Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling.
- Walt Whitman
For the flowers:
1. Start making circles with oil pastel. You will start in the center and build out.
2. Layer different colors and shapes.
3. Start cutting petals out of your washi tape. If you are working with younger kids, you want to stick with the matte paper washi tape because it is easier to rip and cut than the coated plastic kind.
4. Think about adding different colors and shapes when you are creating your petals. Work your way around the circle until you are satisfied.
5. Now you will move on to the outer petals with duct tape. Cut a 10-12" piece and fold it in half. This will eliminate the stick from your tape before you start to cut out the larger petals. It will also ensure that you have color on both sides of the petals.
6. Once your duct tape is folded in half, you will cut the larger petal shapes out.
7. Attach the back row of duct tape blooms behind the coaster with double-sided sticky tape, a dab of hot glue, or a glue dot.
8. Time to add your stem! You can color them or leave them bare. We colored our stems with quick drying tempera sticks but you could also paint them. When they are dry, you can attach them to the back of your flower with hot glue or duct tape.
9. Fold and cut your duct tape to make leaves. Follow the same instructions as step 6, but make them even bigger!
For the sun:
1. Color your sun's face with an oil pastel. We only applied light pressure with our oil pastel to achieve the slightly worn and patchy look. 2. Cut a nose, mouth, and cheeks out of your duct tape. We did the fold over, cut, and glue method here. 3. Cut 4" strips of your washi tape and fold them in half. This is a great opportunity to show off your collection. Don't be scared to mix patterns and colors... the more the merrier!
5. Add double-sided sticky tape to the back of your sun.
6. Attach the sun rays to the sticky tape on the back of the sun. 7. Glue on the beads for eyes.
8. Attach leaves to the stem by adding a bit of glue and folding the leaf around the dowel.
We hope you have fun with this sunny summer craft! xx
The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.
- Marcus Aurelius
- assorted acrylic craft paint in squeeze bottles (or you will need a dropper to dispense the paint drops)
- paint palette for mixing
- paint brush + water cup
- craft sticks - 1 small and 2 medium
- 1 clothespin
- hot glue gun
- plastic putty knife
Building your plane.
1. Remove the spring from your clothespin and glue the two pieces together. 2. Take your medium size craft stick and glue 1 on top of your clothespin and 1 below. These will become your airplane's wings. 3. Add a small craft stick at the base of your plane for the tale wing. 4. Cut a small piece of craft stick at an angle for your tale fin and attach.
Paint your plane and add duct tape or washi tape stripes to the wings.
The key to a good scrape painting is a plastic putty knife. You can find these at the hardware store on the cheap.
For this rainbow scrape painting we veered away from the typical primary colors you find in most rainbows and opted for some tropical tones... neon pink, bright orange, light blue, turquoise, pale pink, violet, red, and pale yellow.
Place a small dot of color and pull it toward you with your putty knife. You can arch your mark, drag it an angle, add short pull strokes or long. One hand is holding your paper down while your writing hand drags with steady, even pressure. Continue this "drop of color and pull" until you have a layered, full rainbow print.
You probably won't be able to stop at one!
Time to fly the painted sky! You can attach your plane with a drop of hot glue or glue dots.
"Believe there is a great power silently working all things for the good, behave yourself, and never mind the rest."
- Beatrix Potter
This post is dedicated to my art teacher friend Shannon from Hatch Art Studio in Pittsburgh. Shannon is a Goddess who changed my life with two simple words: Scroll Saw. If you, like me, have been cutting mountains of paper and cardboard by hand for the past 20 years, you know what a literal pain in the... ahem... wrist it is. If you are just doing small batch cardboard projects, get yourself a ceramic blade. If you run an art studio or lead a class of 30, invest in a saw, friends. Art teachers with power tools = absolute bad *$$ery.
Here are three Easter crafts that will take your celebration to the next level without breaking the bank. They are easy enough for the very littles but cool enough for big kids too.
Craft 1: Swipe Paint Easter Eggs
Start with a few dabs of paint. Start with 2-3 colors. It is easy to add more paint, harder (and messier) to take paint away. Swipe, pull, push your paint until you are satisfied with your egg shell texture. Ideally, you will let your paint dry before adding the stickers and tape. If you are short on time you can add the stickers and tape to the wet paint and they should set as the paint dries.
Craft 2: Cardboard Collage Bunny
Trace and cut a simple bunny shape out of cardboard. Color your bunny base with paint sticks, dot markers, or paint. Then start layering on your collage pieces. You can add a cotton ball for a fluffy tail or felt pieces for fuzzy ears. SO many possibilities!
Craft 3: Straw and Button Necklace
These materials are perfect for little hands and great for strengthening fine motor skills!
"And all the colors I am inside have not been invented yet."
- Shel Silverstein
Guys, do you ever look at random objects and think that would make a really great...... WILDEBEEST! I am guessing that if you are on this page your imagination is probably firing on all cylinders so the answer to my question is, TOTALLY yes. Which means that you're in good shape because people who have really active imaginations live longer. It's true, I read it in the I Just Made That Up Britannica. If you don't believe me you can ask my squirrels, R and H. They know everything. I don't always follow the rules I learned in How To Be a Really Great Parent-volume 88. This one time I was trying to make a phone call and my kids were bouncing of the wall so I yelled "Go watch a show!". I have also been known to bribe my kids. I am sorry. It doesn't happen often but when it does it usually works. Don't report me to the elders. So the other day I found myself at a serve yourself fro yo spot ponying up on a bribe when suddenly my eyes fixed on the stack of clear plastic fro yo lids and I saw a school? (googling)..a smack (whaaat? so cool!) of bright floating jelly fish dancing through my head. See? It pays to bribe.
- plastic fro yo lids
- strips of old canvas curtains
- strips of pink and white tissue paper
- metallic tissue paper
- trash liner strips
- pipe cleaners
- hot glue gun
- acrylic paint
- neon tempera cakes
- transparent glitter paint
- opalescent paint
- 1 egg cup from a carton if you want to add a crown
- Sharpie and chalk markers if you want to add details to the face
- dot markers