If you've been following along with our #ArtTheAlphabet challenge on Instagram, we are on Letter C week.  Our Cardboard Cactus Crown is such a fun one to make!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardstock
  • Stapler
  • 1 Inch Paper Punch
  • Single Paper Punch

Create it!

Step 1: Cut a strip of cardboard for the crown band, Staple the ends together.

Step 2: Cut cactus shapes from cardboard. Paint the shapes green and allow them to dry.

Step 3: Decorate cactus shapes using white paint to make dots and lines. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 4: Glue the cardboard cactus shapes to the crown band.

Step 5: From cardstock, use the paper punches (or cut with scissors) to make flowers by gluing the single paper punch piece on top of a circle from the 1 inch paper punch.

Step 6: Cut around the edges of the flower to create a fringe for flower petals.

Step 7: Glue the flowers to the cacti on the crown.

For a birthday or just for fun - make your own cardboard cactus crown! 

Sharing how to make a snowman from a paper bag over at the Red Ted Art blog! Click here for full tutorial.

Looking for a craft to use all those little left over pieces of yarn from previous crafting projects? This yarn stocking cap craft is a wonderful way to not only use those bits and pieces but design something fun!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Create it!:

Step 1: Cut out a stocking hat shape from cardboard.

Step 2: Glue pieces of yarn to the cardboard hat shape.

Step 3: Trim the extra edges off the stocking cap.


Step 4: To make the pom pom at the top, cut several pieces of yarn equal in length.

Step 5: Tie the pieces of yarn around a single of piece to achieve desired fullness for pom pom.

Step 6: Glue the pom pom to the top of the hat.

It's fun to go outside and play in the winter snow but equally fun to be inside working on a fun winter crafting project!

We've been studying snowflakes recently and it truly is amazing how each has a unique design. Help your little artist create their own masterpiece with this nature inspired process art snowflake craft!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Sticks
  • Glue
  • Pom Poms

Create it!

Step 1: Paint a piece of cardboard and allow it to dry.

Step 2: Rip off a small portion of bubble wrap and use it as the paintbrush to lightly paint over the original paint. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 3: Gather some similar sized sticks - small enough to be able to break to needed size. Glue the sticks to the cardboard in the shape of a snowflake.

Step 4: Paint the stick snowflake and allow it to dry.

Step 5: Finish the snowflake with a little color added by gluing on pom poms.

Any craft that starts with a nature walk to find sticks and ends with beautiful artwork sounds like a fun way to enjoy the best of both worlds during winter - inside and out!