Wednesday, March 7, 2012

More "Stained Glass" Crafts: Shamrock and Cross


Well, I'm sensing a theme with the "stained glass" craft. It's March, so of course I had to do a shamrock craft for St. Patrick's Day. I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter for this one. Make it like you would a heart.
And this is also a good opportunity to introduce symmetry as a design principle. Monkey's preschool teacher also used this idea for his class! She used green paper, but I like black, since it makes the green stand out. His teacher used a large die-cut shamrock. She taped them to the windows in the classroom. They look really cute.

A friend of mine gave me the idea for an Easter craft with a cross. We're planning on doing this for a church playgroup. Use the same concept for a bunch of other holidays: pumpkins for Halloween, turkeys for Thanksgiving, snowmen for Christmas. Older kids can even cut out the shapes as well.

Like the heart craft, you'll need construction paper, contact paper, scissors and tissue paper cut into small squares.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Heart Crafts: "Stained Glass" and Warm Fuzzy

I know, I know, it's March, and I'm just now posting some V-day crafts. Sue me.
I did this "Stained Glass" Heart project with the boys and with my church playgroup kids, and they all loved it. Great for a range of ages. It's also mess-free, so clean up is a cinch. Oh, and cheap. Don't forget cheap!

Materials:

Clear Contact Paper
Tissue paper of your choice (I used red, pink, orange and purple) cut into small squares
Black construction paper
Scissors

Cut out a large heart shape out of the black construction paper. The black will be the frame. Cut a piece of contact paper big enough to cover your heart opening. Peel off contact paper backing and attach to black paper (make sure you cover the heart). Smooth to flatten any bumps. Now add tissue paper to the sticky side of the heart. Tape it to a window. You can also cut around the heart (below) and hang it with yarn.


Here are the boys making their stained glass hearts. Lots of fun. They made some for their teachers, as well.


Though I missed celebrating Valentine's Day on my blog, we did manage a few decorations at home. One was this Warm Fuzzy Heart wreath. I have a hard time finding wreath crafts that I like and don't take a lot of money and time. Because we have a clear storm door, there's not a lot of room for a wreath, either. I had purchased a red marabou boa to use with my puppets as hair. It costs a couple of bucks at craft or fabric stores. I took a wire hanger, lopped of the hook with some wire cutters. You could work it back and forth til in breaks off, too. I held onto the hanger neck as I molded the humps and point of the heart. Make sure your heart shape is symmetrical by checking in a mirror. Then, beginning with the neck, I wrapped the boa around the frame. I secured the end in the cleavage (?) of the heart. Boa wrapping would be a fun way to involve kids. I made a few adjustments to cover the metal part. I hung it from a wreath holder using thin white ribbon attached at either hump.