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11 Fun Party Craft Ideas for Kids

Who doesn’t love getting creative? For adults and kids alike, it’s always fun creating something by hand. However, it’s especially important for children to let loose and express themselves with creative projects. It’s important for developing crucial skills they’ll use later in life, giving them a chance to gain confidence, cultivate problem-solving skills, and practice collaboration with others. Not to mention, it’s fun! 


So why not incorporate arts and crafts in your child’s next birthday party? Get out your pen and paper and get ready to jot these ideas down, because we’ve got some awesome party craft ideas for you!

Craft Party Ideas For Children

Below are eleven arts and crafts birthday party ideas for kids of all ages.

1. Spin Art

Looking for creative art party ideas for 7-year-olds? Spin Art Nation is a hit with all ages and genders, perfect for birthday parties in San Antonio and Atlanta. Kids grab the colors they want, and our instructors help them make an abstract painting with plenty of spirals, circles, and “splats” using our specialized spinning paint method. No artistic talent is needed, and there is no right or wrong way to do it. Kids can just let loose and have fun with this exciting way to paint! Want to impress the other parents? Adults can accompany kids, and they will have a blast creating their own masterpieces, too!

2. Local Museum

Looking to plan something for kids who are creative and curious about the world around them? Check out offerings at your local children’s museum. They often have special event days, craft workshops, and other interactive exhibits that stimulate the brain in a creative way. Or, for kids slightly older, your local art museum might offer special event days or workshops geared toward entertaining kids with hands-on drawing, painting, or pottery making.

3. Jewelry Making

What’s more fun than making matching friendship bracelets at a kids’ party? Keep it simple for younger kids by making small bracelets with large beads, and be ready to assist in tying knots. The older the kids, the more interested they will be in a larger variety of beads or thread. Go to your local crafts store to get the necessary clasps, colored plastic or glass beads, and maybe even gemstones. Whether it’s bracelets, necklaces, or just a string of beads, kids will love bringing this party favor home!

4. Outdoor Finger Painting

Finger painting: a timeless kids’ classic. It’s perfect for a nice day outside in the backyard. If you’re hosting a summer party, keep it cool by having kids wear bathing suits and washing off the nontoxic paint with a hose or sprinkler! No brushes needed: just some large containers of various colored paints. To teach young kids how to mix colors, consider only getting blue, yellow, and red. Encourage them to mix them to create green, purple, and orange hues. Get big pieces of paper to make handprints and footprints!

5. Assemble Holiday Crafts

When the weather is too cold for pool parties and other outdoor party activities, crafting inside is a way for kids to channel pent-up energy and express themselves by making a holiday keepsake. Assembling holiday crafts is the best kind of craft birthday party for birthdays that fall in December. Homemade Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas crafts are treasures that become priceless. Decorate gingerbread houses as a culinary craft at one station, and you can make paper snowflakes at another. All-in-one holiday craft kits will save you the trouble of buying individual craft components – no need to make the gingerbread from scratch!

6. Weave or Cross-stitch

Once you get the hang of it, a quiet craft like weaving or cross-stitching is fun to do for older kids who may have a bit less energy. A simple hand-woven bookmark requires just yarn and two fingers. Cross-stitching is beginner embroidery, so it requires some dexterity, and kids must be able to handle blunt needles. Offer matching patterns, like a “Best Friends Forever” cross-stitch, or different patterns and yarn colors. Make sure to complete this type of craft ahead of time, so you have a feel for the difficulty level and time required to complete.

7. Pottery Class

Let kids get their hands dirty with a pottery class! Whether it’s making a mug, bowl, dish, or plate, pottery is a craft that has practical uses as well as aesthetic. Sculpting 3D art is different from composing a 2D drawing or painting, and some kids who aren’t confident in their 2D art skills may find their new passion with a chance at the spinning wheel. Everyone loves a chance to get a little messy with no consequences!

8. Paint Rocks or Shells

This kid crafts party idea is fun and easy to do on a low budget. And if you do it outside, there’s no need to lay down newspapers or a protective tarp. Just pick a spot in the grass and paint a colorful design or pattern on a rock or shell (opt for non-toxic paint for an eco-friendly option). Gather the shells and rocks beforehand, or add the hunt for the perfect shell or rock as part of the activity. Be sure to get a variety of paint brushes, paper towels, smocks, and cups of water to rinse out the brushes. Pro tip: to turn a regular rock or shell into a new little buddy, glue on two goofy googly eyes!

9. Paint or Carve Pumpkins and Gourds

Planning an autumn-themed crafting party around Halloween? Have a pumpkin carving party! Print out templates for faces and designs. Have plenty of trash receptacles available for pumpkin guts, or perhaps keep the seeds to toast and eat as a snack. Don’t want sharp carving tools around younger kids? A pumpkin painting party is a wonderful alternative. Any size pumpkins can be painted, as well as any shaped gourd. Some gourds are naturally shaped like geese, others come in all funny shapes and sizes. Use the shape of the gourd as creative inspiration.

10. Create Magazine Collages

Creating collages out of magazine clippings is one of those classic girls’ craft party ideas fit for a sleepover. Gather scissors, tape, glue, glitter markers, and construction paper. Press “Play” on an upbeat music playlist. Ask attendees to bring their favorite magazines, but also have an assortment on hand that you don’t mind getting cut up. Teenagers will enjoy making a vision board of all their aspirations and inspirations. For any age kid, a collage is a mishmash of words, phrases, photos, and images that bring joy. A completed collage can be hung in their room or used to decorate a locker or notebook at school.

11. Fabric Paint on Matching T-Shirts

A fun party activity is creating matching shirts. It’s a great way to commemorate friendships and off a memento of their special party. First, buy some plain white or tie-dye T-shirts – one for everyone at the party. Make sure to get the correct sizes for the kids beforehand. Get fabric paint and pens – glow in the dark, glitter, and/or a variety of colors. If you use spray paint (this should only be used for older kids), make sure to have masks on hand so no one breathes in the fumes. Have fun painting in the garage or the backyard! Everyone can sign each other’s names on the shirts, and write inside jokes. Kids can match them or make them all different!

Tips for Managing a Kids’ Craft Party

Now that you’ve got an idea of what type of party crafts you want to feature, you may be dreading the idea of a gaggle of children running around covered in paint. Here’s a checklist to make sure it all runs smoothly.

  • Be sure to tell the party guests if they need to bring any materials with them. Doing so can relieve the burden of the party host, but it also runs the risk of someone forgetting their T-shirt to decorate, for example. To ensure no one is left out, it’s a good idea to have all the supplies on hand. Especially if someone messes up and wants to start over, having extras keeps you prepared.
  • Allow time to prepare the space and the supplies beforehand. Get all the craft supplies, cleanup supplies, and groceries before the day of the party so you’re not rushing around right before.
  • Set a budget. Renting out a room somewhere requires more money than hosting a simple gathering at home, but that can be worth it. It means you don’t have to supply the materials or clean up afterwards. It allows the parent to relax, and perhaps even participate in the craft, and let others be responsible for safety.
  • Set realistic expectations for the age group. Young kids won’t have the attention span to complete a complex craft with a ton of instructions, especially at a party with other distractions.
  • Choose a craft that is appropriate for the time allotted. A sleepover party allows paint to dry overnight. A two hour party may require leaving the art somewhere, requiring pickup at a later date. Learning an entirely new skill requires plenty of time for trial and error, whereas completing a craft that they are already a bit familiar with will take less time.
  • Don’t forget snacks and beverages! Whether you order in, go out to eat after making the craft, host a potluck, or cook yourself, kids like to keep it simple. While the kids make the craft, you can put the food together, or order takeout, so that the food is ready by the time they are finished.
  • Encourage kids to clean up as they go. Tell them where the trash and recycling bins are. Sanitize the crafting station before and after.
  • Remind kids to be safe when using crafting tools. Also, you should always have bandages and a first-aid kit on hand in case someone gets a papercut or other craft-related injury.

Party It Up at Spin Art Nation

If you’re in need of kids’ party craft ideas no cleanup needed, Spin Art Nation is the place to go. Kids and kids-at-heart will enjoy a supervised and fun experience with the ultimate party favor to take home: personalized art. Make a reservation at our San Antonio or Atlanta studio today!

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