Are you looking for a creative craft for kids? Are you looking for a great DIY gift idea for kids to make for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day? The I Lava You Volcano Craft is a fun, yet easy DIY craft idea!

I Lava You Volcano Craft

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I Lava You Volcano Craft!

One of our (ok my;) favorite Disney short films is Lava.

It is an adorable love story between two volcanos. One of the lines in the song they sing is “I Lava You!”.

Every since watching Lava this is now a saying that we say a lot in my house:)

If you haven’t heard the song yet then you really need to look it up, it is super cute! One word of caution though, it will get stuck in your head! lol

Volcano Craft

So based on this movie, the I Lava You Volcano Craft was created!

This volcano craft makes a great gift for grandparents or parents. My son made this one for his grandmother for Mother’s Day.

It would also be great for Father’s Day or Valentine’s Day as well!

DIY Craft Ideas

This DIY  volcano craft is very easy to make and lots of fun!

It also requires vey few ingredients.

To make the I Lava You Volcano Craft you will need:

Heavy Weight White Construction Paper

Heavy Weight Brown Construction Paper

Brown Tissue Paper

Crayola Washable Brown Paint

Crayola Washable Red Paint

Crayola Washable Orange Paint

A Paintbrush

Red Colored Pencil


Glue stick

I Lava You

The first step in making the I Lava You Volcano Craft is to cut out a volcano shape using brown construction paper.

Using your glue stick glue the volcano onto a piece of white construction paper making the bottom of the volcano flush with the white construction paper.

Volcano Craft


Next it’s time for the fun part!

Pull out the orange and red paint. Squirt some of each color together on a paper plate.

Volcano Craft


Next, using a toothpick, swirl the two colors together.

Don’t completely mix them, just swirl them together so that you can still see each color mixed together.

Volcano Craft

Finger Painting

Now it’s time for the part that your chid will love!

Have them stick their hand into the paint.

Volcano Craft


Crayola Washable Finger Paint

Be sure that each of their fingers and the palm of the hand is completely coated. Don’t make the paint too thick on the hand or the handprint won’t turn out clearly though.

Volcano Craft


Press the ‘lava’ handprint down just above the volcano. For young children you might have to help them push their hand down so that the full handprint is made.

Volcano Craft


If the handprint isn’t close enough to the volcano let them use their finger with paint to fill it in.

Volcano Craft


Repeat the process using the other hand. You want to use both hands so that the thumbs overlap.

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Paint Hand Prints

Now you have handprint lava coming out of the top of your volcano!

Volcano Craft


Let your volcano craft sit until the lava handprints are dry.

While it is drying get out the brown tissue paper.

You can technically use any color tissue paper, we actually used gold.

However, the brown tissue paper will be a lot easier to cover with paint!

Tear off small strips and squares of tissue paper.

Volcano Craft


Scrunch up the torn piece of tissue paper. You don’t want it to be a ball, just crumpled up.

The purpose of the tissue paper is to give the volcano a textured look and feel.

Tear off enough tissue paper pieces to cover the brown construction paper volcano.

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Once the lava handprints are dry, let your child use a red colored pencil to write ‘I Lava You!’ somewhere on the white construction paper.

I Lava You Volcano Craft


Next, using glue sticks, glue the crumpled tissue paper onto the brown construction paper volcano. Place each of the pieces tightly together so that the brown construction paper is not visible.

Volcano Craft

Volcano Craft


After all of the construction paper is covered in tissue paper, get out the brown paint.

Using a paintbrush paint all of the tissue paper brown, giving the tissue paper a muddy look. Be sure to get in all the creases.

And that’s it! Your I Lava You Volcano Craft is complete!

Volcano Craft

Let it completely dry and then your child’s artwork is ready to display:)

I hope you and your child enjoy making the I Lava You Volcano Craft as much as we did!

This craft is lots of fun and a great way for your child to say “I Lava You!”

For additional fun and creative crafts for kids, check out:

DIY Pencil Holder Craft For Kids