Arts + Crafts

Pujaki: Paper Chandelier


Pujaki: Paper Chandelier

I’ve become a little obsessed with making a Pujaki. The word Pujaki is polish and translated it means “spiders of straw”. There is a strong folk arts & crafts tradition in Poland. In the winter, when much of the outdoor activities were suspended, Polish peasant families would spend their time preparing for on of their biggest holidays – Christmas. Made from colored paper and straw, the Pujaki would hang over the Christmas table and stay there through New Year’s when it was carried on visit’s to friends’ houses. It was a symbol of good luck for the coming year! I read about these on design sponge and also on decor8.

You can buy them online, like the one above, at the Polish Art Center. Or try your hand at making one, like Lena Corwin or The Small Object did here below.

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I think I will put this on my summer list! Although traditionally made from straw, I think I might try making mine from pipe cleaners. I’ll let you know how it goes!

 

The Art Room


The Art Room

Our art room at home.

It’s right off the kitchen with sliding glass doors to keep the mess contained. It’s bright and sunny and indestructible. For many years, we couldn’t have any of the supplies down low. We always had a little one crawling or toddling around. Now that my youngest is five, I am able to keep the supplies out and right at hand. My kids, the neighborhood kids, play dates, cousins…they are all allowed to help themselves to supplies whenever the mood strikes them. Sometimes a tray of white paper and a basket of markers is all they need!

Tip: Keep some art supplies hidden away, and rotate them in. Keep the shelves clean and on the bare side. Less choices are better for the little ones.

Pencil Eraser Stamping


Pencil Eraser Stamping

I love this idea! It’s so simple, so colorful, and so fun. Any child at any age, really, can enjoy this. Just buy some new pencils and a rainbow ink pad and that’s all you need to make some art! This idea came from a rubber stamp artist named Carloe Lie.