Holiday Snow Globe Art Project

Holiday Snow Globe Art Project

 

One of the most treasured holiday decorations is the snow globe, and what way to make it even more memorable than by creating your very own?

This easy-to-make snow globe is a fun and creative way to get your kids involved in the holiday decorating, and will be a memorable keepsake for years to come. 

 

Materials Needed

 

  • Plastic or Glass Jar with Lid
  • Plastic Figurine
  • Florist Clay
  • Greenery and/or Flowers (2-4 Sprigs)
  • 2-4 Different Colors of Glitter
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Stick
  • Yellow, Blue, White, and Red Model Magic®. (NOTE: The yellow and blue can be mixed to create green.)
  • School Glue

ART KIDBIT:

The History of Snow Globes

We don’t know exactly when the first snow globe, or snow dome, was made, but they appear to date back to the early 1800s in France.

They used to be made from heavy lead glass placed over a ceramic figure, filled with water and sealed. The snow was bone chips or pieces of porcelain, sand or even sawdust. 

 Directions

  • Select a figurine for inside the globe. Then, using half of the florist clay, attach the figure to the inside of the jar lid. Make sure the florist clay wraps around the feet or bottom of the figurine. (NOTE: Make sure not to cover the threads of the lid or the jar will not seal properly.)
  • With the second half of the florist clay, add some greenery to the inside of the lid around your figurine. Preview what it will look like by putting the jar over the top. Make sure the greenery does not touch the edges of the jar.
  • Carefully fill the jar with cold water to about ¼” below the top rim. If it’s too full it will spill over, but if it is not full enough your will have an air pocket inside of the globe.
  • Sprinkle some glitter (approx. 1 small palm full) into the jar.
  • Screw the lid onto the jar and crank tight.
  • To ensure that the water doesn’t leak out, use your hot glue gun to seal the lid to the jar. A small bead of glue around the seal will do the trick.
  • Now it’s time to decorate the outside of your snow globe! Get out the Model Magic and create a coil (or snake). Wrap the coil around the rim of the jar’s lid and attach it with a line of school glue. Remember, yellow and green Model Magic can be combined to create green.
  • With more Model Magic, create patterns and extra details to go on top of the coil. These can be placed directly on top of the coil, there is no need for school glue.
  • Ta-Da! Your snow globe is complete! Shake it by gently tipping it up and down. (NOTE: The figurines may come unstuck if it is shaken too hard.)

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Snow Makes a Great Canvas!

Snow Makes a Great Canvas!

What does an artsy mom do to keep her kids busy on snowy winter days?

You guessed it! Send them outside to play and create. Here are some of our favorite snow painting art projects from the world wide web! 

Squirt Bottle Snow Paint from The Sits Girls.

http://www.thesitsgirls.com/diy/diy-snow-paint/

Magic Snow Paint from Growing a Jeweled Rose.

http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/12/magic-snow-paint.html

Kool-Aid Snow Paint from Growing a Jeweled Rose

http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/02/kool-aid-snow-paint.html

Snow Paints from Simple Play Ideas.

http://www.simpleplayideas.com/painting-snow

Snow Painting with Markers from How Wee Learn.

http://www.howweelearn.com/snow-painting-markers-water/

Snow Painting with Markers from How Wee Learn.

http://www.howweelearn.com/snow-painting-markers-water/

Snow Action Painting from Living the Teaching Life.

http://livingtheteachinglife.blogspot.com/2013/02/snow-painting.html

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Thanksgiving Place Card Art Project

Thanksgiving Place Card Art Project

Those Pilgrims sure were crafty and you can be too with this fun Thanksgiving art project!

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Fall Mosaic Art Project

Fall Mosaic Art Project

Clay by itself is tons of fun, but adding do-dads and trinkets will make this art project a favorite!

Your child will be inspired by the shapes and colors of fall with this fun clay mosaic art project. This project has it all; messy sensory play, colorful do-dads and a new art term for your child’s art vocabulary!

Materials Needed:

  • Natural color air dry clay (you can purchase this at any craft or art supply store)
  • Wax paper and/or cardboard
  • Miscellaneous items to use as mosaic pieces such as: beads, foam squares, rock and  mosaic tile pieces. No beads or tile pieces at  home?  Look to nature! Rocks, sticks,  and acorns all make great mosaic pieces!
  • Tools  (toothpick, craft stick, plastic fork, and rolling pin)


ART KIDBIT:  Mosaic
 

A mosaic is an art form consisting of patterns of small pieces of tile or glass inlaid in cement or grout.

 

Directions:

  1. Roll the clay into a slab.  For your clay newbies, a slab is a piece of clay that is rolled out flat like a pancake. Keep the slab thick, so you can push the mosaic pieces into it, and make sure it is BIG, so there is plenty of room for the mosaic. Use wax paper or a piece of recycled cardboard (or both) under the slab to make it easier to move.
  2. Once your slab is ready, lightly draw the shape of a leaf out on the surface. If you don’t like your leaf shape, smooth it out and start again. When you are happy with your leaf drawing,  go ahead and cut it out.  A toothpick or craft stick works great for that.
  3. Now comes the fun part!  Start decorating your leaf shape with beads, rocks, tiles, or any do-dad that strikes your fancy!
  4. Once complete, allow your mosaic to dry.

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Candy Overload? 15 Things to Do with Extra Halloween Candy

Candy Overload? 15 Things to Do with Extra Halloween Candy

15 Creative Ways to Use Halloween Candy

Candy in bags, candy in closets, candy in drawers and candy in the freezer. Halloween is candy season! Here are some fun ways to use up some of that sweet stash. Maybe this year, it will all be gone by Thanksgiving!

 

 1) Create art of course! Candy mosaics are fun to create out of M&M’s, Skittles or any colorful candy. For edible art, we like to use graham crackers for the base and vanilla frosting as our mortar. For art with a longer life span, use cardboard for your base and glue to affix the candy.

Back Camera willy wonka candy mosaic

 2) Here’s another artsy idea . . . create a 3-D scene with candy. The theme possibilities are endless- a favorite holiday, a favorite place, etc. For this project you will need some cardboard for a base and frosting for the mortar. Additional fun materials include; craft sticks, toilet paper rolls, colorful tissue paper, pipe cleaners and paint.

candy craft 1 Back Camera

3) Yes, another art project . . . M&M Paint! Use your extra M&M’s to make paint. Start by sorting the M&M’s by color. Place the M&M’s in cups (clear plastic cups work great for this). Put one color per cup or mix colors and experiment with color theory. Add enough water to each cup to just cover the M&M’s. Stir the M&M water mixture with a paintbrush until the water turns color. Then, paint away!

4) Make a candy bouquet. This is a fun gift idea. Plus, your kids will have a blast making it!  Here is a great tutorial on how to make one- www.iheartnaptime.net/candy-bouquet-tutorial/

5) Make a candy message board. These are cute and make great gifts. Some cleaver phrases include- “You are Special”, “You are Mounds of fun”, “SKOR the big goal”, etc. There are tons of cute ones on Pinterest. Go there for inspiration!

6) Sell the candy to your dentist. Many dentists around town will offer money for your Halloween candy. Go to www.halloweencandybuyback.com to find a dentist near you.

7) Send it to the troops. Donate your candy to Operation Shoebox or Operation Gratitude.

8) Freeze it.  A couple of pieces of candy packed in a lunch in December is a great treat!

9) Bake with it. Cakes and cookies are extra special when you add the sweet surprise of candy!

10) Add it to ice cream. Candy on top of an ice cream sundae or blended into a malt or shake is delicious!

11) Cocoa with mint sound good?  Add Junior Mints or Peppermint Patties to your hot chocolate for a flavor boost.

12) Science experiments with candy? You bet!  Here’s a web site will all kinds of fun ideas. www.candyexperiments.com/p/experiments.html

13) Throw a candy themed party.  Decorate with it, play games with it, give it away as prizes, you get the idea!

14) Melt Jolly Ranchers into suckers. It just takes 5 minutes in a 200 degree oven. Other hard candies can also be melted. And suckers aren’t the only thing you can make.  Window cookies and Christmas ornaments are a few more options.

15) Make a candy pizza. Here’s a recipe to try…Mix 1 pouch of peanut butter cookie mix with 1/3 cup vegetable oil and an egg until soft dough forms. Press dough in an ungreased 12-inch pizza pan. Sprinkle with your choice of toppings such as candy corn, candy bar pieces and nuts. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle 1 cup miniature marshmallows on top. Bake for another 10-15 minutes until marshmallows are lightly browned and cookie is set at edge. Cool completely in pan. Drizzle 1/3 cup of melted chocolate chips over the top.

 

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No School Day Art Fun!

No School Day Art Fun!

No school days don’t have to be a no learning days!

Keep your kids busy with these fun art projects from the Kidcreate Blog!

 

Artist Inspired Projects . . . 

Garbage Portraits

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Pumpkin Seed Art

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!
(Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Theibaub)

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Action Painting (Jackson Pollock)

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Cassatt Monoprints

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Magnificent Monet

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Be Square . . . Make a Mondrian Inspired Masterpiece!

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Escher Tessellations

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Haring’s Pop Art People!

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My Miro!

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