Category Archives: DIY Crafts For Kids

Bee Mine Kindergarten Craft

Today we’re putting together an adorable classroom craft the kindergarteners are gonna LOVE to do for their Valentine’s Day party.

Supplies you’ll need:
Clean empty milk cartons, black pipe cleaners, red construction paper, and our Bee stickers.

1. Collect empty milk carton containers from the cafeteria. Be sure to rinse out thoroughly and let dry completely.

Bee-Supplies-web2. Have each child trace his/her hand on red construction paper and cut out. This will make each bee custom and personalized.

group-of-bees-web3. Apply all four Bee stickers (front, back and two sides). Just crack and peel.

4-finished-bees-web4. Punch a hole at the top of the milk carton and thread black pipe cleaner through. Twist once at the base and then twist the ends of the antennas.

5. Then tape or glue the cut hand prints to make the wings.


6. Now it’s time to reward the busy little bees with a LOVE cookie.


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Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

Time For Creative Learning

The kindergarteners are learning to tell time. We had fun crafting our rainbow watches with repurposed toilet paper rolls. We had both full-color watches and black and white watches for the kids to color. We asked each of the 26 kiddos what their favorite time of  day was. The two most popular answers were:

1. 10:45: Lunch time
2. After 3pm: Time to go home to see their moms and dads.

Most creative answer:

1:00am: When I’m dreaming.

Box Play for Kids Rainbow Watch Kindergarten


Paolo’s PaRRRot Costume

I need to brag a little. This amazing costume made with recycled materials was created by my nephew, Marvin, and his brilliant son, Paolo who won Best Costume in the 4th grade! Below is their write up with fantastic photos. I chuckled when I read Marvin, the engineer’s, copy doc. It’s written so thoroughly – like an engineering report. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if they managed to make this costume an actual flying machine. Enjoy!

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This tutorial covers making a Parrrot Costume out of generally available recycled materials. Last Halloween my son asked me to help him make a costume rather than buying one that was store bought. The costume we came up with was “Steve” from Minecraft®. We made it out of a single box with eye cutouts. We traced a grid pattern on the box and had him color in the “pixels” to match the Minecraft® color palette. This year we got a little more ambitious and decided to do this Parrrot Costume. The original plan is not ours. We took guidance from a Makedo® costume that we found on the Instructables Web Site. That particular set of plans required purchasing a set of tools and plastic rivets to make it; we deviated from that plan by using materials we found at home or discarded at the office. In the end we constructed a costume that represented the three “R’s”: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Hence, a paRRRot.


Materials for this project can be easily sourced from around the home or office.





Recycled Packaging Home or Office Feathers (wings) The more colorful and greater variety the better.
Used File Folders Home or Office Feathers (wings and head dress) Used this in the head dress since it was easier to work with and could easily be curled.
Large Cardboard Box Home, Office, Costco dumpster Wing Base and Head dress base material Any sturdy cardboard box will do.
Plastic Reinforced Tape Home or Garage Construction Otherwise known as “Duct Tape”.
Brass Round Head Fasteners Home, Office or Staples Construction You can also use a stapler for this.
Mr. McGroovey’s Rivets Structural Reinforcement Optional

The rivets are optional, but could add to the life span of the costume. Alternatives to purchasing these rivets are using spare nuts and bolts with cardboard washers to spread the load.

Other items you will need are a utility knife or scissors, a straight edge, powered drill and a stapler.


A Basis for Flight


1. Cut the cardboard box into strips that are about 6 inches wide and a bit bigger than the kid. Cut three strips that are successively smaller than the last. Round the edges to give them a natural curvature.

2. Line up the cardboard slats and attach with tape. Join them at the edges so that the tape itself forms the joint. This will allow for movement in the wings.

Feathering the Bird


1. Trace a rough outline of the feathers into a sturdy material to create a template. A template will create a systematic way of replicating a large number of feathers.

2. Using the template, trace the feathers into a substrate that you plan on using (recycled material or file folders).

3. Using utility scissors, cut the feathers out carefully.

4. For the wings, start at the bottom and work your way to the top. Do a test layout to check the patterns and overall look.

5. Again starting from the bottom, secure the feathers to the wings using duct tape. Place tape on the top surface first to secure the feathers in place, and the flip the feathers up so that you can attach the bottom surface as well.


Hang on Tight

Reinforcement Layout

1. Cut strips of cardboard to form the straps for the hands and shoulders.

2.  Layer duct tape on the straps to reinforce the straps and to make them more comfortable to use.

3. Place the feathered surface of the wings down and have the wearer of the costume lay down on the wings.

4. Measure for the placement of the shoulder and hand straps.

5. Tape the straps to the mounting locations.

6. Use more tape to secure the mounting locations.

7. Cut a cardboard reinforcement plate to place between the shoulder straps to spread the load of the wings.

8. Use more tape to secure the reinforcement plate.

(Optional) Use reinforcement rivets in at the shoulders and straps. Drill the area where they are needed and slide the rivets through to secure them.

Time to crown a recycling king!


1. Cut some 1.5 inch wide strips of cardboard to construct the headpiece.

2. Carefully measure the circumference of the wearer’s head or use their baseball hat as a template.

3. Make a circle with one strip and a ½ circle strip for vertical support.

4. Cut a triangle for the front of the crown.

5.  Figure below indicates the different areas of attachment. During our first attempt we didn’t make the triangle large enough and had to add the support areas after the initial construction. A and B marks the zone of where the feathers will be attached and C will be where the beak will be attached.

6. After thinking about the way we put it together, I would suggest that the beak be enlarged to cover the A and B areas so that the attachment points can be hidden.

7. Wrap the crown area where it will intersect with the head with layers of duct tape. This will reinforce the area, make it more comfortable to wear and make it sweat proof.

Speak of the Beak

Beak Area Layout

1. We used the template for the beak available on the Instructables site.

2. Print the template and trace it onto the substrate. The substrate should be study but thin material. We used a discarded donut box (the wax liner made for rigid yet light material to build with).

3. Cut and fold according to the template.

4. Drill very small holes to the areas that you will attach the small brass round head fasteners. Alternatively you can staple to beak together.

5. Attach the beak to the crown now or later depending on what layer you would like the beak to be. I would suggest moving on to the feathers at this point and saving the beak for last (although this is not the way we did it)

Feathers in your cap


1. Start layering the feathers from the bottom up.

2. Tape the beginning of the feather layer at the bottom and wrap it around the lower crown, secure the end with tape.

3. Drill small holes around the circumference of the crown through the feather layer and the crown substrate.

4. Pierce all the layers with the small brass round head fasteners and secure the layers together.

5. Continue up until you complete the crown.

Finishing touches

1. Drill small holes to attach the beak to the crown substrate.

2. Use the small brass round fasteners to attach the beak.

3. Using your finger tips curl the edges of the file folder feathers to give them a slight curve.

4. Take pictures!


Paolos Parrrot Results




This is a great project that requires very little capital investment. Time and planning is all it really takes, both of which we were in short supply of. We managed to put this all together the weekend before Halloween. After getting everything together we cut out more file folders to layer in between all the feathers that we originally placed. We did this to break up the corporate branding a bit. Kid participation can be as high as you are comfortable with. Ours cut out all the feathers and helped with the measurements. Good luck and happy recycling. Oh and if you plan on writing it up, take pictures along the way, not after the fact like we did. We were after all just winging it.

FrankEGGstein Craft

As you know, we’re all about recycling and repurposing boxes into new toys. Here’s a cuddly version of the ‘grotesque creature’…meet FrankEGGstein! Easy step-by-step directions below:

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Supplies needed: egg carton, milk carton caps, green paint & brush, googly eyes, old black sock, scissors, black pen, glue and black spray paint.

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Paint egg carton green and milk carton caps black.

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Cut old black sock and glue down to make his hair.

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Attach googly eyes. Then, with glue (a hot glue gun may work better for a permanent stick) adhere neck bolts to the side of the egg carton. Final step, draw in mouth.

Happy Halloween!

Box Play DIY FrankEGGstein


Spooky Spider Craft

Halloween is just around the corner! We can’t wait to carve into our pumpkins and decorate the house, inside and out. Here is an easy, spooktacular craft you can do with the kids to get everyone into the Halloween spirit.

Supplies needed: black rocks, black pipe cleaners, metallic marker and black tape

Box Play for Kids Spooky Spider Craft

Twist 4 pipe cleaners together to make legs.

Box Play for Kids Spooky Spider Craft

Take a black rock (we had some left over from a floral arrangement…gotta love repurposing things) and use black tape to secure the pipe cleaners under the rock. Bend pipe cleaners as needed to create spider legs.Box Play for Kids Spooky Spider CraftDraw in eyes and mouth with metallic pen. Be creative and have fun making silly or scary faces!

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Simple. Spooky. Spiders.

Box Play for Kids Spooky Spider Craft

These little critters are so cute I might keep them all year round as paperweights. Right?!

Pipsqueak Paparazzi Camera Strap

Snap! Snap! Grab your camera (or better yet – grab a mac n’ cheese box and our eco-friendly, Box Play For Kids camera sticker). This Sunday, June 29th, is National Camera Day. Yes, it’s a thing…AND what better excuse to get crafty with your pipsqueak paparazzi this weekend? This easy-peasy-mac n’ cheesy camera-strap project is sure to inspire creativity indoors and all around town.

What you’ll need: The basics include an empty mac n’ cheese box, our BPFK camera sticker, and a pair of scissors. Then you’ll need to do a little rummaging around your house for ribbons, belts, shoelaces, old tees, old tights, old ties, etc. Use your imagination and dig around for anything that you could possibly cut up or braid together to make a camera strap. You might also want rubber bands or elastic hair ties (optional).

Step 1: Carefully apply our specially-sized camera sticker to your average mac n’ cheese box. Our crack-and-peel backing makes it easy to line the sticker up just right.

2.peeling.sticker Step 2: Take a few of your rummaged strings and straps and tie them together at one end but leave some excess sting/chord/tie/shoelace/whatever so you can easily attach to the camera at the end. I’m using an old wrinkled tie, a pair of shoelaces (that I knotted together), and a recycled gift ribbon. Then braid everything together.



Step 4: Use a sharp pair of scissors to carefully poke a hole towards the top of each side flap. Tie a knot with a rubber band or hair elastic and string through the hole to create a loop for your strap. You could also skip the rubber band and thread your strap directly into the box. Tape the flaps closed.

Step 5: Attach the finished strap to your elastic loops or thread directly into the cardboard flaps. Then hand over the camera to your little pipsqueak paparazzi and get snapping.


Here’s another variation with ribbons and some recycled, kiddie dance tights.


Happy National Camera Day from BPFK!


Bashas’ DIY Egg Carton Spring Garden

Spring into action with the kiddos! Creating a garden is a simple family activity that is sure to please all. And, have yummy results!

Supplies needed: Bashas’ egg carton, a dozen eggshells, seeds, small spoon, pushpin, potting soil and water.


Step 1: Empty eggshells. Use knife to gently crack along the tops of each egg. Thoroughly wash out each eggshell and dry. (We made delicious scrambled eggs.)


Step 2: Poke holes on the bottoms of each eggshell for better drainage. (hint: it may be easier doing this step while the egg is still whole – less fragile than empty shells.)


Step 3: Place seeds in separate containers.


Step 4: Using a small spoon, fill eggshell halfway with potting soil.


Step 5: Place seeds in eggshell. Kids love to help!


Step 6: Cover seeds with more potting soil and place in egg carton.


Step 7: Repeat 11 times.


Step 8: Create labels for each variety of seeds. We chose to use bamboo skewers left over from a party.


Step 9: Add water to each eggshell. We used about 3-4 spoonfuls to moisten the soil.


Done! Place egg carton on a windowsill or outside so it gets plenty of sunlight. Be sure to water regularly (Keep moist but do not over water). Depending on variety, seedlings should start to sprout in 7-10 days.


We are thrilled to see our first sprout just after 3 days!

Basil was the first to sprout but the tomatoes are growing the fastest.


Carrots are finally sprouting.




Single Sock Bunnies

Who doesn’t have a few single socks hanging around the laundry room?? Well, if you’re still waiting for the match to turn up, now is the perfect time to give up. At BPFK, we love to find creative ways to repurpose your would-be-trash into unique little treasures. Just in time for Easter, we’ll show you how to transform your miscellaneous socks into the cutest little bunnies – perfect for a centerpiece or just some fun, springtime decoration.

Supplies: 2 loose socks (non-matching), 2 rubber bands, dry rice, fabric glue (or hot glue), scissors, ribbon, cotton balls, 2-3 miscellaneous buttons, needle & thread (optional).sock bunny

Step 1: Start with one sock and fill about half way up the sock tube with rice. Secure the rice in the sock with a rubber band and use a second rubber band to separate the bunny head from the belly. {Hint: small, clear rubber bands work best if you have them.}sock bunny

Step 2: Using a second lost sock (preferably one with a contrasting color to the other sock), cut a small circle for the bunny’s belly. {Hint: Cut a semicircle out of a flat sock for symmetry.}  3.belly.patch

Step 3: Apply the belly patch using fabric glue. {Optional: use needle and thread to sew on the patch and add some contrast and detail to your sock bunny.} 4.belly.patch

Step 4: Detail time! Be creative with your bunny and add some button eyes, a button nose, a cotton ball tail and a neck ribbon. You can also use your sock scraps to make some cute buck teeth.  5.detail

Step 5: What’s a bunny without floppy ears?! Using scissors, cut down the sock tube down to the head. Shape and trim the ears to your liking. 6.ears


Step 6: Display and enjoy. Happy Easter from BPFK!

Here are other creative ways to recycle old socks.





Recycled Cardboard Nest

Spring is here and we’re getting in the spirit with this easy peasy cardboard craft that serves as the perfect coffee table piece. All you need is an empty cardboard box, some hot glue, and scissors (or strong hands), and you have everything you need to make this cute little birdy nest. It’s amazing how you can repurpose a simple box into something unique.


Step 1: Start by cutting (or tearing) your box into strips and pieces. You could even use an empty cereal box. The little ones will love tearing things apart and making a mess.


Step 2: Once you have a hefty pile of cardboard scraps, it’s time to start gluing all the pieces into a nest shape. {Note: This step is for adults only since hot glue can be dangerous.} No need to be to perfect but just try to leave an opening in the center if you want to fill your nest.


Step 3: Get creative! Fill your nest with candy, flowers, dyed eggs…anything! I lined my nest with some parchment paper and filled with malted milk eggs. 
Happy Spring! 

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Recycling Leprechaun Craft

Of course “green” is our favorite color! Here’s a fun St. Patrick’s Day craft you can do with your wee ones. We are going to repurpose a paper towel roll and a leftover white cup from our Ice Cream Social party into a leprechaun beard and hat.


Supplies needed: Empty paper towel roll, green construction paper, orange and green ribbon or string, scissors, hole punch, glue, paint brush and orange paint.

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Step 1:
Cut paper towel in half lengthwise and then again to open it up. Cut several vertical strips to create a beard shape. Next, cut a mouth opening and punch two holes at each corner for the ribbon.

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Step 2: Paint cardboard tube/beard orange and set aside to dry.

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Step 3:
Next, cut green construction paper into one strip and a circle for the top of the leprechaun hat. Glue paper onto white recycled cup.

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Step 4: Punch two holes at the top of the cup for string.

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Tip: After orange paint dries on paper towel roll, we wrapped it around a rolling pin to get the beard to re-curl.

Box Play for Kids St Pat Craft 2014

Praise the young and they will flourish.”
-Irish Proverb