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Quilled Paper Designs

  Quilling, also known as paper fil­i­gree, is an art form that involves rolling and glu­ing thin strips of paper into var­i­ous shapes and arrang­ing them to form designs. Quilled paper designs can be very sim­ple or as com­plex as you have the dex­ter­ity and patience for! The art of quilling dates back to the Renais­sance when French […]

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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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Christmas Cards for Veterans

4th grade “JOY” by Jacob For our school-wide Thanks­giv­ing project, we decided to show our thanks to some very spe­cial peo­ple…  My K through 7th grade stu­dents have been busy mak­ing Christ­mas cards for Vet­er­ans, to spread some Christ­mas cheer and let these men and women know they are loved and appre­ci­ated!  The hun­dreds of cards […]

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Easy Envelopes for Handmade Cards

It’s easy to make cus­tom envelopes for your hand­made cards — per­fect for those non-traditional sizes!  You can get cre­ative with unique papers and dec­o­ra­tive lin­ers, too.  Kids will catch on quick since they don’t even need to mea­sure their paper.… they just need to under­stand the con­cept of start­ing with a square that’s a […]

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Recycled Magazine Flowers

Here is another unique project that we used for Mother’s Day cards, but would be fun to do any­time! I saw this fea­tured on the One Pretty Thing site, from Fam­ily Fun. My 5th graders had a blast mak­ing these (even the boys, who usu­ally resist any­thing to do with flow­ers!) and it gave me […]

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3D” Flower Collage

My 2nd graders used these whim­si­cal flow­ers for their Mother’s Day cards this year, but you could also make a col­or­ful gar­den pic­ture while teach­ing the con­cepts of sym­me­try and lay­er­ing. Attach­ing the blos­soms with lay­ers of dou­ble stick foam tape gives a fun 3D effect that unfor­tu­nately doesn’t show up well in this picture! […]

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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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