Crafts & Ideas
I really wanted to make the sock bunny that Heidi (from My Paper Crane) created, but I didn’t have any of those fantastic red and brown monkey socks. What I do have is baby socks: tons of cute, mismatched, totally useless, never stay on baby socks. Now that my littlest is very much not an infant and too soon will be a toddler it seems kind of silly to keep all those teeny tiny socks. So I made a bunny out of them.
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For as long as there’s been art, there’s also been really, really tiny art. Yet miniatures are usually relegated to a tiny corner in a museum (pun intended). Which is exactly what makes Otherworldly, a current exhibition at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design, so wondrous: This just might be the largest exhibition of miniature contemporary art ever assembled, featuring 37 artists. In every corner, another tiny world. One of the strangest facets of seeing the show is how durable the appeal of miniatures really is. You might think that they’d be passe in an age where digital worlds can be so infinitely complex. 7 Artists Who Create Magical, Miniature Worlds | Co. Design
In 1858, two German mathematicians, August Ferdinand Möbius and Johann Benedict Listing, independently discovered what is popularly known as the Möbius strip. The characteristic feature of Möbius strip is that it is a surface with single side. In its most simplest form a Moebius strip can be constructed out a a strip of paper which is twisted halfway and the ends joined together. Moebius (Möbius) strip in art and culture | Imaging and a little bit of OSS
Here is another angel project. The unique thing about these angels is that a bottle, (recycled water bottle, pop bottle) forms the base. You can make small or large ones depending on what's in your recycle bin.
As part of Grade 1's weaving unit we will be making this Spring Tree wall hanging. This is also a good project in the Fall using autumn colors. As a child I remember a macrame version of these trees on a metal hoop but I could not find the instructions anywhere for the life of me so I came up with this version for the students. Another reason why this project works well during the Spring and Fall seasons is that this is when you are pruning your trees and bushes. You need a willow type branch, one that is flexible and will not break while "green". Form a circular loop and tuck the ends in to hold the shape. Woven Tree Wall Hanging
Inspired but nature. All you do now is look for interesting things to weave in-between the twine, try anything; twigs, leaves, feathers whatever you find. We live close to the beach so when I do this activity with Ben, Dan and their friends we use anything we find on the shore; seaweed, bits of old string, sometimes a bit of manmade stuff, it's all part of the fun of using whatever's around you. Thread whatever you find through the warp threads. Of course you can experiment with different sized weaving boards as well. Or as an alternative to twine make your own cordage from nettles and weave using coloured paper. Nature Crafts for Kids Weaving, Free Nature Crafts from found objects