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Craft Ideas to Decorate Kids' Aprons

by Jenivieve Elly

You can decorate your child's apron with easy to use puff paint. The paint is inexpensive and toddler friendly. All you need to do is pick up a few different colors of the squeezable bottles from the craft store. Keep it simple by guiding your little one's hand as she writes her name across the front of the apron. From there, you can allow them to go crazy with any random design they like. He can make a big circle, a square or let your kiddo try to draw the family dog or cat! Your child will love to draw a house with a tree in the front yard will The art might get a little abstract, but depending upon the age of the child, they can attempt some shapes or even an "I Love Mommy" message. You really can't go wrong, because the only goal is fun!

Puff Paint Patterns

You can decorate your child's apron with easy to use puff paint. The paint is inexpensive and toddler friendly. All you need to do is pick up a few different colors of the squeezable bottles from the craft store. Keep it simple by guiding your little one's hand as she writes her name across the front of the apron. From there, you can allow them to go crazy with any random design they like. He can make a big circle, a square or let your kiddo try to draw the family dog or cat! Your child will love to draw a house with a tree in the front yard will The art might get a little abstract, but depending upon the age of the child, they can attempt some shapes or even an "I Love Mommy" message. You really can't go wrong, because the only goal is fun!

Iron-on Art

By now, your little one might be savvy with crayons. In fact, you are most likely displaying their amazing (if slightly abstract) artwork all over your house and office. This apron craft will let you put their amazing work onto the front of their apron. Simply have them use crayons to draw anything they like on a plain white sheet of paper. Once they are through, you will need to purchase fabric crayons, and carefully color over it, applying more pressure than normal coloring. Head over to the ironing board, place a small stack of newspaper on top. Place the apron on top of the newspaper to avoid having any color seep through to the ironing board. Place the child's drawing face down in position on the apron, with one additional sheet of regular paper on top. With an iron on the cotton setting, press down firmly until the color starts to bleed through the extra blank sheet. Peel off the extra paper, and the drawing, and then follow the directions on the package of the fabric crayons for washing. If all goes well, the drawing should emerge on the apron.

Apron Hands

For this craft, you will have your child cover the apron in multicolored handprints. You will need to buy several different colors of acrylic fabric paint from the local crafts store, along with enough paper plates for each color. Place the apron flat on a table with plastic garbage bags underneath to protect the surface. Have each plate laid out with just enough paint in each one for hand dipping. Next, your little one will dip one hand in each color, and then gently and carefully make a nice hand print on the apron. She will need to rinse her hands in between dipping so that the colors don't bleed into each other. Let the apron dry, and then enjoy the rainbow look of this hands-on craft.

Food By Design

This idea requires fabric markers. They are permanent, so you’ll need to supervise -- unless, of course, you enjoy explaining to every guest that your little one attempted to redecorate the dining room for you. The idea for this task is to have your little one draw his favorite foods on the apron. Let this one become imperfect -- remember, the goal is fun, not perfection. Don't worry that Suzy down the street has her daughter enrolled in those expensive art classes. Your kid will make her apron with love. Draw slices of pizza, hot dogs, and even have your child try to paint some yummy mac 'n cheese. Whatever your child likes, she can make on the apron for all to see!

About the Author

Jenivieve Elly has been an entertainment writer since 2006 and also has experience in public relations. She writes for Right Celebrity and its sister websites, serving as senior marketing consultant and fashion editor. Elly holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from the University of South Florida.

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