Wednesday, August 31, 2011

* ReCycle Craft: Milk Carton Weaving!

This recycled milk carton project was inspired 
by our recycled cup weaving project!

We used the same technique as our cup weaving project.
But this time we started by cutting down two empty
and washed out cardboard 1/2 gallon milk containers.

To help the glue stick, the girls and I sanded the outside
of both cartons lightly with a sanding block. 

Then, we mixed up an Elmer's white school glue and water solution
to use as homemade Mod Podge. 

We painted the exterior of each container with the glue and water solution
and pressed on our paper. For the "spotty" carton we used a scrap
of old wrapping paper and the rainbow band is a strip cut off of a 
tissue paper package. The other box is an old road map from the beach. 

Allow the glue time to dry completely. Ours took a couple of hours.
Then, you'll need to cut even slits with a pair of scissors around the container.
I used my nice, new, sharp X-Acto brand scissors that Elmer's Glue sent us! 

After that, you're ready to start weaving. 
I recommend using an assortment 
of yarns, threads, string for a variety of textures. 
Tuck your loose ends inside the cup (or tie them together inside). 

We use our cups to hold art supplies
like pens, markers, scissors, and paint brushes.

Happy Re-Cycle Crafting!

pink and green mama, MaryLea

Sunday, August 28, 2011

* ReCycle Craft: Paper Cup Weaving!

This fun little project was an extension of our Elmer's Glue
Kid's craft camp fun... we had so many fun Elmer's glue project ideas 
we just couldn't stop ourselves!

It's inspiration came from Gail, at That Artist Woman Blog,
she's awesome (have I told you that before?) and her cup weaving lesson
(go check them out, they're beautiful!)

Crafty play date fun! 
Because crafting is more fun with friends.

For this project, we started with some paper party cups 
leftover from an old birthday party.
I mixed up a batch of watered-down Elmer's white school glue
to make our own homemade Mod Podge. 

The girls used foam craft brushes to apply coats of watery glue to the cups. 
(don't make it too watery, keep it thick)  
We used pretty paper napkins (from my paper napkin stash). 

Separate the layers of the napkins, most napkins have 3 layers, 
you only need the top one or two layers for this project. 
Apply a thin layer of the watery glue to the cup, 
then press on the napkin - you can add a tiny bit on top of the napkin if it's too dry, 
but be careful because it will rip and tear easily!

We set our cups aside to dry for a couple of hours.
Then, we cut small slits evenly around the top edge of the cup.

Look closely and you'll see we made little "V" shaped cuts
into the round cups. 

Then, I set out a variety of yarn and string
and showed the girls how to weave their yarn
over and under around the cups. 
We tucked the loose ends inside the cups. 

Sorry for the blurry "action" shots, it's tricky
to get good photos of crafts in progress!

We used fuzzy yarn, crinkly yarn, brown rope, and 
different rainbow yarns. 
You could use embroidery floss too!

The final cups are great as little pencil holders on our desks!
These would be great gifts for grandparents or teachers : )

Coming up next, we'll show and tell 
our recycled milk carton weaving! 

pink and green mama, MaryLea

Thursday, August 25, 2011

* Melted Disney Princess Crayon Rainbow Canvas!

After making our melted crayon rainbow, 
"C" announced that she wanted one for her room too.
I remembered this stash of Princess Crayons 
(from our trip to Disney World three years ago). 

 They were never very fun to color with 
which is why we had them leftover... now I know why,
they're made out of some kind of weird, harder wax than the crayola crayons.

I started out by gluing them to the top of our canvas (14" x14" square with wrapped edges)
with my glue gun. Had to use a lot of extra glue to secure them on the back
since they're molded figurines on top and I didn't want their heads to break off!

Then, we propped up the canvas on a stool in the art studio
and I got out my embossing (heat) gun from my stamping stash. 
This was easier and faster to use than the hair dryer we used on the other project -
it also seemed to "splatter" less because the heat and air are more directed.

Open a window, this step is fumey. 

See what I mean about weirdo wax?! 
It's thick and clumpy and doesn't spread out! Ugh!

I started to panic that it wasn't going to work and thought the princesses looked 
weird with their crayon stump bottoms!
So... to help spread the wax I grabbed a plastic gift card/hotel key
from my stash and used it to spread the hot wax with downward strokes - 
like you're spreading frosting on a cake.
The plastic melts/warps a bit from the heat so you might want to use 
a metal, artist's palette knife if you have one handy.

That's better. 

Although the princess stumps do still look a bit weird - sort of like they are pooping rainbows...
Um, oh well. The girls like it, so I guess we'll call it done!

So there you have it, our two melty rainbow crayon canvases.
"E"'s traditional crayon rainbow and "C"'s princess crayon rainbow.

Happy Rainbow Making!

Fondly, Pink and Green Mama 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

* Make a Melted RAINBOW Crayon Canvas!

My awesome bloggy friend, Meg Deurksen from Whatever blog
made one of these Rainbow Crayon Canvases with her kids this week 
and it was love at first sight for me. 

Rumor has it, that these have been all over Pinterest this summer
but I've been playing with my kids and had no idea what we were missing out on!

So, instead of starting dinner on Thursday night, we made this instead!
The girls helped pick colors and lined them up in order
but the rest of the project was pretty much done by me while they watched 
and had a dance party in the art studio.

We started by lining up crayons along the top of a square canvas
(from our craft supply stash) to figure out our spectrum order
and to see how many we'd need. (dark photos = crafting at dinner time)

The canvas is 14" x 14" with wrapped edges.

I used my glue gun on high heat and glued the crayons down
with their color names showing.

Once all of the crayons were glued down it was time to start melting!

I propped up the canvas against a stool in the art studio and put a newspaper
down on the floor underneath to catch any drips.

I used my hairdryer on high heat (but low blowing) 
and it melts them but it takes FOR-EVER

Also, you have to play with it because the blowing air
splatters the wax if you're not careful!

Once the colors really started melting, I used the hair dryer
to heat up the canvas on the back side and get the big blobs of wax
to run all the way down to the bottom of the canvas. 

I wish I'd had one of these to hang up in my art classroom,
it would have been awesome with my color wheel clock!

I love the way it looks like a Morris Louis painting!

"E" wants to hang this one in her room.
I'll show you the even girlier version we made 
for her little sister's room in my next post! : )

A special thank you to my friend Meg for inspiring such a fun, COLORFUL project!

pink and green mama

Thursday, August 18, 2011

* Permanent Marker and Watercolor Resist Weaving

As part of our Elmer's Kid's Craft Camp
we received these Project Popper permanent markers and some
nifty X-acto brand crazy cut scissors!

Here's our final project
go back and check out our other Elmer's glue projects 
from the past 2 weeks for more fun ideas to try with your kids!

I thought this would be a great project for both products. 

We started out by making two almost identical drawings
with the permanent markers on some student-quality watercolor paper.
Use these markers outdoors or in a well-ventilated area, they're super stinky!

Then, have fun painting your two paintings with watercolors.
The markers are permanent so they won't bleed like water-soluble markers would,
although that might be a cool effect to try out too!

You can paint them with the same colors but I like to mix it up
and use different colors, it makes the final product more interesting.

Let your watercolor paintings dry completely (go outside and play!) 

Then, we got to work cutting up our two paintings into strips
with the crazy-cut scissors (you can also use regular scissors for this step)

Cut one picture into horizontal strips. 
Cut the other picture into vertical strips. 

You may need to trim down a few pieces and discard some skinny bits
to make the next step work.

Now it's time to do some paper weaving.

Carefully lay out your pieces and get a glue stick ready. 
We used our Elmer's glue stick of course! 
This step is tricky to get started so a grown up will need to help out.
Start weaving your first/top horizontal piece of your horizontal-cut painting
across the top of your vertical-cut painting.
Over, under. Over, under...

Use a glue stick to tack down/attach each piece for this step. 
Then, you'll move on to weaving the next piece of paper
over, under, over, under... in the opposite pattern as the previous piece.

Continue weaving your paintings together,
and use some glue to tack the loose ends around the perimeter.

Final project. Artsy (and fun) woven watercolor paintings. 

Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea

All opinions expressed in this post are my own.
Elmer's glue provided me and my family with a crate full of art supplies
to review and keep. I did not receive any additional compensation for this post. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

* Permanent Marker and Rubbing Alcohol Technique for Tie-Dying Art and Craft Aprons With Project Popperz

As part of our Elmer's Kids Craft Camp week
the girls asked if we could make tie-dyed art aprons 
with the Project Popperz markers Elmer's sent us.

We used the same technique that we used when we used
permanent markers to "tie-dye" hankies at my daughter's 
2010 Rainbow Birthday Party.

My little cutie-patooties at work in the art studio 
(I did have a fan going and an open window!)

The girls made patterns of dots with the Project Popperz markers
(we protected the table with layers of newspapers underneath)

Then, we carefully applied rubbing alcohol (with a pipette)
to the center of each design 
and the desired tie-dyed effect is achieved!

This is a project best done in a well-ventilated area 
or outdoors, the markers and alcohol are stinky!

One of our finished aprons!
(names blurred out to protect my kiddos)

The girls love having personalized aprons 
now in the art studio for all of our (messy) crafty fun!

pink and green mama, MaryLea

All opinions expressed in this post are my own.
Elmer's glue provided me and my family with a crate full of art supplies
to review and keep. I did not receive any additional compensation for this post. 

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