1 This is the really fun cover of our latest book, Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts For Kids, which focuses on craft projects that children, aged three to twelve, can make with their parents.
2 Cardboard Schoolhouse: This cardboard schoolhouse is easily constructed and folds away for easy storage.
3 Cardboard Barn: We set up a cardboard living room, classroom, and barn, but there is no end to the possibilities of this project. It’s fun to fill your cardboard world with a combination of dollhouse pieces, toys you scavenge from other games, and handmade accessories and other details.
4 Embroidery Martha: Cross-stitching is easier and faster than it looks - if you can sew on a button, you can do it. I love this cross-stitched portrait that one of our very talented crafts editors, Silke Stoddard, made. Can you recognize me?
5 Cross Stitch Family: To begin, use graph paper to plan your portrait from head to toe, then thread a needle and start stitching. To capture someone’s personality in cross-stitch, extra details are key.
6 Origami Finger Puppets: Origami finger puppets are a snap to create with squares of paper and a set of markers. If you start with origami paper, which comes in convenient squares, you won’t even have to do any cutting.
7 Pipe Cleaner Squirrel: This fun-filled book makes good use of many household objects and common materials. Our pipe cleaner pals project teaches how to create monkeys, squirrels, chameleons, and tigers with colored pipe cleaners and a few dabs of glue.
8 Egg Pigs: Did you know you can use hollowed-out eggshells and a few crafts supplies to make a barnyard full of pigs, cows, and chickens?
9 Egg Cows: Brown eggs are a natural starting point for animals with dark fur or feathers, and tiny speckled quail eggs are sized right for baby cows.
10 Stuffed Animal: Imagine if hand-drawn monsters and woodland creatures could jump right off the sketchpad. With this project, children can set their own artwork free!
11 Stuffed Animals Group: Young crafters shouldn’t worry about perfection - these playful characters are meant to be one-of-a-kind.
12 Pom-Pom Owls: These owls are put together with a useful little tool called a pom-pom maker, available at crafts stores or online. In the book, you will also find pom-pom bunnies and bumblebees.
13 Shell Koalas: Save shells found along the shore during summer beach trips, then transform them into creatures of all kinds - turkeys, giraffes, poodles, and cute koalas.
14 Rice Krispie Bugs: With a little creativity and some edible embellishments, crisped-rice treats become charming party favors.
15 Snow Globes: These homemade snow globes are a perfect way to display and preserve a young artist’s masterpieces molded from bakeable clay.
16 Popsicle Stick Popsicle Stand: Wooden craft sticks stand in for logs and boards in this old-fashioned ice-pop stand. The book features a whole town’s worth of craft-stick creations.
17 Popsicle Stick Cottage: Toy animals roam free at this rustic popsicle stick cabin.
18 Pirate Ship: This three-masted uses strips of a mesh fruit bag for its ladders. Our toy boat tutorial includes instructions for building a sailboat, tugboat, and motorboat, as well.
19 Marble Run: Many children enjoy tinkering with machines, taking things apart, and learning how stuff works, just for fun. This Peg-Board Marble Run embraces that curiosity; the clacking gumball machine runs without electricity, all with parts found in the kitchen and toy box.
20 Cornhusk Dolls: These beautiful cornhusk dolls evoke an earlier time, of life on the prairie or deep in the big woods.
21 Beaded Jewelry: Sweet daisy chains, made into necklaces, bracelets, and rings from dainty seed beads, provide a wonderful activity for slumber parties.
22 Flip Flops: A quick and fun summer project, embellished flip-flops dress up even the most plain-Jane rubber sandals.
23 Accordion Boxes: Small cardboard jewelry boxes are a natural choice for containing whatever tiny treasures children happen to gather - stamps, buttons, stickers, and such. These accordion boxes give their collections a home of their own.
24 Button Bobby Pins: Collect colorful buttons in a variety of shapes and sizes, then match them with coordinating bobby pins. To gift this project, simply stamp a friend’s name on a piece of card stock, cut a slit, and insert the bobby pin.
25 July 4th Rockets: Our lively candy-filled rockets make playful favors for Fourth of July parade-watching parties. Like so many other projects in this book, they are easy to put together with just a few basic supplies.
26 Safari Terrarium: This safari terrarium provides a close-up look at exotic wildlife right at home. The environment is completely enclosed; once you’ve achieved the right level of moisture, it will almost take care of itself. Good sources for the materials and animals include museum and zoo gift shops, hobby stores, garden centers, and online retailers.
27 Crystals: Growing tiny salt crystals into gigantic ones is fascinating to observe and record. You’ll need patience for this monster salt crystals project - it takes several days, but it’s well worth it.
28 Duct Tape Crafts: Boys and girls alike need something sturdy to hold their allowance as well as holders for pencils, keys, and portable devices. These duct tape accessories stand up to just about any amount of wear and tear. I love experimenting with different colors and folded designs.
29 Treasure Chest: This wonderful treasure chest project is the perfect way to recap and reminisce a summertime beach vacation. Here, canceled stamps, available from hobby shops and online, are used to make a nautical scene on the inside of a box lid.