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Art Projects for Kids: Kids & Glitter

Loraine, a retired volunteer elementary art teacher, shares art projects, favorite art blogs, and ideas on how to create art projects.


Elementary arts and crafts are an important part of a child's education. In hopes of helping elementary teachers who must include art classes in their weekly schedules, I have included a number of the many art and craft activities for kids that are on my blog, Kids & Glitter. Some of the projects included here are the Mexican folk art owl, angry birds, paper cut owl, and the Japanese kokeshi doll project.

These are some of the most popular arts and crafts on my blog.This article, which features these, and other projects, also include a link to the patterns, directions and pictures of the projects. Many of the art lessons also include a PowerPoint presentation.

Find the Sunset Silhouette project shown above by going to the 6th Grade Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.

Important Information

On HubPages we are only allowed to have two links to any one website, so in order to give you an idea of the variety of elementary art projects that you can find at Kids & Glitter, it will be necessary for you to click here, Kids & Glitter, and then go to the particular Grade Projects Gallery that has the project. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, but rules are rules. Thanks for your patience.


Reptile Camouflage

Look carefully and you'll see the hidden reptile. Kids and teachers alike love this project. I printed off pictures of reptiles for the kids to look at to help them decide which, and how, to draw a reptile of their choice. If you want to do this Reptile Relief project, you can find pictures of the kids in class working on their art, and directions for the project, Reptile Camouflage, by going the 4th Grade Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.


Readers Are Leaders

This is a really nice bulletin board idea. Although this bulletin board was used in the school library, the same owls and idea could be used for other subjects. For instance, a math bulletin board could say, "Math Makes You a Wise Guy." The owls could also be just an art or craft project. I'm sure all you teachers will find more and unique uses for this idea. Go to, Readers Are Leaders, in the Miscellaneous Projects Gallery for the instructions and patterns for this project.


Black Flower Simplicity

So we've been having a lot of fun with colored tissue paper painting, and now we have sheets of black tissue left and need a project to use them in. Looking at Google images, I can across a number of images of black flowers on a white background and thought it would be worth a try. Here's the result and I think they look quite elegant. Flower petals are cut from the black tissue, folded and glued to the white background. For the directions for this "Black Flower Simplicity" project, go to the 6th Grade Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.


Japanese Kokeshi Doll

Kokeshi dolls are characterized by their lack of arms and legs, as well as their brightly painted kimono in floral designs and geometric patterns. We prepared the background, and the paper the flowers were cut from, before coloring and cutting out the doll. The background paper was painted by using two inch squares of colored tissue paper (tissue painting). The paper for the flowers was painted with torn tissue paper. For the directions and a list of supplies, go to Japanese Kokeshi Doll, in the 4th Grade Project Gallery at Kids & Glitter.


Mexican Folk Art Owl

Many schools are without art teachers in an attempt to keep costs down. Therefore classroom teachers will need to include art in their weekly schedule. Many of these teachers will want to find art projects that are more or less planned for them. There are many terrific elementary art blogs to help these teachers with fast, easy projects. It certainly helps if these projects include supply lists, directions and full sized patterns.With this in mind, this lens will be offering ideas and descriptions of projects for the teacher and home school teacher. For the directions, supplies list, etc. for the project called, "Mexican Folk Art Owl," go to the 5th Grade Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.


Paper Cut Owl

This was such a fun project that I was anxious to share it with you. When I was on vacation this fall, I found an owl decoration in one of the stores and thought it would make a nice art project for the kids. I took a picture of the decoration to show the students and gave them an owl shape, construction paper, tissue paper and buttons and told them to make an owl using the supplies I provided and the owl shape. If you would like to see the great decorations that they made and the directions for this Paper Cut Owl project, go to the 6th Grade Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.


Tissue Paper Painted Flowers

A great thing about many of the projects on the elementary blog sites is that much of the information is FREE. And let's not forget the importance of the cost of supplies. Really interesting and beautiful projects can be made with colored tissue paper. You need to use the cheap kind ---the kind that bleeds. For the directions, etc. for this project, called, "Spring Bouquet," go to the 3rd Grade Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.

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Hunny Bunny

We have a few wire coat hanger projects to share with you. This little bunny can be made to hang in the classroom, but also he would be right at home in a baby's roon. Hunny Bunny is easy to make with all pattern pieces, full-sized, included in the directions. If you want to try your hand at making our little bunny, you'll find the easy to following directions for Hunny Bunny in the Miscellaneous Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.


Puppy Love

Teachers are frugal people. They believe in recycling what they can and art teachers are exceptionally good at doing that. Wire coat hangers are a perfect example of that. It usually is pretty easy to gather a huge amount of wire coat hangers---just send a note home with the kids and see what happens. A wire coat hanger, some colored construction paper and a pattern are all you need to make an outstanding home or classroom decoration. For this project called, "Puppy Love," go to the Miscellaneous Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.


Butterfly Sparkle

I have to admit that I'm a real kid when it comes to adding glitter to art projects. Most, if not all, of the lower elementary students feel the same way. But, as the teacher, there are times when white glue and glitter is just too messy or doesn't dry fast enough. And the same can be said about glitter glue. Did you know that a good alternative for the white glue is clear nail polish? It dries very quickly and glitter sticks to it. For the directions, etc. for this project, "Butterfly Sparkle," go to the 4th Grade Projects Gallery on Kids & Glitter.


Hanging CD Turtle

Do you have a bunch of out of date CDs that you hate to just trash? If you don't, sending a note home with the kids and asking for old CDs will usually net you plenty. Recycling is teaching students an important lesson, and there's no reason that that lesson shouldn't be fun. These little turtles are very cute, easy to fashion and make an outstanding decoration that isn't holiday themed. Go to the 2nd Grade Projects Gallery on Kids & Glitter for this project called, "Hanging CD Turtle."


Coffee Filter Candle Bowls

Coffee filters are very inexpensive and yet they can be used to make a number of different art projects. The main supplies needed for the project shown is a coffee filter, colored tissue paper and spray starch. You'll want to make more than just one, so you might as well start with at least three. The candles are the little battery operated ones. Go to the Miscellaneous Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter to find "Coffee Filter Candle Bowls."


Angry Birds

Everyone has assorted sized boxes (milk cartons, asprin boxes, tea bag boxes, etc.) that can be used for craft projects. A box can be decorated and used as a bank, treasure box or the base for a paper mache project. Frugal folks (teachers) believe in the saying, "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without." Recycle and have fun doing it. Go to the Miscellaneous Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter for the project directions, etc. for "Angry Birds."


Radial Designs

Although this project is time consuming, I think the finished product is well worth the time. Find the simple directions for making this Radial Design project by going to the 5th Grade Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.


Frogs on Lily Pads

Elementary kids love drawing animals but, some of them, feel the need of a little guidance. That's when it's nice to do an example, step-by-step, drawing for them. For teachers that don't feel comfortable with drawing examples for art projects, there are a number of great websites to give them the assistance they need. One of the sites that I have used can be seen by clicking on the address shone in this art project. For this project, "Frogs on Lily Pads," go to the 1st Grade Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.


Gaston Chaissan on Glass

Glass bottles and jars can have a new life just by painting them. Only your imagination will limit you in what can be painted on the bottles. Large jars could be used as canisters on your counter top. An outstanding accessory if themed to your kitchen décor. Different sized and shaped bottles can be used in the bathroom to hold bath oils, cotton swabs, cotton balls, etc. In the bedroom make a fancy looking jar to hold change or other treasures. Paint tall bottles for decorator items in the living room or dining room. For this project called, "Gaston Chaissan on Glass," go to the 5th Grade Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.


Minnie Paws, the Smart Cat

Kids love to make paper mache projects and this one is especially fun to do. Tinfoil is used for the basic shape of the cat's body and skewer sticks are used for the legs, neck and tail. You'll find this project called, Minnie Paws… the Smart Cat in the Miscellaneous Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter. Imagine all the unique cats you will have when the kids are finished painting them.


American Indian Parfleche

Using brown grocery bags in art class is also a lesson in recycling. This is an interesting project because of the history of the parfleche which was used by the plains Indians as they moved from place to place. They carried their clothing, valuables, tools, etc. in a parfleche, which was made from dried buffalo hide and decorated with brightly colored geometric designs. The parfleche was used by the Indian as we would use a suitcase.For this project we used a brown grocery bag paper as the rawhide and then colored our geometric designs with markers. "American Indian Parfleche," can be found in the 3rd Grade Project Gallery at Kids & Glitter.


Fall Leaves

On a crisp, fall morning you see frost covered leaves floating gently to the ground. We don't have frost, but we have glitter to reproduce the sparkly, colorful shower of leaves.Go to the 5th Grade Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter the project called "Fall Leaves."


"Love You To Pieces" Picture Frame

This makes a nice gift for the kids to give to mom or dad anytime of year. Grandma and Grandpa would like it too. Just about everyone has picture puzzles with missing pieces. Here is a cute project that uses up some of the remaining pieces. Cut a hole in the center of a paper plate for a snapshop, leave some space around the picture for writing, "Love you to Pieces," and glue lots of puzzle pieces around the edge. For this project, "Love You to Pieces," look under the Miscellaneous Project Gallery at Kids & Glitter.

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© 2011 Loraine Brummer

Hop Right To It..... - and leave a comment

Fran Tollett on April 15, 2013:

You have such great craft ideas! I love all the tissue paper ones. Who doesn't LOVE glitter?Very nice lens :-)

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on January 15, 2013:

@rockingretro2: Thank you for your kind words.

rockingretro2 on December 31, 2012:

Super lens! I have linked to it from my new lens, Rx for Cabin Fever in Children.

LauraGraig on December 10, 2012:

Such great ideas. The coffee filter candle bowls looks great.

KonaGirl from New York on September 05, 2012:

Fabulous lens! So many art projects that kids will love and presented beautifully! *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to "My Squid Angel Blessings for 2012" lens in the "Arts & Design So Crafty Magazine" neighborhood. I have Pinned it too. Well done.

EpicFarms on September 05, 2012:

These are some great ideas! Very nicely done :o)

potovanja on July 30, 2012:

I find your lens very great, so i give you your first likes:). Thank you 4 visit my...

sheezie77 on July 01, 2012:

Interesting lens, great job! Squidlike

Darla Dixon on April 27, 2012:

NICE PAGE!!! You deserved al those Squid Blessings and more!

kerilovesadeal on April 19, 2012:

The Japanese Kokeshi Doll looks adorable. I know a number of little girls that would fall in love with this craft. (Raises hand.) lol :) I've never seen anything as cute done with tissue painting.

Genesis Davies from Guatemala on April 08, 2012:

Great lens! I'm a homeschooling mom and am always on the lookout for new projects to do with the kids, so this is a great resource. Off to check out your blog. :)

jenniferteacher1 on February 13, 2012:

Nice lens! Lots of cute ideas!

anonymous on February 04, 2012:

Very cute and simple projects for fun, kids will definitely love them.

Ben Reed from Redcar on January 29, 2012:

Kids and Glitter - what a great combination. My granddaughter will love this.

AnnaAdam LM on December 27, 2011:

Awesome lens. I love arts and crafts.

khemo53 on December 06, 2011:

I will tell my daughter about this lens so she can get ideas for her students. Very Creative and informative.

superbob17 lm on November 20, 2011:

Great lens Loraine, those are some good ideas of projects for little kids.

Marie on November 16, 2011:

My daughter and I love doing crafts together but sometimes I run out of ideas so this is very helpful.

Close2Art LM on October 19, 2011:

what a wonderful page, I wish I would have had you as an art teacher, blessed...

agoofyidea on September 06, 2011:

These are great crafts. School kids need to do crafts to get their brains thinking outside the box. I always loved the crafts I made in school. Great lens.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on August 28, 2011:

@bechand: No, I'm sorry to say, I never had any formal art education. I just have a love of beautiful things and all the little kids who give their all in art. Sounds like you are also a lover of art and value all the treasures the kids produce. Thanks so much for the very nice comments. I hope you are able to find more projects that the kids will like to do.

K Bechand from NY on August 28, 2011:

Were you an art teacher ? These are great - My son chose the Angry Birds Project and my daughter chose the Indian Art - and I am going to have them do "i love you to pieces" for grandparents day ! Awesome and glad you liked Kevin's Monet - he had a great preschool teacher - they did learn the styles of many (about 10) famous artists Monet, Pollock, etc... they looked at their art, they learned how to do that style, and spoke to local artists that used that style (much culture in Bennington VT) and they ended the chapter (one artist per week for 10 weeks) by going to Mass Moca Art Museum in Williamstown Mass (about 45 min ride from Bennington) - they also did some walking fieldtrips to local art displays etc... - was a great teacher with a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and an Associates in Art ... Was way cool ! - I cherish many of the pieces he did then ... I also donated real stretched canvases for every child in the classroom, and this teacher, at the end of the chapter, had them choose which style they liked the best (of the flat pieces that they all did on construction paper) and had them make another on the canvas - I knew that no parent could possibly toss a stretched canvas art project and I think everyone still has one hanging in their homes 5 years later ... :O) (daughter did same chapter, but it was much less formal and only lasted 3 weeks ... The teacher was moved up to director, and did not have the same time to dedicate ... She chose the artist that does big flowers for her canvas - I love it too !

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on August 23, 2011:

@CruiseReady: Thanks for your visit and the comment. Your lens about sewing a luggage tag and handle cover is very nice.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on August 23, 2011:

@franstan lm: Thanks. I read your literature circle for kids lens and think it's a great concept.

franstan lm on August 23, 2011:

Great lens for art projects

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on August 16, 2011:

The painting on jars and bottles looks like something kids would really enjoy.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on August 11, 2011:

@mumsgather: Thanks for visiting and the comment. Be sure to come again.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on August 07, 2011:

@anonymous: Thanks for your visit and comment.

mumsgather on August 07, 2011:

Your crafts are beautiful. I especially like the Japanese Kokeshi doll and I think my kids will love the Angry birds.

anonymous on August 06, 2011:

Great lens and ideas. thanks for this.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on August 03, 2011:

@Teddi14 LM: Thank, Teddi, I appreciate your stopping by and your comments.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on August 03, 2011:

@anonymous: Thanks, Tipi, for checking out my lens and commenting.

Teddi14 LM on August 02, 2011:

Great ideas!!! This lens is great. My son loves the angry birds. I thought the CD turtle was cool too.

anonymous on July 31, 2011:

Wonderful projects for the classroom, I especially like your Sunset Silhouettes.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 31, 2011:

@LiteraryMind: Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 31, 2011:

@EdTecher: Isn't it great when recycling is fun? Thanks for your visit to my lens.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 31, 2011:

@katiecolette: That busy time of year is almost here again, school starts in about 3 weeks. Thanks for coming to my lens.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 31, 2011:

@anonymous: Thank you for the compliment, I'm glad you stopped by and commented.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 31, 2011:

@rhondagoforth: Thank you, Rhonda, I appreciate your comment.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 31, 2011:

@M_Leigh_Hood: Kids do love to do art and crafts. They have such great imaginations---hopefully we can help them keep that. Thanks for your comment.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 31, 2011:

@cards by cathy: Hi, CathyThanks for your comment. .

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 31, 2011:

@JoshK47: Thank you, Josh, for your visit and your comment

M_Leigh_Hood on July 29, 2011:

Wonderful ideas! Can't wait to try some with my niece when she's a little bigger!

Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on July 29, 2011:

These are sooooo inventive. Love that some have a history and explanation

Heidi Reina from USA on July 28, 2011:

These are wonderful art project ideas for the classroom. Many of them tie into school year themes - first and foremost, recycling. Thanks for sharing.

cards by cathy on July 26, 2011:

OOOh I Love the Angry bird bags. Fab! might try those myself!

JoshK47 on July 26, 2011:

What fun ideas! Great work on this lens!

katiecolette on July 26, 2011:

Crafts are so much fun! I truly hope that the school budget cuts are very temporary :(

anonymous on July 25, 2011:

Beautifully done lens and very creative ideas for projects. 5*s and thumbs up! :)

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 24, 2011:

@anticloud: I'm glad you stopped by and thank you for the comment.

anticloud on July 24, 2011:

What a fun lens. I love doing crafts with my daughter. I will have to keep this one bookmarked for reference!

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 22, 2011:

@iijuan12: And it's fun doing the crafts with the kids. Be sure to return, I'll have many more coming.

Shannon from Florida on July 21, 2011:

What fun craft ideas! My kids LOVE doing arts & crafts.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 19, 2011:

@SlipAwayDesigns: We're still using an art cart and moving it room to room for our art classes. Hopefully in time we'll start valuing education again.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 19, 2011:

@wayne_luvinlife: There always seem to be plenty of the old cds. Just have to keep looking for new ways to use them. Thanks for your comment.

SlipAwayDesigns on July 19, 2011:

Both my parents are retired elementary Art Teachers, I remember way back when that they had to pay out of pocket for supplies for the year because their budget was less than $1/Year per student. My Mom was forced to move her room to a trailer and my Dad at one point was pushing a cart room-to-room to teach. It's sad really, nobody wanted to pass a levy even back in the mid '90s and the arts were always the first programs to suffer. Nice lens, I enjoyed my visit!

wayne_luvinlife on July 17, 2011:

I like the recycling reward using the old cds, great idea a great lens!

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 16, 2011:

@dfishbac: Thanks for stopping by and your comment.

dfishbac on July 16, 2011:

Nice! Some very creative and fun projects for kids.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 16, 2011:

@Pam Irie: Thanks, for the visit and the comment.

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on July 15, 2011:

The angry bird boxes are so cute!

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 15, 2011:

@kimpaul: Thanks, I really like those words of wisdom!! Seriously, thanks for the comment.

kimpaul on July 15, 2011:

my words of wisdom are Great Lens! I like the angry birds. haha cute!

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 15, 2011:

@stylishimo1: Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comment.

stylishimo1 on July 15, 2011:

Great lens, with some really good project ideas!

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 14, 2011:

@shaleigh: This is really exciting----I appreciate your quick response. By clicking on one of the pictures on the lens, it will take you to Kids & Glitter for lots of other projects.

rhondagoforth on July 14, 2011:

I have friends who homeschool. Putting this on facebook.

shaleigh on July 14, 2011:

Hi there! Very nice lens! I love crafts and their some great ideas for me and my stepdaughter to do :) Also thanks for stopping by my lens, I appreciate the support and feedback! :)Take care

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 12, 2011:

@MaxL: Thank you, MaxL. I appreciate you passing the word on and I welcome all your teacher friends!

MaxL on July 12, 2011:

Several friends of mine are teacher in the "grundschule" in Germany. They always look for idea, I'll make sure they stop by!

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 12, 2011:

@GonnaFly: Thanks! I hope a lot of them stop by.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 12, 2011:

@moonlitta: Thanks for the words of encouragement.

moonlitta on July 11, 2011:

This dog is really cute... hang on there:) Welcome to Squidoo and good luck!

Jeanette from Australia on July 10, 2011:

These projects look so effective! I'm teachers will love them =D

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