Ribbon Crafts for Kids
So you have barrels and barrels of leftover ribbon sitting around like us? Re-use your ribbon scraps by making one of these fun ribbon crafts with the kids. It will make for one wonderful afternoon of crafting. And these crafts are easy to make and can intrigue a range of different kid ages. If you have younger children, pre-cut all the ribbon pieces and stick to the crafts where you have to tie ribbon, instead of using hot glue or other ways of attachment that might be too dangerous for younger kids. Other than that, have fun craftin’ a storm up!
Recycled Wind Catchers with Ribbon
This ribbon craft for kids is great for adding some color to the fall-scape outside. Save a food can from when your family eats the contents, wash it, and sand down any rough edges before you give it to your kids to work with. Have the kids paint the recycled can to their hearts content. Allow the paint to dry, and then let the kids pick out their favorite colors of ribbon. You can then have them cut and glue different ribbon strips to the inside and bottom of the can (or you can do this part for them, if they are too young). Attach a string to the top of the can, hang outside, and you’re done! If you want to make sure this decoration will last outdoors, be sure and seal your can to avoid rusting and use poly ribbons (plastic ribbons), because they are waterproof.
This would be such a fun kids craft to do with a group of your daughter’s friends. All you have to do is gather all your ribbon strips and let the girls go crazy in threading the ribbon through the metal binds on the side of a notebook. And there is no glue involved because the girls would just cut and tie a knot. And then they can bring their notebooks to school the next day to show the class. How fun!
Pasta Ribbon Wand
You’ve seen it here and practically everywhere – kid wands make for such a fun activity. Kids love twirling them around. But did you know you can easily have the kids make their own, instead of you doing all the hard work? We have to commend Chrissy Mayo for making this craft kid-friendly. All you have to do is use an old pasta spoon or one you get from the dollar store, and have the kids thread the ribbon through the holes on the spoon. There is no gluing, just thread and tie into a knot. If you want to re-use the utensil, then don’t glue on the ribbon to the handle like Chrissy did because you can easily remove the ribbon and make spaghetti for dinner. Such a great idea! And will keep the kids busy for quite awhile.
We’ve made something similar to this kid’s craft before, called the Turkey Tin. Right in time for Thanksgiving, this paper Turkey can easily be replicated. All you have to do is gather up your fall ribbons (oranges, blacks, reds, yellows, browns, etc), and start having the kids fold and glue the ribbon onto a large paper circle. If you do not want to use glue, you could easily use tape or glue dots. Once they have gone around the circle almost half way, give them some fun eyes and paper to make the turkey face. You could make these as place cards for your Thanksgiving dinner or you use them as decorations.
Ribbon Basket Weaving
Ignore the Easter-theme in this ribbon craft, unless of course it is closer to Easter time. This is such a fun and easy craft you can make with the kids – ribbon basket weaving! Just gather some old baskets or cheap ones from the craft store (make sure they have large openings to make it easy for the kids to thread), and teach your kids how to thread in and out of the basket holes. Let them pick the ribbon combinations and have fun piling it on. You could then make a gift basket out of the basket by having the kids fill it up with grandma’s favorite treats or dad’s football snacks. You could make this for any occasion.