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.

Snowglobes

Materials

  • Small glass jar, like a baby food jar
  • Little figurines and scenery
  • Glitter
  • Hot glue gun & glue
  • Fabric scraps

Instructions

  1. If together, unscrew the lid from the jar.  Arrange some small figurines and scenery inside the lid. Hot glue the scene down in the lid.
  2. Pour a bit of glitter into the jar. Fill with water.
  3. Screw the lid back on the jar. Hot glue around the edge of where the lid and jar meet. This will prevent the snowglobe from being opened.
  4. Take a small fabric scrap and hot glue it around the edge of the lid.
  5. Flip over the jar and the snowglobe is complete.

Artist Biography Books

Artist biography books are a fun way to teach kids a little art history. These books contain a short biography of an artist to read aloud, an example of their work, and the bookmaker's interpretation and impressions of the artist.

We make one book about each artist, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. We used photocopies of a book's (see Sources below) biographies and painting examples which were then cut out and glued to the book pages. Tweak this project to your heart's content, though. Two ideas are to make one book including both Picasso and Matisse, or include little biographies about other artists.

Materials

  • Several sheets of construction paper (depending on how many pages you want in your book)

  • Paper scraps or drawing materials

  • Stapler w/ staples

  • Glue sticks

  • Print outs of biographical information, Picasso painting example, etc. (See Sources or click image at bottom for PDFs)

 

Instructions

  1. Fold a few pieces construction paper in half (short end to short end) to serve as the outer cover and pages of the book. Tuck them inside each other and staple along the inside crease.

  2. Using the example painting as a model, decorate the cover in the style of Picasso. Using the paper scraps makes a more interesting visual than markers, but use anything.

  3. Cut out and paste the biography and painting example inside the book.

  4. On the last page, write your thoughts about Picasso - do you like his art work? How did you use his ideas/style in your own artwork on the cover?

Source

  • Book: " What’s the Big Idea?: Activities and Adventures in Abstract Art” by Joyce Raimondo

  • For more artist biographies, check out these websites:
CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR PRINTOUTS

CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR PRINTOUTS

 

Floam

Floam is a fun science & art project. If you don't know what it is, it is like silly putty with styrofoam beads mixed in. You can't exactly sculpt with it because the putty is not stiff enough, but it's very fun to play with.

Materials

  • 3 cups styrofoam beads

  • 1/2 cup school glue

  • 4 tsp borax

  • 1 cup water

  • Large bowl to mix ingredients together

  • Small bowl

  • Food coloring

 

Instructions

  1. Mix borax and water together in the small bowl.
  2. In the larger bowl, mix together the styrofoam beads, glue, and a few drops of food coloring.
  3. Stir in 6 TBSP of the borax/water mixture.

Marble Mazes

Materials

  • box (Nutrigrain, Teddy Grahams, etc.)

  • craft knife or scissors

  • straws

  • masking tape

  • marker

  • a marble

Instructions

  1. Tape the box shut.

  2. Cut out a large side of the box, like in the picture. 

  3. Cut straws to different lengths. Tape or glue down the straws to make paths for the marble to go through.

  4. Mark start and finish.

  5. Use the marble to try to get through the maze.

Tips

  • The kids also had fun trying out each other’s mazes and trying to make theirs “the hardest.”

  • While glue does keep the straws in place, tape works the best