Kid-Friendly Projects Fuel Winter Family Fun
Arts and Crafts Ideas With the most soft cotton at the tip*, Q-tips cotton swabs are gentle and safe for baby care and pet care; great for cleaning nooks and crannies in the house and for fixing makeup mishaps. They can also be used in a variety of craft projects. Use them to:
- Replace expensive paint brushes. Perfectly-sized for children's small hands, you can use a different cotton swab for each color and simply toss when finished.
- Apply glue to small areas on models and crafts. Use one tip to apply the glue and the other to remove any excess glue before it dries.
- Carve detailed designs into pottery. Moisten the tool to put the finishing touches on sculptures.
- Touch-up hard-to-reach areas on freshly painted model airplanes and cars – or even dollhouses.
Skill Level: Intermediate Prep Time: 2 hours Dry Time: 30 minutes
Materials: 1 Standard pack (500-count) of Q-tips cotton swabs 3 Styrofoam balls; 1 large, 1 medium, 1 small, (no smaller than 2 inches in diameter) 1 brown pipe cleaner 1 sheet wax paper 1 Popsicle stick or floral stake Child-safe scissors Child-safe, non-toxic black paint Child-safe, non-toxic orange paint
Have an adult cut the bottom off the largest Styrofoam ball, so the piece can lay flat upon a table or surface.
Using a Popsiclestick or floral stake, stack all three Styrofoam balls from largest at the bottom, to smallest at the top to form one standing figure.
Fold and twist 5 cotton swabs in half; dip 9 halves into the black paint and 1 into the orange paint. Lay flat on wax paper to dry.
Cut pipe cleaner in half; insert into sides of middle Styrofoam ball as arms.
Begin folding cotton swabs; insert into foam balls until completely covered.
Insert black cotton swabs into top ball for coal eyes and mouth. Insert orange cotton swab as the carrot nose.
*From the end of the stick to the top of the swab.