Paper Cactus

Thanks to craft paper punches, projects like this paper cactus are totally possible even for classrooms. I just recommend pre-punching the circles for a group of 25 or more. I learned the hard way. MATERIALS • Miniature clay pot, about 2″ tall (Michaels has them) • Model Magic (leftovers or any brown color) • Craft paper … Read More

Halloween Boxes with Sharpies

My favorite part of these little Halloween boxes is the color combination. I love the soft orange and matte black and shiny silver. Fortunately, they all come from supplies that are very easy for kids to use too. MATERIALS • White paper jewelry boxes • Sharpie marker, black, fine tip • Sharpie marker, black, brush tip … Read More

Mom Pop Out Flower Card

My students are learning how to make pop out flowers this week, which make a pretty nice Mother’s Day card. Last year I did this with hearts, but I like this flower for this time of year, for all the obvious reasons. Supplies: • 12″ x 12″ solid cardstock scrapbook paper • 12″ x 12″ print … Read More

Student’s Cast Tissue Tiles

Here they are, my student’s cast tissue paper tiles, taped on to some chipboard to make book covers. They look amazing with all the colors that bled together. To recap, I was first inspired by this Cast-Tissue post at dickblick.com. I ordered the black plastic rubbing plates and students simply applied 1″ squares of cheap bleeding … Read More

Matchbox Art with Leaves

I’m continuing this class after school, which starts with a pre-folded box and allows students to color the inside insert and wrapper. I just found this leaf punch, which is the perfect size for creating a mini leaf collection. Materials: • White card stock paper • Glue stick • Leaf paper cutter • Waterbased markers • … 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

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

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.

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

Gingerbread Matchbox House

Here’s an adorable Gingerbread Matchbox made yesterday by Nya, a fifth-grader. I showed students how to draw a simple droopy roof line and some candy windows, but Nya took the idea to whole new level. • View and download Matchbox Tutorial MATERIALS • White card stock paper • Glue stick • Scotch tape • Stabilo markers … 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

Sticker Snowman Card

Students can learn how to make their snowman card come to “life” by altering where the face and buttons are placed on the body. The fact that they can easily do this all with stickers and markers makes it even more fun. MATERIALS • Recollections card stock paper, blue • White sticker mailing labels 1″ x … Read More

Paper Chains

Gum wrapper paper chains have been around for a long time, but the original size is rather tedious for small hands. I found that scrapbook paper cut into larger strips works for many ages. This has been one of the most popular activities that I’ve ever tried with students from grade two to five. MATERIALS • … Read More

Halloween Black Cat

The credit for this Halloween Black 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. I had been wanting to find an easy way to have my students work in three dimension, and this project worked great … Read More

Paper Chain Art

Paper chain art seems to be most commonly associated with gum wrappers, as was popular in the 1960s. I’ve found that the process of folding and linking paper chains to be extremely successful and satisfying for students as young as 2nd graders. The sample shown here is made from a Trader Joe’s grocery bag, cut into … Read More