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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

 

Dip-Dyed Pumpkin Garland


Dip-Dyed Pumpkin Garland

I love when the vision I have in my mind’s eye comes to fruition. It never really happens all that much, I have to admit. I start many projects that I end up throwing away. It’s true! But I lucked out this time. I wanted to make a seasonal garland that was simple and light (like, not heavy or dark). Just an airy little thing that would cheer up a space. It was fun to make, too! Just a few steps, not hard at all.

make this light and cheery pumpkin garland from coffee filters

Supplies:

Coffee filters (12 cups size)

Pumpkin template (download here)

Pencil and scissors

Orange liquid watercolor or food coloring (plus a small bowl to put it in, plus an extra small bowl of glass of water)

Paper towel

Hole punch (1/8″)

Black and white baker’s twine (8 ply)

make this light and cheery pumpkin garland from coffee filters

Directions:

1. Flatten out the coffee filter. Lay the pumpkin template on the bottom half (so the stem ends up on the flat middle of the filter). Cut twenty pumpkins.

2. Accordion fold each pumpkin.

3. Holding the pumpkin at the top with the folds closed, dip it in some water. Squeegee the water off with your fingers, then dip the wet, folded pumpkin into the orange watercolor. Bend the pumpkin slightly so the orange goes up about half way. You only need to hold it in for a few seconds. Wipe the dripping orange watercolor of on the sides of the bowl. Place the folded, dyed pumpkin on a piece of paper towel. Repeat for all twenty pumpkins.

make this light and cheery pumpkin garland from coffee filters

make this light and cheery pumpkin garland from coffee filters

4. When the pumpkins are a little less wet (like in half an hour), unfold them and lay them on either some new paper towel, or some paper. The reason to not unfold them right after you dip them is because then the dye won’t pool in the creases. This is a nice effect, when the creases are a bit darker.

make this light and cheery pumpkin garland from coffee filters

5. When the pumpkins are completely dry (2 hours), then fold each of them back up and punch a hole about and inch down from the top.

6. Wrap a small piece of tape around the end of the twine. Don’t cut the twine yet, just unroll a lot of it, about six feet. With the pumpkins still folded, string the twine through the holes.

7. When all of the pumpkins are strung, fan them out and space them out the way you like. Then cut your string. Now you’re done!

make this light and cheery pumpkin garland from coffee filters

make this light and cheery pumpkin garland from coffee filters

This garland will work well from now through Halloween and Thanksgiving. I love decorations that have flexibility!

xo, Bar

 

Pop of Color: Minty


Pop of Color: Minty

I’m starting a new series today called… Pop of Color! I am a color enthusiast and am always torturing myself with what colors to choose. I love living vicariously through other people’s choices, though. It’s so much easier. Today’s color is minty! I put the “y” at the end because it can sometimes be a little bluer, like robin’s egg, or a little more turquoise. Whatever the shade, or weather the pop of minty is paint on the wall, an accent chair, a pillow or a painting, the fact remains that it is one of the best colors to use in your home because it makes everything feel BEACHY! And who doesn’t love beachy?

1. heavenly Maine barn // 2. painted hutch with gorgeous wallpaper // 3. minty paneled walls with pop of red bed // 4. the kitchen of happiness

minty

5. coolest tee-pee & moroccan pillows // 6. minimalist space with side table // 7. dreamy floor // 8. metal kitchen stools

minty

9. pillow & painting // 10. pillow, quilt & map all coordinate with red (my favorite combo) // 11. quilt & painting // 12. frameless painting on minty wall with wood accents

Well, this was fun! Hopefully you were inspired by something. Do you want to know my favorite? I want the quilt in No.11, the painting in No.9, and the barn in No.1. Dreaming…

xo, Bar