With your kid’s birthday around the corner, you have the option of ordering the decorative art or to make them by yourself! Getting your kids involved in making their own party craft is a fun and learning experience for both of you. We’ve put together this list of fun DIY birthday crafts for your child’s next birthday to make it extra special and worth the effort. Continue reading for all you need to know about the materials and methods to make your own birthday craft gifts.
Birthday Craft Ideas for Children
Try these birthday gift craft ideas the next time you throw a party:
1. Cupcake Liner Flower Craft
Cupcake liner flowers are easy to make in bulk and are a wonderful addition to any party decoration. They also work well as a beautiful bouquet in a jar and the easiest birthday crafts for toddlers to make.
- White cupcake liners
- Magic markers
- Color pencils
- Gel sticks
- Paper straws striped
- To do this quickly, it helps to have a big table with all your cupcake liners spread out and the colour pens within reach. This could get messy so cover the table with a washable cloth.
- Allow the kids to colour the cupcake liners however they wish. One color for each line works well but multi colours make them look funky.
- Once they’ve finished coloring, stack sets of three liners one on top of another to be stapled to the straws. If your children are too young to use a stapler you can have them arrange the colored flowers while you staple them. On the other hand, if they can staple it, have them staple it parallel to the straw for a firm grip.
- After stapling the flowers to the straws, crimple the first liner halfway and the second one a little bit to make them look more like petals. You can also experiment with adding more liners and using thicker straws to make a fluffier flower.
2. Patchwork Home Craft
The patchwork house is a cool birthday craft idea if you are going to have young children at your child’s birthday waiting for a fun activity. The materials are easy and inexpensive to procure and the parents can also jump into the fun. There is no limit to creativity on this activity so the more supplies you bring into the activity, the more fun it will be!
- Corrugated cardboard sheets cut 15”x15”
- Black sharpie
- White tempera paint
- White craft glue
- Fabric scraps
- Buttons or other craft collage bits
- Hobby knife
- Paint brushes
- Start by tracing out the shape of a house in the cardboard. It could be 15” tall and 12” wide. With the use of a hobby knife cut out the cardboard houses from the sheets. You can have this step done in advance or do it on the day if the kids wish to make a custom house design.
- Have a work station set out for each child with trays containing all the materials they will need such as pens, fabric scraps, glue, paint and paint brushes.
- Using sketch pens or marker pens have the children draw the features of the house such as windows, doors and roofs on the cardboard cutout.
- Using a paint brush instruct them to color the house white wherever they see fit except the doors and windows. This set could be totally left to them and however they wish to do it.
- Apply generous amounts of white craft glue to the cloth scraps and embellish their houses according to their own preferences.
- Stick buttons into the cloth scraps for an extra artistic effect. Allow it to dry for an hour before taking it back home.
3. Butterfly Crown Craft
The butterfly crown craft is one of the best birthday party craft ideas for your little princess and her friends. You can have these made as an activity during the event or pre-make this as a special DIY party favor by your little girl.
- Construction paper or cardstock
- A4 sized printing paper
- Colour pencils, crayons and markers
- Glue stick, white craft glue
- To start you will need lots of butterflies. Either you can trace them out of art supplies stencil or print them from the internet. You can make crowns with butterflies of the same size and type that for making more unique crowns for all the kids.
- Once you have your butterflies on the sheet of white paper, start coloring them using crayons or pens. It would be more fun if you give the choice to the children and have them colour their butterflies. Spread out the color pencils and crayons on the table and let their creativity run wild.
- As they finish coloring the butterflies, start cutting them out of the sheet of paper along the border. Getting the cutout right is a delicate process that can easily tear the butterfly; so it’s best done by you if your children cannot cut precisely with a scissor yet.
- Create the band for the crown from the construction paper you have bought. The band- width can be kept to within 2 inches to let the butterflies stand out and look pretty.
- Measure the band around the head of your child and cut it to length.
- Lay out the band on the table and dab a little glue to the back side of the butterflies and start pasting them. It’s alright to let the butterflies overlap a little as the crown tends to separate them when the band is bent into the shape of a ring.
- After all the butterflies are glued in allow it to dry for an hour. Using the mark you’ve made as the circumference for each child’s head, staple the band at the ends to form the crown.
4. DIY Jellyfish Craft
This jellyfish made out of a paper bowl is an excellent birthday arts and crafts item for your child’s event. It is quite easy to make and looks very pleasing.
- Paper bowl
- Crepe paper or tissue paper or plastic bags
- Tempera or poster paint
- White craft glue
- Paper clip or button
- Googly eyes
- Start by preparing the body of the jellyfish made out of the bowl. Punch a hole in the top to allow the string to hold it in the air.
- Paint the bow using different colours and let their artistic expression flow on this one. They can have jellyfish or any color or pattern their desire. Add some extra details to make them look more realistic like the jellyfish in the ocean. Set it aside to dry.
- Pick a length of string and tie one end to a paper clip or button to make a stopper. The length of the string needs to be as long as the anchor point is high. Thread the loose end of the string through the hole until the string is stopped by the paper clip. Use a piece of tape to securely hold the clip in place so it doesn’t fall down when you work on the jellyfish.
- Make tentacles out of the crepe paper or plastic bags by cutting strips of equal lengths. You could also throw in a longer tentacle here and there to make it more realistic.
- Using craft glue stick the tentacles to the inside surface of the bowls in a circle so they are uniformly spread out.
- Stick the googly eyes on the side and draw a smiley to make it look appealing.
- To give the jellyfish their natural swimming like motion, replace the attachment string partially or fully with a light elastic band. That way they would have an undulating motion in the wind.
5. Cardboard Animal Craft
There are some creative 3D animal craft that can be made out of simple cardboard 2D cutouts. If you make a template out of the animals, this can also become a fun activity for the children at the party.
- Corrugated cardboard sheets or thick poster boards
- Acrylic paint
- Animal templates (optional)
- Using a pencil draw rough outlines of the animals you wish to make. Alternatively, you could use stencils to draw accurate outlines of animals. This is especially helpful if your kids want to do it all by themselves or you have to make a few sets of animals.
- Cut the animals outlines out of the cardboard by cutting along the outlines. You will have to careful not to bend the cardboard too much or it would lose its stiffness. Use a hobby knife to cut around tight corners or hard-to-cut-areas.
- For the 3D effect, you need supports to keep the animals upright. Cut out different sized “U” shapes that will go in the place of their legs. To fit the animals over the U-supports, cut slits in the base of the animals such that they can accept the U-supports.
- Color the animals according to their natural shades in the wild. There’s no limit to how accurately this can be done. You can airbrush a base coat and paint patterns on it or keep it simple and use crayons to finish them.
- Once the paint has dried, apply a little glue to the inside of the leg slit you made earlier and push the U-shaped legs inside and allow it to dry standing upright. To make then extra strong, you could add a fillet of glue at the edges of the joint.
With a little bit of creativity and the right supplies, it is possible to create endless varieties of arts and crafts for your kid’s birthday. The jellyfish crafts are great for water-themed birthdays while the butterfly crown is perfect for your little girl’s birthday party.