The Art Dream Enamel Pin
I am so happy to introduce an original enamel pin designed by me, The Art Dream’s unicorn logo! It is a beautiful combination of purple and blue hues gradually changing across the body of this geometric, majestic animal. The supply of this pin is limited so get yours today! Find it in the shop here at The Art Dream!
Enamel pins are so trendy these days and there are some really clever designs out there, I think I’m going to get into creating a collection for myself! If you’d like to do the same then start here with this super cool enamel pin. Find it in the shop along with my original printable designs as well.
These enamel pins come with a butterfly clasp in the back and are designed on a silver backing with silver details. Each pin features ten different colors all working together to create this beautiful unicorn! I think I’m going to pin mine to my ties and use them as tie clips!
Of course you can wear your pin on your lapel, hats, backpack, the strap of a bag or any other accessory you’d like. Be sure to check out the shop to get your hands on a fun, unique pin like this!
Fire Breathing Dragon Tube Craft
Go on an epic journey with this fire breathing dragon craft! Use a cardboard tube as the frame for this fiery guy. Dragons are a totally “in” thing right now and they are one mythical creature you don’t want to mess with, however you can download and print your very own friendly pet dragon right here in the shop at The Art Dream! Add your own orange, yellow and red tissue paper to create the illusion of a mighty fire being exhaled from this super cool craft!
Kids will love running around pretending their arm is the body of a fierce dragon while his hot fire brings doom to all of the bad guys. I especially love the horns on the top of his head they really bring this craft to life. If you like this project then check out some of my other printables in the shop! I’m also going to give you a super quick tutorial on how to put this craft together in this post! You’ll just need a few simple materials.
Step 1. Print out the dragon printable on white cardstock paper and cut out all of the pieces with scissors or a craft knife.
Step 2. Construct the horns, score all of the lines with a craft knife or you can use something like a popsicle stick or the corner of a credit card. Scoring helps tremendously when folding small flaps and executing fine details. Glue the flap to the corresponding side.
Step 3. Prepare your streamers however you wish, mine are tissue paper but you can use ribbon, yarn or even wrapping paper. Glue the streamers to the back of the dragon printable, be sure to use the side with the mouth.
Step 4. Wrap the dragon around a toilet tube and secure with glue or a stapler.
Step 5. Glue on the horns and bend the crown horns upward as well.
Be sure to share with me how your dragon turned out in the comments below! And if you love this dragon check out his icy friend and my adorable unicorn printables as well, hope you all have a great time crafting and creating!
Simba Cardboard Tube Craft Printable
He’s a mighty king for sure, Simba the brave lion is a tube craft printable for you to make in your own pride lands. It’s so easy and so fun, just download, print, cut and glue! Have you guys seen the new Lion King remake movie? I haven’t yet but the cinematography looks stunning, it’s truly amazing what they can do with visual effects. I really do love that Disney is giving classic animated movies a makeover for younger generations to marvel at and appreciate but despite these efforts my heart will always be with the original creations. The original animated movies have such charisma and beauty that I don’t think is possible to improve on. So, here’s young Simba as he appeared in 1994.
This craft is so easy to put together you barely need directions, but I will give you the details anyway. I really hope that you all enjoy making this project as much as I have. It’s always exciting to experience the process of creating something like this because when you make art from scratch you never really know what the final outcome will be. Will it be a flop? Will it be just “OK”? Or will it be a hit? Who knows, what I know is that I get such an indescribable feeling in my heart when I’ve created something that I think children and all people will love.
So please enjoy and be sure to share your outcome as well!
You’ll need just a few things to get started, first my printables which you can download in this post below the materials list.
Please right click the file and save it to your computer before printing. If you are having trouble with the printed size of the image, make sure that you select "fit to page" or "print actual size" in your printer options window. Do not print from the open window of your internet browser after clicking on the file, your printout will be very tiny!
Step 1. I suggest printing out the files on white cardstock paper, it is stronger and durable. Then cut out all of the shapes with scissors or adults can use a craft knife. Kids can simply cut out the shapes very loosely, it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Step 2. Wrap the large rectangular piece around a toilet tube and secure with glue or you can use a stapler.
Step 3. Glue on the details as you like.
And the circle of life is complete! How did your Simba turn out? Isn’t he the cutest? I think so. Let me know how your projects turned out in the comments below!
Felt Pencil Pillow
Pencil pillows are always welcome in the classroom, who says you and the kids can’t be comfy? I replicated this pillow from this year’s Target dollar spot and I think I nailed it! Ok, so just like all the other teachers out there this time of year, I am beyond excited to be off for the summer but as soon as the stores put out their back to school stuff I can’t help but get exited! For the past couple years the Target dollar spot hasn’t disappointed, they really have some fun, useful and cool stuff, yep I’m a sucker for it. This year they have a pencil pillow for sale but I haven’t been able to find it so I thought why don’t I make my own and share how I did so.
I’ve also collaborated with the wonderful Trixi Symonds over at colouredbuttons.com for Sew a Softie month! It’s July and it’s time for you to pick up a needle and thread and learn how to make some simple stitches. You can learn a whole lot from Trixi because she’s the expert, check out this link as well... sewasoftie.com. Sew a Softie month is a campaign to encourage kids and their parents or teachers to make more art involving sewing, and for me this will alway be one of my favorites to make with my art classes! The kids really learn a unique skill, it helps them focus, stay on task and become better problem solvers on their own.
So on behalf of Sew a Softie month I’ve put together this pencil pillow tutorial, you’ll be needing a few things including my pencil pattern which you can download in this post below.
Step 1. Fist you’ll have to decide how big you’d like your pillow, mine is about 18”x7.25”. My pattern is designed to print on 8.5”x11” paper so you will have to enlarge it if you’d like but it’s a very simple pattern and shouldn’t be an issue to just freehand your own pattern on a large piece of paper.
Step 2. Cut out your pattern and attach it to your felt, I like to just staple it but you can pin it if you like. Then cut out your shapes with fabric scissors they work best. Be sure to cut two layers of the large yellow piece.
Step 3. Next prepare your needle and thread with the embroidery floss. Use a running stitch to attach all of your pieces to the top layer of yellow felt only. Be sure to stitch on the seems that are inside the shape, don’t stitch the edges.
Step 4. Stitch on any other details you’d like, then stitch all around the edges, I used a blanket stitch for this, it’s much stronger and looks nice too. Leave an opening at the end to stuff with fiber fill.
Step 5. Fill your pillow and stitch up the remainder and bam! You have a cute little pencil lumbar pillow!
Have you found everything you wanted from the Target dollar spot? Did you make one of my felt pillow projects? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
Plush Felt Mermaid Tail
Hello everyone and welcome to the summer season, I’m celebrating with FinFunMermaid.com to bring you this felt, plush mermaid tail! Sewing and stitching is such a great summer activity to do with the kids and it will definitely keep them busy and entertained.
How cute is this green and teal mermaid tail, make it any size you'd like using my template, it'll be a great addition to any under the sea themed celebration. You could even turn this little tail into a key chain!
Making little stuffed plush projects is a lot of fun and it’s a truly unique way to make art, I highly recommend trying this type of activity, you don’t need a whole lot of materials either. So get your felt and try a new project today!
I’ve partnered with Fin Fun Mermaid and created this special project inspired by their fun, real mermaid tails you could wear in the pool! Just check out my template and see my video tutorial below for full instructions on how I put this felt project together.
Here’s what you’ll need.
Be sure to check out FinFunMermaid.com for fun accessories and super cool gadgets for summer fun in the pool! Also, share the felt projects you've made, I'd love to hear all about it in the comments below!
Felt Donut Stuffed Plush
Felt donuts... or is it doughnuts? Hm whichever one, these sweet confections are sure to satisfy your craving for a sugary treat! See my quick video tutorial and directions on how to make your own felt plush donut in this post!
Hello there everyone, it’s been a while, I have to say that lately I’ve been in a creative blog, project, art making slump but I’m back with these awesome felt foods. This time I’m sewing again with my students and surprisingly they are really into it, it’s kind of cool seeing teenagers (yes, I teach high school now) all staying engaged and working nicely on making a felt food! We also took inspiration from Lucy Sparrow a fantastic U.K. artist who’s made thousands of felt plush projects by hand, it’s incredible, check her out!
So these days I’m teaching High School but it doesn’t stop me from doing fun, interactive and creative projects like this with teenage students. It does seem as if they enjoy it, don’t quote me though. Even if at the end of the day a student feels like “what’s the point of this?” or “this is dumb” or “this isn’t for me” at least I know that through these feelings they’re at least learning some fundamental skills like how to do a simple stitch, which might come in handy one day, ya never know! Plus they are learning some problem solving skills and just some basic concepts about assembling materials to achieve a final product, most of which comes incidentally. So if you’re having second thoughts about teaching felt, stuffed foods to the older kids then don’t worry, they’re going to like it a lot! Most of them anyway! Haha
Ok, so my tutorial video below was rather long so I sped it up quite a bit, it gives you a quick overview on how to make one of these donuts. There are also tons of other resources on the web for you to reference as well so feel free to add your own tricks to these kinds of projects. My friend Trixi over at colouredbuttons.com is a wiz at sewing and she has some great tutorials if you’d like to get started there on learning how to sew.
Step 1. First decide what you want to make, it doesn’t even have to be a donut, could be any food or an animal perhaps. Then create a pattern out of paper. The pattern for a donut is probably the most simple, it’s just a circle with a smaller circle in the middle. Use the donut pattern to help you make a separate pattern for the frosting. I also suggest avoiding small or narrow details when designing your felt plush, they’re difficult to work with.
Step 2. I like to staple my patterns to the felt so they don’t move while I’m cutting them out, you of course can use pins to keep your pattern in place if you have them. Pins are not an option for me in the classroom, a staple or two works fine and they barely effect the felt.
Step 3. Be sure you have the correct number of layers! So for the donut I need two layers of the cream colored felt, these two layers get stitiched together and the fiber filling goes in between. You also need a layer of felt for the frosting which gets stitiched to the top layer of cream colored felt first.
Step 4. Stitch on sprinkles in several different colors using the running stitich. Don’t forget to stitch on the frosting as well along the edges.
Step 5. Stitch the two layers of cream colored felt around the perimeter using the blanket stitch, it’s much more secure and visually it looks nicer.
Step 6. Stuff your donut with fiber filling before stitching the donut closed, then complete the stitching to seal the opening.
Enjoy making your felt foods, I hope you make lots of fun desserts! Remember to share your ideas and creations with me here at The Art Dream!
Cookie Cutter Clay Unicorns
So have you worked with Model Magic yet? If not then definitely start here with these easy to make unicorns using a cookie cutter! If you like the one I used then check it out here at Sweetapolita. This is such a fun way to keep the magic of the holidays alive and going because who really wants to let go? I don’t! So make a whole tray of these (just don’t eat ‘em) and get them decorated to give out to friends and family. Kids will also love making these at home or in the classroom.
I’ve also worked with RedTedArt.com on Maggy’s “31 Days of Love” crafting extravaganza to bring you these little clay uni’s, you can see the post there along with a bunch of other wonderful crafts made by some talented artists and crafters.
If you’re looking for a great art material to work with then definitely try Model Magic by Crayola I’ve raved about it before and I will again, it’s very versatile, clean and easy to work with. Grab your favorite art materials and the kids to get them started on creating their own unicorn pet. They will also make great Valentine’s for the whole class.
Step 1. First choose your clay, I love Model Magic by Crayola, it’s soft and malleable while being super clean for projects at home.
Step 2. Roll out your clay on a smooth, flat surface, try to keep it even like you would for cookie dough.
Step 3. Press your cookie cutter firmly into your clay, remove the excess first and then carefully remove the clay shape from the cookie cutter.
Step 4. Allow your clay to dry before painting, typically 24 hours is sufficient enough.
Step 5. Brush your entire unicorn with glue and sprinkle on super fine glitter. Then add a chunky glitter to details like the horn, mane and tail.
Step 6. If you’d like you can make a hole (for hanging) in your clay by using a plastic straw or you can glue on a magnet to the back.
Enjoy making your clay unicorns, be sure to get creative in the way you use them, perhaps glue them to the front of a card, hang them from a small tree, glue a magnet to the back to put on the fridge or simply put them on display. Also, be sure to share your creations with me in the comments below!
Paper Lantern Inspired by Enduring Issues
This paper lantern is a symbol for finding the light in the face of darkness. My students are focusing on conflicts that we have faced time and time again. Make a beautiful lantern with glowing images that have meaning and purpose. Lanterns have also always been one of my favorite things. They have been around for millenniums and have really become a symbol for hope and change.
We as and nation and throughout the world have always faced challenges but I feel like now more than ever these challenges should be things of the past. It really is sad to see that “enduring issues” are a topic for every social studies, government or history classes. What makes an issue “enduring”, well it’s the fact that there never was a solution. If we can’t come to an agreement on something like racism, then what are we doing? I suppose the question is why? And how do we ever get to a place where “enduring issues” just become a matter of the past?
For this project I used my Cricut machine and a simple lantern pattern which you can find on the system if you search “lantern”. I cut it out as big as I could using the 12”x24” mat. I drew four images on a transparent piece of paper. You could use something like vellum or even tracing paper then add color with markers or colored pencils. Cut or trim your images if you have to in order to glue them into the frames of the lantern. Then, assemble the lantern and place a flameless tea light candle inside!
The subjects you choose to depict are of course totally up to you, I have chosen to show balance of power, civil rights, environmental issues and gun violence.
Take a close look at how I’ve assembled this project in the video below. I hope you guys enjoy it!
Halloween Model Magic Sculptures
It is Halloween time again folks, my all time favorite! And I’ve recently been obsessed with molding Model Magic by Crayola. This clay like material is so versatile and fun to work with, it’s very malleable and the best part is that it’s super clean, so you can let the kids make art with it at the table or in the classroom without the mess that’s made from other clays. Here I’m going to show you a few examples of the spooky Halloween sculptures I’ve made. However, I didn’t make photo tutorials for these but I will tell you all about ‘em!
Above is this chic and scary scene, I think I went a little modern spooky on this one and I’m so happy with how it turned out. So don’t forget that Model Magic works great in molds. You can of course buy silicone molds online but I went to the dollar store and bought hollow plastic decorations like skulls and pumpkins too. The plastics are cheap and thin enough to cut with an Exacto knife or craft knife so that they can be used as molds. Ice trays are also fantastic for molding Model Magic and creating your own sculptures.
The frames are a silicone mold I bought on Amazon, they are great and came in a set of 7. After you press the Model Magic into your molds just pop them out and let them dry overnight. The Model Magic doesn’t fully harden for at least a week or two but you can start painting the next day. Paint the Model Magic with craft paint and embellish how you’d like. For my skull above I glued on some plastic gems!
Check out my photos below for a quick look at the rest of the materials I used!
Check out this guy laying exposed in his grave, poor soul! Ok so for this guy I casted my own mold using something called mold gel. The skeleton is one of the little plastic decorations you find in the dollar store. You mix the mold gel according to the directions, pour it into a small, deep tray or receptacle and then place the plastic toy/decoration or whatever it is you want to cast into the mold gel, let it dry then pop the plastic figure out, the remaining result is a mold very similar to a store bought silicone mold. You can then use it to create your sculptures. The tombstone and pumpkin were molded from an ice cube tray.
I just love this little spooky scene! It’s like a complete piece of Halloween heaven! Oh and I’ve also added some glow in the dark paint to this sculpture for a bit more of Halloween magic!
Definitely the most gruesome of them all is this zombie head. I took one of the larger plastic skulls from the dollar store, cut it in half and used it as a mold. After I had my skull I added Model Magic features like, eyes, ears and a nose. This helped it to look less like a skull and more like a zombie’s face. All of the details help too like the flaps of skin, lips and some texture like forehead lines and the holes in the chin. Some great tools to use for sculpting are plastic palette knives and toothpicks!
Be creative and have fun, Halloween is also about imperfections so remember that your sculptures don’t have to be perfect!
Halloween Tree & Treetopia Giveaway
Ever since I was a kid I could always remember being absolutely enchanted by Halloween, there is such a fascinating magic about it's uniqueness and the traditions we’ve grown to love. I truly love this time of year and kind of wish it would last forever!
I’ve partnered with Treetopia.com to create this mysterious black Halloween tree which really brings that feeling of the spooky season into the room, the orange lights, the skeletons, pumpkins and paper houses all compliment this fantastic Halloween tree. In this post I’m going to share with you a few things, one, my cute little Halloween paper houses which you can find in the shop here at The Art Dream! And two, this awesome giveaway presented by Treetopia!
Ok, so for the giveaway, just visit me on Instagram for all of the rules and to enter, the prize is a $100.00 gift card for Treetopia! Good luck and Happy Halloween!
I just love these little paper haunted houses for Halloween, I think they hold such importance for the season because without our loving neighborhoods where would the kids go trick or treating? These houses are a symbolic reference to the neighborhood we love all haunted and ready for Halloween! Houses play such a pivotal role in our communities, they’re our homes and where all of the memories of Halloween are made. I’ve created many of these houses over the years and this time they’ve ended up on my Treetopia tree as ornaments. If you like these paper haunted houses then you can find them in the shop here at The Art Dream!
I’ll show you how I’ve added the bases and bottle brush trees as well as how to construct the houses themselves!
Take a look at my video tutorial for constructing these houses, it seems complicated but it’s really fun to do and so rewarding when they’re all finished!
If you’d like to turn them into ornaments for your Halloween tree then check out my photo tutorial below.
Step 1. Cut out equal numbers of both cardboard and black cardstock paper circles at about 3 1/2 inches.
Step 2. Paint your bottle brush trees like candy corns with craft paint, let them dry while you work on the rest of the project.
Step 3. Spread tacky glue evenly on the cardboard circles and glue on a black circle.
Step 4. Spread glue on top of the black circle and sprinkle on glitter, allow the circles to dry well. You can even sandwich them in a book to be sure they dry nice and flat.
Step 5. Lastly, hot glue your houses to the base along with your bottle brush trees. Glue on string or ribbon for hooks. Add whatever other details you’d like!
If you want to check out the tree I used in this post then just visit this link here to Treetopia!
I'm John, an artist and art educator. The Art Dream is here to spark creativity and inspire the little artist inside of you!
Ice Dragon Head Printable
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Mermaid Tube Craft Printable
Who would dream about the world above the sea when you could dream about the world that is under the sea, where such beautiful creatures like this mermaid must exist! Don't they? I've started your journey of crafting this beautiful sea creature, it's up to you to add magical hair and dress up her fins!
NEW Unicorn Head Tube Craft Printable
This makes my third style change for my super magical unicorn head toilet tube craft! This version truly represents the whimsical nature of these mystical creatures. Add your own colorful streamers to make this easy tube craft printable!