What do you do on a rainy afternoon when everyone is itching for something different to do?
You dig through the archives of your memory bank and produce a spontaneous craft project!
I honestly don’t know why this jumped into my head this morning, but it worked. I remember doing this on several different occasions during my elementary school years. It’s pretty simple.
You will need:
- Tissue paper, in whichever array of colors work for you
- Scissors, to cut tissue paper into 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ squares
- Cardstock, to draw or copy a black-line image onto
- Glue, the drippy kind, not the stick kind
- Pencils with fairly new erasers (the flat top makes things a little easier somehow)
- Paper plates (optional), should you have preschoolers who get frustrated with glue. Squirt a little puddle of glue on their plate and let them dip.
Here’s a quick tutorial:
Start with one of your pieces of tissue paper, cut into a small square. We used 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ but you could do smaller or larger, depending on the look you want. The squares don’t have to be exactly square, by the way, but it helps if they look squarish. How many you need to cut will depend on how big your image is. But you’ll need a lot. 🙂
Place the pencil eraser in the middle of the tissue paper.
And gather up the ends so that you are holding the edges of the tissue paper against the pencil, like so.
Either squeeze a little drop of glue onto the tip of the tissue paper as you keep holding it to the pencil, or dip the tip of the tissue paper into the glue on the paper plate. Either works, just make sure you’re still holding onto the tissue paper.
Gently press the tissue paper onto the cardstock in the location of your choice. This is Henry’s. He chose to keep each of his tissue papers pretty close together for a fuller look.
Each of my kids approached this project differently and I loved seeing what they came up with. Here is Sam’s:
Kate caught the vision of this project and exhibited some amazing manual dexterity for a 3-year old!
Becca could have cared less about trying to make it look like everyone else’s:
Still cool, though!
Also, on Becca’s, you can see how I quickly free-handed an Easter egg with the Sharpie. Forgot to take a picture of that step!
Rinse and repeat until your image is filled in to your liking.
The beauty of this project is that you could easily adapt it to any holiday, any occasion, any shape, any size. The other beautiful thing is that these are materials most households would have on hand (assuming you stock tissue paper in your gift wrap box). I love a pick-up craft that is easy to execute.
Have fun creating!