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By The Seashore

“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour, but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.” -Sandy Gingras

IMAG2807.jpgToday, I taught my students this fantastic craft activity! They loved painting the background, rearranging seashells and making origami sea creatures 🙂 It is a project that encompasses many different skills and presents a challenge for those who like folding paper and creating 3D sculptures.

Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Materials:
– Large Cardboard Paper
– Acrylic Paint
– Square Pieces of Origami Paper
– Seashells Handout: Seashells
– Pencil Crayons or Watercolour Paint (for the seashells)
– White Glue and Glue Gun

Optional:
– Cork (for human character)
– Mini Seashells
– Glitter

I started the class by asking my students to paint the background with various shades/tones of blue and brown. We mostly used dark and light blue, turquoise, white, brown and yellow. After everyone was settled, I spent half an hour teaching how to make very simple origami creatures: Whale, Crab, Fish and Canoe

I also gave everyone a handout with different seashell designs. The students could either draw their own or colour and paint the ones on the sheet. After cutting them out, they glued on all their shells and origami pieces. Some painted on a cork to create a human figure. 

Here are some cool examples:

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Mother’s Day Paper Flowers

In this craft tutorial, I will be teaching you how to make 3 kinds of flowers with simple folding procedures. The Kusudama, Dahlia and Hyacinth Flower look elegant and beautiful in a combo (something great for Mother’s Day :))

Duration: 1.5-2 hours


Let’s start with the Kusudama flower!

You will need:
– 5 square pieces of coloured-paper (one for each petal)
– 1 Pipe Cleaner (for the stem)
– White Glue/Glue Gun

1. Fold the square piece of paper diagonally in half.
2. Take the 2 side corners and fold towards the middle so that their edges meet.

3. Create a tulip shape by folding each triangle diagonally outward, aligning the edge with the bottom layer.
4. Open each flap completely and push down on the paper, creating a kite-shape.
5. Fold the two top corners downward.

6. For each side triangle, fold the shape in half by moving the outer edge inward to meet the top edge.
7. Fold the whole piece in half and secure the petal by gluing the 2 parts together at the center. 

8. Repeat these steps 4 more times to make your completed kusudama flower. It is easiest to glue the 5 petals together using a glue gun.

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Next is the beautiful dahlia ❤

You will need:
– Tissue or Crepe Paper
– Scisscors
– White Glue
– 1 Pipe Cleaner (for the stem)

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  1. Cut out circles of different sizes
  2. Fold the circles in half 3 times to create a “pizza” shape
  3. Cut out 2 bumps at the top to create a heart shape
  4. Open up your pieces and glue them together
  5. Add a pipe-cleaner and something pretty for the center of the flower such as a button or pom-pom 🙂

Finally is the Hyacinth plant (curly flower)!

You will need:
– 1 half piece of green paper (for the stem)
– 1 long piece of coloured paper (for the flower)
– Scisscors

– White Glue
– Tape

STEM
Roll the piece of paper diagonally from one corner to the other & use a little bit of tape at the end to secure the final corner in place.

FLOWER
Fold one side of the long strip about 1 cm into the middle.
Open up and then start cutting strips from the other side towards the creased line. 
Roll each strip until it meets the very end.

Turn the flower over and spread white glue on the long strip that was not rolled up.
Start curling the flower onto the stem and keep going until the end is reached.