Have you checked out IKEA’s Vinduruva green houses? They are awesome! We have made fairy houses and Three Little Pig “glass” houses using them. This week I got together with a Girl Scout troop and we worked on a project to help get their outdoor art badge. They made faux stained glass greenhouses using these small structures from IKEA. (While writing this post I wasn’t able to find them online, which worries me, but I did purchase them from the IKEA- Roundrock location. They sell them in a pack of three for $9.99, I believe. I thought it would be fun to bring the outdoors in. This project introduces kids to the art of stained glass, greenhouse structures, transparency, luminescence, … and plant life.
What you need:
Vinduruva IKEA green houses
black electrical tape
a plant to go inside (We used succulents.)
What to do:
Make lines with the tape to create your design.
Color in some of the shapes with chalk markers or window markers. Leave some clear to ensure light can get in.
What is a greenhouse? A structure with a transparent roof or walls that lets light in, while controlling the climate inside to grow plants or vegetation. A miniature greenhouse is called a cold frame.
What is stained glass? Colored glass that is pieced together to create a design or picture. It is usually found in churches or mosques.
The second part of our outdoor art project:
I made a “rainbow shaped” template for the kids to decorate and cut out. This was later placed between two plastic cups (planters), to protect the drawing.
I have been getting a lot of requests for Fairy themed Art Parties at Figment Creative Labs lately. Actually, two weekends in a row I had on the calendar, ” Caroline 6 yrs, Fairy Art Party.” I thought I made a mistake and had to call the parents to double check. Guess what! Both weekends different little girls named Caroline were turning 6 yrs old and had scheduled Fairy Art Parties! So I thought I would share with you some of the magical fairy projects that we have done at Figment Creative.
Project #1 Fairy Wings
For both parties we painted fairy wings. Here is how we did it.
I bought many little fairy wings from Dollar Tree for $1 each.
I spray primed the wings only on the outer side. I always use flat white primer.
(This takes more spray primer than you would expect, since much of it goes through the porous nylon material. Wear a mask and lay the wings down on a protective covering.)
I placed an extra layer of paper down on the table since the paint will seep through. You could also use trays. Each child started out by painting their primed wings with white tempera paint for the base.
Continue to add color. We used tempera paint.
Project #2 Fairy Snow Globes -(Party #1)
Luckily I had the perfect amount of snow globes left over from our Christmas workshop for us to use for this project. This goes to show that it may be good to stock up on supplies during holiday seasons. (Says the craft hoarder.) I bought them from Dollar Tree for $1 each, but they also were selling snow globes at Hobby Lobby for a bit more around the Christmas holiday.
What you need:
DIY snow globes
plastic fairies (You can also find these at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s craft stores.)
Each child picks which shape of door they want to paint.
Use liquid water color to paint your door. Blot with paper towel if necessary to speed up drying time.
Once dry add door knob and more detail with permanent markers.
Enter a magical realm.
Project #4 Make a Fairy Land
I have a large box marked “Fairy Land” from when we created a fairy land at the Austin Botanical Gardens. Now, I realize that not everyone owns a large box filled with small world play fairy stuff, but if you can, you should. When I get this box out the kids go crazy and have so much fun setting up their fairy land.
I hope these fairy projects inspire you to have a fairy art party. They are quite magical. Please feel free to share more of your fairy party ideas in the comments. I am sure there will be more to come at Figment creative. But most likely not for six year old Carolines.
So I kinda went crazy buying these muslin dolls, but the kids LOVE using them to make their own art dolls! This is such a simple project that is great for 4-100 year olds. I found that you can purchase various sizes in bulk on Amazon.com They range from 5″ – 27″. There are some with wire inside, so they are bendable, if you want to get fancy. They are natural color stuffed muslin gender neutral craft dolls. So no-sew! I love those two words together!
I always start out by having the kids pick their doll. Then I give them each a black Sharpie marker to draw everything out. What is so great about this is there is no right or wrong. It is their own doll and they can make it a girl or a boy, have long hair or short… It is whatever they make it.
Then I dump out all the colored Sharpies and let them go to town.
The best part is seeing how different they all are!