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Craft: Simple Scrunched Paper Creations
Scrunched Paper Creations
Balling up pieces of paper sound like fun to you? Then, this is the craft for you....kids love it and that is part of the reason.
Tissue paper is a versatile paper and for that reason is especially nice for this project. This is a project you will want to use with older children (suggestions for younger children are given at the end of this article.) unless you adjust it for the younger ones. It takes quite a bit of time to complete not to mention the prep time. So, know your crafters for this one.
Do not let the cautions make you throw up your hands and decide not to give it a try. The end results are amazing. You and your crafters will be overjoyed that they make one of these creations.
What you need:
- several colors of tissue paper
- pen, pencil
What to do...
This whole process has been shown in pictures. Both a turtle and a fishie were made although for the turtle I did not shows each step as they are the same as for the fishie.
You may wish to use the back of a cookie sheet if you are doing this at home.
If it is a school project, you may wish to cut apart cardboard boxes large enough to hold the craft while it is being completed. This craft will come apart easily before they dry as the card stock is loaded with glue.
Remind everyone to move their piece often during creation. The reason is that glue dribbles underneath the project and it may stick.
Step by step directions
- First, draw the design that you wish to make
- Cut it out.
- Then cut tissue paper in strips as shown in step three...make them as long as you wish and about l inch wide.
- Cut apart so you have about a 2-3 inch strip.
- Make a 'bunch' as it takes a large number to complete this project.
- After you have cut your paper, scrunch them so they are firmly closed.
- Drizzle glue on the project and press your scrunched paper on.
- It is suggested you do the outside outline first.
Step 6...we Are Finished...
Try This Scrunched Paper Craft too.
Turtle...a Work in Progress...
Alternative method + something else to do...
There is another way to complete this project.
- As you see in the photo above, cut paper in small strips about1 inch square.
- Twist around the eraser of a pencil.
- Dip the bottom in glue and press onto the figure you have made.
This makes the tissue stand up; it gives it a somewhat different look.
Something else to do...
Purchase a frame that is recessed as a regular one may not have enough depth. And, then, frame these little works of art.
Or, there are frames that come with no glass, one of those will work but it will not keep the dust off of the project.
'How to' for little guys and gals...
If you wish to do this with kindergarten or first grade, it is suggested:
- Draw a simple design that will require one main color...perhaps a star. If you want eyes you could use googly eyes.
- Cut pieces of paper about 2 -3 inches square (not measured, just eyeball..they just need to be pretty uniform in size). This way you have larger pieces of paper to cover their creation and they will not get frustrated.
- Provide an easy source of glue...for this you may wish to buy the tiny bottles at the dollar store (3 for $1.00). Larger bottles could spell trouble. You could have them use a q tip and and dip in glue, rub it on the paper, and then put on the scrunched paper. Too many steps for my liking.
© 2012 Patricia Scott