DIY Flying Bird Puppet

March 31, 2022
ad, Animals, Everyday Crafts, Nature, Older Elementary, Spring, Toys, Upcycled

flying bird puppet craft

This post is sponsored by Stonyfield.

As we wrap up National Craft Month, we slide right into April, which puts Earth Day on the forefront of the brain. And while Earth Day and Craft Month don’t naturally correlate for everyone, they are like besties in the land of Project Kid! Rarely does a craft project leave this studio without at least one upcycled or reused material. And our mission is beautifully two-fold—we get to spare the landfills of more plastic waste while also showing kids that the materials they need to craft are right under their nose…or spoon in this case!

Once again, my friends at Stonyfield put our maker-brains to the test to come up with another craft reusing their yogurt tubs and containers. We wanted to bust out of the obvious container projects and really show you how creative you can get with some basic materials that you have around the house.

bird puppet craft diy kids

This cute DIY bird puppet uses one quart-size tub (plus the lid!), one individual yogurt cup, duct tape and cupcake liners! (You know you have extras of those laying around from birthday parties of the past.) This is a great craft for the springtime, and I challenge you to think of what other animals could work with this construction. I asked my 9 year-old daughter and she said that all she sees is a bear doing jumping jacks! Maybe that’ll be next.

Remember…don’t just toss those Stonyfield yogurt containers. Your kids will squeal with delight when they see how they can quite literally bring them to life.

Imaginations…get ready, get set, take flight!

bird puppet craft

What you’ll need:

  • Stonyfield quart size containers
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Cupcake liners
  • Glue
  • Black paper
  • Hole punch
  • 3 bendy straws
  • Black cardstock
  • 2-inch styrofoam ball
  • Single-serve Stonyfield yogurt cup



Cover Stonyfield quart-size yogurt tub with duct tape. If you don’t have duct tape, there are many great substitutions! You can paint the tub or cover it with paper!)

bird puppet craft DIY kids


Punch holes about 1 inch down from the top on either side of the covered container. The easiest way to accomplish this is with a long-reach hole puncher, but if you don’t have one, poke a hole with an Exacto knife, then use the end of a scissor to make it bigger. (This is definitely a job for an adult.) Also, make a hole in the center of the bottom of the container.


bird puppet craft diy kids

Set the yogurt container aside. Extend your three bendy straws and wrap a piece of tape around the flexible part. Insert the middle straw through the bottom hole and the two side straws through the side holes.

bird puppet craft kids diy

Cut the Stonyfield quart-size lid in half. Flatten cupcake liners and fold into quarters. Glue them on the lid halves as feathers. Make sure to overlap them to get a fluffy feather look! If you don’t have cupcake liners, you can use painted coffee filters, tissue paper, or actual craft feathers. Repeat to cover the second lid half.

bird puppet craft diy kids

Use a piece of duct tape on the back to attach the wings to the side straws.

Fold a few more cupcake liners and glue to the front of the Stonyfield yogurt tub as the chest.

bird puppet craft diy kids

Glue a small cardboard ball into the bottom of the single-serving yogurt cup. If you don’t have a styrofoam ball, you can create a ring of padding with newspaper. You just need to leave space in the middle for the straws to go through (see final step). 

bird puppet craft diy kids

Cover the small yogurt cup in duct tape. 

bird puppet craft diy kids

Punch two circles from black cardstock and glue them to the front as eyes. Cut a circle from the black paper and cut out a wedge. Roll the paper into a cone shape and glue together as a beak. Glue just below the eyes.

bird puppet craft diy kids

Fold more cupcake liners into fourths and eighths and glue them to the top back edge as the birds tk. Use scissors to cut fringe to create a more feathery look. 

bird puppet craft diy kids

Poke a hole in the styrofoam ball with a scissors and tape the end of the straws together. Glue the straws into the center of the ball. 

bird puppet craft diy kids

Push and pull the bottom straw to make the bird flap his wings and peak his head out!

flying bird puppet craft


DIY Springtime Easter Bird Craft

March 24, 2022
Animals, Decor, DIY Home, Early Elementary, Easter, Everyday Crafts, Holidays, Older Elementary, Preschool, Spring

bird easter craft for kids

Which came first—the bird or the egg? In the case of these sweet, springtime feathered friends, it was definitely the egg! To make this DIY Easter craft, you only need basic materials. This craft is a fun one to make with kids of all ages, both for the Easter holiday or to celebrate the arrival of Spring! With simple craft supplies like pom-poms, felt, and feathers(of course!), make this beautiful bird craft from unfinished wooden eggs with your kids to celebrate the season.

I made this cute and easy bird craft for Oriental Trading’s Fun 365 website of amazing craft and party ideas! Head over there to check out the step by step and get links to all of the materials that you’ll need!

And if you like this cute DIY Easter craft, consider making these cute birdcage to go along with it!


Easy DIY Stamped Gifts on a Budget

November 24, 2021
Christmas, Decor, DIY Home, Everyday Crafts, Gift Wrap, Gifts, Holidays

DIY block printed homemade gifts

If you are looking for DIY gifts on a budget, this project is the answer for everyone on your list! And here’s why: endless options!

You can basically create any pattern on any object from tote bags to coasters to bandanas to tea towels. Plus, you can basically be any age to make these.

First gather your materials:

DIY printmaking gift ideas

  • Craft foam
  • Cardboard
  • Fabric paint
  • Tote bags, gift bags, tea towels
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue
  • Fabric markers


  1. Cut out a shape from craft foam that you want to appear on your material.
  2. Cut a piece of cardboard that’s slightly bigger than your shape.
  3. Glue your foam shape to the cardboard; let the glue dry before stamping. (Remember, your image is going to be a mirror of what you see, so if you are designing anything that relies on direction, like letters, make sure you glue it onto the cardboard backwards.)
  4. Brush a thin layer of fabric paint onto the foam shape. It’s good to do a test print on scrap paper before going right to your item. Press the inked stamp onto your surface and remove.
  5. Repeat step 4 until your pattern is complete. If you want to change colors, make sure you stamp off the excess paint before applying the second color.
  6. Let dry completely.
  7. Optional: You can add little details with fabric markers once the paint is completely dry.


A few commonly asked questions answered:

  • Wash, dry and iron? Yes! You can wash a fabric item in warm water; fabric softener keeps the paint flexible. It’s best to iron inside out or on the back of the fabric.
  • Acrylic paint or fabric paint? Acrylic paint will function similarly, but the reason we like the soft fabric paint is because it prevents the pattern from feeling rough and stiff. If you are stamping on a notebook or notecards, acrylic paint is just fine.
  • Benefits of printmaking as gift making? The reason we love this method for DIY gifts is 2-fold. First because you can create a custom pattern that appears professional and crisp. And secondly, if you are making lots of gifts, you can basically become a little print factory and mass produce your gift items!
  • Skill Level? You can create a dynamic pattern with a simple circle, square or triangle! You don’t have to be an expert artist to make something that is really beautiful and textured. Play with colors, layering and juxtaposing shapes to create something really unique.
  • Play with other household objects that can become stamps. Think pencil erasers, wine corks, forks, a cut potato, a leaf and more!


Make an Upcycled Cornucopia for Thanksgiving

November 18, 2021
ad, Decor, DIY Home, Fall, Holidays, Nature, Thanksgiving, Upcycled

diy cornucopia craft project thanksgiving

This post is sponsored by Stonyfield

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays to craft for—the rich colors, the dance between natural materials and traditional craft supplies, and the meaning behind it all give me the warm fuzzies. I love making crafts that combine all of these things, celebrating nature, gratitude, and family.

diy homemade cornucopia craft

When Stonyfield asked me to create a Thanksgiving craft idea reusing their yogurt containers, I knew immediately that a cornucopia was in my future. Once I figured out how to achieve the shape, the outside material was the real challenge. Paper? Too sharp. Burlap? Too obvious. Felt? Too perfect. So I closed my eyes and tried to channel the autumn vibe of Thanksgiving. And that’s when it dawned on me…a nubby, cable-knit sock! You can take advantage of one of life’s greatest mysteries and use a single sock survivor from the laundry room, or shop for the ideal specimen, giving you two socks to make a lovely set. Use the quart-size container to make a centerpiece, and the single-serve cups to make minis that can sit at each place setting.

diy homemade cornucopia

You can fill your cornucopias with small fruits, pumpkins, nuts, and leaves, or make your own with wooden beads, twigs, and berries. If you have young kids at home, you could also use their playfood to fill your horns of plenty!

diy cornucopia materials craft

What you’ll need:

  • Stonyfield quart-size yogurt containers
  • Scrap paper like newspaper or butcher paper
  • Masking tape
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Sock or leg-warmer
  • Wooden beads, twigs, leaves, and berries for DIY fruit


Make it:

Check out the post over on Instagram to see one made in real time!

(1) Crumple up scrap paper into baseball-size balls.


(2) Tape one ball to the bottom of the yogurt container. Repeat with a second ball.

(3) Twist your paper to form it into a cone-like shape and tape it to the second ball. Use tape to make an exaggerated point.

(4) To give the front of your cornucopia an angled edge, cut off about ½” of the top rim of the container.

(5) Slip sock over the paper, and fold it into the opening. Glue to secure inside if needed.

(6) Trim sock at the pointed end of the cornucopia, and hot-glue in place.

(7) Fill with your homemade bounty or spoils from your local market!

This post is sponsored by Stonyfield



DIY Peacock Costume

October 7, 2021
Halloween, Holidays

diy peacock costume

For the kid that wants to make a statement on Halloween, this peacock costume is the one! Made with lightweight paper sheets and dowels, the feathers are attached to the belt, allowing the bird to take a break from their feathers during an active night of trick-or-treating.

This costume was made for Parents magazine.