Mosaic Yarn Vase

Yarn Mosaic Vase by Crayon Box Chronicles

This is our fun twist on mosaic art ― yarn style! You can up-cylce just about any container, add some colorful yarn and gems, and you’ll have a beautiful kid-made vase! This fun craft will challenge those skills needed for pre-school ― fine motor, cutting, and gluing.

Materials Needed:

  • Plastic container (we up-cycled a Happy Tot’s O’s container)
  • Yarn in many colors and varieties
  • Scissors
  • White, non-toxic glue
  • Sequins or gems (optional)

What’s Next:

First we began by cutting the yarn into different lengths, using varying colors and textures. C loved this part! Next, create lines and patterns on the container with the glue and cover the glue lines with the yarn.  If the glue dries, add more as you go.  We used a lot of glue! Tip: It helps to wash your hands periodically to remove the glue. Also, using the point of something helps stop the yarn from sticking to your fingers.

Mosaic Yarn Vase by Crayon Box Chronicles

Continue creating swirls, hearts, lines, and more fun designs! Lots of fine motor practice for kids!

Mosaic Yarn Vase by Crayon Box Chronicles

For fun bling we added sequins and gems to help in shine! Set aside to dry.  C threw his arms up and said, “I’m done!” He lasted about 10 minutes, then we took a break and came back to it.  If I did it again, I’d choose a smaller canvas for my three year old.

Mosaic Yarn Vase by Crayon Box Chronicles

A good alternative to the yarn is sequins and gems — just glue and stick for a mosaic “tile” vase! You can use cardboard or a shoe box to make a picture or use the decorated container to collect and store things — lots of options!

Yarn Mosaic Vase by Crayon Box Chronicles

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Egg Carton Caterpillar

Egg Carton Caterpillar

We love recycling materials to make fun, easy crafts for kids.  Our egg carton caterpillar is great for story-time and pretend play.

Material Needed:

  • Paper egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paint or markers

What’s Next:

First, cut the egg carton in half lengthwise. I used adult scissors for this part, it was tough. Tip: To make it look more rounded, cut the base off around the edges, but AFTER you paint it.  If you cut before, it compromises the strength of it.  The seams at the top started to break where the colors met.  Next, choose your medium — paint or markers.

Egg Carton Caterpillar @ Crayon Box Chronicles

Little C started to paint, then it was ATTACK of the animals, lol!

Egg Carton Caterpillar @ Crayon Box Chronicles

He ended up doing an animal foot print painting and I finished the caterpillar.  Set aside to dry then draw a face on the front of the caterpillar.

Egg Carton Caterpillar @ Crayon Box Chronicles

Turn the carton upside down and help your child poke two short pieces of pipe cleaner through one end to create antennae; bend over tips, they are pointy! Let your child’s imagination soar as they play with their new caterpillar! Little C decided to have a snack with his, lol! 😉

Egg Carton Caterpillar @ Crayon Box Chronicles

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