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Have you ever made a paper chain for a countdown to a special day? This jellyfish incorporates a traditional paper chain - just several chains - as the tentacles. Using seven rings to make each tentacle would be a fun way to discuss seven days making a week!

Start with:

  • Cardstock in Various Colors
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Create it!

Step 1: Cut the shape for the jellyfish from cardstock. We used white and painted it pink. Allow it to dry.

Step 2: Cut eyes from cardstock and glue them to the body of the jellyfish.

Step 3: Cut two circles for cheeks from cardstock and glue to the jellyfish.

Step 4: Cut strips from cardstock.

Step 5: Glue the ends of a cardstock strip together to form a ring. Place one strip inside the ring and glue the ends together to create a paper chain.

Step 6: Continue adding to paper chain until desired length. Make the last ring slightly smaller, leaving a tab at the end to attach to the jellyfish body.

 

Step 7: Glue the paper chain to the bottom of the jellyfish body. Continue with additional chains until complete.

A variety of materials could work for this craft. A paper plate for the body or even cardboard. Construction paper is a fantastic substitute for the cardstock used for the paper chains too!

Sharing how to make this fun yarn art paper plate pumpkin over at the Red Ted Art blog! Click here for full tutorial.

It's Autumn - bring on all the apples, leaves changing colors and cozy sweaters! While apple stamping is nothing new, it is such  a fun Fall activity - especially if you've picked your own apples - and we combined it with some recycled materials for this sweet Apple Stamp Artwork.

Start with:

  • Apple, cut in half
  • Cardboard
  • Paper Plate
  • Colored Cardstock or Painted Paper Plate
  • Twine
  • Baker's Twine
  • Handle from a Paper Grocery Bag
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Single Hole Paper Punch

Create it!

Step 1: Paint a rectangle piece of cardboard and allow it to dry. (We used one of the flaps from a cardboard box for the rectangle.)

Step 2: Squeeze paint onto a paper plate.

Step 3: Dip the apple half in the paint and stamp the apple shape to the cardboard rectangle. Allow the stamped apples to dry.

Step 4: Straighten out the paper bag handle and glue it to the top border of the cardboard rectangle.

Step 5: Cut apple stems from twine and leaves from green cardstock or a paper plate that has been painted green.

Step 6: Glue the stems and leaves to the stamped apples.

Step 7: Punch a hole on each end of the paper bag handle.

Step 8: Cut a piece of bakers twine (regular twine, string or even yarn would work great too) and secure the ends to each of the punched holes.

So fun to make something to decorate for the season or to give to someone special to brighten their day!

Snake plants are so low maintenance and have such interesting patterns on their leaves. This collage snake plants artwork is a fun project for kids and adults alike - we made it a family project!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Textured Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Create it!

Step 1: Cut a planter shape from textured or regular cardboard. Paint it and allow it to dry.

Step 2: Paint cardboard different shades of green. We swirled green and black paint together for the dark green speckled color. Once dry, cut into rectangle strips.

Step 3: Cut strips from cardboard. These will be the stems for the snake plant leaves.

Step 4: Glue the green painted strips horizontally onto the vertical cardboard strip.

Step 5: Once dry, cut the combined strips into a leaf shape. 

Step 6: Paint a larger rectangle of cardboard to serve as the artwork background. Allow it to dry.

Step 7: Glue the leaves onto the background.

Step 8: Glue the planter over the leaves.

These were a great family project - works well for a variety of ages - and it was fun to see how each of our snake plants turned out! And, if you are looking for some more plant craft projects, click here and here .