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

New Discovery, Kuttlefish

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I think I just found a HUGE resource for recycled art ideas, a new site called Kuttlefish. It’s like Etsy meets recycling artists meets social good. You can’t get much better than that. Please share it with your friends and family as I love to support endeavors like this.

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

Collage Name Card

Lately I’ve been inspired by scrapbook artists and the layered-looking collages they often create. This project lets students get creative and colorful with the letters in their name. SESSION ONE 1. Cut enough 9″ x 12″ drawing paper into fourths measuring 4.5″ x 6″ to furnish each student with one page for each letter in their … Read More

Recycled Rooster

Save all those clean packing boxes, such as for cereal and pasta, and you can make some really colorful collage roosters. For a lead in story, “Farmyard Beat” is perfect and actually the inspiration for this project. 1. Most 1st graders have trouble drawing large sizes, so I made templates for them to trace. They just … Read More

2014 Art Journal Project

I’d like to share a new ongoing project that I am starting Monday – an art journal that students will create, build and grow themselves throughout the rest of the school year. After months of pricing ready-made options, I’ve found that an old box cover that is packing-taped to heavier cardboard, given a 2-hole punch, makes … Read More

Cardboard Treehouse

I’ve been experimenting with more dimensional afterschool classes this school year, and am happy to report that my kids seem to love it. On Friday they made these treehouses, and got so involved in decorating them they worked right through the last minute of class. NOTE: There was a bit of prep work for this, but … Read More

Pencil Stars

One by-product of art classes is lots of half-used pencils. I have boxes of them that are a bit too awkward to hold, but seem too long to throw away. Have you heard of the three Rs? Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. 1. Sharpen 10 pencils so they are all the same length. 2. Glue the tips … Read More

Torn Magazine Duck Collage

I adore torn edges. They have a way of making shapes that would never happen if you started cutting away with a pair of scissors. 1. Find two magazine pages with similar shades of yellow, and two with similar shades of orange. 2. Tear small shapes from both sheets of yellow and glue to make up … Read More

Collage Name Card

Lately I’ve been inspired by scrapbook artists and the layered-looking collages they often create. This project lets students get creative and colorful with the letters in their name. SESSION ONE 1. Cut enough 9″ x 12″ drawing paper into fourths measuring 4.5″ x 6″ to furnish each student with one page for each letter in their … Read More

Woven Cup Holder Tutorial

I experimented with an idea from my “Crafts for Kids” magazine, and came up with this recycled magazine cup holder. It’s created by weaving around a water bottle, so a good fit is pretty much guaranteed. And you probably already have all the supplies to make one … or more. 1. Tear out seven pages from … Read More

Soup Can Paper Mache Owl

During my visit to Art Creation Foundation for Children in Haiti, I was overwhelmed by the quality of paper mache art that the children had made. My favorite purchase was this owl (above right) that I’m told is painted with voodoo patterns. While I love the detail of it, I decided to see if I could … Read More

Woven Cup Holder Tutorial

I experimented with an idea from my “Crafts for Kids” magazine, and came up with this recycled magazine cup holder. It’s created by weaving around a water bottle, so a good fit is pretty much guaranteed. And you probably already have all the supplies to make one … or more. 1. Tear out seven pages from … Read More

CD Case Diorama

Here’s one more recycle project – using a CD case, cardboard boxes, and dried beans. 1. Collect clean cardboard packages, such as those used for cereal, crackers, pencils and markers. Open them up and cut out simple vehicle shapes, along with mountains, trees and sun. 2. Glue a small amount of dried beans to the inside … Read More

Baby Plant Craft

A parent recently donated a LOT of baby food jars, so I’ve been playing around with some different ideas. This comes purely from supplies that were on hand: peat moss, grass seed, and white paint marker. I wrote a simple message so the roots could still be seen, but a row of clear grassy jars would … Read More

Grocery Bag Paper Chain

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

Collage Name Card

Lately I’ve been inspired by scrapbook artists and the layered-looking collages they often create. This project lets students get creative and colorful with the letters in their name. SESSION ONE 1. Cut enough 9″ x 12″ drawing paper into fourths measuring 4.5″ x 6″ to furnish each student with one page for each letter in their … Read More

Torn Duck Collage

I adore torn edges. They have a way of making shapes that would never happen if you started cutting away with a pair of scissors. 1. Find two magazine pages with similar shades of yellow, and two with similar shades of orange. 2. Tear small shapes from both sheets of yellow and glue to make up … Read More