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To display a letter on each page, write the letter on a white circle and mat with patterned paper. Separate each page with plastic index-card dividers, and create a durable back cover by trimming the tab from an extra divider. Punch holes in the upper corners of the cards and dividers and insert a binder ring.

Tie pretty ribbon on the ring. Decorate the cover with stickers to complete this unforgettable keepsake. Cooling down on a hot day has never been sweeter! Let your children choose paper to fit their personalities. For each fan, trim a 12xinch piece of heavyweight cardstock to 8x12 inches. Use a decorative border punch along a long edge of the sheet.

To simplify the folding process, score at every inch with a scoring blade. Gather at the bottom edge, punch a hole through all folds, and tie a decorative ribbon to complete a lovely fair-weather fan. Watch your child's artwork twist and twirl at even the slightest gusts when you hang paper clip art characters on this cute mobile. Select royalty-free clip art to use for your mobile we chose nature-theme images. You'll need two versions: Print the standard images.

Turn the paper over in your printer and print the mirror image on the back. Have your child color both sides with markers or crayons. Cut out the images when he's done, punching a hole in the top of each.

Cover two dowels with patterned paper and tie them together with ribbon to form an X shape. Attach string to the images and hang them from the ends of the dowels. Add string at the top to hang the mobile. This adorable paper kite is made from an old map -- perfect for inspiring all kinds of lofty adventures. Tie two dowels one dowel should be longer than the other into a cross shape with twine.

Cut a notch on the edge of each dowel and stretch a string around the kite frame. Open a map and lay the frame on top.

Trim around the frame, leaving a few inches to fold over the edges. Adhere the paper around the frame. Tie a long string for the tail to the back of the kite. Embellish the tail with ribbons and decorate the kite with a white paper cloud and theme stickers. Your child will love watching the summer sun shine right through this beautiful "stained-glass" wall hanging made from colorful tissue paper. Paint an embroidery hoop in your child's favorite color.

Cut the outline of a butterfly -- or any other shape -- from cardstock, to fit inside the hoop. Place the butterfly onto a piece of clear contact paper, sticky side up. Let your child tear up colored tissue paper to stick onto the wings.

When you're done, place a sheet of tissue paper over the butterfly and add another layer of contact paper, sticky side down. Place inside the hoop and trim the edges. Hang with a ribbon near a sunny window. Help your child keep her spare change ready for a shopping trip with this adorable papier-mache bowl. Line the inside and rim of a small glass bowl with plastic wrap. Have your kids tear up colorful tissue paper and stick the pieces to the inside of the bowl using a simple mixture of white glue and water.

After you've added a few layers, let it dry; remove the glass bowl and plastic wrap. Have your kids spell out "savings" in cute letter stickers.

Add a little decoration by punching holes around the rim of the bowl and threading a pretty ribbon through. Give your child an imagination workout with an open-ended activity that blends drawing and cool cutouts. The Setup From a magazine , cut out images -- half of a person or an object such as a piece of fruit, as we show or entire vehicles or buildings -- and glue them to sheets of drawing paper.

Put out colored pencils or markers. The Project Encourage your little artist to complete the half images by adding legs, for instance, or a fish tail, or doors and windows. Suggest drawing a landscape for the cars and buildings. Your child can glue on more images and add a title, if desired. Bonus Fun Cut word balloons and text boxes from white paper. Use them to turn the collage into a comic book-style story.

This project is from Rachelle Doorley, who shares her creativity-sparking ideas on tinkerlab. A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors. Swish Sticks These fluttery wands call for a backyard parade. Cut 3-foot lengths from several streamer colors, then cut them in half lengthwise. Gather the pieces at one end.

Place a drop of glue on the end of a painted dowel , stack the streamers on top, then securely attach them with a thumbtack. Glue a toy jewel on top of the tack. Trunk Show Dress up a tree or two for your next party. Start by wrapping a streamer around the trunk once and securing it to its end, not the tree, with double-sided tape.

Continue wrapping until a few inches are covered, then secure the end with tape. Repeat with more colors. Create 3-D textured artwork with balled-up bits of crepe paper.

Cut a rectangle from a cereal box and draw a simple image on the unprinted side. Working on a section at a time, spread tacky glue onto the cardboard, then press the balls in place. Our spiky-haired pencil topper is a welcome homework helper. Sandwich double-sided tape between the layers. Place tape on the bottom layer and roll the stack around the end of a pencil.

Glue on googly eyes and a paper mouth. Match your lamp shade to your decor, for cheap. Starting at the bottom of a plain shade, simply wrap lengths of streamer around it, securing the ends with double-sided tape.

Hang several of these lightweight containers in a geometric pattern for a pretty way to display a child's collection or small desk supplies. Fold up the lower left corner along the line created by the midpoint and the upper left corner, as shown.

The shapes and gluing are pretty simple and you can customize colors and whiskers too. Find the how-to here. For more easy garland ideas, click here.

This activity is all about cheery watercolor and the perfection of imperfection. Okay, so this craft is less crafting-with-paper and more make-your-own-paper. Great when you need a quick prop for pretend play or a special accessory for that dinosaur party. For 9 more dinosaur activities for kids, click here.

This activity may need a bit more effort and time but we think the creative result is worth it. Your budding architects will get a kick out of creating their own paper town. Just craft up your own silly, glamorous, and colorful glasses for a playful good time.

For easy animal mask ideas for kids, click here. For more awesome shadow puppets click here to discover 3 easy shadow puppets you can make with just your hands.

This is a great way to use up old newspapers—and your little miss can go wild with whatever flowery, feathery toppers she wants. For more fun and easy hat craft ideas for kids, click here. This idea from Babble Dabble Do is one part science lesson, one part paper project, and totally amazing. It involves paper flowers that expand in water—mimicking the real-life natural phenomenon.

Which paper craft are you excited to try? Share with us in the comment section below! Beribboned colored bags hung from lights make fun lanterns. Tuck small treats for dinner guests into these delightful paper dishes. Embellish paper fans as favors for your next summer get-together.

These paper Christmas trees are as pretty as origami versions but easier to make. This three-dimensional card will make the recipient jump for joy. Display your family lineage with a handmade card. Preserve or recommend your favorite recipes by copying them onto these charming cards. Transform store-bought cards into pop-up floral stationery or create your own. Craft fun finger puppets and flowers out of a few brightly colored napkins.

Using our template, create fun 3-D gift wrap and cards for any occasion. Preserve your garden treasures with this pretty stationery idea. Crepe-paper flowers are easy, beautiful, and always in season. An easy decorating idea guaranteed to uplift any gathering. Assemble a few crafts store materials to create a beautiful paper bird. Impress your guests with this clever packaging idea. Make these bright and beautiful decorations for any fun celebration!

Keep your favorite paper souvenirs on display by using them for these decorative tins.

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Cut out the image from the transfer paper, remove the backing, and place, right side facing up, on the smooth side of a piece of top-grain leather ($; 8 1/2"W x 11"L; for stores). Iron the image onto the leather, following the transfer-paper package instructions, and trim away the excess leather bordering the flock.

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