Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Some crafts to start off 2015 for kids

As I have stated before I like to upcycle; so, the first craft involves doing just that kind of thing. I think hedgehogs are adorable and enjoyed have one in the classroom.

CD Turtle

Materials: Construction paper, Turtle body (Pattern), CDs  (two per turtle), Colored paper scraps, Scissors, Glue stick, Assorted sequins,    Glitter glue, Paper punch, Yarn or cord

Materials: Construction paper, Turtle body, CDs  (two per turtle), Colored paper scraps, Scissors, Glue stick, Assorted sequins,    Glitter glue, Paper punch, Yarn or cord

Print out the turtle body on construction paper or cardstock.
Cut out turtle body.  Using the glue stick, glue the body to the label side of one CD.  Apply glue to the second side of the body and glue the second CD to it, matching the two CDs.
Glue two black sequins to each side of the turtle head for the eyes.
Punch a hole in the turtle tail.  Tie a length of yarn or ribbon to use for hanging.
On one CD, cut shapes from colored scraps and glue to the CD with the glue stick.
On the second (opposite side) CD, use glitter glue and assorted sequins to decorate.  Let dry flat, so the sequins don’t move on the glue while drying.

Pokey Hedgehog Craft

Adult Supervision is advised!!

Materials: STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2-1/2” egg, Round wooden toothpicks,  Acrylic craft paint: White and brown, Half-round beads, , black 5mm (eyes), Round bead, black 7mm (nose), Thick, white craft glue, Optional: Blush or pink chalk
Tools needed: Serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; stiff paint brush; paint palette, such as a paper plate; wooden skewer; newspaper; knippers

Wax the knife blade with bar of soap. Cut a small slice from the side of the egg so the egg will sit flat. The flat side is the belly of the hedgehog.
Insert a wooden skewer into the egg to use as a handle. Squeeze white and brown paint on your palette. Mix a small amount of brown with the white paint to make a very light tan. Paint the narrow end of the egg, or the face, a light tan.
Gradually add more brown paint, each time creating a darker shade of tan, as you work toward the back of the egg. The tail end should be the darkest color. Let paint dry.
Mix a tiny bit of water with a small amount of brown paint. Place 60 or so toothpicks into the mixture and let the toothpicks soak up the color. Remove half and spread them out on newspaper to dry. Allow the other half to soak for a longer amount of time so they will be darker. Remove and spread out to dry.
Using knippers, cut in half three – four toothpicks of each color, and three-four unpainted toothpicks.
Add quills to the hedgehog, starting with the darker quills at the back end of the egg. Dip toothpicks into white craft glue, and insert into the porcupine, spacing them evenly. Position the toothpicks at an angle, so that the ends form a point at the tail area. (See photo of the hedgehog’s belly.)

Work your way toward the front, using lighter and shorter toothpicks as you go. The quills toward the front should be angled toward the back. The last row of quills closest to the face will be the short, unpainted toothpicks.
Glue on two half round beads for eyes, and the round black bead for the nose.
Optional: Brush blush or pink chalk dust onto the cheeks.

Feathered Footprint Birdies

May need adult supervision depend on age of child!!

Materials: white cardstock, or other thick paper, orange cardstock, paint, paintbrush, feathers, glue, googly eyes

Paint your child’s foot and stamp on the white cardstock. Allow to dry.
Cut the footprint out of the cardstock.
Glue three feathers onto the back of the footprint.
Glue on 2 googly eyes and an orange triangle nose.

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