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Origami Flower Balls

Origami Flower Balls






The Japanese art of origami always seems like a fitting thing to do at Christmas. It’s peaceful and calming, almost meditative to work on, and it makes a beautiful decoration when finished!  As with many origami projects, this unique hanging ornament looks much more difficult than it is. It’s really just the same simple sequence repeated over and over […]






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Easy DIY Handmade Envelopes to fit any size card!

Easy DIY Envelopes to Fit Any Size Card

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to share this super-easy DIY envelope you can make to fit any size card! How many times have you or your students created a wonderful hand-made card for Valentine’s Day (or Christmas, Birthday, Mother’s Day, etc.) and then delivered it in an envelope that didn’t fit correctly, […]

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Nativity Painting by Gerard Van Honthorst, 1622

Light Has Come!






Religious paintings were a favorite subject of the Old Masters (trained European painters who worked between the mid 1400’s to the early 1800’s). In paintings from this time period, Jesus was often depicted with a glowing light that would radiate out from him. This example of the Nativity (or birth) of Christ by Dutch artist […]






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Christmas Project Collection

Christmas Project Collection






Need a fun art project for the last few days before Christmas break? Follow these links to some of my favorites! (Faux) Stained Glass Ornaments Origami Crane Ornaments Japanese Notan Ornaments Christmas Word Clouds Kindergarten Stars Jacob’s Ladder Icicles Folded Paper Stars Candy Cane-O-Grams Art Gift Wrap  Merry Christmas!  






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Student gluing sections of star together

Christmas in July! Folded Paper Stars with Symmetry






These hanging stars are a hit year after year with my 4th graders. You can make these in any size you want…. the size of the squares you start with will determine the size of your finished stars. (When I teach this lesson, I use 12″ squares in two different colors to demonstrate the folding and gluing […]






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Origami crane ornament

Christmas in July! Origami Crane Ornaments






Students love to bring home these exquisite origami cranes to hang on their Christmas tree! I make these with my 5th & 6th graders, and even though this is not a beginner level project, every year I have at least one student with a passion for origami who already knows how to make them! While these cranes are challenging, they’re […]






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Jacob's Ladder Icicle Ornament steps

Christmas in July! “Jacob’s Ladder” Icicles






I like to have each of my classes make a special ornament for Christmas each year. Here’s an easy paper icicle that’s fun for 1st grade and up. Once students get the hang of it, they’ll be making these as fast as you can cut the paper! This project is a little more craft-like than […]






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