Tissue Box & Cardboard Tube Ice Castle
I’m no stranger to building castles from cardboard tubes but I usually make them big and fancy. Here’s a version that’s very doable for you and the little ones! You can easily put a fun castle like this together, no problemo, just follow my photo tutorial and you’ll be well on your way to making a castle everyone will admire!
Visit RedTedArt to see the full tutorial!
Isn’t this castle a beaut’, I used crushed up cds to make the base, it makes for a beautiful reflective surface perfect for replicating a cold, icy texture!
Add some fairy lights for an extra touch of shimmer! Kids will definitely be entranced. If you’d like to see how I made this castle then follow the link here! Or click on one of the images!
Remember, your castle doesn’t have to be an ice castle it can be inspired by spring or any other season, maybe it’s a candy castle or a heart castle, maybe it’s a sea castle or a castle in the sky! Let your imagination run wild!
Shark Oaxacan Animal Sculpture
This Oaxacan animal sculpture is pretty fierce and bold with his bright purple hues! Be sure to go wild when selecting your color palette to create a memorable three dimensional piece of artwork! These sculptures are also known for their patterns and exaggerated features like tails, ears, antlers and fins. If you haven’t done so then check out these fantastic sculptures for yourself, you’ll be amazed at the intricate designs and the beautiful craftsmanship.
I really do enjoy making these fantastic creatures because the possibilities are endless. Choose your favorite animal and put your own spin on the design. Oaxacan animal sculptures are some of the most beautiful sculptures I’ve ever seen, my iterations don’t even compare! However, that doesn’t stop me from creating my own collection of beauties!
The armature (skeleton underneath) is literally made up of garbage, ok not the kind you throw in the trash can but the kind you could. Empty cardboard tubes make for a great place to start, then you just tape on crumpled up pieces of paper with masking tape to create the features like arms, legs, tail etc.
A great tip is to use cone shapes, roll up a piece of paper like a cone, trim if necessary and tape to your tube. Cones make great legs and tails like the one I made for my shark.
Tape on all of your details like fins and ears. Then papier-mâché the entire sculpture like a mummy, I use a simple mixture of water and glue. Dip strips of newspaper into the mixture and get to wrapping, two layers is enough but if you want it to be super strong and a little thicker go for more layers. Let it dry well then paint to your heart’s content!
Be sure to add lots of patterns too, this really helps make your sculpture look more interesting!
Icy Breath Dragon Head Printable
This beautiful ice dragon is in complete contrast to my fiery dragon, it’s icy breath will leave the strongest of enemies frozen in time! How cool is this fierce ice dragon blowing it's blustery blast of snow! It’s such a synch to make too! Just add your own streamers to create that amazing frosty breath.
Find this printable in the shop along with my other original printables!
Who doesn’t love a super cold dragon like this, it’s so fun to play pretend with a mystical, mythical creature. It’s very easy to make as well. First you’ll need to get this download from the shop here at The Art Dream! You’ll also need just a few materials that you probably already have at home.
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.
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.
The kids will have a total blast blowing into the toilet tube to make the streamers fly! I’m guilty of doing this myself again and again!
Oaxacan Inspired Papier-mâché Animal Sculpture
Have you seen the beautiful and uniquely designed Oaxacan animal sculptures? They are incredible and certainly deserve a looking at if you appreciate cultural art! These sculptures are created in Oaxaca, Mexico and were originally born from an artist named Pedro Linares who had dreams about these fantastical creatures. He decided to bring them to life many years ago and many artists have created their own interpretations since then.
Here I’ve created a creature inspired by a deer or stag with his large and beautiful antlers.
Oaxacan animal sculptures are brightly colored, have many patterns and lots of their features are exaggerated such as their tails, hooves, snouts and ears. You really have to do a google search to see all of these incredible sculptures, they are carved from wood too and it’s just amazing how smooth and beautiful they turn out.
I also love making these with my students, there’s so many possibilities, they learn how to papier-mâché and it’s such a fantastic hands on project that keeps everyone engaged and excited. We first construct the armature with toilet tubes, scrap paper, newsprint paper and masking tape. I then make a glue and water mixture, we dip strips of newspaper into the mixture and then cover the entire armature like a mummy. Lastly it’s time to paint and add details!
This is a great project that targets many skills and touches upon an aspect of Mexican culture, there’s so much for students and children to learn from creating a magical creature like this. Have your kids or students give their animal a name it’ll really bring the character to life and make it all the more special!
Valentine’s Day Butterfly Pencil Topper
Looking for a quick last minute Valentine’s Day craft project to give to the whole class? These fluttering butterflies are perfection, kids will love seeing them wiggle around as they write! I worked with Aleene’s glue to make this cute pencil topper and it’s so easy to make you could totally hand out a bunch of these for V-day, such a great alternative to those store bought impersonal Valentine’s. A handmade touch makes them so much more special and each one will be unique!
Pipe cleaners are really a staple when it comes to crafting you just have to know which crafts to use them for, they aren’t the best to be glued down. Pipe cleaners are best used when bent and wrapped around something or used all by themselves. They work great for twisting around pencils or even pens to create a fancy, fun topper!
Visit Aleene’s to see the full video tutorial and a list of materials for creating this craft yourself and with the kids!
So pretty and super fun! I love how the tissue paper fills in the spaces on the butterfly wings. I used a paper punch for the little butterflies and let me tell you, kids LOVE using those paper punches. There’s a little thrill you get when the punch pierces the paper and then you lift the punch away to reveal that perfectly cut out shape! It really is a split moment of magic, to see the look on a child’s face after they see how awesome and fun it is to cut a shape this way. I definitely reccomend investing in some paper craft punches, especially the basic shapes, you will use them ALL the time!
I hope you all enjoy your Valentine’s Day, make lots of fun things!
Valentine’s Day Snow Globe
Who says a snow globe is just for winter? Why not make your own magical globe for Valentine’s Day? Use some leftover holiday supplies to make this charming scene! I happened to pick up those mini bottle brush trees and the little plastic deer at the craft store right after Christmas, they were on clearance for only a few dollars so really it was a steal. I figured why not make a snow globe Valentine’s inspired using these materials, and I’m pretty happy about how it came out, it think it’s pretty sweet and would certainly make a nice gift. Kids will also surely love making a snow globe like this too!
I put together a video tutorial for this gem right here at The Art Dream, take a look at it below but first, here’s what you’ll need...
Step 1. Paint your bottle brush trees with an all purpose paint. Let them dry really well because you don’t want the wet paint to mix with the water or your snow globe will be ruined.
Step 2. Cut a pice of styrofoam to fit the inside lid, paint it and let it dry well also.
Step 3. Hot glue the styrofoam to the lid then hot glue on your trees and figurines.
Step 4. Fill your jar about 3/4 of the way and add about 2 tablespoons of glycerine and glitter of your choice.
Step 5. Place the lid in the jar and add more water if needed!
Mini Felt Flower Wreath
Felt flowers last so much longer than real ones, plus they show off the everlasting love you have for that special someone! It’s so simple to make a beautiful felt wreath. I partnered with Aleene’s glue on this project, they make a wonderful fabric glue called Fabric Fusion and it holds the felt together incredibly! Fabric Fusion is also a great alternative to hot glue especially when working with young children. I know how frustrating glueing felt could be so definitely check out this glue if you’re looking for something strong to hold your felt projects together!
Using felt to create your Valentine’s Day projects and giveaways is such a great choice because you know they’ll have a little bit (or a lot of bit) haha, more life to them than traditional paper crafts. It’ll be something you can keep around for spring or pull out again year after year for decorating. I especially love felt projects because they hold up better in storage and they won’t break when mishandled. So think about swapping that craft paper for felt once in a while.
To see more of this craft visit Aleene’s to get the full video tutorial along with a list of materials!
Puffy Heart Printable Craft
Puff, puff these hearts beat right off the page. I make it easy for you and the kids to make the most lovable hearts for Valentine’s Day! Just print, cut and fold these easy 3D hearts! It can’t really get much more fun than this, you’ll get two different sized hearts with this free printable to make your own Valentine’s for giving out this year!
The possibilities are endless with this cute little template, make cards or mailboxes, glue them to gift bags or mount them in a shadow box for a quick Valentine’s Day decoration. Just download the free printable below and get started on blowing someone’s mind or melting their heart! Be sure to take a look at my quick video tutorial as well! Hope you guys have fun! Can’t wait to see all of the wonderful things you come up with!
If you like this printable be sure to check out more of my original designs in the shop!
Step 1. Print out the template on colored cardstock.
Step 2. Cut the hearts out with a scissor or craft knife, be sure to leave all of the flaps intact.
Step 3. Decorate your hearts as you wish, add glitter, crumpled tissue paper or even stamps on your hearts.
Step 4. Fold the flaps back and fold the center. Glue the smallest flap to its corresponding side to close the heart.
Step 5. Use the bigger flaps to glue down to your paper or background.
Tube Craft Characters with Flower Tops
Use some fresh flowers this season to warm up those winter blues! Flower top character planters are the perfect little companions for little kids and adults too! These guys also make great Valentine’s day giveaways. I teamed up with OOLY.com to bring you these fun flower heads, just check it out for yourself. There are so many possibilities with this fun and easy craft, use all different kinds of flowers to create a mini floral arrangement perfect to give to that special Valentine!
Visit OOLY.com to find a tutorial on how I’ve made these flower top characters, I even used a piece of wet floral foam inside to keep the flowers fresh for a bit. I also love the white gel marker on black paper look, it gives this craft that vintage feeling!
Try all different kinds of flowers with all different kinds of funny faces! I bet the kids can come up with some fantastic things!
Tissue Paper Collage Project
Making a tissue paper collage is a must do project, it’s fun, easy and always comes out beautiful! Check out two holiday illustrations I made using the bleeding tissue paper technique. There’s just something magical about the way the colors naturally blend after getting wet, the results are truly amazing, you’re not going to want to stop staring at the finished works of art. This technique can be done as simple or as intricate as you’d like, either way you’ll want to make this project over and over again.
The angel below is quite special too, she’s an example of making art projects a little more meaningful. I payed attention to the colors I chose, the look on her face and the flag she’s holding, all represent something to me. So be sure to create art with intention, it makes it that much more interesting when there’s a beautiful story to be told.
So I didn’t put together a step by step photo tutorial about how I made this but it’s simple enough for me to explain in words, so here’s a short tutorial if you’d like to know the details.
Step 1. Cut up several colors of bleeding tissue paper into small squares, the size does not have to be exact.
Step 2. Start with a strong piece of paper like a 110lb cardstock or a watercolor paper and glue the tissue paper squares to the entire sheet overlapping a bit as you go along. Make several of these, one to cut up and one to use as a background.
Step 3. Spritz the paper with a spray bottle until the color starts to run and blend. Let the papers dry overnight.
Step 4. Use your paper to cut out different shapes such as trees, then glue them to your background. Add finishing touches with sharpies or other materials. You can even splatter some paint to create a snowy effect.
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
Feel the icy breath of this mighty dragon, it’s a dance of fire and ice that’ll leave you in awe. Just add your own streamers to create that blast of blustery snow!
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!