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Hand-Made Envelopes

Kids love to make hand-made greet­ing cards for hol­i­days, but most of these cards don’t fit into con­ven­tional envelopes. Here is an easy way to make your own envelopes, and even add a liner to make them extra-special! To Make an Enve­lope: 1. Lay your card diag­o­nally on a square of paper that is a […]

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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 9” paper […]

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Box Fold” Pop-Up Cards

The vari­a­tions are end­less for cre­at­ing cards with a fun pop-up fea­ture! You can eas­ily change the “heart” ele­ment in this design to make cards for any hol­i­day or spe­cial occa­sion. Try putting sev­eral pages together to make your own pop-up book! To Make a Box Fold Pop-Up: Begin with two sheets of 9” x […]

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Stained Glass” Ornaments

Don’t miss this FUN project.… it’s a hit year after year!!  Stu­dents in grade 3 and up will love spread­ing Christ­mas cheer when they hang these glow­ing orna­ments on their tree or tie them on pack­ages to give as gifts. All you need is black con­struc­tion paper, tis­sue paper in bright col­ors, scis­sors and glue sticks.… […]

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Candy Cane-O-Grams

Spe­cial thanks to Erica for being my “hand model” on this project! It’s Decem­ber, and that means it’s time for some hol­i­day projects!This “Candy Cane-O-Gram” is a favorite project year after year. It may look like an ordi­nary paper candy cane, but it con­tains a spe­cial hid­den mes­sage for it’s recip­i­ent! Once kids make their […]

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Paper Sculpture Inspired by Alexander Calder

This won­der­ful sculp­ture was cre­ated at my last Teacher Work­shop.… I don’t know who to give credit to, so if this is yours, please let me know!Alexan­der Calder (1898–1976) was an Amer­i­can artist who was born into a fam­ily of artists and sculp­tors and became one of the 20th century’s most influ­en­tial mod­ern artists. He […]

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Matisse-Inspired Collage

When Matisse was elderly and too weak to stand at his easel, he began mak­ing col­lages with cut paper, which he called “draw­ing with scis­sors”. Henri Matisse, a French artist (1869–1953) known for his orig­i­nal­ity and strong use of color, was one of the most impor­tant artists of the 20th cen­tury and a leader in […]

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