Snowman Craft – From a Brick!

This is an easy craft for K-3 kids!

Materials:

1 brick

Black stiff felt – one sheet

White Latex (Water-based) paint (this could be left-over house paint)

Black and orange acrylic paint

Material for scarf

Tacky Glue

Two circle end caps

(one larger than the other)

I used a chapstick end cap or a Nerf gun bullet and another bottle cap that was a bit larger. Any flat cap would do depending on its size.

Paint brushes.

small brush for the nose

sponge brush for the white paint

Directions:

  1. Paint brick on all sides (except bottom) with white paint. To make it  easier with young kids, paint in stages with the brick laying down and not standing up.
  2. Cut out a hat shape from the stiff felt. (this could be any hat shape)
  3. Trace the bottom of the brick and cut out from black stiff felt or soft felt will do, too! .
  4. Glue felt to one brick end.  Glue hat on the top. (This gives a better idea for kids about where the eyes should go.)
  5. Dip larger circles into black acrylic paint and dot the eyes and buttons. (It helps kids to mark with a pencil where they should paint)
  6. Dip smaller circle for making the mouth dots. ( Again, it helps to make a light line or dots with a pencil right where they should paint.
  7. Paint nose with small paint brush or draw with an orange permanent marker.
  8. Cut fabric to go around the brick. Use holiday fabric or just any plain color.  Cut about 2 or 2  1/2 ” wide. Tie the scarf around the brick. Make two snowmen and use as bookends or just display for winter ! This is an easy and cute craft; one that you can keep for years. Each one turns out different. Great gift for grandparents, too.

 

 

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Tie-Dye with Permanent Markers!

I’ve seen this idea before and it has intrigued me.  I didn’t like the way it always turned out to be circles so I tried varying it for the boys sake. They didn’t want to wear “flowers” on their t-shirts so I knew I  had to change it a bit.

Materials

Washed t-shirts

Rubber bands

Permanent Markers of all colors

Cups or various “tupperware-type” squares or rectangles

Cardboard or brown grocery bags

Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol

Eye dropper

First, take the t-shirt and trace on a grocery bag. Cut out and insert inside the t-shirt so that the colors don’t bleed through.

Next insert the cup or square plastic storage container inside and put rubber band over the t-shirt to hold it in place.

You can see the outline of the square item that I used.

The boys liked to mix the colors randomly and it still turned out in the end.  One used blues, greens, yellows and the other one used oranges, greens, and a little brown ( he wanted it camo).

After drawing all the colors, then take the eye dropper, dip into the rubbing alcohol and drop it on the colored area. Get it good and wet with the alcohol. Watch it spread and mix the colors.

If you are making a flower pattern, you can vary the size of the circles by using a different size cup or glass.

My granddaughter then added stems, leaves and grass.  She also dabbed them with the rubbing alcohol and let them spread.

All of them turned out very well! Each one was unique!

This one was done with stripes and the cup was moved and overlapped each time.

I happened to have some clear spray glitter paint so we added that to the flowers when they were dry. I set the colors by ironing them with a hot iron.

Here is the group modeling their creations…

For instructions on how to make a t-shirt look fabulous like my granddaughter is wearing, check out my post on T-Shirts  -“Making a Plain T-Shirt Look Fabulous” .

We may have to do this again as they enjoyed it so much!

 

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Birch Trees – An easy video tutorial for kids or adults!

If a 7 yr. old can do this, you can too!

Materials:

Black Tempera Paint

Watercolor Paints

Brush

Paper & Pencil

Corrugated Cardboard cut into  2″ x 2″ pieces ( this doesn’t have to be exact)

Newspaper

Directions:

Lightly draw lines where the birch trees will be.  The trees closer will be larger and those farther in the distance will be small. It is a good way to teach this concept.

Dip edge of cardboard in the black tempera paint. Blot it on newspaper so as not to get too much paint. Watch the video of the technique……

Birch Trees – Paint Tutorial-video

This is how my granddaughter did it.

Once you have the trees made, let them dry. Switch to water colors and add the foreground, background, leaves (depending on which season you are painting), sky, and any other things you might want to add. (an animal, animal tracks, flowers, etc.)

Finished Product

Done by a 7-year-old!

 

She was very proud of how it turned out! So was I!

 

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