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a close up of assorted arts and crafts materials like scissors, pens, sequins and tape

Make! arts and crafts tutorials

Enjoy making things? Love arts and crafts? Find some of our arts and crafts tutorials here, and make something exciting from things found around the house.

You can recycle old rubbish into new things, learn a new skill, or create something crafty with these tutorials.

Don’t forget to share your results with us online, using #Horniman – we love to see what you have created.

In this handmade game, make a fishing rod to remove the plastic from the turtle’s home and help clean up the ocean.

You will need:

  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Black pen
  • Pencil
  • Card from a cereal box
  • Three plastic lids
  • Egg box base
  • Stick
  • Two pipe cleaners
  • Blue paper

Make! Clean up the ocean

Create something precious from the things we throw away.

You will need

  • Scissors
  • A Pritt Stick or other glue stick
  • A collection of coloured, transparent wrapping papers from sweets like Quality Street
  • A selection of transparent thin plastic containers normally thrown away
  • A permanent fine marker
  • Thread or fishing wire
  • A cut out butterfly made from card or paper
  • Optional – a torch

Make! Rainbow Butterflies


Create a wonderful bag from recycled t-shirts without any need for sewing. You will need:

  • scissors, and optional decorating materials
  • We used fabric paint, pom-poms, fabric glue or PVA glue

Make! recycled t-shirt tote bag

Make wonderful summer carnival headdresses. You will need:

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape
  • Ruler Stapler (not essential)
  • Card (old cereal packets) Magazine/newspaper
  • Plastic bags (coloured if possible)

Make! carnival headress

Attract birds to your garden or window ledge with this DIY bird feeder. You will need:

  • drink carton
  • scissors
  • pencil or pen
  • paint
  • string or wool
  • a garden stick or straight twig.

Make! a recycled bird feeder

Tell wonderful stories and create fantastic sock puppets. You will need:

  • glue or needle and thread
  • fabric
  • old socks
  • scissors
  • buttons.

Making time – sock puppets

Do you find hand sewing tricky, or want to teach the basics to children? This is the tutorial for you. You will need:

  • card
  • wool
  • scissors
  • a pencil.

Making Time – sewing practice

Enjoy this Easter Craft: Chick headdress activity over the Easter Holidays. You will need:

  • tape or a stapler
  • A4 card or scrap card
  • ruler
  • pencils
  • glue stick
  • decorating materials (like used tissue paper and magazine scraps).

Make! chick headdress

Have fun making these pom pom chicks. You will need:

  • wool
  • card
  • scissors
  • felt-tip pens or colouring pencils
  • glue
  • a cup
  • £1 coin.

Making Time – pom pom chicks

Explore your crafty side and get creative with this weaving tutorial and see what amazing woven creations you can make. You will need:

  • an empty photo frame
  • string
  • fabric, cut up (we used an old t-shirt)
  • chopsticks or pencils to create the loom.

Making Time – weaving (parts 1-3)