Super Summer Beach Craft

Super Summer Beach Craft

Super Summer Beach Craft

Supplies:
Shells
Rocks
Sea Glass
Seaweed
Plaster of Paris
1 1/2 cups plaster of Paris in a quart-size resealable bag
Water (salt water or fresh water)
Chopstick
Any other odds and ends you have around at home that you might want to use to decorate.

Directions:

1. Comb the beach for super cute treasures for this craft or if you have some beach fun at home that you have been looking for a reason to use bring it with you.

2. Put your hand into damp, hard packed sand. Make sure to leave about a 2 inch clear impression.

3. Put all of the fun beach stuff you found or brought with you inside your print and decorate anyway you like.

4. Add a cup of water to the plaster of Paris in the plastic bag. Knead the mixture until the plaster and water have fully combined.

5. Slowly pour the plaster into your print. Use a chopstick to lead the plaster into the hands and thumbs if the plaster doesn’t flow into them.

6. Once the print is filled and smoothed out, place the chopstick at the bottom of the palm print and let sit to dry. Make sure the chopstick is in the plaster deep enough to be able to hold the plaster once it has dried.

7. The plaster must sit for about 30 mins at least. To remove your print dig out carefully around the hand, than use the chopstick to lift the print carefully out.

8. Wrap up in something soft when transporting back home. You can make multiple prints and put them in vases or to use as summer decorations laid on a table top. You can display them anyway you want.

If you really want to make this craft green teach these little print makers the importance of the beaches and oceans and keeping them clean. Talk to them about erosion and make this an all around project that has meaning and a lesson. Look up the items collected on the Internet to find out what they are and where they came from.

Make your own Octopus!

Seeing that this oil spill tragedy is such big news maybe now is a good time to show your children or students the importance of our oceans. Not to make light of the disaster but making an ocean themed craft can give you a segway to teaching your children about the ocean and make it fun at the same time. This is an easy and inexpensive craft that is alot of fun to do.

I personally like octopus’ and I also have plenty of toilet paper/paper towel tubes around the house. You can also use wrapping paper tubes or anything else in that shape that you have lying around the house.

MATERIALS:
Toilet Paper Tube
Googly Eyes, puff balls, markers, buttons or any round eye shaped items or Craft Eyes – Bright Color Collection
Colored Markers
Hot Glue Gun
Toilet Paper, Cotton, Paper, scraps of cloth
10 ct. 2 oz. Bottles – Assorted Color Washable Kid’s Paint
Brush Value Pack
Glitter Set
Feel free to get creative and use any other odds and ends you have lying around the house to decorate your octopus. You can even take an old shoe box or any small box and make a complete ocean home for your sea friends! Perfect for summer!

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Step 1: Stuff the inside of the tube about half of the way through. with stuffing forming the head of the octopus.
Step 2: Paint the entire paper tube white.
Step 3: After the white dries paint your octopus any color you want.
Step 4: Wait until paint dries.
Step 5: Make small cuts on the lower portion of the paper tube making 8 legs.
Step 6: Use the Marker to curl up the legs by rolling them up.
Step 7: Add eyes and other decorations you want.
Step 8: Draw, paint or glue on mouth.
Step 9: Let your octopus sit and dry for a while to make sure all decorations and paint have dried.
Step 10: Play with or show off your new friend.

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