If there is one thing I keep repeating around here, it is my love for keeping things simple. Simple crafts and activities keep things fun and stress-free for me and my littles. Construction paper crafts definitely fit the bill.
Construction paper is one of the most basic of basic craft supplies. It is available in nearly every store, but you probably already have some at home! There are so many fun crafts that kids can make with construction paper. This post contains many great craft ideas using construction paper.
Below are 25+ construction paper craft ideas for kids to get them started. They are organized by type of craft and include simple construction paper crafts, construction paper animals, construction paper strips crafts, weaving crafts, quilling crafts, and paper chain crafts.
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Construction Paper Crafts for Kids to Make
Use this post full of construction paper crafts to inspire kids to get creative with construction paper! For most of these crafts, you’ll also need scissors, glue, and maybe some other basic craft supplies.
Simple Construction Paper Crafts
Paper Chain Jewelry – This easy construction paper craft just uses paper cut into tiny strips. Children can create paper necklaces, bracelets, crowns, and rings.
Paper Ice Cream Cones by Family Fun Crafts – This simple construction paper ice cream cone craft is super cute! It’s also a great way for preschoolers to work on their fine motor skills.
Easy Paper Twirl Snake Craft by Our Kid Things – These fun little construction paper snakes are easy for kids to make—simply cut a snake shape out of construction paper, decorate it with markers and googly eyes and then curl.
Swirling Twirling Ladybugs by Crafts by Amanda – These adorable hanging ladybugs are simple for kids to make. All you need is some construction paper, black paint, and glue.
Handprint Butterfly Craft by Simple Everyday Mom – These handprint butterflies are easy for kids to make. Simply trace your child’s handprints on construction paper, cut them out, then use glue, paints, or markers to decorate the butterfly wings.
DIY Paper Dinosaur Hat by Paper and Glue – Kids will love wearing this dinosaur hat made with construction paper! Besides construction paper, you’ll also need tape and glue.
Construction Paper Strips Crafts
Make a Paper Chain Rainbow – Use strips of colourful construction paper to make a beautiful rainbow! This is such a simple idea and looks beautiful when displayed.
Simple 3D Construction Paper Flowers – Such a fun and easy way to use construction paper strips and great for brightening up a home for spring or summer!
Paper Strip Rainbows by One Little Project – This simple rainbow craft uses colorful strips of construction paper to make an adorable little rainbow with cotton ball clouds. You just need scissors and staples to complete this project.
Rainbow Unicorn Mane by Ryan and Marsha – This adorable craft uses colorful strips of curled construction paper to create the rainbow mane of a unicorn. This craft would be a fun decoration for a birthday party!
Water Lily Paper Craft by School Time Snippets – This paper water lily craft is a great way to help kids remember a lesson about the famous artist Monet. This construction paper craft uses torn paper strips and glue.
Spinning Rainbow Heart Mobile by Twitchetts – This cute spinning rainbow heart mobile is made with colorful strips of construction paper. Just cut to size, line up the paper, gently fold it over and staple at the point.
Construction Paper Rainbow Craft for Kids by Kindergarten Connection – Here’s a simple rainbow craft made by cutting rainbow strips and gluing to the back of a paper cloud. This would be a great craft to make in the spring or summer.
Construction Paper Weaving Crafts
Paper Weaving for Kids by Made with Happy – Paper weaving is a simple technique for crafting with construction paper. All that is needed is some construction paper and scissors. This technique can be used by kids to create many other cute crafts.
Paper Weave Place Mats by Laughing Kids Learn – These paper weave placemats are simple enough for a three-year-old to make. Kids can also change the way the weave looks by cutting wavy lines, zigzags or lines of varying thickness into the construction paper.
Paper Weaving by The House that Lars Built – This is a unique paper weaving craft that uses strips of paper to create beautiful patterns. All you need are thin strips of colorful construction paper.
Paper Woven Basket by The Natural Homeschool – Using the paper weaving technique kids can make a colorful paper woven basket. All you need is construction paper, scissors, and staples.
Weaving Rainbow Fish Craft by Crafty Morning – This is the perfect craft to make along with the book The Rainbow Fish with your preschooler. All you need is construction paper cut into a fish shape and colorful strips of paper.
Construction Paper Quilling Crafts
Quilled Paper Snail Craft by Crafty Morning – This cute snail craft is created with a paper quilling technique. To make this craft kids take strips of construction paper and coil them up before gluing them onto paper.
Easy Paper Quilling Turtle by Twitchetts – This adorable turtle craft is made by quilling construction paper. All you need is construction paper and glue!
Spring Tree Craft by Projects with Kids – With this cute craft kids can use the quilling technique to create a beautiful spring tree. The only supplies necessary are construction paper, glue, and watercolor paints.
Easy Paper Quilling Emoji Cards by Red Ted Art – Kids will love making these cool paper quilling emoji cards. To make these you’ll need construction paper, scissors, and glue.
Easy Paper Quilling Art for Kids: Heart Balloons by Hello Wonderful – These cute paper quilled heart balloons art project makes a nice homemade card for kids to give to loved ones. You’ll only need construction paper, glue, white paper, and colored pencils.
Construction Paper Loops Crafts
Paper Chain Snake by Raising Little Superheroes – This construction paper craft uses the loop technique to make a paper chain and turn it into a snake. It would be a great project to go along with a jungle or rainforest-themed unit.
Paper Chain Caterpillar Craft for Kids by Where Imagination Grows – You can also use construction paper loops to create a paper chain caterpillar. This is a cute craft that goes along with The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Eric Carle.
Paper Loop Butterfly Craft by I Heart Crafty Things – Print off this butterfly template and use construction paper loops to create the body of the butterfly. This is a simple springtime craft for kids to make.
Black Cat Paper Craft by Fireflies and Mudpies – You can use construction paper loops to create animals too, like this adorable black cat. To make this craft, simply print off the template, cut out your paper and glue it together.
Construction Paper Frog Craft by Easy Peasy and Fun – Here’s a cute construction paper frog craft. To make this craft, cut some green paper into strips then form them into a loops.
Construction Paper Mosaic Crafts
Rainbow Mosaic Craft by Ryan and Marsha – Construction paper mosaic crafts are a simple technique for kids to create with. For this craft simply cut construction paper into small squares and then let the kids glue the colorful squares onto a rainbow template.
Torn Construction Paper Mosaic Mushroom by Fireflies and Mudpies – This construction paper mosaic is a little different because it uses torn paper. To make this craft kids will rip the paper into small pieces and then glue them onto a mushroom template.
Torn Paper Watermelon Craft by Fantastic Fun & Learning – This cute watermelon craft is created with torn construction paper, glue, and a little bit of black paint. It’s the perfect summer craft for preschoolers to make.
Torn Paper Seahorse Project by Rainy Day Mum – Make this nautical paper mosaic craft project with torn construction paper. Use a stencil to create the seahorse design or any design you want. Glue onto a large paper and create a backdrop.
There you have it, 25+ construction paper crafts for kids to make. I hope this inspires you and your kids to use up that construction paper stash!
P.S. Don’t forget to download your Construction Paper Holiday Crafts freebie!