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Art Projects to do at home

Also see some cow-themed projects from Unbottle Your Imagination month at ARTitorium, which was sponsored by Dairy West!

Bird Finders

Search for birds from your house windows, car windows or on a nature walk.

Supplies Needed

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Yarn, string, rope
  • Washi tape, (any tape), glue or stapler
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch

Directions

  1. Start by taping one end of the yarn onto the TP roll. Wrap yarn around and tape the other end down. Add one strand or multiple. (If yarn isn’t available the children can use markers or crayons to decorate.
  2. Squeeze one line of Elmer’s glue onto the middle of one TP roll and attach the other decorate TP roll to it. Recommend using a piece of masking tape or scotch tape to tape through and around the two inside pieces to keep in place.
  3. Next, punch two holes on either side of the rolls. Tie a long piece of yarn through the ho les so the binoculars go over their heads.
Reference: https://www.artbarblog.com/bird-finder-binoculars/?m

 

Popsicle Stick Handprint Flowers

Supplies Needed

  • Jumbo popsicle sticks or regular popsicle sticks
  • Green craft paint or green markers
  • Paint brush
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Scissors
  • Colored cardstock or colored foam sheets

Directions

  1. If you are painting your popsicle sticks green, then you need to paint them at the start. If you have colored popsicle sticks you can skip this step. Each stick will have one flower on it.
  2. Trace your child’s hand on each color of cardstock you want for your flowers. Use the scissors to cut out the traced handprints. I also cut out little leaves to attach to the sticks, but this is optional.
  3. Glue the flower handprint onto the popsicle stick and your leaf, let dry.

Reference: https://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2015/03/popsicle-stick-handprint-flowers.html

 

Coffee Filter Butterflies

Supplies Needed

  • 2 coffee filters for each butterfly
  • Washable markers (any brand)
  • Water
  • Eye dropper or small measuring spoon
  • 1 chenille stem (pipe cleaner) for each butterfly
  • Cookie sheet or tray recommended

Directions

  1. Place one coffee filter on top of the other. Flatten out the coffee filters a little.
  2. Next color and make designs on the coffee filters. Note: Markers may bleed through coffee liners.
  3. Take the eye dropper, fill with water. Slowly drip water onto the coffee filter until it is completely wet. Be careful not to add TOO much water or they will take forever to dry, and colors will mix too much. If drying inside, could take a couple of hours.
  4. Once dry, carefully pull apart the two coffee filters. Fold each one back and forth, accordion style, in about ½” folds.
  5. Put the two folded strips on top of each other.
  6. Twist a pipe cleaner around the middle so that the two ends point upwards in a big letter “V”. Trim the ends to make them even if you need to.
  7. Next, pinch the end of each pipe cleaner and curl it outwards to make a small spiral.
  8. Finally, pull apart the folds in the coffee filter to open them up and shape your butterfly

Reference: https://onelittleproject.com/coffee-filter-butterflies/

 

Paper Plate Tropical Fish

Supplies Needed

  • 8 miniature paper plates or regular (2 plates per fish)
  • Brightly colored paints, acrylic or tempura
  • 4 large wiggly eyes (you can make your own out of paper if needed.)
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors

Directions

  1. Paint one plate each color of fish that you want. Next, use a pencil and draw the fins and tails onto the second paper plate that is to be painted and cut. Then paint smaller sections of the same colors on the second paper plate that you traced the fin and tail shapes on.
  2. Cut the painted fish pieces out, you should be able to see your pencil lines through the paint.
  3. Use a glue stick to attach the fish piece to the appropriate plates, gluing the pieces to the back.
  4. Use paint to add stripes or polka dots, decorate them however you like. Use white craft glue to attach wiggle eye.

 

Name Art

Supplies Needed

  • Black construction paper
  • Cut up pieces of different colored construction paper, or scrapbook paper.
  • Elmer’s Glue or glue stick
  • Pencil

Directions

  1. Write your child’s name on the black construction paper
  2. Next use glue and glue the squares or pieces of paper onto the name you wrote on the black construction paper.

 

Mermaid Tails

Supplies Needed

  • 3 Jumbo Popsicle sticks per tail
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Green glitter cardstock (or use different paper)
  • Green craft paint (or whatever color you want)
  • Gold glitter glue (or whatever color you want) *Can also use glue and put glitter on top
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors

Directions

  1. Get three popsicle sticks and glue them together to look like a triangle. Set aside and let dry completely.
  2. Grab your green glitter cardstock and cut a triangle shape what will be place within the popsicle stick design and be the tail. You should also cut the two fins out as well.
  3. To finish, have children paint their popsicle sticks design completely green (or whatever color you choose.) Also, glue the paper pieces and any other embellishments you want.
  4. Let dry!
Reference: https://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2016/04/popsicle-stick-mermaid-tails-kid-craft.html

 

Thumbprint Dandelion

Supplies Needed

  • Computer and printer
  • White Cardstock
  • Washable paints
  • Baby wipes

Directions

  1. Print the dandelion page on a piece of cardstock. (included in this lesson)
  2. Have child dip their thumb (or finger) in the paint and then press it down on the tops of the dandelion ends on the printable.
  3. Repeat until you have the look of your full dandelion flower.
  4. (optional) Add other embellishments or make your own.
  5. Let dry!
Reference and printable: https://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2016/07/thumbprint-dandelion-kid-craft-wfree-printable.html

 

Dinosaur Skeletons

Supplies Needed

  • White cardstock (or white paper)
  • Black construction paper (or color of preference)
  • Q-tips
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Scissors

 Directions

  1. First, decide what type of dinosaur you would like to create. I encourage you to look at a few pictures of dinosaurs to decide.
  2. Next, draw a dinosaur head on your white paper and cut out.
  3. Choose your larger piece of construction paper to glue the head on.
  4. Once head is glued on, grab your toothpicks and cut in halves.
  5. Using the Elmer’s glue, start gluing the q-tip halves onto the piece of construction paper and create the dinosaur of your choosing.
  6. Let dry!

 

Blow Art Monsters

Supplies Needed

  • Watercolor paper (works best)
  • Dot stickers (optional)
  • Liquid watercolor paints (Can also make your own)
  • Eye dropper
  • A straw
  • Markers (Sharpies work best)
  • (optional) tablecloth or tray

Directions

  1. Grab your piece of watercolor paper. Add the dots into small groups. There will be the eyes so make how you want them to be.
  2. Next add your liquid watercolor paint to small cups or a palette.
  3. Using eye dropper, drip small dots around the dot stickers.
  4. Use the straw, have the children point the end of the straw towards the liquid drops and blow into the straw. Make sure to position your straw in the direction that you want the paint to spray.
  5. Repeat the process for all monsters.
  6. Let dry! When dried, carefully remove the dot stickers.
  7. Lastly, use markers to add eyes, and other embellishments if you want.
Reference: https://www.giftofcuriosity.com/blow-art-monsters/?

 

Crazy Pasta Sculptures

Supplies Needed

  • Dried pasta
  • Paint and paint brushes
  • Chenille stems/pipe cleaners
  • Woodblock (or cardboard to glue sculptures)

Directions

  1. Poke/drill holes into board. Insert the pipe cleaners into the holes.
  2. Paint your pasta shapes and dry before threading.
  3. Once pasta is dry, let children thread the noodles, macaroni and pasta shapes through the pipe cleaners. Bend and twist them around the pasta.
Reference: https://www.hellowonderful.co/post/MAKE-CRAZY-PASTA-SCULPTURES/

 

Paper Plate Rainbows

Supplies Needed

  • Half of a paper plate
  • Paint or markers in the colors; red, orange, yellow, green, blue.
  • Paint brush
  • Cotton balls
  • Elmer’s glue

Directions

  1. Draw 4 lines around the paper plate to create the rainbow color lines.
  2. Paint the colors of the rainbow in the order of the picture.
  3. Let dry. When done, glue on 5 cottons balls to the bottom corners of the rainbow.

 

Newspaper Sharks

Supplies Needed

  • Blue, black and white construction paper
  • Newspaper
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Glue stick and Elmer’s Glue
  • Scissors

Directions

  1. Grab your newspaper and cut out a triangle shape, this will be the shark head. You can also trace the shape beforehand with a pencil and then cut out. Glue shark head onto your blue construction paper.
  2. If you have a different shade of blue construction paper, cut squiggle lines on one side to look like waves. Cut the piece of paper to fit the paper with the shark head on it. Glue on piece of water over the bottom of the shark head.
  3. Cut out a half circle shape from the black construction paper for the shark mouth. Glue onto the shark head.
  4. Cut out several white paper triangles. Glue them inside the black part of the shark mouth.
  5. Glue wiggle eyes on shark head.

 

Easy Chick Craft

Supplies Needed

  • Shower sponge
  • Plate
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Yellow Paint
  • Colored cardstock for background
  • Black Sharpie or marker
  • Orange cardstock or construction paper
  • Pink paper

Directions

  1. Put yellow paint on plate. Dab your sponge into the paint. Be careful not to use too much paint on your sponge.
  2. Dab the paint dipped sponge onto the cardstock to create your chick. To make a bigger chick, dab the sponge around it more, keeping it in a circular shape.
  3. While body dries, use the orange cardstock and cut out a triangle for the beak and two feet for the chick. Then use the pink paper and cut out two circles for the cheeks.
  4. When paint is dry, glue the piece of paper onto the chic.
  5. Use a sharpie to draw on the chick’s eyes.

 

Potato Stamp Ladybugs

Supplies Needed

  • White cardstock paper
  • Potato
  • Red paint
  • Black Paint
  • Black Sharpie (optional)

Directions

  1. Cut potato in half and let dry.
  2. Dip potato in red paint. Stamp onto paper. Let dry!
  3. Use the black sharpie and draw a line down the middle of the dried ladybug body.
  4. Take your child’s thumb, dip in the black paint and stamp on one end of the ladybug body, this will be the head.
  5. Next, use other fingers and dip in the black paint and add onto the body for the ladybug spots.
  6. Let dry!