Kids arts craft recipes include recipes for many different creative
Are you planning a paper mache project? Do you know how to make a
pinata from paper mache? Check out our pictures and recipe below. Or
if you need homemade crayons, homemade paste or sand art ideas this
page is for you. My favorite is the sand art. The recipes
below will cost a small portion compared to buying a sand art kit.
Kids Craft Recipe Book
Our craft recipe book has 14 recipes that use common ingredients and provide kids with on-going activities after they create the recipe.
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Kids Arts Craft Recipes
crayons (bits and pieces)
Muffin cup liners or "non-stick" spray
Peel crayons. Add muffin liners to a muffin pan or spray each
section with cooking spray. Have your kids help sort and organize
If you would like a multi colored crayon put all the crayon pieces
together otherwise put crayon pieces of each color in muffin cups.
Bake at 200 degrees until melted. Allow to cool.
Kids Arts and Craft Recipes for Paste and Paper Mache
Homemade Paste Recipe
1 Cup flour
1/2 Cup water
Combine flour and water and mix until creamy. Store in air tight
container. For more durable paste, add 1/2 cup flour to 1 cup
boiling water. Stir over low heat until thick and shiny.
1 teaspoon flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon alum (powder)
1/3 Cup water
In top of double boiler, mix dry ingredients. Add water slowly,
stirring out lumps. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove
from heat when paste begins to thicken; it will thicken more as it
cools. Keep covered. Add water to thin when necessary.
How to Make Paper Mache
1 1/2 cups flour
2 cups cold water
Add two ingredients together. Tear 1 inch strips of newspaper or
Dip strips in a bowl of water and then dip in the flour water
Remove the excess flour water mixture by pressing between your
Place moistened strips in thin layers over a wire, bowl or balloon
form. Let each layer dry before adding a new one. Paint when
Make a pinata with paper mache forming over a balloon for a round
Colored Sand Art Projects
3 Cups masonry sand
2 Tablespoons liquid tempra
Mix the ingredients and allow to dry, stirring occasionally. It will
take about 24 hours to dry. For deeper colors, use more paint. If
sand is not available, use salt.
In plastic bag, add several drops of food coloring to ½ Cup sugar.
Squeeze mixture together. Use for cooking projects such as cookie
decorations or arts and crafts projects.
Colored Rock Salt
Place food coloring into a bowl of rock salt. Add in rubbing alcohol
and let sit about 10 minutes. Drain on towel and use for arts and
More Craft Recipes
A fun way to create a stamp is by using a potato. Have an adult cut
the potato in half and carve out a simple design like a heart,
shape, etc. Dip the potato in paint and stamp on paper.
Non-Toxic Lava Lamp
by Jasmine (Massachusetts Ashland)
Get an empty water bottle. Fill with vegetable oil 2/3 of the
bottle. Then fill the rest with water. Add food coloring and
glitter and there you have a wonderful Non-Toxic Lava Lamp.
Egg Shell Chalk
by Dorinda (Wonewoc, WI USA)
1 tsp hot water from the tap, as hot as you can stand it
1 tsp Flour
Tempera powdered paint (optional)
The next time you have eggs for breakfast ask to have six egg
shells saved for you. The eggshells should be washed very well so
that no egg is left in them. Dry them with a paper towel until
they are completely dry. You can grind them in a bowl with the
back of a spoon. Grind them in a bowl with a clean rock from
outside. You can also use a mortar and pestle if you have one.
Grind the eggshells into a fine powder, take out any little bits
of egg shell that didn't grind up. You will need 1 Tbsp for one
stick of chalk.
Measure the flour and the hot water into a small bowl. Stir them
together to make a paste. Put 1 Tbsp of eggshell powder into the
paste and mix well. Don't be afraid to mash it with the back of
whatever you are stirring it with.
Shape mixture into a stick shape. Then roll it up in a paper towel
cut to fit the piece of chalk. Let it dry. Drying may take about
three days, so put it in a safe place where it won't get broke.
After three days it's ready to use. Peel the paper off one end and
you're ready to draw on your sidewalk.
A small amount of tempera powdered paint can be added for color.
Giant Chalk Stick
3 Tablespoons plaster of paris
2 Tablespoons powder tempra paint
Wax paper cups
Mix paint powder and plaster powder in paper cups. Add water slowly
to dry mixture until creamy, stirring well. Wait about 1 hour until
chalk is hard. Firmly tap out of container.
DIY Bouncy Ball
In your own kitchen for a very low cost everyone can make their own
special bouncy ball. Ingredients for Making Bouncy Balls
Borax (make sure to watch that little ones don't ingest this)
Glue (preferably Elmer's)
Food coloring which is optional (but then who wants a plain
old bouncy ball)
Glitter which is also optional but adds some bling
In a cup mix 2 tablespoons warm water and ½ teaspoon of Borax.
At this point you can add some food coloring if you
want. Stir until the Borax is completely dissolved.
In a separate cup put 1 tablespoon of glue and then add ½ teaspoon
of the Borax mixture you made in the first cup. Then add 1
tablespoon of cornstarch. Give the ingredients time to work
together before stirring; about 15 seconds. Continue to stir
until it has the consistency of wet cement and gets too hard to keep
Use a spoon to scoop the mixture into your hand and begin to roll it
into a ball. You might want to do this over wax paper or the
sink because little pieces will fall off. This is the perfect
time to add a splash of glitter. Set the rolled ball aside and
let it sit until it is no longer sticky to the touch. HAVE
DIY Kids Crafts
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