Watercolor Garland {paint with Q-tips}


Watercolor Garland {paint with Q-tips}

I am so in love with these garlands that the 4-yr olds made in art camp last week. This technique was such a success that the kids asked to do it again the next day! They LOVED painting with q-tips. And I swear, there was literally no way to make these mini paintings look bad. They were all just so beautiful!

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Liquid Watercolors (I use these, buy the 8oz bottles because you will love and use them that much. I used yellow, orange, red, pink, metallic gold and fluorescent pink for this project. Amazon doesn’t display their colors, so if you want to see the full color chart you can look or buy them here.)

Watercolor paper (I use this lighter weight paper, cut to 3″ x 4″)

Q-tips

Small containers (I used plastic egg cartons, or you could use these palettes)

Hole punch (1/8″)

Yarn

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

The instructions for this project are so easy. Simply put out your watercolors, let the kids add a q-tip to each color, then have them paint on their little rectangles. Once they are dry, punch a hole at the top corners and string them together. Voila! I do have a tip: cover the end of the string with a little piece of tape so it resembles a shoelace. This will make it easier to get through the little holes.

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

I cannot mention this enough…these are GORGEOUS!! Something so easy and pretty should be made by everyone.

It’s almost the weekend…yay! Have a great one.

xo, Bar

 

Rhode Island Summers


Rhode Island Summers

My husband’s parents have a house in Westerly. We’ve spent every summer there since my oldest daughter was born. I love it there for so many reasons, but the biggest reason of all is the time my kids get to spend with their grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. It’s a week where they don’t fight with each other because they are too busy running into the ocean waves with their cousins, or playing massive games of whiffle ball, or scheming about how to get one more morning of donuts for breakfast. On cloudy days we go to the water slides in Misquamicut, on rainy days we go bowling and out to our fave pizza place. Mystic Seaport is half an hour away…a place where you can go back in time and make candles, or visit the aquarium and see the cutest sea lions.

A walk down the beach brings us to the best climbing rocks, and a walk across the parking lot gets us to the big pond where the water is still like glass, and warm. If the boat is working, we can go tubing, or just park it in the middle of the pond and jump off the sides. Watch Hill is a 15 minute drive. We go here sometimes for a little shopping, to check out the beautiful homes (Taylor Swift’s place is pretty amazing), and to visit their favorite candy shop. The Ocean House just got rated one of the top five hotels in the country. Someday I want to spend a night there!

Rhode Island holds years of memories for all of us. My oldest said to me on this last trip that she loves it so much she never wants to go on any other vacation ever again. Only Rhode Island. It feels like home, she said.

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xo Bar

 

Paper Bag Crowns


Paper Bag Crowns

I love the way these crowns turned out. I don’t know what my vision was exactly…probably something more refined – ha! But since this was an open-ended project, I just gave the 4-yr olds their plain crowns and their art supplies and they made each their very own. I don’t think I could have imagined them any more beautiful!

make beautiful crowns from recycled paper bags

make beautiful crowns from recycled paper bags

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Paper bag

Watercolors (we used these which are inexpensive and work great in a class setting, but if you want to invest in something nicer buy these!)

Brushes

Glue (any white school glue, and i put some in a bowl with a brush for them to use as well)

Pom-poms (this bag will last you forever and it’s inexpensive)

Glitter

Sequins

Masking tape

make beautiful crowns from recycled paper bags

make beautiful crowns from recycled paper bags

Here’s how we made them:

First, cut your paper bag down the side and cut off the bottom. Lay it flat and zig-zag cut all across the top. Use the whole bag, but trim it down before painting. Do this by just placing the crown around the child’s head, then adding an extra inch.

Next, lay out your watercolors. Paint the crown and let it dry before moving on to the gluing step. I used a hairdryer to dry them quickly.

When they are dry, put out the glue and the rest of the supplies and let them add to their heart’s content! These crowns should dry overnight, flat. You can place them around their heads with a piece of masking take the next day when they are dry. Oh, but don’t forget to shake off the excess glitter!

make beautiful crowns from recycled paper bags

make beautiful crowns from recycled paper bags

make beautiful crowns from recycled paper bags

They wore their crowns all day the next day after they were dry. I was so impressed by their concentration with these, and by how magical they turned out to be. I think i might have to do these again with the next group of campers!

xo, Bar