DIY Valentines

You can mass produce some DIY Valentines with some pretty paper, heart punch and hole punch. These stamp edges were made with a hole punch, punching just a half hole all around the outside of an art trading card. After that, you just need some pretty pink paper from your favorite craft store, and maybe a heart punch or two. MATERIALS Card stock paper, in shades of pink and white Paper cutter Hole punch … Read More

Gee’s Bend Quilt Collage

The women of Gee’s Bend — a small, remote, black community in Alabama — have created hundreds of quilt masterpieces dating from the early twentieth century to the present. This community also has a pretty fascinating connection to Dr. Martin Luther King. You can read the book “Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend” to find out more. I have long loved the look of the quilts made by these women, I had no … Read More

Wood Craft Letter Collage

I recently added Wood Crafts for Kids to my after school classes, and loved this collection of odds and ends wood scraps I found at The question of what to do with these scraps resulted in a couple of ideas. One was to just stack the larger shapes to make little building towers. That was fun, but the full collection of scraps is about 50% of assorted little skinny dowels. My solution was … Read More

Tissue Paper Poinsettias

 Poinsettias are always a good theme for Christmas art projects. Try tearing red and green tissue paper for a more natural petal shape. MATERIALS Multimedia paper Tissue paper: green, red and yellow White glue Water and container Brush Oil pastels DIRECTIONS Rectangles of red, green and yellow tissue paper are needed (the craft kind, NOT any that says ‘bleeding paper‘). There is a grain to the paper which makes it easier to tear in … Read More

Snowman Handmade Greeting Cards

Make your own handmade greeting cards with my sticker snowman project. Animate your snowman by moving the arms and hat and adjusting placement of the face. These snowman trading cards make use of a trading card sleeve to line them up for display, but you always just glue the cards to a folded sheet to make a card. I love how the sleeves make the art have an instant laminated look, but the idea can … Read More

Papel Picado Holiday Card

Try using colorful Post-its for this papel picado project. The squares come in very festive colors and can be found at your local office supply store. Papel picado is a Mexican folk art craft. It is the art of cutting paper into beautiful and elaborate designs for holidays and celebrations. What I liked about making this picado card with Post-its was that the built-in sticky side meant I could adjust the placement until the squares … Read More

Pop Up Christmas Cards

These pop up Christmas cards are easy to make, thanks to the fact that you can now get circle paper punches in a variety of sizes. Just be sure to cut all the circles and flakes ahead of time. Don’t make the mistake I did which was to think I could punch out plenty while students worked. Stress is when students are using circles faster than you can make them. An alternative is to … Read More

David Hockney Photo Collage

David Hockney created photo collages in the 1980s, compiling a ‘complete’ picture from a series of individually photographed details. You can get a similar effect using one photo, cutting it up and loosely putting it back together again. MATERIALS Drawing paper Old magazines Rulers Scissors Glue sticks DIRECTIONS Start with a magazine photo, nature themes are nice to work with. Tear out a large image and use a ruler to draw dissect it into … Read More

Magritte Art Project

René Magritte was famous for paintings that challenge how we see. Have your students to express themselves with a magazine circle turned into an eye. MATERIALS Download Rene Magritte Project PDF tutorial Drawing paper, 9″ x 12″ Old CD for tracing Old magazines Scissors Glue stick Black marker Crayons, skin color DIRECTIONS PREP: Cut 9″ x 12″ in half to make the 6″ x 9″ format used for my art journal projects. Students look … Read More

Fall Tissue Paper Leaf Collage

These are cut out tissue paper leaves outlined with a gold marker, and enhanced with just a bit of watercolor paint. MATERIALS Madras tissue paper Poster board or chip board for templates Scissors White card stock paper Glue stick, purple type may be most helpful Gold Sharpie marker, fine tip Crayola’s Watercolor Mixing Set   DIRECTIONS PREP: I used my “How to Draw a Maple Leaf” post to create a paper template for students. … Read More

Positive / Negative Pumpkins

I like how this project requires students to think symmetrically, but still allows for plenty of creativity with the final marker lines. MATERIALS Card stock paper, 8.5″ x 11″, assorted colors Card stock paper, 8.5″ x 11″, black Scissors Glue sticks Black Sharpie marker Silver Sharpie marker   DIRECTIONS PREP: Cut a half black sheet for each student. I recommend that you (the teacher) demonstrate and work along with the students. They need to … Read More

Peek a Boo Cats

Here’s a variation on my Black Cat Collage project that plays with the idea of peeking cats. Good orange paper will really have the most impact. MATERIALS Orange scrapbook paper, 12″ x 12″, from JoAnn’s Black card stock paper, 8.5″ x 11″ Yellow card stock paper, 8.5″ x 11″ Black Sharpie marker Scissors Glue stick White pencil crayon Paper cutter (optional but helpful)   DIRECTIONS PREP: Cut orange paper in half to make 12″ … Read More

Black Cat Collage

Kinders learned how to trace and cut out a simple cat, and then draw a setting with a black Sharpie marker. The contrast between the two makes the art fun to look at. MATERIALS Card stock paper, black and assorted colors (I like the Recollections brand) Heavy paper for templates Black Sharpie Pencil crayon, white Scissors Glue sticks   DIRECTIONS Prep: Cut cat body templates from heavy paper. Cut black paper to 4.25″ x … Read More

Fall Collage with Coffee Filters

It’s easy and inexpensive to make some amazing coffee filter trees. Put them on some nice card stock paper and you have the makings of a beautiful fall collage. MATERIALS • Coffee Filters • Plastic Embroidery Canvas • Recollections Card Stock Paper, blue • Recollestions Card Stock Paper, black • Crayons • Plastic plate (not pictured) • Liquid Watercolor Paints. I tried the watercolor tray variety, but just couldn’t get the colors bright enough … Read More

Lady Bug Collage

With our school’s science room filled with new bugs and worms, it seemed timely to have lady bugs as the theme for some art projects. Older students drew and painted theirs, but I noticed that many first graders struggled with keeping the paint from all running together. So when it was time for the TK class, I switched to collage so they could work on their cutting and gluing skills. If I had to do … Read More

Bug Magazine Collage

Save your old food magazines for this bug collage project. The shiny and colorful fruit, for example, has a whole new look when viewed as bug parts. You can even mix in science to this project by referring to the body parts as head, thorax and abdomen. MATERIALS • Card stock paper, black • Old magazines • Scissors • Glue stick • Crayola Metallic Markers DIRECTIONS 1. Students start by finding an image they … Read More

Pre-K Auction Art

Yes, you can make some really amazing auction art from a room full of 5 year olds. Celebrate all their scribbly drawings by attaching them to a stretched canvas, and you have a pretty amazing collage. MATERIALS • Stretched canvas, 16″ x 20″ • Sharpie markers, brush type recommended • Dry wax paper (found in restaurant supply stores) • Scissors • Yardstick • White glue • Brush • Clear varnish spray DIRECTIONS PREP: Draw … Read More

Klimt Collage

Try adding some gold to your collage to make a really decorative work of art. Austrian painted Gustav Klimt lived in the early 1900’s, started his career as a decorator and is probably most famous for his painting named “The Kiss”. You can imitate his style with of color photos on black paper, decorated with gold marker.   MATERIALS • Card stock paper, black • Old magazines • Scissors • Glue stick • Sharpie … Read More

Little Duck Collage

Torn edges have a way of making shapes that would never happen if you started cutting away with a pair of scissors. This duck collage project has a simple shape, but I would save it for maybe 3rd grade and up as they would have more control of their tears. MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Old magazines • Glue stick • Black marker DIRECTIONS 1. Find two magazine pages with similar shades of yellow, … Read More

La Boca Houses of Argentina

La Boca is a neighborhood, or barrio of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires. It is a popular tourist destination because of its very colorful homes. Turn out that years ago, shipyard workers used left over metal and paint to create homes. There was never quite enough for an entire house, hence the amazing patchwork neighborhoods.    MATERIALS • Card stock paper • Fiskars Paper Crimper • Scissors • Black Sharpie • White glue • … Read More

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