Monday, April 30, 2012

Sketch to Stuffed

Working at a preschool, I see some of the cutest drawings. Kids have a real imagination! This is definitely not a preschool project but may be fun for more of the middle schoolers. One of the little girls in our class brought in a drawing she had made at home and wanted us to hang it up. When I asked if it was for me, she immediately said no it was for Miss Keri! She is such a stinker! LOL

Here is her original drawing
Well I thought it would be such a cute idea to take it and make it into a stuffed version of her drawing. Making it come to life in a way.

Finished piece
I had to take some liberties with color since her drawing was in black and white. I used red felt for the body, purple yarn for the hair, black fabric fused on for the eyeballs. I hand sewed the eyes in place and embroidered the eyelashes and the mouth. The final touch was to add the white parts of the eyes using white fabric paint. I stuffed it and sewed it shut.

Side by side comparison
I have to say that this was a very fun project to do and now I have to go dig up some of my daughters drawings so that I can convert them to fabric!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Life Cycle Butterfly Part 4

Finally the butterfly has emerged from the cocoon to flash it's brilliance to the world!


11"x17" construction paper in white and black
paint in yellow, red and white
small paint brush, or fingers, q-tip etc.

First thing you want to do is create a template. If you are doing this for a class, you must do the template. It's easier to draw one half and cut it out so that it is the same on each side! Fold your sheet of white paper in half and sketch one side of the butterfly. Cut along the lines and open up.

Placing your template on top of the black paper, trace the butterfly in pencil or white or yellow colored pencil so it is easier to see the lines. If you are really ambitious, you can do the inside of the wings and cut out so that it can be traced also. Then each child will have the same butterfly pattern. Cut out the butterfly.

Draw in the pattern of the butterfly wing using a pencil. Do not go all the way to the edge as we have to add white in along the borders.

We will paint in the same style as stage three but since it is larger, we can use a small brush. If you want to use your fingers, have fun! Some kids hate getting paint on their hands and that's fine. If you don't have brushes, get creative and use q-tips or whatever else you have lying around. Load the brush with some yellow and some red. Paint onto the black and blend together on the paper. This will give you a varied orange look and make it more organic. (NOTE: IF YOU WANT BRIGHT ORANGE SPOTS, PAINT WHITE IN ALL THE SHAPES FIRST. LET DRY AND THEN PAINT THE YELLOW AND ORANGE ON TOP)

Once the orange parts are done, squirt a little white onto your tray. Dip a small finger in and dab white dots around the outside edge of the butterfly wings. Again, each butterfly is different so encourage the creativity. Enjoy!

Life Cycle Butterfly Part 3

Wow life is getting crazy busy! Need to get our butterfly project going since they will be here soon! The third stage of the butterfly is the cocoon.


1 11"x17" piece of light green construction paper (I used gray)
1 8.5"x11" piece of black construction paper
paint in red, yellow and white
pencil or colored pencil in white or yellow
hole punch

First step is to draw a simple cocoon shape for your template. Bearing in mind preschoolers will be cutting this, I made it very simple. You will need to trace two of the light green and one of the black.

On the black sheet, you will want to draw shapes that look like the orange in a monarch butterfly's wings. If pencil doesn't show up on the black, then use a white or yellow colored pencil.

Now the fun part! Squirt a little bit of yellow and red onto a small plate. I used the bottom of a sour cream container. DON'T MIX!

Dip your finger into a little red and a little yellow and paint on the black paper inside your shapes. Mix the two colors as you go. Fill in each section. Don't worrk if the color is not consistent. That's what makes the piece interesting and individual like each butterfly.

Now add a little bit of white onto the tray. Dipping in a pinky finger for our size and a preschooler can use any finger, make little white dots around the bottom of the wing. Put to the side to dry. Acrylic paints dry pretty quickly unless the paint was applied very thickly!

Once the wing is dry, place a green cocoon, then the wing and finally the other green cocoon on top. Make sure they are all lined up (as close as you can if the scissors skills are not the best!) Punch a whole through all three pieces.

Place the brad through the three pieces and bend back to secure.

Your final piece should look like this. You can keep it closed and slowly open it as the butterfly starts to emerge.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Life Cycle Butterfly Part 2

So step two in the life cycle of a butterfly is the hatching of the egg into a caterpillar.

Materials needed:

1 each of green and white construction paper
markers in black and yellow
hole punch

Draw a simple caterpillar shape onto the white paper, making sure that it is smaller than the leaf otherwise it will hang off the edges.

Cut out your caterpillar. Draw irregular width lines across the body.

Taking your yellow and black markers, alternate coloring each stripe in black and yellow but leaving some white. You can glue a googly eye onto the caterpillar for a little more fun.

Glue the caterpillar onto the leaf.

When the eggs hatch, they eat the leaf. Take your hole punch and make a bunch of holes to simulate the leaf being eaten!

Life Cycle Butterfly Part 1

There will be 4 parts to this project. This first part is the start of the cycle with the eggs being laid on the leaves.

Materials Needed:

1 piece 11" x 17" green construction paper
green marker
tissue paper in white, yellow or light green

Fold the paper in half and then freehand draw a large leaf onto the paper. You will need a leaf for this part and for part two so I will cut both at the same time and save time and energy.

Cut out two leaves and place one off to the side. I folded the leaf in half lengthwise to make it a little more realistic.

Take your green marker and draw the leaf veins all over the leaf.

The final step is to take small squares of tissue paper and crumble them up into little balls. I used cheap, thin paper but harder to glue. Tissue paper is much easier to use and glue. Take the little balls "eggs" and glue them onto the leaf.