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Bring Out the Artist in Your Child: Paper Crafts for Kids

paper crafts for kids

In today’s world, it has become increasingly important to nurture the creative expression of our children. As parents, it is our job to help our children reach their fullest creative potential, and one easy and fun way to do this is to introduce them to the wonderful world of paper crafts. 

Introducing paper crafts can help your child develop their fine motor skills and foster their imaginative side. Paper crafts for kids are a great way to help them explore their creative side in a fun and engaging way. Not only are papercrafts a fun and imaginative activity, but they also help children improve their problem-solving skills, build their confidence, and create beautiful art pieces they can be proud of. 

This blog post will explore the endless possibilities of paper crafts for kids and discuss how to bring out the artist in your child.

Types of Paper for Crafts

You probably already know that different types of paper are available, but here’s what I find is most often used:

  • Cardstock
  • Butcher paper or kraft paper
  • Origami paper
  • Construction paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Recycled packaging (including paper bags, magazines, and scraps)

Paper Crafts for Kids

The term “paper crafts” can refer to many things – origami, gifts, card making, weaving, party decor, costumes, and even jewelry. There are lots of projects you can make with paper, but sometimes it is hard to know where to begin.

That’s why we have put together a list of paper crafts for you so you can use them as a springboard for your projects. We have included a wide range of projects here, so you can find something to suit every skill level and interest, from simple paper planes to intricate paper mache masks. So grab some paper, get crafting, and let’s bring out the artist in your child!

1. Bunny Hat

bunny hat for kids

Bunny Hat Crafts are a fun way to celebrate the holiday season and help kids build creative confidence. Not only that, these crafts can be decorated by children at a party or used to play party games. If you’re looking to make a craft good for a toddler, this bunny hat would be perfect. You don’t need to have an expensive set of materials to make a bunny hat. Just get the right kind of paper, and you are on your way to making a cute bunny hat.


  • Paper Plates
  • Scissor
  • Non-Toxic Paint for Kids

Along with affordable supplies, making a bunny hat is extremely easy. Alpha Mom provides step-by-step instructions for making a bunny hat. You can also find other ideas for kids’ crafts at this link.

2. Toilet Paper Roll Snowman

toilet paper roll snowman

Snowman is one of the most iconic winter symbols. It is a popular art project that kids love to do. There are various ways of making a snowman but using toilet paper rolls is one of the simplest and cheapest ways to make an adorable snowman for your children. This is a great addition to the craft section of your home or a great winter-themed party activity. You need only a few materials for this fun project.


  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Marker Pens
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Colorful craft papers 

Rest, it’s all up to your imagination and creativity. If your kids are still struggling with fine motor skills, then this type of activity will help them improve their skills. You can find the detailed instruction by visiting Made With Happy.

3. Paper Pinwheel

paper pinwheel for crafts

Most children love shaping the paper into different shapes and coloring them. This craft offer’s a wonderful opportunity for kids to explore different shapes and colors with this fun activity. With very little money and skill, you can make a paper pinwheel with your children. This craft is a great combination of creativity and fun. This simple craft requires very little materials; once you have the materials below, you are all set to make a paper pinwheel.


  • Craft Papers of Any Color
  • A piece of paper for the circles in the center of the pinwheels
  • Brass Fasteners
  • Paper Straws 
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Circle Cutter (if you have one)

Your child is going to enjoy the process of creating this pinwheel. This craft is going to make them think of different shapes, colors, and sizes. This activity will not only help your child but also improve their skill of using scissors. You may visit Made With Happy for details.

4. Paper Flower Craft

paper crafts for kids

Flowers are a thing that everyone needs and loves to decorate their houses or even the interior of their vehicles. This craft is a perfect way to create flowers in your house or your car. This craft is perfect for kids who have just started learning cutting but are interested in paper crafts. It is perfect for little girls and boys as it teaches them to use their imagination and create something beautiful.


  • Circle Paper Punch
  • Scissors or Paper Cutter
  • Paper in a Variety of Colors
  • Yellow Paper
  • Stick Glue
  • Clear or Patterned Tape
  • Paper Drinking Straws

Expect the joy and fun that your kids will have with the papercraft. It is cheap, easy to make, and very cute. And it looks so real that you might want to keep them on your desk! You can learn more about this craft by visiting Easy Peasy and Fun.

5. Paper Bag Owl Craft

paper crafts for kids

Who says that paper bag is only for grocery shopping? You can use it for a lot of crafts. Owls are funny but beautiful creatures that kids love to watch. And the paper bag is perfect for them as it can be made into an owl. The best part is that you can do this craft in a couple of minutes.


  • Brown Paper Bags
  • Construction Papers 
  • Black Marker
  • Glue
  • Craft Paint of Your Choice
  • Owl Template (Optional), Which You Can Find on Non Toy Gifts
  • Circle Punches (Optional)
  • Scissors

With this craft, you can save paper bags and make something useful. You can visit Non-Toy Gifts for more information.

6. Paper Lantern

paper lantern for kids

Paper lantern has long been used in weddings, parties, and other events to decorate place. Kids can make this simple lantern with a little help from adults. Doing this craft will not only improve their skill but also help them to develop their love for art. Paper lantern is a beautiful decoration for any event, and you can use them in your bedroom or living room. 


  • Template
  • Different Colored Paper for a Fun Effect
  • Tape
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Fairy Lights (Optional)
  • Plastic Lid (Optional)

This is one of the easiest and most budget-friendly crafts that will make your home look elegant with this beautiful decoration. You can visit Babble Dabble Do for more information.

7. Paper Weaving Craft

paper weaving craft

Paper weaving is a simple yet fun craft that will give a punch of color and texture to your house or room. It is also ideal as a thanksgiving craft for kids. You can make this craft with any kind of paper and, most importantly, in any color. The more colors you use for the paper, the more beautiful the work becomes. Paper weaving is ideal for kids who want to learn about art and sewing. This also helps children learn about colors.


  • Brown Colored Paper of Any Color
  • White Paper
  • Drill Punches (Optional)
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick 
  • Goop Glue (Optional) 
  • Masking Tape (Optional) 

Weaving paper is one of the favorite crafts for most kids. It is really fun to see ordinary paper transformed into a masterpiece! Introduce this paper craft to your little ones, and enjoy the results. You may check First Palette to learn the craft.

8. Colorful Paper Garland

colorful paper garland

Garlands are a great way to add color and style to your kids’ room and are ideal for decorating your house or table. Paper garlands are a great DIY project that can be made quickly. It is also budget-friendly and will help you save money on store-bought decorations.


  • Construction Paper in a Variety of Colors
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pen

Your little one will have a lot of fun with this craft. This is a great craft for making garlands for your house. You can also make it a gift for someone who loves decorating their home with beautiful paper decorations. DIY Candy will show you how to make this craft.

9. Paper Plane Craft

paper crafts for kids

Another craft idea is the paper plane. It is a simple craft that you can do in one afternoon. This is really simple to make, requires few materials, and your kids will love it! You can use magazine papers or newspapers for this craft. With this craft, your child also gets to learn about planes, flight, and aerodynamics. 


  • Used or New Magazine, Newspaper, or Simply Paper
  • Double Stick Tape (Optional)
  • Scissors
  • A Ruler

HGTV provides a different version of paper planes your child can make. You can visit their site to learn more. Also, if you want to explore cool paper plane designs, you can check Cool Kids Crafts, and you will see that there are so many plane ideas for kids.

10. Paper Mache Masks

paper mache masks

Children love to wear masks, so why not give them what they want? Paper mache masks are a fun craft for kids and a great way to provide them with exciting props to use in their imaginative play. This craft is also insanely easy to do and can be made cheaper than the store-bought versions.


  • Strips of Newspaper and Printer Paper 
  • Flour
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • Bowl
  • Ribbon, Feathers, Faux Hair, Pipe Cleaners (for Decorating)

This wonderful craft may take time, but it will be worth the effort. Your kids will love to wear their masks and pretend to be a different characters. You can visit Wiki How for more information on how you can make Paper Mache Masks.

Final Thoughts

Paper crafts are a great way to bring out the artist in your child and provide them with an outlet for creative expression. They can also be used to develop fine motor skills and teach children the importance of patience and perseverance. With the right materials and creativity, you can create a variety of fun and educational paper crafts that your child will love.

We know how daunting it is to find an activity that will keep your child occupied and happy. So we at Baby Steps Daycare have compiled a list of our favorite activities to keep your child occupied. We hope you find these ideas helpful and that they help your child learn and grow. If you have questions about paper crafts or any other activity, please don’t hesitate to contact us!