Give new life to all those empty toilet paper rolls that end up in your recycling bin! Not only will you have fun crafting it, but you'll also add a nice splash of colour to your table by decorating your water bottles with this beautiful feathery creature.
Rubber cement will give you better results and make the feathers last longer. If, however, your child is younger than 6 years old, it's preferable to apply the glue yourself. Plain white glue will do the job, but your parrot will eventually end up losing its feathers!
For a nice change from ho-hum greeting cards, help your kids make this heart-shaped frame with a
traditional quilt look. All you need is a metal coat hanger and a few ends of coloured fabric
from old clothing, curtains or sheets. You can also recycle ribbons saved from Christmas presents.
It’s a real original gift to express our love and affection for others ... and our planet!
To decorate the armature:
It’s a good dexterity exercise for small children!
Get your little elves to help you prepare for Christmas by crafting some pretty ornaments for the tree. As a bonus, you can recycle the rest of your wrapping paper or those old Christmas cards sitting at the bottom your drawer.
Besides brightening up your tree, these decorations make original labels for gifts (leave a blank space on one of the sides to write the person's name) or cute napkin rings (attach a ribbon to each side of the decoration and tie it around the napkin).
On Halloween night, hang this "mirror" near your front door or in your hallway. Chills are guaranteed for all the little monsters who dare to look at their reflection! And if you’re planning to throw a children’s birthday party with a "strange creatures" theme, here’s a project you can use to decorate the room where the activities will take place:
*If you lack inspiration, these patterns depicting witches, ghosts and pumpkins can help you out. You could also substitute a picture of IGOR that’s already been coloured by your little one.
Once completed, Hopper the frog jumps around, delighting kids. This easy origami project requires only a rectangular piece of paper, preferably green for greater realism. For best "hopping" results, use thick paper.
A dotted line indicates where to fold. An arrow indicates the direction of folding.
Do you have lots of old newspapers lying around? Why not put them to creative use by making papier-mâché? Your children will love this fun and earth-friendly activity! Other than newspaper, all you need is some flour and water:
Once the papier-mâché is ready, the possibilities are endless! Your children can create masks, jewellery boxes, hats and treasure chests, to name a few ideas. You can even make figurines. Add shredded newspaper to the glue mixture, then sculpt the paste into any form you like!
This simple origami project requires just one square sheet of paper. We recommend red or yellow paper. You can then draw dark-coloured dots on the back of your new ladybug friend.
Would you like to offer your young Picasso paint that is earth-friendly, inexpensive and safe? It’s easy! You’ll find all you need in your kitchen cupboard:
Not only is this homemade paint easy to prepare, it’s also edible and keeps for several weeks in the fridge. Ideal for young children and fans of finger painting!
This craft project is a true classic. All you need is a few eggs, a needle and everything required to decorate the shells: paint, felt pens, tape, stickers, glitter specks, etc. It’s a great way to spur the imagination!
To mark your eggshells using a safe, eco-friendly paint, try out our homemade paint recipe. And if your decorating talents could use some inspiration, the Kaboose Web site is brimming with helpful ideas to give your eggs a touch of originality.
Finally, why not use this craft project to add a springtime flair to your dining room? As a centrepiece, a wicker basket filled with your decorative eggs and IGOR chocolate snacks will set the mood for your Easter brunch. Tie it all up with a colourful ribbon and you have a nice gift to delight one of your guests!
Use rainy days to your advantage by crafting pennants out of tissue paper. These small flags will embellish your yard nicely when the sunny weather returns. What's more, your children will be delighted to contribute to the decor of your family reunions when you're planning a barbecue or a corn roast.
You can make about a dozen flags that can be suspended from your clothesline, your pergola, or the tips of tree branches.