Blue, Green, Chartreuse Umbrella
Read: The Umbrella by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert
A family dog finds a red umbrella on a windy day in the yard. When the dog opens up the umbrella, the wind carries them over the clouds and around the world. They go to Africa where the dog confronts elephants, alligators, hippos, zebras and storks; the oceans and their inhabitants; the tropics; the North Pole and finally, back home.
Project: Decorate an old umbrella and if you want to challenge yourself, give the design a theme: animals, fairies, sports, etc.
An old umbrella
Paint in squeeze bottles
The Umbrella by Jan Brett
The Umbrella Day by Nancy Evans
Umbrella by Taro Yashima
*Copyright Art work by Marion Constantinides 2015
Beat the winter doldrums with a fun craft project! Use it as a Valentine’s Day decoration, give as a gift
or use it all-year round! Super easy and cheap to make too!
VALENTINE’S DAY VOTIVE AND VASE
Shells in different sizes
Strand of pearls or beads
Large clear vase with a neck (See photo)
Small votive/candle holder (make sure it fits into the opening of the vase)
Small candle or tea light that fits into the votive holder
Optional: Red or pink ribbon (the neck of the vase will decide the width and length of the ribbon)
1. Wash and dry the vase and candle holder/votive so that they shine.
2. Let the shape of the vase dictate where the shells, pearls and other objects of choice will lay inside the vase. Intertwine one strand of beads or pearls. Add some shells. Mix again.
3. Place the larger shells and pearls or beads next and then intertwine another strand of beads or pearls.
- Finally, arrange the medium objects on top. Add the last strand of pearls or beads. Mix. Make sure there is enough room for the candle holder/votive which should protrude above the neck of the vase just enough so that it is noticeable.
- Optional: Tie a bow around the neck of the vase. If the vase is narrow at the bottom, and widens just below the neck, place the small ones on the bottom. Refer to the photo of the finished craft.
Substitutions for the vase:
Small handmade soaps
Heart-shaped paper cutouts
Mix it up!
Substitutions for the votive/candle holder:
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Paper in pink, red, purple, white
Greeting cards or images downloaded from the Internet
Lace Paper doilies
Heart-shaped cookie cutters, templates, stencils or the patterns provided below
String or yarn
Markers or colored pencils
- Gather greetings cards that you no longer want and cut out shapes that are traditional for a Valentine ‘s Day theme: flowers, birds, kittens, hearts, puppies, etc. Or download images or clip art from a free program on the Internet.
- Using the heart patterns provided or a heart-shaped cookie cutter(s) or template(s) or stencil(s), trace and cut the heart out of colored paper. Use the largest pattern or cookie cutter or stencil for the main part of the valentine. Make more than one valentine and use papers of various colors. Trace and cut hearts of smaller sizes, too.
- Glue sequins, images from the greeting cards, small heart-shapes, etc in a pleasing design on the valentine.
- Using markers or colored pencils, write a message: “Happy Valentine’s Day!” or any other message suitable for the holiday
- Optional: Glue string or yarn on the back of the valentine and hang it up or give it to a friend of your choice.