DIY Parade Flags

Post by Kim of Beehive Art

Kids Craft: DIY Parade Flags

We love a parade and these happy canvas flags are perfectly perfect for a summer parade, party, of picnic!

Supplies Needed:

  • Canvas
  • Dowels
  • Tissue paper
  • Fabric paint or acrylic paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Glue + glue brush
  • Glue gun
  • Fun extras – pompoms + ribbons + tassels

How to Create Your DIY Parade Flags:

Kids Craft: DIY Parade Flags Supplies

  1. With fabric scissors, cut out as many flags as you want in varying sizes. We like to mix them up, wide + narrow, short + long.
  2. Paint your flags with bright colors, bold stripes and dots, or fun shapes. I encourage kids to cover the entire surface of the canvas.Kids Craft: DIY Parade Flags
  3. While the flags are drying, cut up the tissue paper into small strips or pieces. If you have one or two flags, cut your dowel in half. We recently used the entire length of the dowel for 7-8 flags and it looked really great.Kids Craft: DIY Parade Flags
  4. Brush white glue onto the dowel and cover it with the tissue pieces. If you’d rather paint your dowel, we’ve had great success with watercolor paint or acrylic paint (recommended for older kids).Kids Craft: DIY Parade Flags
  5. When your dowel and flags are completely dry, add hot glue to the dowel and gently wrap flags around it.Kids Craft: DIY Parade Flags
  6. Now add your pompoms, tassels, and ribbons for fun and extra festive flags!

Kids Craft: DIY Parade Flags

Kim Poler is queen bee of beehive ART. She lives for inspiring visual expression, explosions of colors, forms and exciting combinations of mixed-media art. She creates, designs art projects, teaches children art and blogs at Beehive Art.  

DIY Bug Hotels

Post by Kim of Beehive Art

DIY Bug Hotels

What’s a “bug hotel” you ask? A bug hotel is a summer essential when you’re out and about in the garden, meadow or strolling the sidewalk. Beetles, insects and fireflies will have a swell place to visit for your brief observation.

Bug Hotel Supplies needed:

  • paper or cardboard container with a lid
  • paint
  • paint brush
  • window screen
  • masking tape
  • sharpie marker
  • x-acto knife – parents only

1.   Peel off all labels from container before drawing windows and doors. We up-cycled coffee containers for our bug hotels, oatmeal containers work great too.

DIY Bug Hotels - Step 1

2.   Once the outlines for windows and doors are in place, get out your paints and a medium sized brush. Paint the entire surface, painting around each window and door.We applied a second coat of paint AFTER windows and doors were cut out.

DIY Bug Hotels - Step 2


3.   This step is for PARENTS: After paint has dried, use an x-acto knife and cut out all windows and doors. Cut a circle out of the lid for roof top ventilation.

DIY Bug Hotels - Step 3

4.   The screen is easier than you’d think. Cut one piece that fits snug inside the container. It easily rolls up and fits into place, a little of the screen might overlap.

DIY Bug Hotels - Step 4

5. Flip the lid over and cover the lid with a piece of screen to fit. We used small pieces of masking tape to secure the screen.

DIY Bug Hotels - Step 5

6. Adding details like window boxes and funny bug drawings are the cherry on top!

DIY Bug Hotels - Step 6 DIY Bug Hotels

Kim Poler is queen bee of beehive ART. She lives for inspiring visual expression, explosions of colors, forms and exciting combinations of mixed-media art. She creates, designs art projects, teaches children art and blogs at Beehive Art

DIY Paint Can Stilts for Kids

Post by Rae Ann of

DIY Paint Can Stilts for Kids

Want a kid friendly craft project that will keep little ones busy long after the craft supplies have been put away? Then you are in for a treat because these DIY paint can stilts are a cinch to make and provide hours of entertainment. To make your own…

You’ll need:

  • Pint sized paint cans, from the hardware store
  • 10 feet of paracord per set of stilts, from the craft store
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • These patterned paper templates

Here’s how to make DIY Paint Can Stilts for Kids:

  1. Download template and print 2 per stilt on white text weight or card stock paper and cut along the dashed lines. OR, cut paper to the size of can and let your child decorate.
  2. Tape one end of the paracord to the outside of paint can. Decide how long you want the handle to be, tape the other end of cord to the opposite side of the paint can and trim. Repeat with other can and remaining paracord.
  3. Cover can and paracord ends with decorative (or decorated) paper and secure with double-sided tape.
  4. Time to play! The grass or carpet is a great place to practice walking on stilts while getting the hang of it. Easy and amusing, right!?

DIY Paint Can Stilts for Kids

My 6 year old Tilly (pictured above) said, “These are so cool, mom! Feels like I’m so tall!”

DIY Paint Can Stilts for Kids
They are fun for parents too…. Enjoy!

Rae Ann blogs at Rae Ann Kelly and is a kid wrangler, graphic designer, food & craft nut. Her blog features little tidbits about her day to day life & design projects, tutorials for DIY’s, free downloads, yummy recipes, lots of kid friendly ideas and outfit inspiration. 

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids

We’ve still got about a month of summer vacation, and despite my best efforts, we need some new ideas. I have a summer goal of doing more art projects with the kids. Especially the messy, memorable ones; and now is the perfect time to get cracking on our list. Most of our summer camps have dwindled down; swimming lessons are over; as is our family vacation; so now I’m pulling out the (washable!!!) paint.

I’m planning on inviting friends, family and neighbors to the back yard at the end of summer for a gallery walk where the kids can show off the projects art projects they’ve completed this summer.

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids Checklist

For easy reference, I made a list of 50 Art Projects for Kids; and you can print it out here. My kids really liked painting with race cars and bouncy balls, and I have to admit that I gave it a whirl, too. If you’re going to paint with bouncy balls, or other projectiles, for that matter, here are a few tips: 1. Use washable paint. Obviously. 2. Wear old clothes 3. Work outside. Cover the ground or a table with a drop cloth; or use a table you can easily wipe down when the fun is over.

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids - Painting with Bouncy Balls

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids - Race Car Painting

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids - Salt Painting

I think my favorite summer art project though, was the salted watercolor paintings. The example above is my 9-year-old’s masterpiece. Even he isn’t too cool for most of these projects. (Hooray!) Simply “draw” a picture with Elmer’s glue, sprinkle liberally with salt; shake off the excess. While the glue is still wet, use watercolor paints and just touch the salt gently with your paintbrush. It’s so much fun to see the salt absorb the color; and it’s also a great exercise in color mixing.

I’m sharing our 50 summer art projects for kids over on Instagram, so feel free to follow me there @christinawilliamsblog; and if want to play along, use that hashtag #cwsummerart so we can create a virtual gallery walk for our kids! I hope you’ll join in the fun!

50 Summer Art Projects For Kids - Bouncy Ball Painting Project

Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on her self-named blog, Christina Williams.