Weaving Loom Board

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I keep looking for new ways to introduce students to weaving, and this one is working our pretty well for my students this week. Paper strips are woven in between rubber bands, which keep them from sliding out. PREP: Glue a frame for each student with craft glue. Let dry for at least a couple of … Read More

Juggling Balls

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My mini art camp is just two weeks away, and I’m looking forward to trying some more outdoorsy things like these balls made from balloons and sand. 1. I used 9″ balloons and a funnel to fill them with sand. I think 12″ balloons would work great too. It takes some pulling and shaking to fill … Read More

More Canvas Journals

These journals are turning into one of my favorite projects. I’m loving how freely the kids paint when given one long piece of canvas instead of designing the front and back separately. CLASS ONE: Cut unstretched canvas into 8″ x 20″ rectangles. Students paint the primed side with one acrylic color, and then add patterns on … Read More

Foil and Sharpie Suns

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If you’re looking for something different, but don’t want extra prep work, try having students drawing on aluminum foil sheets that are glued (with a glue stick) to a paper plate. The circle shape is built in, and the Sharpie color on foil never ceases to amaze. Especially when rainbows are involved, like Talia’s.

Starting Paper Mache Ice Cream Cones

Time for one last paper mache project after school. Here’s a photo that explains how these ice cream cones are started. The flower pots from Michaels (about $1) offer a great heavy base so tall cones don’t fall over. Aluminum foil sheets are wrapped (about 5 per scoop) to make balls that can be stacked as … Read More

Mother’s Day Tissue Hearts

Here’s my solution this year for student’s Mother Day gift. It’s revisiting an old tissue paper technique that’s been around forever, and can really look nice if done well. PREP: I used our school’s die cut to make a heart for each student. I actually switched to heavy watercolor paper when my chipboard ran out. Also … Read More

Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial

This tissue flower project has been pretty popular, so I thought I’d repost it with the tutorial that I made awhile back to help get the proportions right. It’s a great sprint time project that costs very little, so you don’t need to wait until Mother’s Day to make one. • View and download Tissue Paper … Read More

Milk Bottle Jars

My Sharpie Art class is working with some tissue paper and milk bottles I found at Michael’s. The tissue is torn and applied to the jars with watery glue. When it is dry they are going to draw some silhouette marker art on the sides. I’m loving all the glass bottles I see at Michael’s these … Read More

Sharpies and Fabric

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Here’s a really cool looking project that takes just a few ordinary supplies: cotton knit fabric, permanent markers and rubbing alcohol. The ideal match is with tshirts, but if that is difficult due to time or budgets, a swatch of fabric is just as fun. 1. Place a bowl or container under the fabric and wrap … Read More

Popsicle Flag

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The red sticks for these flags are made with just a little liquid watercolor. And if you color them ahead of time, the rest is an easy assembly project for kids of all ages. See my “Folk Art Flag” for a full photo tutorial.

Chinese Paper Dragon

Here’s a peek at an Chinese origami-style dragon project. The body is made of 2″ wide paper strips, and it turns out the Staples brand is the perfect weight, not to mention the perfect package of colors. I think the head could be dressed up or down, depending on the student’s ability.

Recycled Cardboard Masks

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Did you ever realize that sometimes you just make projects more difficult than they need to be? I’ve always liked the idea of working with masks, but couldn’t get excited over the super-simple paper plate variety. On the other hand, I didn’t have time to do spend several classes on fancy mache versions either. Enter a … Read More

Cutout Christmas Card

There’s nothing like a homemade holiday card. I tried this method to make a quick “quilted” card that didn’t actually call for any sewing. 1. Start with giving each student 3 colored cards that measure 4.5″ x 6.5″. Next, they each need 3 sheets of contrasting card stock that measure 4″ x 6″ (I used a … Read More

Matchbox Art Template

Finally, my promised Matchbook Art Template and instructions. I tried this on several different papers and ended up liking a heavy 110 lb. card stock the best. Here’s how I dealt with a large group of afterschool students, ages kinder through 5th grade. • View and download Matchbox Tutorial PREP: Print and trim a tray, insert … Read More

Miniature Donuts

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These adorable little donuts were made yesterday out of FIMO clay by a fourth grader. The box measures about 2″ wide, so the donuts are tiny, but easy to make when the clay already is the perfect color.

Sticker Snowman Card

Office stickers make these snowmen a breeze to put together, so students can concentrate on creating a short story. And with just a few adjustments to the placement of the eyes, nose and buttons, all kinds of body positions are possible. PREP: Cut lots of 2.25″ x 4.25″ rectangles (with a paper cutter) from multicolored card … Read More

Recycled Turkey on a Stick

This ingenious idea for making turkeys from old food boxes comes from My Plum Pudding. It’s a great use of those colorful coated boxes that I love to collect. This turkey is made entirely from cut up boxes that are attached to a 1/4″ wooden dowel from Michael’s. This bird may look fairly simple, but I … Read More

Little Wooden Crystals

I’m having so much fun with these little stick sculptures, and so are my students. They happen to be studying minerals right now, so this is a great tie in as it is one of the elemental crystal shapes they are learning about. I recommended starting with Wood Craft Picks that are found at Michaels and … Read More

Cube Stick Drawing

Turning a square into a cube is fundamental in learning how to draw with dimension. But for some reason, I often see students first draw the angled lines different lengths, which makes things lopsided. I’m thinking that if I require them to cut these sticks all the same size before they glue, they can’t help but … Read More

Black Paper Cat

The credit for this super cute paper cat idea goes to an old Family Fun Craft book. I just worked out a few details about the size and materials, that I am happy to share. 1. Cut body from black cardstock paper (most construction paper is too soft). Fold back and cut out legs. Make slits … Read More

Gary’s Tree Stool

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Here’s another great example of my brother-in-law’s woodworking skills. It’s about 18″ tall and incredibly sturdy and strong. I can’t get over how much I like just looking at it.

Gary’s Recycled Fish

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I’m visiting with my sister in Tennessee, and look what her husband Gary made out of old tools. This is so cool and creative, not to mention completely recycled. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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