I was inspired by Dr. Seuss’ colorful Lorax Truffula Trees, which I recreated here with just some twigs, yarn, paint and a little clay. 1. Collect thin twigs that are fairly straight and mount them in a small amount of clay. Let dry overnight. 2. Paint twigs with white acrylic paint and the clay base with … Read More
I was inspired by some fabric ornaments I saw at Anthropologie, but Michaels pom poms come in such great colors that I like mine even better. A bonus is that they take just about 30 min. to make. 1. You can get every one of these items at Michaels: Pom poms, dressmaker pins, ribbon and styrofoam … Read More
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
This project was improvised with my Haitian friends and I last week, to fill in after soda tabs ran out and strips of black tire proved a little difficult to work with. We switched to duct tape that was folded in half, and decorated them with square paper clips and metallic markers. It worked great, the … Read More
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.
With a little assistance, this project can be done in two classes. Last week my afterschool kids put paper mache over the terra cotta flower pot from Michaels, and then around balls of aluminum foil. A coat of white paint was needed to make all the colors look “fresh”, so I did that step myself to … Read More
Here’s a simple idea that can be elaborated upon, as proven by Zoe’s snails here. Start one with a colored jumbo pasta shell (brush Sharpie markers work great) and then finish them off with some creative Model Magic bodies. I’m not sure, but I think these guys have little scarves tied around their necks. Too funny!
I’ve seen many projects on Pinterest that use dyed pasta, so I finally experimented with it myself. Although the watercolor and alcohol dye made a nice soft color (without getting the pasta soggy) I ended up liking glitter paint even more. I just applied it with a brush and let it dry. Next up? Some pretty … Read More
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
I made these dolls with some young girls awhile back as a special birthday party project. The pipe cleaner bodies were wrapped with embroidery thread, and the clothes cut from felt. The doll hair, which you can actually buy online, is a lot of fun to play with, but yarn would look good too. My goal … Read More
Thanks to infarrantlycreative.net for this great mini food art idea. My kids loved making them last week, the only catch was having enough bottles of glitter glue to keep about with about 35 students. (P.S. Making glue stations turned out to be key.) PREP: The caps, beads, felt, glitter glue and craft glue were all purchased … Read More
This project may be more craftsy than artsy, but I keep finding that so many of my kids at the end of the day, just want to make “stuff”. I keep looking for projects that will satisfy that itch to glue and cut and wrap, and am pretty sure they are going to love these tiny … Read More
Here’s a recycled craft that was so popular, students came back today and asked to do it again. It took a little prep, but used a lot of old things that I was happy to see get used. PREP: Wrap old, empty plastic crayon holders with a strip of duck tape to make a green stick. … Read More
I made these plaster paper weights with about 30 kids today, and they really enjoyed them. The hardest part was waiting 20 minutes for them to set. PREP: Make 10″ x 2″ stapled rings out of poster weight paper. Cut old cardboard squares for plates. 1. Students make a pancake with clay. It must be larger … Read More