- Gather your supplies--Mod Podge, large(about 1")glass bubbles, fabric scraps, paint brush, magnets, glue gun. You can find all of these supplies at a craft store. The glass bubbles are in the floral section.
- Cover your workspace. I don't have an art studio (sigh) so I am constantly creating mobile work spaces. I used a cookie sheet covered in wax paper for this so that I could grab it when I had a few minutes to work, and put it out of the way when I needed my kitchen to be clutter free.
- Make sure your bubbles are clean and dry. I noticed that many of them had imperfections on the backside that would interfere with the design. So I weeded those out or used them with a fabric that complemented the scar.
- Lay the bubble on a fabric scrap and trace. Cut it out so that it is touch smaller than the line you traced (just inside the line).
- Paint the flat side of the bubble with Mod Podge and press the fabric circle onto it, pressing firmly and making sure there are no air bubbles. Coat the back with another coat of Mod Podge, being sure to seal the edges.
- Allow it to dry, then trim any edges that are not neat, then apply another coat of Mod Podge to the backside.
- When it is dry, use a glue gun to secure a magnet, pull off any glue gun strings, wipe it clean and you have a very pretty magnet!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
So simple and she loves it.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
- First cut a star out of a piece of sturdy cardboard. Glue a toilet paper tube to the back the tape it on securely with masking tape.
- Tear a white paper towel into strips. Mix up some paper mache glue. You can do this several ways, I suggest using Elmer's Art Paste for paper mache.
- Cover the entire thing with 2 layers of wet (with art paste), but not dripping, paper towels and allow to dry.
- Put on your tree every year:)
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The key to making this ornament is to use a TON of glue. Squeeze the glue into the lid so that the entire lid is coated in a layer of glue. Then press the noodles into the glue, really pack them in tightly. I tried making these in various patterns and found that unless they are packed together tightly they will fall apart. So, I suggest making a round noodleflake. Allow the glue a day or 2 to dry, then simply pop it out of the lid. Add some glitter or glitter glue, string a ribbon through a hole and put it on your tree.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
To make this you need:
- card stock
- wagon wheel pasta (uncooked!)
- white tempera paint
- paint tray and brush
- white glitterWe are fortunate here in Alaska to get a close look at snowflakes pretty regularly. We have been able to see that they are all different and that they have symmetrical patterns.
Start by drawing a simple snowflake shape on white card stock with a marker.
Next, glue the pasta over your lines.
Now sing a song, go outside, have a snack--do something for at least 10 minutes to let the glue set.
Paint with white tempera, brush with glue, sprinkle with glitter, shake off excess and you have a very lacy and very lovely snowflake.
Doing this with a group will result in many different designs. I must warn you that you will likely see more wagon wheel pasta projects in the coming weeks. I have never been much a the noodle art type, but I have been having fun adapting this activity.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Be on the lookout for some snowflake crafts this weekend...
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Here is Hollin decorating her trick-or-treat bag. She wanted a pink plastic princess pumpkin that we saw at the grocery store...we made our own princess bag instead. I drew a picture of her favorite princess on a piece of fabric and she painted it. Then, I sewed it to a pre-made reusable grocery bag. Sadly, we left it at home for the big night of trick-or-treating, it just never made it into the bag of costumes, mittens and goodies. We ended up borrowing a pumpkin bag from a friend and did not miss our mermaid bag at all (now we have a very cute shopping bag). We did make Ariel leaning on a jack-o-lantern--if you look closely you can see the face. Pop-up cards for the family!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
- white cotton fabric (jersey knit (old t-shirt) works best)
- white glue
- acrylic paint mixed with water (this is not washable)
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
- 4 strips of orange construction paper. You can make your pumpkins any size. We used 12" x 1/2"
- a small square of orange paper for a base (if your pumpkin is wobbly, you can add a piece of cardboard to the bottom).
- a green rectangle (about 3" x4")
- about 2-4 thin strips of green paper for vines and a pencil for wrapping them around to make them curl
- white glue
Start by gluing the center of an orange strip to the little orange square (base). Then continue gluing the center of the orange strips making a star shape. While the glue sets for a few minutes, cut small slits along the long side of the green rectangle, then, roll it into a stem so that the slits are on the bottom. Glue the side of the stem together. Hold it tight for a few minutes so that it does not come undone. Sing a song, count to 100, say the alphabet 3 times--then it should be dry enough to stay put. This is also a good time to curl your vines by wrapping the green strips around a pencil.
Friday, September 25, 2009
I have instructions for making a single stamp and a printing plate below.
3. Color with markers.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
1. Start digging in your recycle bin. You will need a paper towel tube, a piece of cardboard for the base (we cut a circle from a cereal box), and a long receipt or other paper that you can use to cover the tube. We made a white birch tree. Feel free to make any tree you wish. 2. Cover the tube with glue and cover it with your receipt.