Weddings can bring out the kid in all of us as we plan and dream and decorate. When you’re planning a wedding kids will have a part in, you might want to involve them with some wedding-themed arts and crafts. Here’s a list to get you started:
1. Cutting and folding:
*Origami: kids of all ages and skill levels can enjoy making folded paper objects. Origami of all kinds produces elegant products that you may even want to display or give as favors at the wedding. Consider boxes, swans, and cranes.
*Snowflakes and confetti: bring the kids into the decorating by allowing them to cut snowflakes for a winter wedding or colored confetti for invitation envelopes.
*Paper dolls and chains: paper doll or decorative chains can make unique decorations for the wedding or a fun craft for the kids to do at the reception.
2. All that glitters
*Wire wrap and jewelry: let the kids make wire-wrap sculptures, mobiles, or jewelry with thin jeweler’s wire in silver, bronze, or jewel tones.
Beads: let the kids help with favors by giving them beads and wire or string. They can make necklaces, keychains, rings, and bracelets with glass or metal beads.
*Clay roses: Sculpey or other craft clay comes in a wide range of colors and can be rolled out into flower petals and stems.
*Potpourri: dried flower petals can be combined in bowls or sachets for decorations or wedding favors.
*Marzipan: similar to clay flowers, marzipan can be rolled and sculpted into intricate flower designs. But these flowers are edible and delicious!
*Flower press: make small flower presses out of cardboard, wax paper, and wingnuts and bolts and give them to children at the wedding. They can use them to press some of the wedding flowers and keep them as keepsakes or give them to the bridal couple as gifts.
4. Fun with words and cards:
*Calligraphy: let older kids be a part of the wedding planning by teaching them the art of calligraphy. They can help address the invitations and thank you cards and put together fancy boxes and gifts for wedding favors. More invitation fun can be had with glitter, confetti, and rubber stamps and ink.
5. Butcher paper and markers
*Make a card for the wedding couple: at a casual or intimate wedding, or one where many children will be present, you might want to lay out long strips of butcher paper or find giant greeting cards for the kids to decorate with markers. Adults can leave messages and well-wishes for the bridal couple’s future.
Kids can be brought into the wedding planning and execution in many ways. They can be flower girls and ring-bearers, of course, but they can also help in the creation and layout of decorations, in assisting guests to their seats in the wedding or reception, and can even be a part of the receiving line. Integrating children into the ceremony and reception can be a way to help make children in blended families feel like an integral part of the new family. At large family weddings, having activities for the children can help keep them occupied and happy, which allows the adults to fully enjoy the wedding, as well.