Crafts

Christmas Wrap Printable + Braided Rope


Christmas Wrap Printable + Braided Rope

Today I am sharing my first ever wrapping paper printable! Plus a really easy way to make braided rope from yarn. It literally takes a minute and is kind of magical.

Christmas trees printable wrapping paper

You can print this wrap in two sizes:

Christmas Tree Wrap 8.5 x 14 (legal sized paper)

Christmas Tree Wrap 11 x 17 (for large format printers)

DIY braided rope is so easy

Supplies for braided rope:

Yarn. And that’s it!

How to:

1. Cut a piece of yarn that is 6 times longer than the size of rope you will eventually need. I cut an 18′ piece of yarn and my rope ended up being about 3.5′ which goes around a small present and ties in a bow.

2. Fold the yarn in half. With a partner, each of you holding one end, start twisting in opposite directions.

3. When it’s as tightly twisted as can be, fold it in half. This is the magical part, because right after you do that it will start twisting on itself again. It’s hard to explain, but it just happens!

4. Tie the loose end with one knot and trim. Now you have braided rope!

8 8 DIY Holiday wrapping paper ideas from the Rockin' Art Moms

And now for some excellent BONUS material…

Today my fellow Rockin’ Art Moms (20 moms brought together by the love of making art with kids ~ we have an awesome Pinterest board that you should follow this instant!) all have their own versions of DIY wrap to share. Click below to find out more about any of these amazing projects.

{left to right starting at the top}

Make Handmade Wrapping Paper with Foam Stickers from Artful Parent

Stitched Paper & Mandala Tag from Mama Miss

Paper Snowflake Wrap from Tiny Rotten Peanuts

Tie Die Gift Wrap from Babble Dabble Do

Poppable Holiday Wrapping Paper from Pink Stripey Socks

Furoshiki Printed Fabric Wrap from Buggy and Buddy

Printable Christmas Trees from moi, obviously

Swedish Dala Horse Wrap from Willow Day

{not pictured but so freakin’ cool you have to click over right now} Picture Frame Wrapping Paper by Meri Cherry

Enjoy blog hopping today!

xo, Bar

 

Painted Wooden Blocks


Painted Wooden Blocks

artistic DIY blocks make a beautiful gift

When the kids walked into art class last week and saw wooden blocks and paint, they couldn’t believe it! Were they really allowed to paint on them? One little girl told us a story about how she once drew on wooden blocks. She said her mom didn’t get mad. Then they all started to chat and share more stories, saying “me, too!” whenever they recognized familiar parts of someone else’s narrative. This block painting party was very much of a collaborative art experience, with all of the kids working towards one end and sharing the same experience. It was a beautiful thing!

artistic DIY blocks make a beautiful gift

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Here’s what you’ll need for your own block painting experience:

Supplies

Wooden blocks (I got 1 1/2″ and 2″ cubes)

Liquid watercolor paint (this is a good starter kit, but we also used gold)

Recycled jars or glasses

Brushes

artistic DIY blocks make a beautiful gift

Focus was intense from the beginning as they realized that each block has six sides!

artistic DIY blocks make a beautiful gift

Some kids are just inherently neat. Some are not.

artistic DIY blocks make a beautiful gift

This boy was the champ. He never stopped painting for an entire hour. He also discovered that you could print with the blocks if you put enough paint on and stamped it on the paper. It’s so exciting to watch discovery and creativity in action.

artistic DIY blocks make a beautiful gift

artistic DIY blocks make a beautiful gift

I can’t recommend this art experience enough! The results are so beautiful. You can keep the blocks for yourself, or give them as a gift. The holidays are coming soon!

xo, Bar

{Warning: These blocks are not safe for babies and toddlers who are still teething. The paint could come off in their mouths.}

 

Paper Lanterns // Made by Kids


Paper Lanterns // Made by Kids

Maybe it’s me, but I felt like I needed a little departure from Holiday and leaves and fall colors. These lanterns were made by my art campers, ages four to six. Aren’t they so pretty?

paper made with splattered liquid watercolor

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Materials for splatter paper:

Gray sulphite paper (12 x 18)

Liquid watercolor (I used two colors)

Paint brushes

Wooden block or stick

Technique:

It’s a tapping thing. Just dip the brush into the paint, and then tap it on the wood block. At first it will be big drips, then it will become little splatters. Try and have them not fill up the page too much or else the splatters all blend together. I just handed them more paper when I felt like their page looked good enough to stop. I know this sounds a bit controlling, but as long as we got one that was “pretty”, the other pages I didn’t care, and they went to town!

paper made with splattered liquid watercolor

paper made with splattered liquid watercolor

Extra materials to make lanterns:

Colored washi tape

Colored paper for handles and bottom

Scissors

Glue stick

paper made with splattered liquid watercolor

Step one: Put colored tape on the top and bottom of the paper (after it has dried).

paper made with splattered liquid watercolor

Step two: Fold the paper in half. Draw a straight line with a pencil across the top, just below the tape. Make it at least an inch from the top. Now mark off the inches across the folded edges. Have the kids start at the folded edge where the mark is and cut up to the taped edge, but no further than the straight pencil line. This is an excellent cutting exercise. Their little hands will be tired!

paper made with splattered liquid watercolor

Step three: Unfold the paper and roll it up, glueing the edges together with a glue stick. Watch as the cut paper unfolds into a lantern shape. Super cool! You can tape the glued edge, too.

Step four: Cut a handle from colored paper, and cut a circle for the bottom. This is optional, but we did it so that they could put an actual little light inside.

paper made with splattered liquid watercolor

I can’t believe how well the kids did! They really did almost all of it by themselves. I am one proud teacher.

xo, Bar