New Year's Craft Kit
By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 6 and up
Have some fun this New Year's Eve by putting together these fun craft kits for both boys and girls. They're perfect for a kids' New Year's party or just for one child. Put the supplies for the kits into fun decorated bags with each child's name on the front.
What you'll need:
For A Girl's Kit
- White foam tiara
- Craft gems (6-8 large, 20-25 medium)
- 1 piece of card stock or construction paper
- Small white feather boa
- 2 large sheets of black craft foam
- 1 sheet of black glitter felt
- 2 feet of white ribbon
- Pin back
- 2 feet of black ribbon
- Clean, empty vegetable can
- 2- 2" wide strips of purple card stock
- Small baggie of coins or beans
- Glitter glue - pink, purple, blue and green
- Silver glitter
- Hot glue gun
- White craft glue
- Hole punch
How to make it:
Tiara & Horn
- Use pink glitter glue to outline the white tiara. Allow to dry completely.
- Glue craft gems to white tiara with white craft glue.
- Roll card stock into a cone shape, secure with hot glue (white craft glue will take too long to dry). Trim end of horn to make it even. Decorate sides of horn with glitter glue. Dip end of horn in generous amount of white craft glue, then dip into or sprinkle with silver glitter. Let dry.
- Wrap feather boa around your little one's neck and place the tiara on her head. Make fun sounds with your new horn!
- On one of the purple strips of card stock, use blue glitter glue to write the number of the New Year. Let dry completely.
- To create the top hat, roll a full sheet of black craft foam into a cylinder and use hot glue to hold it.
- Stand black cylinder up on top of second black foam sheet. Draw a circle all the way around the cylinder about 2 inches out. Cut out circle.
- Use a pen or pencil to trace the cylinder onto the circle. Remove cylinder and use pen lines as a guide. You want to cut out the center of the circle about one inch inside the cylinder tracing. You will need to be able to glue the top of the hat to the rim, so be careful you don't cut that part away.
- After you have your "donut" shaped hat brim, hot glue the cylinder to the circle.
- Turn hat upside down and use hole punch to make two holes on the inside edge of the "donut". These holes are for the ribbon that will secure the hat to the child's head.
- Cut black ribbon in half to create two 12" pieces. Tie each piece through the punched holes.
- Glue cardstock strip with year number onto the front of the hat. Use second strip to complete the brim and trim if necessary.
- Cut a simple bowtie shape from remaining black foam.
- Hot glue a pin backing to the back of the bow tie.
- Decorate outer edge of bowtie with blue glitter glue. Allow to dry completely.
- Lay black glitter felt onto work surface, glitter side down.
- Lay vegetable can onto felt so that the bottom of the can lines up with the bottom of the felt. You want the excess felt to be at the top of the can.
- Use white craft glue to roll and attach the felt to the outside of the vegetable can. Let dry.
- Open baggie of coins or beans and put them into the can.
- Use white ribbon to tie the opening of the felt at the top of the can shut. Tie in a bow. We have tied three bows by tightening the first, then doing a second knot, tightening the second and repeating the process for the third. Trim excess ends off ribbon.
- Use purple glitter glue to write the year on the outside of your new noise maker.
- Shake to make noise!
- Feather boas can be found in craft stores, discount department stores and sometimes even in the dollar store.
- Construction paper can be substituted for card stock. Change the colors to reflect your child's favorites.
- Be careful with glitter glue. If you are too generous with it, it may droop or run. Watch projects as they dry to make any adjustments with a small paintbrush.