They say when all you have is a hammer all your problems start looking like nails. But what happens if all you have are lots and lots of nails. You go find a hammer and do a bunch of awesome nail crafts for kids, that's what! A great one that sets you up for a night of keeping your fingers busy is making a weaving loom by evenly spacing out small nails on a wooden square. You can also use a nail to puncture holes in a metal can in a pattern or picture, popping the nail out each time. Then after, put a candle or string a light in the can and you have a perfect decoration. Remember that nail crafts especially ones that include candles should only be done with parental supervision, and lit candles should not be left without a responsible person watching them.
Square Weaving Looms - Find out how to make a square wooden loom with nails...then learn how to weave on it.
How to Make Real Wooden Tambourines - Use wood, nails, and metal bottle caps to make these tambourines. This is a woodworking project to do with an adult.
Rhythm Paddles - Find out how to make these from ping pong paddles, bottle caps, and nails.
Whale Spindle Nail Note Holder - Learn how to make this whale with cardboard and plaster and a nail.
Personal Microphone on Your Back - Make this personal broadcasting system with a funnel, nail, hose, and funnel, as well as a cardboard box.
Make Wind Bell Chimes - Make these Wind Chimes wtih nails, bells, keys, safety pins, and other items.
Lion Crafts Arts and Crafts Project - If your kids like lions, they'll love this imaginative lion craft. Using a block of wood and ordinary nails, they'll pound out a wild work of art!
Nail Board Craft for Kids - Hammer nails into a piece of board. Allow your child to create a design by wrapping string or colored elastic bands around the nails.
Panther Pumpkin Carving Pattern - - This howling panther will proclaim your mastery of pumpkin carving. Transfer the design before you cut the lid. To do so, tape the template to the pumpkin and score the design into the skin by poking holes through the pattern with a nail. To create the delicate features in the lid, first cut out the lid along a single line, then gently shave above and below to add depth. To carve the face, start at the center of the design and work outward. Begin with the innermost and smallest features and try to carve the inside lines of each feature
Sign of Spring Craft Instructions - - Stake out your territory with this spiffy copper-foil garden sign.
Slam-Dunk Success Arts & Crafts Project - - We all know the gross anatomy of a peeled-off outfit--that bedside heap of dirty-kneed jeans (underwear still inside) topped by an inside-out T-shirt/sweatshirt combo.
Squirrel Café Beginners Wood Project (PARENTAL SUPERVISION) - Just as we humans enjoy a good bite to eat at our favorite summer roadside diner, so can the bushy-tailed travelers in your neck of the woods--if your family opens up one of these easy-to-build squirrel cafes. It's a great craft for beginning woodworkers. Once you've constructed it, just stock up on dried corn on the cob (sold at most garden centers), and you're in business.
String Art Kids Craft- - A cross between Spirograph and macramé, this retro craft is the equivalent of two great tastes that taste great together. Professors actually use this project to teach a mathematical principle -- forming a rounded shape called a Bézier curve from straight lines -- but it's so funka-delically awesome that you don't have to be a geometry whiz to dig it.
The Fresh Beat Band Tambourine Craft Project for Preschoolers and Toddlers - - Shake it! This nifty noise-maker comes together with everyday materials, many of which you probably have at home.
Tin Can Halloween Luminaries Craft Instruction for Children - - It's easy to make tin can luminaries to light your walkway or front steps on Halloween. Add a coat hanger wire and you can hang them up, if you like. Just recycle those old tin cans and make a variety of Halloween designs.
Tin-Can Knitting Making Instructions - - Working with bright, fuzzy yarn is the perfect antidote to gray, blustery weather, as Ava and I found out when we delved into the world of tin can knitting one stay-inside morning. First, we assembled simple, homemade versions of the Knitting Nancy, or spool knitter, I'd used as a kid, then we put them to use with some pretty yarn, looping the strands around the nails.
Tin Can Luminaries - - These tin can luminaries are beautiful lit up at night, with a tea light candle sitting inside. They make your outdoor party more festive and patriotic! These look great along the walkway welcoming your guests, or put them out for your firework display. Take them along when you go camping. People will love the fact that you made them. The best part is they are made from empty vegetable or soup cans, so you'll be able to collect a bunch of them quickly! Read on to learn how easy it is to create this fun craft.
Tin Can Train - - Don't let looks fool you. Assembling a shiny freewheeling toy train like this one is a cinch -- the pieces are simply stuck or clipped together. Chances are, most of the parts you'll need for this model-making project are ready and waiting in your recycling bin.
Wooden Crow and Pumpkin - - This crow can be found wandering around the pumpkin patch in the autumn season. This project is of average difficulty and is completed within an afternoon.
Wooden Santa with his Sleigh and Reindeer - - Santa and his reindeer are anxious to be on their way with lots of goodies and gifts for all of the children! This decoration only has two reindeer but you may of course saw out all eight if you have the space for them. This wood craft project requires a few hours to complete but is really worth the time.
Wooden Wind Chimes - - This wind chime is very easy to make, just follow the detailed instructions.
Yarn Snowcrystals Ornaments - - There is nothing more beautiful than looking out of your window on a winter’s day and watching the snow as it falls. You can capture that beauty by creating your own snowflakes. Make a few of them and decorate your windows or Christmas tree with them.