Occasionally I come up with crafts for the boys to do in their free time.
If it is interesting enough they don’t ask to watch TV or play video games for at least 30 minutes.
A few of these include
This week we made paper mache art and decided to hang it.
It was supposed to look like balls but because it was made on balloons they have an egg shape.
Get your supplies ready.
These included shredded newspaper, paper mache mix, and balloons. (Paper mache recipe: Flour and Water. Get the consistency creamy. Not too thick and no lumps)
Dip the strips into the mache mix and layer on the balloon. You do not want to see any balloon color peeking out anywhere.
Dry. Dry. Dry. Make sure the ENTIRE thing is dry.
Also – DO NOT POP THE BALLOON. If the paper mache is painted it will collapse without the balloon inside.
Once the balls are dry you can begin your base paint.
My boys and I did a white base coat.
After the base coat has dried then start the color painting.
We used simple craft paint that we had on hand.
I realize that he isn’t painting with the colors yet BUT they are in the picture…
DRY DRY DRY.
Once it is dry either give it a coat of Mod Podge or Spray a coat on…There is Spray Paint Modge now and I LOVE IT.
After the craft has dried from the paint and Mod Podge, POP THE BALLOON.
Then figure out if you want to hang your art work. We chose to hang ours and I decided to use buttons and hot glue them into the opening of the balloons.
Hang and admire.
I made my own yesterday because my children didn’t like my idea so I needed to quench my crafty craving.
My kids love them and my seven year old said that this was by far his favorite project that we have worked on. I just think he liked the mess.
We had a lot of fun working on these and it encouraged my children to be more artistic.
I do believe this craft probably isn’t the best for really young children.