Buffalo Check Plaid Paper Craft

I’m drooling over all the Buffalo Check Plaid that’s happening this season! You can wear it, decorate with it, and now craft with your kids with it!

Buffalo Check Plaid Paper Craft Title

I’m thrilled with how these darling Buffalo Check Plaid Crests turned out! It was such a fun kid’s craft to do with my boys and I know your kiddos will love it, too!


  • 2 sheets of red construction paper
  • 1 sheet of black construction paper
  • black marker
  • ruler
  • scissors or paper cutter
  • white cardstock
  • printer
  • Cricut

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Draw straight black lines diagonally across red paper

Take 1 of the sheets of red construction paper and draw straight lines across the page diagonally with a black marker. You could free hand this but I need a ruler to try to draw anything straight and even then it can end up a bit wonky.

my favorite paper cutter

Cut all three sheets of construction paper into strips. I recommend this paper cutter. It’s not expensive and I use it ALL the TIME!

Buffalo Check Squares

Now cut the strips into 1″ cubes.

Print out this free design your own coat of arms

I was going to draw my own crest shape but then a little google action lead me to this free Design Your Own Coat of Arms template. Why recreate the wheel when I don’t have to!?! I quick printed this out on white cardstock. *Click here to see what kind of printer we have.

Buffalo Check Plaid Crest Template

Flipped it over and traced the outline of the crest on the back.

Buffalo Check patterning

Flip it back over and your kiddos are ready to start their patterning fun! I recommend starting a little lower like this to get a good straight start. Black, red stripes, black, red stripes, etc..

Buffalo Check Patterning Row 2

The next row is red stripes, red, red stripes, red, etc…

Kid's Patterning Activity

Keep going with this alternating pattern until the crest is filled up. Don’t worry about covering up the outline because when it’s time to cut we’ll just flip the paper over and cut on the outline we traced on the back.

white animal shilouettes

Cut out the crest and now it’s time for some animal fun!! The kids love it when I use my Cricut to cut out things for them so I let them each pick out an animal to cut. They chose a bear, moose, and deer. In a few bats of an eyelash these adorable white cardstock animals were ready for glue! *If you are interested in getting your own Cricut click here! They have some great deals going on right now!

Buffalo Check Plaid Bear Kid's Craft

A little dab of the glue stick and oh my cuteness!!! Isn’t thisBuffalo Check Plaid Paper Craft just darling!?!

Buffalo Check Plaid Crest with Deer Head Kid's Craft

Oh deer!

Buffalo Check Plaid Moose Head Kid's Craft

Isn’t is MOOSE-VELOUS!?! Ok that was a stretch but still so fun!

Buffalo Check Plaid paper craft Collage

Here’s where ours are being displayed…they make my calendar SO happy!

Christmas Calendar Art

Check out these other amazing Buffalo Check Ideas:

Buffalo Check Ideas

Buffalo Check Reindeer Printable by Our Thrifty Ideas


Cotton Ball Ghosts

I can’t believe that we are fully in October! Wasn’t it just summer!?! I feel so bad usually I am way on top of anything festive but I just put up my fall décor a two weeks ago and now it’s time to add the Halloween stuff! Where’s the pause button!?! I need a free month to get caught up on everything I want to do. Even though I feel like October snuck up on me I’ve got to pull it together and make it fun for my Halloween loving boys!

Cotton Ball Ghost

Last year I came up with this Cotton Ball Ghost and it was such a hit with Ash! I even  went to his classroom and made these with his class. They all loved their spooky ghosts. This year Kell made his own Cotton Ball Ghost! I love getting to make things with both Ash and Kell. It reminds me of the days when Gray and Ash used to make things together…sigh.


cotton ball ghost supplies


  • black construction paper with a ghost outline {download my template here}
  • white crayon
  • cotton balls
  • white glue in a small dish
  • paint brush

pulling apart cotton balls

Lightly pinch and pull the cotton balls to make them billowy.

cotton balls pulled apart for halloween kids craft

A light touch is needed, if they pull too hard the cotton will just rip apart.

paint white glue on with a paint brush

Paint the glue all over the body of the ghost.

gluing cotton balls onto ghost outline

Apply the cotton on the glue filling up the body of the ghost.

finished cotton ball ghost halloween craft for preschoolers

Now this spooky cotton ball ghost is ready to hang to enjoy for the Halloween season!

Cotton Ball Ghosts Collage


Looking for some more Halloween fun!?! Check out my Halloween projects! {Here’s a little peek at some of my projects!}