Ride on over to the craft table where your kids can create these western-themed art projects. The crafts use common cowboy and wild west symbols as the inspiration. With a few basic supplies, you’re on your way to a rootin’ tootin’ good time.
Customized Cowboy Hat
You’ve likely seen those cheap cowboy hats sold at dollar stores and party supply stores. They may not be attractive as they are sold, but you can easily dress them up for custom cowboy hats. Use sequins, puff paint, gems and beads to decorate the hats. If the hat comes with a cord that goes under the chin, you can switch it out with a fancier cord.
Tie Dyed Bandanna
Pick up some white bandannas for this next craft. You’ll also need a tie dye kit. I like to head outdoors to tie dye since the dye can stain most surfaces. Let your child dip the bandanna into the tie dye liquid to make a custom cowboy bandanna. Follow the directions with the tie dye kit to set the color on the bandannas. When they’re finished, your little cowpoke can use the bandanna around his neck.
Paper Bag Vest
The next time you head to the grocery store, ask for paper grocery bags. Those bags work well for making custom cowboy vests. Cut straight up the middle of one side to make the opening of the vest. Cut a circle out of the bottom of the bag to make the next hole. Cut two armholes on the side of the bag.
Now that you have the basic vest shape, it’s ready for decorations. Color the vest or add details, such as ribbons and buttons.
Every cowboy needs a horse to ride. If you don’t own a stick horse, make your own. Start with a wrapping paper tube as the stick. Cut out a horse head shape from sturdy cardboard. Let your child decorate the horse with all of the details. Cut slits opposite one another on the end of the tube. Slide the neck of the horse into the slits. Secure it with a little tape.