Plate Wall Hanging

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This is a really neat idea for a Mother’s Day gift for grandma’s from a small child.  It’s something they will definitely cherish! Handprint on Plate

Materials Needed:

Paper Plate, Paint, Lace and/or Ribbon, Glue

Instructions:

Paint the child’s hand then press it onto the paper plate.  Once the paint dries, glue the lace around the edge of the plate, then add lace or ribbon to the top to hang it.  Don’t forget to write the child’s name, age and date on the plate!

For a little variety, use colored paper plates with a contrasting color.

Wall Murals

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I work in a funeral home and they just completed a remodeling project where they put up a large wall mural of a lighthouse in the chapel where we hold the funerals. It is breathtaking. It got me thinking about wall murals that kids make….

Making a mural together is an idea that works well for a group. By working together, you are creating something to decorate a shared area. Individual crafts can be displayed, but one unique item is often more effective than a group of items that are almost identical. In addition, sometimes kids’ crafts, like it or not, just become clutter when they are taken home, and it isn’t long before Mom throws it out. This craft idea of making a group mural can be displayed for several weeks and will not become clutter in anyone’s home.  You can then take a picture of the entire mural and give copies to each of the children.  It will be one memory they will never forget!

Wall muralThe basic materials for a kids’ group mural is freezer paper. Freezer paper is about 18 inches wide, and it is very tough. One side is plastic coated. That is the side that is designed to be placed against the food. You will have better luck drawing on and gluing things onto the other side. Class or group murals can feature a number of different design elements. You can mix up some finger paint and let the children make hand prints (or even foot prints!) on the paper. You can let them scour old cast-off magazines and color catalogs for pictures they like and let them cut the pictures out and glue them on. They can add scribbles, designs, signatures, slogans, or pictures using markers, crayons, or gel pens. They can attach stickers to the mural as well. This craft idea is very flexible!

For making the mural, choose a topic that relates to the group in some way. If the group are girl scouts, for instance, and have been learning to camp, the mural can feature pictures of items related to camping. If you’ve been learning about dinosaurs, you can use them as a theme. If you want a really messy project that makes a cute mural for fall, mix up finger paint in fall colors. The children can each make a tree by first laying their forearm in brown paint. Then they lay their arm on the paper to make the trunk of the tree. They should spread out their fingers so their arm print has five short branches at the top. To make the leaves, the children make fingerprints all around the top of the tree using paints in other fall colors. If you add a few drops of dishwashing detergent to finger paint when mixing it up, it will be easier to clean off the children’s arms. Do make sure they have old clothes or smocks for this craft idea.

Little preschoolers will like making a mural with an animal theme. You should probably find and cut out animal magazine pictures to start with, and then let the children choose the ones they like for gluing down. Glue sticks are neat to use with small children. They will paste some of the pictures upside down. Expect it and do not scold them. It is the process that is important in this craft idea. The children can also use animal cookie cutters dipped in finger paint to stamp animals on the mural, too. You may need to tape the paper to the table so it doesn’t slide around while the children work.

Combined QuiltAn elaborate form of this craft idea that adults often make is a quilt around a theme. Each person in the group creates a quilt square to represent some aspect of what the group stands for. These quilt squares can be colored with fabric pens or crafted of patchwork or appliqué. Again, the craft idea is to build group solidarity and not to highlight one artist’s skills over another. When the quilt top is completed, it can be a group project to tie it or quilt it. It can be hung in a special central location or given to an appreciated leader or member.

The Obsession Meme

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I was tagged to do this meme where I tell you about five things I am obsessed with. Since this is a craft blog, I’ll tell you about five craft projects that I am truly obsessed with!

1. Scrapbooking. I learned about scrapbooking from a friend of mine when my youngest daughter was just a baby… and she’s 13 now. I have albums done for almost every year of my kid’s lives. I love going to weekend scrapbooking workshops where we spend from Friday night until Sunday afternoon doing nothing but scrapping! I’m leaving Friday for one in Erie PA! I can’t wait!

2. Making rag quilts. I love making these! You can change the designs and colors to make every one so unique! You can view a picture of one that I have made here.

3. Sewing clothes. I’ve made myself quite a few outfits and even the girls have allowed me to make them a few! I like to make shirts the best, but I’m not fond of zippers :)

4. Drawing. While it’s not truly a craft, I love to draw. Mostly I like to draw cartoons, but I’ve drawn a few scenes as well.Arts & Crafts

5. Painting ceramics. I’ve made a few very cute ceramic items, mostly ones for holidays. My favorite is one I made of a Santa sitting by a fireplace reading a child a story….

Now it’s my turn to tag five others to tell me about their own obsessions. I like to check with folks first and make sure they want to play, so I’ll edit this after I have five rounded up.

I have three takers so far! Make sure you check out their posts!

MK at Coffee Shop Chatter

Wendy at Adventures of a Suburban WAHM

The Blog Hog

If anyone else wants to participate and I haven’t tagged you, please feel free to join in the fun! All I ask is that put a link back to this post! Have an awesome day!

Online Art Classes?

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My 16 year old daughter is very artistic. She can draw, paint, is a terrific photographer and is also very talented on the computer with graphic designing. So, we are looking into colleges or art schools for her as she’s a Junior in High School this year. It will be quite an interesting journey as we watch her choose her own path as she creates her masterpiece.

We are getting more and more information about Distance Learning… while it sounds great, she could live at home and not worry about a commute, I’m having a hard time understanding how you can learn about art without any hands on experience. A very good school that is near us is the Art Institute in Pittsburgh. They are offering an online program for all kinds of careers in Art! That just amazes me.

I’m going to have to do some more investigating. While I know she wants to go away to school, this might be a way for her to earn some credits in her senior year before she goes away to college.

I’m sure I’ll be posting more about her art career in the future! I’m going to have to scan some of the pictures she has drawn and post them…. wonder if she’ll let me???

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