Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – making marvellous mermaids.
What better way to celebrate Oceans Day (June 8) then to delve into the mysteries of the sea?
And, while 95 per cent of the ocean remains unexplored, there are plenty of mysteries to uncover.
The mystery of the mermaid is one that has captured our imaginations for centuries.
It is thought that claims of mermaids sightings were inspired by manatees and dugongs. Perhaps these were what the ship crews actually saw but mistook for the mysterious mermaid. Maybe after a little too much rum!
As we head towards Mother’s Day and the time for celebrating mums, one thing is clear. Not all mothers are created equal. That’s the truth.
However, good or bad, we all need them
– from the tiny ants that drink their own babies’ blood, to the majestic elephant
who carries her huge baby for 22 months before giving birth – every living
creature needs their mum.
No matter what you think of your own
mother, some of these mums will make you forever grateful for the one you have.
Welcome to another
Wacky Workshops project – bunny crafts for Easter.
relatively simple form, it’s easy to replicate bunny shapes using all different
kinds of materials.
If you think
outside the box a little, you can use those shapes for fun Easter gift presentation.
shape is also perfect for art projects that help with line drawing practice.
It can even be used to make a cute Easter bonnet or a fun Easter egg basket.
BRILLIANT BUNNY CRAFTS
we’ve barely recovered from Christmas when we turn our thoughts to Easter
on the lookout for clever ways to present alternatives to Easter eggs as gifts
for my art students.
is the projects have to be easy, cheap and not involve food.
three projects tick all those boxes, though you can opt for little Easter eggs
to replace my suggestions.
– THE CRAYON CUDDLER
I love this
idea and, as I made dozens for my students, I can tell you it’s definitely cheap
Cardboard (like from a box)
Gift of choice. I chose crayons and
was able to buy little boxes on line for 60 cents each.
Cut the cardboard rolls so that they are about half the length of a toilet roll. If you leave them too tall, your gift will be hidden from view.
Place a roll on the cardboard, circle side down and trace around it, creating two oval shapes at the front for the bunny feet (as in the picture).
Cut this out and use it as a template if you are making more than one bunny crayon cuddler.
Glue the roll to this shape.
Cut two long ear shapes from the card for each bunny.
Glue the ears to the inside of the roll.
Use markers to add features, such as eyes and whiskers, to the bunny.
Fill the roll with the gift of your choice.
If you decide on crayons or pencils, add my printable bunny template which is perfect for children to practice drawing lines and creating patterns. You can download it here. Or draw your own simple bunny shape for the kids to decorate.
– THE CLEAN BUNNY
another ridiculously easy project and you can fill this bunny with eggs, or
soap to go with the washer.
Gift – Easter eggs, soap – whatever you choose but it should be quite small.
Double sided tape
Place the washer flat in front of you with one corner facing you.
Starting from that corner, tightly roll the washer to the middle.
Repeat for the corner on the opposite side.
Place your small gifts in the centre of the roll and pull each side up and over them, pulling tightly so the gift/s won’t fall out.
Secure with the rubber band, then twist the bunny ears around until you are happy with their position.
Tie the ribbon over the rubber band.
Use the tape to add the eyes and pom-pom nose. Glue will make it harder to clean and reuse.
– THE HANKY BUNNY
This is an even easier version. All you need is your small gift and an unused hanky. Note: If giving something really small, like jewellery, or something hard, like a small bottle of perfume, wrap this in some wool or material first to ensure the bunny’s face stays round.
Place your gift in the centre of the hanky.
Fold one corner over your gift and then the other.
Bring the two remaining corners up and tie together.
Add googly eyes and pom-pom nose as above.
– EASIEST EVER EASTER EGG BASKET
2 x paper plates
Cut the top third from one plate and set aside the smaller piece.
Line up the large piece with the other plate – tops of plates facing each other and staple together.
Use a hole punch to punch a hole on each side the opening.
Thread ribbon through the holes and tie off to create a strap.
Cut two ear shapes from the plate offcut and staple them into place at the top of the bunny head.
Draw and glue on features as desired.
– THE BUNNY BONNET
Place the cup, bottom side down, in the centre of the plate.
Trace around the cup.
Cut a hole in the centre of the plate, using your tracing as a guide.
Gently push the cup up through the hole in the plate – bottom side up.
Glue into place.
Use markers, paint, and stickers etc to decorate the plate
Cut long ear shapes from the cardboard and glue to the cup for the bunny ears.
Glue on the eyes and pom-pom.
Use the hole punch to make holes on either side of the plate.
Tie ribbon through the holes to create a tie for the bonnet.