After having fun experimenting last week with watercolour paint, salt and glue, I ended up with a lot of circles. That’s what happens when you get a new circle punch, and marvel at how it slices through paper and makes a perfect little circle every single time. To think I used to cut them by hand…This week’s paper garlands and creatures are all about helping you make use of those circles.
- circles made from Watercolour Paintings With Salt And Glue post
- white glue
- paint brush for applying glue
- construction paper
- sewing machine (optional)
- variety of decorative papers
- googly eyes (optional)
Instructions For Creatures
You’ll need the watercolour paper circles from last week’s project, glue and some construction paper as a base. If you need extra circles, you can cut some out from decorative papers. We used a couple of popular children’s books as inspiration for our creatures: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, and The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. I’m sure children will have no problem coming up with all sorts of wonderful creatures of their own.
Instructions For 3D Paper Garland
The first style of garland was found on Laurie Cinotto’s lalalaurie website, which is filled with the most beautiful paper crafts. Each component of this garland is made using six circles which are glued together. If younger children are making this, I would recommend a 2″ size circle and up. The 1″ size we worked with might be a bit challenging.
Watercolour paper is thick, which is why I alternated with 3 circles cut from lightweight decorative papers. Have children choose colours which work well together.
Fold each circle in half, with the painted image on the inside. Add glue to one half of one circle, and one half of another circle. Press the two halves together and hold between your fingers. Using a paint brush to add the glue makes it easy. Add a third circle with glue on one side and press together. Continue adding the rest by placing glue on one side at a time, until all six circles have been joined. Press well between your fingers. Adding the thread can be done at any point, but before the final two sides are joined together. The length of the thread will depend on how long you want the garland.
When making other components, add them onto the thread as shown in the photo below.
Continue until all components have been added, make a loop at the top, and find a fun place to hang it.
Instructions For Flat Garland
Circles for this garland will be viewed from both sides, so prior to cutting the circles, make sure you add some watercolour paint to the pack of your artwork. Salt can also be added, and removed once dry with a cloth or dry sponge. Don’t add glue to the back because it will be too thick to sew through if it’s on both sides. If you forgot to add the paint before cutting the circles, it’s not too late to add to each individual one.
These garlands require the use of a sewing machine, and involve sewing down the middle of each circle with a colourful thread. Leave a good length of thread at the top for hanging and making a loop. Continue until all the circles have been added.