We'll be away for the weekend, lazing by the lake and hanging out at Grandma's and Grandpa's house. Decided to make surprise craft kits for the girls to enjoy while we're there. This is based on this store-bought kit, which I thought was such a fun idea. Emily has been in love with easels of all sizes and types for a long time, so I know she will like this.
With this Mini-Museum Kit, the girls will make their own art, frame it and display it on small easels for willing family members to behold. When the art exhibition is over, the framed masterpieces will be glued onto the front of greeting/thank you cards that they can send out to people they love.
Here's what will be in each kit:
- 2 small easels and 2 smaller easels
- 6-8 frames, assorted sizes
- 6-8 pieces of paper to match the frames
- Homemade water color palette
- Q-tips pretending to be brushes
- A small paper cup to hold water for moistening the Q-tips
- Some other art medium e.g. mini color pencils, mini markers etc (bought from the dollar section of Michaels).
- Paper towel for cleaning messes!
Here are some mini-tutorials for the different components:
First cut out a Y-shaped piece of cardstock and glue the ends of three popsicle sticks onto it as shown, to form the easel legs. Glue two smaller popsicle sticks together to make a doubly-thick stick. Glue that across the easel legs in an "A" configuration.
The double layer gives sufficient thickness to hold the artwork up without slipping off.
Fold the cardstock hinge to stand the easel up.
Here's the smaller easel posing with my lens cap to give you an idea of how teeny it is.
Cut frames out of cardstock or thick paper. We used our fancy-edged scissors to make the decorative borders. Add double-sided tape to the back of the frames so the kids can peel the backing layer off to stick their artwork on later.
Homemade water colors
We used Melissa's tutorial for the paint. For the palette, we used one of these candy molds:
We cut it into thirds, so each palette had six wells. The recipe is exactly enough for all 18 wells. We let them dry for 2 (or more) days.
Now to find boxes to pack three kits for the girls. How hard can that be? I think I might have some cardboard lying around :)
What is it about mini things that kids love so much? I bet it's because they themselves are mini-people. Anyway, this might become our new favorite homemade birthday gift - I'll draw up a pictorial instruction sheet and throw in some blank cards and envelopes to take the activity beyond the art exhibition stage, and maybe add some real postage stamps. A museum and mail kit in one!