Friday, December 16, 2011

DIY Holiday Snow Globes with You Inside!

Man, I love Pinterest.  It's so helpful when I'm either too lazy to come up with a holiday craft to share with you or just too busy.  Lately I'm just too busy.  Please don't feel slighted....I have a lot going on right now.  BUT!  Thanks to Pinterest, I found this freaking adorable holiday craft for you!


I mean, cute are these?!  I want to be in one!  Maybe when all this crazy settles down, I'll craft one up.  This tutorial comes from Our Best Bites.  They also have some really great recipes, so give this site some well deserved attention.  

To get the how to's click HERE!
Have fun & get messy!
:-) Miss Jenna 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pom Pom Ornaments

So...yeah.  I skipped right over Thanksgiving crafts this year.  Many's been a hectic few months.  Moving on to the next holiday!  CHRISTMAS!!!  Here is a very kid friendly craft to help decorate your tree.  Head over to Skip To My Lou for the full tutorial.  :-)  Have fun & get messy!
~ Miss Jenna

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Make Halloween Treats More Fun.... making these recycled bread tag monsters!

I'm one of these people who looks at most random things that I may find on the ground outside or laying around in my house who wonder...."Hmmm.  I wonder what I could make out of that?"  But never have I looked at those annoying little bread bad tags and considered the crafty possibilities.  Luckily, Amanda from Crafts by Amanda, did.  What a cute idea!
Have fun & get messy!
 :-)  Miss Jenna

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Halloween on Pinterest

Halloween is around the corner...a time for junk food and creepy crafts.  Here are some spooktacular possibilities for you and your ankle biters.
Have fun and get messy!
:-)  Miss Jenna

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ready for some fun???

Who wouldn't love to play around with this thing?!  I think you and your family should give your construction skills a try and build this totally awesome marshmallow catapult.

Have fun and get messy!
:-)  Miss Jenna  :-)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

DIY :: Play-Doh

When I taught pre-school, the teachers would go in a rotation to make our own Play-Doh for our ankle biters.  I mean, a school could go broke if they had to keep buying it and the stuff dries out so make it!  I couldn't find a recipe like the one we used, but this one is really close.  The only thing we didn't use was the Kool-Aid.  I'm sure it makes the play-doh smell good, but that also seems like it would lead to a lot more eating of it than playing with it.  ;-)


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt2 t cream of tartar2 packages of Kool Aid (don't use purple, it turns grey)
  • Food Coloring (optional)
  • 1 T oil
  • 1 cup water

Cook all ingredients over medium heat until it forms a ball (5-10 minutes).  You can enhance the colors by using food coloring if you like.  That's it!  Eazy Peezy Lemon Squeezy.

Have fun & get messy!
:-)  Miss Jenna

Saturday, September 3, 2011

SCIENCE :: Growing Stalagmites

Hello Ankle Biter Art Friends!  It's been awhile since I stopped by, huh?!  Sorry about that....been busy over at Diary of a Featherhead getting that established, making jewelry and other artsy things and working on a play!  I haven't gotten together with my little ankle biter helpers Sam & Molly in a long while, so I don't have a homemade kid craft to share with you today, BUT I do have this great link to a fun science project!

Click THIS LINK for will take you to a wonderful blog called Everyday Art.  I hope you and your little mad scientists enjoy this one!

Until next time...have fun and get messy!
:-)  Miss Jenna
p.s.  I'll try not to stay away for too long next time.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Artful Parent

Hello Ankle Biter Art Friends!
Today, I would like to tell you about a super mom and columnist that I found on the Internet.  When I grow up and become a mom someday, I hope I can provide as creative an environment for my children as she does for hers.  Allow me to introduce you to Jean, The Artful Parent.  I've only been following her blog for a few months now, but I am endlessly inspired and impressed.  So, instead of me sharing everything of hers that I think is wonderful on my blog and just linking you over to her at The Artful Parent, I think you should add hers to your reading list.  She posts wonderful projects and activities that are not just helpful to moms, but to teachers as well.  Here are some of my favorites that she's shared recently...
Rainbow Stained Glass Window

Column for WNC Parent
Scavenger Hunt & Make

Ice Sculptures with Salt and Liquid Watercolors

And there you have it!  I highly recommend following her blog.  She does a great job...much better than I, but still follow me too.  ;-)
p.s.  She has a Facebook page too, so that's an easy was to follow her if you're not down with the RSS.  The Artful Parent - Facebook Link

As always...have fun and get messy!
~ Miss Jenna

Friday, August 12, 2011

Handprint Fish

         Source: via Heather on Pinterest

Yet another thing to do with handprint.  How cute is this?!  You could pair this project with some fun reading too.  Like....


Have fun and get messy!  
:-)  Miss Jenna


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Color Learning Scavenger Hunt

Hello Friends!

I wanted to share this Richards Family Four activity with you!  It's great for a rainy day or a day that's just too hot to let your ankle biters outside in fear that they will melt.  Who doesn't love a scavenger hunt?  I mean, I'm 30 years old and still love the idea of it.  This color learning activity is great for young ones, but also for the older child who might be starting to learn the basics of another language.  If you're looking for a fun and educational activity to pass some time, give it a try.  It just takes a little preparation and set-up.

Gather little bits and pieces in the colors to be found and scatter them throughout the house (or classroom).  Make designated and marked color coordinated containers that have the corresponding name and that's pretty much it!  Let the ankle biters search and's sure to keep them occupied for at least a little while.  :-)

Have a fun and messy weekend!  
Miss Jenna

Friday, July 8, 2011

Ice-Cube Watercolors!

So,'s summer and really really really hot.  At least it is here in Florida.  This is perfect for an outdoor painting project.  Cool off and make some art!

Have fun and get messy!
:-)  Miss Jenna

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Garden Signs

Do you have a green thumb?  Get your kids involved in the gardening fun too by painting custom garden signs!

For supplies, instructions and step by step photos visit this tutorial on Not Just A Housewife.
Have fun and get messy!
:-)  Miss Jenna

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Handprint American Flag

Oh the many things you can do with a handprint!  Here's a cute idea borrowed from Muffin Tin Mom...
  • red, white and blue paint
  • blue construction paper
  • paint brushes
  • popsicle stick
  • small star stickers
  • glue stick
  • scissors/paper cutter
  • hole punch
  • thin ribbon in red, white, or blue
For step by step instructions click the Muffin Tin Mom link up at the top!
Have fun & get messy!
:-)  Miss Jenna

Friday, June 17, 2011

For the Dad With a Sweet Tooth

I'm new to Pinterest.  My friend, Suzy sent me an invite to join and I've been slowly figuring out the site and setting my pin boards up.  It's a fun and great way to discover and share the plethora of goodies the internet has to offer.

Anyway, my point....
I found this really cute Father's Day card on one of Suzy's pin boards and thought I should share it with you, since the holiday celebrating all things Dad is quickly approaching.

So clever!  The credit for this sweet candy bar letter (and photo) goes to the girls at the Bits of Everything blog.

Have fun making it and TRY not to eat it!
Miss Jenna

Friday, June 3, 2011

Father's Day Gift Bags

Check out these fun DIY gift bags!  ...perfect for a Father's Day gift...

I found them on Paper Crave via Art Fire.  Here's what you need and how to make them....

  • gift box template + bow tie / necktie template
  • a printer
  • cardstock for the box and tie(s)*
  • scissors
  • a ruler
  • a pen or pencil
  • glue dots
  • double-sided tape
  • 1/4 inch circle hole punch (for bow tie box)
  • a scoring tool (optional)
  • a cutting mat (optional)

Print the box template onto lightweight cardstock, cut out along the solid lines, and assemble according to the directions found in the template file. Place your gift in the box, and use double-sided tape or glue dots to securely close the flap. Print bow tie/necktie templates, cut out, and trace onto your choice of patterned or solid colored paper. Cut out the tie(s) and attach to the box flap using double stick tape or glue dots. If making the bow tie box, punch out three 1/4 inch “buttons” using a hole punch, and attach to the front of the box using glue dots (small Zots are the perfect size).
Alternative directions: Assemble the box and attach the tie to the top flap first, and add your gift last.

Have fun & get messy!
Miss Jenna

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Father's Day Picture Frame

Here is a handmade project that your ankle biters can make and give as a gift to the Father figure in their lives.  This picture frame can be customized however you like, but here's what I did with my little friend Noah to help celebrate his dad....

  • Wood picture frame
  • White craft glue (that dries clear) - full strength
  • Mod Podge
  • Brush or craft sponge - for Mod Podge
  • Pieces of decorative paper (thin paper works best)
  • Decorative accessories - we used some lightweight hardware, but use anything that makes sense to you or "fits" that particular gift recipient
  • Spray paint (optional) color of your choice - I sprayed all the hardware pieces on one side just to have them all coordinate in color
  • Photograph of the child with or without Dad

  1. If you are spray painting your decorative bits and pieces, do this in a well ventilated area away from children before you begin this project.
  2. Remove the frame backing and glass.
  3. Have children rip or (with child safe scissors) cut up the paper.
  4. Have children paint some mod Podge on the frame and decorate the frame with the paper.  Paint some more Mod Podge on top of the paper to seal it down and add another layer of paper (if desired)...repeat the last layer of Mod Podge.
  5. Add some white craft glue (however much you think is needed) to the areas that you wish to put the dried decorative bits and pieces.  Let the children pick the placement please.  :-)
  6. Allow the frame to dry completely....this may take a day or two depending on how much glue the little ones use.
  7. When the frame is dry, add one more thin layer over the entire front of the decorative frame (including the hardware or whatever it is that you've glued) and let dry completely.
  8. Insert the photograph and replace the backing.

There you have it...easy peezy lemon squeezy!  Wrap it up and give it on Father's Day.
Have fun & get messy!
Miss Jenna

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Preschool Science Stuff!

Need a fun activity to help teach your ankle biters a bit of science?  Try balloon rockets!

Check out this link for the "how-to's"  :-)

Have fun & get messy!
Miss Jenna

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Cookie Recipe with Activity for Your Ankle Biters

I saw this really cute idea (and what looks to be a good cookie recipe) on Craftaholics Anonymous and just had to share.  Blog sharing is the easy road for me right now with Ankle Biter Art because I just don't have time to make projects right now.  We hired the movers today and move in 38 days!!!  CRAZY.

If you have children or work with them, then surely you know the book If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.  Below you'll find a recipe for you and your Ankle Biters to make LOVE to help cook and least that's what I've always found.  This might be tricky if you're in a school setting, but with a little creative thinking, I'm sure you could find a way to involve the children in the baking process.  Below the recipe, you'll find fun activities that link the baking and book together!  :-)

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
(or you can substitute your favorite tried & true recipe)

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1-2 cups chocolate chips

Mix shortening and butter. Add both sugars and baking soda. Beat together. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour. Place on greased cookie sheet and back for 8 minutes at 375 degrees.

"While the cookies bake, read the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and do some of the activities that the mouse does in the book, for example we:

  • swept the kitchen floor {yay for a clean floor!}
  • drew a mouse picture with crayons and don’t forget to sign their name!
  • hang the mouse picture on the refrigerator {for bonus points, use scotch tape like the book }
  • get a cold glass of milk
  • and then…… enjoy a warm cookie from the oven with that cold glass of milk!"

Thank you Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous, for helping me have content on my little neglected blog by sharing your clever and cute idea.
Have fun & get messy!
Miss Jenna

Monday, May 16, 2011

Don't forget about Self Portraits!

Hi Friends!
My apologies for not posting more regularly.  I just want to take this moment to say thank you for sticking with me even through the Ankle Biter dry spells.  Life is busy and is only gonna get busier in the next month or two, where I can guarantee Ankle Biter posts will be few and far between, but I promise not to stay away for too long and I hope you stay with me!  My husband and I will be moving to the other side of the country at the end of June, so that's gonna be eating up a ton of my Ankle Biter blogging time.  Also, I'm currently busy with several of which being a new blog that I've started to begin to help promote my new art business that will be launching in the next few months.  It's a slightly more personal blog where I share random tid-bits of my life and art studio as well as crafty DIY projects (more for grown-ups than ankle biters).  :-)  If your interested in learning some arts & craft projects for yourself while the kids are napping or just want to discover some of the artists and artsy loves that I share, subscribe to

Today, I'm going to share a quick and easy project...since that's all I have time for tonight.  :-)  It's a perfect "go to" suggestion  for a drawing or painting project that can be easily forgotten, but if you're ever stuck for an idea to keep the small ones busy, bust out a mirror and have them make a self portrait.  Kids love looking at themselves, so of course they'd love drawing what they see!  You'd be surprised at the difference between a self portrait done with and without a mirror.  Also keep in mind that artistic license still takes control every now and then and they might just want to draw their eyes purple when they're really hazel and give themselves black hair when it's really blond....and that is beautiful too.

This self portrait was done by Noah, a boy that I nannied.
He was 3 & 1/2 years old when he made this.
Until next time...have fun & get messy!
XO, Miss Jenna

Monday, May 2, 2011

Summer Activity: Tree Washing!

Hi Friends!
To my great disappointment, Florida has kind of decided to skip Spring this year and get right to summer.  Luckily for me, this is my last summer complaining about it because I'm moving across the country in two months where the weather is a different kind of animal entirely.  It has already gotten into the 90's here in Central Florida, so I've been reminiscing on the things we use to do at my old pre-school to keep the little ankle biters cool-ish.  The most popular outdoor summer activity, was by far, Tree Painting (a.k.a Tree Washing).  Stay with me here.

The rules were simple...  

  1. NO painting any of the playground climbing equipment...for slippery safety reasons.  
  2. NO painting yourself or any of your the parents didn't have to pick up muddy & wet children.

All you need is...

  • A few large buckets with water (light enough for them to carry around) and if you're REALLY nice, you could add a bunch of ice cubes
  • An assortment of large brushes and paint rollers that fit inside the buckets
  • (optional) Smocks - only if you insist on keep them as dry & dirt free as possible 
Paint/wash the tree trunks and any branches or leaves they can reach and that's all she wrote!  I'm not quite sure why this was SO MUCH FUN for them, but it was, AND it kept them from having pint sized heat strokes in the awful Florida summers.

Have fun & get messy!
:-)  Miss Jenna

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Binoculars & Telescopes

Take your Ankle Biters on an adventure!
Hi Friends!  Long time no blog....been super busy lately, but I'm back with this new tutorial in which I'll show you two different ways to construct fun binoculars and telescopes.  Both methods can be used for either.  The binocular tutorial is the way I'd do this project with a pre-school class.  Because project time may be limited and you may have a large class, I'd put together the base binoculars during my prep-time and let the children decorate them.  If you have an assistant or lots of project time, the children could absolutely do the construction themselves with a bit of help...they would look wonky and awesome.  The telescopes are less involved than the binoculars.  This method leaves the construction after the decoration, but both are easy.  In addition to the supply list and instructions, I'll provide some fun activities to go along with this craft project.  Here we go!

  • Paper towel & toilet paper rolls
  • Plain white drawing paper
  • Glue - rubber cement (if you are putting them together) or glue sticks
  • Drawing utensils - crayons, colored pencils or markers
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Stapler
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon or string

1.) Use two toilet paper rolls or cut a paper towel roll in half.
2.) Cut two lengths of paper long enough to cover the circumference of the of the rolls and wide enough that there is at least an inch extra on each side (you'll be tucking these in later)
3. & 4.) If using rubber cement, cover the rolls with the rubber cement and the whole page with a thin layer and let dry before putting them together (this is the trick).  It holds better and if you mess up, just pull the paper up and you'll be able to re-adhere without needing to re-apply more glue.  A glue stick woll totally work, I just happen to love rubber's one of my favorite things.
5.) Add the rolls to the center of the paper.
6.) Roll the tubes attaching them to the paper and trim any excess.
7.) Tuck in the paper on the sides.
8.) Add a line of glue to one of the tubes (optional...this is just for better hold)
9.) Press them together
10.) Staple the two tubes together where they meet in the center.
11.) Punch a hole on the outside of each tube (not too close to the end to avoid ripping).
12.) Tie the ends of the ribbon or string (measured to the appropriate length of the child, allowing them to easily put on over their head and take off) in the punched holes.
13.) Decorate. The end.

1.) If you are using legal sized white paper, you probably won't have to cut the paper towel roll down, but I just had regular sized printing paper, so I did.  Cut about an inch or inch and a half off the tip of the roll.  You'll want to have the extra paper on the sides (for tucking) just like the binoculars.
2.) Trim the paper lengthwise leaving enough to cover the circumference of the roll without having too much overlap (because you'll end up covering up some of the drawing).
3.) Have the children decorate the trimmed piece of paper.  Love my excellent drawing skills?  Yeah, me too.  I've somehow forgotten how to draw since college, but it was never really my strong suite to begin with.  Anyway, back to telescopes!
4.) Add some glue along the bottom of the backside of the drawing and attach the tube to the center of the paper (leaving extra paper on the sides to tuck in later).
5.) Add glue to the surface of the tube and roll it up adding more glue as you need it.
6.) Glue the bit of overlap and finish rolling the tube up in the paper.
Tuck in the edges of the paper and you are done.

All of these can be used as fun educational games or just plan ole pass the time games.  Use your imagination and have fun!
  • Play Eye Spy!
  • Hide a "treasure," make an X marks the spot map and be Pirates on a treasure hunt!
  • Place toy animals all over and go on Safari!
  • "Going on a Bear Hunt" - interactive song!  I use to do this with my pre-school classes and they LOVED IT.  Learn this's easy and repetitive and leaves room for ad-libbing.  Copy him or make it your own.  Commit to the hand gestures and body movement...sure it's great for their gross motor skills, but they'll think you are the most fun thing since bubbles and Elmo.  This is the original video below, but there are lots of version on YouTube for you to choose from.


Have fun & get messy!
Miss Jenna

Monday, March 14, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Fun

Hello Friends!

I came across this amazingly delish looking rainbow fruit platter on Gluesticks and simply had to share it.  It's a great activity for you to do with your ankle biters for a St. Patty's day party (or just to enjoy at home).  What kid wouldn't want to help make this?  I want to make this!  Check out the other projects that Brandy (of Gluesticks) has on that link as well.  Rainbow painting, pots of gold and leprechauns are a must for St. Patrick's Day crafts.  I dropped the ball on getting together some crafty ideas in time for this luck-filled holiday, so I'm resorting to sharing Brandy's with you instead.  There is a lot going on in my world right now...busy busy...  Enjoy!
Have fun & get messy!
Miss Jenna

Friday, March 11, 2011

Kid Talk

Do you need to laugh today, giggle or at least crack a smile?  Well my friends, do I have a treat for you! Today, I was looking through my huge scrapbook from my pre-school teaching days and I found the book ( that my Director (Miss Janet) printed out for me of all the wonderfully silly kid quotes that she and I collected and compiled throughout the years.  If you've ever been around pre-school aged children, you know that they can be funnier than the best professional comedians.  I mean...seriously...the way they butcher the English language is genius!  Whenever one of my little lovelies spouted a linguistic gem, I would write it down immediately...and I mean verbatim...specifically writing out the mis-spellings and marking inflection.  My little bits of paper gold would be placed in their special place on Janet's desk and a day or two later I'd hear her howl with laughter as she read through them all.  This was absolutely one of my favorite things about that job.  So without further ado, allow me to present the first batch of Kid Talk...

"I have a tadoo!" (tattoo)
"May name broke down."
"I cut it with sidders."
"I saw a apple-puss!" (octopus)
"Siesta is how you say New York in French." (huh?)
"Jimbo's are elephants!" (Dumbo's...I think)
"This is Farari Week." (safari week)
"Thank you very welcome!" (gotta love good maners!)
"He called me a BIG FAT!!!"
"A critter is a jumphopper."
"Turkeys go 'boggle-boggle'." (or...gobble-gobble?)
"I've been learning about Overhand Lincoln."
"Guys, your noise is giving me a fever!" (I feel your pain little one)
"I LOVE to do arting!" (art table)
"I stabbed my toe!"
"It's NOT a concept!" (contest)
"I can whistle backwards!"
"A bull shark even has HORNS!"
"Eskimos live in an Egg-Loo."
"A critter is a bug that crits around and crawls on legs."
"Do you know what color hair I have?  I'm blind!" (blonde)
"Oh, did I say I love you when it's Valence Day?"
"Lizards are echos."
"I've got my hand-shoes on!" (gloves on hands in the "shoe store" dramatic play area)
(talking about milking cows) "They squeeze the gutters!"
"I have pretty good taste bugs." (or buds)
"There was a REALLY mean wiggard!" (wizard)
"It was a big hungry know...REALLY big and hungry!" (???)
"Can I be the Pazoose?" (caboose)
(in a sing-song to eeny, meeny, miney, mo) "Catch a tiger by the mo."
"You be the monkey, okay?  Then you can be the monkey's uncle!" (yes, really. They were playing in the "pet hospital" dramatic play area)
"Chickens are very instershing...they go back and forth to find food...and when they come back with the food sometimes the make a friend! Sometimes it's a duck, they're not like chickens anymore!"

....aaand, your welcome.  :-)  I hope you all have a beautiful day and don't forget to have fun and get messy!
~ Miss Jenna ~

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Recycled Bottle Cap Glue Project

In my first blog post for Ankle Biter Art, I wrote about Process vs. Product in children's art.  To try to make it short and sweet, the process a child goes through in working with their hands and creating a piece of art (for example: getting tactilely involved with the supplies, experimenting and getting messy, working independently from start to finish) is SO much more important than the visual outcome of the artwork or 'product'.  It may not be a magnificent "fridge worthy" masterpiece or be anything recognizable to us adults with expectations.  It might be a downright glue puddle mess or have a hole worn through from too much paint....but these things don't matter, because in this creative freedom, a lot of learning happens.

So, Process vs. Product....and this project absolutely falls under 'process'.  It's not a "pretty" art project, but it's still a good one for several reasons.  One of them being that bottle caps are actually surprisingly difficult to recycle.  I had heard that before, so I did some quick research and found this helpful article that explains why.  I also incorporated sorting as part of the steps in accomplishing this project.  Simple sorting is an important component of early childhood science and math and a lot of pre-schools incorporate sorting activities into their curriculum.  "Simple sorting and classification are fundamental concepts that help children to organize their thinking about the real world."
  • A variety of bottle caps in different sizes - I collected my caps for a month or two and stashed them in the closet until I had enough.
  • Full strength white glue
  • Glue brushes
  • A really sturdy base - I used the stiff cardboard backing from a pad of Bristol board that I had, but you could also save your Styrofoam produce or meat trays (washed & dried).  They work really well and you get to do some more recycling!
  • Glitter (optional)

1.) Have the children sort the bottle caps by size
2.) Glue the caps to the base.  {TIP} The bottle caps adhere best if they are glued with the flat side down.  I recommend showing the children an example of this, otherwise you'll end up with bottle caps popping off very easily.  Whether or not they they follow the example is another story and if not, no biggie.  This is one of those freedom ("open ended" as we called it when I taught pre-school) projects.  Remember...PROCESS!  :-)
Sam did some nesting and built up while Molly kept her caps flat and singular.  I love to observe the difference in process between these two...age and personality play a big part, but I find it interesting.
3.) Glitter (optional) and let dry.  This project can sometimes take a LONG time to dry depending on how much love your ankle biter had for glue puddles, so keep them out of reach until they are completely dry, otherwise you might have a sad friend when it all falls apart. 
....and there you have it!  Have fun & get messy!
Miss Jenna

Friday, February 25, 2011

Spring Time Collage

This week all of the birds in my city started singing their feathers off...a friend said he felt like Julie Andrews walking out of his house to all of the chirping.  "The hilllllls are alive...."  The weather has also warmed up quite a bit here in Florida (to my great disappointment) and the other day my husband saw two cats gettin' busy in the middle of the street...wink wink, nudge nudge, know what I mean?  HELLO SPRING!

I was able to get together with my little Ankle Biter Art helpers today and I thought it only fitting to do Spring inspired collages.  We had a little conversation about Spring and had a brief lesson in collages....making a whole picture out of separate elements.

col*lage (noun)
a form of art in which various materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabric are arranged and stuck to a backing.

A few posts ago, I shared a few collage crafting tips, one of which was saving and cutting up empty tissue boxes.  These little bits of paper treasure were our principle paper sources for our collages.


  • Variety of collage papers - like magazine clippings, cut up tissue boxes, decorative scrapbook paper, wall paper scraps, paint swatches, etc...
  • Card stock weight paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Colored pencils
1.)  Adhere paper scraps to the card stock with the glue stick.
2.)  When the artist is satisfied with their composition, they can further decorate their picture with some colored pencils.
The End.  Easy peezy lemon squeezy.
Have fun, get messy and enjoy Spring!
Miss Jenna