Sunflower Art Project for Kids

A Sunflower Art Project is perfect for 2nd-5th graders to show their creative touch. Just as each flower is unique, each project will be, too. They are beautiful to display or frame.Along with doing a Sunflower Art Project, kids can learn interesting facts about their project as they make it. This art project uses construction paper, pencil, scissors, paper punch, and glue.

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A very famous painting of sunflowers is by the Dutch painter, Vincent van Gogh. Go to Wikipedia to see all these famous sunflower paintings.

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Here are other photographs of sunflowers….

 

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Making your own Sunflower Art is easy to do.

Follow these easy steps…..

Materials:

For the Sunflower Art for Kids, you only need 4 colors of construction paper!

Black (or Dark Blue), Yellow (two shades if you want variation), Green, Tan

Black or Dark Blue is the background on which you place the sunflowers.

Directions:

First, cut two- 4 inch squares, and four- 3 inch squares from the yellow.

Cut the corners to make a circle, draw a circle in the middle and draw the petals making sure they go out to the edge.

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Next, cut out your sunflower. Don’t worry about the pencil lines. Just flip over and none will show.

 

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Now, with the two cut-out sunflowers, glue together and bend out the petals to give it some dimension. Using a paper punch, make many tan seeds to glue in the middle. They can be glued on top of each other to give depth.

 

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Cut stems and leaves and add to project.

Finally, arrange and glue all in place on your background.

Now, you have your amazing and easy Sunflower project complete!

 

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Did you know?

The center of the sunflower is actually made up of tiny individual flowers called florets. Each one produces a seed when pollinated.

The normal stem of a sunflower can grow up to 10 ft. tall and the flower can get to over 11 inches wide.  The tallest sunflower was grown in Germany and it reached 27 ft. tall

There are different varieties of sunflowers. Some produce a black seed that is used to make sunflower oil. The striped seed is used for eating and bird food.

Ok, enough facts! Now, get busy and have fun making Sunflower Art!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Favorite Color Day – “Blue”

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I do summer camps with my grandkids. If that sounds like more work than you can do, plan a special Favorite Color Day with your grandchild. A favorite color day can be done any time of year.

My sister asked her granddaughter if she had a favorite color. “Blue” was the answer. So, for her special day, she planned a “Blue” Day of fun!  My sister called me to brainstorm some ideas so I became an adopted grandmother and helped plan this special day.

One of the ideas was to learn about the Bluebird. We have Bluebirds that always nest on our property. It happened to be past their nesting time, but I had made a book about my bluebird story that told interesting facts about the bluebird. We walked to one of the bluebird houses and learned about the best place to put one and why www.allaboutbirds.org.  She is very much a nature lover so learning about them was really fun.

More “blue” ideas we did….

A Blue Lunch:

Yes! You can have a blue lunch. The menu included peanut butter and blue jelly sandwiches, blue chips, blueberry fruit salad, and blue raspberry juice. The table was set with blue placemats, blue flowered china, and blue centerpiece.

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Blue Craft:

This craft can be any color, but of course it had to be blue for this day. Complete directions for this craft are on Easy Notebook Cover.

I had bluebird stickers and other items for her to choose to use. I think she made a beautiful notebook cover out of the various items along with permanent markers.

 

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Other ideas for Favorite Color Day – “Blue” or any other color

  • Make blue cookies
  • Tell about a time when you felt “blue” (sad)
  • Describe the blue sky
  • Blue Raspberry popsicle
  • Mix Blue with other colors. What do you get?
  • Blue Sundae or shake
  • Why do lakes look blue?  Swim in a lake.
  • Find as many objects as you can that have that color (scavenger hunt?)

“Special Days” don’t have to be the color blue. Plan it around any color and adjust your activities to a child’s interests, take pictures, and have fun! That’s the most important thing!

A few green ideas: Green eggs & Ham, frogs, green slime, how to make the color green –

Brown ideas: mud pies, chocolate chip cookies, make peanut butter, leather stamping, building with wood, horse-riding (on a brown horse)

Now, you get the idea! It’s all about enjoying one another, and making memories!

Any favorite color day can be happy and fun!

Hope this gives you some ideas for a special time with your child or grandchild.

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Easy Notebook Cover

This Easy Notebook Cover idea is so easy, yet it looks amazing! It is simple enough for kids to make while adults can make this elegant looking. It makes a lovely special gift, too. Materials are easy to find and very inexpensive.

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Materials needed:

  • Natural Sponge –
  • Acrylic Paint – 3 shades or colors
  • Fun Foam – choice of color
  • Decals, Stickers, Artificial Flowers, Buttons, Felt, Permanent Markers, or any Semi-Flat Decorative Objects
  • Glue Gun
  • Round Elastic
  • Notebook – any size, but I prefer journal-size (without a metal coil) I found ones at Walmart for under a $1.00

First, lay the notebook open on the Fun Foam and measure around it leaving an extra 1/4 in – 3/8 in to cover completely. You may use a regular scissor or a decorative one to cut out the cover. (For small kids, I did this part ahead of time.)

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Next, with the Fun Foam laying flat, lightly dip the sponge in a dark color. Dab it on newspaper a couple of times so your paint is very light on the sponge. Now, dab the paint over the sheet of Fun Foam. Be sure to leave spaces for the other colors. Let dry in between colors.

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With a lighter color (you can mix just white with the base color), continue dabbing the paint onto the Fun Foam.
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Using an accent or third shade, dab again over the Fun Foam sheet and let dry.

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This project used one color of acrylic paint. Start with the dark color and apply. Add white to lighten and sponge the paint again. Finally, lighten even more for the third step.

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Finally, when you have reached the way you want it and it’s completely dry, fold the Fun Foam over the notebook. Use black elastic to keep the cover in place. Place the elastic in the middle of the pages in the book and around the outside cover. Tie a knot in the elastic and slide the knot inside the notebook so it is not noticeable.

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At last, decorate the cover with stickers, artificial flower, feathers, etc. It works best to have the decorations fairly flat on the cover.

These Notebook Cover samples were made by my grandchildren. The foam colors they started with were red, black, and white. Stickers were applied after the paint dried. Using a black permanent marker, one child made a black border around the edge. Their choices were entirely made by them.

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As I said, this project isn’t just for kids. You can make this elegant, too. It makes a great hostess gift or sell your creations at a craft sale.

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This Notebook Cover was one of the crafts I did with my grandchildren (ages 6-12) at our Oma and Opa Camp this past summer. They really enjoyed making them. But remember, this is not just for kids!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Fall Idea House 2016 Part 3

Part 3 of the Fall Idea House 2016 has loads of fall decorating ideas that give you inspiration for your own home. If you missed Part 1 and Part 2, you’ll want to check them out, too. In this post, I will show you features that caught my eye. Remember, this home is decorated three times a year by a team of decorators.

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I’ll take you through the bedrooms, craft room, office, craft room, small vintage bathroom, living room and sunroom. I’m highlighting lots of ideas so let’s go!………

The two bedrooms feature unique headboard ideas.

The master bedroom uses assorted wood boards attached to the wall for a headboard. Layered on top is artwork of white trees on glass. The wood boards show right through it.

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The headboard in the guest room uses metal wall art.

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Other features in the master bedroom include these layering ideas for wall art.

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Use two table runners layered behind art work to give it added color and texture.

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Next, we go to a craft room.  Wow! Here’s two unusual ideas of String Art! It’s not just for kids anymore!

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Notice the revolving metal hardware bin that holds all the paint. On another wall, there’s a vintage iron panel with lights and wall art.

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Have you ever thought of using vintage aprons for a window valance?

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Now, someone thought “out of the box” when they decorated this vintage bathroom. A small boat-shaped container hangs on the wall for towels. Another idea is to use an old mailbox for a toilet paper holder. Also, just above the sink are several glass containers in a wire basket attached to a salvaged board. And that’s not all….

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By using several coordinating shades of taupe napkins attached to a rod, it makes an attractive valance on this small bathroom window. For a small bathroom, it is big on ideas!

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The office is next!!

“Watch out” when you walk into the office! This would be a good “time-out” room, too! Perhaps it’s a reminder that it’s “time” to get to work! I could go on and on, but I won’t!  (Sorry, I just couldn’t resist!)

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Another view of the office…..

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The last area on this tour of decorating ideas, is the living room and sun-room. Another layering idea uses shutters behind framed pictures along with a basket filled with fall stems.

The coffee table is a wood-topped metal bench layered with a striped dish towel for a table runner.

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Above the fireplace several sections of metal leaves layered with ceramic bird houses make a big impact. In the fireplace, two garden trellises along with a garden stool support pumpkins and garden mums.

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The sunroom has more seating and uses a bench as a coffee table.

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A vintage metal work bench serves as a side table. On top of the bench is a rug for a table runner along with a vintage cutting board holding several pottery items.

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I found two craft ideas that make great gifts. One was in the sunroom resting on a book and the other was in the kitchen. The first is a bookmark made from the spine of an old leather book. It is simply glued to a backing. I think it looks awesome!

The second is a recipe holder made from a small shutter. They added a piece so it stands.  Two decorative drawer pulls hold the recipe in place!

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Did you find some ideas for your home? This was better than a magazine, right? No advertising!

Happy Fall Decorating!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Easter Cross Scrabble Craft

Do you have extra scrabble letters? If so, this Easter Cross Scrabble Craft is an easy, quick, yet a meaningful one to make. If you need to find them, just do a search online or find at your local craft store. Thrift stores are a good source, too! I’ve included 2 versions of this craft; one for kids, and one for adults.

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I recommend using a strong adhesive like GOOP instead of a glue gun. The pieces are varnished and mine broke easily when I used the glue gun. I re-glued with the stronger glue. This version is for adults as I found it hard for kids to use the glue. The” kid version”,  is explained later in this post. It makes it easier for them to do and you don’t have to find all those tiles for multiple kids doing this project.

Here’s the number of letters you will need for the cross….

H-1, E-3, D-2, I-1, F-1, O-1, R-1, M-1

When your Easter Cross Scrabble craft is completed, you can hang it as is, or frame it. 

An easy way to do this for a “kid version” Sunday School Craft is to copy the letters on your printer. It’s a lot cheaper, too.

Materials Needed:

1 copy of letters for each child

Scissors

Glue and Toothpicks (flat work better for glue)

1/2 sheet of construction paper red and black

 

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Have students cut out the squares and glue to a half-sheet of paper. It helps to fold the paper in half the long way, and about one-third down. Now, students can follow the folds to glue on the letters. Have them start in the middle with the word “died” placing two letters on each side of the fold. This way, they will line up easier. Hope you can see how I folded this sheet of paper.
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Hint for gluing….  Kids always add too much glue.  Have a dish of glue where they use a toothpick and apply just a dab. This will be enough to glue it on, but not enough to ooze out.

Add a black frame to finish it off. ( I would have these already cut for the students.)

Here’s the finished “kid version” project using paper tiles.

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Either version you make is a craft that is meaningful and memorable for the Easter season and throughout the year. It’s a great reminder of God’s love for us.

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Yes, Jesus died for YOU!

Romans 5:8-9  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 

He is Risen!

Phyllis

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Watercolor and Oil Art

Watercolor and Oil Art explores a science fact in a very fun and colorful way.  Oil and water don’t mix, you see, so you’ll have interesting things happen with your art project.  It’s so exciting to see how oil makes waves and moves the color. By using a glue gun, you can design shapes or squiggles that make a design among the melding colors.

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Using just liquid watercolors, a glue gun, and oil, you never know just what you’ll end up with for color variations. It’s fun to watch. Change this project for any holiday theme or design you would like to use. This is one art project that can be done over and over again. It will never turn out the same. Use your imagination and try different combinations.

The materials include: Watercolor Paper, Glue Gun, Liquid Watercolors, Brushes, Vegetable Oil, tray (optional), and Eye Dropper.

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Here’s an easy way to keep this project from getting messy. I bought 9×13 metal cookie trays at the Dollar Tree. They are the perfect size for any painting or craft project. It keeps the mess contained and if things need to dry, you can just dry them right on the trays. For this watercolor project, they can be stacked to dry by placing one tray horizontal and the next vertical. I have one for each grandchild, and it sure helps to keep glitter, glue, paint, etc. all contained! When the project is done, they are easy to wash off.

Ok, now to the directions….  This project requires watercolor paper. Construction just doesn’t work well. It is better with liquid watercolors, too. If you haven’t tried them, they are very colorful and easier to use than the watercolor paint trays. Have some wider brushes to use such as small sponge brushes.

You can buy liquid watercolors from Blick Art Supplies on the sidebar.

I’ve seen paintings that merely cover the entire paper, but I decided to experiment using some shapes outlined with hot glue. I liked the outcome. If you are using a shape, draw it lightly with a pencil and go over it with the glue gun. (I recommend that an adult operates the glue gun.)This will keep the shape from mixing with the other colors and it will stand out from the painting.

 

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Outline a shape with the glue gun.

 

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Paint watercolor inside the glue area.

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Drop oil in several places and watch it work!

Continue on and paint the background.

For our Oma and Opa Camp, I did the kids’ names in bubble letters with hot glue and they used liquid watercolors to make their project colorful and dotted it with oil . Even the boys got into it and thought it was “cool”!

 

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After you have painted a section, while it is still wet, drop oil in squiggles or drops, and watch it change the paint. Continue until the entire paper is painted the way you like. If the watercolors dry too much, just get them wet again with more color or spray with a little water before you drop the oil. The action will continue for a while as it dries.

Let dry for a day and enjoy your watercolor and oil art that you’ve created. 

There are so many ways to vary this project. For instance, you can outline a pumpkin, stars, names, trees, bells, angels, cross, bunnies, fall leaves, and flowers, just to name a few. It is changeable for any season and the outcome is always different. 

For Easter…..

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Christmas…..

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The oil was also dripped on the trees above.

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For Valentines…..

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This cross was painted with the usual watercolor tray instead of the liquid watercolors. It’s not as bright and harder to get the oil action to show. You need to use very deep colors, paint it heavy with color, and still it doesn’t have the same intensity as the liquid colors.

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It’s a good investment to get the liquid watercolors as they last a long time. Your kids will enjoy those bright colors! No messy watercolor trays to clean, either.

Now, what will you plan on making with your watercolor and oil art?  Have fun!

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Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Valentine Luminaries

The day after Christmas, Valentine decorations appear everywhere. It’s a quick transition from one holiday to another! Before you pack away those cute little Christmas battery lights, this craft puts them to use one more time.  The Valentine Luminaries gives a soft glow and make a great centerpiece or a cute night-light for your little girl’s room. It’s an easy project that kids can do. It involves the “tissue paper and glue technique” that perhaps your kids have done before with other holiday decor. It’s so easy!

 

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Materials:

white, light pink, dark pink, and red tissue paper. (Maybe you have some left over from wrapping those presents.)

watered-down white glue or Mod-Podge

brush

glass container or jar

battery Lights

Directions:

Start with your glass container upside down. The opening should be at the bottom.

Tear pieces of white, pink, and dark pink tissue paper and apply with watered-down glue or Mod-Podge.

When you’ve covered the entire glass overlapping pieces, let dry.

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Cut hearts out of red tissue paper. Make different sizes and apply to the container over the whites and pinks. Stickers won’t work as the light doesn’t shine through. They will only appear as black.

 

If you wish, add a few flowers or bow on top. Place the battery lights inside and light it up!

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Using the same idea, make 3 smaller Valentine Luminaries and string the lights from one to another.

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Paper Poinsettia Art Project

Paper Poinsettia Art Project

This Paper Poinsettia Art Project is very do-able for elementary children. Nothing about this is hard. The important part is to fold the petals to a point.It looks great as a tree decoration (when made small), package decoration,  bulletin board decor, and window decoration Wherever you use them,they look lovely and appear more difficult to make than they actually are.

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Paper Poinsettia Art Project Directions:

1.Use two pieces of red construction paper. Cut one large circle out of one piece. Fold the other piece in half and use only one half sheet to cut another circle. Make these circles as large as you can make them out of that size paper.

 

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2. Fold once…

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3. Twice….

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4. Three times!

 

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5. Now cut on the folded lines from the outside of the circle and stop 3/4 to 1 inch before reaching the center.

 

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6. From the outside edge, fold each piece to a point and glue the folded flaps together….

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7. Put your finger inside the glued area to pinch it out and give it dimension.

 

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8. When finished with both sizes, glue the small one to the center of the larger flower.

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9. Cut leaves and glue to the backside.

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10. Cut small yellow circles from construction paper, glue in the center, and add some sparkle. A paper punch works well for this, too.

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Now, you’re done!

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The flower sizes are variable. Small ones look great on a homemade card, but are harder for children to make due to the size. The larger ones are easier and look beautiful on a package! They, also, look great on a wreath or as a table decoration.

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These are so easy and fun to make! You’ll want to make several.

Enjoy!

Phyllis

 

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Black Cat Art Project for Kids

If you need an easy art project for early elementary kids, this Black Cat Art Project is a fun one to do for the month of October. The supplies are simple and each one turns out a bit different, but cute!

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Supplies:

1  1/2 pieces of black construction paper

1/3  piece of orange construction paper

string or yarn

glue  (school glue works best, especially for the string or yarn)

Directions:

From the black construction paper….

1.Cut a black circle (as large as you can) from both the large black piece of construction paper and the          1/2 piece of black construction paper. (save scraps for ears, eyes, and nose.)

2. Cut two black triangles for the ears

3. Cut two quarter-sized black circles for inside the orange eyes

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From the orange construction paper….

1. Cut 3 narrow strips from the long length of the paper

2. Cut two large, round orange eyes

 

Put the black cat together….

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Lay yarn on for mouth and outline of the legs 

Glue with school glue

For and easier way to outline the front paws, make a template that kids can trace with pencil. This way, they know where to put the glue and yarn.  Let kids make their own expression for the mouth with the yarn. Some can be mad or funny looking. Let kids decide how they want it to look.

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Some kids may ask about a tail. Let them add one. This cat’s tail is behind him! 

Have fun!

Phyllis

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Owl Art Project for Kids

This cute Owl Art Project for Kids is not only an art project, but one that recycles and reuses brown grocery bags along with teaching patterns. It is appropriate for early elementary age kids. They need to be able to cut out simple shapes and glue a pattern. 

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If you have different shades of paper bags, you don’t need any construction paper. My grocery bags were all the same shade so I added a piece of light brown construction paper to make the pattern. 

Materials Needed: 

1  9 x 12 piece of dark brown construction paper (you can use a grocery bag for this part, too, but for younger elementary kids, it is easier to see where to glue rather than using the same color bag as the feathers)

Brown grocery bag cut into many 1  1/2 inch by 2  1/2 inch rectangles.  

1  9 x 12 piece of light brown construction paper cut into 1  1/2 inch by 2  1/2 inch rectangles.

1 –  2  1/2 inch squares for the ear- tufts (Cut in half to make 2 triangles)

Yellow construction paper – cut into 2 inch squares for the outer part of the eye

Black construction paper – cut into 1  1/2 inch squares for the inside of the eye and an extra piece to use for the beak

 

Directions: 

Take the large dark brown construction paper and round off each corner on the top. (as shown) You do not need to do this on the bottom.

Starting with either the grocery bag rectangles or the light brown rectangles, round out one end on each rectangle. Glue to the dark brown base using a pattern. (You can decide if it is ABAB, AABBAABB, ABBABBABB, or kids can decide which to do.) See, it fits into math, too!

Starting at the bottom, complete one row. 

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On each of the following rows, overlap 1/3 of the row below! Continue the pattern.

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When you reach the top, keep going and then trim from the back, to the edge of the owl shape.  

Cut the ear-tufts from the triangles and glue on the owl.

Add eyes, beak and feet, if you choose. I think it’s  just as cute without bothering with the feet. Besides, the feathers cover their feet!

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Isn’t he or she cute? It’s a nice project for art and math combined. Display in a window or a room display titled, “WHOooo knows how to make a pattern?” Fun for both home or school. 

Enjoy!

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Sunset Art Project for Kids

Sunset Art Project for Kids

I was inspired to do this Sunset Art Project for Kids because we enjoy such beautiful, colorful sunsets at our home. There are never two just alike. It is like an original painting by God!

Sunset Art Project for Kids

We live among a grove of tall White Pines on a small lake. The pines are beautiful, stately trees that frame the sunsets. Whether you live in the woods, mountains or desert, you can make the shadowed parts similar to the area where you live.

Here are some of the sunset pictures that inspired this project….

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This Sunset Art Project is easy enough for elementary kids.

Materials:

Black Construction Paper  8 1/2 x 11

Water Colors

Brushes – one water-color brush and one small foam brush

Large Coffee Filters (commercial size)  I bought a few from our church which has a commercial coffee maker.

Black Acrylic Paint

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Cut the large coffee filter in half. Let each child make two and they can decide which one they want to use or make two projects.

Wet coffee filter completely. This allows the colors to flow together easily. Place filter on a cookie pan and add color using lots of water!

Use colors of yellow, red, orange, purple and some blue.  Again, remember to use lots of water on the small brush and have fun!

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Let dry in the shade so the sun doesn’t lighten the colors.

When dry, cut an opening out of black construction paper that fits the filter. Make the bottom look like ground with a hill or bump here and there. Trace the bottom line of the cut-out on the filter so kids know where to ground their trees.

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On the dry filter,  use the thin water-color brush to paint the trunks of the trees with black acrylic paint. Talk about perspective and how trees in the distance look smaller and those up close look larger. Be sure to ground the trees so they are not floating in the air.

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After the trunks are painted, use the small foam brush tilted on end to make the tops of the trees. Dab on each side of the trunk to look like the branches with leaves.

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Add more trees, if needed, or perhaps some low bushes.

When dry, attach the coffee filter to the black frame with glue or scotch tape.

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Have fun! 

Phyllis

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Dutch Windmill Craft

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Wouldn’t this Dutch Windmill Craft would be fun to make when studying about other countries around the world?  We’ve been to Holland several times and love the windmills. By getting off the beaten path and touring the small towns and fishing villages, you’ll find unique places and some old windmills, too. On our visit, we looked up relatives that we had there. They lived in a small town and had an old windmill located right behind their house. It was used for grinding grain years ago, but was still in great shape.

Well, this Windmill Craft is one that I am using for our family reunion in Washington state. (by the way, we are from a Dutch heritage, if you didn’t already get that) I was asked to come up with a craft for the elementary kids, so here it is!

I got the idea for using a Solo drink cup from the Dltk-Kids site, but the origami fins of the windmill were a little confusing, so I opted for a simpler version and added a few extra details. I felt kids would be able to do this on their own without too much help. After all, I may have several kids. 

Materials: 

Red or Blue Solo cups  18 oz.

Construction paper: green, black

White copy paper

Glue sticks, scissors

Small flower stickers (if you can find tulips, great, otherwise opt for any small flower) I found these at Walmart!

Straight pin with a round head or brads

Tape

Directions: 

Cut 4 1/4 inch square from white copy paper and fold as shown.

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Mark a stopping point on each folded crease approx. 1/2 -3/4 inches from the center point. Use a pencil so the mark doesn’t show later.

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Cut all four fold lines as shown……

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Fold one point to the center and glue. Go over the center just a bit so all points will be on top of each other.

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Be sure to glue the same side point of each triangle to the center. Use a pin with a ball head and push it through all the points. (or use a brad) Set pinwheel aside and work on the cup.

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Take the Solo cup and mark a door with either a permanent marker or cut a door from black construction paper.  After drawing a doorway, I covered it with black construction paper. I thought it was easier and looked better. Add windows if you like. Use a small square or rectangles of black construction paper, too! I, also, found that the glue stick works better than school glue. 

 

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Cut a 3/4 inch strip from the length of a piece of green construction paper. Fringe it to look like grass. Glue it to the bottom edge of the cup. Add flower stickers and leaves, if desired. When you finish the decorating, stick the pin through the cup as shown. An adult should do this part…. Reach in the cup and bend the pin down 90 degrees. Use tape to hold it inside. This will allow the windmill to spin. For younger kids, use a brad.

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Side view so you can see the flowers….

 

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That’s it! 

These little windmills would make cute centerpieces, too!

Have you been to the Netherlands? Did you see the windmills? Hope you got to see the beautiful countryside other than visiting just Amsterdam! 

Enjoy! 

Phyllis

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Recycled Aluminum Pan Art

 

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Recycled Aluminum Pan Art is a “reuse” art project for elementary age children. Save those disposable aluminum pans of any size and reuse them to make a creative design to hang in a window, on a door, or in a garden.  You need to use permanent colored markers on this project, so be careful about getting color on clothes. While we made some fun patriotic decorations and flowers, this project is easily adaptable to any season.

First cut the sides so you can flatten the pan. Make straight cuts, v-cuts, diagonal, or however you might like it. Use a kitchen scissors to make the cuts. Be sure to use caution as the cut edges are somewhat sharp. Flatten the pan out.

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If you’re making a flower, round the outside edges or cut into a v-shape to form petals.

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Make more indented details by using a dull pencil and marking them on the pan. Placing the pan on a dish-towel and gently pressing the pencil, helps make the indentations show up. Now, use permanent markers to color it. If you get permanent marker on the aluminum pan in the wrong place, use nail polish remover on a cotton ball or Q-tip to wipe it off.

Stickers work, too!

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A couple of flowers…..

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Some Patriotic Art, too!

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 Poke holes in each section and add some wired stars from a garland.

 

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Square pans,  circle pans, big and small pans all become aluminum pan art! 

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Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Valentine Box Ideas

The next holiday, Valentine’s Day,  is just around the corner and hopefully these Valentine Box Ideas will get your creative juices flowing for your child’s own Valentine box. I remember making my Valentine box for school so many years ago.  Do you?

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If you’ve saved a few cereal, oatmeal, kleenex, shoe, and gift boxes, you’ve got the makings for your creations. Add a few cardboard tubes, egg cartons, duct tape, google eyes, construction paper, paint, yarn and perhaps a mop and see what you can create. These 40+ Valentine Box Ideas will be great inspiration! Some are easy and some are more involved. Pick your level and create! It’s a fun project for you and your child or grandchild to work on together.

For each creation, I’ve linked to the blog where it can be found. A few pictures were unidentified and no blog was found so those are left blank.  Enjoy all these fun ideas…..

 

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   Angry Bird Valentine Box Ideas:  juliedavison.blogspot.com

 

Valentine Box Ideas - Pokemon

Pokemon Box

vivaciouslyvintage.com

 

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Alligator Box

crayonboxchronicles.com

 

 

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What girl wouldn’t love to create a castle?

mommylessons101.com

 

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Rapunzel Box …. Notice the child’s picture as Rapunzel.

jungeberg.blogspot.com

 

Sports Boxes……..

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worthpinning.com

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I’m sure you could take this idea and make a hockey one, too!

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Here’s a few animal creations…..

Isn’t this dog cute? Got a mop?

 

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mymixofsix.blogspot.com

 

Next, a darling raccoon.

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procrastistamper.blogspot.com

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www.daniellesplace.com

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A baby wipe’s box was reused for this idea…

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atozandj.blogspot.com

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Monsters of all kinds…….

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ourunexpectedjourney.blogspot.com

 

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myhomespunthreads.blogspot.com

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www.upcyclethat.com

This Frankenstein box is actually a Halloween Treat Holder, but it would work as a Valentine Box Idea, too!

 

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paulastamps.blogspot.com

 

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This site has lots of other ideas for Valentine boxes, too!

www.daniellesplace.com

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simplykierste.com

I guess all monsters have to have sharp teeth, right?

 

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This polka-dot monster is more feminine with only one set of teeth!

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Yes, Frozen makes its way into the Valentine Box Ideas.

 

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www.oneartsymama.com

 

Now, some more ideas…….

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the5cundicks.blogspot.com

 

 

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www.my719moms.com

 

 

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from www.joplinexpressions.com

 

Robots!

Small…..

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And BIG!

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 Cute shark!

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mypaperlust.blogspot.com

 

Here are ideas for “things that go”!

 

 

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www.babble.com

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stockpilingmoms.com

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trailteach.blogspot.com

 

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thedoodlespot.blogspot.com

Doddlespot has some other creations as well….

 

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utah.todaysmama.com

Utah.todaysmama, also, has a few other Valentine box ideas.

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lifewithfingerprints.com

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1stgradefantabulous.blogspot.com

Wouldn’t these heart people be a cute classroom project?

Next. is a very simple idea to do. Got a bunch of bottle caps? This might be the easy idea for you!

 

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Now, which of the Valentine Box Ideas was your favorite? I found it hard to choose, didn’t you?

Lots of cute ones, right?

Thanks for stopping by and have fun creating!

Phyllis

 

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CD Spinners

These Recycled CD Spinners appeal to both boys and girls. That’s unusual for most crafts. So, when there’s an idea for something that works for both, I am sure to use it when my grandchildren are around. Not only is it a craft, but it’s fun to have contests on whose spinner lasts the longest! It, also, fits in for any season as it can be decorated in any way! It’s a great way to reuse and recycle a CD and bottle-top into something fun! The only extra material needed is a marble.

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Materials:

1 CD

1 marble

1 recycled cap from a bottle

Hot glue gun

Permanent Markers – Watercolor markers do not work!

Stickers, etc. optional

Materials:

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Directions:

First, decorate the CD with permanent markers or stickers, etc.

Next, glue marble into the CD hole on the bottom side. Use a glue gun.

Finally, glue cap on the center of the CD decorated side. (I used a milk bottle cap, but any cap will work.)

Let dry and SPIN!

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Notice how the 1/2 red and 1/2 blue circle turns purple while spinning. The black is invisible! This CD Spinner is a great color wheel project, too.

You probably already have these materials  on hand. Try it! Kids love this craft! 

Enjoy! 

Phyllis

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