The spring is here!! Hip hip hooray! One of our favorite warm weather activities is blowing bubbles. My little girl is crazy for bubbles. Bubbles are so beautiful and magical and just make you happy. These were enough reasons to make a bubble project for the spring. This pretty mixed media bubble project combines watercolors, wax paper and pastels.
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.
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We have a tradition in our family. Every year, since the first year that my husband and I have been together, we put up our tree on the first weekend after Thanksgiving. It is always the same. We throw on the movie Elf, pour ourselves some egg nog and decorate for the holidays. This year, we are in a new home and there has been a little debate as to which window the tree will look best in front of. For me the view from the outside is just as important as the view from within.
We just came home from a wonderful family vacation. While we were away I was surprised at how much our daughter missed our projects. Whenever we were back in the hotel room, Mai would want to make a craft. While I did not bring craft supplies, I did bring drawing materials to entertain her. These fulfilled her need to create.
Today was our first day home & Mai was eager to jump back into arts & crafts. She asked if we could make chameleons. My husband came up with a great idea to make our chameleons on wax paper,, so that they would actually work like a chameleon & change color with their environment. What a clever man I married.
Wax Paper Chameleon
We drew out the chameleon on a piece of wax paper. I have attached a traceable. You may put this under the wax paper & trace it out.
Cut out the wax tracing & place on a foam sheet. Trace around your cutout & cut out the middle portion of the tracing.
Glue a sheet of wax paper to the foam sheet & trim off any overlapping edges.
Use the original wax paper cutout to trace out the chameleon’s features. We used a Sharpie to trace & colored markers to add a bit of color.
Lay out different colored construction paper & place you chameleon over the top & roll over the different colors.
Last week I posted about encouraging our toddler’s imaginations. My daughter has a vivid one. I am fascinated by her little brain. One of our favorite things to do together is paint. Painting not only allows her to express her artistic nature, but also brings out that great imagination of hers. She will paint a picture and tell me every inch of the story that she is weaving on her canvas. We love painting on different surfaces and experimenting with different methods of painting. Today it was wax paper.
Mai began crafting her picture and story almost immediately. “Mama look! Mai Mai paint a gorilla tree.” I am not quite sure I know what a gorilla tree is, but I am willing to bet that this is exactly what one looks like.
Here she painted some gorilla footprints. “Look! Look! The gorilla makes the footprints and he climbs up the tree.”
“Two little fishes in the ocean.” “The water is sooooo beautiful.” There is a mommy shark, a dada shark & a Nanna shark. Mama shark is going to work” That last part broke my heart a little. Mama shark does not like going to work and leaving baby shark.
Mommy opted to just smoosh her paints into the wax paper.
I folded the wax in half and pressed to spread the paint.
The paint and wax paper combo looks wonderful in the light.