Recyclable Sculptures

Materials

  • Masking tape

  • Recyclables of any sort (ex: cardboard boxes and tubes, milk cartons and jugs, egg cartons, etc.)

  • Scissors and/or craft knife

  • Paint & brushes

  • Miscellaneous supplies

Instructions

  1. Design your sculpture. Pick out the pieces to be used and arrange them best you can. For smaller details, like snouts, use scissors or a craft knife to cut items to your liking . See Tips below for ideas on what items work well for a specific purpose.

  2. Using the masking tape, firmly secure the tubes and other parts to the body. Tightly tape all the way around the sculpture. It may not look pretty, but the tape keeps the sculpture from falling apart. There is no such thing as too much tape in this project.

  3. Paint the sculptures. Let dry.

  4. Add decorations like googly eyes, pom-poms, or whatever you have lying around.

Tips

  • Toilet paper and paper towel tubes work best for legs, arms, and necks.
  • Several of the sculptures worked well when they used a vertical cardboard box for the chest and a horizontal box beneath to make it sit up.
  • Cut off the neck of a water bottle or pop bottle to make a nice snout.
  • Egg cartons are great for making ears in several styles.
  • Depending on how many sculptures you are making, you may need multiple rolls of masking tape.
  • Some kids put tape tubes together so they acted as joints.

 

Starry Night Paintings & Dioramas

These cool paintings are inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's famous painting, The Starry Night.

Materials

  • Canvas

  • Black acrylic paint

  • Rubbing alcohol (91% isopropyl)

  • Paint brushes

  • Glow-in-the-Dark duct tape

  • Glow-in-the-Dark paint

  • Paintbrushes

  • Miscellaneous materials

  • Glue

  • Spray bottle

  • Cardboard box

Instructions

  1. Water down the black paint to a thin consistency.

  2. Cover the canvas with the paint very quickly.

  3. Use the spray bottle to dribble/spray some drops of the rubbing alcohol over the wet black paint. Watch as the paint and alcohol mix

  4. Paint the inside of the box black.

  5. Let the canvas and box dry overnight.

  6. Trim the canvas if necessary and tape or glue to the back of the box to create a background.

  7. Use the glow in the dark paint and duct tape to create a starry scene. With other materials, add other objects to the scene---just remember that they won't glow.

  8. Take the diorama into a dark place to see the scene glow.

Tips

  • Test out the project several times to make sure that the alcohol will react correctly. It can be tricky.

  • For another project, create just the canvas as the cover for a book about constellations.

Clay Eggs

Materials

  • Large slabs of clay

  • Inflated balloons

  • Paper plates

  • Acrylic paint

  • Paintbrushes

Instructions

  1. Cover balloon with reasonably thin slabs of clay (they must be long enough that they meet around the balloon). Make sure to leave a small hole at the top, large enough to pull the once-popped balloon out.

  2. Pinch or slightly smooth out the edges. There shouldn’t be any holes but these are not meant to look pretty or perfect.

  3. Let the eggs dry on paper plates for a couple of days, pop the balloons and let dry for a few more weeks.

  4. Decorate with paint. For example, some kids painted theirs like dragon eggs.

Tips

  • There’s a fine line between too little clay that will not hold up its weight when the balloon is popped and too much clay which will collapse on itself. Use your best judgement and good luck.

Emotion Box Head

Front side of the flap

Materials

  • Boxes that will fit over the kids’ heads - the large Goldfish boxes worked well

  • Misc. Supplies (Paper, scissors, tape, glue, markers, etc.)

  • Duct Tape

Instructions

  1. Cut 3 edges of one side of the box to make a flap.

  2. Open the flap and cover the hole with duct tape. 

  3. Cut out eye holes in the duct tape side. 

  4. With anything, create a face on the outer side of the flap showing one emotion.

  5. Create another face on the duct tape side with a different emotion.

  6. To use, put on head with flap closed. Open it up to see another emotion!

Tips

  • If the box doesn't easily fit over the child's head, cut a slit up the back of the box as shown in the picture below.
 

The inside duct tape face

View from the back

Felted Mini Purses

Materials

  • Old 100% wool sweater
  • Hot glue gun & glue
  • Scissors
  • Miscellaneous materials like pom-poms, felt, fabric scraps

Instructions

  1. Pre-wash the wool sweaters in hot water and dry in the dryer. This will significantly shrink them as well as felt them.
  2. Cut off a rectangle of the felted sweater.
  3. Fold the rectangle in half to make a pocket.
  4. Glue the sides of the pocket, leaving the top open.
  5. With the rest of the sweater, cut into strips.
  6. Glue the strips together by ends to make a longer strip.
  7. Glue each end of the strip to the back of the pocket. This is the strap.
  8. On the top side of the pocket use glue to attach decorations. We made little raccoon faces and even a tail on one, which we attached to the back of the purse.

Tips

  • Instead of cutting a rectangle, cut off a ring of the sleeve. This way, you only need to glue the bottom.
  • Adjust the strap by cutting the felt strip to any desired length before gluing.