Friday, January 30, 2009

making sunshine

Today is chilly and grey, so this morning while Adelaide and I were hanging out at our community room with friends we decided to try and make a little bit of sunshine together...

Using a notary seal craft punch, I punched out circle shapes out of tissue paper. The tissue paper on hand was from a "warm" variety package: yellows, oranges, reds, and pinks. I think that they look great together - especially on a grey winter day! Once I had cut many circles, I put them in a little cup for Adelaide.

Then using some scotch tape, I attached some clear self-adhesive vinyl sheets to a window, sticky side out. I demonstrated a couple of times how the tissue seals would stick to the vinyl and then Addie immediately took over. She played with these little bits of sunshine for a good half hour! When she was done, I stuck another piece of clear vinyl on top to make a permenant suncatcher for our window. I think that it is so pretty, and she is very proud of her work too!

sunshine by you.

The notary seal punch I used is by Martha Steward Crafts and I bought it at Michaels. Ordinarily I find this store pricy, but I signed up for their mailing list on their website and every week or so they will send me a coupon for 40 - 50% off an item. If I ever plan to visit the store, I will print a few of these coupons out and use them by going through check out a few times. The staff never seem to mind and I've gotten some great deals this way!

The clear vinyl sticker I remember my mom calling mactac when I was a kid. I buy rolls of it at any dollar store, and I usually cut pieces into size and press them flat overnight under a big cutting mat. Ordinarily I am not attracted to plastics, but this technique is such a great way for little children to experiment with collage without having to get all messy with glue. And it is also a great way to preserve artworks, collages, leaves, and other found nature bits forever.

suncatcher by you.

ps. Thank-you for your thoughts, advice, and concern regarding my previous post regarding Adelaide's eyes. Addie has her 2 year check up scheduled in 2 weeks, and so I have decided to keep a closer watch on her and get it checked out in-depth then. Your feedback is so thoughtful and kind, and I have found it amazingly helpful and so informative. I am so appreciative of every word of advice I received - Thank-you!

32 comments:

Melissa of {craftgasm} said...

How cute! I love the idea of letting a kid get as collage-y as she wants without glue all over the table. (What my poor mother's card table went through in having me around...)

Jennifer said...

Nice idea about vinyl collage. Thanks for that tip. When I am in the U.S., I keep Michael's and JoAnn (fabric store) 50% off coupons in my car! I get all my sewing notions that way, and I am always pleasantly surprised by the selection of art materials for kids at Michael's.

amandajean said...

thanks for the tip about the michael's coupons!

i love your bright collage, too. a perfect touch to a grey day.

Katie said...

That is a beautiful craft idea. I can't wait to try it with my kids.

Thank you so much for the tip about Michael's coupons! I just registered and hope to receive a coupon soon...

ella said...

what a creative mama and little gal too. so pretty.

Chandra said...

I love this idea!! I will be doing it soon. Living in the midwest snow storm makes us NEED a bit of sunshiney cheer!

Anonymous said...

I admire how you provide this environment for Addie where she can just naturally be creative. This is a wonderful project -- so simple and beautiful. It's so liberating to witness children's free-flowing creativity, isn't it?
-Jeannie.

Anonymous said...

P.S. Thank you for the play-clay recipe you posted a while back. I made some in different colors for my little girl and we've been happily squashing it about during these cold, grey, snowy days.
-Jeannie.

Jacqui Dodds said...

These look lovely on the window and what a great idea to brighten up a grey dull day. Can adults play with these collages too?
Jacqui

Ransacked Goods said...

What a great idea, thanks for sharing. We'll get right to it and give it a try.

unha said...

i like that idea. should try with ava.
A is looking like a big girl!!

Julie said...

What a sweet idea, though, she is looking like a little bit of sunshie herself.

Anonymous said...

i saw you on the burnaby news paper.

-sang

alice said...

Just wanted to leave a note to tell you that I found your blog today, after I followed the beautiful photo of Adelaide sleeping with the cat. What a nice find it was :)

snow white said...

You always come up with such wonderful creative activities for your little one. I have an 18 month old so can't wait to try this with him! Thanks for all your inspiration.

Trish said...

what a gorgeous way to brighten up a room! and what a great activity for a creative toddler. I hope Addie's eye appointment goes well--keeping my fingers xd for her.

May said...

Oh this is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing. The dots look fabulous, and I'm also fan of the no-glue aspect. Cool!

Jennifer said...

I love the idea and went out looking for the "mactac" but no one knows what I am talking about. :( Ended up with some double tack mounting film. Entirely different thing. :(

bert said...

Smiles. This is what childhood is supposed to be about.

Robin & Judith said...

This is a perfect day to revive this post. The vinyl idea is very, very clever!

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Anonymous said...

My two years old loved this new version of stickers: how fun to be able to stick on the windows! She did not quite get how beautiful and poetic the results can be, with the light shining through, but i did and we both enjoyed the results. I ended up cutting weather shapes so Lucie could make a storm or birght sun, then flowers with grass and leaves all mixed in all directions in a crazy frenzy, and we even recreated the ocean with fish, octopues and seaweeds. The possibilities seem endless and the result was laways so happy and colorful it was a pleasure to leave it on the windows for some days. THANK YOU....please do continue sharing!!

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