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Make it :: Communal Twig Sculpture

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

 

This past fall, I ran a Story Disk workshop at the Boston Children’s Museum and had the honor of spending the day in the art studio with the incredible Arts Program Manager,  Alice Volger.  The studio is gorgeous — inspiring, organized, and filled with most beautiful creative work.  I found myself especially captivated by the communal twig and tape sculpture that dangles from the ceiling, cheerfully greeting visitors.

Alice told me a bit about the process. Children filtered into the studio all day long and used twigs and colorful masking tape to add to the sculpture.  By the end of the day (or perhaps it was a few days), the twigs were intertwined in the grandest of ways.  It is breathtaking, really.

Why not try this at home?  Ask children to gather sticks and twigs (yard clean-up!).  Leave the twigs and multiple roles of colorful masking tape at a craft station for a few days.  Show children photographs of sculptures and encourage them to experiment with making their own unique creation.

If you have small children and are anywhere near Boston, definitely stop by the museum for a visit!

-Emily

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5 Bright Spots :: Earth Friendly!

Friday, April 26th, 2013

1. Jessica at scrumdilly-do posted a simple, creative, fun paint chip plant markers tutorial.  Not only does this reuse materials, but it also encourages children to plant some seeds!

2. These egg carton boats are adorable!  via crafty crow

3. I’m kind of obsessed with the thought of making these superhero hand cuffs for my daughters.  Made using toilet paper tubes, they are simply magnificent!

4. Mmmmmm. Chocolate Flowerpot Cakes! What a sweet way to celebrate the earth and its flowers!

5. Amy offers some artistic inspiration for making homemade wrapping paper out of painted newspaper.  Pretty!

Happy weekend!

xo emily

 

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Make it :: Spring Crowns and Wreaths

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

It is yard clean-up time around these parts!  This weekend, we have grand plans to rake, pull, and trim in order to make room for all of the new growth that is coming our way.

Hook your kids into helping with the promise of beautiful decorations.  Encourage them to collect vines, twigs, long grasses, and dried stalks –all leftover from last autumn– to use as materials for crowns and wreaths.

They can twist, tie, wrap, and shape until the vines and grasses become circular and perfect for hanging or wearing.

Happy day!

xo emily

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Make it :: Hanging Flower Box

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

When the violets begin to pop up around our home, my children love to gather miniature bouquets for me. Sure, we can fill tiny glass jars with them, but I also like to make hanging flower boxes, so they can decorate our door knobs, walls, and cabinet handles.

I love how a rice or packaged macaroni and cheese box from your recycle bin can transform into a sweet hanging box of beauty.

1. Measure how tall you want your hanging box to be, draw a straight line (front and back) with a ruler, and cut it with a craft knife (adults should do this part).

2. Wrap the box with any kind of paper.  I like to use kraft paper because it allows the colorful flowers to pop.  Brightly colored paper is also a vibrant and fun choice.

3. Smooth the box with a bone folder or with the back of a spoon.

4. Encourage children to decorate the box with crafty bits (glitter, sequins), natural bits (tiny pine cones, pine needles, or even a bit of moss), stamps, or drawing.

5. Punch holes on both sides and thread a piece of yarn through.  Tie yarn to make handle.

6. Fill with flowers and hang on a door knob.  Change flowers when they begin to wilt (or fill with dried flowers from last year).

xo emily

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5 Bright Spots

Friday, April 12th, 2013

1. Visit Heather at a happy wanderer for simple and interesting ways to explore with marbles.  It struck me as a nice rainy day activity.

2. These cork key chain people are incredibly adorable! Wouldn’t they make great Mother’s Day gifts! via The Crafty Crow

3.  These naturally dyed beads use a similar process as naturally dyed Easter eggs.  The result is subtle and beautiful, and you can use them again and again for weeks and months to come.

4. Ohhh! Walnut Mice!  I have a thing for using nutshells to make things, and these are too cute.

5. Now that it is spring, it is a lovely time to make a fleet of origami boats. After you launch them in a big puddle or small pond, you can have boat races.  Just stay long enough to catch them on the other side.

Happy Friday!

xo emily

 

 

 

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