange more sticks horizontally over the glued side of the two sticks. The horizontal sticks should be closed pasted on the inverted V and parallel in the arrangement.
- Once they are dried, take half of the one stick and stick it with a cello-tape on the back side of these horizontal sticks to create a stand for the centerpiece.
- Turn it over and colour the whole craft with beautiful colors and make it look very attractive, to your preference.
If you want, you can write a message in the center stick of the horizontal ones to keep it on the table like the always cheery, “Welcome to our happy home!”. The message can be literally anything, but of course we would suggest keeping it happy and welcoming, rather than nihilistic or warlike, as we have seen with some little boys who want to turn the centerpiece into a military base.
Here’s a great video showing how to make popsicle stick wall hangings, as well as handmade paper flowers, courtesy of Inspiration Kidzone.
DIY Butterfly Wind Chime
- Paper butterflies
- Twigs and a circular wood piece
- Black thread
- Needles for stitching (definitely don’t turn your back on your kids with these)
- Take a thin metal wire and make a small loop on one of its ends. Fold the other end onto the center of a twig in such a way that it does not loosen.
- With the help of needles, stitch the black thread in to the paper butterflies and tie a knot so that they don’t fall off. Tie the other end of one such butterfly to one end of the first twig.
- On the other end, tie a plane thread which has another twig tied to its other end. Tie another butterfly to one end of the second twig and another thread with a third twig on the other end of the second twig.
- Then, to this twig, tie two butterflies on both of the ends to give it a colorful look.
- Stick this entire wind chime to a circular piece of wood with a hole in the center to put the wire loop through.
Hang this wind chime around the house somewhere, or in the backyard.
Here is a cool how to video featuring more DIY wind chimes, this time from Apostrophe S. More great DIY craft projects on this channel!
These ideas can definitely give the artist in you a push as there are so many things you can do with wood. If you have wood that is going to be disposed of, or any unwanted wooden materials, you can come up with your own wood craft ideas and put them to use. So, have fun creating beautiful wood crafts in and around your home.