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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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Valentine Color Mixing - Paint 100 Hearts!

Valentine Color Mixing – Paint 100 Hearts!

With Valentines Day (and the ‘100th Day of School’) just around the corner, I thought I’d post this heart-themed version of my ‘Mixing 100 Colors’ lesson! Mixing the colors and then painting hearts requires a little longer attention span, so I’ve found that 4th grade and up does best with this version. But younger students […]

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366 Hearts on Facebook

366 Hearts

If you’re looking for inspiration for Valentine’s Day, look no further than 366 Hearts!  I just learned of this project and stayed up half the night being inspired with new ideas to try. You’ll find creative hearts combined with meaningful quotes for every day of the year. Talented artist, Hazel McNab, has challenged herself to create a new […]

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Valentine Op-Art

This lesson was inspired by an Artsonia project I LOVED on Pinterest.  I knew that the boys in my 5th grade class were not going to go for the traditional valentine project this year, so adding a heart to an Op-Art hand drawing seemed like the perfect compromise!   I’ve done this project a few times […]

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Valentine Color Mixing

You can mix a “tint” of any color just by adding white to it. Painting with tints lends itself well to Valentine projects, like this colorful card made from a 12?x18? painting folded in half. 1. First, place a “quarter-size” amount of red, yellow and turquoise tempera paint on a paper plate. (I like to […]

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Cut Paper Symmetry “Pop-Out” Card

This is a fun card to make for any occasion… just vary the colors you use and the shapes you cut to suit the holiday or theme! The pop-out feature inside (see below) is an added bonus! Front of Card: 9” x 12” construction paper (this will form the “base” of your card) 3” x […]

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