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Printable Paper Mosaic Ice Cream Cone

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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.
Paper mosaic ice cream cone craft with free printable template. Construction paper crafts for kids. Summer arts and crafts projects.

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Paper Mosaic Easter Eggs

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These paper mosaic Easter eggs are cute and easy to make and great for practicing scissors skills.

My daughter loves to cut. It is a very normal occurrence to see her sitting at her craft table cutting construction paper into little pieces. I have bowls of cut paper all over the house. This is one of the reasons that we love to make paper mosaics. Easter is only a few weeks away. If you are looking for a simple craft for Easter for the kids, these mosaic Easter eggs are perfect.Construction paper Mosaic Easter Eggs - spring and Easter arts and crafts for preschoolers and kids.

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Paper Mosaic Owls

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Owls have been my favorite animal for as long as I can remember. My daughter loves them as well. Every day she snuggles up with her favorite owl blanket and her stuffed owls. We can’t leave the house without them.

Construction paper mosaic owl craft - easy arts and craft for kids and preschoolers. Great for cutting and scissor skills. Fine motor activities

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I had an idea for a simple owl craft for me and my owl lover, so when my daughter had a sleepover this weekend and the girls asked me to do a craft with them, I was over the moon.

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Glue & Watercolors

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Glue Drip Watercolor canvas art - painting projects for kids -messy arts and craftsWhenever there is a sale on art canvases, we like to stock up on them. Currently, I have a closet filled with blank canvases that are just begging to be used. We love to experiment with different paint methods & techniques. This week, we played with glue on canvas.  Anything that allows my daughter to squeeze out an excessive amount of paint or glue is a hit with my little girl. We stood up the canvas and started squeezing school glue along the top and letting it drip down. Move your canvas around and let the glue travel.  Set the canvas down & let it dry overnight.

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Once it is dry, paint over the whole canvas in watercolors. This creates a fun abstract painting with a little texture.

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Glue Drip Watercolor canvas art - painting projects for kids -messy arts and crafts.

Another fun glue project is to use the glue to squeeze out a design or drawing. I chose a leaf design and created segments around the leaf for a mosaic effect. Set it aside to let the glue dry. When you are ready, paint around the dried glue.

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Salt Dough Mosaic Frames

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Diy salt play dough mosaic frames - a great gift idea for the kids to make- clay crafts

We love clay & play dough projects in our house. My daughter just can’t get enough of it. We make new dough every week, sometimes even a couple of times a week. We are just about settled into our new home, but are still missing pictures on our walls. I thought it would be fun for us to make some homemade frames together.

We started with a simple clay recipe.

2 1/2 cup of flour

1 1/4 cup of water

1 cup of salt

1 Tbsp of oil

1 Tbsp of cornstarch

Mix all the ingredients together & then knead with your hands. My daughter always loves this part. You may need to add less or more water.

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Roll out your clay.

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Cut a few long strips out of your dough & then cut into small squares.

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Cut out a shape for your frame & then cut out the inside window. Use a photo as a template to know how big to cut your window.

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Lightly wet the top of your frame. Press the squares on top until the frame is covered. Press the squares in enough so that they stick. For my frame, I etched designs in with a toothpick. Since Mother’s Day is nearing, I thought that a Mother’s Day themed frame would be a good choice. Mai chose to draw in her designs after.

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Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Bake for 1 hour & then flip your frame & bake for another hour. Depending on the thickness of your frame, you might need more or less bake time. When hardened, remove from the oven & let cool.

Paint your squares with acrylics or glaze.

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After the paint dried, Mai used a marker to draw in her designs. She wanted to write letters & numbers on hers.

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Glue yarn or a ribbon to the back to hang & glue a picture to the back. (We used crazy glue. Let adults apply crazy glue.)

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Diy salt play dough mosaic frames - a great gift idea for the kids to make- clay crafts.

My daughter was so proud of her finished project. She asked that both be hung in her room.


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Mosaic Pumpkin Craft For Kids

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Paper Mosaic Pumpkin Craft - fun fall autumn crafts for kids - Halloween activities & arts and crafts

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Yesterday, I brought home a new package of 500 sheets of construction paper. As soon as my daughter saw it her eyes lit up. “Mama, I want to make something.” As you know, I never say no to making a craft. I opened the package & she wanted to pull out the paper herself. As she was pulling out the paper, she tore a few pieces off. “Oh no! Mama, I ripped it.” We took advantage of our ripped paper by making a ripped paper mosaic.

Pumpkin Mosaic Craft

Draw the shape of a pumpkin onto a piece of construction paper.

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Here is the fun part. Tear a bunch of paper into small pieces. For our mosaic we used mostly orange, with a some brown & black pieces mixed in.

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Spread out the ripped pieces & put into a pile. Give your child a glue stick & explain to them to glue the pieces into the middle of the drawing. I told her to allow some space so that there is white showing. She followed the directions well. She glued the whole circle first & then put on her torn pieces.

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About halfway through, she asked me to do it with her. It was fun doing the project together.

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We cut a stem out of construction paper & drew in a couple of vines to finish it off.

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Pasta Mosaic Craft & Activity

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This weekend it was my husband’s birthday. For his birthday, we had a nice family breakfast and spent some quality time together, but daddy really wanted to watch football today. Since he so willingly gives up football every Sunday for Paw Patrol & Doc McStuffins, Mai & I were determined to let him watch his team play today. We needed an activity to keep our little one occupied for a long period of time.

As you all probably already know, I am a huge fan of pasta crafts. We have more boxes of pasta for crafting than we do for eating in our house. One of my favorite pastas to use is Ditalini. When dyed, it looks like beads. We made pasta jewelry a while back and colored much more of the small pastas than we needed. We had a ton leftover to use. We just needed a project that we could use them on.

Luckily we had the perfect activity in mind that both kept her busy for a shockingly long long time & used up all of our little Ditalini.

Spread out Play-Doh in the center of a paper plate.

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Color pasta by shaking pasta in a plastic Ziploc bag with food coloring & let dry.

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Have them press the pasta pieces into the Play-Doh one by one.

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You can also use another pasta to outline a shape and work around it.

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This was a fun activity and craft for us. I was impressed with how thorough and thoughtful Mai was when placing each piece as if she already had a plan for each piece.

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Hey, why does yours look better than mommy’s?

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