Construction paper crafts can be anything made from construction paper, and some of the most common craft items like this include greeting cards and link chains made for decorating. Animals made from construction paper are another type of craft which many children like to make. Many children trace their hand prints onto construction paper and create various crafts, such as turkey decorations for Thanksgiving and construction paper bouquets. Paper plates made from construction paper are another type of craft that can be decorated using paints, markers, colored pencils, or crayons.
Elementary school teachers often instruct students on how to create construction paper crafts. Making crafts using construction paper can be done throughout the year, but it is especially popular for creating holiday projects. For instance, construction paper crafts made for Valentine's Day may include paper hearts and Valentine's Day cards. Christmas tree decorations may include a construction paper link chain. Making a paper Christmas tree using construction paper is another type of project.
Origami, which is an ancient Japanese art of creating figures and objects from paper, may be done with construction paper. Creating construction paper crafts using the origami method will require folding the paper into various shapes. One of the most common origami designs is paper flowers. Other construction paper decorations may include paper baskets and paper fruit. Simple paper boxes to hold trinkets and party favors can also be made from construction paper, using the origami method.
Many children create construction paper hats and paper boats in school. These are typically some of the first paper crafts many children learn to make. Hats can be made as a birthday party favor, or more elaborately designed for other occasions. Other styles of hats made from construction paper may include pirate hats, viking hats, or tiaras. Creating boats and ships from construction paper may be done by tracing patterns of the sail and hull and using glue to assemble the parts.
Construction paper may also be used to decorate flags. These flags may represent different countries and may be colored with crayons or makers. Greeting cards with a folded-flap envelope can be another type of craft created by using construction paper. White construction paper may work best, allowing children to use markers or colored pens to write messages on the card and envelope. Templates for these and various other construction paper projects can be found online.