EASTER EGG BANNER PROJECT
EASTER EGG BANNER
Ages: 5 – 12 years
Time: one hour
Pink craft foam sheet
Blue craft foam sheet
Yellow craft foam sheet
Yellow felt square 14” x 20”
Dowel rod 18”
String – double the length of the dowel rod
Measure and cut the yellow felt square to 14” x 20” and place it vertically. Make a loop by measuring and folding a 1” seam and iron. Measure and fold a second 1” seam. Iron and glue the second fold. You will be inserting the dowel
rod through this loop. (This felt piece should now measure 14”x18”.)
Using templates or stencils trace and cut a large egg from the pink craft foam sheet. Glue it on the center of the yellow felt piece. Cut the double cross pattern, 5 small eggs, six small petals, and 4 large petals out of the blue craft foam sheet. Cut six small petals and 4 large petals from the yellow craft foam sheet. Cut 5 small eggs and 2 tiny circles from the pink craft foam sheet.
Glue the double cross on the large egg. Place 4 large yellow petals near the center of the top cross. Glue a pink dot in the center of the cross. Arrange 6 blue petals near the top and sides of the cross. Glue 4 large blue petals near the intersection at the bottom of the cross. Glue a pink dot in the center of the bottom cross. Arrange 6 small yellow petals near the bottom and sides of the cross and glue. Glue small blue and pink eggs in a random pattern around the central egg.
Cut the dowel rod to about 18”. Insert a loop at the top. Cut the string to a length suitable for hanging. Tie the string to the ends of the dowel rod. Decorate your home by hanging the Easter Egg Banner from a window, on a wall or door.
VARIATION: What other symbols have special meaning to you? Use them in your own Easter Egg Design.
Hojalata – Kid’s Arts and Crafts
Disposable round aluminum pan
Paper like construction paper or bond paper
Puncher to make holes
Jump rings (optional)
Pencil or pen
- Cover the work table. Place the disposable aluminum pan on a piece of paper and trace the bottom of the pan so you have a circle.
- Sketch a design on a piece of paper: the sun, flowers, cactus, birds, the moon, an animal, etc. (Hojalata artists traditionally draw humorous, religious or cultural objects.) Then draw the design in the circle using a black marker. Cut out the circle and the bottom of the aluminum pan.
- Lay the drawing on the aluminum pie pan circle. Pushing hard enough to mark the metal, trace the design with a sharp pencil, pen or similar tool.
- Turn the aluminum pie pan circle over and color in the design with permanent markers.
- VARIATION: Cut a fringe around the outside of the pie pan circle when finished coloring.
- VARIATION: Use mini-aluminum pie pans.
- If you make more than one, you can string them by punching a hole at the top and bottom of each and connecting them with jump rings.
- Punch a hole at the top of the pie pan circle, pull a piece of string through and hang the hojalata. If you hang the hojalatas outdoors, watch them shine in the sun or blow in the wind! Hang small hojalatas on a holiday tree!
A retablo is a small oil painting on tin, zinc, copper or wood used in Catholic homes to venerate Catholic saints.
6” x 6” oak tag with ½” scored around all four edges
6″ x 5″ oak tag 1/2″ scored on the left and right sides
Yellow construction paper
Yellow crayon or marker
Gold paint (optional)
Paint brush (optional)
5” x 5” construction paper (color of choice)cut into one inch strips
Scraps of construction paper
Black construction paper
Foil papers (optional)
Stickers, crayons, pencils, black markers (preferably Sharpies), rubber stamps and ink, etc.
Matt or utility knife
- Measure ½” around the edges of the 6” X 6” oak tag. Score the edges using a utility knife and ruler. Do not cut all the way through the oak tag.
- Cut out the corners, then fold up the edges and tape them to secure them.
- To make the doors: measure and cut a piece of oak tag 6” x 5.” Measurements are not always perfect so trim where necessary. Measure ½” on each end of the longest side. Score and fold. Cut in half.
- Cut a 2 1/2″ x 3” colored square and cut diagonally to make two triangles.
- Decorate the doors and the top triangle piece with gold paint or yellow markers or crayons or glue yellow construction paper. Tape the 1/2″ edges of the doors on the right and left sides to the retablo.
- Cut small construction paper pieces and foil papers into different shapes and glue to the doors and triangle tops. Create a design that reflects you instead of a traditional retablo.
- Center and glue the oak tag with the doors on the black construction paper.
- Cut 1” x 5″ strips out of the construction paper (any color of choice) and glue into the back of the retablo box.
- Draw items of relevance and place them on the shelves or use stickers or glue small objects that mean something to you or use whimsical drawings or objects.
- Display the retablo during El Dia de los Muertos or on any day of the year that is special to you.
String/yarn art – random pattern with white space
Vertical pattern – string/yarn and starch/glue design
Three small bowls
Liquid starch or glue
Cardboard in any color of choice
Yarn in various colors and thickness
- Pour liquid starch into bowls.
- Cut some of the yarn into 12” lengths.
- Soak the yarn in the starch separating the white (if you are using white) from the colored yarn because some of the colors will run. Leave the yarn in the starch for a few minutes.
- Lift the yarn out one strand at a time and run your fingers down the length to remove the excess starch. Do this with the string if using it along with the yarn or instead of the yarn.
- “Draw” with the yarn by dropping it on the cardboard in a random pattern. Repeat this with the other strands of yarn combining the colors in a pleasing design. Alternate with string.
- Fill in some of the shapes that you “drew” with more yarn so that some of the shapes are more solid than others. Consider separating some of the yarn so that white or negative space shows throughout the design. (See the samples.)
- Finish the “drawing” and place the art on a flat surface until it dries. Weigh down the corners with heavy objects in the meantime.
Draw a design or object on the cardboard and follow the procedure above.
Inspired by: All-Around-the-House Art and Craft Book by Patricia Z. Wirtenberg
The best way to understand art is to make art. One easy introduction is to make a poster of photographs of works of art.
Take a trip to the museum with a parent and look at the works of art: paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings. There are many more forms of art, too, as you will see when you stroll through the galleries. These forms of art include the decorative arts such as pottery, jewelry or ceramics. Walk through the gift shop and collect postcards with works of art printed on them. Go to a thrift store or a flea market and buy old books or magazines about art or with works of art in them. Cut out the ones that are beautiful, interesting or meaningful.
Art Poster Collage
Poster board, any size
Pictures of works of art from magazines, catalogs, old books, etc.
Rubber cement or glue stick
- Cut out photographs of art works from magazines, newspapers, catalogs, or use postcards from the museum art shop. You can use copies of your art work, too.
- Your poster can have a theme like Greek Art (like the sample above) or Modern Sculpture or no particular theme. Glue the pictures to a piece of poster board forming a design.
- Study the pictures. Do you know which one is painting or sculpture or drawing or print? What do you like about them?
- Tape the poster inside your locker or on the door of your room. Or cut it to 8” x 2 ¼” and use the pieces as bookmarks.
* Art Work by Bridget Riley, Marion Constantinides, Kitagawa Utamaro, and Michel Touliere.
Paper Bag People and Animals
Lunch size paper bags, brown or white
Newspaper (or similar material)
Scraps of construction paper
Paste or glue
Ribbon and/or yarn
Sequins, buttons, seeds (for eyes, nose mouth)
Crayon and/or markers and/or colored pencils
Pipe cleaners (for whiskers)
- Choose the pet or animal you will make.
- Stuff 1/3 of the bag tightly with crumbled or strips of newspaper (or similar material) to form the head (about two or three sheets).
- Gather the bag at the base of the head. Tie it securely with string or yarn.
- Stuff the rest of the bag with more newspaper and tape the bottom of the bag closed.
- Cut eyes, nose, mouth, and paws from construction paper or use sequins, buttons or seeds. Use pipe cleaners for the whiskers.
- Tie a ribbon or piece of yarn around the neck.
- Add buttons or other decorations to dress up you paper bag pet or person.
- Make a paper bag person. Use yarn for hair and wiggle eyes. Follow the directions above.
- Stuff only the top 1/3 of the bag. Insert a long stick (like a ruler) into the head and secure with string, yarn or a rubber band. Use as a puppet and put on a play for your friends! Read the books below for more ideas:
Gauch, Patricia Lee. Poppy’s Puppet
Marsh, Valerie. Puppet Tales
Thin paper like rice paper or bond paper
Any kind of crayons including Wax crayons
Textured surfaces: chain link fences, tombstones, bricks, sidewalks, gratings, certain fabrics
- Find an interesting raised surface to rub. For the first rubbing, select a surface and rub with either the graphite or one of the wax crayons.
- For the second rubbing, rub with a different wax crayon on another surface or on the same surface. The shift the paper up or down or sideways, rubbing the surface with another color or the graphite.
- For the third rubbing, select two or three colors and two or three surfaces to rub. Use only one sheet of paper for this. Select a color and rub the first surface with it. Rub the second surface with a second crayon. Rub the third surface with a third color or the graphite.
- Do you notice a pattern created with the different colors and surfaces? Insert your best rubbing in a poster frame and hang on the wall of your bedroom.
- Alternative Project: Rubbings also make great greeting or note cards. Cut a blank piece of paper in half. Cut the rubbing and paste it to the front of the folded paper. Cut the rubbing smaller still and you can make gift tags the same way as the greeting card.
For more ideas on rubbings:
All-Around-the-House Art and Craft Book by Patricia Z. Wirtenberg
Arts and Crafts Activities Desk Book by Joyce Novis Laskin.
Construction or bond paper
- Find interesting objects in your home and trace them.
- Arrange them on construction or bond paper creating an abstract design.
- Trace the objects with markers or pencils or crayons. Trace one object at a time, adding objects as you go or lay them all down and trace them.
- Remove the objects from the paper. Choose three colors or two colors plus black. Now add patterns to the traced objects: dots, stripes, zigzags, checks or color some of the areas in the design.
- Mat the abstract design and display it or use it as a cover for a favorite book.
Trace one object, turning the paper as you trace. Or overlap the object by placing it vertically, horizontally, upside down, etc.
Materials: Printer’s ink, black and two colors Glass surface Brayer Lightweight paper (rice or bond) Cleaner Rags
- Squeeze a line of black ink on the flat piece of glass. Roll the brayer over it and back and forth on the glass. Cover the brayer with ink.
- Find a very rough surface i.e., woven fabric, a collage of leaves, brick, stone, etc. Place the paper over this surface. Hold it firmly with one hand as you roll the inked brayer back and forth over it.
- Ink the brayer again and try another textured surface on a clean sheet of paper.
- Clean the glass and brayer thoroughly and wait to dry.
- Squeeze ink in the second color on to the glass and roll the brayer over it. Coat the entire brayer with the ink.
- Roll that color over a clean sheet of paper on another surface or roll the new color over the first sheet inked in black. Try different combinations of the two colors and black and different surfaces.
- Frame the finished textured prints or use them to make notecards.
Two textured collages,the one superimposed over the second, resulted in the textured print pictured above. The print was first printed in black ink rolled over a collage made of strings arranged in a pattern and glued to a board. Geometric patterns made from poster board comprised a second collage. After the black ink dried, the print was placed on top of this second collage. Brown ink was rolled over the geometric shapes creating the design.
Textured Print Collage
Textured Print Collage
One sheet craft foam any color
One bandana any color or design or scrap of fabric (Ribbon is a good substitute)
Ink pen or fabric marker
Additional craft foam in various colors or craft papers in assorted colors
Peel ‘n Stick Adhesive tape
- Trace and cut patterns provided (below) on to the large craft foam.
- Adhere the adhesive tape to the back of the patterns, peel the back off and arrange them on to one side of the craft foam sheets (i.e., use green foam for the leaves, yellow foam for the daisies, etc) or use glue.
- Run a line of glue or the adhesive tape down the length of one short edge of the craft foam. Fold down the opposite edge of the craft foam and press to form an oblong windsock.
- Cut 1” slits along one edge of the bandanna or fabric and tear to form long strips.
- Punch three evenly spaced holes along the edge of the windsock. Insert a strip of fabric or bandanna into each hole. Make a knot to hold the strip in place. Gather the opposite ends of the fabric trips and tie them together into one knot.
- Punch evenly spaced holes along the bottom edge of the windsock for the remaining strips of fabric. Or cut small slits and poke the fabric through with the scissors. Place each fabric strip into each hole and knot each to secure in place.
Airports use windsocks to show wind direction and relative wind speed but they are also used for decorative purposes. Windsocks made of paper and silk originated in China and Japan. The ancient Romans used windsocks as military banners.
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Patterns for Windsock