Welcome to our first Family Fun Club project! We’ll be featuring a new family craft and activity bi-weekly and inviting you to join in with us! Each project will come in two segments:
- The Beginning: This will feature what we’re doing that week, whether it is a craft or activity (outside or inside) so that you can join along with us!
- The Completion: At the bottom of each post I will have my email where you can send in a photo of your completed work and if you are a blogger, your blog link for us to share! On the completion post there will be a slideshow of everyone’s work!
The idea of this is to take a little time out of the week to have fun with your family, whether it is your own children or nieces/nephews. Since we want to be proud of our children’s work, we thought it would be nice to feature them and see how other kids everywhere were doing the same thing at the same time! We hope you join along with us and be a part of our little “club”!
Since this is our first craft project, I decided to stick with something simple. The craft comes from The Usbourne Complete Book of Art Ideas and should be available at your local library! I’ve changed mine up a bit to make it recyclable and I’ll show you how.
- Cookie Cutters
- String or Yarn
- Paint (regular or edible)
- I gathered up bread that was going to go bad soon, but you don’t want to use stale bread since it is too dry. Using your cookie cutters, cut out fun shapes with the bread slices. You want to have at least 5 shapes, small and large. If you don’t have cookie cutters, get creative! You can always use things around the house to make shapes!
- After you have cut out your shapes, using a straw, pencil or bottle cap – create holes in the shape to be able to string the pieces together.
- Let sit overnight or for 24hrs so the bread will dry. You can toss your extra bread pieces/crumbs outside for the birds!
- Once the bread is dry you will want to paint around the edge and on one side with the white paint (see below for directions on how to make edible paint and/or a non-edible white coating).
- When the paint dries, paint the other side and wait for it to dry.
- Draw on simple patterns, like hearts, flowers or eggs for Easter with a pencil.
- Fill the patterns in with colored paint and let dry.
- String together your bread art for a beautiful dangling display!
- 1c Cold Water
- 1c Corn Starch
- Food Coloring
Whisk together your water and corn starch, warm in a pot and constantly whisk until it thickens. Pour into small containers and then stir in the food coloring. Mix the colors to get the ones you want, but don’t forget to leave one white!
Non-Edible White Coating:
- White Paint
To make your first coat of paint on the bread dry faster. You can mix a little white glue in with the white paint. This will also help keep the bread together.
Angie is creating hers with non-edible paint and we are creating ours with edible paint. Like I had mentioned above, it becomes recyclable if it is edible because you can hang it outside and it is safe for the birds to eat! They also look very beautiful dangling from a tree.
We look forward to seeing everyone’s work and sharing our own! As we are running a little behind, you have until March 21st to complete your Family Fun Project! When you are finished, share with us one of your photos! You can mail them in at firstname.lastname@example.org