I’ve mentioned the awesome website Red Ted Art many times on this blog. The wealth and variety of craft information and ideas makes me visit it again and again. And what better time for “crafting” than the fall season? Take the kids on a NATURE WALK and collect leaves, pine cones, acorns and sticks, and you’ll have all the makings of some great crafts to decorate your home for the fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving season.
You’ll find plenty of things to do with LEAVES, ACORNS, PINE CONES, such as an adorable Pine cone Hedgehog.Origami Bats will fly at Halloween, and Cork Penguins can hang around through winter. Check out the site and have some family fun creating great fall crafts.
Summer vacation is here! While your children enjoy a break from school, you still want to make sure they are active and spending time in constructive pursuits instead of vegging out in front of the TV or computer. Trips to parks and playgrounds, lakes and beaches, are a great way to enjoy the outdoors. For days when it is too hot to go outside, or for times when quiet activity is preferred, there are some great sites for summer crafts.
The Long Thread offers 50 Summer Crafts for kids of all ages including Stone Dolls, Recycled Crayons, and Fairy Wings.
Pop culture and technology seem to change so quickly. There is always something new on the horizon. What we and our children seem to adore now, may be headed for the trash bin next year. Instead, why not preserve some memories of things you love by creating your own TIME CAPSULE. It’s easy.
Get a clean jar or coffee can – something with a tight lid. Now, fill it with things that you want to remember years from now. Favorite photos, art work, report cards, trinkets or souvenirs from vacations or fun events, postcards, lists of popular songs, toys, movies, TV shows you enjoy. You can add a list of favorite snacks/foods, or put in empty wrappers from the same. An old cell phone, DVD disk, movie ticket stubs, baby clothes, coins, anything you want. A newspaper or magazine page. The possibilities are endless. Be sure to date it. A sticky label will do the trick.
Once you have the items you want to preserve, seal up the container and “bury” it. You don’t have to dig a hole in the earth for this. Tuck it away in a closet or garage and then forget about it. For more tips on making TIME CAPSULES, visit the RedTed Art link below.
Even though the weather is turning cooler, there is still plenty of fun to be had outdoors. Why not make the most of a day outside by collecting some natural materials like leaves, sticks, and pinecones, and create some art.
For a simple leaf rubbing, all you need are some leaves, white paper and crayons.
Arrange the leaves on a clean sheet of paper or cardboard. Then cover them with a clean sheet of white paper. Copier paper works fine for this project and even the smallest kids can join in.
Peel the paper off a crayon and then lay it on its side. As you rub it across the paper it will pick up the bumps, lines, veins and images underneath.
You can use this paper to make place mats for Thanksgiving dinner, or to wrap small gifts.
Whether you’re looking for an economical way to redecorate your child’s room, an office space or for a unique gift, why not try the art of collage? There are so many ways to express yourself with just a few magazines, scissors, and some glue. My daughter and I recently created these pieces of art to perk up her new workplace. You and your kids can do the same thing. Just choose a theme, gather some magazines or photos, and start cutting out pictures that appeal to you. We went with a floral theme and found dozens of great pictures in the magazines Amanda had lying around her apartment. Once we had a collection, we began to assemble them onto a clean sheet of paper the size of the frame we wanted to cover. When we had a pleasing arrangement, we began to attach the pictures to the paper. We used double sided tape. You can also use a glue stick. I would avoid white bottled glue since it can cause the pictures to wrinkle, which would ruin the effect. There is no end to the possible themes you can come up with. These will make great end of the year gifts for teachers as well. Experiment with bits of fabric, feathers, sequins, yarn, ribbon, and found objects to make the collage more three-dimensional. There is no wrong way to collage. Want more ideas for creating your own teacher gifts? Visit: http://www.redtedart.com/2014/05/11/gift-ideas-teachers/ Happy Collaging!