Hands on Crafts For Kids is the resource for kids craft projects and instructions for kids 6-12 and parents, teachers and other group leaders. It includes school and curriculum based projects,  multi cultural projects, and every day, holiday and seasonal ideas.

It is  the online home of the public television program Hands On Crafts for Kids.

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Jenny Barnett-Rohrs creates all kinds of textures using rolling pins. 

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Hosts: Jenny Barnett-Rohrs

Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.

Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Easy

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Areas of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics - measuring
Visual Arts

Time needed for project:
1 hour plus drying time


Designed by Linda Gorman

Make your paper crafts ZING with textured painted paper you create yourself.

Elmer’s® School Glue
Elmer’s® Glitter Glue
Paper towel tubes, potato chip cans, or old wooden rolling pins or 3” diameter wooden dowels
Bubble wrap
Cling film
Foam sheets
Clothes pins
Rubber bands
Acrylic paint
Foam roller brush


  1. Make a foamie roller: cut shapes from craft foam sheet. Apply white glue to the paper towel roll and place shapes on in a random fashion. Wrap with cling film- it will keep them attached while the glue dries. Set aside to let it dry overnight. (Alternatively, use foam stickers to a paper towel roll and omit the white glue)
  2. Make a chip can roller: cut a piece of bubble wrap that will fit around the can. Using a foam brush, apply white glue to the can and wrap the bubble wrap around it. Use rubber bands to hold the bubble wrap in place until the glue is completely dry.
  3. Make a wooden dowel roller: Brush the wooden dowel or pin with white glue. Wrap twine around the dowel in a zig-zag fashion to create a pattern. Apply more white glue to secure and set aside to dry.
  4. When your texture rollers are dry, apply acrylic paint using a foam brush and roll across white or colored paper. Let dry.
  5. Use printed papers to create cards, art prints, or bookmarks!


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