Silhouette Picture

What you need:
• Paper (white and black)
• Tape
• Flashlight or lamp
• Scissors
• Glue

What you do:
• Tape a large piece of black paper to the wall.
• Have the child stand or sit sideways next to the paper.
• Darken the room and shine the flashlight or lamp (without a lamp shade) on them so their profile is shadowed on the paper.
• Trace the shadow.
• Cut out the profile and glue it on white piece of paper.
• Display


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Papier Mache Mask

What you need:
•  A gallon-sized milk jug
• News paper
• Flour
•  Salt
•  Acrylic paints
• Scissors
• Utility knife

What you do:
• Using  scissors, cut the milk jug along the seam.
• Cut the eye holes with a utility knife.
• Shred newspaper lengthwise in two-inch strips.
• Make simple non-toxic paste.
• Begin with one cup of flour, one teaspoon salt and two cups of lukewarm water.
• Blend the salt and flour. Gradually add the water while stirring to form a smooth paste. Try to dissolve all lumps. Add enough water so you have a thin soup-like consistency.
• Dip one piece of newspaper in the paste.
• Strip the excess liquid by squeezing it between your index finger and thumb.
• Apply to the back side of the jug, beginning at the top.
• Work in one direction.
• Overlap strips of newspaper, smoothing them out with your fingertips to release trapped air bubbles.
• Cover the entire backside of the jug.
• Turn the jug over and cover it with newspaper as well.
• Wrap the handle in strips. Overlap sides.
• Place your mask under a fan or in direct sunlight to dry.
• Base paint your dry mask both front and back using a white or light-colored acrylic paint.
• Wait a minimum one-half hour before applying a second coat of paint to cover newspaper bleed.
• Let dry for one day.
• Paint the face however you desire.

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Butterfly Art

What you need:
• Paper
• Water Color
• Brush
•  Glue
• Small beads (colored)
• Scissors
• Tree branch (small)

What you do:
• Paint the paper with water color.
• Let it dry.
• Glue the tree branch.
• Glue the paper butterfly.
• Glue the beads on branches.

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Piggy Bank

What you need:
• One balloon
• A lot of old newspaper
• A paper egg carton
• Masking tape
Papier Mache Paste
• Pink, black and white paint
• Cards stock
• Brush
• A craft knife

What you do:
• Blow up a balloon
• Separate 5 paper egg carton sections (one for each leg and the snout).
• Use the masking tape to attach them to the oval-shaped body.
• Cut a couple of ears out of the card stock.
• Use the masking tape to attach them to the body.
• Tear a lot of strips of newspaper. Strips should be about 1 inch or less wide.
• Dip each strip of paper in the papier mache paste and wrap around the balloon.
• Have at least two to three layers surrounding the balloon.
• Let the papier-mâché balloon dry for a few days.
• When it is dry, you can pop and remove the balloon from the inside.
• Paint the pig.
• Paint the pigs eyes and nostrils.
• Along the top of the pig’s body, carefully cut a slot large enough to fit any coin.

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Papier Mache Paste

What you need:
• Water
• Flour

What you do:
• Boil 5 cups of water in a saucepan.
• In a bowl, mix 1/4 cup of sieved flour with a cup of cold water.
• Mix to a smooth consistency .
• When completely free of lumps, add the mixture to the water in the saucepan.
• Gently boil, stirring constantly for two or three minutes until the mixture thickens.
• Allow to cool before using.

This will make a runny glue. If you prefer a very thick glue (or if you are in a hurry for it to dry) use this recipe

Thick flour and water glue:
Use 1 whole cup of flour to three cups of water. Make using the same method as above.

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Paper Butterfly

What you need:
• Old Magazines
•  Wire
• Scissors

What you do:
•  Cut  a 4.5 x4.5 inch square.
• Cut  a 3.5 x 3.5 inch square.
• Accordion-fold a 4.5×4.5 inch piece of paper diagonally to create upper wings.
• Accordion-fold a 3.5×3.5 inch  piece of paper to create lower wings.
• The finer the wrinkles the more elegant the butterfly effect later.
• Twist a wire around the middle of the 2 folded squares to secure them together.
•  Pull the folds open a bit, to resemble butterfly wings.

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Flower Basket

What you need:
• Two paper plates
• Watercolor
• Brush
• Glue
• Scissors
Paper flowers

What you do:
• Color one plate with watercolor.
• Let it dry.
• Cut it in half.
• Keep one half for the front of the basket. (Recycle the other half, or save it for another basket.)
• Place the half-plate face up, as if you were going to eat from it.
• Cut away half of the inner part of the other paper plate, leaving the outer edge for a handle.
• Glue the lower edges of the paper plates together.
• Insert the paper flowers.
• This makes a basket full of flowers.

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Magazine Holder

What you need:
• Cereal Box
Mod Podge
• Craft Knife
• Straight edge or ruler
• Pencil
• Gift wrap

What you do:
• Use the pencil and ruler to mark a line four inches from the bottom of the box.
• Draw a diagonal line from the four inch mark to the top opposite corner of the box.
• Repeat on the other side of the box.
• Use a sharp craft knife to cut away the top portion of the box, following the pencil lines.
• Cover the box with Mod Podge and gift wrap.

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Bird in a Cage

What you need:
• An assortment of construction paper
• String or crochet thread
• Double-sided tape
• Plastic lids (Hummus container works great!)
• Small beads
• Double-faced tape
• Scissors
• Pencil

What you do:
• Cut 12″ x 1/4″ strips of paper .You will need four strips per bird cage.
• In the center of each paper strip, make a tiny hole .
• Draw a bird on one of papers.
• Cut out your bird, and make a hole in the center of it’s back.
• Accordion-fold a piece of paper to create wings.
• Make a hole in the body of the bird and insert the wings.
• Cut a 14″ length of string. Tie your bird to the end of the string, and the tie a not in the string 1.5″ above the bird.
• Thread the string through the holes in your four paper strips. Slide them down the string until they meet the knot.
• Secure the strips together (just above the knot) by running a small bead through the holes.
• Run a strip of double-faced tape around the edge of the lid.
• Take your bundled strips, and fan them out like a starburst. Stick the ends of the strips to the edge of the lid, keeping them evenly spaced.
• Cut a strip of card stock 1.5 inches wide and long enough to wrap around the lid diameter. If your lid diameter is greater than the width of your paper, cut two strips.
• Wrap the strip around the tape-covered edge of the lid. Press down and smooth with your fingers.

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Decoupaged Eggs

What you need:
• Plastic eggs
• Wire- 18 gauge- 3” length for each egg
• Tacky Glue
• Paper gift wrap with floral motifs- assorted
Mod Podge
• Sponge brush
• Ribbon-2 lengths for each egg
What you do:
• Bend wire in half.
• Dip the ends of wire into the tacky glue.
• Push wire ends into the egg, forming ¼” long hanger loop.
• Cut gift wrap into ½” squares.
• Apply an even coat of Mod Podge to egg in desired position.
• Press gift wrap square into glue.
• Brush top of gift wrap with Mod Podge .
• Repeat to apply additional gift wrap squares to egg, overlapping squares to completely cover egg. Let dry.
• Brush entire surface of egg with 1 or 2 coats of the Mod Podge . Let dry.
• Thread ribbon through hanger loop.
• Knot ribbon ends together to hang egg.
• Display your Easter Tree.

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Lucky Banner

What you need:
• Chip board
• Green tissue paper
• Card stock
• Scissors
• Glue
• Razor
• Saucers
What you do:
• Trace the saucer on the chipboard. Cut.
• Trace the saucer on the tissue paper. Cut.
• Trace a small saucer on the card stock. Cut.
• Scrunch your tissue paper into a ball.
• Smooth it out into a flat circle.
• Apply some glue onto the chip board circle.
• Place your tissue paper on top and twist the middle into a spiral.
• Glue the top circle into place.
• Write on it.
• Cut slits in chip board with a razor.
• Put the ribbon through each slit.
• Display your banner.

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Kids Clock Craft

What you need:
• Paper plate
• Craft foam
• Metal fastener or scrapbook brat
• Watercolor
• Black Sharpie marker
• Paint brush
• White craft glue
• Scissors

What you do:
• Color the paper plate with watercolor.
• Let it dry.
• Use scissors to cut out clock arms from craft foam.
• Poke a small hole in the ends of the clock arms to insert the fastener through.
• Poke a small hole in the center of the paper plate.
• Use the marker to write on the clock numbers.
• Insert fastener through the clock arms and then through the hole in the center of the plate.
• Close back of fastener loose enough so that clock arms will move.

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