Creative Tuesday: Mother’s Day Upcycle Flower and LadyBird Craft

I am back to Creative Tuesday with a lovely

Mother’s Day Flower and Ladybird  Craft!

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I learned upcycling art in the most natural way – through re-using my daughter’s art creations to wrap presents, using cereal cartons, egg cartons, plastic bottles and other handy things from around the house.

Growing up in Russia we didn’t celebrate Mother’s Day per se, but we celebrated Women’s Day on March 8th. It is only when I moved to China I heard about Mother’s Day. But until now I get constantly confused when it is, so I thought it was last Sunday (May 5th) while apparently it is on May 12th! 

So, my daughter and her friend, and later – tots in my class, made this lovely Mother’s Day craft using miss T’s art creations, cereal boxes and left-overs from other crafts.

What you need:

Cereal box for foundation

(cut out one large rectangular or square piece)

Your child’s paintings or drawings

Scissors

4 larger circles and 1 smaller circle

(you can use upcycle material or new paper)

2 cut-outs shaped as leaves

1 piece of paper that will serve as a stem

Glue

Red and black pencils or crayons

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How to do it:

1. If using A4 paper  with art, fold into half length way and cut into thin-ish strips. If using A3, first cut it into 2 and then follow the same instruction as with A4 paper.

2. Apply some glue at the tip of the strips and glue the tips together. Separate the unglued sides. Repeat as many times as you need to make petals.

3. At the top corner of the foundation, apply some glue and glue the petals to create a flower. 

4. Take one larger circle and glue it in the middle.

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5. Glue the stem and the leaves.

6. Anywhere where you have free space, glue on large circle for the body and smaller one for the head. Fold other 2 large circles into half, put glue only on one side of each circle, and stick them on top of the body to create wings.

7. Now the most fun part  – coloring! Color the middle of the flower yellow or orange or whatever color the child likes. Color the stem and the leaves green. Color the ladybird red, draw smiley face and antennae, draw black dots on the wings.

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You can personalize this craft with writing the child’s name and a greeting.

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Do you have any Mother’s Day Craft to share? Post your link in the comments or simple send me a picture

and I can share it on my blog/Fb page!

 

Creative Tuesday: Leaves Painting


Today’s Creative Tuesday is all about leaves painting! Here the Spring in some ways resembles Autumn: the old leaves are falling and the new ones are showing and stretching towards the sky.

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The other day my daughters and I were walking from picking up miss T from the school bus. I saw all those wonderful large brown leaves on the road and I suggested: “Let’s pick some leaves!” Miss T was very surprised and asked what for. “Why, to paint them, of course!” – I replied. She got super excited and picked up a bunch. She used gouache to paint a few and there were few more left.

So the next day I used these leaves in my tot class and we had an absolute blast!

Any type of paint would suit for leaves painting: finger paint, water paint, gouache, acrylic or tempura. Pick your choice, put on the apron, get the brushes and start painting!

Leaves painting can be done with a purpose (creating special designs) or just as in my class it can turn into abstract painting.


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Try painting leaves together with your child and share your experience with me! I’d love to read about it!