Ski Friend Craft for Kids

Ski Friend DIY Craft for KidsBy now the kids are going stir crazy inside with all this cold weather and snow, so I wanted to offer a ski themed craft that is both fun to make and can double as a toy for creative play. This cute ski friend can be made by all ages – just check out my special tips below!

Materials:
– Pipe cleaners
– Popsicle sticks (small size)
– Toothpicks or wire
– Pom poms
– Wooden bead (for the head)
– Paint / or permanent markers
– Scrap of yarn or string
– Hot glue, craft glue or double sided tape (see below)
– Scissors
Ski Friend DIY Craft for Kids
1) Cut a pipe cleaner in half to make the body for your skier. I chose a few different colors so it looks like pants and a shirt.
Ski Friend DIY Craft for Kids
2) Fold one pipe cleaner half like an upside down V to make the legs. Fold the other pipe cleaner half around it to form arms, as the photo shows.
Ski Friend DIY Craft for Kids
3) Paint a wooden bead for the face. You could also use a thin tipped permanent marker for eyes, a nose and a mouth.
4) Using hot glue (adult supervision only) or craft glue (such as Aleene’s Tacky Glue), attach the head to the body, and the feet to two Popsicle sticks. Attach pom poms to the head for a hat.
Ski Friend DIY Craft for Kids
5) Fold each pipe cleaner hand around a toothpick to create ski poles.
Ski Friend DIY Craft for Kids
6) Tie a little yarn or string around the skier for a scarf.

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This craft really works the best with hot glue, because if done right – it can be played with over and over again! The kids will have a great time bending the knees, etc. like a real skier. If you do use hot glue, make sure it heats completely before applying (usually 5 minutes after plugging the glue gun in).
If you do not wish to use hot glue, strong double sided tape could be used to adhere the feet to the Popsicle sticks.
Don’t have a wooden bead at home? Simply use a sticker for the face (such as a round colored dot from the dollar store).
As long as you have pipe cleaners and Popsicle sticks at home – you can get creative with this fun, winter craft!

Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online via her website and Etsy shop (which highlights instant coloring books & party crafts). She offers bespoke, private art lessons to children in Jersey City and Hoboken ages 4 – 12 years.

Father’s Day Chalkboard Art Project

Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Father’s Day is right around the corner (June 18) and this chalkboard art project is the perfect gift to make for dad! Well suited for any age to create – this cute, framed artwork can be displayed at breakfast on Father’s Day, and then kept on dad’s desk year round.
Materials you will need:
 
black paper (scrapbook quality works best)
white or peach colored pencils
chalkboard markers and/or white gel pens
colorful markers (for the frame)
a basic wooden frame
scissors
Step 1  Cut out a piece of black paper that will fit within the frame you are using. An easy way to do this is to trace the around the cardboard frame back, or the frame’s protective glass to achieve the exact size you will need.

Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

Step 2  Lightly trace a cute design on the paper using white or peach colored pencils. Quotes look especially good done in chalkboard style writing, so you could have your kids write something such as, You’re a COOL dad or You’re a BEARY good dad – something fun and sweet. Pinterest always has some good ideas if you need inspiration!
Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 3  Using white gel pens or chalkboard markers (mine are from OOLY), trace over the pencil designs to create the finished artwork.
Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 4  An easy way to decorate the frame is by dotting a confetti pattern using colorful markers. Sharpie paint pens would work perfectly for this, or multi-surface markers such as the ones I’ve used. You could also easily use regular washable markers, but the colors will bleed a little bit on the frame’s wooden surface unless you paint it first.

Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

Step 5 Add the artwork inside the frame, and have fun displaying your chalkboard masterpiece for dad on Father’s Day!
Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online via her website and Etsy shop. She offers private art lessons to children in Jersey City and Hoboken ages 4 – 12 years.