You can make this wax paper dragonfly as a hanging craft or glue it to a piece of paper, either way the result is lovely.
We love crafting with wax paper. It’s transparency and delicate texture make a wonderful canvas for painting and for stained glass tissue paper projects. Because of its transparent and delicate nature, it also makes it the perfect material for making insect wings. Dragonflies are one of our favorite insects. With summer here, they have been out in full force in our yard. They are so beautiful and my daughter and I love to watch them. These gorgeous creatures inspired our latest project. We have provided a printable template for your convenience.
Insect crafts are always a hit for the spring and summer. This transforming insect craft is so cute and simple to make.
This is an easy craft that is fun to make and even funner to play with. Transform a ladybug or a bumble bee into a colorful butterfly with just a twist of the wrist. Here’s how…
Paper mosaics are a simple and easy craft for all ages. This ice cream cone mosaic is a great project for the summer.
Summer is just a couple of weeks away. I love the summer for so many reasons, but one of my favorites is the ice cream cones. There is nothing better on a hot summer day. If you are looking for an easy and sweet craft for the season, this one is perfect.
Summer is only a few short weeks away and our yard is already starting to fill up with the flutter of butterfly wings. Today, we were lucky enough to get to study one resting in our garden. My daughter loves them. She was so excited about seeing that beautiful little butterfly that she wanted to make one later that day. We love working with bleeding tissue. I don’t know if it is the excitement of getting to tear the tissue paper into little pieces or if it is using the squirt bottle that my daughter likes more. Either way, the process is a fun one.
This spring craft is as easy as A, Bee, C.
Marshmallows are a soft and sweet treat. We always have a bag or two in our house. They are great for making s’mores and for adding to hot chocolate. That much is true, but we also discovered a while ago that they are fun for painting with as well. With the spring here, the bumble bees have been buzzing around our yard and they also inspired our latest marshmallow stamped craft.
These hand fans are an easy and lovely craft for the spring and summer.
We made pretty Asian style hand fans for the Lunar New Year a few months back. They were such a big hit and so much fun to make that we wanted to make more for the spring and summer. I love these fans. They are simple to make and the kids will enjoy decorating them with their own designs.
Nature and watercolors combine to make a beautiful and fun piece of process art.
With the warmer weather here, we have been playing outdoors a lot more. All of this outdoor play means our nature boxes are filling up with great supplies for art projects and crafts. We gather and collect nature items all of the time and set them aside in boxes. It is fun to find different shaped leaves, rocks and cool looking plants. My five year old loves to glue nature items to paper to make collages. That is where we found inspiration for this nature and watercolors project.
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Sidewalk chalk activities are warm weather favorite in our home. Here are a few fun ideas for chalk games and play.
I love lazy weekends when there is nothing planned & you can just go with the flow. On weekends like this, my daughter loves to play outside just in our driveway. She loves shadow play & playing with sidewalk chalk.
My daughter went to her first live theater production with me last week. We went to see a youth theater performance of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. My girl was mesmerized. She loved the music. She clapped and bounced along as they sang. One part that she really liked was when the cards in the Queen of Hearts kingdom painted all the white roses red.
We have been singing around the house “We’re painting the roses red, painting the roses red.”
While playing outside this weekends with my daughter and one of her friends, I looked over and spotted some lovely white flowers in our yard and while they were not roses, I thought about Alice and asked my daughter if she wanted to paint those flowers like the cards did. Her and her friend were overjoyed by this idea. I laid down a piece of poster board in our driveway and brought out some paints.
I picked one bunch of flowers and brought them over and thought the kids mighty enjoy painting it together, but as they began, they decided they each wanted to paint their own.
My my daughter painted each petal very carefully and her friend had a more dive in and get your hands dirty approach. Both were wonderful, with beautiful results.
They loved it.
This was a huge hit with both young ladies. I thought that they would like it, but I never anticipated just how much. We ended up eating a very late lunch because I could not pull them away from this paint project.
All of our projects came out great. We set each one aside to dry.
Her friend even asked me if we could paint another one the next time she came over. Of course, the summer is not over yet.
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It seems as if these days the only thing that my daughter wants to play with is clay, so forgive me for the overload of clay projects lately. It is her activity of choice and I have been enjoying working with it as well. She comes up with some interesting designs & loves to incorporate other craft supplies into the mix. She made one clay project with pieces of tissue paper the other day & it gave me an idea.
All of these suncatchers were made with air dry clay. For the first one, we rolled out 2 clumps of clay & used a cookie cutter to cut out the same 2 shapes. I used a straw to poke holes all around one of the shapes. When I had enough holes, I placed the hole punched shape onto the other like shape. Using it as a guideline, I used the straw to make holes onto the other shape too. I carefully pulled the 2 shapes apart. We ripped up different colored tissue paper & glued them to the bottom shape. After adding the tissue, I placed the other shape on top of the tissue paper while lining up the 2 shapes. I pinched the outer edges & used a touch of water to smooth out any creases or lumps.
Poke an additional hole if you want to hang it up in the window. String a piece of yarn through the hole. Painting is optional once the clay dries.
For this next one, we used cookie cutters again. We used a similar method as above, but instead of little holes, we cut out one heart shaped hole in the center and then used wax paper & tissue paper.
For the final project, we made a hand print suncatcher. My daughter traced her hand for me & I cut it out. I used the cut-out as a template and cut out a piece of wax paper. We covered the wax paper in tissue paper & then set it aside to dry. When the tissue paper dried, We rolled out long strips of clay & used it to line the front & back of our handprint. Air dry clay can be delicate if not thick enough, so do not roll out too thin. Pinch, press and smooth the sides out to join the clay together. Set the clay aside to dry for a day or two.
Again, use water to smooth out any blemishes & set aside to dry. Paint it if you desire. We chose to leave ours bare.
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