Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tie Dye Hand Puppets DIY

This project will tap into the silly side of your creativity!  

Art is Fun!!

What You'll Need:
White DIY Hand Puppets OR White Socks
Tie Dye - I used:
purple, pink, green, red and blue
Rubber Bands
Bags to store the dyed puppets 24 hours
Pom Poms
Foam craft sheets
Googley Eyes
Hot Glue gun

I ordered some DIY hand puppets from a craft warehouse a few years ago and I did a project where the students painted them with acrylic paint.  I wasn't thrilled with the process because of all the dry time and also they were stiff when finished.  I wanted to make some puppets again because they are so much fun - so decided to try tie dye.  
I thought of having the students do it themselves and would consider doing it that way with older students and a small group, but you have to leave the tie dye for 24 hours to set the dye and then they really need to be rinsed well and dry.  Pretty much a 3 day process unless you have a washer and dryer on site, which I don't.  Decided to dye them myself so the students can just create their puppets.

Folded my puppets from the bottom up in a zigzag pattern and rubber banded them - then just used the tie dye I had on hand to make several different colors.

I think it will be fun for the students to choose their puppet and decide what it wants to be : )
Mine wanted to be a Horse of Course!
I'm going to have all the materials available and just let them experiment.  I'm also going to show them several examples of puppets so they see all of the possibilities.

The Mane is created by using about 5 yards of yarn and folding it over and over until it is about 12" long.  Then tie a knot in the middle.  Glue the knot on the puppet and trim to desired length. 
The front part of the mane it made by tying the knot at the top of the layers of yarn and glueing the knot between the ears.
If you need a pattern for the ears and eyelashes see jpeg below:
The Ears are basically two triangles.
Below are a few examples to get them thinking about how to make their own puppet.
Because of the tie dye I think they'll really get colorful and imaginative with theirs.

Can't wait to see what they come up with!
 Some Crazy Critters

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

"Frederick" by Leo Lionni Art Lesson

This book is perfect for an art lesson!  Making Frederick is so easy. I taught my 1st grade students this lesson and they loved it.

I read the story and then showed them the videos about Leo Lionni at this link:

 There are 3 videos there with Leo Lionni talking about his life, art and even making a Frederick.

The idea is for the students to make their own Frederick and then to create an adventure of their own for Frederick.  Now they are Authors and Illustrators!

 I showed them these two examples and we brainstormed other adventures for Frederick.
Now it's time to make Frederick.
I printed these out ahead of time - here is a JPEG

 I printed them on grey paper and showed the students how to tear the outline like Leo Lionni does.

 Once it's torn turn it over so the lines don't show.
Now you're ready to add the ears, tail, legs and eyes.
I used these two paper punches to make the eyes.
I gave the students scraps of paper and modeled making a S shape for the tail, C shapes for the arms, straight lines for the legs and ovals for the ears.

Once they had Frederick created I handed out large sheets of white paper and colored pencils.

Here are some of their Frederick adventures:

It was so much fun for them to use their imagination and come up with an adventure for Frederick!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

No Sew Whale Pillow

I'm teaching a Summer Camp with an Ocean theme so wanted to do one of my pillows with my students.  They seem to really like making these each Summer.  This is the first time I've done a shape other than a circle and it took awhile to come up with a pattern that works and still looks like a whale!

You will need:
Polar fleece
Googly Eyes or Buttons
Fabric Glue

Start out by tracing the pattern onto the fleece, I use a metallic Sharpie on dark colors.
Here is the pattern, it is two 8 1/2 X 11" pages and once assembled will fit on a 12" X 18" paper.

The Head just barely fits, just connect the two lines at the bottom.
Once you have the pattern created you'll need to make an even bigger one to allow for tying the edges.
Just trace around the pattern about 1 1/2" bigger.
Now trace the larger one onto the fleece.
Cut it out.  
I used a contrasting color for the back - you will need to cut out two of these in whatever colors you choose.
Now place both pieces of fleece on top of each other and put the smaller whale pattern on top.
You need to cut about 1 inch strips around the whale, going in about 1 1/2', it's OK to cut into the pattern a little.  The pattern gives you a guide for cutting the strips.
Remove the pattern and cut a 1/4" on the fold of each strip.

To tie the pillow take the tips of the strips and push them both through the opening you cut, pull them through evenly.

Leave the front of the whale open and stuff the pillow, then finish tying the strips.

Now you're ready to add an eye, mouth and a spout if you want to.

Using yarn make a mouth and glue it to the whale with the fabric glue.
Glue on the eye.
To make the spout I folded a length of yarn until it was 5 or 6 layers about a foot long and then tied it through one of the strips on top of the whale and trimmed it.

I think they will love their Whaley Soft and Cuddly Whale Pillow!

Whales from Camp:

Monday, March 6, 2017

No Sew Fuzzy Bunny

You will need:
8x8" Microfleece squares
Dried beans or candy
25mm round wood bead
3/8 inch drill bit and drill
Black and pink acrylic paint
Fine point sharpie
Mod Podge

I was looking for a fun and easy bunny idea and this is what I came up with.  I adapted it from the washcloth bunny.

First drill the hole larger on the bead with a 3/8" drill bit.  I used vice grip pliers to hold the bead while I drilled it. Then put a light coat of modpodge on the bead to seal it.  Otherwise the paint will bleed on the wood.  
I like to do my face before I put it on the rabbit.
I dipped a skewer into black paint and made the two dots for the eyes, then dipped the skewer into pink for the nose.  When that was dry I used a fine point sharpie for the whiskers and mouth.

Start with an 8x8" micro fleece square:
Put some dried beans or candy on the square.  If you use candy I would put it in plastic wrap first.
Fold the top corner down to the middle of the square.
Roll or fold the top two times.
Pull up the two top edges together, these are the ears.
Push the other corner between the ears, this will be the tail.
Gather the ears together and adjust them to your liking, then slide the wooden bead onto the two ears.
I used a skinny paintbrush handle to poke the two ears through the bead.  Then I pulled on the ears until the bead was snug.
Put the two ear tops under the hole in the bead.
Then push them through with a skinny paintbrush handle.
Once they are through pull them with your fingers.
A simple little fuzzy bunny any age can make and enjoy.
Have Fun!

Tie Dye Hand Puppets DIY

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