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Neat Sweet Treats

6 Feb

Club Creative Studio is always on the hunt for creativity. February is a sweet month to include creativity that has a focus on candy.  I am sharing a few neat ideas that are treats as well. I found a few completed examples of items that I have  created myself in the past.  They are simple enough, a child can do this alone or with minimal assistance.  I hope that you are inspired to create from these ideas, putting your own spin on the projects to make them even better with your own style.

Happy Saint Valentine’s Day as you may be helping a young child share treats with family members, classmates or neighbors. This year, make them personal, create them yourself.

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With a simple paper motif cut-out a flower is made.  Add your stick candy to the center portion through a hole punched section as a focal point. Your sweet treat has become a stem as well.

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Layer cut-out flower motif shapes and you have a three-dimensional petals, the lolly pop can be used to secure the paper and grouped to create a full bouquet or single flower treat.

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While you are discovering crafts made from candy, here is one more idea you can attach to a hand made Valentine card.  I am sure that someone will appreciate the ingenuity.

Have fun creating art your own neat sweets. It is a way to make it a special treat.

Heart to Heart- Easy Paper Crafts

31 Jan

One of the first things that you think about if you are thinking of Saint Valentine’s Day is a heart-shaped symbol.

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The above photo is a sample of a simple made large heart constructed by adding several small heart-shaped loops. The strips are loops connected by a stapled, taped, or glued ends. Vary the width of your paper strips for a different looks if you like. Best place to start: make one heart and then build upon that one adding to the top section with glued tip ends.

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The above photo is an example of how a simple paper weave can be cut into a shape of a heart and used as a Valentine.  Just use various paper strips and weave over under technique. You can buy pre- cut quilling paper strips at your local craft store or make your own strips from a paper shredder. I have a hand-held shredder that works perfect for this project.

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The red and white paper heart above is also woven. Each half  dome-cut paper has three slits cut to matching points and then linked together at the end point, weaving the halves. More ideas in this blog will show you without words how to make your cuts and construct these little woven baskets.  Enjoy making them simply or more complex looking.

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Use felt material as a medium, the same technique of cutting slits and weaving together two parts form a new look. Place candy or paper notes inside, add a handle or hanging loop. In the past I have had various aged students create these weaving projects from construction paper and they were easily created by grade levels as early as first grade.

STEP ONE: SIMPLE SKILL VERSION

Enjoy including creativity into your day today.  I am sure that at least one of these projects featured will be a great family activity to do together or to do in a classroom setting.

STEP TWO: MEDIUM SKILL VERSION

STEP THREE: ADVANCED WEAVES

For a little bit of a challenge in making an advanced version weave, vary where the split lines will go and the pattern will take on a new design!  Best of luck and have fun creating! Use the heart decorations for your home or to give as great paper gifts to others, include the directions or supplies for an added bonus. Spread the word about being creative every day!

From Paper Comes Products

8 Oct

Club Creative Studio’s blog posts focus on CREATIVITY.  How exciting to know that this is a topic that can go in many different directions.  Today, as I continue to highlight the theme of recycling, reusing and repurposing I have a few items to admire that you can also mimic with your own sence of style.

From a company founded in  2008 located in the UK, Fresh Cargo is based around the principle of creating Funky Fair Trade products from fashion to homeware. I share two items they have for sale.

Their items are said to be eco-friendly because they say: “Our green mill housewares are brought to you by Fresh Cargo. This product is made from recycled magazines in Indonesia, where the team has great working conditions, paid above the minimum wage, paid healthcare, regularly retrained and encouraged to develop their own designs”.

You will notice that the magazines are cut or rolled then applied to a photo frame base in an interesting manner.  You may want to try your hand at creating these projects at home yourself or with the help or supervision of creative children in your home or classroom.  You will need to have imagination, magazines or newspapers, an adhesive and scissors.  Basicly, that is it.  Cut or torn sections from a newspaper or magazine leave endless opportunities for use of print and pictures to be incorporated into your art.  Special note to color and design are considerations too.  Although this can be a happy accident to combine the separate and random areas, they can also be planned to make a certain design that is both pleasing and spontaneous.  Adhesives to use can be regular white glue or an acrylic based gloss coating.

With magazine pages or newspapers cut to the same size, you can proceed to hand-roll the pages to form many individual hollow log forms.  Perhaps using a pencil as a form to roll the paper around will allow you to roll consistent sized paper logs. Then, when you have collected many of these”paper logs” you can use them more creatively.

After rolling the paper around the pencil, the pencil can be gently removed as long as the paper is not wound too tightly.  With the log collection, you can then stack the “magazine logs” side by side and adhere them together with a light stripe of school glue together.  Connecting each log to form the shape you need end to the body base of the paper log.

Close-up of rolled paper used to decorate this frame.

Begin to form, the shape that you want and let your imagination take hold.  Use the paper to make a sculpture-like item, functional or decorative.  Ask neighbors and friends who discard their magazines to help you by passing along the colorful papers for you to experiment with. Recycle with purpose!

As I sit in the library typing this blog, it occurred to me that they have many magazines here.  I asked a staff member what the procedure was to discard outdated magazines and newspapers.  Their answer: Newspapers automatically go out to the recycle bin and the magazines go to our local Red Cross Association.
If a specific organization requests magazines there should be a point of contact within the reference department for such inquiries.
Happy creating with recycled paper items.  Reuse them creatively and repurpose them in to art!
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