Make & Create Activities for Children & Teens

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How to make a kite

Do you like to combine arts and crafts? If the answer is yes, this video is perfect for you.

Follow artist Heather Gray and learn how to assemble your own kite from recycled materials.

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How to make a treasure box

Looking for a special place for all of your keepsakes and memorabilia? Why not create one yourself?

Follow the steps recorded in this video by artist Jen O’Brien to make a container for your treasures.

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How to make a potato print pattern

Join artist Heather Gray and make your own ornamental paper to pack your gifts or use as personal stationery.

Heather refers to traditional Japanese patterns to create this video on making potato stamps to decorate paper.

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Folding book workshop  

Follow artist Heather Gray in this recorded workshop and make a folding book to celebrate the year of the Ox.

Learn how to write the Chinese character for Ox and fill your book with images of this methodical and inspiring animal.

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How to draw a Daruma doll

The Daruma Doll is one of the most iconic symbols of Japan. It is modelled after Bodhidharma, a founder of Zen Buddhism, and is a symbol of good luck and perseverance.

Inspired by the Daruma images found in the museum’s Japanese collection, watch artist Ari Ahmad create an image of a Daruma Doll.

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How to make a wishing wreath 

Get the family together and create a wishing wreath full of good intentions and wishes.

Follow artist Jen O’Brien and learn how to create hand stencils, charms and other recycled bits and pieces.

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How to make a STEAMpunk plague doctor mask

Join us to watch the STEAMpunk Plague Doctor Mask with artist and maker, Megan Scott.

Inspired by the costumes of Renaissance plague doctors, we will create our own bird-like mask. Why not give STEAM a punk-twist to this moving macabre mask?

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How to create an origami basket

Create and decorate these charming origami baskets with artist Megan Scott. 

These beautiful and simple paper baskets can be used for your own trinkets or for small gifts to a loved one over the festive period. 

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How to make a hanging owl decoration

Follow artist Heather Gray in this recorded video and make an adorable owl to decorate your window or a wall.

Use recycled materials you can find around your home. This family friendly decoration workshop is a hoot!

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How to create a crayon etching: Scratching the Surface

Watch artist Megan Scott in her creative and experimental approach to line drawing.

Inspired by the carvings found in the museum’s jade books collections, this online tutorial explores how to create an etching-style artwork using simple art material.

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How to create contemporary ikebana (flower arrangement)

Inspired by Japanese ikebana, the art of flower arranging, artist Jen O’Brian created this multi-sensory activity which considers colours, smells and textures.

Embrace the shapes of the wild and create an art piece – stylish, simple and sophisticated.

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How to make a nature journal - Family Workshop

Join us to watch the Nature Journal workshop, with artist Jen O’Brien.

Learn how to make a concertina album. Why not use it to record your personal observations of flora and fauna, including drawings, collage arrangements and notes?

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How to make finger puppets - Family Workshop

View this recorded workshop with Roxana Manouchehri and follow the steps to make your own finger puppets out of paper, glue and markers.

You can look at our wonderful collection online to get your creative juices flowing.

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How to make a Boater Hat

Join artist Heather Gray for this recording of her Boater Hats workshop.

This activity inspired by the annual Bloomsday Festival, is perfect for the whole family so why not follow Heather and make your own hat.

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How to make a Star Festival streamer

During the Tanabata Festival, also known as the Star Festival, people all over Japan write wishes on small paper strips and hang them on bamboo branches or other ‘wish’ trees.

Watch this video prepared by artist Jen O’Brien and follow the steps to create your own Tanabata streamer. What wish will you make?

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How to marble paper

This video combines art and science, and shows you how to make your own marbled paper.

Get your crafts station ready and follow the instructions of artist Megan Scott.

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How to make a 3D centipede

Join us and learn about the great adventures of mythical hero Tawara Tōda.

Follow artist Heather Gray and build a giant centipede

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How to build a kaleidoscope

Watch this video prepared by Jen O’Brien and find out how to build your very own kaleidoscope at home.

This is a great activity for everyone interested in mix of art and science.

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How to make an illuminated portrait

Inspired by many illuminated manuscripts housed in the Chester Beatty, artist Megan Scott introduces a contemporary take on the art of illumination.

Watch this video and learn how to create your own shimmering portrait.

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How to make a Koinobori (traditional Japanese paper fish)

Watch this arts and craft demonstration with
artist Heather Grey and learn how to make your own traditional Japanese fish to celebrate Children’s Day inspired by the Chester Beatty Collection.

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Wednesday 9:45am - 8:00pm
Saturday 9:45am - 5:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 5:30pm


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Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92