Ideas for a Craft-Station Sleepover Party
love sleepovers! Friends, junk-food, staying up late; what more could a kid
want? I enjoy creating themed sleepover parties for my daughter such as a
“Princess Sleepover Party” or “Camp-out Sleepover”. Recently we had a
“Craft-Station” sleepover party and it turned out to be a big hit! The kids
loved making all the craft projects, and many of the projects turned out to be
so much fun. The kids created sentimental keepsakes that serve as reminders of
the sleepover with their friends. I would like to share some of the great ideas
that really made this party so special and fun. These ideas are fun to do
anytime and for any occasion!
Different Ideas to Try
I chose my dining room table and kitchen counter to create “mini-stations” all
around the edge of each. I have used Styrofoam or paper plates to contain the
materials used in some of the mini-stations. On the large area rug in my living
room, I created the “big-stations” that way the kids could sprawl out and have
plenty of room to work on these projects.
Here are some ideas for the mini-stations:
- Decorate a Brownie/Cupcake: For this, just have a tray of frosted
cupcakes or brownies ready (or unfrosted if you wish to have the kids frost
them) and have different containers of toppings to decorate with. Some
examples for topping could be crushed Oreo's, different types of sprinkles,
gummy worms or bears, m&m’s, different colors of sugar sprinkles, miniature
Make a Friendship Bracelet: Have different colored string and beads, I
like using letter beads to give the bracelets a personal touch. You could
even add personalized charms that can be bought at most craft stores.
- Temporary Tattoos or Face Paint: Have a station set up where kids could
either select a cool temporary tattoo or get their faces painted. This is so
fun at sleepovers! You don’t even have to be an artist to do the face
painting. There are kits out there with special face paints and stencils
that can make your job a lot easier.
- Fun With Paper: Have different sized paper squares cut out of different
colored and patterned paper. It is fun to create different origami crafts
out of paper and there are plenty of easy ideas online. The kids could also
create paper airplanes and decorate them with markers. They could even have
a contest to see which plane flies the farthest.
Paint and Decorate Photo Frames: It is easy to find plain wooden photo
frames at a craft store or dollar store. They are not that expensive. You can
create a station with different paints and decorations for the kids to design
their own photo frames. Make sure to take many photos of the kids having
fun at their craft sleepover party. If you have the right equipment, you
could even print out photos of the kids at the party and place them into the
frames as keepsakes for the kids.
Make Personalized Snow Globes: This is such a fun activity for kids.
Not only is it fun but these homemade snow globes also make great keepsakes.
Here are some ideas for the big-stations:
Decorate a Flashlight: Basic plastic flashlights can be bought for very low
prices, and kids love to play with flashlights at sleepovers! Use different
patterned and colored duct-tape and stickers to wrap and decorate the
flashlights with. Cut out different small shapes of colored cellophane and tape
to the clear bulb-cover (best with LED flashlights to avoid over-heating). This
creates multicolored shape illumination effects.
- Keepsake T-Shirts or Canvas Totes: Have a plain t-shirt or canvas
tote for each child to decorate with fabric markers or fabric paint. They could
even put all of their handprints with non-toxic fabric paint, writing their
names under with a fabric marker to make these a truly sentimental keepsake. The
canvas totes are also great to put all of the kids’ newly-made craft items in to
take home. Just remember that this can get messy so be prepared to cover the
floor or workspace with old newspaper or towels.
- Make Your Own Pillow: Out of soft material such as fleece or faux
fur, cut out two big squares or circles. With scissors, carefully cut slits
into the edge about 4 inches deep and spaced about an inch or so apart.
Simply begin to tie the two pieces of material together until it is about
¾’s finished. Then stuff with polyester fiber filling and continue to tie
the rest of the slits together until the pillow is complete.
- Make Sock Puppets and Theater: Use yarn, buttons, squiggle eyes, pipe
cleaners, fabric markers, and felt to create fun and unique sock puppets. I like
to buy a pack of plain white tube socks for this project, but you could use
clean gently used socks as well. The kids may also enjoy creating a puppet
theater stage out of a cardboard box and craft supplies. This is also a great
group activity and they will have so much fun creating a puppet show.
Kids will have a blast with these fun ideas and they will surely bring out
their creative sides. Most
of these activities are very inexpensive and fun for all ages as well. So the
next time your kids want to have a sleepover, give a craft-station themed party
a try. It is sure to make them smile as they make fun things and create new
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