Whether you're celebrating at home with the family or leaving the kids with a sitter, your children will be ready and eager to ring in the New Year with these fun and easy crafts.
New Year's Eve banner
This festive 2013 banner is extremely easy to make. It quickly becomes a perfect addition to a small family party, large kid-friendly party or as a festive decoration around the house.
- Four pieces of 8 x 11-inch card stock (different colors)
- Single hole punch
- Two (3-foot-long) pieces of ribbon, 1 inch wide
- Cut each piece of card stock into fourths.
- Punch two holes at the top of each piece (about one inch from each side).
- Write "HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013," one letter or number per piece of cardstock.
- String the pieces that spell "HAPPY" onto one piece of ribbon.
- String the pieces that spell "NEW YEAR 2013" onto the second piece of ribbon.
- Hang above a door or on a wall.
Pipe cleaner fireworks
These pipe cleaner fireworks make a great New Year's party decoration. Kids not only love making them, they love seeing their creations proudly displayed around the house.
- Large pack of pipe cleaners (variety of colors)
- Clear fishing wire
- Clear tape
- Lay three pipe cleaners together and twist together at center.
- Spread out each arm.
- Slightly bend each piece in various places.
- Make a small loop at the end of one pipe cleaner.
- Tie and secure a piece of clear fishing wire through the loop.
- Tape each pipe cleaner firework so it's hanging from the ceiling, above a hallway or on a wall.
Paper bag party hats
Create a party hat with your child before New Year's Eve or set up a fun activity table for kids attending your New Year's Eve party.
- Large brown paper bags
- Ribbon or string
- Craft paint
- Carefully turn the brown paper bag inside out.
- Roll the opening of the bag upward.
- Size the bag to your child's head.
- Tie ribbon (or string) just above the rolled base to fit your child's head.
- Decorate with paint, glitter and/or markers.
Paper plate noisemaker
Ringing in the New Year is always more fun when you're making a lot of noise. These paper plate noisemakers are quick and easy to make and are a huge hit.
- 2 large, sturdy paper plates (2 per noisemaker)
- Dried pinto beans
- Decorate the wrong side of both paper plates.
- Place one plate on a hard surface, decorated side down.
- Fill plate with dried pinto beans.
- Place second plate on top of the first, decorated side up.
- Staple sides together every half an inch.
Paper plate party mask
Masks are great because they allow and encourage kids to use their imagination. Set out these simple craft supplies and watch as your child creates the perfect party mask.
- Large, sturdy paper plate
- Single hole punch
- Cut two circles (for your child's eyes).
- Decorate the wrong side of the plate.
- Punch one hole on each side of the plate (near your child's ears).
- Tie and secure a piece of ribbon in each hole.
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