Spring Crafts For Kids

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Baby Headbands, or any headband for that matter, are great projects to use up yarn scraps. They're quick and easy to make. They're also good projects for beginners. I made this cute Popcorn Stitch Baby Headband for my granddaughter Harper. I think she looks adorable in it!

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

I used #4 Worsted yarn for this headband, but you can use any kid of yarn you have, not to mention you of course can make it in any color. This is a great pattern to learn or practice the Popcorn stitch. It's really a simple stitch, just 5 DC cluster that's slip stitched together to make the cluster “pop” out. I like the way it gives texture and dimension to a headband or any other project. I think the headband is pretty enough on its own, but if you want to you can clip or sew on a bow, flower, or other decoration.

The headband I made measure 16 when finished and will fit up to an 18 head circumference. You can make it smaller or larger by making more or less FSC in the beginning.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Best way to measure for size is to measure the head circumference then make your foundation chain 2 less than the measurement to allow for the stretching. If you make your foundation chain equal to the head measurement it will be too big and will not stay in place.

I used a foundation single crochet (FSC) to start this headband. I love this technique because I get bored quickly and hate making a foundation chain and then going back and making a row of SC. This technique makes the chain and SC together saving time. To learn this technique here's a short tutorial from futuregirl.com.

Gauge: 7 SC = 2

4 rows of SC = 2

Hook Size F 3.75mm (affliliate link)

Stitches:

Ch = Chain

FSC = Foundation Single Crochet

SC = Single Crochet

DC = Double Crochet

Pop = Popcorn cluster – in same st work 5DC, remove hook from last loop, insert hook to top front of 1st. DC you made, pick up loop from last DC and pull thru the 1st. DC, Ch 1

Row 1: FSC 50, Ch 1, Turn

Row 2: *DC in next 2 Sts, Pop* Repeat across ending with DC in last St, Ch 2, Turn (16 Pop)

Row 3: *HDC in each DC of row 2, DC in Ch on top of each Pop in row 2* across, Do Not Fasten off

Border: SC in each st at the end of row 3 working towards FSC, 3SC in st at the corner, SC in each st of FSC, 3SC in st at the corner, SC in each st of end piece working towards row 3, Sl St this end to the other end to form a band. Fasten off and weave in ends. Be careful band does not twist when slip stitching ends together.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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