You are going to love these, and so are the crafty kids in your life. Because it’s Tinsel Tuesday, today I have a Christmas craft for the kids – Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments. You know all of the little trinkets and doo-dads that kids love to save? Those found treasures are the perfect decorations for these Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments. These are made by one of my all-time favorite designers – Kathleen George, of course. I’m sharing links to a few more robot crafts, too.
To make Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- 3” cube & 2-1/2” ball (body)
- Two, 1” balls (hands)
- Optional: Two, 1-½” balls (feet)
- Acrylic craft paint in silver
- Flexible drinking straws
- Found objects, such as plastic caps, screws and bolts, watch parts, tacks, sewing notions, and buttons and beads
- Chenille stems in silver and red
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife; wooden skewer; stiff paintbrush
To make Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments:
1. Slice in half the 2-1/2” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. The kids can cut the foam with the plastic knife, just watch them closely to be sure they cut safely.
2. Glue a half ball to the top of the 3” cube. This will be the robot’s body.
3. Insert wood skewers into the body and the two, 1” balls. Paint silver the robot body and the 1” balls.
4. If you’re using 1-1/2” balls for the feet, press one side of each ball on a flat surface, creating a flat side. Paint the balls silver.
5. Create the arms and legs from drinking straws:
- Cut a length of plastic straw, with the hinged portion in the middle.
- Thread a chenille stem through the straw and push one end directly into a painted foot or hand. Secure with a drop of craft glue. (Note: If you’re not using foam balls for the feet, you can substitute beads or washers, if desired.)
- Twist the opposite end of the chenille stem into a small loop, and cut off excess chenille stem.
- Cut four, 2″ lengths of chenille stems and form into U shapes.
- Thread through the loop at the end of each arm and leg onto the U, and insert the U into the robot body.
6. Decorate the robot with your found treasures. Most items will adhere with a thick, white craft glue. If some items are hard to attach, use a low-temp glue gun instead.
7. To create the hanging loop, twist together the ends of an 8” length of chenille stem. Insert and glue the ends into the robot’s head.
If you’d like a few more ideas, here’s how to make a Robot Family, including a little Robot Dog.
For even more inspiration, watch designer Candie Cooper in our Rockin’ Robot video. I bet the kids will want to watch, too.
I’ll have a few more, summertime craft ideas for the kids later this week.