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7 FUN IDEAS FOR GROUP ART PROJECTS

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – this week I’m offering ideas for group art projects.

If you read my post, How Group Art Projects Can Make Children Better Adults, you will know the benefits of getting kids to work together to make something.

You can do this with family members, or have a friend play day and make it crafty.

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HOW TO TURN OLD FENCE PALINGS AND CLAY INTO BEAUTIFUL POPPY ART

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – turning fence palings and clay into poppy art.

With ANZAC day just around the corner, I’ve decided to share with you the instructions for a lovely piece of artwork featuring poppies.

The poppy has important significance when it comes to war.

The corn poppy, also known as the Flanders poppy, grew profusely in the WWI trenches and also flowers in Turkey in early spring.

According to war historians, a valley south of ANZAC Beach, Gallipoli, got its name Poppy Valley from the field of bright red poppies near its mouth.

A group of war widows of French ex-servicemen went to the British Legion Headquarters in 1921, armed with some poppies they had made and suggested they be sold as a means of raising money to help those who were incapacitated as a result of the war.

In Australia, single red poppies are not usually worn on ANZAC Day (these are worn on Remembrance Day, November 11). However, wreaths of poppies are traditionally placed at memorials and honour boards on ANZAC Day.

BEAUTIFUL POPPY ART

 

MATERIALS

  • Old fence palings – those with worn and jagged edges look great
  • Air dry clay
  • Red nail polish or paint
  • Black paint
  • Background paints in assorted colours of choice
  • Rolling pin
  • Fishing line
  • Craft Glue
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Small piece of wood

 

METHOD

  • Cut the fence palings to the desired length and hold them together vertically, jagged edges up, by nailing a thin piece of wood to the back of both palings. Use this to attach eye hooks and string for hanging.

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  • Paint the palings in the desired colours. I used a combination of green, blue, copper and orange.
  • Meanwhile, use some fishing line to cut a small slab from the air dry clay.
  • Roll out the slab and cut it into a circle.
  • Pinch the edges of the circle to make them thinner and slightly wavy.

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  • Repeat for each poppy you wish to make.
  • Use some more clay to roll small balls and gently press these into the centre of your poppies.

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  • Place your clay poppies over a small dish so that they will dry with an indent in the centre.

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  • Allow the poppies to dry. This could take up to three days.
  • When they are completely dry, paint them with red paint or nail polish. (I happened to like the sheen created by the nail polish).
  • Outline the clay poppies with a black marker or paint and paint the centre part – where the little clay balls were placed.
  • When this is dry, glue the poppies into position on your fence palings.
  • Finish by painting long black stems from the poppies.

I hope you enjoyed this craft. Be sure to share if you did.

Did you read my post  Celebrating ANZACS – What Makes a Hero?

Happy crafting and have a gleeful week, Tamuria.

 

 

HOW TO MAKE THE EASIEST EASTER CRAFTS EVER

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – making the easiest Easter crafts ever.

Sometimes the holidays and special events kind of creep up on us, don’t they?

It’s easy to think you’ve run out of time for creativity to mark an event.

These fun little projects just take a few minutes to make and will get you right into the mood for Easter.

As an added bonus, I’ll give you the link to download my free Easter maze and colouring page – fun to colour and to solve.

 

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN CUDDLY EASTER BUNNY

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – how to make your own cuddly Easter bunny.

Don’t you just love bunnies? They are so soft and sweet and make wonderful pets.

We had a few when our kids were little and they were lots of fun.

The little ones in this week’s project are just as cuddly and the best part? They require no care.

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HOW TO TURN SCREEN TIME INTO A CREATIVE ADVENTURE

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project, tips to help you turn screen time into a creative adventure.

We all know that we need to limit the time we allow kids, and ourselves, to watch television if we want to have healthy, balanced lives.

However, we can turn that screen time into a great opportunity for creative activities.

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HOW TO MAKE PERMANENT SAND CASTLES OUT OF PLASTIC

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – making permanent sand castles out of plastic bottles.

This craft is fun, cheap, and awesome for the environment (anything that keeps plastic out of landfill and oceans is).

But be warned, it gets a bit messy.

 

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PLAYING WITH PATTERNS IN NATURE

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – fun activities for playing with patterns in nature.

We are surrounded by beautiful patterns everywhere we look. Some are manmade, but nature provides us with a feast of patterns, from symmetries, spirals, meanders and spots and stripes to tessellations and fractals.

Helping children spot and recognise these patterns not only gives them an extra appreciation for nature’s creations but can also help them understand maths.

This week’s projects offer some fun activities to help children spot and understand patterns in nature.

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MAKE THESE WONDERFULLY WACKY WORD GAMES FOR KIDS

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – making word games for kids.

If you read my post, Are you Ready to Face the Music, you’ll know just how much I love to play around with words.

The oldest Goddess recently started “big school” (otherwise known as kindergarten).

I’m hoping to encourage her to share my love of words and I know this is the perfect age to really start.

Five-year-olds have an insatiable thirst for knowledge and, if you keep it fun, you can encourage a lifelong love of learning.

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MAKE VALENTINE’S DAY BLING, BOOK, AND ART WITH THESE EASY STEPS

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project, Valentine’s Day crafts.

These projects include the cutest bracelet, a kiss flip book, and some wonderful string art.

 

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AWESOME AUSSIE CRAFTS TO MAKE WITH A PAPER PLATE

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – making Australian crafts with paper plates.

We celebrated Australia Day last week and I just couldn’t resist adding some more fun crafts, highlighting some of this country’s unique and wonderful animals. Read Why I Love a Sunburnt Country to discover the many wonderful and amazing things Australia has to offer.

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