I decided that with our painted doilies we would make glittery Valentines sun catchers.
What you will need:
Doilies of your liking
Wet wipes (for clean up)
At first I was thinking we would glue the glitter to the frame but then we decided to put the glitter all over the contact paper instead.
Cut out a suitable frame for your doilies.
TIP: If working with a toddler you may want have some extra space in the frame for placement of the doilies.
After you are satisfied with your frame, if you are making multiples like we were, use the cut out frame as a stencil and lightly trace it on to the remaining cardstock.
I chose to have the contact paper pieces not cover the whole frame. I wanted it about half way on the frame so I measured it out as shown below, leaving roughly two edges out.
The front piece of contact paper I wanted to be even smaller (as at this point I was still thinking of gluing glitter on the frame). I used one cut out piece and measured a slightly larger piece for it.
Once you have all your cutting done place the larger piece over the opening, as shown below.
TIP: If you aren’t planning on doing anything to the frame it is easier to make them the same size for the front and back.
Let your little one place the hearts as they desire.
For glitter portion you want to place the frames in to a baking pan or tray of some sort to contain all the glitter.
Sophia wanted to show the kids how to glitter 🙂 Video below
After glitter has been placed you will want to shake or (rub with a finger) the excess glitter around so they aren’t in big piles.
After you are done, place the remaining piece of contact paper over the top to seal it in.
I love the color wheel and love seeing what colors you get from mixing paints. This was the perfect project to let Sophia experience the wonder.
This is a project I’ve been dying to try out with the liquid watercolors… you can substitute food coloring or even cake watercolors (you would need paint brushes for this option).
What you will need:
Liquid watercolors/food coloring
Cups for your watercolors
Wet wipes (for clean up)
Oven (not necessary)
Flatten, fold and cut out your snowflakes to your liking from the coffee filters.
I cut out 3 filters on top of each other in the heart shape and 4 together on the snow flake. For painting them I placed them on the baking pan 2 on top of each other (I didn’t think Sophia would have the patience to repeat the process 7 times and 4 seemed just right). One of the heart ones was on the pan singly (for the math minded 😉 )
I diluted the liquid watercolors quite a bit. I put about a 1/4 inch of water on the bottom of the cups and then added the paint to my liking.
Below is a time lapse video of Sophia having fun squirting and mixing the paints together.
All done with the first set.
The second set got more brown as she liked putting all the paint in one spot.
I placed them in the oven to dry, with just the oven light turned on for a small source of heat. I wanted the end results to be as vibrant in color as possible, so I wanted all the paint to dry on to the coffee filters. It took about 5 hours for the hearts to fully dry.
TIP: You can remove the snowflakes off the cookie sheets and set to dry on a dry surface. Note that the colors will not be as bright if you do this though.
It’s crazy how much less vibrant the colors are after they dry.
TIP: If you want to get some of the wrinkles out, place them in side a book. Each snowflake on their own separate page and then place a weight (or more books on top). Let sit over night.
I had a big pile of magazines ready to go in the recycle bin and decided I would cut out all the fun pictures I could find. Once I had cut out all the ones I liked, it came to me to see what Sophia would make with them and this is how her first collage came to be. Tip: If your child is working on scissor skills or has mastered them then I would suggest including them in on the fun.
-Tape (I prefer Packaging tape but regular clear scotch tape would work fine too)
To set it up you will want to cut two same size pieces of shelf liner. Peel one of the pieces and tape the corners of it on to your table, so it will stay put. Place the backing paper under the liner so your child will be able to see where it is located. Tip: I cut it in half before sliding it underneath for easier maneuvering.
I positioned the bigger pictures to the top of the pile for Sophia to pick from first. Tip: talk about all the different pictures, this is great way to learn new vocabulary
Once she had most of the areas covered I removed the larger ones so she could put the smaller pictures in the sticky parts remaining. Tip: Allow the creative process, Sophia put pictures upside down, on top of other pictures, even over the edges and that’s ok 🙂
After it is all done take the other shelf liner piece and peel the backing off and line it up over as close to the other piece as possible. Remove the collage from your table and fold over or cut off the tape pieces. The parts shelf liner that didn’t line up I just used tape to cover them (so there wasn’t anymore sticky parts).