Two bowls (or plates or other round object)
Yellow craft foam
Tissue paper in four different colors
- Center a large bowl upside down on the yellow craft foam.
- Draw triangles all around the bowl with a pencil indicating the sun’s rays.
- Remove the large bowl and place the small bowl upside down and in the center of the sun. Trace.
- Cut outside of the sun. Fold it in half and make a small cut in the middle. Unfold it and cut from the middle to the circle. Cut around the circle.
- Cut the tissue paper into small pieces. Vary the size, shape or color; variety is more interesting than uniformity.
- Cut a piece of wax paper larger than the sun. Squeeze some Mod Podge on the wax paper and spread it over an area larger than the sun with the foam brush.
- Lay the pieces of tissue paper on the Mod Podge, overlapping them. Cover the Mod Podge completely.
- Brush Mod Podge over the tissue paper with the foam brush and allow it to dry thoroughly.
- Decorate the sun and its rays with puffy paint, glitter glue and sequins. Allow to dry.
- Place the large bowl on top of the tissue paper and trace it. Cut around the circle, removing excess tissue.
- Put a thin line of glue around the edge of the circle. Place the sun over the glue and press. Weigh the sun down with heavy objects until the glue dries.
- Punch a hole in one of the rays and pull a string through it. Tie a knot and hang.
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
Kids Only Paper Garland Sign
School is Out! Paper Garland Sign
Paper in various colors
Ruler or yard stick
Pipe cleaners, string, paper twists or similar material
Number stencils or templates (optional)
One chain link fence
- Make a sign for your clubhouse or to celebrate the beginning of summer and the end of school. Make a loop for every letter of your sign and for the space between the words. Make a loop at the beginning of your sign which will be blank and a loop for the end of your sign which will also be blank. For example, a sign that says “School is out!” will have 11 loops for the words, one for the exclamation mark, two for the spaces between words and an extra loop at each end. That would be a total of sixteen loops.
- Use four or five different colored papers. Measure and cut the colored papers into six or more ½” x 8” strips.
- Glue one strip of paper measuring ½” x 8” overlapping the ends. Then glue a strip of paper measuring ½” x 8” through the first loop. Alternate the colors of the paper strips until you have the required number of paper loops forming a garland. Use the photograph for reference.
- Next, cut paper rectangles in various colors about 1 1/2” by 3.” Make enough to spell out your message.
- Trace a letter on each paper rectangle by using a template, stencil or free hand. Trace any exclamation, question mark or symbol, too.
- Punch a hole at the top of each paper rectangle. Punch a hole in the loops. Do not punch holes in the first and last loops and the loops that represent spaces between words.
- Cut string or pipe cleaners or similar material and loop it through the holes.
- Or use your imagination and glue seeds, glitter, sequins and other decorative objects!
- Tie a string through the first and last loops and tie them on to the fence. Don’t forget to add extra loops when you change the message!